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Mar 07 USA Women's National Team Open Tryout Tests 110-Plus Athletes

Feb. 22, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts began Friday night with all 113 athletes being tested physically, in addition to competing in triple and quad drills at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryouts continue through Sunday.

The athletes are trying out for spots on the U.S. Women’s National and Olympic Teams, along with the Senior A2 Team. The USA A2 Team, which will tentatively be two teams of 10 members each, will train and compete in the USA Open Championships in Atlanta between May 18-28.

The open tryout is broken into two waves of athletes throughout the weekend. The “Blue Group” went through physical testing and drills Friday evening from 5-6:20 p.m., while the “Red Group” did the same from 6:30-7:50 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule has the “Blue Group” going through drills from 8-9:55 a.m., followed by the “Red Group” from 10-11:55 a.m. Setters, liberos and outside attackers will have a session from 1:30-2:10 p.m. with setters concentrating on setting and outside attackers working on serve reception. The second session for all groups will focus on combination drills and controlled team play with the “Blue Group” hitting the court 2:15-4:45 p.m. and the “Red Group” between 4:45-7:15 p.m.

The Sunday schedule will focus on tournament-style play with the “Blue Group” going from 8-10 a.m., followed by the “Red Group” from 10 a.m.-noon.

Among the players trying out is former U.S. Women’s National Team player Cheryl Weaver. After giving birth to her daughter Alexis just four months ago, Weaver has been training with the Orlando Volleyball Club in hopes of making the U.S. Women’s National Team for the Olympics.

“I am hoping to make a spot on the national team,” Weaver said. “I have been here before playing with the team, and I am excited to be back. My main goal is to simply do my best in these tryouts.”

After playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2002, Weaver spent three years playing professional volleyball including two years in Switzerland and a season in Puerto Rico. Along the way, she also competed in beach volleyball in 2003 and 2005. Weaver also served as a volunteer assistant at Howard University located in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

Weaver, a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association First-Team All-American, said if things do not go as she plans at the tryout, she has other options to fall back on. She mentioned that she would be willing to go back to playing professional volleyball or into the coaching profession.

Earlier this year, Team USA held an invitation-only tryout with 13 players participating. Out of 13 players, 11 accepted spots to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team this spring.

