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Courtesy: Dennis Snyder

Yancy Named to National A1 Team

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 06/05/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - It has been announced that Western Michigan volleyball player and reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Stephenee Yancy has been selected to join the 2013 USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Women’s Junior A1 National Training Team Program.  This marks the second consecutive year that a Bronco has been added to one of the national training team rosters; both Ali Gossen and Kaycee Acree were added to the Junior A2 National Training Team program last year.

The Junior A1 National Training team will feature 22 athletes, who will attend 10 days of training and competition at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from July 18-28.  After using the first five days of the camp for training, the group will be split into three teams of 11 athletes to compete in the international tournament.  The teams will compete in the High Performance Championships opposing international teams, top Region HP teams and other USAV High Performance teams.

According to their official web site, the program "is designed to train and expose those athletes with the highest potential for international competition."  The athletes will use  training techniques and systems modeled after those used by the U.S. Women's National Team, as well as on-court and classroom opponent scouting education.

The selection process for the team began with a tryout held in Colorado Springs earlier this year.  Yancy says that the process was fairly straightforward, and despite the elite company she was keeping, the reigning MAC Freshman of the Year did not feel out of place.

"We just practiced and played the entire time we were in Colorado," said Yancy.  "When I was there, my mentality was that I belonged and that I could compete with anyone there.  Once I got the news, I was excited and anxious for this challenge."

Yancy says that the advice from Gossen and Acree, who worked with the A2 program in 2012, wasn't very complex, either.

"They just told me to go out there and play hard and have a great experience with all the different athletes there," said Yancy.