UNCG’s Finney to play overseas in 2011 European Global Challenge
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Recent graduate and former UNCG volleyball player Kayren Finney has been selected to play in the 2011 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia for Team Nfinity on July 18-21.
The European Global Challenge is a tournament in Pula, Croatia that pits six teams from Europe against six teams from the United States. The teams from Europe are from Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania and Serbia.
"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to travel to Europe and play volleyball," said Finney. "I look forward to competing against European teams and other teams from outside of the United States, and seeing the different speeds and styles of play. Overall, I hope that this experience makes me a better player."
Finney and her Team Nfinity teammates will depart for Rome, Italy on July 12 and spend two days of sightseeing and practicing in the capital city. The team will then head to Bologna, Italy on July 15 where they will play in their first competitive match as a warm up for the tournament.
After spending part of the day sightseeing on July 16, the team will play in its second match that evening. Finney and her teammates will head to Pula on July 17 for the opening ceremonies of the 2011 European Global Challenge that evening.
Her team will begin play the following morning at 9 a.m. as they face Falconara Juniors from Italy, the defending champions of the event. They will also face Ok, Pula Juniors from Croatia later that evening.
After playing C.S.U Targa Mures Romania at 9 a.m. on July 19, her team will face an opponent to be determined based on how they finish in pool play.
After the tournament ends on July 21, Finney and her team will spend the day in Venice, Italy on July 22 for some more sightseeing before heading back to the United States on July 23.
She finished her career at UNCG in 2010 with a 1.16 blocks per set average, which stands first all-time in school history. She is also in the top-5 of the record books in total blocks and hitting percentage. She was named to the SoCon All-Tournament team at the conclusion of her senior season.
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