Life After Loudoun: Potomac Falls Graduate Holly Carlton Named to USA Volleyball’s Women’s Junior National Team

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(April 12, 2017) — USA Volleyball has named Potomac Falls High School graduate Holly Carlton (2016) to its Women’s Junior National Team-U20PAC. The USWJNT-U20PAC will compete in the 2017 U20 Women’s Pan American Cup on May 8-13 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Carlton – who redshirted at Division I University of North Carolina last fall – will join 11 other student-athletes on the 12-player U.S. team:

  • Brionne Butler (University of Texas)
  • Holly Carlton (University of North Carolina)
  • Tiffany Clark (University of Michigan)
  • Thayer Hall (Paul M. Dorman High School)
  • Paige Hammons (University of Florida)
  • Khalia Lanier (University of Southern California)
  • Madison Lilley (University of Kentucky)
  • Mackenzie May (UCLA)
  • Regan Pittman (University of Minnesota)
  • Elle Sandbothe (Kansas State University)
  • Mikayla Shields (University of South Carolina)
  • MacKenzi Welsh (University of Michigan)

University of Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott will lead the USWJNT-U20PAC team in Costa Rica in May. USA Volleyball tabbed three-time Olympian and Concordia University head coach Paula Weishoff and University of Texas graduate manager Kevin Inlow to round out the coaching staff.

The U20 Women’s Pan American Cup is a qualification tournament for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship. The top teams from both the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and the South American Confederation earn bids to the world championship which takes place every two years. The 2017 U20 World Championship is slated for July 14-23 in Boca del Rio and Cordoba, Mexico.

If the U.S. earns a qualification to the FIVB World Championship, USA Volleyball will hold a training camp to determine the USWJNT for the world championship on July 2-12. Carlton and the other members of the USWJNT-U20PAC team would receive automatic invitations to that training camp.

Dulles VolleyballThe USWJNT-U20PAC opens Pan American Cup play against Argentina on May 9 and then the Dominican Republic on May 10.

2017 U20 Women’s Pan American Cup Schedule:

Group A
May 8: Argentina vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
May 9: United States vs. Argentina, 7:30 p.m.
May 10: United States vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.

Group B
May 8: Costa Rica vs. Uruguay, 7:30 p.m.
May 9: Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m.
May 10: Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico, 7:30 p.m.

Group C
May 8: Cuba vs. Chile, 3:30 p.m.
May 9: Chile vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m.
May 10: Peru vs. Cuba, 3:30 p.m.


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