Oakdale's Desrochers named to USA Volleyball squad

Junior-to-be will play at the Youth A1 level

jcortez@modbee.comJuly 13, 2013 

Nicole Desrochers, a setter for the Oakdale High volleyball team, has been selected to play for USA Volleyball's Girls Youth A1 team, which will compete at the USA High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., later this month.

Desrochers, who played at the junior varsity level for the Mustangs last year as a sophomore — Oakdale was loaded at the setter position on the varsity level last season — tried out for the team in February in San Mateo.

"I'm very excited," said Desrochers, who is one of nine local girls to earn positions on USA volleyball squads. "My main goal is getting seen by the recruiters and, hopefully, get a scholarship."

According to the USA Volleyball page on the TeamUSA.org website, the A1 level is the highest available to athletes in the Junior, Youth and Select age groups.

Golden Valley middle blocker Belen Castillo, who will be a junior, was tabbed to play for the Select A1 squad.

The A1 teams will leave for Fort Lauderdale later this week for a 10-day program. The A1 players will train as a group from Thursday to July 22. Then, from July 23-27, they will take part in the USA High Performance Championships at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Turlock High's Lauren Clark, a libero who will be a sophomore in the fall, was placed on the Select A2 team, which does not compete but just wrapped up a weeklong training program in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 5-11.

Other local athletes who were chosen to USA Volleyball teams that have already completed training camps include:

• Enochs High middle blocker Jessica Gilbert, junior (Youth A3).

• Ashley Maki of Modesto, freshman, libero (Select National Skills Program).

• Hilmar's Julia Handy, eighth grade, setter (Future Select National Training Program).

• Turlock's Kennedy Folly, eighth grade, outside hitter (Future Select Development Program).

• Sonora's Riley Patterson, eighth grade, outside hitter (Future Select Development Program).

• Sonora's Katie Juarez, eighth grade, outside hitter (Select National Skills Program).

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