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.
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 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.