COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Helen Boyle of the LSU volleyball team has been chosen as one of 36 athletes by USA Volleyball to compete this summer with the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships in Minneapolis.
As one of four Tiger players invited to tryouts for spots on one of three national collegiate teams, Boyle is the second LSU standout to be selected by USA Volleyball this spring, joining Briana Holman who was selected for the CNT that will take a 10-day tour of China as a part of international competition in June. Both Boyle and Holman’s selections this summer have extended the program’s streak to seven years that LSU has had at least one player involved with USA Volleyball.
“We are very excited for Helen, and proud to have another team member selected for this program,” head coach Fran Flory said. “It is always a great experience to compete in any national team competition. Helen is a great representative of our program, and has worked extremely hard to become a great collegiate player. Being chosen for this team validates that work, and provides a great opportunity for her and continues the legacy of LSU volleyball within the CNT.”
Boyle, a 5-11 outside hitter from Eureka, Mo., that was an All-Louisiana second team selection after averaging 2.36 kills, 2.83 digs and 0.34 blocks per game in 2013, will be one of nine at that position when the girls’ junior national championships run from June 22 to July 1 in Minnesota, as she is also one of five selections from the Southeastern Conference.
After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
This CNT program will be instructed by lead coaches Mike Hebert and Bill Neville, who are both retired college head coaches. Both Hebert and Neville have extensive coaching experience not only at the collegiate level, but also at the international level. Neville has served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s U.S. National Teams as well as assistant on the U.S. Men’s National Team. Hebert has contributed to the U.S. Women’s National Team as an assistant coach.
Nicki Holmes, assistant women’s volleyball coach at UCF, will serve as the program manager. Other program coaches are: Ashley Allen (assistant women’s coach at Nicholls State University), Ray Gooden (head women’s coach at Northern Illinois University), Linda Hampton-Keith (assistant women’s coach at Arizona State University), Ben Lee (Arizona Storm Volleyball Club), Marci Sanders (head women’s coach at University of Texas-Dallas) and Jay Van Vark (assistant women’s coach at Cal State University-San Marcos).
LSU has earned 190 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in at least seven NCAA Tournaments during the past nine seasons.