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Wilson earns spot on USAVB Select Continental Team

Posted: June 16, 2011 2:15 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Morgan Wilson has come a long way from the little third-grader who joined her mother’s Camden Volleyball Club team.

Now, a rising freshman at Camden High School who played for the Camden Middle School volleyball team in each of the past two years, Wilson was selected to the USA Volleyball’s High Performance-Indoor 2011 Select Continental Team.

The daughter of CHS head volleyball coach Paige Wilson and her husband, Paul, Morgan traveled to Raleigh to take part in tryouts for the elite squad and was selected to the team after working out as a Libero, i.e., defensive specialist. She started playing for a traveling club volleyball team in Columbia when she was in the sixth grade.

The High Performance (HP) Program at USA Volleyball works to advance volleyball talent and build a broader and stronger pipeline of athletes and coaches for the U.S. Olympic Teams. The HP Program serves as the "athlete pipeline" for young volleyball players who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport and who dream to one day represent the USA on the National Men’s or Women’s Volleyball Team.

The Select squad is the youngest of the three programs, which are based on age groups. HP coaches and staff then combine all tryout evaluations from each age group and rank players based on overall skill, positional skill, athleticism and potential. Based on this ranking system, athletes are then invited to attend one of our program levels.

As athletes participate in the programs year-to-year, USA Volleyball keeps track of their progression, hoping to help each athlete reach their potential and to help develop the next USA Volleyball Olympian.

In earning a slot on the 33-player Select Continental Team, Wilson will attend 10 days of training and competition at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tucson, Arizona, from July 20-30. The group will train together for the first five days and then will break into three tiered teams of 11 athletes to compete in the tournament. The teams will compete in the HP Championships, opposing international teams, top Region HP teams and other USAV HP teams.

All players are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Arizona. To help defray the costs associated with her trip, Wilson will have several fundraisers including a car wash to be held on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Auto Zone store located on Highway 1 East in Camden.

Other fundraisers are also in the planning stages.

Persons and/or sponsors, who wish to help Wilson in her effort to travel to Arizona, may do so and can receive additional information by sending an e-mail to: paige.wilson@kcsdschools.net.

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