March 21, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Kelsey Black, a 5-11 outside hitter at Texas A&M, has been selected to the U.S. Women's Senior A2 National Team program for the second consecutive year and will compete at the 2011 USA Adult Open Championships in Dallas in May, USA Volleyball has announced.
The senior-to-be from Amarillo, Texas, was one of 36 players with remaining collegiate eligibility selected from a record 204 athletes who participated in a three-day tryout at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in February. Black is one of six selected who has previously played on an A2 team.
Last year, Black was named to the U.S. Women's National A2 Red Team and played libero for the bronze medal-winning team at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships in Tempe, Ariz.
This year's U.S. Women's National A2 Program will take place in Dallas from May 23 through June 1. The program includes training and competition in the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in the Open Division from May 28-31. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.
During the training sessions, the coaching staff will divide the 36 players into three teams of 12 players to compete in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships. Last year, two A2 teams competed in the Open Division, producing a gold and bronze medal.
Black is coming off a season in which she was named to the All-Big 12 first team and received Texas A&M's MVP and Best Offensive Player awards after averaging 4.77 points and 4.08 kills per set, ranking 25th and 31st in the nation, respectively. In her first year as a starter, the junior team captain twice tied the A&M all-time record for aces in a match with six each against Sam Houston State and Pacific, and she led the Big 12 in aces (.37) per set and ranked second in the league in points, fourth in kills and 15th in digs (2.99) per set for the full season.
Black started every match and played in all 113 sets as the Aggies went 13-17, including a 3-0 sweep against 2010 NCAA finalist Texas at Reed Arena. She posted double figures in kills in 25 of 30 matches, including seven matches in which she posted 20 or more kills. Black led or tied for the team lead in kills in all but one match and also led the team with 17 double-doubles.
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.