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Florida incoming freshman Rhamat Alhassan was named to the USA Volleyball Women's Junior National Team roster.

Tuesday June 3, 2014Incoming Gator Freshman Rhamat Alhassan Named to USA Volleyball Junior National Team

Florida incoming freshman Rhamat Alhassan was named to the USA Volleyball Women's Junior National Team roster.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Florida incoming freshman middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan, the tallest signee in Gator history at 6-foot-5, will represent the Red, White and Blue this summer before donning the Orange and Blue in her first year at UF this fall. Alhassan is one of a staggering seven Gator volleyball players who will play for national teams this summer.


Alhassan was one of 12 athletes named to the USA Volleyball Women’s Junior National Team roster, which will compete at the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Championship July 6-14 in Guatemala. The WJNT, comprised of athletes born in 1996 or 1997, will train in Minneapolis from June 29 through July 4 before leaving for Guatemala on July 5.


The 12-player roster was decided through a second tryout of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team held May 29-June 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.



·         Alhassan will join a quartet of Florida volleyballers already named to Team USA this spring, including Simone Antwi, Alex Holston and Gabby Mallette, who were named to the U.S. Collegiate National team for the European Tour

·         Antwi, Holston and Mallette will depart July 8 with Venice, Italy, as the first destination, followed by a four-day training camp in Maribor, Slovenia. The squad will train and have friendly scrimmages with Slovenia’s national team and under-20 national team, along with other countries’ under-20 national teams. The U.S. will then travel to Pula, Croatia, to compete in the Global Challenge July 13-18

·         In addition to Antwi, Holston and Mallette, Gator setter Mackenzie Dagostino was named to the U.S. National Collegiate National Team program, where Dagostino and her 35 counterparts will sport the stars and stripes this summer in Minnesota, where the team will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis

·         Internationally, junior outside hitter Noami Santos-Lamb will play with the Puerto Rican National Team at the XIII Pan American Cup June 9-20. Lamb won’t be the only Gator representing UF on the Puerto Rico squad, as former three-time All-American Aury Cruz will also play for the

·         Likewise, rising junior outside hitter Živa Recek is competing with the Slovenian National Team in European Qualifiers, setting sights on Euro 2015. Recek notched a staggering 20-point performance in a 3-1 victory over Spain just last week


ABOUT RHAMAT | Florida’s 2014 Signing Class

In addition to Alhassan, Detering and Snyder, who all signed NLIs in the fall signing period, the Gators will add Sam Dubiel and Lindsey Rogers to the 2014 roster

Alhassan is a 6-foot-5 middle blocker from The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md. The tallest signee in Gator history, Alhassan is No. 3 on PrepVolleyball’s Senior Aces despite only picking up volleyball in her sophomore year of high school. A volleyball and basketball standout, Alhassan was named to the USA Youth National Training Team roster last year and jump reached a staggering 11’1” at club volleyball tryouts this year. Alhassan has amassed 150 kills, 31 blocks and 23 service aces this fall, leading the Tartans to a 27-3 overall record, including the team’s second consecutive WCAC Championship. Alhassan totaled 170 kills and 48 blocks as a junior, leading Holy Cross to a 26-2 record and an appearance in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship match. A club teammate of current Gator freshman Alex Holston, Alhassan has been recognized as one of the standouts for the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year on both the state and national level. Alhassan is the 2013 WCAC Player of the Year and under her watch, Holy Cross captured back-to-back WCAC Championships in 2012 and 2013. Rhamat swung for 150 kills her senior season (4.1 k/s) and had 31 blocks (0.8 b/s). She was honored by PrepVolleyball as one of their Top 50 Juniors and special mention on their Soph 79 list.

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