March 28, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (SMU) - Janelle Giordano is one of 12 players selected to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team for a tour of Europe July 8-19. The middle blocker, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team after her first season of collegiate volleyball, was one of just two freshmen chosen to the squad.
UCLA head coach Mike Sealy with coach the team with the assistance of Jenny Glenn, head coach at Northern Colorado, and Kyle Robinson, head coach at Long Island University. The tour will feature a four-day training camp in Maribor, Slovenia, with competitions against Slovenia's national team and Under-20 teams from various countries. The team will then travel to Pula, Croatia, to compete in the Global Challenge July 13-18.
"I'm really excited to travel to Europe this summer and see a part of the world I have never seen before," Giordano exclaimed. "I'm looking forward to meeting and playing with some of the best players in the country. This is going to be an amazing learning experience that will not only help me, but also my Mustang team in the fall. I am very blessed to have an opportunity like this, and I can't wait to represent both the USA and SMU!"
Giordano finished her freshman campaign with a team-high .308 attack percentage, ranking sixth in The American, and hit .320 against conference opponents. She recorded 113 total blocks, averaging 1.19 per set in league matches, sixth in the conference, and posted a season-high eight against San Francisco. The Keller, Texas, native also scored 219 kills, reaching double figures in four matches.
"The entire team shares Janelle's excitement with her selection to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team," head coach Lisa Seifert stated. "We are all very proud of her and have no doubt that she will represent USA and SMU well. Janelle has earned this position as she had an outstanding freshman season. She will gain some valuable experience both on and off the court in Europe."
The Europe tour is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, which six Mustangs, including Giordano, tried out for in February. USA Volleyball is yet to announce its 36 selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships.