Katie Brand (Kansas State), Julia Doyle (Oklahoma) and Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech) are among 36 athletes to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis.
An All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection in 2013, Brand led K-State with 1,056 assists last season while also tallying 95 kills, 87 blocks, 27 aces and 169 points in 105 sets. Her kills, aces and points were the most by a K-State setter since 2007 while she was the first Big 12 freshman to average 10+ assists per set since 2010.
Brand is one of three athletes from the Big 12 selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program in June as she is joined by Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech, libero) and Julia Doyle (Oklahoma, setter).
Doyle is coming off a sophomore season in which she finished fourth in the Big 12 with 1,101 assists for a 9.49 per set average. She helped guide the Sooners to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and ended at 24-8 with an appearance in the second round. Doyle added 234 assists, 31 service aces and 18 kills.
Since arriving at Tech as a sophomore transfer in 2012, Brummitt has single-handily rewrote the Tech defensive record book, breaking the program’s single-season mark for digs in each of her two seasons. Brummitt recorded a team-high 604 digs as a junior in 2013, surpassing her own school record from the year before by nearly 100 digs alone. She averaged 5.16 digs per set en route to earning All-Big 12 second team honors as well as AVCA honorable mention All-American accolades.
Brummitt enters her 2014 senior season needing 469 digs to snap the Tech career record of 1,583 that was set by Lisa Hilgers from 1995-98. She is the only player in school history to join the 1,000 career digs club in just two seasons.
After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.