UT volleyballer makes training team

Junior Michelle Piantadosi of the Lady Vol volleyball squad has been selected to participate on USA Volleyball's National A2 training team this summer in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Piantadosi is one of 16 athletes from around the country named to the squad and just the fourth Lady Vol to receive such an invitation. Last year, Janelle Hester became the third UT player to take part in the program. Tennessee All-Americans Beverly Robinson and April Chapple also trained with the team, with Robinson doing so from 1984-89 and Chapple participating in 1985.

''We're very excited and proud of Michelle for this accomplishment,'' said UT Head Coach Rob Patrick. ''I know it means a lot to her. She has learned a new position in a short amount of time and training with the National Team will further her development.''

Piantadosi began last season as a middle blocker, but midway through the year she began playing some rotations as an outside hitter. During the off-season, she has continued to work on playing the outside and will fill that position for UT next year.

''Michelle has the opportunity to train with some of the nationâs best,'' Patrick added. ''This experience will help get her ready for the heavy offensive load sheâll carry for us next year. Itâs a responsibility she has been preparing for already this spring.''

Piantadosi finished second on the squad in kills and kills per game last season with marks of 369 and 3.42. She also led the team in attacks with 981 and her kills average placed 10th in the SEC. The Boca Raton, Fla., native was second for the Lady Vols in blocks with 75. In addition to leading the team in kills in seven contests last year, Piantadosi established new single-game career highs for kills (25), attacks (65), hitting percentage (.643), service aces (3) and digs (8).

Other members of the National A2 Team include Keao Burdine (Southern California), Jane Collymore (Florida), Nicole Davis (Southern California), Lyndsey Henderson (Utah), Kelsie Kartchner (Utah), Bre Ladd (Arizona), Lindsy Lewis (BYU), Angela McGinnis (â02 Youth Team), Kristin Richards (â02 Junior Team), Lauren Richards (BYU), Anna Schrad (Nebraska), Mary-Lauren Smith (Missouri), Kim Turner (Utah), Staci Venski (Southern California) and Sheri Williams (Florida).

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