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McCutcheon Happy with U.S. Women's Open Tryouts

Feb. 21, 2010, 7:33 p.m. (ET)

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

Tryout Photo Galleries: Feb. 21 - Feb. 20 - Feb. 19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2010) – For three days this past weekend, nearly 175 athletes were put to the test by U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) at the squad’s open tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

At the end of the weekend, McCutcheon was happy with what he saw on the court after each player had four different training sessions.

“I thought the tryout was successful,” McCutcheon said. “It was wonderfully well-attended. There were a lot of great volleyball players in the gym all at the same time for us to evaluate."

The tryout involved 174 athletes – the most ever at the annual open tryout – being evaluated by McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and assistant coaches Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.).

The coaching staff was able evaluate 46 middle blockers, 41 outside hitters, 38 liberos, 30 setters and 19 opposites representing 81 different colleges. Athletes were competing for spots on the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women’s National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women’s National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.

“The amount of talent and support that the colleges have provided bodes well for the U.S. Women’s National Team program,” McCutcheon said.

According to Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball’s managing director of Indoor High Performance Program, the U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams will be announced in mid-March once all confirmations to participate have been secured.

U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts Roster

46 Middle Blockers
# - Name (College, Pos, Remaining College Years, Ht)
W87 - Rachael Adams (Texas, MB, 2, 6-2)
W80 - Cassandra Anderson (Florida, MB, 2, 6-0)
W74 - Johannah Bangert (Illinois, MB, 1, 6-0)
W77 - Kelli Barhorst (Ohio State, MB, 2, 6-2)
W82 - Ashley Benson (Indiana, MB, 1, 6-3)
W26 - Kelsey Brandl (Ball State, MB, 2, 6-4)
W57 - Jessica Brown (Western Michigan, MB, 3, 5-11)
W63 - Katie Camp (UCLA, MB, 2, 6-4)
R88 - Alyssa Davis (Auburn, MB, 1, 6-5)
R85 - Jen Doris (Texas, MB, 1, 6-5)
R84 - Amanda Dowdy (Texas Tech, MB, 2, 6-3)
W61 - Anna Drewry (Purdue, MB, 3, 6-3)
R81 - Kourtney Edwards (TCU, MB, 0, 6-0)
W60 - Hilary Eppink (Notre Dame, MB, 3, 6-2)
W38 - Ariana Filho (Minnesota, MB, 2, 6-3)
R78 - Lindsay Fletemier (Dayton, MB, 1, 6-6)
R77 - Sareea Freeman (Florida State, MB, 3, 6-4)
R74 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (Minnesota, MB, 1, 6-2)
R72 - Danielle Gotham (Central Michigan, MB, 3, 6-2)
R61 - Erin Johnson (Illinois, MB, 3, 6-3)
R60 - Naomi Johnson (Northwestern, MB, 1, 6-3)
W34 - Genevieve Mann (Florida, MB, 4, 6-1)
R46 - ShaDare McNeal (Texas, MB, 3, 6-1)
W5 - Michele Metzler (Miami, MB, 1, 6-1)
W3 - Alexis Mitchell (Wisconsin, MB, 3, 6-0)
R45 - Sabel Moffett (Northwestern, MB, 1, 6-0)
W30 - Sarah Morton (Syracuse, MB, 0, 6-1)
W11 - Laura Ochoa (N/A, MB, 3, 6-0)
W13 - Alexis Olgard (Southern California, MB, 4, 6-5)
R41 - Dominique Olowolafe (Cal Poly, MB, 1, 6-1)
R35 - Megan Plourde (Colorado State, MB, 3, 6-3)
R34 - Katie Post (Ohio, MB, 2, 6-2)
R32 - Ashley Rhoades (New Mexico, MB, 2, 5-11)
R31 - Ivana Rich (Virginia Commonwealth, MB, 0, 6-0)
W27 - Sara Sage (UCLA, MB, 2, 6-3)
W83 - Margaret Salata (North Carolina State, MB, 2, 6-1)
R26 - LaShaunda Sandifer (Wright State, MB, 1, 6-3)
R24 - Jordanne Scott (Cincinnati, MB, 3, 6-2)
W20 - Sheriden Stangohr (Samford., MB, 0, 5-10)
W64 – Chelle Ticeson (Bethune-Cookman, MB, 0, 6-1)
R18 - Ashley Turnage (Western Michigan, MB, 2, 6-0)
R13 - Jasmine Waters (Temple, MB, 3, 6-4)
R10 - Brittany Williams (Kansas, MB, 0, 6-1)
R9 - Michele Williams (LSU, MB, 2, 6-2)
R7 - Arielle Wilson (Penn State, MB, 1, 6-3)
R28 - Alisha Young (Boise State, MB, 1, 6-3)

