Annual Women's Open Tryouts Allows for Dreams

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Feb. 11, 2016, 6:27 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts will take place Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The tryout will evaluate approximately 231 athletes from 88 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program.

A vast majority of the current U.S. Women’s National Team athletes have participated in past open tryouts. As an example, Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), an alum of Pepperdine University, took part in the 2013 open tryout, was asked to train with the team in May 2013, started much of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix and by 2014 earned the most valuable player award at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in which Team USA won for the first time.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff will direct the entire tryout process, which can be viewed at bottom of this release or the most updated version online by clicking here. The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s sessions are at 8 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 2 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The tryout concludes on Sunday at 8 a.m. with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the staff to participate in a “USA” training session.

All sessions of the tryout will be streamed live by clicking here. USA Volleyball will use #USAVTryout as the tryout hashtag for photos, notes, quotes and stories posted to its social media platforms Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @usavolleyball. Be sure to watch the live stream and follow on Snapchat as USA Volleyball will be following a couple athletes throughout the entire process for behind the scenes access.

Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, Calif., as early as the spring of 2016, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:

  • Tour of China (12 athletes): June 18-July 1
  • Tour of Europe (12 athletes): July 5-16
  • USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (projected 36 athletes): June 21-30 in Indianapolis

Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.

For additional information on the team and to follow the tryout throughout the weekend, click here.

