Bethania De La Cruz, Aury Cruz, Karsta Lowe, Deja McClendon

Volleyball Season 2: Meet the Week 1 Teams

Bethania De La Cruz, Aury Cruz, Karsta Lowe, Deja McClendon © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Jade Hewitt Media
Alexandra Licata
Mar 13, 2022

The second season of Athletes Unlimited Volleyball has arrived.

On Sunday afternoon, Bethania De La Cruz, Aury Cruz, Karsta Lowe and Deja McClendon drafted their teams for the first week of competition. The four captains were selected as the top four returning athletes from the inaugural season.

Meet the Week 1 Teams.

Team De La Cruz

Facilitator: Michelle Chatman-Smith

  • Bethania De La Cruz, Outside Hitter
  • Madison Villines, Outside Hitter
  • Lauren Stivrins, Middle Blocker
  • Sheilla Castro, Opposite
  • Taylor Sandbothe, Middle Blocker
  • Val Nichol, Setter
  • Taylor Fricano, Opposite
  • Taylor Bruns Tegenrot, Setter
  • Ronika Stone, Middle Blocker
  • Erica Wilson, Opposite
  • Hana Lishman, Libero

Team Cruz

Facilitator: Deitre Collins Parker

  • Aury Cruz, Outside Hitter
  • Nootsara Tomkom, Setter
  • Molly McCage, Middle Blocker
  • Kalei Mau, Outside Hitter
  • Morgan Hentz, Libero
  • Ali Bastianelli, Middle Blocker
  • Falyn Fonoimoana, Opposite
  • Alisha Glass Childress, Setter
  • Naya Crittenden, Opposite
  • Erin Fairs, Outside Hitter
  • Tina Boe, Middle Blocker

Team Lowe

Facilitator: Laurie Corbelli

  • Karsta Lowe, Outside Hitter
  • Carli Lloyd, Setter
  • Lindsay Stalzer, Outside Hitter
  • Jamie Peterson, Outside Hitter
  • Lianna Sybeldon, Middle Blocker
  • Amanda Benson, Libero
  • Eri Xue, Middle Blocker
  • Sha’Dare McNeal, Opposite
  • Noami Santos-Lamb, Outside Hitter
  • Rachael Fara, Middle Blocker
  • Tori Dilfer, Setter

Team McClendon

Facilitator: Joe Trinsey

  • Deja McClendon, Outside Hitter
  • Dani Drews, Outside Hitter
  • Leah Edmond, Outside Hitter
  • Jenna Rosenthal, Middle Blocker
  • Taylor Morgan, Middle Blocker
  • Nomaris Vélez Agosto, Libero
  • Natalia Valentin-Anderson, Setter
  • Cassidy Lichtman, Outside Hitter
  • Ray Santos, Setter
  • Emma Willis, Middle Blocker
  • Niki Withers, Opposite

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  • Founding Member Designation
  • Contribute 10% to the Athlete Bonus Pool
  • Club Vote: Vote on Game MVPs, GEICO Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year & more
  • Early Access to Tickets
  • Exclusive end of season auction with game-used items with 90% of funds going to the Athlete Causes program and 10% going to the Player Bonus Pool



Pro benefits, plus:

  • Virtual Post-Draft Meet and Greets
  • Invitations to virtual events, such as athlete Q&As
  • Access to exclusive NFTs
  • Exclusive videos (Extended Mic’d Ups and more)
  • Unlimited Pick: Signed Postcard*
  • *Once per year, only for MVP members



MVP benefits, plus:

  • Access to Ticket Concierge
  • On-site Meet & Greets with athletes
  • Preferred Parking**
  • Player-only item (Duffel Bag)
  • Unlimited Pick: Signed Item***
  • **When available
  • ***Once per year, only for Captain members