CU volleyball’s Rachel Whipple named to US Collegiate National Team

Colorado volleyball libero Rachel Whipple has been named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team’s Anaheim roster.

USA Volleyball made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Whipple, a native of Centennial, was named as one of four liberos to the 28-player team that will train June 23-29 in Anaheim, with a Red-Blue scrimmage scheduled for June 28th.

“I find this honor to be both very rewarding and humbling,” Whipple said. “A lot of hours have been put in and a lot of sacrifices have been made to play volleyball, so it’s rewarding to be recognized. But it’s also humbling to be chosen when there were so many great players at the tryouts. I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity.”

“I’m very excited for Rachel,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “This is an awesome opportunity for her continued growth and development and she is very deserving of the selection. It’s gratifying to see Rachel’s hard work pay off.”

Colorado has had a rich tradition lately of sending athletes to the US Women’s Collegiate National Team. In 2016, Gabby Simpson and Alexa Smith were named to teams. Taylor Simpson made the USA National Team that same year while Cierra Simpson and Taylor Joachim rounded out four women that made the Collegiate National team that season. Others to make teams recently include Alexis Austin and Nicole Edelman.

Whipple will join a number of Pac-12 individuals on the team that include Preslie Anderson of Cal, Samantha Drechsel of Washington, Lauren Forte of Cal, Jasmine Gross of USC, Bailee Huizenga of Cal, Ella Powell of Washington, Lauren Sanders of Washington and Emma Smith of Cal.

The team will be coached by Pittsburgh’s coach Dan Fish, Western Kentucky’s Travis Hudson, Creigton’s Kirsten Bernthal Booth and West Florida’s Melissa Wolter.

USA Volleyball announced two other Collegiate National Teams last month. All student-athletes’ actions will be considered second tryouts for the US Women’s National Teams by NCAA rules.