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Volleyball - 28. November 2007.

USA Volleyball Invites Three Players to Women’s National Team, 13 Others to Invitation-Only Tryout

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: [email protected]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 26, 2007) – USA Volleyball has invited 13 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. Three other athletes have already been invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team next spring.

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Based on performance with the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, Nebraska middle blocker Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.) and Stanford middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) will begin training with Team USA in January 2008, 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.); Nebraska’s Jordan Larson (Outside Hitter, Hooper, Neb.); 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.) and Rachell Johnson (Opposite, San Diego, Calif.); Florida’s Angie McGinnis (Setter, Fraser, Mich.); Washington’s Christal Morrison (Outside Hitter, Puyallup, Wash.); California’s Angela Pressey (Outside Hitter, Heathrow, Fla.); Cal Poly’s Kylie Atherstone (Opposite, Chico, Calif.); and Long Beach State’s Alexis Crimes (Middle Blocker, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).

The tryout group includes two setters finishing their collegiate eligibility this fall, three middle blockers, six outside hitters and two opposites. 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.

Selected players 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 last week.

In addition, the USA Women’s National Team will hold its annual “Open Tryout” at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22-24. This tryout will be used to identify possible candidates for the U.S. National and Olympic Team, as well as the A2 program which is planning to train in Atlanta from approximately May 19-28, 2008. This time frame includes competing in the 2008 U.S. Open Championships at the Atlanta Convention Center from May 24-27. Registration closes Jan, 15, 2008, but may close early as space is limited. Late registrants will be taken on a space available basis after Jan. 15. To download the “Open Tryout” application, go to


Invited to Train with U.S. Women’s National Team
Foluke Akinradewo (MB, Jr., Stanford, Plantation, Fla.)
Cynthia Barboza (OH, Jr., Long Beach, Calif.)
Tracy Stalls (MB, Sr., Nebraska, Denver, Colo.)

Invited USA National Team Tryout Participants
Kylie Atherstone (OPP, Jr., Cal Poly, Chico, Calif.)
Alexis Crimes (MB, Sr., Long Beach State, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Juliann Faucette (OH, Fr., Texas, San Diego, Calif.)
Destinee Hooker (OH, So., Texas, San Antonio, Texas)
Rachell Johnson (OPP, Sr., UCLA, San Diego, Calif.)
Bryn Kehoe (S, Sr., Stanford, North Bend, Ohio)
Alix Klineman (OH, Fr., Stanford, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Larson (OH, Jr., Nebraska, Hooper, Neb.)
Angie McGinnis (S, Sr., Florida, Fraser, Mich.)
Nana Meriwether (MB, formerly of UCLA, Potomac, Md.)
Christal Morrison (OH, Sr., Washington, Puyallup, Wash.)
Lauren Paolini (MB, Jr., Texas, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Angela Pressey (OH, Sr., California, Heathrow, Fla.)

Invited Player Quick Bios

Foluke Akinradewo (Middle Blocker, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
Akinradewo, who hit a team-high .513 for the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer at the Pan American Games, has helped Stanford win the Pac-10 title outright as a junior in 2007. She is hitting .493 for the Cardinal this season, while averaging 4.01 kills and 1.20 blocks per game.

Kylie Atherstone (Opposite, Chico, Calif., Cal Poly)
Atherstone, a 2007 U.S. National A2 selection and two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year, led the Big West Conference in 2006 for kills per game, total kills and placed third in aces per game as a sophomore in 2006. She currently averages 4.74 kills, 2.59 digs and 0.69 blocks per set in 2007. Atherstone helped Cal Poly clinch its second straight Big West title earlier this month.

Cynthia Barboza (Outside Hitter, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
Barboza, an AVCA All-America First-Team selection in 2006, averaged 2.79 points per set while starting for the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Cup and Pan American Games this past summer. As a junior at Stanford this year, she is averaging 4.55 points and 3.34 digs per game. Barboza, a first alternate for Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games, has 1,137 kills and 817 digs at Stanford.

Alexis Crimes (Middle Blocker, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State University)
Crimes, a two-time AVCA All-America honorable mention, averages 4.63 kills, 1.33 blocks and 1.71 digs for Long Beach State in 2007. She holds 1,711-career kills and 585-career blocks. Crimes has eight 20-plus kill matches as a senior.

