LANCASTER, Pa. -- Ohio field hockey rising senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) has been named to USA Field Hockey's U.S. Women's National Development Squad, the organization announced on Thursday (July 5).
Selections to the Development Junior National Camp came from the 2018 Young Women's National Championship, which featured more than 100 elite female collegiate and post-collegiate athletes from around the country. The event concluded on June 29 and the Junior National Camp took place June 30 to July 3.
To account for the transitional phase from the U-21 U.S. Women's National Team to the senior USWNT, the U.S. Women's National Development Squad was introduced in November 2016 to nurture the talent of college students who no longer are permitted to be on the junior team due to age restrictions.
Ballard is one of 24 student-athletes named to the squad, joining Maggie Bettez (Michigan, Acton, Mass.), Kelsey Bing (Stanford, Houston, Texas), Taylor Blood (Boston U., Hampton Falls, N.H.), Virginia Bramley(Penn State, Elizabethtown, Pa.), Kelsey Briddell (Albany, Wilton, N.Y.), Katrina Carter (Cal Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.), Cori Conley (Penn State, Oak Park, Ill.), Linnea Gonzales (Maryland, Bel Air, Md.), Alexandra Hammel (Boston U., Duxbury, Mass.), Karlie Heistand (UConn, Hamburg, Pa.), Alexa Hoover (UPenn, Collegeville, Pa.), Carrera Lucas (Virginia, Brooklandville, Md.), Kelly Marks (Albany, Elverson, Pa.), Emily McCoy (Boston College, Lititz, Pa.), Erin Menges (William & Mary, Richmond, Va.), Mikayla Michals (Providence, Needham, Mass.), Sabrina Rhodes (Maryland, Wilmington, Del.), Jenny Rizzo (Penn State, Hershey, Pa.), Kealsie Robles (Old Dominion, Seaford, Va.), Erin Shanahan (Virginia, Pasadena, Md.), Taylor Stone(Louisville, Herndon, Va.), Sophia Tornetta (Princeton, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Katie Walsh (Louisville, Louisville, Ky.).
Ballard is coming off a 2017 junior campaign at Ohio in which she earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I West All-Region Second Team honors and First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors for the second year in a row. She led the Bobcats in goals (8), total points (21) and shots (45) and finished fifth in the MAC in both shots and goals. She also tallied five assists, which tied for the team lead and ranked seventh in the conference.
National recognition has come rolling in for Ballard this summer. In May, she was selected to compete for the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team's travel roster for a June trip to Argentina.