COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 23, 2012) – ETSU head volleyball coach Lindsey Devine has been named assistant coach for the USA Girls’ Youth National Team, the USA Volleyball organization recently announced.
Devine will help guide a U.S. Girls’ Youth Team that will compete in the upcoming European Global Challenge alongside legendary former Ohio State coach Jim Stone, who will be the head coach of the squad. The European Global Challenge will take place July 16-19 in Pula, Croatia.
This will be the fourth year that USA Volleyball has sent a team to this event. In 2011, the Women’s Junior A2 Team won the gold medal at the tournament.
Devine will also be involved with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team tryout for the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championships in the Dominican Republic from June 24 to July 2. The tryout will take place May 31-June 3 at the Olympic Training site in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The BIP/USA Development Team is a select group of high school seniors, college freshman, and college sophomores that will be participating in the 8th Annual European Global Challenge. The team will spend four nights in Milan, Italy at the Italian Volleyball Federation's brand new training facility practicing and playing against Club Italia, a mix of Youth and Junior National Team players coached by the Italian Junior National Team Coach, Marco Mencarelli. Then, the team will travel to Pula, Croatia for the Global Challenge.
The team is projected to play approximately 10 matches – three against the Italian Youth National team and seven at the Global Challenge. International teams also in attendance at the Global Challenge include: Czech Republic Junior and Youth National Teams, Russian Junior National Team, Slovenian Junior National Team, and top club teams from Croatia, Romania, Italy, Montenegro, and possibly Russia and Serbia.
Devine, who is entering her 10th season as ETSU head coach, has compiled 142 wins in her career to now rank as the third most in ETSU volleyball history. The Bucs are coming off their second straight appearance in the Atlantic Sun Championship semifinals. The ETSU volleyball team will get its season underway on August 24 at the Gamecock Invitational, hosted by the University of South Carolina.
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