COLUMBUS, Ohio – USA Volleyball announced the players and staff that will make up the Women’s Collegiate National Team (WCNT) on Monday. Junior setter Mac Podraza and junior libero Kylie Murr were among 38 student-athletes selected to the team, making Ohio State one of just eight programs to have more than one player on the list. The complete release from USA Volleyball can be found HERE.
Along with the WNT Open Program and the WNT Spring Training Camp, the WCNT is an opportunity for the U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) coaching staff to observe and evaluate the NCAA athletes with the highest potential. Several former WCNT members are now on the WNT, including 2020 Olympic gold medalists Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Annie Drews, Chiaka Ogbogu, Kelsey Robinson and Jordan Thompson.
The 2022 Collegiate National Team will train June 19-25 at the National Team Training Center in Anaheim, Calif. Athletes will train among the best collegiate players in the country, watch the WNT training sessions, study the USA systems, meet with Tokyo 2020 Olympians and be observed by the WNT staff.
Murr was named AVCA All-Region in December and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20. She led the team with 504 digs (4.42 per set) this season, which sixth among single-season program records, and the 4.42 digs/set ranks second in a single season (only second to her average freshman season). Her 504 digs increased her career total to 1,405, which is the fourth-most digs in a career in Ohio State history. Murr was named to the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team during the non-conference slate. She recorded at least 10 digs in 29 matches this season, passing the 20-dig mark four times and recording a season-high 30 digs against Minnesota, just one shy of her career-high.
Podraza was named to the AVCA All-American Third Team following the 2021 season, also being selected to the AVCA all-region team and all-conference first team. She earned three Big Ten Setter of the Week nods this season as she led the country and conference in assists per set (11.97) through end of the regular season. At the conclusion of Ohio State’s season, Podraza ranked 10th in the nation in total assists (1,282) as she moved up to 10th in program history with 2,702 career assists. Podraza earned a spot on the VCU Invitational All-Tournament Team during non-conference play. She racked up 11 double-doubles, with 10 of those coming against Big Ten opponents. This season, Podraza recorded single-match career-highs in aces (4), digs (18) and blocks (6, twice). She ranked fourth on the team with 277 digs (2.54 per set).