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March 4, 2019: Open Tryout, Champions League Highlights Women's National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 4, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has 10 players who have helped their teams advance to the European Champions League quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff had a glimpse into its future by evaluating 210-plus athletes during the annual Open Tryout held March 1-3 in Colorado Springs.

Karch Kiraly oversees the U.S. Women's National Team Tryout held March 1-3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado SpringsQUICK SETS

  • The U.S. Women’s National Team will have members competing on five of the eight teams which have advanced to the European Champions League quarterfinals.
  • Rachael Adams and Micha Hancock led Saugella Team Monza to an opening round victory over Volero Le Cannet in the CEV Challenge Cup semifinal round.
  • Foluke Akinradewo led Hisamitsu Springs to two victories to open the Japan V-League playoffs this past weekend.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout brought in 210-plus athletes who were being evaluated for spots to the U.S. Women’s National Team.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Which U.S. Women’s National Team player holds the Colorado State High School record for kills in a single match?

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS WITH USA CONNECTIONS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will have members competing on five of eight teams which have advanced to the European Champions League quarterfinals. VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson), Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Lauren Gibbemeyer) and Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Lauren Carlini) all claimed top place in their four-team main phase pools, while Allianz MTV Stuttgart (Sarah Wilhite Parson, Paige Tapp and Molly McCage) and Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill, Karsta Lowe) were among the top second-place teams to advance. The quarterfinal home-and-home round will have Novara facing Stuttgart (first match on March 12), VakifBank challenging Dinamo Moscow, Conegliano versus Eczacibasi and Savino Del Bene Scandicci versus Fenerbahce.

NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUT: The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout took place this past weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with over 210 athletes vying for spots into the elite high performance pipeline. The tryout evaluated athletes from 86 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Athletes selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program (CNT) will be invited over the course of the two three weeks and announcements made by early April. Among the CNT programs are the CNT-World University Games, CNT-Japan and CNT-Anaheim. Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2019, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.

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