March 18, 2014
USA VOLLEYBALL RELEASE
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ohio University junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti has been named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team that will compete during a tour of Europe July 8-19, 2014.
Lamberti is one of 12 student-athletes that will compete with the national team this summer. It’s Lamberti’s second USA Volleyball experience, as the Cary, Ill., native also played in six matches in China in 2011 as part of the Bring It Promotions/USA Volleyball Global Challenge.
“I’m so excited for the opportunity to go and play with such talented athletes overseas,” Lamberti said. “Competing at such a high level will help improve all areas of my game and I can’t wait to play with the girls on the team.”
The players will depart July 8 with the first destination Venice, Italy, followed by a four-day training camp in Maribor, Slovenia. The squad will train and have friendly scrimmages with Slovenia’s national team and Under-20 national team, along with other countries’ Under-20 national teams. The U.S. will travel to Pula, Croatia, to compete in the Global Challenge July 13-18. The tour is being organized in conjunction with Bring It Promotions.
Lamberti is the only student-athlete from a non-BCS program to make the team.
“This is a great honor for Kelly," head coach Deane Webb said. "For her to be selected and have the opportunity to go overseas and compete, it will be an unbelievable experience. In terms of our program, it’s an honor to see that one of our players is viewed at that elite level. Kelly is very much about the team first and this experience will help her play at an even higher level for our program this fall.”
This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Collegiate National Team China Tour roster was announced. In addition, USA Volleyball will select 36 players to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1. The players will be placed onto three teams and compete in a round-robin event along with a Canadian Senior A2 team.
Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Lamberti provided Ohio's primary attack in 2013 and shined in that role during a season in which she earned AVCA All-Region and First Team All-MAC honors after garnering MAC Player of the Year accolades in 2012. She ranked eighth in the league with 3.14 kills/set and ranked second on the Bobcats with 2.80 digs/set.
The Cary, Ill., posted a team-leading 14 double-doubles on the year and performed well above her season average in kills/set (3.58) and hitting percentage (.270) against nationally-ranked teams. She was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 7 and earned Oregon Classic All-Tournament honors during the preseason.
U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team – European Tour
Name (Position, School, Hometown, College Years Remaining)
Simone Antwi (MB, University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va., 2)
Breeann David (OH, Texas Tech, Denver City, Texas, 1)
Katie George (S, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 2)
Alex Holston (OPP, University of Florida, Olney, Md., 3)
Kelly Lamberti (OH, Ohio University, Cary, Ill., 1)
Whitney Little (MB, University of Missouri, Keller, Texas, 1)
Gabby Mallette (OH, University of Florida, Orange Park, Fla., 2)
Taylor Morey (L, University of Wisconsin, Muncie, Ind., 2)
Val Nichol (S, Purdue University, Normal, Ill., 1)
Caroline Niedospial (L, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2)
Adrianna Nora (OPP, University of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minn., 1)
Kiara Wright (MB, University of Southern California, Houston, 2)
Head Coach: Mike Sealy (UCLA head coach)
Assistant Coach: Jenny Glenn (University of Northern Colorado associate head coach)
Assistant Coach: Kyle Robinson (Long Island University head coach)