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Monday, June 14, 2021

KU’s Caroline Crawford named to U20 USA Volleyball Training Team

KU's Caroline Crawford (9) and Anezka Szabo (8) elevate at the net for a block attempt during the fourth set of the Jayhawks' five-set loss to the Mountaineers on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

KU's Caroline Crawford (9) and Anezka Szabo (8) elevate at the net for a block attempt during the fourth set of the Jayhawks' five-set loss to the Mountaineers on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

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Kansas middle blocker Caroline Crawford is headed to Las Vegas later this month to compete with the USA Volleyball Women’s Indoor U20 National Training Team, KU announced on Sunday.

Crawford is one of 20 athletes named to the team and one of six players who is entering her second year of college. Ten players will be college freshmen this fall and the other four will be entering their senior year of high school.

All members of the Women’s U20 National Training Team will participate in a training camp June 28 through July 8 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The training sessions will produce the 12-player roster that will compete in the 2021 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship July 9-18 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Kortrijk, Belgium.

International experience is nothing new for Crawford, who earned a spot on the all-Big 12 first team and all-Big 12 rookie team following her first season with the Jayhawks.

Prior to her first year at Kansas, Crawford competed on the U.S. Youth National Team and won gold medals at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship in Honduras and at the 2019 Women’s U18 World Championships in Egypt.

Crawford was also selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention honoree.

Here's a look at the rest of the players who will be vying for a spot on the 12-player team later this month:

Entering Second Year of College (6): Caroline Crawford (Lansing, Kan.), Allison Jacobs (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), Emily Londot (Utica, Ohio), Hattie Monson (Morris, Ill.), Elena Oglivie (Kapolei, Hawaii), Sydney Reed (Glenelg, Md.)

Entering First Year of College (10): Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas), Gabrielle Essix (Hoover, Ala.), Reagan Hope (Phoenix, Ariz.), Lindsay Krause (Papillion, Neb.), Kami Miner (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lexi Rodriguez (Sterling, Ill.), Katy Ryan (Rathdrum, Idaho), Shaylee Shore (Prosper, Texas), Katelyn Smith (Irvine, Calif.), Sarah White (Cranberry Township, Pa.)

Entering Final Year of High School (4): Carter Booth (Englewood, Colo.), Averi Carlson (Lucas, Texas), Anna Kate Herrington (Orlando, Fla.), Jordan Middleton (Gilbert, Ariz.)

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