CC McGraw

CC McGraw of Prior Lake is one of 28 athletes selected to compete with USA Volleyball's Women's Collegiate National Team this summer.

CC McGraw is looking forward to competing with the top collegiate volleyball players in the country.

The 2018 Prior Lake graduate is one of 28 athletes selected for The USA Volleyball's Women's Collegiate National Team. McGraw will be a member of the Gold roster.

The CNT Gold team plans to train July 5-12 in Anaheim, California, at the American Sports Centers, where it would compete alongside the U.S. Women's National Team as that group makes final preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games this August.

"I feel so fortunate to have this amazing opportunity to compete in the same gym as the Olympic team," McGraw said.

"I think every little girl dreams of an opportunity like this, so I feel so blessed. It's an honor, and I'm just looking forward to compete hard and meet some pretty incredible people and athletes along the way."

McGraw, who finished her sophomore season at the University of Minnesota this past fall, and other college players were selected after their U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts Feb. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Back in the summer of 2019, McGraw was also part of USA Volleyball as a member of the Collegiate National Team that competed against Japan.

McGraw said she's looking forward to the getting more exposure to USA Volleyball as well as a chance to continue to improve her skills against the best players in the country, many of whom she said she's idolized since she was a little girl. 

"I think the biggest challenge will just be playing with several athletes who I don't have a lot of experience playing with," McGraw said. "I think, since we are all such big competitors, we will figure it out pretty quickly."

McGraw earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention honors this past season and was a All-Big Ten first team selection. The 5-foot-9 libero saw action in 110 of possible 118 sets for the Gophers and ranked first on the team in digs (449) and tied for first in ace serves (27).

McGraw helped the Gophers to a 27-6 overall record and a berth into the NCAA national semifinals in Pittsburgh. Minnesota lost in three sets to Stanford.

Back in the summer of 2019, McGraw was also part of USA Volleyball as a member of the Collegiate National Team that competed against Japan.

McGraw was a five-year letterwinner for Prior Lake and became the program's first-ever Ms. Baden Volleyball award winner, which goes to the top senior in the state.

McGraw finished her Prior Lake career as the program's all-time leader in ace serves with 152. She ranked second all time with 1,886 career digs. She was a first-team, all-state selection three times, while Bair was twice selected and Francis, once.

More on the U.S. Women's team is at teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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