Volleyball's Cooper to Train with Team USA
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU middle blocker Brittnee Cooper is one of 18 players selected to train with the United States Women's National Team Team during its second winter training block. The session begins Monday and ends on April 9 held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity but at the same time I'm nervous," Cooper said. "I know that with the support of my family, friends, LSU coaching staff, teammates and God that I'll do just fine."
Cooper, the 2009 SEC Player of the Year, also became the third player to notch AVCA First-Team All-America honors as LSU won its first SEC championship since 1991. She powered home 1,110 career kills and racked up 504 blocks, one of four players to accomplish that feat in program history. Her .329 career hitting percentage ranks third in the LSU record book. The Houston native has already won a pair of medals as a member of the 2008 & 2009 USA Women's National A2 Team.
"We're extremely proud of Brittnee for getting this chance to train and compete with the nation's best volleyball players," head coach Fran Flory said. "She was a key part to our program's success and developed into one of the nation's elite players during her time at LSU. We wish her nothing but the best of luck as she continues her career."
USA Volleyball could expand the training group at the end of February following the U.S. National Team Open Tryouts set for Feb. 19-21.