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Volleyball - 12. January 2008.

U.S. Women’s National Training Team and Invitation-Only Tryouts Start Jan. 7

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 3, 2008) – USA Volleyball has invited 14 athletes to an invitation-only U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team tryout to be held Jan. 7-12, 2008, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Four other athletes have already been invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team that runs concurrently with the tryout.

Based on past performances with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Nebraska middle blocker Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Stanford middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Florida setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) will begin training full-time with Team USA on Jan. 7, while Stanford outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) will join the team in March 2008

The tryout invitee list includes Stanford’s Bryn Kehoe (Setter, North Bend, Ohio) and Alix Klineman (Outside Hitter, Manhattan Beach, Calif.); Texas’ Juliann Faucette (Outside Hitter, San Diego, Calif.), Destinee Hooker (Outside Hitter, San Antonio, Texas) and Lauren Paolini (Middle Blocker, Ann Arbor, Mich.); UCLA’s Nana Meriwether (Middle Blocker, Potomac, Md.), Nellie Spicer (Setter, Barrington, Ill.) and Rachell Johnson (Opposite, San Diego, Calif.); California’s Angela Pressey (Outside Hitter, Heathrow, Fla.) and Morgan Beck (Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Coto De Caza, Calif.); Cal Poly’s Kylie Atherstone (Opposite, Chico, Calif.); Long Beach State’s Alexis Crimes (Middle Blocker, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Washington’s Alesha Deesing (Middle Blocker, Aumsville, Ore.) and Loyola Marymount's Heather Hughes (Opposite, Fallbrook, Calif.).

The tryout group includes two setters, four middle blockers, four outside hitters, three opposites and one outside hitter/middle blocker. Participants include two current collegiate freshmen, one collegiate sophomore, three collegiate juniors, six players ending their college careers this fall and one player who exhausted college eligibility after the 2006 season.

Although most of the U.S. Women’s National Team members are overseas playing professional volleyball, several veterans will be back in Colorado Springs starting Jan. 7 to train full time concurrently with the week-long tryout under the direction of U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. In addition to Akinradewo, McGinnis and Stalls, national team members returning to train this month are Cassie Busse (Opposite, Prior Lake, Minn.), Lindsey Hunter (Setter, Papillion, Neb.) and Katie Wilkins (Outside Hitter, Lakeside, Calif.). Wilkins plans to arrive on Jan. 14 and Busse is expected to return to training on Jan. 20. The rest of the training team will be in Colorado Springs starting Jan. 7. The national team players currently competing overseas will reconvene training in Colorado Springs by early May 2008.


Selected players from the invitation-only tryout will be invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team this spring and compete for tournament roster spots in the summer. Team USA earned its berth into the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the FIVB World Cup in November 2007.

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