Name (Position, School, College Eligibility Years Remaining)
Abbott, Symone (OH, Northwestern, 2)
Adelaja, Fayette (MB, Purdue, 1)
Agae, Kayla (L/DS, Elon, 1)
Anae, Adora (OH, Utah, 2)
Anderson, Jordan (OH, UCLA, 1)
Angel, Savannah (MB, High Point, 1)
Angel, Jana (MB, North Carolina St., 0)
Appold, Audra (OH, Ohio St., 3)
Arneson, Keelie (L/DS, Clemson, 0)
Ati, Manyi (OH, Montevallo, 0)
Babers, Jazzmin (MB, Texas A&M, 1)
Bain, Corie (S, Harvard, 1)
Banyai, Savannah (L/DS, Air Force, 1)
Bass, Majesti (MB, Georgia, 3)
Beal, Maddie (OPP, Minnesota, 2)
Beckley, Sophie (L/DS, Minnesota, 3)
Bell, Mariah (OH, Pittsburgh, 2)
Benda, Gabrielle (S, Georgia Tech, 2)
Bergeson, Jillian (OH, TCU, 1)
Berryhill, Brooke (L/DS, Tulsa, 1)
Bohannon, Erica (OH, Tulsa, 1)
Boswell, Julia (L/DS, Air Force, 3)
Brakauskas, Krista (S, Miami (Ohio), 1)
Brand, Katie (S, Kansas St., 1)
Brisack, Victoria (S, Indiana, 4)
Brown, Kaz (MB, Kentucky, 2)
Buckley, Ayanna (MB, Ferris St., 2)
Buford, Kayla (MB, Minnesota, 3)
Burkert, Brianne (S, Florida St., 3)
Butters, Emily (L/DS, Missouri St., 3)
Calvin, Lindsey (MB, Saint Mary's [Calif.], 3)
Capezio, Ciara (OH, Iowa St., 1)
Carroll, Amanda (OH, Florida Gulf Coast, 3)
Castanon-Hill, Kariana (MB, Arkansas St., 0)
Cavanaugh, Alyssa (OH, Western Kentucky, 2)
Chin, Annemarie (L/DS, High Point, 0)
Cole, Abby (MB, Michigan, 1)
Craig, Katie (L/DS, Colorado St., 3)
Crow, Melanie (OH, Mississippi, 1)
Cuttino, Danielle (OH, Purdue, 2)
Dailey, Olivia (S, Kentucky, 3)
Davidson, Chandelle (S, Drake, 1)
De Vine, Denise (L/DS, Reinhardt, 0)
Detering, Abby (S, Florida, 2)
Dood, Jessica (OPP, Oakland, 1)
Dusek, Ashley (L/DS, Kentucky, 2)
Earl, Jesse (L/DS, Auburn, 2)
Ebangwese, Santita (MB, Syracuse, 3)
Edelman, Nicole (S, Colorado, 0)
Edie, Aubrey (S, Mississippi, 1)
Eggert, Margaret (OH, Minnesota, 1)
Elattrache, Nicole (L/DS, Duke, 2)
Fanning, Shelly (OPP, Baylor, 3)
Filley, Alexa (S, Auburn, 2)
Fitzmorris, Audriana (OPP, Stanford, 4)
Flowers, Macy (MB, Kansas St., 3)
Freiberg, Camryn (OPP, High Point, 2)
Fuller, Lauren (OH, San Diego, 3)
Gengenbacher, Kristen (S, San Diego, 2)
Giordano, Janelle (MB, SMU, 1)
Goehner, Alyssa (L/DS, Minnesota, 2)
Goodman, Janie (OPP, James Madison, 1)
Grant, Chelsea (MB, Lamar, 1)
Green, Amanda (OPP, Marquette, 4)
Grice, Kaitlyn (MB, New Orleans, 3)
Handley, Erica (S, N/A, 1)
Haneline, Kayla (MB, Northern Iowa, 1)
Hardesty, Emily (OH, Texas A&M, 1)
Harker, Halle (L/DS, Arizona St., 2)
Harris, Chelsey (OPP, Rice, 1)
Havili, Ainise (S, Kansas, 2)
Hegarty, Katherine (OPP, SMU, 2)
Heilborn, Carson (S, New Mexico, 3)
Heineck, Piper (MB, N/A, 2)
Heise, Morgan (L/DS, SMU, 1)
Held, Amelia (L/DS, Northern Iowa, 1)
Hellman, Sarah (L/DS, N/A, 3)
Hernandez, Sylvia (L/DS, Miami [Fla.], 2)
Hillyer, Kirstie (MB, Colorado St., 4)
Holt, Kyra (OH, Washington St., 1)
Hori, Kelty (L/DS, Loyola Marymount, 4)
Horton, Katie (OH, Florida St., 1)
House, Cassie (OH, New Mexico, 1)
Hranicka , Blayke (MB, North Carolina St., 3)
Hughes, Taylor (S, Ohio St., 3)
Hutchison, Jaelah (MB, Colgate, 3)
Inderski, Kyla (OH, Drake, 2)
Itiola, Omotola (MB, Baylor, 1)
Itiola, Tola (MB, Baylor, 1)
Jacobson, McKenzie (MB, Arizona, 2)
Jaudon, Madison (L/DS, Elon, 3)
Jeffery, Valerie (S, Youngstown St., 1)
Jessen, Brittany (S, South Dakota, 2)
Jewell, Merideth (OH, Morehead St., 3)
Jimenez, Yaritza (L/DS, Lourdes, 0)
Joachim, Taylor (OPP, Colorado, 4)
Johnson, Lily (OH, Missouri St., 2)
Johnson, Dajvonae (MB, Portland CC, 2)
Johnson, Baylee (S, Southern California, 3)
Jones, Jordan (S, Morehead St., 3)
Jorgensen, Jessica (MB, North Dakota St., 2)
Jorgensen, Jessie (S, Utah, 3)
Kalinoski, Kelli (L/DS, Duke, 3)
Kan, Carly (OH, Missouri, 1)
Katoa, Eliza (OH, Utah, 2)
Keala, Loxley (S, Iowa, 1)
Kearney, Kaitlyn (MB, North Carolina St., 2)
Keene, Jaelyn (MB, Illinois St., 2)
Kloth, Taryn (OH, Creighton, 3)
Knop, Caroline (L/DS, Michigan, 2)
Kober, Kersten (L/DS, Kansas St., 1)
Kuhrt, Morgan (OH, Iowa St., 1)
Larson, Laura (L/DS, Arizona, 1)
Leaea, Tessa (MB, N/A, 0)
Lebo, Taylor (L/DS, Indiana, 1)