30 Setters
# - Name (College, Pos, Remaining College Years, Ht)
W23 - Hannah Allison (Texas, S, 4, 5-11)
R91 - Samantha Dabbs (LSU, S, 0, 6-0)
W51 - Jasmine Davis (Cal Poly Pomona, S, 0, 5-8)
R87 - Deborah Dawley (College of Charleston, S, 1, 6-0)
R75 - Janelle Gabrielsen (Wisconsin, S, 2, 6-0)
R73 - Elyse Glab (Northwestern, S, 1, 6-1)
R68 - Jaclyn Hart (Purdue, S, 1, 6-1)
R67 - Christine Hartmann (Kentucky, S, 3, 5-10)
W42 - Catherine Highmark (Arizona State, S, 2, 5-10)
R65 - Betsy Hone (Ohio State, S, 1, 5-10)
W41 - MaryElizabeth Hooper (Wichita State, S, 2, 5-10)
R64 - Angela Hupp (Cal State Northridge, S, 0, 6-1)
W39 - Michelle Jantsch (Ohio, S, 1, 5-10)
R56 - Michelle Kocher (Texas, S, 2, 5-10)
W35 - Molly Kreklow (Missouri, S, 4, 6-0)
W1 – Ashley Lee (Long Beach State, S, 1, 5-9)
R53 - Cassidy Lichtman (Stanford, S, 1, 6-1)
R52 - Carli Lloyd (California, S, 1, 5-11)
W7 - Catherine Ludwig (Central Michigan, S, 2, 5-10)
R49 - Kaylee Manns (Iowa State, S, 0, 5-10)
W4 - Jade Michaelsen (New Mexico, S, 1, 5-11)
W29 - Kelly Murphy (Florida, S, 2, 6-2)
W12 - Stefine Pease (Lipscomb, S, 1, 5-7)
R27 - Evangella Sanders (Colorado State, S, 2, 6-0)
W16 - Alexandra Smith (North Carolina State, S, 1, 5-8)
W19 - Brooke Stanley (Albany, S, 1, 5-9)
R21 - Naomi Tabberson (Minnesota, S, 3, 6-0)
W84 – Mary Ashley Tippins (Georgia Tech, S, 1, 5-11)
W17 - Samantha Viox (Western Michigan, S, 2, 5-8)
R12 - Paige Weber (Arizona, S, 1, 5-9)

