Five Wildcats to try out for USA Volleyball

Feb. 18, 2009

The Arizona women's volleyball team will have five athletes try out for the USA National Team next week from February 20-22 at the U.S. Olympics Training Center in Colorado Spring, Colo.

The five Wildcats will be among 160 collegiate players vying for several sports on a variety of USA squads.

'This tryout is an opportunity for our players to compete against the other great players across the country,' Arizona head coach Dave Rubio said.

Middle blocker Stephanie Snow, libero Alanna Resch, setter Paige Weber and outside hitters Whitney Dosty and Tiffany Owens will all compete for a spot on the National Team.

If they are not selected for the national team, they may be considered for other programs run by USA Volleyball including the Women's Senior A2 Teams.

'USA women's volleyball has such depth and talent, it is wonderful to see this many outstanding young athletes attending this National Team tryout,' U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said in a release. 'I believe playing for the National Team is the highest achievement possible for our indoor players. In that regard, our goal is to create the best environment for these players to train and compete at the international level.'

Arizona is one of 64 different colleges represented in the tryout that will include 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 36 liberos, 30 setters and 12 oposites.

For any athlete with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2009 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team, they may be invited to participate on the USA Senior A2 Teams. This program takes place May 18-27 in Minneapolis with a projected 24 athletes being invited to participate. The Senior A2 Teams will include training and competition in the 2009 USA Adult Open Championship May 23-26.

USA Volleyball Team Tryout participants

As a sophomore, Snow led the Wildcats in hitting percentage (.325), solo blocks (22), block assists (88) and total blocks (110). The Tempe, Ariz. native ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks and sixth in hitting percentage.

During her junior season, Resch set the digs per set record at Arizona, finishing with a 4.01 average. She also collected the second highest dig total in school history with 405.

Weber finished her sophomore season with 1,000 assists for the second time in as many years and is currently second on the schools career-assists list. She was also named to the conference's all-academic second team with a 3.79 GPA and was fifth in assists and aces per set in the Pac-10.

Arizona's lone all-conference representative was Owens, who was named to the honorable mention squad as a sophomore. Owens led the team in double-doubles (10), kills (333), attempts (925 and was second in digs (274).

Coming off an injury, Dosty was solid in her sophomore season. The Tucson-native played in 99 sets while recording 281 kills and 61 blocks for the Wildcats.

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