Four Jayhawks participating in USA Volleyball tryouts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Jayhawks will represent the University of Kansas during the annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts, March 3-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Junior All-American setter Ainise Havili, junior All-American right-side hitter Kelsie Payne, freshman outside hitter Jada Burse, and junior outside hitter Madison Rigdon will tryout with 244 student-athletes from 81 colleges and 10 high schools from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Collegiate National Teams program, and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.
“This is a great opportunity for our Jayhawks to be around the USA Volleyball coaches and some of the most elite players in the country,” Kansas head coach Ray Bechard said. “Even though it is a short time, they will be able to improve their game and seek a potential future in representing our country on the court.”
Last year, Payne was selected to compete on USA Volleyball’s Pan American Cup roster and brought home a bronze medal from the competition. Havili and Rigdon were one of 12 athletes selected to compete in a tour of China with the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
Burse, Havili, Payne and Rigdon were all starters on KU’s 2016 squad that captured the program’s first-ever Big 12 Conference title with a 27-3 overall record and 15-1 mark in conference play.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly and the U.S. Women’s National Team staff will lead the tryout process.
USA Volleyball will be using Facebook Live each day of the tryout to provide exclusive updates to fans.
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