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Highlights from Women's Open Tryouts

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 18, 2014, 11:32 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (updated Feb. 21, 2014) – USA Volleyball has a projected record 246 athletes participating in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams). The tryouts will take place Feb. 21-23, 2014, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Among the 246 tryout participants representing 106 different colleges are 63 liberos, 61 outside hitters, 60 middle blockers, 35 setters and 27 opposites (note: some athletes originally on the list have either canceled or have been delayed on arrival due to travel or injuries). The 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 240 participants.

As a new feature to this year’s tryout, all sessions will be video streamed live and available by clicking here. To follow the tryouts with exclusive content, follow USA Volleyball’s feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Colleges are encouraged to hashtag their content related to the tryout with #usavtryout.

Although seating is very limited in Sports Center II, the tryouts are open and free to the public.

The 27 athletes who have already completed their collegiate eligibility will be evaluated for potential spots on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility will be evaluated for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as well as the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program.

The U.S. Collegiate National Teams program has two different options if selected. USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to China June 13-27, 2014, for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing the PAC 12 Conference.

The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is training and participation at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Minneapolis. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 22, 2014, followed by the competition portion June 26-30. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.

This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older born in the years 1986-1996 inclusive, AND high school athletes born in 1996 or earlier.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Tryout Staff
Administration: Karch Kiraly (Head Coach), Jamie Morrison (Assistant Coach), Tom Black (Assistant Coach), Jill Wosmek (Trainer), Jenna Ashton (Trainer), Tom Pingel, Heath Hoke, Tim Ambruso, Monica Sedillo, Denise Sheldon, Bill Kauffman, Matt Podschweit, Denise Corlett, Nicki Holmes, Jay Van Vark, Marc Swindle
Evaluators: Lindsey Devine, Ray Gooden, Mike Hebert, Heath Hoke, Tim Kelly, Jolene Nagel, Mark Rosen, Denise Sheldon, Jim Stone, Marc Swindle, Mary Wise
Court Coaches: Keith Barnett, Brittany Dildine, Brian Doyon, Billy Ebel, Bob Evans, Eduardo Fiallos, Jeff Grove, Linda Hampton, Jenny Hazelwood, Jill Kramer, Michael Obeso, Shelly Small, Lauren Steinbrecher, Michael Terrill, Russ Walker
DataVolley, Technical Coordinators, Court Coaches: Joe Trinsey (Technical Coordinator), David Dantes, Peter Forman, Jared Goldberg, Jared Hazel, Nicki Holmes, Nate Ngo, Jesse Tupac, Jay Van Vark

Outside Hitter (61)
Tryout # - Athlete (Position, College, College Eligibility Remaining)
W86 – Emmy Allen (OH, Washington State, 3)
W66 - Jordan Anderson (OH, West Virginia, 4)
W15 - Breanna Atkinson (OH, Duke, 2)
W25 - Maris Below (OH, Miami [OH], 3)
W35 - Jessica Bird (OH, Creighton, 3)
W8 - Mary Helen Boyle (OH, LSU, 1)
W53 - Elizabeth Brenner (OH, Oregon, 1)
W2 - Lauren Brobst (OH, Iowa, 3)
W61- Cailin Bula (OH, SMU, 2)
W89 – Karrian Chambers (OH, UNC Greensboro, 0)
W4 - Akokwe Clement (OH, Air Force Academy, 2)
W14 - Adrianna Culbert (OH, Colorado St., 2)
W56 - Breeann David (OH, Texas Tech, 1)
W17 - Ally Davis (OH, Michigan, 2)
W36 - Gabby Deshotel (OH, UAB, 3)
W51 - Megan Devine (OH, East Tennessee St., 0)
W13 - Caitlin DeWitt (OH, Loyola Marymount, 1)
W21 - Tiana Dockery (OH, Kansas, 2)
W19 - Erin Fairs (OH, South Florida, 2)
W22 - Jennifer Fassbender (OH, North Dakota St., 2)
W7 - Lauren Ford (OH, Lipscomb, 1)
W37 - Macey Gardner (OH, Arizona St., 3)
W64 - Kierra Holst (OH, Oklahoma, 3)
W33 - Kyra Holt (OH, Washington St., 3)
W31 - Cassie House (OH, New Mexico, 3)
W34 - Carly Kan (OH, Missouri, 3)
W40 - Eliza Katoa (OH, Utah, 4)
W58 - Sarah Katz (OH, American, 2)
W57 - Litara Keil (OH, Loyola Marymount, 1)
W11 - Kendall Kritenbrink (OH, South Dakota, 1)
W9 - Kelly Lamberti (OH, Ohio, 1)
W83 - Catherine Leak (OH, LSU, 2)
W18 - Gabby Mallette (OH, Florida, 2)
W62 - Andie Malloy (OH, Baylor, 2)
W65 - Mary-Kate Marshall (OH, Oregon St., 4)
W3 - Maya McClendon (OH, Louisville, 3)
W10 - Sara McClinton (OH, Kansas, 1)
W12 - Leah McNary (OH, Creighton, 1)
W23 - Katie Mitchell (OH, Ohio St., 2)
W27 - Kayla Morin (OH, Northwestern, 3)
W32 - Lindsey Owens (OH, Virginia Tech, 3)
W63 - Kylie Randall (OH, Ohio St., 3)
W39 - Danielle Root (OH, West Virginia, 4)
W16 - Ashley Rosch (OH, Illinois St., 2)
W20 - Hannah Sackett (OH, West Virginia, 2)
W67 - Frankie Shebby (OH, Oregon, 4)
W85 - Maggie Sherrill (OH, Air Force Academy, 2)
W1 - Moneshia Simmons (OH, Clemson, 0)
W52 - Taylor Simpson (OH, Colorado, 1)
W59 - Emily Sklar (OH, Duke, 2)
W28 - Devanne Sours (OH, New Mexico, 3)
W6 - Malina Terrell (OH, San Francisco, 0)
W30 - Anne Thomasson (OH, Kentucky, 3)
W88 - Krista Vansant (OH, Washington, 1)
W24 - Mallory Waggoner (OH, Cal St. Fullerton, 3)
W60 - Nicole Walch (OH, Florida St., 2)
W29 - Julia Warren (OH, New Mexico, 3)
W26 - Sarah Wilhite (OH, Minnesota, 3)
W38 - McKenzie Willey (OH, Arizona St., 3)
W54 - Emily Wilson (OH, Missouri, 1)
W55 - Jessica Wynn (OH, Pittsburgh, 1)

