Texas's Morgan Johnson and Micaya White block a shot by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's Bojana Mitrovic during the first-round NCAA volleyball tournament on Friday, December 2, 2016. Texas beat UTRGV to advance in the tournament. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas to send five representatives on USA Volleyball’s tour of Thailand

Posted April 3rd, 2017

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Texas volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott and four of his Longhorns are heading to Thailand.

USA Volleyball announced on Monday that Elliott will serve as the head coach for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate Thailand Tour. Elliott will coach a 12-player team that includes four Longhorns: Chiaka Ogbogu, Yaazie Bedart-Ghani, Morgan Johnson, and Micaya White. The players were selected after participating in an early-March tryout in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kansas outside hitter Madison Rigdon, who hails from nearby Pflugerville, is also on the roster.

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Kansas’ Madison Rigdon prepares to compete against Texas during a match at Gregory Gym Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

The Longhorns and their countrymen will compete in Bangkok from May 19-30.  They are scheduled to play the Thailand National Team, the Thailand U23 Team and Bangkok Glass. The U.S. Women will also play two undetermined opponents. According to a Texas press release, Bangkok Glass is the Thai professional league’s top team.

Bedart-Ghani and Johnson are both middle blockers who helped lead Texas to the 2016 NCAA championship match during their sophomore seasons. White, meanwhile, led Texas in kills and was the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year and an AVCA All-American outside hitter. Ogbogu was sidelined by academics in 2016, but the three-time All-American middle blocker is set to rejoin Texas for her senior season.

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