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Wiker earns spot on U.S. Women's National A2 Team
Redshirt junior will comepete in summer program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Redshirt junior Jennifer Wiker has earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team after trying out for the national squad in March. USA Volleyball has selected 48 athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining to participate in this summer’s program.

The 48 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program players hail from 34 different collegiate programs. The A2 program includes eight liberos, 12 middle blockers, 14 outside hitters, six opposites and eight setters.

Wiker finished her third season second on the team with 320 kills and tired for third after getting up for 84 blocks. She was one of four Hokies that traveled to Colorado for the tryouts earlier this year.

Training begins June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, while the matches will be held June 30 to July 4 during the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. During the pre-tournament training session, the 48 athletes will be divided into four teams of 12 players that will play one match per day during the GJNC. All matches will be A2 competing against each other in a round-robin format followed by a semifinal and final round.

The 2012 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team program was selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 10-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A record 207 athletes participated in the tryout. Athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2012 collegiate season not selected to join the U.S. Women’s National Team were eligible for the U.S. Women’s A2 program.

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