Larson and Stalls to Train with National Team

USA Volleyball announced Monday that Nebraska volleyball players Tracy Stalls and Jordan Larson were two of five collegiate players selected to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team program this summer. Both players earned the opportunity following a pair of open tryouts earlier this winter.

Jordan Larson and Tracy Stalls will join Stanford's duo of Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza and Florida's Marcie Hampton in training with the rest of the U.S. Women's National Team beginning in May.

Currently, 13 players have been part of the U.S. Women's National Training Team working out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, including former Husker Dani Busboom, who began training in Colorado Springs in January. The majority of last year's U.S. Women's National Team will return to Colorado Springs in May after completing their overseas professional volleyball obligations. An additional player or two with college eligibility may be added to the U.S. Women's National Team roster at a later date.

Both players have extensive experience in the USA Volleyball pipeline, as Stalls was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team in 2003 and 2004, while Larson served stints with the U.S. Youth and Junior National teams.

Larson earned first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2006 after averaging 4.13 kills and 3.50 digs per game, ranking among the Big 12's leaders in aces (0.46/gm, second), points (5.07, third), kills (fourth) and digs (10th). The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Larson had a team-best 22 double-doubles, including 10 in a row at one point in the season.

Outside of her Husker experiences, Larson was selected to the U.S. Women's Junior National Team in 2004 and led the squad to the NORCECA Continental Junior Championships gold medal. Larson claimed several honors at the conclusion of the tournament including most valuable player, best receiver and all-tournament honors. She was named to the all-tournament team at the 2003 FIVB Youth World Championships while also being named the tournament's top server.

Stalls, who earned AVCA All-America Second-Team accolades in 2006, averaged 2.67 kills and 1.41 blocks per game in leading the Huskers to the school's third national title. She led the Big 12 and ranked 11th nationally in hitting percentage (.400) while ranking fourth in the league in blocks. Stalls reached double-figures in kills 13 times, including a career-high 17 kills in the 2006 national semifinals against UCLA.

Stalls trained for two years in the USA Volleyball National Developmental Program after becoming the first participant in the program in May 2002. After competing on the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team in 2000 and the U.S. Women's Junior National Team in 2001 and 2002, she began competing on the U.S. Women's National Team in international tournaments in 2003. Stalls was a member of Team USA that played in the 2003 Centennial Cup, the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2004 Yeltsin Cup. In addition, she spent nearly three months training with the Nagasaki International University volleyball team in Sasebo City, Japan, in 2002.

Players will be competing for roster spots to travel to include the Pan American Cup held June 19-30 at Colima, Mexico, and the Pan American Games held July 14-19 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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