Women's Tryout a Path to Stardom

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 11, 2015, 12:45 a.m. (ET)

Kim Hill (90) participated in the 2013 U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, and less than two years later was the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship most valuable player following Team USA earning gold.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2015) – The annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts will take place Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The tryout will evaluate approximately 238 athletes from 93 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, the U.S. Collegiate National Team program and for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team for athletes born in 1996 or 1997. For a list of athletes competing at the tryout, click here.

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 Page | Open Tryouts Page

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff will direct the entire tryout process, which can be viewed with an online video stream 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 with Queen of the Court competitions, 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.

USA Volleyball will use #USAVTryout as the tryout hashtag for photos, notes, quotes and stories posted to its social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @usavolleyball.

Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, Calif., as early as the spring of 2015, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.

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

  • World University Games Team (12 athletes): June 28-July 14
  • Tour of China (12 athletes): June 12-26
  • USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (36 athletes): June 21-30

For athletes born in 1996 or 1997, they will also be evaluated to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship in Cyprus July 1-13 with a training block from June 14-29 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March, while selected athletes to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will be notified by April 31 with a public announcement expected by May 7.

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