Payne named to USA Volleyball’s European Tour roster
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kansas volleyball rising senior All-American Kelsie Payne has been named to USA Volleyball’s U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Europe Tour (CNT-Europe) roster, comprised of current collegiate players who will train and compete in Europe from July 5-16.
The CNT-Europe squad, one of three teams within the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, will compete in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge July 11-14 in Pula, Croatia, after training and friendly matches in Europe. Prior to the Global Challenge, the CNT-Europe squad will tentatively train in Maribor, Slovenia, with friendly matches versus various National Teams.
Last summer, Payne helped lead USA Volleyball’s Women’s National Team to a bronze medal at the Pan-American Cup.
University of Cincinnati Head Coach Molly Alvey will serve as the CNT-Europe head coach. She will be assisted by North Carolina State University Assistant Coach Nicki Holmes.
Payne and the other CNT-Europe athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held March 3-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The CNT-Europe team has one roster spot remaining, which will be announced in May.
JAYHAWKS COMPETING WITH USA VOLLEYBALL THIS SUMMER
Kelsie Payne: CNT- Europe
Madison Rigdon: CNT-Thailand
USA VOLLEYBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM – EUROPE TOUR ROSTER
Name (Position, School)
Corissa Crocker (M, Michigan)
Kristen Gengenbacher (S, San Diego)
Claire Kieffer-Wright (M, Michigan)
Taylor Mims (OPP, Washington State)
Carlyle Nusbaum (OH, Lipscomb)
KELSIE PAYNE (OPP, Kansas)
Taira Robins-Hardy (S, Brigham Young)
Jenna Rosenthal (M, Marquette)
Courtney Schwan (OH, Washington)
Jaali Winters (OH, Creighton)
Brittany Witt (L, Creighton)
Head Coach: Molly Alvey (head coach, Cincinnati)
Assistant Coach: Nicki Holmes (assistant coach, North Carolina State)
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