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts Alphabetical Roster
#73 Kala Abdell (OH, Florida Atlantic)
#1 Jacqueline Adlam (L, Colgate)
#28 Sarah Ammerman (OH, Texas A&M)
#74 Amy Aradanas-DeGroot (OH, U of San Diego)
#96 Kathryn Arvidson (S, Florida Atlantic)
#57 Lori Baird (M, Utah)
#58 Makena Barnes (M, Colorado St.)
#2 Kira Batura (L, Northeastern)
#3 Whitney Behrens (L, St. Louis)
#46 Rachae Bell (L, Redlands)
#4 Stephanie Blackburn (L, Ohio)
#113 Lauren Bledsoe (OP, Florida)
#59 Kelsey Bowers (M, Florida)
#75 Abbey Breit (OH, Jacksonville St.)
#60 Lecia Brown (M, Louisville)
#76 Justine Burkhardt (OH, Flagler Col)
#61 Rebecca Burling (M, Duke)
#62 Lindsey Buteyn (M, Alabama)
#97 Taylor Carico (S, USC)
#5 Jeanne Colpus (L, na)
#21 Ariell Cooke (M, Miami)
#63 Brittnee Cooper (M, LSU)
#47 Elyse Cusack (L, Florida)
#89 Ashley Driscoll (OP, Naval Acad)
#48 Katie Eberling (L, W. Michigan)
#29 Jeanne Fairchild (OH, New Mexico)
#98 Christina Falcone (S, Duke)
#6 Jessica Fine (L, UCLA)
#77 Bridget Fonke (OH, St. Louis)
#64 Zoe Garrett (M, USC)
#65 Jade Gold (M, Long Island U)
#49 Laura Gonzalez (L, Albany)
#66 Alisha Green (M, Ball State)
#103 Nicole Green (OH, Princeton)
#39 Andi Henderson (S, Catawba Col)
#78 Ellen Herman (OH, Ohio)
#7 Ali Hillgren (L, USC)
#79 Jamie Houston (OH, Hawaii)
#8 Kristin Jackson (L, Cal Poly-SLO)
#111 Kristy Jaeckel (OH, Florida)
#67 Audra Jeffers (M, Wisconsin)
#90 Morgan Johns (OP, FAU)
#40 Brittney Johnson (S, LSU)
#50 Kristen Kathan (L, California)
#91 Lindsay Kearney (OP, San Francisco)
#22 Kamisha Kellam (M, Albany)
#80 Talisa Kellogg (OH, Georgia Tech)
#68 Vanessa King (M, Michigan St.)
#99 Nicole Klingsporn (S, Wisconsin)
#9 Kim Kuzma (L, Wisconsin)
#105 Casey LaRocca (S, Florida Atlantic)
#31 Ashley Lee (OH, Long Beach)
#102 Anna Lehne (M, New Mexico)
#41 Erin Lindsey (S, Illinois St.)
#100 Carli Lloyd (S, California)
#81 Brittany Lowe (OH, Santa Clara)
#10 Lindsey Mango (L, Louisville)
#52 Elena Martinez (L, LSU)
#82 Sammi McCloud (OH, St. Louis)
#11 Lisa Meeter (L, New Mexico)
#42 Jade Michaelsen (S, New Mexico)
#107 Katie Mills (M, UCLA)
#12 Kasey Mollerus (L, Illinois St.)
#32 Brittany Moore (OH, CS Fullerton)
#33 Melissa Moore (OH, Flagler Col)
#83 Michelle Moore (OH, W. Michigan)
#70 Marissa Morris (M, Cal St-LA)
#92 Rose Morris (OP, New Mexico)
#106 Rachael Moss (L, Duke)
#23 Natalie Mullikin (M, Wake Forest)
#13 Caitlyn Murphy (L, California)
#71 Jessica Nevitt (M, Cincinnati)
#34 Stephanie Niemer (OH, Cincinnati)
#43 Jessica Nyrop (S, U of San Diego)
#24 Dominique Olowolafe (M, Cal Poly-SLO)
#53 Aneli Otineru (L, Hawaii)
#14 Amy Pauly (L, Alabama)
#35 Jill Perry (OH, NA)
#30 Jena Pierson (L, James Madison)
#25 Lauren Rapp (M, Kentucky)
#36 Jenilee Rathje (OH, Michigan St.)
#84 Callie Rivers (OH, Florida)
#85 Kimmee Roleder (OH, USC)
#44 Whitney Roth (S, St. Louis)
#45 Sarah Rumely (S, Kentucky)
#101 Alexandra Sall (S, Duke)
#114 Morgan Salow (OP, Wisconsin)
#93 Kaitlin Sather (OP, UCLA)
#72 Kellie Sciacca (M, Notre Dame)
#16 Jenny Shull (L, Duke)
#17 Kahealani Silva (L, UH-Hilo)
#54 Claire Smalzer (L, Duke)
#86 Am'Ra Solomon (OH, California)
#87 Brittany Staffeil (OH, Duke)
#18 Adrianna Stasiuk (L, Notre Dame)
#115 Kate Steffan (OP, Colorado St.)
#94 Suzette Taylor (OP, Georgia)
#19 Krystal Torres (L, New Mexico St.)
#88 Juliana Traut (OH, Duke)
#95 Alexandra Troost (OP, U of San Diego)
#55 Geena Urango (L, USC)
#20 Kendall Utz (L, Florida Atlantic)
#56 Caitlyn Vann (L, Missouri)
#15 Nicole Vargas (S, Long Beach)
#112 Quincy Verdin (OH, Long Beach)
#38 Sally Warning (OP, St. Louis)
#108 Naomi Washington (M, Long Beach)
#109 Cheryl Weaver (M, Long Beach)
#37 Brooks Webster (OH, Alabama)
#110 Mindi Wiley (M, California)
#26 Lauren Williams (M, USC)
#27 Michele Williams (M, LSU)

