CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Campbell volleyball alumna, Jenny Tait, has been named to the Australian National Team for the upcoming 2017 World Grand Prix, as announced by Volleyball Australia on Thursday.
The World Grand Prix is set to begin July 7 with round one and July 13 for round two. Australia has been placed in Pool A3 and will play Mexico (July 7, 9 p.m. ET), Hungary (July 8, 7 p.m. ET), and Trinidad & Tobago (July 9, 7 p.m. ET).
During the second week of competition, the Volleyroos are in Pool D3 with scheduled matches against Trinidad & Tobago (July 14, 7 p.m. ET), Cameroon (July 15, 8 p.m. ET), and France (July 16, 5:30 p.m. ET). The finals of the group will take place in Australia, July 22-23.
"I am extremely excited for this opportunity," said Tait. "It has always been my dream to play with Australia's national team and to be given this opportunity is amazing. I am looking forward to learning a lot and training with the girls to compete in the upcoming World Grand Prix. My goal was to make the team in the next few years after playing and developing more, but I am very excited to have this opportunity now."
"I am really happy for Jenny," said Campbell volleyball head coach Greg Goral. "She worked tremendously hard over her four years here to become an elite and complete player. She knew she was going to work with the U23 team since last season but being added to the national roster for the World Grand Prix after competing in just one tourney for the Australia U23's is a big surprise and accomplishment for her."
Most recently, Tait competed in the Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championships for Australia. The squad finished with a 1-2 record in Pool C and was placed in Pool G, where they finished 2-0 to claim 10th place overall.
Tait competed in every set during the competition; finishing top-3 on the team in either kills or blocks in each contest.
"Her preparation and relentless pursuit of her goals are ultimately what got her to this point and will be the foundation of what is hopefully a long and successful career both with the national team and a professional volleyball career," added Goral. "I am so proud of her and am looking forward to seeing what she can achieve."