McDonough and Civiero to Tour Brazil as Members of the USA Sports D-2 Volleyball Team
WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 3, 2017) – Rising seniors Shannon McDonough and Bri Civiero have been selected to partake in an elite opportunity this summer as members of the USA D-2 Volleyball Team – Brazil Tour 2017.
Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours & Events has announced the tour schedule, teams, and coaches for the upcoming tour, which will be comprised of 20 players representing 15 different colleges and universities.
“This is a tremendous honor for both Bri and Shannon to be chosen to represent Rollins on this team,” said Rollins Head Coach Mika Robinson. “They will have the opportunity to play terrific competition in Brazil as well as experience the culture of a wonderful country. I was fortunate to coach the DIII version of this team two summers ago, and it was truly the trip of a lifetime. I am so excited that they are going to have this opportunity.”
McDonough capped off a solid junior campaign with Second Team All-SSC honors. A native of Orlando, Fla., McDonough closed out her 2016 season with 465 kills, averaging 3.94 per set, while adding 10 assists, 300 digs, and 59 total blocks, including four solo blocks. The outside hitter finished third in the SSC in kills and fourth overall in kills per set.
Civiero was named First Team All-SSC, AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention, as well as AVCA All-America Honorable Mention after a season that saw her lead the team in kills with 483. The Mount Dora, Fla. native averaged 4.03 kills per set, and amassed 19 assists, 374 digs, and 56 total blocks, including seven solo blocks. A member of the 2014 All-SSC Newcomer Team, as well, Civiero closed out her junior campaign ranking second in the SSC in total kills, and third in kills per set.
The duo became the first set of Rollins teammates in six years to reach 400+ kills apiece in a season.
The USA D-2 Volleyball Teams are invited NCAA Division II women's players from across the country. These two teams (RED TEAM & BLACK TEAM) are comprised of players recognized as All Americans, All Region and All Conference.
This year's RED TEAM is made up of 10 players representing 7 different colleges and universities and come from 6 different home states. The BLACK TEAM is comprised of 10 players representing 8 different colleges and universities and come from 7 different home states and 2 countries.
“This is an outstanding group of young women.” says Smith. “Many of the players on this year's USA D-2 / Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams into post season play.” “This tour is designed to expose players to a great volleyball experience while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth.”
The USA D-2 Volleyball tour will run from May 29 through June 7. The teams will begin with orientation in Orlando, Florida on May 29th before the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil that evening. The teams will practice on May 30th in the city of Jundiai, before matches on May 31 and June 1 versus one professional team and one club team. The teams will then travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 2nd. In Rio the teams will be a part of an “International Challenge” on Sunday, June 4th. The “International Challenge” will be two matches versus club teams from the city of Rio de Janeiro. The two USA D-2 Volleyball teams will be competing against top U22, Adult and professional club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on this tour.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
USA D-2 Volleyball Teams
USA D-2 RED Volleyball Team
Maggie Billingsley Notre Dame de Namur University
Lexie Bradley University of North Alabama
Elizabeth Dowd Shorter University
MacKenzie Edwards Colorado Mesa University
Miranda Foster Northwest Missouri State University
Mackenzie Puckett University of Nebraska-Kearney
Briana Sandifer University of West Alabama
Lindsey Smith University of Nebraska-Kearney
Tara Ziegelbein University of Nebraska-Kearney
USA D-2 RED Volleyball Coach
Head Volleyball Coach Stephanie Radecki University of North Alabama
Assistant Coach Jennifer McCall University of North Alabama
Assistant Coach Haley Marett University of North Alabama
USA D-2 BLACK Volleyball Team
Sam Blasko Nova Southeastern University
Erin Braun University of Alaska-Anchorage
Kori Bullard Ouachita Baptist University
Bri Civiero Rollins College
Morgan Hooe University of Alaska-Anchorage
Katrina Janssen Caldwell University
Shannon McDonough Rollins College
Allison Olley University of Minnesota-Duluth
Cathy Scaniffe King University
Kaitlyn Sibson Eckerd College
USA D-2 BLACK Volleyball Coach
Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer King Nova Southeastern University