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Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Penn State women’s volleyball alumnae Simone Lee, Haleigh Washington, and Aiyana Whitney are representing Team USA at this week’s Pan-American Cup in the Dominican Republic.

Another familiar face making the trip to Santo Domingo is former Penn State All-American and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Alisha Glass-Childress, who will serve as an assistant coach.

Penn State is the most-represented program on the 14-player roster. Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas each count two alums apiece. The Big Ten, widely considered the best conference in college volleyball, accounts for nine players.

Washington and Lee are making their tournament debuts for the U.S. women’s national team, while Whitney participated in the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup last September.

The opposite from Norwood, NJ, was part of a bronze medal showing in Japan alongside former Penn State teammate Megan Courtney. China came in first and Brazil finished as the runners-up.

Lee (22) was named Big Ten player of the year last season after leading the team with 478 kills.

Penn State great Micha Hancock and the U.S. “A” side claimed the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League title on July 1 thanks to a five-set victory over Turkey in Nanjing, China.

Washington was recently named Penn State female student-athlete of the year for 2017. Saquon Barkley, whose Giants jersey is the NFL’s top seller, took home the honors on the male side.

Washington and Lee were multi-year All-Americans for the Nittany Lions, with the former garnering three first-team selections in a row to end her career. Both played their first professional seasons in Italy after graduation.

Playing in Pool B, the U.S. will face Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in consecutive days beginning Sunday. The Pan-American Cup quarterfinals are scheduled for July 11.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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