Alter High School grad Megan Courtney (right, kneeling) joins the U.S. women’s national volleyball team in celebration of qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at Tokyo. FIVB PHOTO
Photo: Vladimir Branicki
Photo: Vladimir Branicki

U.S. women’s volleyball: Alter grad helps U.S. earn Tokyo Olympics spot

Alter High School graduate Megan Courtney is in line to become a U.S. Olympic Team member.

Courtney, a 2012 Alter grad, is a member of the U.S. Women’s National volleyball team that swept Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Argentina earlier this month at Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana, to win the Tokyo Women’s Volleyball Qualification Tournament Pool C and earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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The 12 members of the U.S. Olympic Team will not be determined until next year, but likely will be chosen from the U.S. National team.

“This was our big goal for the year,” Courtney, a libero/outside hitter, said in a USA Volleyball release. “Just really excited for this team’s opportunity to play in Tokyo.”

Team USA, ranked No. 3 in the world, has never won Olympic gold in indoor volleyball. The United States won Olympic silver in 2012, ’08 and 1984.

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Courtney, 6 feet 1, has played professionally and joined the U.S. national team since starring at Penn State from 2012-16. The led the Nittany Lions to consecutive NCAA national championships in 2013-14. Alter was the Division II state runner-up in 2011 and ’08 with Courtney in the lineup.

Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games from July 24 through Aug. 9 next year.

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