Feb. 23, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee standout Ellen Mullins is one of a select group of hopefuls wrapping up open tryouts for USA Volleyball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
A projected record 246 athletes are participating in the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams program, formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams. The tryouts wrap up Sunday, Feb. 23, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Having completed her collegiate eligibility, Mullins is one of 27 athletes who will be evaluated for potential spots on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. A total of 246 athletes consisting of 63 liberos, 61 outside hitters, 60 middle blockers, 35 setters and 27 opposites also make up the invitees make up the individuals vying for a post on the teams.
Sessions are streamed live and available to watch here.
Mullins competed on the 2013 U.S. Women's National Volleyball A2 Program last summer, placing fourth at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships.
"I'm so excited to see all the girls I saws last summer," Mullins said. "Everyone that was there last summer was so good and talented. I'm looking forward to seeing them and playing with the best that's in Colorado Springs. I'm really excited to go."
To prepare for the tryouts, the Nashville native has been practicing with the men's club volleyball team, as well as practicing with head coach Rob Patrick and assistant coach Rachel Cooper after the Tennessee team's open gyms.
"They're pumping me up and giving me confidence," Mullins said. "They encourage me to play my hardest. They've been staying after their practices and helping me out. That's a lot of time and effort for them, and they've been so helpful."
Selected athletes will be notified in early March. USA Volleyball will announce the selections by the end of March once all roster spots are accepted and confirmed.