TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona rising junior Ronni Lewis tallied five perfect passes in the championship match to help pace the USA Gold team to a silver medal at the U.S. National Volleyball A2 Tournament on July 3 in Dallas, Texas.
USA Gold, which finished the event with a solid 3-2 record, eventually fell to USA White in the gold medal match, 24-26, 25-12, 25-23, 25-21, at the Dallas Convention Center.
In the squad’s four-set semifinal victory over USA Blue, Lewis chalked up seven perfect passes in 17 attempts (.290 efficiency), while serving up two aces. In the final pool play match, Lewis led Team Gold past Team Red in four-sets with 10 perfect passes in 18 attempts (.440 efficiency).
Lewis was one of just 47 athletes around the country selected to participate in the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program.
The 2013 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team program was selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held in February at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A record 240 athletes participated in the tryout.
Lewis was just one of three Wildcats to play in every set during the 2012 season. She started the season as a defensive specialist but played much of the latter part of the year at libero. Lewis finished the season with 313 digs, 40 assists and 17 service aces. She had 13 matches with double-figure digs including four matches with 20 or more digs. She earned her first start of the season at libero against No. 5 UCLA (11/2) and helped the Wildcats to a sweep of the Bruins with a match-high 20 digs
Meanwhile, fellow Wildcat Madi Kingdon just returned to the states after competing for the Pac-12 All-Star Team in a tour of China. Kingdon was just one of 13 members that were selected to the team. The all-star team played six matches in seven days.
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