Kansas to be well represented at US Women's National Team Open Tryouts
LAWRENCE, Kan. – When the United States Women’s National Team Open Tryouts take place March 1-3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Kansas volleyball team will be well represented.
The Jayhawks are sending eight to the open tryout that consists of 218 athletes from 87 colleges, including newcomers Rachel Hickman and Gracie Van Driel. The duo is two of only 18 athletes with four years of college eligibility.
The breakdown for the tryout includes 56 outside hitters, 46 liberos, 44 setters, 42 middles and 30 opposites.
Joining the incoming freshmen are Lacey Angello, Camryn Ennis, Zoe Hill, Rachel Langs, Allie Nelson and Ashley Smith. Hill, Nelson and Smith are making a repeat appearance at the trial, having participated in the tryouts last year.
The eight KU representatives are vying for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team programs.
Hickman, Langs and Van Driel each have the opportunity to be selected for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete in the 2019 Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Women’s U20 World Championship.
Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2019, or when an athlete’s collegiate or professional club season has concluded.
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
- U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – World University Games, Italy, June 30-July 14
- U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Japan, May 19-30
- U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Anaheim, Calif., June 23-29
Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.
N2 – Lacey Angello
G65 – Camryn Ennis
B73 – Rachel Hickman *
B74 – Zoe Hill
R17 – Rachel Langs *
N31 – Allie Nelson
W49 – Ashley Smith
R36 – Gracie Van Driel