Middle Blocker (60)
Tryout # - Athlete (Position, College, College Eligibility Remaining)
N53 - Acacia Andrews (MB, Colorado St., 3)
N51 - Simone Antwi (MB, Florida, 2)
N29 - Kelsey Biltoft (MB, South Dakota, 2)
N5 - Mercedes Binns (MB, Arizona St., 2)
N1 - Jacquelle Boone (MB, Wesley, 0)
N41 - Alaysia Brown (MB, San Diego, 3)
N18 - Kelli Browning (MB, Creighton, 1)
N7 - Jenna Cavanaugh (MB, Youngstown St., 0)
N30 - Nakeyta Clair (MB, Mississippi, 2)
N26 – India Cuttino (MB, Vincennes, 2)
N46 - Alessandra Dietz (MB, Iowa, 1)
N11 - Jewell Dobson (MB, Lipscomb, 1)
N20 - Alyssa Dwyer (MB, Point Loma Nazarene, 1)
N57 - Claire Felix (MB, UCLA, 3)
N58 - Jennie Frager (MB, UCLA, 3)
N60 - Emily Franklin (MB, Kentucky, 4)
N33 - Janelle Giordano (MB, SMU, 3)
N25 - Krystalyn Goode (MB, Michigan, 2)
N24 - Mara Green (MB, Florida St., 2)
N4 - Skye Gullatt (MB, New Mexico, 2)
N35 - Briana Guzman (MB, St. John's, 3)
N13 - Stephanie Hagins (MB, Idaho, 1)
N38 - Kayla Haneline (MB, Northern Iowa, 3)
N19 - Ver'Leea Hardaway (MB, Washington St., 1)
N8 - Lauren Henderson (MB, Austin Peay State, 0)
N56 - Briana Holman (MB, LSU, 3)
N48 - Jillian Humphrey (MB, Rice, 1)
N49 - Jenny Ingle (MB, Miami [Ohio], 2)
N28 - Andrea Kacsits (MB, Ohio St., 2)
N31 - Taina Laporte (MB, Mississippi, 2)
N47 - Whitney Little (MB, Missouri, 1)
N61 - Kelly McCaddin (MB, American, 1)
N43 - Emily Minnick (MB, North Dakota St., 3)
N32 - Amber Mirabello (MB, Loyola Marymount, 2)
N42 - Emily Miron (MB, North Dakota St., 3)
N39 - Kacey Nady (MB, Oregon, 3)
N3 - Me'Ashah Nicholson (MB, Cincinnati, 1)
N44 - Katherine Reininger (MB, Kansas St., 3)
N12 - Rachel Rhoades (MB, Arizona, 1)
N21 - Sara Rishell (MB, UAB, 1)
N22 - DeLaina Sarden (MB, UCF, 1)
N10 - Emily Schneider (MB, Illinois St., 1)
N16 - Hannah Schraer (MB, Southern California, 1)
N14 - Alyssa Schultz (MB, Idaho, 1)
N59 - Lauren Smith (MB, Creighton, 3)
N9 - Kelsey Snider (MB, Colorado St., 1)
N40 - Tayler Soucie (MB, Kansas, 3)
N45 - Erica Stahl (MB, Butler, 1)
N34 - Kristen Stehling (MB, SMU, 3)
N37 - Paige Tapp (MB, Minnesota, 3)
N6 - Hannah Tapp (MB, Minnesota, 3)
N17 - Dominique Thompson (MB, Wisconsin, 1)
N54 - Jordan Tucker (MB, Duke, 3)
N62 - Mercedes Vaughn (MB, Florida St., 2)
N2 - Serena Warner (MB, Oregon, 1)
N50 - Alex Warren (MB, Mississippi St., 2)
N52 - Caleah Wells (MB, West Virginia, 2)
N55 - Alyse Whitaker (MB, Duke, 3)
N23 - Ayana Whitaker (MB, Loyola Marymount, 1)
N27 - Kiara Wright (MB, Southern California, 2)

