Dixon Earns Spot on USA Volleyball’s Women’s Junior National Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State freshman Anna Dixon was selected to USA Volleyball’s 2019 Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT) that will compete at the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship, the organization announced.

Dixon, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter out of Louisburg (Kansas) High School, was one of 12 to earn a place on Team USA’s roster after competing at a training camp that began July 5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dixon is one of three outside hitters named to the squad.

The WJNT will compete at the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship July 12-21 in Leon Guanajuato & Aguascalientes, Mexico. Team USA will be one of 16 countries vying for the title, with four pools of four teams to begin the preliminary round. The United States was drawn to Pool A along with Mexico, Italy and Cuba hosted in Aguascalientes.

USA will take on Italy on July 12 at 12:30 p.m. CT to begin pool play before facing host Mexico on July 13 at 8:30 p.m. The preliminary round will conclude on July 14, as the Americans will square off with Cuba at 12:30 p.m. China is the defending Women’s U20 world champion with the event being held every two years. The United States finished seventh in 2017 and seeks its first podium finish since 2011.

Jerritt Elliott, head coach at the University of Texas, will serve as the WJNT head coach. He will be assisted by Paula Weishoff, head coach at Concordia University Irvine, and Jenny Hazelwood with Infinity Volleyball Club. Jon Wong, assistant coach at Bradley University, will serve as the technical coordinator.

Dixon tallied over 2,000 kills in her high school career and is a two-time Class 4A Kansas Player of the Year. She earned an Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention selection along with being named a finalist for the 2018 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year. Dixon led Louisburg High School to back-to-back 4A state runner-up finishes, twice being named first team all-state. Playing her club volleyball for KC Power, Dixon was tabbed a top 50 recruit for the 2019 class by PrepVolleyball.com.

Dixon is part of a five-member incoming freshman class that was ranked the 20th-best in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.

K-State is set to return eight letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seniors Sarah Dixon and Mckenzi Weber. The Cats retain 2018 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selections in Sarah Dixon and Gloria Mutiri.

The Wildcats embark on their 2019 season on August 30 at the N.C. State Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina. On August 24, the Cats will host Missouri in an exhibition match at Ahearn Field House at 3 p.m.
Name (Position, Height, HS Grad Year, Club/Region, College, Hometown)

3 – Brooke Nuneviller (L, 5-11, 2018, Aspire VBC/Arizona Region, Oregon, Chandler, Ariz.)
4 – Mia Tuaniga (S, 5-9, 2020, Apex1/Southern California, Long Beach State, Long Beach, Calif.)
5 – Azhani Tealer (OPP, 5-10, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Kentucky, Grand Prairie, Texas)
6 – Logan Eggleston (OH, 6-1, 2018, Alliance/Southern, Texas, Brentwood, Tenn.)
7 – Jenna Wenaas (OH, 6-1, 2020, TAV/North Texas, Minnesota, Frisco, Texas)
9 – Skylar Fields (OPP, 6-2, 2019, Houston Juniors/Lone Star, Texas, Missouri City, Texas)
11 – Molly Phillips (M, 6-2, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Texas, Mansfield, Texas)
13 – Ella May Powell (S, 6-2, 2018, Ozark Juniors/Delta Region, Washington, Fayetteville, Ark.)
15 – Katie Clark (M, 6-3, 2018, TAV/North Texas, TCU, Arlington, Texas)
17 – Anna Dixon (OH, 6-3, 2019, KC Power/Heart of America, Kansas State, Louisburg, Kan.)
19 – Kendall Kipp (OPP, 6-6, 2019, Laguna Beach VBC/Southern California, Stanford, Newport Beach, Calif.)
20 – Heather Gneiting (M, 6-6, 2018, Club V/Intermountain, BYU, Provo, Utah)

Head Coach: Jerritt Elliott (University of Texas)
Assistant Coaches: Paula Weishoff (Concordia Irvine) and Jenny Hazelwood (Infinity Volleyball Club)
Technical Coordinator: Jon Wong (Bradley University)
Head of Delegation: Coley Pawlikowski

FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship Pool A Schedule
July 12: USA vs Italy, 12:30 p.m. CT
July 13: USA vs Mexico, 8:30 p.m. CT
July 14: USA vs Cuba, 12:30 p.m. CT

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Source: Kansas State Sports