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Miron Selected for USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team

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North Dakota State freshman middle blocker Emily Miron was one of 36 athletes selected by USA Volleyball to participate in this summer’s U.S. Collegiate National Team program, it was announced Tuesday, April 8.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis.

“This is a great opportunity for Emily to continue her development as a player and to play against some of the best in the nation at this level,” said NDSU head volleyball coach Kari Thompson.

“It’s also great for us as a program for her to be a part of this,” Thompson added. “For Emily to get this competitive experience during the summer and then bring that back to our team this fall, that should help our team in the right direction. It’s very valuable for her to get this experience at such a young age.”

The U.S. Collegiate National Team program is the same program that former Bison Megan Lambertson participated in following her junior season in 2012. It was formerly known as the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team program.

This year’s CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six opposites, six setters and six liberos.

The CNT program will be instructed by lead coaches Mike Hebert and Bill Neville, who are both retired college head coaches. Both Hebert and Neville have extensive coaching experience not only at the collegiate level, but also at the international level. Neville has served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s U.S. National Teams as well as assistant on the U.S. Men’s National Team. Hebert has contributed to the U.S. Women’s National Team as an assistant coach.

For the third consecutive year, USA Volleyball will have its U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerly known as U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) represented at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.

After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would compete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Athlete selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo., or based on past performances within the CNT program.

Courtesy: NDSU Athletics