19 Opposites
# - Name (College, Pos, Remaining College Years, Ht)
W79 - Jana Angel (North Carolina State, OPP, 1, 6-3)
W75 - Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, OPP, 2, 6-3)
W72 - Rosetta Becerra (N/A, OPP, 4, 5-10)
W68 - Jennifer Brown (Penn State, OPP, 1, 6-5)
W54 - Ashlie Christenson (Baylor, OPP, 1, 6-0)
R86 - Valerie DeWeerd (Central Michigan, OPP, 3, 5-10)
R83 - Allyson Doyle (Western Michigan, OPP, 1, 5-10)
W48 - Nicole Fowler (Tennessee, OPP, 1, 6-2)
R70 - Taylor Hadfield (New Mexico, OPP, 1, 6-1)
W37 - Correy Johnson (California, OPP, 3, 6-4)
W36 - Rachael Kidder (UCLA, OPP, 3, 6-3)
W85 – Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, OPP, 3, 5-10)
R42 – Joceyln Neely (Long Beach State, OPP, 3, 6-0)
R40 - Mary Ording (Wisconsin, OPP, 3, 6-3)
R30 - Callie Rivers (Florida, OPP, 1, 5-11)
R23 - Chloe Smith (Central Arkansas, OPP, 1, 6-2)
R19 - Alexandria Troost (San Diego, OPP, 1, 6-1)
R14 - Jonelle Wallace (Auburn, OPP, 1, 5-9)
R4 - Ellyce Youngren (South Dakota State, OPP, 2, 6-2)

41 Outside Hitters
# - Name (College, Pos, Remaining College Years, Ht)
W71 - Whitney Billings (Kentucky, OH, 4, 6-1)
R89 - Kanani Danielson (Hawaii, OH, 2, 5-10)
W50 - Laura DeBruler (Illinois, OH, 1, 5-10)
W62 - Whitney Dosty (Arizona, OH, 1, 6-3)
W49 - Katie Dull (Ohio State, OH, 1, 5-10)
R82 - Lindsey Dulude (Central Michigan, OH, 3, 5-11)
R80 - Juliann Faucette (Texas, OH, 1, 6-2)
R76 - Jodi Frigo (St. Joseph’s College, OH, 0, 5-10)
W15 - Karina Garlington (Kansas, OH, 1, 6-0)
W43 - Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, OH, 2, 6-0)
R66 - Victoria Henson (Iowa State, OH, 1, 5-11)
W40 - Sue Jacobi (Ohio, OH, 1, 6-0)
R62 - Kayla Jeter (Tennessee, OH, 2, 5-11)
W31 - Fiona Jones (South Dakota State, OH, 3, 5-8)
W24 - Jenna Kaiser (Kansas, OH, 1, 6-0)
R58 - Courtney Karst (Arizona, OH, 2, 6-1)
R57 - Ashley Kastl (Arizona State, OH, 3, 6-0)
R55 - Rachel Krabacher (Dayton, OH, 3, 6-3)
W10 - Lauren Krupsky (Central Michigan, OH, 1, 5-10)
R1 – Caitlin Ledoux (Long Beach State, OH, 2, 6-3)
R50 - Tabitha Mabrey (Mary, OH, 2, 5-8)
R2 - Allison Mayfield (Kansas, OH, 2, 6-1)
R47 - Dicey McGraw (UCLA, OH, 1, 6-1)
W33 - Danielle Minch (Colorado State, OH, 1, 6-2)
W28 - Tarah Murrey (California, OH, 2, 6-3)
W2 - Stephanie Niemer (Cincinnati, OH, 1, 6-2)
R43 - Larissa Nordyke (UC Irvine, OH, 1, 5-10)
R38 - Lisa Paasch (Lewis, OH, 0, 5-11)
R37 - Tatiana Paisley (VCU, OH, 0, 5-9)
R36 - Juliane Piggott (UC Irvine, OH, 1, 6-3)
R33 - sarah Reaves (Arizona State, OH, 1, 5-10)
W14 - LaToya Reeves (Fort Valley State, OH, 0, 5-6)
R29 - Amber Roberson (Texas, OH, 2, 6-2)
R28 - Bianca Rouse (UNC Charlotte, OH, 3, 5-10)
W46 - Rachel Ryan (Westfield State, OH, 1, 5-9)
W67 - Katie Schuette (Central Michigan, OH, 3, 5-11)
W18 - Bojana Todorovic (UCLA, OH, 3, 5-10)
R17 - Ariel Turner (Purdue, OH, 3, 6-2)
R11 - Bailey Webster (Texas, OH, 3, 6-3)
R8 - Kelly Williamson (New Mexico, OH, 2, 6-2)
R6 - Ashley Wittman (Minnesota, OH, 4, 6-1)

