COLLEGE STATION -- Sarah Ammerman, a 6-2 outside hitter at Texas A&M, has been selected to the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 National Team program and will compete at the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships, USA Volleyball has announced.
The senior-to-be from Parker, Colo., is one of only five repeat selections from the 2008 U.S. Women’s National A2 program. Ammerman won a bronze medal as a member of the USA Red team at the 2008 USA Adult Open Championships in Atlanta.
“It’s really special just to be able to play for USA and to continue to represent A&M in the USA Volleyball organization along with (A&M Hall of Famer and three-time Olympian) Stacy Sykora,” Ammerman said. “I’ve been involved with USA Volleyball since I was a junior in high school, and I would love to keep progressing through the program.”
“It’s a great compliment for Sarah to be selected as one of the top players in the nation in the collegiate ranks,” A&M volleyball head coach Laurie Corbelli added, “and it is even more enjoyable to know that she appreciates it so much, the opportunity and the experiences with the different coaches and different teammates. She makes the most of the experience, and it’s just a great testament of her passion for volleyball.”
Ammerman was one of 160 athletes to attend a three-day open tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in late February. A total of 24 players were selected from the open tryout.
“The tryout was a lot of fun,” Ammerman said. “It was the biggest one they have ever had, so it was very competitive, more competitive than last year. It’s just great to be able to play with all the different players and have them on your side of the net after you’ve played against them all of these years.
“Another one of my favorite parts about going into something like this is that you get to learn from all of the different styles and adapt them to how you play. It helps expand my skill level a lot.”
According to USA Volleyball, the 24 players, all with remaining collegiate eligibility, will train May 18-22 in Minneapolis before being split into two 12-player squads to compete in the Open Division of the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships. The Open Division flight takes place May 23-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
“Volleyball has been part of my life since Day 1, and I just have an undying love for it,” Ammerman said. “I want to play as much as I can and as long as I can, so going into my senior year, this is a great opportunity for me because I can get three extra weeks of awesome practice in before the season begins. It also just helps afterwards when I’m done with my collegiate career. It is one more thing to put on my résumé to help me go onto the next step.”
This past season, Ammerman garnered All-Big 12 honorable mention and was presented A&M’s Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player awards after leading the Aggies and ranking seventh in the Big 12 Conference and in both kills (3.49) and points (3.90) per set in league matches only. She was the catalyst in A&M’s season-ending six-match winning streak, hitting .326 while averaging 4.55 kills and 5.07 points per set during the stretch, and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 24 after leading the Big 12 with 5.50 points and 5.00 kills while hitting at a .356 clip in crucial victories against Oklahoma and Colorado.
The Aggies finished 16-14, including 11-9 in the Big 12, tying NCAA regional finalist Iowa State for fourth place in the conference standings. A&M also received votes and was listed tied for 33rd in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.
“We’ve been fortunate to have athletes be involved with USA Volleyball, and it is just nice that Sarah has continued that tradition,” Corbelli said. “She’s led this program into the top half of one of the premiere conferences in the country, and she deserves all of the accolades that she gets.”
Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team program and the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships can be found at http://www.usavolleyball.org.