COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cal State Northridge head women's volleyball coach Jeff Stork was one of eight coaches selected to work with this summer with the U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program and helped lead his team to the championship match of the recently completed tournament at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The tournament took place in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
"It was a privilege and an honor to participate in the USAV A2 Program," said Stork. "The athletes that were selected are the group of athletes which will potentially represent us in the Olympics."
USA Volleyball selected 48 athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining to participate in this summer's U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program. The 48 U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program players hailed from 34 different collegiate programs. The A2 program included eight liberos, 12 middle blockers, 14 outside hitters, six opposites and eight setters.
Training began June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, while the matches were held June 30 to July 4 during the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC). During the pre-tournament training session, the 48 athletes were divided into four teams of 12 players that played one match per day during the GJNC. All matches were A2 teams competing against each other in a round-robin format followed by a semifinal and final round.
Stork coached the 12-member Gold squad along with Tonya Johnson of Georgia Tech. Stork's squad finished 2-1 in pool play before advancing to the semifinals where the Gold defeated the USA Red 25-27, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 18-16 behind 22 points from Lauren Wicinski of Michigan State and Tori Dixon of Minnesota. The Gold team then fell in the championship match to USA White 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
"The coaching and evaluation of these elite level athletes is a critical part of the Olympic selection process," added Stork. "We are currently rated number one of the world in women's volleyball and programs like USAV A2 are a stepping stone to being on the podium in future Olympics."
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