Feb. 25 Notebook for U.S. Women's Open Tryouts

Feb. 25, 2011, 11:37 p.m. (ET)

Becky Murdy
Media Relations and Publications Assistant
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: becky.murdy@usav.org

Young Faces Honored by Experience

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 25, 2011) – Nine out of the 12 2010 U.S. Girls’ Youth Olympic Team have made the trip back to Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S. Olympic Training Center for their first attempt at U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team selection.

Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif.), Crystal Graff, (Madison, Wis.), Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.), Jade Hayes (Ozark, Mo.), Madison Kamp (Orland Park, Ill.), Liz McMahon (Liberty Township, Ohio), Katie Mitchell (The Woodlands, Texas), Taylor Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Lauren Teknipp (McDonough, Ga.) make up the nine Youth Olympic Team representatives.

For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/41128.

Houston Baptist's Courtney Whittleman Looks to Impress National Team Coaches

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 25, 2011) – Making the jump from a college-level court to the U.S. Women’s National Team tryouts can be frightening and stressful, but for Houston Baptist University player Courtney Whittleman, her exceptional coaching staff, family support and high quality of training has prepared her for the weekend.

“Houston Baptist transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division I and is small, maybe 3,000 people, but it has a great volleyball program,” Whittleman said. “The athletic programs in the school are always growing and focusing on recruiting is important.”

For athletes, the Olympic stage is as big as they come and for volleyball players, making the National Team is a dream only the elite get to fulfill. The opportunity to shine in front of the Olympic coaching staff comes from hours of hard work and dedication paired with incredible high school and college preparation from coaches.

For the complete feature article, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/41123.

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

U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts Photo Galleries

Gallery 1: Feb. 25 Waves 1 and 2
Gallery 2: Feb. 25 Wave 3

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