Micha Hancock, Megan Courtney Make Team USA Preliminary Roster

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Penn State women’s volleyball alums Micha Hancock and Megan Courtney made the preliminary 21-player roster that will train with the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer.

Hancock and Courtney led the Nittany Lions to back-to-back national championships in 2013-14 and have played professionally overseas since graduating. In fact, the two were teammates with the Polish club Impel Wroclaw this past season. It’s the second year in a row the duo was selected to train with the national team in hopes of making the final competition squad.

Hancock, who hails from Edmond, Okla., was a three-year All-American during her time in State College. She was also named the 2014 AVCA National Player of the Year and is considered one of the best collegiate setters of all time.

Courtney, an outside hitter, is one of only eight players in program history to join the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club. The Dayton, Ohio, native secured NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in 2014 by pacing Penn State to its seventh national title.

Photo By: Mitchell Wilston | Onward State

A pair of former Penn State standouts, Christa Dietzen and Alisha Glass, led Team USA to a bronze medal showing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. There are plenty of familiar faces on the preliminary roster, as 14 of the 21 players head coach Karch Kiraly invited played for Big Ten schools.

The U.S. has a busy schedule on tap with the Pan American Cup, FIVB World Grand Prix, USA Volleyball Cup, and FIVB World Grand Champions Cup all taking place over the next three months. Hopefully Hancock and Courtney will impress Kiraly enough to continue representing their country on the national stage.

World No. 2 USA will host a friendly against No. 19 Canada this coming Tuesday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

 

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