Aug. 20, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore middle hitter Norisha Campbell, of Universal City, Texas, has been practicing with the Lady Seminole volleyball team for a week now, but will leave tonight for Colorado Springs, Colo., to join her other teammates on the USA Volleyball Junior National Team.
The squad will compete against the Brazilian Junior National Team from August 21-26 before heading to Canada for the FIVB Junior World Championships. The event will take place in Saskatoon and Edmonton, Canada, from August 28 to September 5.
Campbell, who is the first Florida State volleyball player to become a member of the USA Junior National Team, was selected among a pool of approximately 100 applicants who participated in the Junior National Team Trials in Colorado Springs in May. She was one of 20 athletes selected to train with the squad from July 10 to August 6. At the conclusion of the training, Campbell was among the 12 players selected to compete.
“I’m really excited to compete for USA Volleyball and especially for the opportunity to play in a different country,” Campbell said. “Being able to practice with my team (Florida State) this week has been great. I want to thank my teammates and especially my coaches for all of their support. I think they are as excited about this as I am.”
Due to the competition, Campbell will miss Florida State’s first four matches, but will rejoin the Lady Seminoles, who received votes in the AVCA Top 25 preseason poll, on September 7.