BYU women's volleyball setter Alohi Robins-Hardy has been selected to compete as part of the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Europe Tour (CNT-Europe), USA Volleyball announced Monday.
The CNT-Europe squad, one of three teams within the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, will compete in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge from July 11-14, in Pula, Croatia, after training and friendly matches in Europe. Prior to the Global Challenge, the CNT-Europe squad will tentatively train in Maribor, Slovenia, with friendly matches versus various national teams. Robins-Hardy is one of just 11 players selected for the CNT-Europe squad.
Middles selected to the elite CNT-Europe squad are Corissa Crocker (University of Michigan; Brighton, Michigan), Claire Kiefer-Wright (University of Michigan; South Pasadena, California) and Jenna Rosenthal (Marquette University; Fond du Lac, Wisconsin). The outside hitters named to the roster are Courtney Schwan (University of Washington; Auburn, Washington), Carlyle Nusbaum (Lipscomb University; Overland Park, Kansas) and Jaali Winters (Creighton University; Ankeny, Iowa).
The two opposites selected to the CNT-Europe Tour are Kelsie Payne (University of Kansas; Austin, Texas) and Taylor Mims (Washington State University; Billings, Montana). The setters are Kristen Gengenbacher (University of San Diego; Quincy, Illinois) and Robins-Hardy (Brigham Young University; Waimanalo, Hawaii). The libero will be Brittany Witt (Creighton University; Omaha, Nebraska).
University of Cincinnati head coach Molly Alvey will serve as the CNT-Europe head coach. She will be assisted by North Carolina State University assistant coach Nicki Holmes.
The CNT-Europe roster includes four players with experience within the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Rosenthal and Schwan were members of the 2016 CNT-China Tour roster, while Gengenbacher and Winters were part of the 2016 CNT-Indianapolis program. Further, Payne was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team last summer competing in the Pan American Cup. The 12th player on the CNT-Europe roster will be announced in May.
Athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held March 3-5, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.