Leland’s Glass Olympic alternate
Leland’s Alisha Glass gave it her best shot, but the 24-year-old setter did not make the U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team going to the Summer Olympics in London later this month.
The former All-American at Penn State and Leland High standout was, however, chosen as an Olympic alternate.
“It’s an honor for anybody to get as far as Alisha has gotten ... it’s a special gift and a blessing,” Alisha’s mother Laurie Glass said yesterday. “She’d like to be in London, but being an alternate is pretty important.”
While the 12-member Olympic team is preparing for the London games, Alisha Glass is in Cuidad Juarez, Chihauaha, Mexico playing for the U.S. team in the Pan American Volleyballl Cup. It’s a qualifier for the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.
“Playing and wearing any USA jersey in any form is special,” Laurie Glass said. “She’s currently playing with the second group trying to qualify for the Grand Prix.”
The Pan American Cup ends this Saturday.
Although Alisha was unavailable for comment, Laurie Glass said she had talked with her daughter after the team was chosen.
“She was disappointed not being able to go to London,” her mother said. “But she’s grateful and honored to be an alternate.
“She also really appreciates all the support and warm wishes and prayers on her behalf. And she’s happy to still be playing for the U.S.”
Glass is one of two alternate Olympic setters. The other is former California standout Carli Lloyd.
The U.S. team, ranked No. 1 in the world, has two setters on the team. They are Lindsey Berg, who will be 32, and Courtney Thompson, who is nearing her 28th birthday.
The Olympic team also includes 39-year-old Danielle Scott-Arruda, who is the squad’s first five-time Olympian.
USA’s first Olympic match is July 28 vs. Korea.
Glass is expected to be at home watching the Olympics, unless called to replace an Olympian.