March 30, 2009
COLORADO, SPRINGS, Colo. - Baylor sophomore Ashlie Christenson has been named to the 24-player U.S. Women's National A2 Program for 2009, USA Volleyball announced on Monday. Christenson is the second player in Baylor history, along with Stevie Nicholas in 2002, to be named to the A2 National Team.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 program is scheduled to train May 18-22 in Minneapolis before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships. The Open Division flight takes place May 23-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 19 different collegiate programs.
The players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2009, were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 160 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.
In addition, USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staff for the U.S. Women's National A2 Teams. Kansas State University Head Coach Suzie Fritz and University of Arizona Head Coach Jason Watson will serve as head coaches for the program, while University of the Pacific Assistant Coach Aven Lee and University of Minnesota Associate Head Coach Scott Swanson will serve as assistant coaches.
Christenson helped Baylor to an 18-13 overall record in 2008. She averaged 2.79 points per set despite starting only 15 of 31 matches her sophomore season. Christenson tallied 258 kills and 51 blocks for the Bears, along with 11 double-digit kills matches.