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CSU volleyball player practicing with national team

June 22, 2012

Senior-to-be Brieon Paige is the fourth CSU volleyball player chosen to practice and play in the U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program.

CSU senior Brieon Paige will have the opportunity to improve her skills while competing for the U.S. Women's National A2 Team Program. Colorado State senior Brieon Paige is one of 48 collegiate volleyball players selected to participate in this summer’s U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program.

Paige, a middle blocker, earned a spot after trying out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In all, 207 athletes participated in the open tryout sponsored by USA Volleyball.

The Sacramento, Calif., native will begin training Tuesday at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Matches will be held June 30 through July 4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, coinciding with USA Volleyball’s Girls’ Junior National Championships.

48 players selected

The 48 players selected for the program will be divided into four 12-member teams, and will play one match per day. All matches will be A2 teams competing against each other in a round-robin format followed by a semifinal and final round.

The 48 players hail from 34 different collegiate programs, and Paige is one of 12 middle blockers. Athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2012 collegiate season not selected to join the U.S. Women’s National team were eligible for the U.S. Women’s A2 program.

Fourth Ram

Paige is the fourth CSU volleyball player chosen for the A2 program, joining former Rams Courtney Cox, Mekana Barnes and Evan Sanders.

“The A2 training program is a great opportunity for Brieon,” CSU Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “It’s an opportunity for her to be looked at for a possible future with USA Volleyball. She’ll get to train in the summer against some great competition. I’m really excited for her.”

Expecting big things

Paige is hoping the experience with A2 helps her going into her senior season.

“I’m excited to learn new things, especially things I can use for the upcoming season,” the senior said. “This will give me a chance to learn from other girls, make new friends and play with them. I’m planning on training really hard and bringing that back with me to share with my teammates.”

As a junior in 2011, Paige led the Mountain West with a .333 hitting percentage. She also ranked seventh with 1.02 blocks per set in addition to averaging 2.16 kills per set, earning all-MW honors.