Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours & Events announces tour schedule, teams and coaches for upcoming USA D-2 Volleyball Teams – Brazil Tour 2019.
The USA D-2 Volleyball Teams have invited NCAA Division II women’s players from across the country. These two teams (RED TEAM & BLUE TEAM) are comprised of players recognized as All Americans, All Region and All Conference.
The RED TEAM is made up of 10 players representing 6 different colleges and universities and come from 7 different home states. The BLUE TEAM is made up of 9 players representing 6 different colleges and universities and come from 8 different home states.
“This is an outstanding group of young women.” says Ron Smith. “Many of the players on this year’s USA D-2 / Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams into post season play.” “This tour is designed to expose players to a great volleyball experience while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth.”
The USA D-2 Volleyball tour will run from May 13 through May 22. The teams will begin with orientation in Orlando, Florida on May 13th before the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil that evening. The teams will practice on May 14th in the city of Jundiai, before matches on May 15th and May 16th versus professional and club teams. The two USA D-2 Teams will play double headers each night in the cities visited. The teams will then fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 17th. In Rio the teams will be a part of an “International Challenge” on Saturday, May 18th. The “International Challenge” will be two matches versus club teams from the city and state of Rio de Janeiro. The two USA D-2 Volleyball teams will be competing against top U22, adult and professional club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on this tour.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach (location for the 2016 Rio Olympic Beach Volleyball Stadium) and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The team will visit the popular international market in Ipanema and Ipanema Beach.
During the teams’ time in Rio the TEAM will be conducting a youth clinic at the Marina Barra Clube / Ripper Volei as part of their “social project”. This popular outreach opportunity for the USA D-2 Volleyball Team is already filled to capacity.
USA D-2 Volleyball Teams’ Rosters
USA D-2 RED Volleyball Team
Isabelle Barnes University of Alabama – Huntsville
Abby Brooks University of Alabama – Huntsville
Sabrina Duncan University of Alabama – Huntsville
Amanda Guasti-Nugent University of Montevallo
Sadie Hough University of West Florida
Emma Lenoir Christian Brothers University
Katie Placek Ferris State University
Miaya Smith Christian Brothers University
Evelina Teran University of Montevallo
Taylor Vaneekeren University of West Florida
USA D-2 RED Volleyball Coach
Cade Smith (Head Volleyball Coach) University of Alabama – Huntsville
USA D-2 BLUE Volleyball Team
Madi Cooler University of West Alabama
Audrey Fisher University of Central Missouri
Kaitlin Niedert Upper Iowa University
Morgan Olson Minnesota State University-Mankato
Mara Quam Minnesota State University-Mankato
Kylie Smith Southern Nazarene University
Abby Tiesman Colorado School of Mines
Kassie Till University of West Alabama
Bailee Turang Southern Nazarene University
USA D-2 BLACK Volleyball Coach
Jeremy White (Head Volleyball Coach) Southeastern Louisiana University
(formerly at Northwestern Oklahoma State University)