Penn State Volleyball: Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington Named to United States Olympic Team

By Vincent Lungaro on June 8, 2021 at 8:00 am
Sep 2, 2017; College Station, TX, United States; Penn State middle blocker Haleigh Washington (15) serves against the Texas A&M Aggies during the Texas A&M Tournament at Reed Arena. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Penn State women's volleyball stars Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington are heading to the Olympics.

Hancock and Washington were named to the United States' Olympic roster by head coach Karch Kiraly on Monday. The squad features eight different players from Big Ten schools.

Fellow former Nittany Lion Megan Courtney was also named as one of six alternates in case of injury or other factors that negate one of the 12 members to compete. 

Both Hancock and Washington were a part of Penn State's last national championship team in 2014, with Hancock a senior and Washington a freshman that year. 

Hancock (2011-14) is arguably one of the best athletes in Penn State history and was a three-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection. She was a back-to-back national champ in 2013 and 2014, was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the 2013 title, and is the program's all-time leader in service aces. 

Washington (2014-17) was also a three-time AVCA First-Team All-American at Penn State and started all three of the United States' matches in the Tokyo Qualification Tournament in which the team punched their ticket to the Olympics.

Like Hancock, Courtney was a two-time champ for the Nittany Lions. In 2014, she earned NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. 

Professionally, Hancock and Washington currently play for Italian club Igor Gorgonzola Novara. Courtney also plays in Italy for Pallavolo Scandicci.

Ranked No. 1 in the FIVB World Rankings, the U.S. women’s team is hoping to win its first Olympic gold medal. Team USA took home the bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after back-to-back silver finishes in London 2012 and Beijing 2008, respectively. 

 The Games get underway on July 23 with women's volleyball starting on July 24.