Metter, Luft Named to U.S. National Team Training Block
USA Volleyball announced the roster for the upcoming training block starting on January 27.
Jan. 15, 2014
A pair of LMU volleyball players were selected to participate in the upcoming U.S. Women's National Team training block, it was announced by USA Volleyball on Wednesday. Betsi Metter and Kathleen Luft, who each completed their eligibility in indoor volleyball this season, were selected to train with USA volleyball beginning on January 27 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.
With the addition of Metter and Luft to the training block, LMU is well-represented this year in the U.S. Women's Volleyball program. LMU head coach Tom Black is currently serving as an assistant coach with the National Team. Black, who joins Kiraly and assistant coach Reed Sunahara on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team coaching staff, will continue in his head coach role at LMU while serving on the Team USA staff for the first two years of the Olympic quadrennial before taking a sabbatical at LMU for the 2015 season. Black spent the previous three summers as a consultant coach for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team as the squad prepared for the 2012 London Games. As the consultant coach, Black primarily assisted in the training sessions at the USA National Teams Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Metter most recently completed a three-peat as West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning the selection for the third consecutive year to cap what was a storied career for the native of Phoenix, Ariz. Metter finished her career as LMU's all-time leader in digs and aces, amassing 1,802 digs and 170 aces over a four-year career. The digs mark was good for fourth in WCC history, while the aces rank fifth. Her .39 aces per set ranked second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record book, while her 4.10 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90). Metter's 0.52 aces per set in 2013 rank second in the single-season record book and eighth in the nation this year, while her WCC-best 54 aces rank third overall in LMU history. Defensively, she averaged a WCC-high 4.74 digs per set in 2013 (493 total digs), good for 64th in the nation this year. In Conference play alone, she tallied 320 digs and added 27 service aces to lead the WCC in that category.
Luft, who earned first team All-WCC selections in each of her two seasons played for the Lions, led the team with 387 kills at a rate of 3.95 per set in 2013 - good for second in the WCC this year. For her career, she posted 861 kills at a rate of 4.06 per set - good for third in the LMU record book. Luft had previously earned a spot on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball A2 roster in May of 2013, competing alongside current Lions Litara Keil and Hannah Tedrow.
The eight-week training block will include primarily athletes who recently completed their collegiate eligibility, though some athletes with will train part-time around their academic curriculum. The setters are Cal State Northridge's Sydney Gedryn (San Jose, Calif.), University of Missouri's Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and University of Oregon's Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.). The opposites are University of Washington's Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and University of Texas' Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.). The middle blockers are University of San Diego's Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.), Michigan State University's Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.), University of Southern California's Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) and Penn State University's Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.). The liberos are University of Southern California's Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) and Loyola Marymount University's Betsi Metter (Phoenix, Ariz.). The outside hitters are University of Hawaii's Emily Hartong (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Loyola Marymount University's Kathleen Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and UCLA's Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) and University of Washington's Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.). Additions to the roster may occur during the training block.