Stanford's Madi Bugg and Brittany Howard will be joined by Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade of Washington on the Pac-12 women's volleyball all-star team that will travel to China later this month.
Bugg, Howard and Wade -- all finishing up their sophomore seasons -- will acompany nine other student-athletes from around the conference on the trip.
Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade of the University of Washington. Photo courtesy of Washington Athletics.
The summer all-star team will play seven matches over two weeks in Sanming and Beijing. The team, which will practice in Los Angeles before arriving in Shanghai on June 17, will spend the first day sightseeing before heading to Sanming.
The Pac-12 all-star squad will face off against the professional team from Fujian Province and the Chinese Junior National Team in Sanming, June 18-21. They will then head to Beijing to play a professional team and the Chinese Junior National Team again, June 24-26. The team will return to the United States on June 27.
In addition to the matches, the student-athletes will enjoy cultural and sightseeing visits in China. Highlights include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Silk Market.
The all-star team was selected by the coaching staff and Pac-12 liaison, and includes three freshmen, six sophomores and three juniors. In total, 11 of the 12 universities in the conference are represented.
The team features five members of the All-Pac-12 team this year, as well as three who received AVCA All-America honors.
The team is a part of the Pac-12's Globalization Initiative, an unprecedented effort to promote goodwill and showcase the conference and its member institutions in China through student-athlete exchanges and sport. Since launching the initiative in 2011, the Pac-12 has sent men's (UCLA and Arizona State) and women's basketball teams (California), last year's women's all-star volleyball team, and a delegation of men's basketball coaches to China for competitive exhibitions and clinics.
Later this summer, the Pac-12 will send an all-star men's basketball team to play a series of games in China.