Feb. 19, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three members of the University of Tennessee volleyball team, Chloe Goldman, Nikki Fowler and Kayla Jeter, will all head to Colorado Springs, Col., this weekend to take part in the U.S. Women's National Team tryouts held by USA Volleyball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women's National Team head coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout. Karch Kiraly (U.S. Women's National Team) and Jamie Morrison (U.S. Women's National Team) will also take part in the player evaluations.
As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women's Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women's National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends.
Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.
This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1991 or earlier. All tryout participants must be U.S. citizens and are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout.
The U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout is the only path for a collegiate volleyball player with remaining eligibility to access the U.S. National Team and have an opportunity to be named to the 2010 FIVB World Championship to be played Oct. 29-Nov. 14.