Two student-athletes from the Southeastern Conference are among the 12 players selected by USA Volleyball to be a part of the 12-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Europe Tour (CNT-Europe) roster. The team will train and compete in Europe July 4-15.
Representing the SEC on the tour are Leah Edmond and Avery Skinner of Kentucky.
Edmond, a junior outside hitter, finished the 2017 season ranked second in the SEC in both kills per set (4.53) and points per set (5.16) and sixth in service aces per set (0.34). She was a member of the 2017 All-SEC Team and the AVCA First-Team All-America.
Skinner, a sophomore outside hitter, was a member of the 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team after finishing her rookie campaign ranked 10th in the league in kills per set (3.32). She also registered 38 digs and 38 total blocks for the Wildcats.
The squad will land in Venice, Italy, on Thursday, July 5. After training and friendly matches at a location to be announced, CNT-Europe will compete in the Global Challenge July 10-13 in Pula, Croatia.
In addition, four more SEC student-athletes earned a spot on the 24-player roster for the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team-Detroit (CNT-Detroit), who will train and compete in Detroit from June 22 to July 1.
Representing the SEC on the tour are Elizabeth Pamphile of Arkansas, Mia Sokolowski of Florida, and Gabby Curry and Brooke Morgan of Kentucky.
Pamphile, a sophomore middle blocker, started in all 30 matches and posted at least seven kills in 22 matches including eight outings with 10 or more kills. In six of those eight performances, she coupled the double-digit production with a .400 or higher hitting percentage. Defensively, Pamphile amassed 95.0 total blocks and had at least four total blocks in 10 matches.
Sokolowski, a redshirt sophomore outside hitter, was a part of the Gators squad that advanced to the NCAA Championship title game. She hit .444 in Florida's NCAA first-round win over Alabama State, and tallied five kills and a block assist in the Gators' win over UCLA in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Sokolowski also contributed seven kills and a .308 clip in the five-set thriller over Southern California in the NCAA Regional Championship, and five kills and three block assists in the NCAA Semifinals win over Stanford.
Curry, a sophomore libero, played in 33 matches last season for the Wildcats. During her freshman season, she recorded 275 digs, 37 assists and 17 aces. Morgan, a senior middle blocker, participated in 22 matches during her junior campaign. She tallied 98 kills, 40 total blocks and 19 digs.
The CNT-Detroit squad will train from June 22-26 at the University of Michigan. Afterward, the athletes will be assigned to one of two 12-member teams that will play three exhibition matches against each other at the Cobo Center from June 27, June 28 and June 30. The matches are being held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships under the same roof.