U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts a Record Success

Feb. 24, 2009, 8:54 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 24, 2009) - USA Volleyball conducted its three-day U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted a record 160 athletes seeking spots on the U.S. Women's National Team, the U.S. Women's Junior National Team or the USA Women's Senior A2 Team.

"I was very impressed with the talent and depth of the players who participated in the tryout this past weekend," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "The athletes worked very hard to be evaluated by our tryout coaching staff, who put in many hours over the weekend to make for a successful tryout. Overall, this was a very positive experience for our program."

The 2009 U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout roster included 39 outside hitters, 39 middle blockers, 37 liberos, 28 setters and 17 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges were represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions. A total of 33 athletes were competing for roster spots for U.S. Women's Junior National Team inclusion, as well as the U.S. Women's National Team and its A2 program.

"USA women's volleyball has such depth and talent, it is wonderful to see this many outstanding young athletes attending this National Team tryout," McCutcheon said. "I believe playing for the National Team is the highest achievement possible for our indoor players. In that regard, our goal is to create the best environment for these players to train and compete at the international level."

McCutcheon is optimistic that he can announce U.S. Women's National Training Team members sometime in March and begin training in April. Veteran players competing in overseas professional leagues will begin to return to training in the United States in May.

Coming off a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, the U.S. Women's National Team is scheduled to host the 12-team Women's Pan American Cup held June 26-July 4 in Miami, along with the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament Third Round at a site and date to be announced. Other tournaments on the schedule include the FIVB World Grand Prix beginning July 31 and running through Aug. 23 in four different countries, the Women's Final Four held Sept. 7-13 in Brazil, the NORCECA Continental Championship held Sept. 20-28 in Puerto Rico and the FIVB Grand Champions Cup held Nov. 10-15 in Japan.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2009 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate on the USA Senior A2 Teams. This program is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis from May 18 through May 27. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 23-26.

A total of 19 individuals born in 1990 or 1991 will be selected to train for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team and will be announced at the end of April or first part of May. The USA Volleyball High Performance Department is currently holding tryouts through April 23 for pre-college age individuals for spots on the U.S. Women's Junior National Team, U.S. Girls' Youth National Team and other High Performance programs and camps.

The U.S. Women's Junior National Team will compete with a 12-player roster, pared from the 19-player training roster, at the 2009 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship to be held July 16-25 in Mexico.

The previous record for a U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout was 115 athletes, which occurred in February of 2008 at the U.S Olympic Training Center.

Photo galleries for the four evaluation sessions can be found below:
Feb. 20 evening
Feb. 21 morning

Feb. 21 afternoon
Feb. 22 morning

The roster below indicates U.S. Women's Junior National Team eligible athletes with a "^".

Liberos (37)
Name (College Eligibility Remaining, College)
Gabi Ailes (2, Stanford)
* Allison Buck (3, New Mexico)
Haley Carroll (1, San Francisco)
Sarah Cline (1, South Carolina)
Elyse Cusack (1, Florida)
Rebecca Dake (0, Truman St.)
* Caitlyn Donahue (4, Kansas St.)
Allyson Doyle (2, W. Michigan)
Katie Eberling (1, W. Michigan)
Ashley Edinger (1, Illinois)
Laura Gonzalez (3, Albany)
Mercedes Hawkins (2, NA)
Madeline Hughes (2, N. Illinois)
Tracey Lam (2, Rice)
Hannah Lawing (2, South Carolina)
Ashley Mass (2, Iowa St.)
Elena Martinez (0, Louisiana St.)
Lauren Mathewson (2, Kansas St.)
Whitney Meierotto (0, Conordia-St.Paul)
Sarah Mendoza (2, Kentucky)
Kate Nobilio (1, Northwestern)
Alanna Resch (1, Arizona)
Bree Riet (0, Westminster Col)
Stevi Robinson (3, Pepperdine)
Alexandra Sall (2, Duke)
Claire Smalzer (2, Duke)
* Sydney Stewart (3, SMU)
* Morgan Springer (3, Mississippi)
Katelyn Swoboda (0, Oregon)
Christine Tan (1, Minnesota)
Krystal Torres (0, New Mexico St.)
Mary Tucker (0, Mercer)
Caitlyn Vann (2, Missouri)
Bonnie West (2, W. Virginia)
Katherine Wilkerson (2, SMU)
* Kelly Wood (3, N. Carolina St.)
* Kathleen Yony (2, Nova Southeastern)

Setters (28)
Name (College Eligibility Remaining, College)
Maureen Bannon (1, Army)
Stephanie Budde (1, C. Michigan)
* Kellie Catanach (3, Duke)
Lauren Cook (4, UCLA)
Deborah Dawley (2, Col of Charleston)
Bridget Denson-Dorman (1, South Carolina)
Christina Falcone (1, Duke)
Hillary Haen (2, Illinois)
Jessica Hayden (0, Penn St.)
* Catherine Highmark (3, Arizona St.)
* Kristin Hoffman (3, N. Illinois)
Mary Hooper (3, Wichita St.)
Carli Lloyd (2, California)
* Anne Luhrsen (3, Connecticut)
Kaylee Manns (1, Iowa St.)
Jade Michaelsen (2, New Mexico)
Jill Mitchell (1, W. Michigan)
* Mikinzie Moydell (4, HS (Penn St.))
Kelsi Myers (2, San Diego)
Jessica Nyrop (0, San Diego)
Whitney Roth (1, St. Louis)
Sarah Rumely (1, Kentucky)
Meredith Schamun (2, Rice)
Alexandra Smith (2, N. Carolina St.)
Nicole Vargas (0, Long Beach St.)
Sam Viox (3, W. Michigan)
Paige Weber (2, Arizona)
Lexi Zimmerman (2, Michigan)

