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Lewis Named to USA A2 Volleyball Team
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 08, 2013
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May 8, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz.Arizona rising junior Ronni Lewis (San Jose, Calif.) was one of 48 athletes selected to participate in this summer’s U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program, USA Volleyball announced on Tuesday.

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships. The roster contains 48 athletes from 29 different universities.

The A2 program coaching staff will include Andy Banachowski, Mike Hebert, Ruth Nelson and Bill Neville who will serve as team head coaches. Assistant coaches with the A2 program are Ashley Allen, Terry Condon, Linda Hampton and Marci Sanders. Technical coordinators/assistant coaches for the A2 program are Kevin Hitt, Nicki Holmes, Eugene Tichenor and Jay Van Vark.

During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 48 athletes will be divided into four equal teams that will compete in pool play against the other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams. After pool play, the four A2 program teams and PVL teams will split into their own divisions to determine the medalist teams in the competition.

The athletes were selected via the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted a record 240 participants, 33 more than the previous best mark set in 2012. Athletes selected to both the A2 program and the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team (WJNT) could only participate in the WJNT program with the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship as the priority event.

Lewis had a breakout sophomore season for the Wildcats last year as she 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 as she finished the season with 313 digs, 40 assists and 17 service aces. Lewis 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. The San Jose, Calif. native led the way in Arizona's thrilling comeback victory at Oregon State (11/9) with 21 digs. She also had 21 digs in a victory over Colorado (11/16) and recorded a career-high 23 digs in the season finale at Arizona State (11/23).

Lewis marks the fourth Wildcat to be named to the U.S. A2 Team since its existence. She joins Whitney Dosty, Paige Weber and Madi Kingdon, who were all multiple year members of the squad.

U.S. WOMEN’S A2 Roster


Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)

Carly Cramer (L/DS, Purdue University, Martinsville, Ind., 1)

Taylor Formico (L/DS, UC Santa Barbara, Mountainview, Calif., 3)

Kristen Hahn (L/DS, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1)

Annemarie Hickey (L/DS, University of Wisconsin, Oswego, Ill., 1)

Ronni Lewis (L/DS, University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif., 2)

Kori Moster (L/DS, Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2)

Ellen Mullins (L/DS, University of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn., 1)

Caitlin Welch (L/DS, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 1)

Middle Blockers

Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)

Simone Antwi (MB, University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va., 3)

Adreene Elliott (MB, University of Maryland, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2)

Casey Hinger (MB, Cal State Northridge, Fullerton, Calif., 2)

Kierra Jones (MB, Purdue University, Fishers, Ind., 2)

Litara Keil (MB, Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif., 2)

Kathryn LeCheminant (MB, Brigham Young University, Layton, Utah, 1)

Alexis Mathews (MB, Michigan State University, Detroit, Mich., 1)

Brooke Mattingly (MB, University of Louisville, St. Henry, Ohio, 1)

Zoe Nightingale (MB, UCLA, Sacramento, Calif., 2)

DeLaina Sarden (MB, University of Central Florida, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2)

Ariana Williams (MB, University of Oregon, Riverside, Calif., 1)

Courtney Windham (MB, University of North Texas, 1)

Outside Hitters

Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)

Ellen Chapman (OH, University of Wisconsin, Glenview, Ill., 2)

Kimberly Dahl (OH, Brigham Young University, Pleasant Grove, Utah, 3)

Victoria Hurtt (OH, Iowa State University, Kansas City, Mo., 2)

Maddy Klineman (OH, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 3)

Kaitlyn Leary (OH, Ohio State University, Parma, Ohio, 1)

Kathleen Luft (OH, Loyola Marymount University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1)

Shar Manu-Olevao (OH, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3)

Morgan Odale (OH, University of Utah, Star, Idaho, 1)

Chelsey Schofield (OH, University of Utah, Provo, Utah, 2)

Taylor Simpson (OH, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2)

Nicole Walch (OH, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 3)

Lauren Wicinski (OH, Michigan State University, Geneva, Ill., 1)

Ashley Wittman (OH, University of Minnesota, Shakopee, Minn., 1)


Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)

Ashley Battle (Opp, Virginia Tech, Apex, N.C., 4)

Mackenzie Bigbee (Opp, Iowa State University, Williamsburg, Iowa, 3)

Whitney Billings (Opp, University of Kentucky, Helena, Ala., 1)

Annie Drews (Opp, Purdue University, Elkhart, Ind., 3)

Moneshia Simmons (Opp, Clemson University, Buford, Ga., 1)

Valerie Nichol (Opp/S, Purdue University, Normal, Ill, 2)

Chantale Riddle (Opp, University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M., 2)


Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)

Hannah Johnson (S, University of New Mexico, Longview, Wash., 3)

Elizabeth Koberstein (S, Marquette University, Madison, Wis., 1)

Hannah Kvitle (University of Louisville, Quincy, Ill., 2)

Mackenzie Dagostino (University of Maryland, Tampa, Fla., 3)

Rebecca Strehlow (S, UCLA, Long Beach, Calif., 3)

Hannah Tedrow (S, Loyola Marymount University, Foothill Ranch, Calif., 3)

Courtney Thomas (S, University of Wisconsin, DeKalb, Ill., 2)

Rainette Uiato (S, University of Hawaii, Long Beach, Calif., 1)

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