Oct. 10, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- Two-time consensus All-American setter Dana Burkholder has been in invited to participate with the U.S. National Volleyball Team, it was announced on Thursday. A four-year letterwinner for Arizona, Burkholder is the first Wildcat player to make the national team roster since Carolyn Penfield in 1998.
"I am very proud of Dana," said Arizona head coach David Rubio. "She's one of the top players to ever wear an Arizona uniform in any sport. Even after completing her eligibility here, she's shown tremendous work ethic and drive towards her goal of making this team."
Burkholder, who owns every assist record in Arizona history, received her invitation to become a team member via E-mail from national team head coach Toshi Yoshida.
"I'm extremely excited for this opportunity," said Burkholder. "Toshi (Yoshida) is one of the top trainers in the world. I just need to keep working hard leading up to joining the team. I want to thank (Arizona head coach) Dave (Rubio) for teaching me the game and developing my mental approach and Rita (Johnson) for her support over the last four years. I'd also like to thank the Arizona strength and conditioning coaches Steve, Rosalin and Brad for getting me back into playing shape and all of my Arizona teammates, especially my classmates, Lauren (Benward), Jill (Talbot) and Erin (Sebbas), for believing in me and helping to make me successful."
Burkholder, a two-time US Junior National Team member, will continue training in Tucson and serving as Arizona's volunteer assistant through the remainder of the 2002 season before leaving for Colorado Springs, Colo., in late January 2003. She will train with the national team throughout the spring.