USA Volleyball Names 244 Players For March Open Tryout

  0 Braden Keith | February 23rd, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, Pac 12, SEC, U.S. Women's Volleyball, WCC

USA Volleyball has announced a roster of 245 athletes who will participate in an open tryout in early March for a spot on several different U.S. National Team rosters. The tryout will be held from March 3rd-5th and will be used to evaluate players for the U.S. Senior National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team.

The camp will be directed by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly, who is also the head coach at UCLA. The whole tryout will be streamed live here.

Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2017, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. The U.S. Collegiate National Team will be selected by the end of March.

A breakdown of the participants by position:

  • 63 middle blockers
  • 58 outside hitters
  • 55 liberos
  • 40 setters
  • 28 opposites

The list includes players from 81 colleges and 10 high schools. Te list of high school players is very select, and includes Gatorade National High School Player of the Year Lexi Sun from Santa Fe Christian.

The defending NCAA women’s champions from Stanford aren’t represented at the camp; the runners-up from Texas will have 10 players at the camp – which includes another freshman Brionne Butler, who has enrolled early.

Nebraska, like Stanford, won’t be represented in the camp, but Minnesota, the other Final 4 team, like Texas is showing up en force – with 11 players, more than any other school.

Kiraly’s UCLA team will have two players in attendance as well – including middle Madeleine Gates and setter Kylie Miller.

While the U.S> National Team staff is running the camp, a number of coaches from all walks of the sport were invited from around the country to serve as court coaches and coders (or stat takers) for the event.

USA Volleyball told VolleyMob earlier this year that players will play 2 days of 6 vs. 6 in waves, after which they will be divided into teams and play a tiered tournament on the final day.

While this tryout isn’t the only way for players to be placed on a National Team, it is a valuable tool for coaches to unearth players. For example, 2014 FIVB World Championships MVP Kim Hill was identified from a similar open camp.

The camp was open to current college athletes born in the year 1989-1999. Junior athletes both in 1998 and 1999 and not currently enrolled in college had to be invited specifically to the camp.

A full breakdown of where the players are coming from, plus a list of all of the players, is below:

By College

University of Minnesota 11
University of Texas 10
University of Southern California 7
Air Force 6
University of Pittsburgh 5
University of North Carolina 5
University of Kentucky 5
Purdue University 5
University of Iowa 5
Illinois State University 5
University of Michigan 5
Michigan State University 5
University of Colorado 5
Washington State University 5
Indiana University 4
University of San Diego 4
University of North Dakota 4
University of Kansas 4
University of Florida 4
Brigham Young University 4
University of Maryland 4
Missouri State University 4
Brigham young university 4
Creighton University 4
Brigham Young university 4
Yale University 3
Kansas State University 3
The Ohio State University 3
University of South Dakota 3
Western Kentucky University 3
North Carolina State University 3
Kennesaw State University 3
University of Oregon 3
Ball State University 3
Oakland University 3
Lipscomb University 3
Miami University (OH) 3
University of Louisville 3
Pepperdine University 3
Long Beach State University 3
Florida State University 2
University of Georgia 2
Auburn University 2
Iowa State University 2
University of Hawaii 2
Sacramento State 2
Mississippi State University 2
Northwestern University 2
Coastal Carolina University 2
Oregon State University 2
University of Washington 2
University of South Carolina 2
Florida Atlantic University 2
San Diego State University 2
University of Illinois 2
Texas Christian University 2
Youngstown State University 2
University of Wisconsin 2
University of Arizona 2
Concordia University at Texas 1
Rice University 1
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1
Kent State University 1
North Carolina State Volleyball 1
Pensacola State College 1
University of Hawai’i 1
Sacred Heart Academy 1
Boise State University 1
Baylor University 1
Colorado State University 1
University of Denver 1
Temple University 1
University of Cincinnati 1
Westmont College 1
Harvard University 1
Marymount University 1
University of Notre Dame 1
University of Northern Iowa 1
Colorado State Volleyball 1
American University 1
Marquette University 1
Syracuse University 1
Duke University 1
Bowling Green State University 1
Cabrillo College 1
Loyola Marymount University 1
Louisiana State University 1

By High School

Blue Valley West High School 1
Weston High School 1
Wahlert Catholic High School 1
Southeast Polk High School 1
Santa Fe Christian 1
Cretin-Derham Hall HS 1
Cathedral Catholic High School 1
Peachtree Ridge High School 1
Brunswick high school 1
Iolani School 1

Full List of Players (By Position)

