Utah outside hitter Chelsey Schofield will represent Utah on the Pac-12 Volleyball All-Star Team in China this summer.
June 11, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Utah volleyball rising senior Chelsey Schofield will be a part of the Pac-12 Conference All-Star Volleyball Team that will travel to China, the conference office announced today.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that will stay with Chelsey forever," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "The volleyball aspect of this trip is significant. Chelsey and the all-star team will play the strongest competition many of them have ever seen and will be an invaluable experience as they return to Pac-12 play in the fall."
The summer all-star team comprised of 12 student-athletes from around the conference will play seven matches over two weeks in Sanming and Beijing. The team will practice in Los Angeles before arriving in China on June 17 in Shanghai, spend the day sightseeing, then travel to Sanming. Pac-12 student-athletes will face off against the professional team from Fujian Province and the Chinese Junior National Team in Sanming from June 18-21, and play the professional team from Beijing and the Chinese Junior National Team again in Beijing from June 24-26. The team will return to the United States on June 27.
In addition to the matches, the student-athletes will enjoy cultural and sightseeing visits in China. Highlights include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Silk Market.
Schofield has received a lot of high-pressure sets at the end of matches throughout her career and handled them extremely well. She has 1,011 career kills and 974 career digs and posted 10 or more kills in 13 straight matches from Nov. 11, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2012. The Provo, Utah native has 58 career double-figure-kill matches, five career matches with 20 or more kills and 35 career double-doubles with 14 coming in 2013. Schofield became a key player for the Utes by the second round of Pac-12 play in 2011 and has a great all-around game that is instrumental to the Utes' success. She's mentally tough and aggressive, a great passer, has all of the shots offensively, and sees the game well as an all-around player who makes any team better.
Last season, Schofield registered 2.42 kills and 3.19 digs per set with 14 double-doubles and 16 matches with 10 or more kills and 25 with double-digits in digs. She was also a Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention pick and Wolverine Classic All-Tournament Team selection.
The all-star team was selected by the coaching staff and Pac-12 liaison and includes three freshmen, six sophomores and three juniors. In total, 11 of the 12 universities in the Conference are represented. The team features one libero, two setters, three middle blockers and six outside hitters. Five of the student-athletes traveling to China were voted All-Pac-12 this year, as well as three who received AVCA All-America honors.
Oregon head coach Jim Moore, a three-time National Coach of the Year honoree entering his 10th season with the Ducks. Joining the coaching staff are fellow Oregon coach Stacy Metro and Arizona assistant coach Charita Stubbs.
Also for the first time, fans can follow the Pac-12 globalization initiative on Chinese social media, including Weibo Weibo - the Chinese equivalent of Twitter - and Renren, the equivalent of Facebook. Daily updates will be posted on the accounts concerning the volleyball all-star team as well as upcoming Pac-12 events in China. For more information and updates in English on the trip, follow @pac12 on Twitter and pac-12.com.
The team is a part of the Pac-12's Globalization Initiative, an unprecedented effort to promote goodwill and showcase the Conference and its member institutions in China through student-athlete exchanges and sport. Since launching the initiative in 2011, the Pac-12 has sent men's (UCLA and ASU) and women's basketball teams (Cal), last year's women's all-star volleyball team, and a delegation of men's basketball coaches to China for competitive exhibitions and clinics. Later this summer, the Pac-12 will send an all-star men's basketball team to play a series of games in China.
Pac-12 Volleyball All-Star Team Roster
Name, School, Year *, Position Emmy Allen, Washington State, Freshman, Outside Hitter Amanda Benson, Oregon, Freshman, Libero Samantha Bricio, USC, Sophomore, Outside Hitter Madi Bugg, Stanford, Sophomore, Setter Whitney Follette, Arizona State, Sophomore, Middle Blocker Brittany Howard, Stanford, Sophomore, Outside Hitter Karsta Lowe, UCLA, Junior, Outside Hitter Chelsey Schofield, Utah, Junior, Outside Hitter Lillian Schonewise, California, Sophomore, Middle Blocker Taylor Simpson, Colorado, Junior, Outside Hitter Penina Snuka, Arizona, Freshman, Setter Melanie Wade, Washington, Sophomore, Middle Blocker
* - Year in school as of 2013-14 season
Head Coach: Jim Moore, Oregon Assistant Coaches: Stacy Metro (Oregon), Charita Stubbs (Arizona)