Colorado Springs, Colo. – UAlbany’s Laurie Gonzalez has been chosen by USA Volleyball to play for the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program for 2009. USA Volleyball selected 24 players and four coaches for this year.

Gonzalez, the 2008 America East Defensive Specialist of the Year, played in all 32 matches as a freshman libero. She averaged 4.02 digs per set. Gonzalez, the first rookie to win the league’s defensive player of the year award, added 26 aces in 115 sets for a 0.23 ace average. The Great Danes to a 23-9 overall record and 12-0 mark in the America East Conference, winning the regular-season title and conference championship for the fourth time in five years.

The 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 program is scheduled to train May 18-22 in Minneapolis before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships. The Open Division flight takes place May 23-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Additional information on the tournament can be found at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/574.

The 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 19 different collegiate programs.