Setter (36)
Tryout # - Athlete (Position, College, College Eligibility Remaining)
R76 - Bianca Arellano (S, Arizona St., 2)
R88 - Shellsy Ashen (S, Oregon, 1)
R80 - Morgan Bergren (S, Kentucky, 2)
R64 - Jianna Bonomi (S, San Diego, 3)
R72 - Katie Brand (S, Kansas St., 3)
R98 - Dana Burkholder (S, Arizona, 0)
R73 - Lauren Carlini (S, Wisconsin, 3)
R68 - Mackenzie Dagostino (S, Florida, 2)
R69 - Kelli Dallmann (S, Northern Arizona, 0)
R91 - Lexi Dannemiller (S, Michigan, 1)
R97 - Maggie Deichmeister (S, Duke, 2)
R96 - Julia Doyle (S, Oklahoma, 2)
R89 – Taylor Dunklau (S, New Hampshire, 1)
R92 - Kaitlyn Early (S, Illinois St., 1)
R71- Aubrey Edie (S, Mississippi, 3)
R67 - Katie George (S, Louisville, 2)
R82 - Abby Gilleland (S, Ohio, 2)
R65 - Erica Handley (S, Minnesota, 3)
R74 - Alyssa Jensen (S, California, 3)
R79 - Hannah Johnson (S, New Mexico, 2)
R87 - Kaylee Kehoe (S, Georgia, 1)
R84 - Hillary Keltner (S, Air Force Academy, 1)
R94 - Victoria Kroll (S, South Dakota, 0)
R85 - Valerie Nichol (S, Purdue, 1)
R81- Caitlin Ogletree (S, Cincinnati, 2)
R95 - Meg Riley (S, Miami [Ohio], 1)
R75 – Caleigh Ryan (S, Northwestern, 3)
R78 - Brittany Sample (S, West Virginia, 2)
R66 - Katie Schau (S, Minnesota, 3)
R86 - Michelle Sicner (S, Creighton, 1)
R99 - Samantha Slonski (S, Eastern Connecticut St., 0)
R77 - Colleen Smith (S, DePaul, 2)
R70 - Esther Suelzle (S, Corban, 4)
R83 - Christina Vucich (S, Duke, 2)
R93 - Sarah Wickstrom (S, Florida St., 1)

Opposite (27)
Tryout # - Athlete (Position, College, College Eligibility Remaining)
W77 - Nikki Attea (OPP, West Virginia, 2)
W49 - BreElle Bailey (OPP, Arizona St., 3)
W5 - Ashley Battle (OPP, Virginia Tech, 4)
W76 - Abbey Bybel (OPP, SMU, 2)
W48 - Ann Clappier (OPP, Southern Utah, 3)
W45 - Abby Cole (OPP, Michigan, 3)
W50 - Melanie Crow (OPP, Mississippi, 3)
W68 - Kellie Culbertson (OPP, Tulsa, 0)
W75 - Shelby Dalton (OPP, Utah, 1)
W87 - Hannah Deede (OPP, Western Oregon, 1)
W84 - Adreene Elliott (OPP, Maryland, 1)
W44 - Canace Finley (OPP, Oregon, 2)
W47 - Chelsey Harris (OPP, Rice, 3)
W46 - Alex Holston (OPP, Florida, 3)
W42 - Imani Hudson (OPP, Stevenson, 2)
W74 - Morgan Leach (OPP, Indiana, 1)
W72 - Karsta Lowe (OPP, UCLA, 1)
W70 - Madison Mahaffey (OPP, LSU, 1)
W82 - Makenzie Moea'i (OPP, Utah, 1)
W73 - Adrianna Nora (OPP, Minnesota, 1)
W79 - Ebony Nwanebu (OPP, Southern California, 3)
W43 - Erin Radke (OPP, Iowa, 2)
W80 - Elise Ruddins (OPP, Southern California, 3)
W78 - Rachelle Suaava (OPP, Loyola Marymount, 2)
W41 - Lauren Teknipp (OPP, Georgia, 1)
W81 - Elise Walch (OPP, Florida St., 0)
W71 - Caroline Young (OPP, SMU, 1)

