May 8, 2013
USA Volleyball A2 Announcement
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Elizabeth Koberstein of the Marquette University women’s volleyball team has been invited to join the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 team, USA Volleyball announced Tuesday.
“I am really honored for the opportunity to put ‘USA’ on my back and represent my country,” Koberstein said of the selection. “It is also nice to represent Marquette among that pool of athletes. It was cool to be able to compete against athletes during tryouts again that I did when I was younger in the USA Volleyball pipeline. It was a great experience and I am excited for the opportunity.”
Koberstein is one of eight setters and 48 student-athletes named to the team after attending the open tryout on Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted 247 participants, including 49 setters, and was also attended by fellow Marquette team captain and libero Julie Jeziorowski.
"This is a great accomplishment for ‘Bisky,’” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “She has grown and improved as a setter in the last year and has great gifts and talents. It will be a great experience for her to train and play with some of the best players in the U.S. I know it will prepare her for a great senior season at Marquette and give her a taste of playing international volleyball as a professional once her career here is ended. We are all proud and excited for her."
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season and is scheduled to take place in Dallas, Texas from June 25 to July 4, in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC).
During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 48 athletes will be divided into four equal teams that will compete in pool play against the other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams. After pool play, the four A2 program teams and PVL teams will split into their own divisions to determine the medalist teams in the competition.
The head coaches of this year’s A2 program are Mike Hebert, Andy Banachowski, Ruth Nelson and Bill Neville. Hebert, a five-time NCAA Final Four participant as a head coach at Illinois and Minnesota, worked with the Golden Eagles during the 2012 preseason and is a coaching mentor to Shymansky.
Koberstein quickly established herself as one of the premier setters in the nation during her first season with the Golden Eagles, ending the 2012 campaign with the fourth-best single season assist total in MU history (1,455). The Madison, Wis., native led the BIG EAST and ranked 10th nationally with an 11.64 assist per set average.
The junior's play at setter led Marquette to a conference-best team hitting percentage of .277, including a mark of .292 in BIG EAST play. She was the third Marquette setter in the last three seasons to earn AVCA All-Northeast Region honors, following in the footsteps of Nikki Klingsporn (2010) and Chelsea Heier (2011) in Shymansky’s offense. Koberstein is also the second setter under Shymansky to train with the A2 program.
Marquette compiled an impressive 27-7 regular season record in 2012, including a program-record 13 victories in BIG EAST Conference play, and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.