Xavier College Preparatory alumna Amanda Benson was named to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team earlier this month and is currently competing for Team USA at the Pan American Cup tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
After graduating from Xavier in 2013, Ms. Benson played college volleyball for the University of Oregon. In May, she was named to the U.S. women’s training team and was subsequently selected to its competition roster. In yesterday’s Pan American Cup match versus Colombia, Ms. Benson was credited with seven digs and had a team-best 14 reception attempts.
Team USA, which is ranked second in the world after a bronze medal finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a 2-0 record thus far in the Pan American Cup tournament. The team will play Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Argentina this week in hopes of advancing.
In other news, Xavier College Preparatory tennis coach Laurie Martin is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s “National Tennis Coach of the Year” award.