Liberos (55)
Anderson, Lauren (Lipscomb University, Libero)
Avila, Katherine (Ball State University, Libero)
Bates, Kelli (University of Wisconsin, Libero)
Beckley, Sophie (University of Minnesota, Libero)
Benson, Amanda (University of Oregon, Libero)
Blanco, Lauren (Youngstown State University, Libero)
Boswell, Julia (Air Force, Libero)
Butters, Emily (Missouri State University, Libero)
Cox, Jamye (Michigan State University, Libero)
Curry, Gabby (University of Kentucky, Libero)
Dirige, Alexis (Washington State University, Libero)
Dixon, Brianne (Missouri State University, Libero)
Dodge, Mary (University of Wisconsin, Libero)
Donnelly, Brandi (University of Illinois, Libero)
Dusek, Ashley (University of Kentucky, Libero)
Earl, Jesse (Auburn University, Libero)
Elattrache, Nicole (Duke University, Libero)
Ellis, Kayla (Oregon State University, Libero)
Ezell, Aubrey (University of South Carolina, Libero)
Fraase, Alivia (University of North Dakota, Libero)
Garda, Madeline (Bowling Green State University, Libero)
Garrick, Victoria (University of Southern California, Libero)
Goehner, Alyssa (University of Minnesota, Libero)
Hahn, Claire (University of Texas, Libero)
Halm, Camry (The Ohio State University, Libero)
Harward, Hailey (Long Beach State University, Libero)
Hellman, Sarah (Air Force, Libero)
Hillegas, Hali (Iowa State University, Libero)
Kahakai, Savanah (University of Hawaii, Libero)
Laker, Mary (Brigham Young University, Libero)
Lawmaster, Lindsey (Long Beach State University, Libero)
LeGrand, Raegan (University of Southern California, Libero)
Lishman, Dallas (Pepperdine University, Libero)
Litzau, Lauren (University of Minnesota, Libero)
Martin, Makenna (University of Arizona, Libero)
Mattison, Lauren (University of South Dakota, Libero)
McCoy, Catherine (University of Texas, Libero)
McDonald, Maeve (Miami University (OH), Libero)
Morton, Katarina (Kennesaw State University, Libero)
Nelson, Alyssa (Cabrillo College, Libero)
Olsen, Annika (University of Iowa, Libero)
Payne, Kori (Brunswick high school, Libero)
Pence, Courtney (Illinois State University, Libero)
Peters, Brooke (Purdue University, Libero)
Rounsaville, autumn (University of Texas, Libero)
Sauer, Molly (University of Louisville, Libero)
Seman, Angela (University of Pittsburgh, Libero)
Snuka, Penina (University of Arizona, Libero)
Sponcil, Sarah (Loyola Marymount University, Libero)
Swanson, Kate (Yale University, Libero)
Thomas, Brittany (Lipscomb University, Libero)
Tillis, Regina (Louisiana State University, Libero)
Wicinski, Kelsey (University of Maryland, Libero)
Witt, Brittany (Creighton University, Libero)
Worley, Samantha (Iolani School, Libero)

Middles (63)
Abu, Naghede (University of Colorado, Middle)
Agbaji, Orie (University of Texas, Middle)
Anderson, Rachel (Western Kentucky University, Middle)
Bass, Majesti (University of Georgia, Middle)
Bastianelli, Alison (University of Illinois, Middle)
Bennett, Jasmine (University of Louisville, Middle)
Brown, Kazmiere (University of Kentucky, Middle)
Buford, Kayla (University of Minnesota, Middle)
Butler, Brionne (University of Texas, Middle)
Condon, Samantha (Oakland University, Middle)
Crocker, Corissa (University of Michigan, Middle)
Dahlberg, Elizabeth (Westmont College, Middle)
Davis, Krysteena (Oakland University, Middle)
Dooley, Faith (University of North Dakota, Middle)
Edwards, Kaity (University of San Diego, Middle)
Fields, Maclaine (Harvard University, Middle)
Forbes, Jennifer (Marymount University, Middle)
Fricano, Taylor (University of North Carolina, Middle)
Fry, Samantha (University of Notre Dame, Middle)
Garvelink, Alyssa (Michigan State University, Middle)
Gates, Madeleine (UCLA, Middle)
Gross, Jasmine (Pepperdine University, Middle)
Haneline, Kayla (University of Northern Iowa, Middle)
Harris, Deja (San Diego State University, Middle)
Heineck, Piper (Air Force, Middle)
Hillyer, Kirstie (Colorado State Volleyball, Middle)
Jackson, Tiana (Florida State University, Middle)
Janota, Jessica (University of Iowa, Middle)
Johnson, Morgan (University of Texas, Middle)
Kearney, Kaitlyn (North Carolina State University, Middle)
Keene, Jaelyn (Illinois State University, Middle)
Kiefer-Wright, Claire (University of Michigan, Middle)
King, Darrielle (University of Florida, Middle)
Kramer, Rachael (University of Florida, Middle)
Langs, Sarah (Texas Christian University, Middle)
Legros, Annayka (Coastal Carolina University, Middle)
Line, Alison (Illinois State University, Middle)
Lofton, Deyshia (Indiana University, Middle)
Lohman, Molly (University of Minnesota, Middle)
Martin, Claire (Washington State University, Middle)
McKenzie, Loren (American University, Middle)
Mims, Taylor (Washington State University, Middle)
Mohler, Blake (Purdue University, Middle)
Murray, Ashley (Long Beach State University, Middle)
Murray, Hailey (University of Maryland, Middle)
Murtagh, Madison (University of Southern California, Middle)
O’Neill, Kelsey (University of Pittsburgh, Middle)
Ogbogu, Chiaka (University of Texas, Middle)
Picha, Addison (University of San Diego, Middle)
Pittman, Regan (University of Minnesota, Middle)
Reid, Abigail (Florida Atlantic University, Middle)
Rosenthal, Jenna (Marquette University, Middle)
Sandbothe, Elle (Kansas State University, Middle)
Stone, Ronika (University of Oregon, Middle)
Stutz, Meredith (Miami University (OH), Middle)
Vail, Jordan (University of North Dakota, Middle)
Varcolla, Sarah (Youngstown State University, Middle)
Walsh, Anna (Texas Christian University, Middle)
Wilhite, Brennan (Cathedral Catholic High School, Middle)
Williams, Deja (Peachtree Ridge High School, Middle)
Witherspoon, Amber (Syracuse University, Middle)
Wright, Lynsey (Missouri State University, Middle)
Wylie, Tarah (Pepperdine University, Middle)

