COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cal State Northridge sophomore middle blocker Casey Hinger was one of 48 collegiate players named to the roster of the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Senior A2 Program as announced May 7 by USA Volleyball.
The A2 Program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. The program is scheduled to take place in Dallas, Texas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships.
During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 48 student-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 Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hinger, along with Matador teammate Sydney Gedryn, attended the tryout which attracted a record 240 participants.
"I'm so excited to go and train with so many amazing athletes," said Hinger. "I know that being around such heavy competition will only make me a better and more experienced player. I want to go as far as I can in volleyball and this is a step in the right direction. Just being a part of the A2 program is such an honor and shows me all the hard work and determination I can look forward to in the future."
The program roster has athlete representation from 29 different universities with 12 schools having multiple selections. Five athletes are repeat selections from 2012 including Purdue's Kierra Jones and Valerie Nichol from Purdue, Michigan State's Alexis Matthews and Lauren Wicinski and New Mexico's Chantale Riddle.
Hinger, from Fullerton, Calif., helped propel the Matadors to a 21-10 season in 2012, the first 20-win season for a Cal State Northridge team since 1996. An AVCA honorable mention All-American as well as first team All-Big West selection as a sophomore, she finished the season ranked third on the team with 277 kills (2.52 kps) and was the teams' leading blocker averaging 1.34 blocks per set.
Her season totals of 14 solo stuffs and 133 assisted blocks rank among the best in a single season in Cal State Northridge history. With 133 block assists, Hinger ranks third in the Matadors' rally scoring era (2001-present) and sixth all-time for a single season. In two seasons, she now has 23 block solos and 241 block assists in her Matador career.
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