Pac-12 teams send 40 student-athletes to USA Volleyball tryouts
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-12 volleyball teams will have 40 current and former student-athletes representing their schools this year at the 2014 open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams program. The tryouts will take place Feb. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
OREGON leads the charge with seven players attending the tryouts, followed by ARIZONA STATE and UCLA with six apiece. ARIZONA, USC, UTAH and WASHINGTON STATE will see four current or former student-athletes each in the tryouts. CALIFORNIA, COLORADO and OREGON STATE have two each attending, while WASHINGTON will be represented by one player.
Among the projected record 247 overall participants representing 107 different colleges are 63 liberos, 61 outside hitters, 36 setters and 27 opposites. The previous record for open tryout participants was 240, which was in 2013.
2014 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Open Tryout Participants
Arizona: MB Rachel Rhoades, S Dana Burkholder (former), L/DS Laura Larson, L/DS Veronica Lewis
Arizona State: OH Macey Gardner, OH McKenzie Willey, MB Mercedes Binns, S Bianca Arellano, OPP BreElle Bailey
California: S Alyssa Jensen, L/DS Maddy Kerr
Colorado: OH Taylor Simpson, L/DS Cierra Simpson
Oregon: OH Liz Brenner, OH Frankie Shebby, MB Kacey Nady, MB Serena Warner. S Shellsy Ashen, OPP Canace Finley, L/DS Tatum Norton
Oregon State: OH Mary-Kate Marshall, L/DS Becky Defoe
UCLA: MB Claire Felix, MB Jennie Frager, OPP Karsta Lowe, L/DS Karly Drolson, L/DS Taylor Formico
USC: MB Hannah Schraer, MB Kiara Wright, OPP Ebony Nwanebu, OPP Elise Ruddins
Utah: OH Eliza Katoa, OPP Shelby Dalton, OPP Makenzie Moea’i, L/DS Tess Sutton
Washington: OH Krista Vansant
Washington State: OH Emmy Allen, OH Kyra Holt, MB Ver’Leea Hardaway, L/DS Kate Sommer