38 Liberos
# - Name (College, Pos, Remaining College Years, Ht)
W81 - Gabrielle Ailes (Stanford, L, 1, 5-7)
W76 - Ashley August (Jacksonville, L, 2, 5-4)
W73 - Katelin Batten (Colorado State, L, 0, 5-5)
W70 - Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, L, 2, 5-11)
W59 - Ellie Blankenship (Northern Iowa, L, 1, 5-10)
W58 - Rachael Broerman (Dayton, L, 1, 5-4)
W56 - Allison Buck (New Mexico, L, 2, 5-7)
W66 - Oceana Bush (Washington State, L, 3, 5-5)
W55 - Audrey Cantrell (Georgia State, L, 1, 5-6)
W53 - Camille Croteau (Cal State Fullerton, L, 1, 5-5)
W52 - Cristin Curl (Central Arkansas, L, 2, 5-7)
R79 - Alita Fisher (St. Mary’s, L, 0, 5-8)
R3 - Keisha Fisher (Utah, L, 1, 5-7)
W47 - Lainey Gera (UCLA, L, 2, 5-7)
W45 - Chloe Goldman (Tennessee, L, 0, 5-6)
W44 - Laurie Gonzalez (Albany, L, 2, 5-9)
R71 - Liza Guajardo (N/A, L, 0, 5-6)
R63 - Kristy Jaeckel (Florida, L, 2, 6-2)
W32 - Lisa Johnson (Central Michigan, L, 1, 5-8)
R59 - Kaleinani Kabalis (Western Nebraska CC, L, 2, 5-8)
R54 - Maria Leahy (Miami, L, 0, 5-9)
W8 - Courtney Lelepali (Southern Utah, L, 3, 5-7)
R51 - Casilia Loessberg (Miami (Fla.), L, 0, 5-7)
R48 - Ashley Mass (Iowa State, L, 1, 5-8)
W6 - Lisa Meeter (New Mexico, L, 1, 5-11)
R44 - Caitlin Murphy (Eastern New Mexico, L, 0, 5-7)
R39 - Tiffany Owens (Arizona, L, 1, 5-10)
W25 - Alyssa Rio (Ball State, L, 1, 5-9)
R25 - Kayleah Sauer (Murray State, L, 2, 5-6)
W9 - Chelsea Scott (Concordia-Irvine, L, 1, 5-6)
W86 - Francesca Silva (Notre Dame, L, 2, 5-3)
R22 - Ami Stevens (Ohio State, L, 0, 6-1)
R20 - Elysce Tackmann (Bryant, L, 0, 5-7)
R16 - Caitlyn Vann (Missouri, L, 1, 5-6)
R15 - Amy Vanni (Fresno Pacific, L, 0, 5-5)
R5 - Kelly Wood (North Carolina State, L, 2, 5-8)
W22 - Sydney Yogi (Texas, L, 2, 5-2)
W78 - Kathleen Yony (Nova Southeastern, L, 1, 5-6)

U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluators
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coach: Jamie Morrison
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

Volunteer Tryout Staff
RJ Abella (Wichita State)
Rob Browning (Saint Mary’s)
Steve Colpus (Matchpoint VBC)
Denise Corlett (Stanford)
MJ Engstrom (Albany)
Burt Fuller
Mike Hebert (Minnesota)
Jenni Herneisen (Colorado State)
Steve Loeswick (LSU)
Matt McShane (Air Force)
Jason Reed (Western Michigan)
Dave Shondell (Purdue)
Reed Sunahara (Cincinnati)
Shawn Taylor (Independence CC)
Ryan Theis (Ohio)
Giuseppe Vinci (BYU)
Paula Weishoff (UC Irvine)
Mary Wise (Florida)

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