Tiffany Baker and Mary Pollmiller
March 29, 2012
In all, 48 student-athletes with collegiate eligibility, hailing from 34 different programs were selected for the program. Tennessee is just one of nine NCAA programs to have multiple representatives at the summer training session.
Training begins June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, while the matches will be held June 30 to July 4 during the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
During the pre-tournament training session, the 48 athletes will be divided into four teams of 12 players that will play one match per day during the GJNC. All matches will be A2 competing against each other in a round-robin format followed by a semifinal and final round.
"I feel that moving the U.S. Women's National A2 Program to be in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships will be a very positive move for the program," USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. "The exposure and impact that the program and its athletes will have at the GJNC will far surpass that experienced at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships with the adults competing. It will also be a `win' for the GJNC event and its participants."
In her opening campaign for the Orange and White, Baker was named second team All-SEC and to the All-Freshman Team. In league play, the Carrolton, Texas, native hit .296, ranking third best on the squad. The outside hitter registered five double-doubles on the season, four of which came against league foes. On Oct. 31, she was selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while a day later she was tabbed CVU.com's National Player of the Week.
Named the SEC Freshman of the Year, Pollmiller led all NCAA freshmen in assists after averaging 11.94 helpers per set. That mark ranked fourth in the nation and first in the conference. The Littleton, Colo., product was also an All-South Region selection and named to the All-SEC second team. Pollmiller accounted for 89.4 percent of UT's assists, while tallying the top two single-match assist marks in conference play with 69 at Ole Miss and 64 in the regular season finale against Kentucky.
The 2012 A2 program roster includes eight liberos, 12 middle blockers, 14 outside hitters, six opposites and eight setters.
Coaches selected for the 2012 U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program are Northwestern University's Keylor Chan, San Diego State University's Deitre Collins-Parker, Georgia Tech's Tanya Johnson, Pepperdine University's Nina Matthies and Cal State Northridge's Jeff Stork.
The entire roster can be found on the USA Volleyball website.