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CU Buffs’ Cierra Simpson added to USA Volleyball training team

Colorado volleyball senior Cierra Simpson has led the Buffs in digs the past three seasons and has been the team's defensive MVP in each of the last two seasons.
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Colorado volleyball senior Cierra Simpson has led the Buffs in digs the past three seasons and has been the team’s defensive MVP in each of the last two seasons.

University of Colorado senior Cierra Simpson has been added to the USA Volleyball collegiate national training team-Indianapolis program and will join teammate Taylor Joachim on the squad.

With the addition of Simpson, the Buffs have had four athletes picked for a USAV CNT team this summer, which ties Minnesota for the most selections. Gabby Simpson was named to the USAV CNT-Europe tour, while Alexa Smith was selected to the USAV CNT-China program.

The squad of 36, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s national team, will train and compete from June 21-30 in Indianapolis. After the program is divided into three 12-player rosters from the training portion, the competition phase involving a round-robin tournament of the three squads will take place June 26-29.

“We are very excited for CeCe and her opportunity to return to the CNT,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said in a CU press release. “No one works harder than CeCe and it’s gratifying to see her dedication to improving her game paying off.”

Simpson, who is making her second straight appearance on the team, is one of five liberos. She has led the Buffs the last three seasons in digs and has been the Buffs defensive MVP in each of the last two seasons.

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