COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Oregon junior libero Haley Jacob was rewarded for her play in February’s USA Volleyball national team open tryouts with an invitation to the 2012 U.S. A2 National Team.
Among the 48 players selected to the collegian-based squad, Jacob was one of eight liberos, while the pool also included 12 middle blockers, 14 outside hitters, six opposites and eight setters.
Jacob and the A2 squad will commence their training camp on June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, then compete June 30-July 4 in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC). The roster will be divided into four teams of 12 players that will play one match per day in round-robin format, followed by a semifinal and final round.
The A2 pool was selected by coaches and staff based on play at national team open tryouts held February 10-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record number of 207 collegiate athletes back for the 2012 collegiate season and not part of the National Team participated in the tryout.
Last year, a pair of Duck teammates - outside hitter Alaina Bergsma and setter Lauren Plum – were accorded similar A2 Team selection honors. Last summer, Plum also started for the USA Junior National Team that placed fourth in the FIVB World Championships last summer in Peru.
A complete USA Volleyball release is available via the link to the right.
Last fall, Jacob stood seventh in the Pac-12 in digs (4.39 per set) and 126th nationally, and her season match high (35) ranked fourth-best in the league and second-best all-time for UO since the start of rally scoring in 2001. She started all 31 matches in 2011, and led the team in digs and aces in 21 and six contests, respectively, including a career-high three aces vs. ASU that ranked second-best for Oregon in ‘11
After the penultimate week of the 2011 regular season, the League City, Texas native was tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after the then-No. 13 Ducks staked their second-ever pair of same-weekend road wins at then-No. 5 Stanford and then-No. 3 California. Those five-set decisions over the then-returning league co-champions were also only the Ducks' fourth overall in the same weekend vs. the Bay Area rivals (including Eugene tilts).
In 2012, she enters her senior season ranked first among league returnees in career digs (1,052) and eighth all-time for UO. Similarly, her 3.83 digs per set career average stands second-best for Oregon, and she ranks top 10 season-wise for UO in digs (fourth, 500, 2011; sixth, 450, 2010) and digs per set (sixth, 4.39, 2011; seventh, 4.13, 2010).
Last fall, her defensive prowess helped the Ducks (21-10, 14-8) make their fifth postseason trip in last six years and place sixth in the Pac-12 – its third, league upper-division finish under then-seventh-year head coach Jim Moore.
The Ducks owned a 10-8 mark against its 12 opponents that made the NCAA tourney, including its first-ever upsets of top-ranked foes. The August win at the then-four-time defending Nittany Lions ended their NCAA record 94-match home winning streak, while its November comeback from an 0-2 deficit at home to the Bruins was barely a month before UCLA won the NCAA title.
Looking ahead to the fall of 2012, UO welcomes back a pair of All-Pac-12 picks in Bergsma and Plum. Oregon returns four other starters from last year in All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice and outside hitter Liz Brenner, senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer, senior defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki and junior middle blocker Ariana Williams.
U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program Selections
Player (College, Pos., Ht., College Eligibility Left, Hometown)
Kaycee Acree (Western Michigan, L, 5-7, 3, Muncie, Ind.)
Tiffany Baker (Tennessee, OH, 6-3, 3, Carrollton, Texas)
Maggie Brindock (Notre Dame, S, 5-11, 2, Rockwall, Texas)
Kirby Burnham (USC, OH, 6-3, 2, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Samantha Cash (Pepperdine, MB, 6-3, 3, San Diego, Calif.)
Rachel Charles (Lehigh, L, 5-7, 2, Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Karissa Cook (Stanford, S, 5-11, 1, Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Alexa Dannemiller (Michigan, S, 5-11, 3, West Chester, Ohio)
Amy Dentlinger (Michigan State, OH, 6-1, 1, Arcadia, Iowa)
Tori Dixon (Minnesota, OPP, 6-4, 2, Burnsville, Minn.)
Kaitlyn Early (Illinois State, S, 5-9, 3, Wildwood, Mo.)
Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State, MB, 6-3, 1, Parkston, S.D.)
Sareea Freeman (Florida State, MB, 6-4, 1, Fresno, Calif.)
Katelyn Fuller (USC, OPP, 6-3, 2, Olivenhain, Calif.)
Alexandra Gossen (Western Michigan, OH, 6-0, 2, Evanston, Ill.)
Kristina Graven (St. Mary’s College, OH, 6-0, 2, San Jose, Calif.)
Natalie Hagglund (USC, L, 5-9, 2, Encinitas, Calif.)
Jennifer Hamson (Brigham Young, OPP, 6-7, 2, Lindon, Utah)
Emily Hartong (Hawaii, OH, 6-2, 2, Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Haley Jacob (Oregon, L, 5-5, 1, League City, Texas)
Kierra Jones (Purdue, MB, 6-1, 3, Fishers, Ind.)
Jennifer Keddy (Cal Poly, MB, 6-4, 1, Missoula, Mont.)
Madison Kingdon (Arizona, OH, 6-0, 3, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Stephanie Klefot (Kentucky, L, 5-6, 1, Louisville, Ky.)
Rachel Krabacher (Dayton, OH, 6-4, 1, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Molly Kreklow (Missouri, S, 6-0, 2, Delano, Minn.)
Megan Lambertson (NDSU, MB, 6-0, 1, Litchfield, Minn.)
Karsta Lowe (UCLA, OPP, 6-4, 3, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Chloe Mann (Florida, MB, 6-1, 2, Gainesville, Fla.)
Meghan Mannari (LSU, L, 5-9, 1, Frisco, Texas)
Ashley Mason (Missouri State, L, 5-8, 2, Granby, Mo.)
Alexis Mathews (Michigan State, MB, 6-3, 2, Detroit, Mich.)
Tenisha Matlock (Iowa State, MB, 6-2, 2, North Platte, Neb.)
Emily McGee (North Carolina, OH, 5-10, 1, Naperville, Ill.)
Chaniel Nelson (North Carolina, OPP, 6-2, 3, Huntersville, N.C.)
Valerie Nichol (Purdue, S, 6-0, 3, Normal, Ill.)
Alexis Olgard (USC, MB, 6-5, 2, Spokane, Wash.)
Mary Pollmiller (Tennessee, S, 5-10, 3, Littleton, Colo.)
Gwen Rucker (Louisville, MB, 6-2, 1, Lexington, Ky.)
Sara Shaw (USC, OH, 6-2, 2, Austin, Texas)
Hayley Spelman (Stanford, OPP, 6-6, 1, Las Vegas, Nev.)
Alyssa Squires (UC Irvine, OH, 6-1, 2, Santa Ynez, Calif.)
Ariel Turner (Purdue, OH, 6-1, 1, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Lauren Wicinski (Northern Illinois, OH, 6-2, 2, Geneva, Ill.)
Sarah Wickstrom (Florida State, S, 5-11, 3, Stuart, Fla.)
Jennifer Wiker (Virginia Tech, OH, 6-3, 1, Charlotte, N.C.)
Kristin Winkler (UC Irvine, L, 5-10, 1, Los Altos, Calif.)
Carly Wopat (Stanford, MB, 6-2, 2, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
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