Juliann Faucette (Outside Hitter, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)
As a collegiate freshman at Texas, Faucette has burst onto the college scene starting 26 of 27 matches. She ranks among the top three the Big 12 in kills per game with a 4.64 average. Faucette, who played a major role on the gold-medal winning U.S. Women’s Junior National Team at the 2006 NORCECA Continental Championship, made the jump to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the Azteca TV Cup in September 2006.

Destinee Hooker (Outside Hitter, San Antonio, Texas, University of Texas)
As a sophomore, Hooker averages 5.57 points per set for Texas while hitting at a .339 percentage. A multi-sport standout with two NCAA Division I outdoor high jump championship titles, she ranks among the top three in the Big 12 in kills per game at 4.62 in 2007. As a freshman, she was named to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Team.

Rachell Johnson (Opposite, San Diego, Calif., UCLA)
Johnson averages 1.15 blocks and 3.32 kills per game for UCLA in 2007. She has eight matches this season with at least five blocks. Johnson tallied a personal-high 11 block versus Arizona State on Sept. 21.

Bryn Kehoe (Setter, North Bend, Ohio, Stanford University)
Kehoe, a two-time AVCA All-American, has been a four-year starting setter for Stanford. As a senior in 2007, she ranks fourth in the NCAA in assist average helping Stanford to a NCAA fifth-place ranking in team attack percentage. Kehoe was a member of the 2005 U.S. National Team that competed at the Montreux Masters.

Alix Klineman (Outside Hitter, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
Klineman, the 2006 National Gatorade Player of the Year in high school sports, averages 4.83 points and 2.33 digs per set in her first season at Stanford. She has scored double-digit kills in 24 of 28 Cardinal matches. Klineman averaged 4.88 points per set to lead the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the FIVB Junior World Championship.

Jordan Larson (Outside Hitter, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
Larson, who earned first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2006, earned All-Big 12 honors after an exceptional 2007 campaign. She is averaging 3.46 kills, 0.46 aces and 3.28 digs per game as a junior. Larson is two digs away from becoming the third Husker player to reach 1,000 digs and kills in a career.

Angie McGinnis (Setter, Fraser, Mich., University of Florida)
McGinnis, a two-time SEC Player of the Year and only setter to ever receive the honor, has set Florida to a league-high .310 hitting percentage in 2007. She is averaging a career-best 13.74 assists per game as a senior and is the first Gator setter to reach 1,000-career digs. McGinnis, a two-time AVCA All-American, competed for the U.S. National Team in 2005 as part of the Pan American Cup roster.

Nana Meriwether (Middle Blocker, Potomac, Md., UCLA graduate)
Meriwether, who completed her collegiate eligibility at UCLA in 2006, led the NCAA Division I with a .448 season attack percentage and a 1.95 blocks per-game average as a senior, becoming the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the final national statistical standings in two different categories for the same season. She helped the Bruins to a 33-4 record in 2006 and their first NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance since 1994.

Christal Morrison (Outside Hitter, Puyallup, Wash., University of Washington)
Morrison, a three-time AVCA All-American and reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, averages 4.87 points and 2.87 digs per set for Washington as a senior. She is the Husky all-time leader in kills and attacks. Morrison has 10 double-doubles this season in helping Washington to a sixth-place rank in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll.

Lauren Paolini (Middle Blocker, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
Paolini, a 2007 U.S. National A2 selection, is second in blocking at Texas with a 1.24 average this season. In addition, she has produced a team-leading .406 attack percentage in helping the Longhorns to a third-place ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Angie Pressey (Outside Hitter, Heathrow, Fla., University of California-Berkeley)
Pressey, a 2007 U.S. National A2 selection, was a 2006 AVCA All-American Second-Team pick. She is the first Cal player to be named All-Pac 10 three years in a row. In 2007, Pressey has helped the Bears to a seventh-place ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll by averaging 4.06 kills, 2.72 digs and 0.90 blocks per game.

Tracy Stalls (Nebraska, Denver, Colo., University of Nebraska)
Stalls, who has trained and competed with the U.S. Women’s National Team before attending Nebraska and as recently as this summer, ranks third nationally in attack percentage (.472) and adds 2.79 kills and 1.09 blocks per game. Last season she earned AVCA All-America Second-Team recognition. Stalls hit .615 with a 2.25 kill average while playing with the U.S. National Team this summer at the Pan America Cup.

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