*Portions of this story were taken from the Official USA Volleyball release: Link
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Rising senior Mo Simmons has been named to the 2013 US Women’s National Volleyball A2 Program. Forty-eight players nationally were selected to train and compete this summer in Dallas, TX.
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 program roster has athlete representation from 29 different universities
Simmons has international experience in the USA Volleyball program, as she was selected to the Junior National Team in 2011, and started for the team at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championships in Peru.
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.
Simmons was second on the Clemson team in kills per set last season, in which the Tigers went 21-10. She averaged more than four kills per set in spring play as well.