Erin Price, Erin Heffner, and Kenna Milner headed to San DiegoTuesday, December 11, 2001
TUSCALOOSA -- University of Alabama volleyball players Erin Price, Erin Heffner and Kenna Milner have been invited to participate in the USA National Team Training Program on Dec. 15-16 in San Diego, Calif.
The Crimson Tide trio will join top collegiate players from around the country in an attempt to make one of several squads being put together for international competitions this spring and summer. The tryout is in conjunction with the NCAA’s Volleyball Final Four which is being played in San Diego this weekend.
Price and Heffner will both be trying out as outside hitters while Milner, a setter and defensive specialist for the Tide, will take a shot a the libero position which is a defensive position used in international play.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for all three of our players to play along side and compete against some of the top players in the country,” said UA head coach Judy Green. “Any time we can get our players more playing experience especially at a national level, it only benefits our program. It gives our program more visibility in the volleyball world. I look for all three of them to play very competitively.”
“This is a real privilege to be invited to tryout for the USA volleyball teams,” added Heffner. “It will be a good experience for me to play against players of All-American status and see what it takes to get to the next level. I’m looking forward to going to San Diego.”
Heffner, a freshman from Ft. Wayne, Ind., is coming off a very successful debut season for the Tide in which she garnered second-team All-SEC honors along with AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year recognition. Price, a native of Alpharetta, Ga., just finished her second solid season for Alabama as the opposite hitter. Milner, a freshman from Crittenden, Ky., saw most of her playing time this season as UA’s top defensive specialist.
“I am really thrilled about traveling to California,” Price said. “It is such a great opportunity for me at this point in my career. Just getting to tryout with some of the best college players in the country is amazing. If any of us can make a team, it will not only help our individual play but it will also improve the whole Alabama volleyball program.”
Milner added, “I am honored to be invited to participate in such an elite level of play. As a freshman, I never imagined that I would get such an awesome opportunity and experience. I know that as a player this will benefit me for seasons to come, so naturally I’m very excited.”
The 2001 Alabama volleyball team finished the year at 22-9 and tied for second in the SEC Western Division at 10-5. It was the second consecutive season that Bama had amassed over 20 victories.