July 6, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Florida State sophomore Summer Weissing has been selected as a candidate for USA Volleyball’s Women’s Junior National Team along with 17 of the country’s top players as they prepare for the 2005 FIVB Women’s U-20 World Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week. The top 12 athletes of the group will depart for Ankara, Turkey, for the World Championships taking place July 23-31.
“It is quite an honor to be selected to compete for the junior national team,” Weissing said from the USA Olympic Training Center. “I feel very proud to be involved with USA Volleyball and I am ecstatic to represent Florida State at the highest level. My main goal right now is to make the team in order to travel to the World Championships and bring home the gold medal for our country.”
If Weissing is named to the Women’s Junior National Team, she will be just the second Seminole in history to play for a USA Volleyball squad. Norisha Campbell (1998-2001) participated on the 1998 Junior National Team and 2000 A2 Team.
Weissing made an enormous impact as a newcomer last season, leading the team in six statistical categories, while asserting herself as a force on the defensive end. As a freshman, the libero from Boca Raton, Fla., was just one of two players to have appeared in all 109 of FSU’s games. In one season she inked her name in the Seminole Volleyball record book by recording 399 digs, enough to tie with legendary Seminole Maggie Philgence for ninth place. She goes into her sophomore season looking to improve on her early defensive success, while continuing a pace that has her on the fast track to the all-time record for the most digs in school history (Luiza Ramos-1,771).
Wingate University’s Shelton Collier has been selected as the USA Volleyball’s Women’s Junior National Team head coach.