Pearland's Brooke Botkin named to National Volleyball Training Team


PEARLAND — Pearland High School junior-to-be Brooke Botkin was named as one of the 33 players from all across the nation to train with the Youth A1 National Training Team.

"Being named to this team places you in a pool of players for possibly being selected as one of 12 players the following year to represent the country on the Youth National Team which will travel internationally," Pearland head coach John Turner said. "The US Team will be competing against other countries like China, Canada, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Chile, Dominican Republic, and others.

“This is a huge opportunity for Brooke to train with top coaches that have international experience that will keep her on the path to making her dreams possibly come true of playing at the Olympic level one day."

The 6-4 Botkin has been one of the nation's top players ever since she began her freshman year at Pearland High School.

Participating athletes train as a group for five days before splitting into ability-tiered teams of 11 for the USA High Performance Championships immediately following training. Training is conducted by some of the top High Performance Pipeline Coaches in the country and features an intense international skill and system focus, including hands-on opponent scouting training. Teams are selected based on athlete performance during training.

This past season, Botkin, who was named District 22-6A MVP and to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State team, registered 633 kills, 446 digs, 49 aces, and 45 blocks. She has verbally committed to the University of Southern California Lady Trojans.