Lilley and Curry Selected for USA Exhibition Roster vs. Canada

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 19:04:44-04
UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Volleyball standouts Gabby Curry and Madison Lilley were both selected for inclusion into the United States volleyball team roster for a pair of exhibition matches vs. Canada in the lead up to the Pan America Cup, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The opening exhibition match is scheduled for June 14 at Tustin High School in Tustin, California. The series concludes on June 15 at Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta, California. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The U.S. 14-player roster includes a mix of veterans, recent college graduates and athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility.

  • Setter (2): Madison Lilley (Overland Park, Kansas), Sam Seliger-Swenson (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
  • Outsides (4): Roni Jones-Perry (West Jordan, Utah), Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin), Kathryn Plummer (Aliso Viejo, California), Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Nebraska)
  • Opposites (2): Sherridan Atkinson (Long Beach California), Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Middles (4): Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), Brionne Butler (Kendleton, Texas), Jenna Rosenthal (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin), Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota)
  • Liberos (2): Gabby Curry (Buford, Georgia), Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California)

The Pan American Cup will take place July 4-15 in Lima, Peru. Team USA has won the annual event the past two years.

Lilley will wear #30 for the Red, White and Blue with Curry wearing #41.

Lilley has twice been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Second-Team All-American. She was named the AVCA All-Southeast District Player of the Year as a sophomore after earning Freshman of the Year honors by both the AVCA and the Southeastern Conference following her freshman season. She averaged 11.30 assists per set which topped the SEC and ranked 15th nationally a season ago, while also helping the Wildcats average a league-leading 14.44 kills per frame. That mark also rated ninth in the nation. She already ranks among the top 10 in program history for career assists and has produced 22 career double-doubles.

Curry was an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection following her sophomore season after starting all 31 matches for the Wildcats at libero. The 2018 SEC Libero of the Year registered a team-high 4.36 digs per set which ranked fourth in the league a season ago en route to also earning All-SEC accolades. She produced 26 double-figure matches in digs and had eight with 20 or more digs. She also logged 26 aces, which was the fourth most on the team. She’s appeared in every match during her two-year career as the Wildcats have won back-to-back league titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals each season as well.