COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2013) – USA Volleyball opened the first day of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Open Tryout Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with what expects to be a projected record 247 athletes participating (some athletes were delayed due to weather). The open tryouts, which continue through Sunday, are used for evaluations for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.
Among the 247 tryout participants representing 90 different colleges are 60 outside hitters, 57 middle blockers, 56 liberos, 49 setters and 25 opposites. The 2012 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 207 participants.
Although seating is very limited in Sports Center II, the tryouts are open and free to the public.
On Feb. 23, athletes will participate in a morning session and an afternoon wave starting at 8 a.m. MT and ending at 8 p.m. MT. The tryout concludes on Feb. 24 with tournament play broken up into two sessions from 7:30-9:10 a.m. and 9:20-11 a.m. Each participant will compete in one tournament wave to be determined the night of Feb. 23.
Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following three different programs: first and foremost the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; those not selected to the National Team may also be considered for an invitation to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team; and/or U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team program and its various programs.