COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore opposite hitter Angel Gaskin was selected as one of 36 players who will train and compete as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis program, as announced by USA Volleyball Monday.
The CNT-Minneapolis squad is part of USA Volleyball's High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Team.
“I'm proud of the hard work Angel has put in over the past few years to put herself in this position,” head coach Steve Aird said. “I think it will be an incredible learning experience for her to compete with USA Volleyball, and our program is excited for her to have this opportunity.”
Gaskin was one of six opposite hitters selected to Minneapolis. A two-year starter for the Terps, she ranked third on the team in 2016 with 1.96 kills per set and finished second on the team with 1.00 blocks per set.
The group will train at the University of Minnesota from June 22-26. Afterward, the athletes will be assigned to one of three 12-member teams and compete in a round-robin format at the Minneapolis Convention Center from June 27-30.
Athletes were selected through the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held in March at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Gaskin is the second player under Aird to earn a spot in the CNT programs as freshman Gia Milana attended the CNT-Indianapolis program last summer.