Luft Named to Team USA World Championship Qualification Team
Kathleen Luft is one of 12 players that will compete for Team USA from May 15-18.
May 13, 2014
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Former LMU volleyball standout Kathleen Luft was named one of 12 players that will compete for Team USA, ranked second in the world, at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament being held May 15-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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In addition to Luft, outside hitters selected for the tournament are Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Maddie Martin (Tampa, Fla.) and Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.). The middle blocker trio includes Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.), Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.). Opposite hitters are Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.), while the setters are Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.). The designated libero is Kristen Hahn (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
"I'm really excited for this USA team - they put in the mindful effort during training earlier this year, and earned the right to represent our country at the World Championship Qualifier in Colorado Springs," U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "During the eight weeks of the training block, the primary focus was on learning, and this group did a really strong job in that department. It will be great to see that in action with our resident coach David Hunt at the helm this week, against NORCECA zone competition."
With the exception of Hodson as a rising high school senior, the roster is comprised of athletes who completed their collegiate eligibility in the Fall of 2013. All 12 players took part in the U.S. Women's Winter Training Block under the direction of Kiraly.
Hunt, an assistant men's volleyball coach at Pepperdine University and a resident coach for the U.S. Women's National Team program, will serve as the head coach of the team as Kiraly remains in Anaheim training the rest of the squad in preparation for Montreux Volley Masters (May 25-June 2) and Pan American Cup (June 10-21). Hunt recently served one season as the assistant coach for Japan's Men's National Volleyball Team. He will be assisted by Nicole Lawlor (Volleyball Pensacola) and Lindsey Devine (head coach at East Tennessee State University). Jesse Tupac (Iowa State University) will serve as the technical coordinator.
The U.S. Women open pool play on May 15 against Guatemala, followed by Panama on May 16 and Honduras on May 17. All three U.S. pool matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. MT. The medal round matches take place on May 18 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. MT. The tournament winner advances to the FIVB Women's World Championship set for Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 in six Italian cities.