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts Numerical Roster
#1 Jacqueline Adlam (L, Colgate)
#2 Kira Batura (L, Northeastern)
#3 Whitney Behrens (L, St. Louis)
#4 Stephanie Blackburn (L, Ohio)
#5 Jeanne Colpus (L, na)
#6 Jessica Fine (L, UCLA)
#7 Ali Hillgren (L, USC)
#8 Kristin Jackson (L, Cal Poly-SLO)
#9 Kim Kuzma (L, Wisconsin)
#10 Lindsey Mango (L, Louisville)
#11 Lisa Meeter (L, New Mexico)
#12 Kasey Mollerus (L, Illinois St.)
#13 Caitlyn Murphy (L, California)
#14 Amy Pauly (L, Alabama)
#15 Nicole Vargas (S, Long Beach)
#16 Jenny Shull (L, Duke)
#17 Kahealani Silva (L, UH-Hilo)
#18 Adrianna Stasiuk (L, Notre Dame)
#19 Krystal Torres (L, New Mexico St.)
#20 Kendall Utz (L, Florida Atlantic)
#21 Ariell Cooke (M, Miami)
#22 Kamisha Kellam (M, Albany)
#23 Natalie Mullikin (M, Wake Forest)
#24 Dominique Olowolafe (M, Cal Poly-SLO)
#25 Lauren Rapp (M, Kentucky)
#26 Lauren Williams (M, USC)
#27 Michele Williams (M, LSU)
#28 Sarah Ammerman (OH, Texas A&M)
#29 Jeanne Fairchild (OH, New Mexico)
#30 Jena Pierson (L, James Madison)
#31 Ashley Lee (OH, Long Beach)
#32 Brittany Moore (OH, CS Fullerton)
#33 Melissa Moore (OH, Flagler Col)
#34 Stephanie Niemer (OH, Cincinnati)
#35 Jill Perry (OH, NA)
#36 Jenilee Rathje (OH, Michigan St.)
#37 Brooks Webster (OH, Alabama)
#38 Sally Warning (OP, St. Louis)
#39 Andi Henderson (S, Catawba Col)
#40 Brittney Johnson (S, LSU)
#41 Erin Lindsey (S, Illinois St.)
#42 Jade Michaelsen (S, New Mexico)
#43 Jessica Nyrop (S, U of San Diego)
#44 Whitney Roth (S, St. Louis)
#45 Sarah Rumely (S, Kentucky)
#46 Rachae Bell (L, Redlands)
#47 Elyse Cusack (L, Florida)
#48 Katie Eberling (L, W. Michigan)
#49 Laura Gonzalez (L, Albany)
#50 Kristen Kathan (L, California)
#52 Elena Martinez (L, LSU)
#53 Aneli Otineru (L, Hawaii)
#54 Claire Smalzer (L, Duke)
#55 Geena Urango (L, USC)
#56 Caitlyn Vann (L, Missouri)
#57 Lori Baird (M, Utah)
#58 Makena Barnes (M, Colorado St.)
#59 Kelsey Bowers (M, Florida)
#60 Lecia Brown (M, Louisville)
#61 Rebecca Burling (M, Duke)
#62 Lindsey Buteyn (M, Alabama)
#63 Brittnee Cooper (M, LSU)
#64 Zoe Garrett (M, USC)
#65 Jade Gold (M, Long Island U)
#66 Alisha Green (M, Ball State)
#67 Audra Jeffers (M, Wisconsin)
#68 Vanessa King (M, Michigan St.)
#70 Marissa Morris (M, Cal St-LA)
#71 Jessica Nevitt (M, Cincinnati)
#72 Kellie Sciacca (M, Notre Dame)
#73 Kala Abdell (OH, Florida Atlantic)
#74 Amy Aradanas-DeGroot (OH, U of San Diego)
#75 Abbey Breit (OH, Jacksonville St.)
#76 Justine Burkhardt (OH, Flagler Col)
#77 Bridget Fonke (OH, St. Louis)
#78 Ellen Herman (OH, Ohio)
#79 Jamie Houston (OH, Hawaii)
#80 Talisa Kellogg (OH, Georgia Tech)
#81 Brittany Lowe (OH, Santa Clara)
#82 Sammi McCloud (OH, St. Louis)
#83 Michelle Moore (OH, W. Michigan)
#84 Callie Rivers (OH, Florida)
#85 Kimmee Roleder (OH, USC)
#86 Am'Ra Solomon (OH, California)
#87 Brittany Staffeil (OH, Duke)
#88 Juliana Traut (OH, Duke)
#89 Ashley Driscoll (OP, Naval Acad)
#90 Morgan Johns (OP, FAU)
#91 Lindsay Kearney (OP, San Francisco)
#92 Rose Morris (OP, New Mexico)
#93 Kaitlin Sather (OP, UCLA)
#94 Suzette Taylor (OP, Georgia)
#95 Alexandra Troost (OP, U of San Diego)
#96 Kathryn Arvidson (S, Florida Atlantic)
#97 Taylor Carico (S, USC)
#98 Christina Falcone (S, Duke)
#99 Nicole Klingsporn (S, Wisconsin)
#100 Carli Lloyd (S, California)
#101 Alexandra Sall (S, Duke)
#102 Anna Lehne (M, New Mexico)
#103 Nicole Green (OH, Princeton)
#105 Casey LaRocca (S, Florida Atlantic)
#106 Rachael Moss (L, Duke)
#107 Katie Mills (M, UCLA)
#108 Naomi Washington (M, Long Beach)
#109 Cheryl Weaver (M, Long Beach)
#110 Mindi Wiley (M, California)
#111 Kristy Jaeckel (OH, Florida)
#112 Quincy Verdin (OH, Long Beach)
#113 Lauren Bledsoe (OP, Florida)
#114 Morgan Salow (OP, Wisconsin)
#115 Kate Steffan (OP, Colorado St.)

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