Jan. 21, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Bruin Rachell Johnson has accepted an offer to train with Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, as announced by U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach "Jenny" Lang Ping on Monday.
Johnson is one of 10 selected players who participated in an invitation-only tryout held Jan. 7-12 in Colorado Springs. A middle blocker while with the Bruins, Johnson will train as an outside hitter with Team USA beginning on Jan. 29.
"This group of young players will have a chance to train as a group under our system for a few months and getting used to international volleyball rules," Lang Ping said. "These players will have the opportunity to compete for roster spots this summer at the FIVB World Grand Prix and Olympic Games. At the very least, if they do not make the Olympic Games roster, they will have gained valuable experience for the future with our program."
U.S. Women's National Training Team athletes will compete this spring for tournament roster spots this summer. Team USA earned its berth into the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the FIVB World Cup in November 2007.