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Bannister Named to Collegiate National Team Japan Roster

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

BATON ROUGE – LSU volleyball’s sophomore Taylor Bannister named to 12-player U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Japan Tour roster, as announced by USA Volleyball Monday afternoon.  

Bannister participated in the open tryouts at the beginning of March in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was invited to a second tryout that featured a total of 17 athletes, who were evaluated for addition training this summer with the full U.S. Women’s National Team.

“We are excited that Taylor earned the opportunity to join the collegiate national team on their Japan tour,” said head coach Fran Flory. “She will gain great experience playing with the top collegiate players as they represent out country.” 

Bannister is the only collegiate player from the Southeastern Conference. She will tour with the team May 19-30 in Japan, where it will have a series of training sessions and matches. The tour is unique in that U.S. will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.

Schedule:

  • May 22: vs. Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo
  • May 23: vs. Japan Women’s U20 Team at NEC in Kawasaki
  • May 24: vs. Japan World University Games Team in Kawasaki
  • May 25: vs. Japan World University Games Team at NEC in Kawasaki
  • May 26: vs. Japan Women’s U20 Team at Japan National Training Center in Kita, Tokyo
  • May 28: vs. Okayama Seagulls in Okayama

Heather Olmstead, head coach of the Brigham Young University women’s volleyball team, will serve as the CNT-Japan Tour head coach. Jaylen Reyes and Krista Vansant will serve as assistant coaches. Reyes is currently assistant coach at University of Nebraska, while Vansant is an assistant coach with Indiana University. TJ Read, the director of volleyball operations at UCF, will serve as the program’s technical coordinator.

For more information on USA volleyball, visit teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball.

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