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Apr 7, 2004

University of Colorado freshman setter Ashley Nu'u has been invited to participate in USA Volleyball's National Training Team tryouts April 8-10, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The players selected to the National Training Team will practice with Team USA, May 18-28, as they continue with preparations for the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, later this summer.

From there, Nu'u, a native of Aurora, Colo., has an opportunity to be one of 10 players from the National Training Team that would compete in the Women's Open Division of the U.S. National Championships scheduled for May 29-June 1 in Atlanta. Current Nebraska head coach John Cook will be the head coach of the National Training Team and will be assisted by Southern California's Paula Weishoff and California's Lee Maes

"I am one of about 10 setters competing for two or three spots on the team," Nu'u said. "It's an honor to be invited. It wasn't expected and it is a great opportunity."


A two-time Colorado prep volleyball Player of the Year, Nu'u led Smoky Hill High School to consecutive Class 5A state championships in 2001 and 2002. Prior to beginning her collegiate career last fall, Nu'u was voted the 2003 Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Injuries forced Nu'u to miss a portion of the first half of the 2003 season, but she returned to help the Buffaloes achieve an 8-2 record down the stretch, leading to their 12th NCAA Tournament bid in 13 seasons. Nu'u was second on the team in hitting percentage (.311) and assists (369) and will enter her sophomore season already ranking ninth on the school's all-time assists list.