Bears Send Five To Tryout For U.S. Women's National Team
Feb. 5, 2008
BERKELEY - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team is holding open tryouts Feb. 22-24 and has selected 115 athletes to be drilled and tested at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among the players selected for the tryout are five Golden Bears including Pac-10 All-Freshman Team setter Carli Lloyd, freshman libero Caitlyn Murphy, sophomore libero Kristen Kathan, sophomore middle hitter Mindi Wiley and junior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon. Cal volleyball head coach Rich Feller and assistant coach Matt McShane will assist in the talent evaluation of the invited players.
The tryout will be used by USA Volleyball to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. National and Olympic Teams, as well as the A2 program which is planning to train in Atlanta, Ga., from approximately May 19-28, 2008.
Among the invited athletes, the position breakdown for the tryout is 33 liberos, 29 outside hitters, 25 middle blockers, 15 setters and 13 opposites. A total of 17 players have exhausted college eligibility, while six players still have four years of college eligibility remaining. The tryout will be represented by athletes from 50 different collegiate volleyball programs in all three NCAA divisions.
Lloyd finished her freshman season with multiple postseason honors including being named to the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Wisconsin Regional All-Tournament Team. Her 1,550 assists was only five shy of the single-season school record set by Samantha Carter in 2003. Lloyd was also third on the team in digs, averaging 1.93 dpg.
Kathan led the team in digs with 3.70 dpg and finished her sophomore campaign with 414 total digs, the ninth-highest total for a single season by a Golden Bear. She had a career-high 29 digs against USC on Oct. 26 and was a 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Team Honorable Mention. Fellow libero Murphy contributed 18 aces on serves this season and had a career-high 18 digs against UCLA on Sept. 27.
Wiley was third on the team in hitting percentage, notching a .307 with 85 kills on 179 attacks (30e). Her percentage is the eighth highest single season mark by a Cal player and puts her .304 career hitting percentage at No. 3 overall on the Cal ladder. Solomon was an effective leader for the Bears and provided depth for the team behind senior outside hitter Angie Pressey. She had a season high 11 kills against Oregon State on Oct. 5.
Earlier this year, Pressey and junior outside hitter/middle hitter Morgan Beck accepted invitations to remain with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team training squad following a private invitation-only tryout.
For the complete USA Volleyball release, go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/VolleyballNews/news.asp?id=2066