FAYETTEVILLE – Brooke Fournier, a member of the University of Arkansas volleyball team, departs Tuesday for Europe with the 2011 U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Team. The team’s schedule includes a three-match series with the Great Britain National Team and participation in the Seventh Annual European Global Challenge in Croatia.
Fournier is one of 12 players on the roster and will spend the next two weeks training and competing against top players and teams from the United States and Europe. The Redondo Beach, Calif., native was selected to the team after taking part in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs which were held Feb. 25-27 in Colorado.
The U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Team will begin its tour of Europe with matches against Great Britain as part of the country’s training for next year’s Olympic Games in London. The European Global Challenge will then be contested July 17-22 in Pula, Croatia. The Junior A2 Team is one of 12 teams-six from Europe and six from the United States-in the tournament field.
Fournier spent her freshman year as the Razorbacks’ starting libero. She was one of the two freshman starters at that position in the SEC. She finished the season with 3.06 digs per set and had four matches with at least 20 digs. Against UAB at the Middle Tennessee Invitational, Fournier posted a career-high 26 digs. In Arkansas’ conference opener, a five-set win over Georgia, she had 23 digs.
This will mark the second time in the past three years a Razorback will compete in the A2 Junior program. Kelli Stipanovich was a member of the 2009 team. For more information and a running journal by Fournier of her experiences, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.