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Volleyball News & Highlights

May 27, 2014

Haas, Schlager Play In Netherlands


Volleyball All-Americans Rylie Haas (left) and Rikki Schlager (right) will be playing volleyball in the Netherlands.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.—Eastern University Volleyball All-Americans Rikki Schlager and Rylie Haas will get to test their skills internationally from May 27-June 3 as they travel to the Netherlands for the AVCA/USAAI All-American European Experience .

Schlager (Lititz, Pa./ Manheim Township) and Haas (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) are two of nine All-Americans from all three NCAA divisions on the team. While in the Netherlands, the team will have the opportunity to explore Utrecht, Amsterdam and Groningen and compete against local teams and teams from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and England. Two days of the trip will be at the DKV volleyball tournament, the largest volleyball tournament in Northern Netherlands.

Eagles’ head coach Mark Birtwistle has had several All-Americans travel with the USA Athletes International, including most recently, Kearby Benak, who traveled to Europe and Costa Rica the previous two summers. Birtwistle commented that he was glad that Schlager and Haas are able to do the trip together. “This is an awesome experience for them to get to play with players from other colleges and experience volleyball the way it’s played internationally,” he said.

Schlager and Haas were both Second-Team All-Americans in 2013 and helped take Eastern to the NCAA's national quarterfinals. Schlager, a sophomore setter for the Eagles in 2013, finished the year fourth nationally in assists per game (11.5 apg). Haas became the Eagles’ third freshman to earn All-America honors and was the only libero named to all three of the All-America teams. She broke Eastern’s single season dig record with 624 digs.

Joining Haas and Schlager on the squad are Ashley Andrade (Wichita State), Becca Borquist (SUNY New Paltz), Emma Brunkhorst (UW-Stevens Point), Alexis Hartman (UW-Stevens Point), Victoria Kikemo (Clarkson), Jenna Pew (Wheeling Jesuit), Taylour Toso (UT-Dallas).  

The team will be coached by Clarkson’s Johan Dulfer.

UPDATE: The USAAI All-American team became the first US team to win the DKV tournament.  



Updated: Monday, 09 June 2014


Mark Birtwistle

Mark Birtwistle

Coach Birtwistle has won more than 600 games and 16 Conference Championships as Eastern's Volleyball Coach

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