COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of the Buckeyes from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, outside hitter Gabby Gonzales and libero Kylie Murr, will compete with USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team – Gold roster, the organization announced Wednesday.
Gonzales and Murr are two of 28 players headed to Anaheim, Calif. to train July 5-12 at the American Sports Centers. The CNT-Gold squad will compete alongside the U.S. Women’s National Team as it makes its final preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Gonzales played in 28 matches with 19 starts for Ohio State during the 2019 season. She finished her freshman campaign with a team-high 309 points, 282 kills and five double-doubles. The Marietta, Ga., native averaged 3.20 kills per set and had 190 digs to rank second for the Buckeyes. Gonzales also had 27 blocks (22a, 5s), 22 assists and 11 service aces to go along with 14 matches in double-digit kills, including a streak of seven straight.
Murr secured a trio of accolades to wrap up her rookie season after being named the AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year and picking up second team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team honors. She led the Big Ten with 4.90 digs per set, started all 32 matches at libero and recorded double figures in digs in 31 outings. Murr paced the Buckeye defense with 559 digs and a .949 serve reception rate after handling 689 of 726 attempts successfully. The Yorktown, Ind., native also owns the single-season program records for total digs and digs per set.
The freshmen are the first Buckeyes to join the U.S. Collegiate National Team since Taylor Hughes was on the CNT Europe and Thailand rosters in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
U.S. Collegiate National Team – Gold Roster
Name (Position, School, Height, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown, Youth Club)
Izzy Ashburn (S, Wisconsin, 5-11, 3, Dayton, Minnesota, Minnesota Select)
Taylor Bannister (OPP, LSU, 6-5, 1, Missouri City, Texas, Texas Premier VBC)
Holly Carlton (OPP, Florida, 6-7, 1, Sterling, Virginia, Metro Volleyball Club of DC)
T’Ara Ceasar (OH, Florida, 6-1, 1, Panama City, Florida, Prostyle Volleyball Academy)
Camille Conner (S, Texas A&M, 6-1, 1, Katy, Texas, Skyline Houston Juniors)
Dani Drews (OH, Utah, 6-0, 1, Sandy, Utah, Club V)
Maia Dvoracek (OPP, Cal Poly, 6-1, 1, Truckee, California, Northern California Volleyball)
Breana Edwards (OH, Indiana, 6-2, 2 Rainier, Oregon, Athena VBC)
Gabby Gonzales (OH, Ohio State, 6-3, 3, Marietta, Georgia, A5 Volleyball)
Marin Grote (M, Washington, 6-4, 2, Burbank, California, San Gabriel Elite)
Kendall Kipp (OH, Stanford, 6-5, 3, Newport Beach, California, Laguna Beach VBC)
Kenzie Koerber (OPP, Utah, 6-3, 1, Chino Hills, California, Tstreet)
Kara McGhee (M, Baylor, 6-4, 3, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Magic)
CC McGraw (L, Minnesota, 5-9, 2, Prior Lake, Minnesota, Minnesota Select)
Marlie Monserez (S, Florida, 6-0, 2, Windermere, Florida, Ocala Power United)
Kylie Murr (L, Ohio State, 5-6, 3, Yorktown, Indiana, Munciana VBC)
Katie Myers (M, Unaffiliated, 6-2, 2, Westerville, Ohio, Mintonette)
Caitlyn Newton (OH, Purdue, 6-1, 1, Terre Haute, Indiana, Crossroads of America)
Zoe Nunez (S, Notre Dame, 5-10, 2, Rockford, Illinois, Club Fusion)
Brooke Nuneviller (L, Oregon, 5-11, 2, Chandler, Arizona, Aspire VBC)
Tyanna Omazic (M, Missouri, 6-2, 1, Kansas City, Mo., PVA)
Erika Pritchard (OH, Maryland, 6-3, 1, Middletown, Maryland, Metro Volleyball Club of DC)
Devyn Robinson (M, Wisconsin, 6-2, 4, Ankeny, Iowa, Iowa Powerplex VBC)
Mikayla Robinson (M, South Carolina, 6-2, 1, West Dundee, Illinois, Sky High VBC)
Lauren Sanders (M, Washington, 6-4, 1, Snohomish, Washington, Washington Volleyball Academy)
Shannon Scully (L, Pepperdine, 6-2, 1, Huntington Beach, California, Tstreet)
Alli Stumler (OH, Kentucky, 6-1, 2, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Union VBC)
Sophie Summers (M, Washington, 6-3, 4, Portland, Oregon, Northwest Pacific Juniors)