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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Beginning Friday, University of Arkansas senior libero Emily Helm will spend two weeks representing Team USA at the 2013 China-USA Challenge Invitational in China. Helm will be part of the 12-player team from the United States traveling to China to play the top professional teams in Shanghai and Beijing. The team will play a total of six matches during its trip.
"I'm excited about this opportunity to represent the United States and the challenge of playing against professional teams in China," Helm said. "I'm looking forward to the experience and being able to grow as a player as I get ready for my senior year at Arkansas."
This will mark the second-consecutive year that the Razorbacks are involved in the summer competition in China. In 2012, head coach Robert Pulliza and two-time All-American Jasmine Norton were part of the USA contingent that traveled to Beijing and Tianjin.
To start the trip, the team will have two days of training sessions in Anaheim, Calif., which is the home of the USA Men's and Women's National Teams. After a travel day, tournament play begins June 19-21 in Shanghai and concludes with another three days of competition in Beijing on June 23-25. The China-USA Challenge Invitational is part of the Bring It Promotions (BIP)/USA Development Program.
Outside of the competition, the team will tour the host cities with sightseeing trips to the historical landmarks. At both stops of the tour in Shanghai and Beijing, the team will attend news conferences, tournament banquets and award ceremonies. After 10 days in China, Helm and the rest of Team USA will travel back to the United States on June 27.
Helm will be one of three Razorbacks competing this summer for their respective countries. Liz Fortado will play with the USA Junior A1 National Team at the European Global Challenge in July and Ana Sofia Jusino will play with the Puerto Rico Junior National Team at the FIVB Junior World Championships later this month in the Czech Republic.
During her trip, Helm will share her experiences through the Razorbacks' website with written entries and pictures.