UF Volleyball: Three Gators Earn Spot on U.S. Collegiate National Team Gold Roster

Courtesy of UF Athletic Association

Holly Carlton, T’ara Ceasar and Marlie Monserez each earn a spot on the 28-women roster.

Three members of the Florida volleyball team earned a spot on the U.S. Collegiate National Team – Gold Roster – as USA Volleyball announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gold Roster is comprised of 28 current collegiate players, and Florida players Holly Carlton, T’ara Ceasar, and Marlie Monserez earned their way onto the squad.

Carlton was tabbed to the roster as one of four opposites, while Monserez was selected as one of four setters. Ceasar was one of eight outside hitters earning a spot on the roster.

This is not the first experience for Ceasar with Team USA – she was selected to the 2018 CNT-China Tour. Carlton competed with the USA Junior National Team at the U20 Pan American Cup and the FIVB U20 World Championship – both in 2017.

Eight members of the Gold Roster compete in the Southeastern Conference, with Florida leading the way with three selections. LSU, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and South Carolina each had a player selected.

Chris McGown has been selected to serve as head coach of the CNT-Gold roster. He will be assisted by BYU Head Coach Heather Olmstead, University of San Diego Assistant Coach Alfred Reft, and three-time Olympian and two-time silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park.

The CNT Gold will train July 5-12 in Anaheim at the American Sports Centers, where they will compete side-by-side with the U.S. Women’s National Team as it makes final preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

USA Volleyball will name the 28-player CNT-Anaheim roster later this month. The CNT-Anaheim group will train June 21-27 alongside the U.S. Women’s National Team members selected for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The 56 CNT athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.