Regan Pittman, Spring Hill, is a member of the 20-player USA Volleyball Girls’ Youth National Training Team. The athletes will compete in youth world volleyball championships in Lima, Peru.
The GYNT is the highest level of programming for players born in 1998 or 1999. Team USA qualified for the World Championship after finishing with the silver medal at the 2014 NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship in Costa Rica.
Pittman, a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, is a middle blocker. She is committed to play volleyball at the University of Minnesota for ex-Olympic Coach Hugh McCutcheon.
Pittman joins two other Kansas City-area players on the roster – Alexis Hart, an outside hitter from Independence, Mo., and Madison Lilley, a setter from Overland Park.
A final 12-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team will be determine through a second tryout of the 20-player roster scheduled to take place July 18-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The selected 12 players will continue training in Colorado Springs July 24-28 before heading to the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship set for Aug. 7-16 in Peru.
Prior to the World Championship event, the GYNT travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 28 to participate in a Pre-World Championship Competition hosted by the Argentina Volleyball Federation. The GYNT delegation will travel to Lima on Aug. 4 to train and acclimate before the World Championship.
“The FIVB World Championship will offer these talented athletes an opportunity to represent the USA on an international stage and compete with the best players in the world,” said U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone, who returns for his eight consecutive season leading the GYNT program. “It is a wonderful challenge to compete successfully in this type of event with a short training window. I like the players we have in the mix and I’m confident we will represent the USA in a positive manner.”
Stone will be assisted by East Tennessee State University Head Coach Lindsey Devine, University of Central Florida Assistant Coach Michelle Chatman and Colorado State University’s Jared Hazel as technical coordinator.