Big Ten Announces Third Foreign Volleyball Tour

Big Ten volleyball students to compete in foreign tour in Japan

5/9/2019 12:26:31 PM

ROSEMONT, Ill. – For the third time in the past five years, Big Ten volleyball students from different institutions will travel overseas to compete in a foreign tour. In addition to competition on the court, the tour will feature educational exploration and the opportunity to experience new cultures. The Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Tour Team will travel to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan from June 14-26, 2019.
Michigan’s Mark Rosen will serve as the head coach of the Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Tour Team. Purdue’s Kathy Jewel will serve as the assistant coach, Penn State’s Virginia Pham will serve as the Director of Operations and Kelly Moriarty of Michigan State will serve as the Athletic Trainer. Big Ten representatives, Grace Bonoma, Assistant Director of Sport Administration, and Shannon Malone, Assistant Director of Communications, will also travel with the party.
In addition to competition on the court, the students in attendance will have the opportunity to explore Japanese landmarks, study foreign languages and culture with local students and visit some of Japan’s most historic sites, including Mt. Fuji, the Gion district, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and the Philosopher's Walk.
The complete Big Ten Foreign Tour roster can be found below. A full schedule will be announced at a later date.
School Name Position
Illinois Rylee Hinton Middle Blocker/Utility
Indiana Breana Edwards Outside Hitter
Iowa Brie Orr Setter
Maryland Jada Gardner Outside Hitter/Opposite
Maryland Erika Pritchard Outside Hitter
Michigan Natalie Smith Libero
Michigan State Naya Gros Middle Blocker
Northwestern Nia Robinson Outside Hitter
Penn State Jenna Hampton Defensive Specialist
Purdue Hayley Bush Setter
Wisconsin Nicole Shanahan Middle Blocker
Rutgers Tali Marmen Outside Hitter
School/Affiliation Name Position
Michigan Mark Rosen Head Coach
Purdue Kathy Jewell Assistant Coach
Penn State Virginia Pham Director of Operations
Michigan State Kelly Moriarty Athletic Trainer
Big Ten Conference Grace Bonoma Administrator
Big Ten Conference Shannon Malone Communications & Stats