Opposites (28)
Abbott, Symone (Northwestern University, Opposite)
Asdell, Elizabeth (Indiana University, Opposite)
Atkinson, Sherridan (Purdue University, Opposite)
Beal, Madeline (University of Minnesota, Opposite)
Bedart-Ghani, Yaasmeen (University of Texas, Opposite)
Coyle, Reghan (University of Iowa, Opposite)
Fanning, Shelly (Baylor University, Opposite)
Gaskin, Angel (University of Maryland, Opposite)
Goodsel, Brooklyn (Ball State University, Opposite)
Green, Amanda (University of Louisville, Opposite)
Hanna, Jasmine (Colorado State University, Opposite)
Hegarty, Katherine (SMU, Opposite)
Joachim, Taylor (University of Colorado, Opposite)
Laufenberg, Madison (University of North Carolina, Opposite)
Little, Baylee (San Diego State University, Opposite)
Mahlke, Katherine (University of Michigan, Opposite)
Miksch, Abigail (Air Force, Opposite)
Nwanebu, Ebony (University of Texas, Opposite)
Payne, Kelsie (University of Kansas, Opposite)
Pennington, Elizabeth (Air Force, Opposite)
Principato, Kayla (University of Denver, Opposite)
Rapacz, Izabella (Temple University, Opposite)
Schoenlein, Casey (Washington State University, Opposite)
Swartz, Lauren (Michigan State University, Opposite)
Thompson, Jordan (University of Cincinnati, Opposite)
Toliver, Holly (Michigan State University, Opposite)
Varga, Alexis (Illinois State University, Opposite)
Wilkinson, Marysa (Creighton University, Opposite)

