Hahn to Make Team USA Debut This Week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Iowa State All-American Kristen Hahn will take the next step in her volleyball career as she will be making her Team USA debut this week. Hahn will be part of USA squad competing at the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) World Championship Qualification Tournament, beginning Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Team USA, in a four-team pool with Guatemala, Honduras and Panama will play pool games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Americans will host Guatemala on Thursday, Panama on Friday and Honduras on Saturday with all three matches starting at 4 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. out in Colorado Springs. Depending on the results of the matches will determine Team USA’s plans on Sunday. If the U.S. finishes among the top-two teams in the pool, they will play again at 4 p.m. CT. A third or fourth place finish in the pool would result in a 2 p.m. CT start time.
The winner of the first and second-place pool match on Sunday will earn automatic qualifications for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, which will take place in September and October in Italy. The loser of the match will get another chance to qualify in the playoff round June 2-9 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Hahn is the lone libero in the 12-player squad. The team consists of many players who just finished up their collegiate playing careers. Among the notable names joining Hahn are Texas’ All-American opposite hitter Bailey Webster, Missouri All-American setter Molly Kreklow and San Diego middle blocker Chloe Ferrari.
Hahn finished 2013 with 5.71 digs per set, the highest rate for a season in school history, her career digs per set mark of 5.17 dps is also an Iowa State record. She was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week five times in 2013 and 17 times in her career, a record for Big 12 volleyball. She finished her career with the most 20-dig matches (49) and 30-dig matches (8) in a career, Hahn also had the three highest single-season number of 20-dig matches. Hahn also finished her ISU tenure with 68 straight matches recording at least 10 digs, a streak that encompassed the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Hahn is not the only member of the Team USA contingent associated with Iowa State this weekend. Graduate assistant Jesse Tupac will be working with the team and coaching staff as technical coordinator. Tupac, who joined the ISU staff in January, has worked extensively with Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and Team USA in the past. He interned with Team USA last summer and has been technical coordinator previously.
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