Aztec middle blocker set to train at University of Minnesota with national squad
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May 1, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State middle blocker Deja Harris has been selected as one of 31 players to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis (CNT-Minneapolis) program. Five spots remain open for the CNT-Minneapolis program pending final outcome of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team’s results at the Women’s U20 Pan American Cup held in early May.
Athletes in the CNT program 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, Colorado.
Harris completed her sophomore season at SDSU last fall when she was named to the all-Mountain West Team for the second consecutive year. She led the Aztecs in blocking and ranked seventh in the conference in that category in 2016. Her .349 hitting percentage was also best on the squad and fourth in the final conference individual statistics.
During the 2016 campaign, Harris earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors (Sept. 19) and was also named to the all-tournament team at both the Oregon Classic (Sept.2-3, Eugene, Ore.) and the Art Carmichael Invitational (Sept. 9-10, Kingston,. R.I.).
The CNT-Minneapolis squad, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team, will train from June 22-26 at the University of Minnesota. Afterward, the athletes will be assigned to one of three 12-member teams and compete in a round-robin format at the Minneapolis Convention Center from June 27-30. The matches are being held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships under the same roof.
The CNT-Minneapolis will have Rod Wilde of Madison Elite, North Carolina State University Assistant Coach Nicki Holmes and West Hills College Head Coach Jeff Wanderer as the program managers and administrators. The head coaches for the three teams will be Central Florida Head Coach Todd Dagenais, East Tennessee State University Head Coach Lindsey Devine and Trinity Western University (Canada) Assistant Coach Dennis Janzen.