Outside Hitters (58)
Ardila, Athena (Weston High School, Outside Hitter)
Badowski, Ally (Indiana University, Outside Hitter)
Bailey, Brooke (The Ohio State University, Outside Hitter)
Bandel, Darien (Oakland University, Outside Hitter)
Bell, Mariah (University of Pittsburgh, Outside Hitter)
Bittinger, Kelsey (Kent State University, Outside Hitter)
Borup, Taylor (University of North Carolina, Outside Hitter)
Boyer, Anaiah (Kennesaw State University, Outside Hitter)
Boyle, Shannon (Sacramento State, Outside Hitter)
Brown, Julia (North Carolina State Volleyball, Outside Hitter)
Burse, Jada (University of Kansas, Outside Hitter)
Carlson, Brynn (Cretin-Derham Hall HS, Outside Hitter)
Cavanaugh, Alyssa (Western Kentucky University, Outside Hitter)
Cobb, Ytae (Pensacola State College, Outside Hitter)
Dailey, Catherine (Yale University, Outside Hitter)
Edmond, Leah (University of Kentucky, Outside Hitter)
Fuller, Lauren (University of San Diego, Outside Hitter)
Granato, McKenna (University of Hawai’i, Outside Hitter)
Hammons, Paige (Sacred Heart Academy, Outside Hitter)
Hardeman, Leah (Coastal Carolina University, Outside Hitter)
Hart, Alexis (University of Minnesota, Outside Hitter)
Hill, Emily (Mississippi State University, Outside Hitter)
Johnson, Lily (Missouri State University, Outside Hitter)
Jones-Perry, Veronica (Brigham young university, Outside Hitter)
Kloth, Taryn (Creighton University, Outside Hitter)
Kranda, Brooke (Michigan State University, Outside Hitter)
Lanier, Khalia (University of Southern California, Outside Hitter)
Loschen, Elizabeth (University of South Dakota, Outside Hitter)
Marshall, Mary-Kate (Oregon State University, Outside Hitter)
Martin, Jasmyn (University of Minnesota, Outside Hitter)
May, MacKenzie (Wahlert Catholic High School, Outside Hitter)
McLean, Brittany (University of Minnesota, Outside Hitter)
Miller, McKenna (Brigham Young university, Outside Hitter)
Nobley, Sierra (Boise State University, Outside Hitter)
Nusbaum, Carlyle (Lipscomb University, Outside Hitter)
Plock, Emily (Southeast Polk High School, Outside Hitter)
Reuter, Kasey (University of Iowa, Outside Hitter)
Rigdon, Madison (University of Kansas, Outside Hitter)
Rusek, Olivia (Miami University (OH), Outside Hitter)
Scambray, Tia (University of Washington, Outside Hitter)
Schultejans, Alyssa (Kansas State University, Outside Hitter)
Schwan, Courtney (University of Washington, Outside Hitter)
Scoles, Julia (University of North Carolina, Outside Hitter)
Shebby, Frankie (University of Colorado, Outside Hitter)
Shields, Mikayla (University of South Carolina, Outside Hitter)
Smith, Alexa (University of Colorado, Outside Hitter)
Sokolowski, Mia (University of Florida, Outside Hitter)
Spann, Justine (University of Colorado, Outside Hitter)
Ssozi, Denise (Air Force, Outside Hitter)
Stahl, Azariah (Purdue University, Outside Hitter)
Sun, Lexi (Santa Fe Christian, Outside Hitter)
Tekavec, Kristi (Florida Atlantic University, Outside Hitter)
Wettersrom, Sydney (University of Michigan, Outside Hitter)
White, Micaya (University of Texas, Outside Hitter)
Williams, Stephanie (University of Pittsburgh, Outside Hitter)
Winters, Jaali (Creighton University, Outside Hitter)
Withers, Nikia (University of Southern California, Outside Hitter)
Woodford, McKenna (Washington State University, Outside Hitter)

Setters (39)
Akeo, Lynzi (University of Pittsburgh, Setter)
Arnautou, Frances (Yale University, Setter)
Botkin, Brooke (University of Southern California, Setter)
Brisack, Victoria (Indiana University, Setter)
Burkert, Brianne (Florida State University, Setter)
Carlton, Holly (University of North Carolina, Setter)
Dailey, Olivia (University of Kentucky, Setter)
Dixon, Sarah (Kansas State University, Setter)
Donovan, Mary (University of Georgia, Setter)
Evans, Ashley (Purdue University, Setter)
Filley, Alexa (Auburn University, Setter)
Gengenbacher, Kristen (University of San Diego, Setter)
Griffin, Sydney (University of North Dakota, Setter)
Harris, Monique (Iowa State University, Setter)
Havili, Ainise (University of Kansas, Setter)
Hughes, Taylor (The Ohio State University, Setter)
Huskey, Cheyenne (University of Florida, Setter)
Iosia, Norene (University of Hawaii, Setter)
Iruegas, Marlena (Concordia University at Texas, Setter)
Jessen, Brittany (University of South Dakota, Setter)
Kurtz, Kennedy (Sacramento State, Setter)
Leonard, Nicole (University of Southern California, Setter)
Lilley, Madison (Blue Valley West High School, Setter)
Lucas, Jessica (Western Kentucky University, Setter)
McDaniel, Madison (Rice University, Setter)
Miller, Kylie (UCLA, Setter)
Nelson, Taylor (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Setter)
Orr, Gabrielle (University of Iowa, Setter)
Pickrell, Kylie (North Carolina State University, Setter)
Piedimonte, Kristina (Kennesaw State University, Setter)
Porter, Rebecca (North Carolina State University, Setter)
Raskie, August (University of Oregon, Setter)
Robins-Hardy, Taira (Brigham Young University, Setter)
Sato, Blossom (Mississippi State University, Setter)
Seaman, Amber (Ball State University, Setter)
Seliger-Swenson, Samantha (University of Minnesota, Setter)
Smith, Taylor (University of Maryland, Setter)
Tashima, Taylor (Northwestern University, Setter)
Weatherless, Jordan (Illinois State University, Setter)
Welsh, MacKenzi (University of Michigan, Setter)

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