Libero/Defensive Specialist (63)
Tryout # - Athlete (Position, College, College Eligibility Remaining)
B39 - Meredith Ashy (L/DS, Ohio, 2)
B24 - Denise Atualevao (L/DS, Graceland, 0)
B55 - Jasmine Austin (L/DS, Mary-Hardin Baylor, 0)
B26 - Amy Barmore (L/DS, Georgetown [Ky], 0)
B23 - Rebecca Bates (L/DS, Air Force Academy, 2)
B37 - Rachel Brummitt (L/DS, Texas Tech, 1)
B34 - Chelsi Carter (L/DS, Samford, 1)
B35 - Delaney Clesen (L/DS, Pittsburgh, 1)
B17 - Jaime Colaizzi (L/DS, Colorado St., 2)
B28 - Marli Dabareiner (L/DS, Randolph Macon, 0)
B14 - Rebekah Davis (L/DS, Francis Marion, 1)
B27 - Becky Defoe (L/DS, Oregon St., 0)
B41 - Karly Drolson (L/DS, UCLA, 2)
B53 - Kaitlyn Embrey (L/DS, Murray St., 4)
B31 - Kristin Faust (L/DS, Clemson, 1)
B36 - Cara Fisher (L/DS, Mississippi, 1)
B51 - Taylor Formico (L/DS, UCLA, 3)
B6 - Angela Freeze (L/DS, N/A, 0)
B54 - Kelsie French (L/DS, N/A, 4)
B16 - Amber Gass (L/DS, Hudson Valley CC, 2)
B25 - Kassidi Gilgenast (L/DS, N/A, 3)
B7 - Kristen Hahn (L/DS, Iowa St., 0)
B57 - Meredith Hays (L/DS, Arkansas, 1)
B20 - Morgan Heise (L/DS, SMU, 3)
B48 - Sasha Karelov (L/DS, Duke, 3)
B50 - Maddy Kerr (L/DS, California, 3)
B38 - MacKenzie Kleespies (L/DS, James Madison, 2)
B21 - Laura Larson (L/DS, Arizona, 3)
B58 - Gabby Litwin (L/DS, Mississippi St., 3)
B13 - Amanda Love (L/DS, Virginia Commonwealth, 1)
B12 - Veronica Lewis (L/DS, Arizona, 1)
B2 - Michelle Makela (L/DS, Nyack, 0)
B62 – Roxanne McVey (L/DS, Louisville, 1)
B33 - Sarah Meister (L/DS, Missouri, 1)
B52 - Emily Milligan (L/DS, North Dakota St., 3)
B44 - Taylor Morey (L/DS, Wisconsin, 2)
B43 - Kelsey Morrison (L/DS, Texas-Dallas, 2)
B8 - Katie Mosher (L/DS, Florida St., 1)
B10 - Kori Moster (L/DS, Michigan St., 1)
B30 - Ellen Mullins (L/DS, Tennessee, 0)
B32 - Jacqueline Napper (L/DS, Kentucky, 1)
B47 - Amanda Neill (L/DS, Purdue, 2)
B62 – Kiana Nicio (L/DS, Orange Coast College, 2)
B49 - Caroline Niedospial (L/DS, Northwestern, 3)
B42 - Tatum Norton (L/DS, Oregon, 2)
B9 - Emily Orrick (L/DS, Illinois St., 1)
B46 - Anna Panagiotakopoulos (L/DS, West Virginia, 2)
B15 - Kelcie Randazzo (L/DS, Cal St. Northridge, 1)
B56 - Stevi Robinson (L/DS, N/A, 0)
B40 - Shawna-Lei Santos (L/DS, St. John's, 2)
B3 - Ellen Schulz (L/DS, Olivet, 0)
B59 - Cierra Simpson (L/DS, Colorado, 3)
B11 - Courtney Smith (L/DS, Tennessee Tech, 1)
B18 - Kate Sommer (L/DS, Washington St., 2)
B60 – Morgan Stenson (L/DS, Illinois Wesleyan, 3)
B22 - Tess Sutton (L/DS, Utah, 3)
B29 - Alyssa Warren (L/DS, Seton Hall, 0)
B45 - Heather Weiss (L/DS, Wayne St. [Mich.], 2)
B5 - Caitlin Welch (L/DS, Louisville, 0)
B4 - Rachel Wells (L/DS, UNC-Asheville, 0)
B61 – Korrin Wild (L/DS, Fresno State, 4)
B1 - Chelsea Wilson (L/DS, George Fox, 0)
B19 - Scout Wonsang (L/DS, Alabama St., 3)

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