Bannister Invited to USA Volleyball's Spring Training Block

by Chelsey Chamberlain
Bannister Invited to USA Volleyball's Spring Training Block

BATON ROUGE – LSU volleyball’s sophomore Taylor Bannister has been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Spring Training Block March 16-23 in Anaheim, California, announced the organization Tuesday morning.

Bannister participated in the open tryouts at the beginning of March in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been invited to this second tryout that features a total of 17 athletes, who will all be evaluated for addition training this summer with the full U.S. Women’s National Team.

“We are excited that Taylor has earned the opportunity to join this training group,” said head coach Fran Flory. “As we have seen in her first two years with our program she is a special athlete and volleyball player with a very bright future.” 

The athletes will have the opportunity to make international rosters, including the Pan American Games and Pan American Cup. The training block serves as an extended tryout in compliance with NCAA rules.

Selected middles include Rachael Kramer (University of Florida), Avie Niece (University of Washington), Dana Rettke(University of Wisconsin) and Tionna Williams (University of Wisconsin). Outside hitters are Leah Edmond (University of Kentucky), Mikaela Foecke (University of Nebraska), Yossiana Pressley (Baylor University), Jacqueline Quade(University of Illinois) and Kadie Rolfzen (U.S. Women’s National Team).

Setters invited to the extended tryout are Sydney Hilley (University of Wisconsin), Madison Lilley (University of Kentucky), and Samantha Selinger-Swenson (University of Minnesota). Opposites in the spring training block are Taylor Bannister (LSU), Oluoma Okaro (Arizona State University) and Jordan Thompson (University of Cincinnati). The two liberos are Reyn “Tita” Akiu (University of Hawaii) and Justine Wong-Orantes (U.S. Women’s National Team).

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