Leonard, Zoe (L/DS, Dartmouth, 3)
Levert, Leah (MB, Syracuse, 2)
Litwin, Gabby (L/DS, Texas A&M, 2)
Livingston, Sarah (OH, Southern California, 2)
Loechel, Brittany (MB, N/A, 2)
Lohman, Molly (MB, Minnesota, 2)
Louis, Taylor (OH, Marquette, 3)
Lucas, Jessica (S, Western Kentucky, 2)
Mack, Callie (L/DS, Akron, 1)
Mack, Darian (OH, Kentucky, 2)
Mahlke, Katherine (OPP, Michigan, 2)
Malloy, Alexandra (OH, Baylor, 0)
Manriquez, Jaissi (L/DS, Goldenwest College, 1)
Martin, Ashleigh (OH, TCU, 3)
Martin, Claire (MB, Washington St., 3)
McDonald, Jazzmine (MB, Indiana, 1)
McGuire, Regan (MB, TCU, 1)
McHugh, Kaylie (L/DS, Tulane, 4)
Meyer, Leah (MB, Duke, 3)
Mikals, Sarita (OH, TCU, 1)
Miksch, Abigail (OPP, Air Force, 3)
Milana, Giovanna (OH, Maryland, 4)
Mills, Lauren (OH, SMU, 2)
Mims, Taylor (MB, Washington St., 3)
Miron, Emily (MB, North Dakota St., 1)
Morton, Katarina (L/DS, Kennesaw St., 2)
Murray, Ashley (MB, Long Beach St., 2)
Nelson, Taylor (S, Cal Poly, 2)
Niemann, Meghan (MB, Marquette, 1)
Nolan, Carly (OH, Cincinnati, 3)
Nolan, Caitlin (L/DS, Iowa St., 0)
Oblad, Berkeley (MB, Utah, 3)
Olsen, Annika (L/DS, Iowa, 2)
O'Neill, Kelsey (MB, Pittsburgh, 2)
Osburn, Maddi (L/DS, Boise St., 2)
O'Shaughnessy, Sydney (S, Nebraska-Omaha, 2)
Ostrom, Kayla (S, Lipscomb, 1)
Pashkova, Anna (L/DS, Gardner-Webb, 0)
Payne, Kelsie (OPP, Kansas, 2)
Pennington, Elizabeth (OPP, N/A, 2)
Perry, Leah (OPP, Clemson, 1)
Phillips, Abby (L/DS, Iowa St., 3)
Pickrell, Kylie (S, Arizona St., 3)
Pickrell, Cassidy (OH, N/A, 2)
Potts, Jenna (MB, Pittsburgh, 1)
Poulter , Jordyn (S, Illinois, 3)
Pudwill, Leigh (OH, Florida Gulf Coast, 1)
Purnell, Mikaela (L/DS, North Dakota St., 2)
Ramsey, Perry (OH, North Carolina St., 2)
Rasmusson, Brianna (S, North Dakota St., 2)
Reeg, Audrey (OH, South Dakota, 1)
Reuter, Kasey (OH, Iowa, 3)
Rigdon, Madison (OH, Kansas, 2)
Rosenthal, Jenna (MB, Marquette, 3)
Rudzitis, Tija (MB, N/A, 0)
Rusek, Olivia (OH, Miami [Ohio], 2)
Sandbothe, Taylor (MB, Ohio St., 1)
Sassin, Brooke (OH, N/A, 1)
Scambray, Tia (OH, Washington, 2)
Schaben, Jess (OH, Iowa St., 3)
Schad, Lauren (S, San Diego, 2)
Schaedig, Markie (L/DS, Arkansas St., 1)
Schau, Katie (S, Minnesota, 1)
Schoene, Makena (OPP, Drake, 1)
Schoenlein, Casey (OPP, Washington St., 2)
Schwan, Courtney (OH, Washington, 2)
Seitz, Natalie (L/DS, Air Force, 2)
Seliger Swenson, Samantha (S, Minnesota, 3)
Seman, Angela (L/DS, Pittsburgh, 3)
Sikorski, Stephanie (S, Ferris St., 1)
Simpson, Cierra (L/DS, Colorado, 1)
Simpson, Gabrielle (S, Colorado, 2)
Skjodt, Carly (OH, Michigan, 3)
Sklar, Emily (OH, Duke, 0)
Slater, Maddie (MB, Northwestern, 1)
Smeathers, Madison (MB, Ohio St., 4)
Smith, Alexa (OH, Colorado, 3)
Smith, Lauren (MB, Creighton, 1)
Snuka, Penina (S, Arizona, 1)
Snyder, Carli (OH, Florida, 2)
Sours, Devanne (OH, New Mexico, 1)
Spragg, Victoria (MB, New Mexico, 3)
Spriggs, Tyler (OH, Arizona, 3)
Squyres, Kaylin (OH, UC Davis, 0)
Stahl, Azariah (OH, Purdue, 2)
Steffen, Hadley (OH, North Dakota St., 1)
Sutton, Tess (L/DS, Utah, 2)
Sybeldon, Lianna (MB, Washington, 0)
Tallman, Megan (S, Indiana, 1)
Tapp, Paige (MB, Minnesota, 1)
Tapp, Hannah (OPP, Minnesota, 1)
Tashima, Taylor (S, Northwestern, 2)
Taylor, Nikki (OPP, Hawaii, 1)
Templeton, Haley (S, Miami [Fla.], 2)
Thomas, Piper (MB, Northern Iowa, 3)
Thompson, Jordan (OH, Cincinnati, 3)
Tingelhoff, Jade (S, Cincinnati, 3)
Tomasic, Katie (OPP, Miami (Ohio), 2)
Trueman, Carly (OH, Utah, 2)
Tucker, Jordan (OPP, Duke, 1)
Turner, Jade (MB, Arizona, 3)
Van Gunst, Teegan (OH, Georgia Tech, 1)
VanWinden, Adlee (OH, Cal Poly, 3)
Vogel, Bryna (OPP, Kansas St., 2)
Wait, Cassie (L/DS, Kansas, 1)
Walsh, Anna (MB, TCU, 3)
Weaver, Mackenzie (OH, Syracuse, 4)
West, Samara (MB, Iowa St., 2)
Wilhite, Sarah (OH, Minnesota, 1)
Williams, Stephanie (OH, Pittsburgh, 4)
Wilson, Sydney (MB, Georgia Tech, 2)
Wilson, Mykah (L/DS, Long Beach St., 3)
Winters, Jaali (OH, Creighton, 3)
Witt, Brittany (L/DS, Creighton, 4)
Woodford, McKenna (OH, Washington St., 3)
Wright, Lynsey (MB, Missouri St., 2)