Holman Named to USA Collegiate National Team

by Clyde Verdin
Holman Named to USA Collegiate National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Briana Holman of the LSU volleyball team has been selected as one of 12 players named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team by USA Volleyball the organization announced and will participate in a 10-day tour of China from June 17-27.

Considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, Holman is one of just three middle blockers on this year’s team and one of a trio of student-athletes with eligibility remaining at their respective universities selected from the Southeastern Conference.

“We are very excited for Bri,” head volleyball coach Fran Flory said. “She has a very bright future in our sport and this is one of many great opportunities she will have.  She understands what an honor it is to be selected and she will carry the LSU program with her very proudly, just as the other LSU volleyball players who have been selected in the past have done.”

Holman, the 2013 LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year and AVCA honorable mention All-American selection, will be a part of a team that will play six matches against Chinese collegiate and adult teams during the tour and before crossing the Pacific will spend three days at the University of Southern California training with the group before competition starts.

The team will be led by current University of Michigan head coach Mark Rosen and another coach to be determined at a later date.

Joining Holman on the team are setters Morgan Bergren (University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind.) and Lexi Dannemiller (University of Michigan, West Chester, Ohio). Selected middle blockers are Alaysia Brown (University of San Diego, Fresno, Calif.) and Hannah Tapp (University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn.).

The outside hitters are Carly Kan (University of Missouri, Honolulu), Andie Malloy (Baylor University, Allen, Texas), Emily Sklar (Duke University, San Jose, Calif.) and Nicole Walch (Florida State University, Stuart, Fla.). The opposites are Shelby Dalton (University of Utah, Moab, Utah) and Ebony Nwanebu (University of Southern California, Fairview, Texas). Rounding out the roster is libero Kori Moster (Michigan States University, Cincinnati, Ohio).

LSU continues its string of success with the national teams, as Holman follows in the footsteps of former libero Meghan Mannari who won a silver medal as a part of the USA National A2 Gold Team back in 2012, as LSU has claimed five medals since 2008 in international competition.

LSU has earned 190 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in at least seven NCAA Tournaments during the past nine seasons.