Outside Hitters (40)
Name (College Eligibility Remaining, College)
Sarah Ammerman (1, Texas A&M)
Anna Berger (1, San Francisco)
* Kelsey Black (3, Texas A&M)
JuliAnne Chisholm (2, Kansas St.)
Laura DeBruler (2, Illinois)
Whitney Dosty (2, Arizona)
Katie Dull (2, Ohio State)
* Sophia Dunworth (3, Duke)
Juliann Faucette (2, Texas)
Bridget Fonke (1, St. Louis)
Ashley Frazier (3, Alabama)
Isis Gardner (3, N. Carolina St.)
Tiffany Gaerke (2, Dayton)
Suzanne Haydel (2, North Carolina)
Victoria Henson (2, Iowa St.)
Ellen Herman (1, Ohio)
Kristy Jaeckel (3, Florida)
Kayla Kirk (3, Duke)
Rachel Krabacher (4, Dayton)
* Caitlin Ledoux (4, Long Beach St.)
* Ashleigh McCord (3, Rice)
* Allison McGloughlin (3, N. Illinois)
* Jordan Meredith (3, Boston Col.)
Brittany Moore (0, CS Fullerton)
Michelle Moore (1, W. Michigan)
Rachael Moss (1, Duke)
* Tarah Murrey (3, California)
* Jocelyn Neely (4, Long Beach St.)
Sonja Newcombe (1, Oregon)
Katelynn Norris (3, Mississippi)
Tiffany Owens (2, Arizona)
* Dana Powell (3, SMU)
Sarah Reaves (2, Arizona St.)
Julie Rubenstein (0, Pepperdine)
Meagan Schoenrock (1, N. Illinois)
Kristin Seaton (1, Arkansas)
* Kelli Stipanovich (3, Arkansas)
Emily Stockman (1, Wichita St.)
Brooks Webster (1, Alabama)

Opposites (17)
Name (College Eligibility Remaining, College)
* Michelle Bartsch (3, Illinois)
Ashlie Christenson (2, Baylor)
LaTresa Cunningham (0, Mid Tenn St.)
Ashley Engle (1, Texas)
* Alex Hunt (3, Michigan)
Megan Laughlin (2, South Carolina)
Sarah Mandala (2, San Francisco)
Sammi McCloud (1, St. Louis)
Heather Meyers (2, Oregon)
Rose Morris (1, New Mexico)
* Jessica Oliver (3, SMU)
Brianna Patterson (1, Akron)
Ashley Rhoades (3, New Mexico)
* Sara Sage (3, UCLA)
Chloe Smith (2, C. Arkansas)
Maria Taylor (0, Georgia)
Alexandra Troost (2, San Diego)

Middle Blocker (39)
Name (College Eligibility Remaining, College)
Sarah Allison (3, Kansas St.)
Ashley Asberry (0, Mid Tenn St.)
Carlyn Babin (0, San Francisco)
Johannah Bangert (2, Illinois)
Kelli Barhorst (3, Ohio State)
Mekana Barnes (0, Colorado St.)
Ashley Benson (2, Indiana)
Natalie Bogan (1, Rice)
Rebecca Burling (2, Duke)
Heather Brooks (1, North Carolina)
* Katherine Camp (3, UCLA)
Kelsey Chipman (1, Kansas St.)
Jamie Clark (0, Army)
Brittnee Cooper (1, Louisiana St.)
Kristina Dimitrijevs (3, Akron)
* Amanda Dowdy (3, Texas Tech)
Kristen Dozier (1, Ohio State)
Kourtney Edwards (1, TCU)
Neticia Enesi (1, Oregon)
Whitney Evers (0, C. Michigan)
Lindsay Fletemier (2, Dayton)
Ingrid Hanson-Tuntland (1, North Carolina)
Danielle Hepburn (0, Clemson)
Shannon Hawari (3, California)
* Amanda Gil (3, UCLA)
Miranda Kitts (2, Mississippi)
Anna Lehne (1, New Mexico)
Sabel Moffett (2, Northwestern)
Michelle Osunbor (2, Long Beach St.)
Lauren Paolini (0, Texas)
* Martha Robertson (3, Duke)
Margaret Salata (3, N. Carolina St.)
* Kaitlyn Schultz (3, C. Michigan)
Stephanie Snow (2, Arizona)
Regina Thomas (3, Mississippi)
Emillie Toone (0, Utah)
Christine Vaughen (1, North Carolina)
Naomi Washington (1, Long Beach St.)
Mindi Wiley (1, California)

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Nick Cheronis
John Corbelli
Denise Corlett
Todd Dagenais
Nicole Davis
Diane French
Burt Fuller
Cathy George
Chris Gonzalez
Ray Gooden
Jeff Grove
Kevin Hambly
Tom Hogan
Heath Hoke
Kim Jagd
Jason Kepner
Jill Kramer
Christie Landry
Ruth Lawanson
Aven Lee
Steve Loeswick
Gary Mathews
Hugh McCutcheon
Vinh Nguyen
Tom Pingel
Jason Reed
Kelly Sheffield
Scott Swanson
Stacy Sykora
Paula Weishoff