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Feb 24 U.S. Women's Open Tryouts Conclude in Colorado Springs

Feb. 24, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 24, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts concluded Sunday morning as 113 athletes finished their fourth training session of the three-day event held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The athletes are trying out for spots on the U.S. Women’s National and Olympic Teams, along with the Senior A2 Team. The USA A2 Team, which will tentatively be two teams of 10 members each, will train and compete in the USA Open Championships in Atlanta between May 18-28.

Today’s final training session was broken up into two waves with each competing in a tournament-style format for the panel of evaluators to judge the participants in volleyball situations. The athletes started the weekend tryouts on Friday evening with physical testing, along with drills using three and four athletes per side. On Saturday, each wave participated in a morning and afternoon training session. In addition, setters, liberos and attackers participated in an extra session after lunch on Saturday with setters concentrating on setting techniques and outside attackers working on serve reception.

Tryout participants will be notified by March 11 whether they have been invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team or compete as part of the A2 Team program. USA Volleyball will release the A2 Teams and any players selected to train with the U.S. National Team by the end of March upon confirming the roster.

Earlier this year, Team USA held an invitation-only tryout with 13 players participating. Out of 13 players, 11 accepted spots to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team this spring.

U.S Women's National Team Open Tryouts Photo Galleries
Feb. 22, 2008 - Evening Session
Feb. 23, 2008 - Morning Session
Feb. 23, 2008 - Afternoon Session
Feb. 24, 2008 - Morning Session

U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout group photo taken Feb. 24, 2008. Photo copyrighted by USA Volleyball

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts Alphabetical Roster
#73 Kala Abdell (OH, Florida Atlantic)
#1 Jacqueline Adlam (L, Colgate)
#28 Sarah Ammerman (OH, Texas A&M)
#74 Amy Aradanas-DeGroot (OH, U of San Diego)
#96 Kathryn Arvidson (S, Florida Atlantic)
#57 Lori Baird (M, Utah)
#58 Makena Barnes (M, Colorado St.)
#2 Kira Batura (L, Northeastern)
#3 Whitney Behrens (L, St. Louis)
#46 Rachae Bell (L, Redlands)
#4 Stephanie Blackburn (L, Ohio)
#113 Lauren Bledsoe (OP, Florida)
#59 Kelsey Bowers (M, Florida)
#75 Abbey Breit (OH, Jacksonville St.)
#60 Lecia Brown (M, Louisville)
#76 Justine Burkhardt (OH, Flagler Col)
#61 Rebecca Burling (M, Duke)
#62 Lindsey Buteyn (M, Alabama)
#97 Taylor Carico (S, USC)
#5 Jeanne Colpus (L, na)
#21 Ariell Cooke (M, Miami)
#63 Brittnee Cooper (M, LSU)
#47 Elyse Cusack (L, Florida)
#89 Ashley Driscoll (OP, Naval Acad)
#48 Katie Eberling (L, W. Michigan)
#29 Jeanne Fairchild (OH, New Mexico)
#98 Christina Falcone (S, Duke)
#6 Jessica Fine (L, UCLA)
#77 Bridget Fonke (OH, St. Louis)
#64 Zoe Garrett (M, USC)
#65 Jade Gold (M, Long Island U)
#49 Laura Gonzalez (L, Albany)
#66 Alisha Green (M, Ball State)
#103 Nicole Green (OH, Princeton)
#39 Andi Henderson (S, Catawba Col)
#78 Ellen Herman (OH, Ohio)
#7 Ali Hillgren (L, USC)
#79 Jamie Houston (OH, Hawaii)
#8 Kristin Jackson (L, Cal Poly-SLO)
#111 Kristy Jaeckel (OH, Florida)
#67 Audra Jeffers (M, Wisconsin)
#90 Morgan Johns (OP, FAU)
#40 Brittney Johnson (S, LSU)
#50 Kristen Kathan (L, California)
#91 Lindsay Kearney (OP, San Francisco)
#22 Kamisha Kellam (M, Albany)
#80 Talisa Kellogg (OH, Georgia Tech)
#68 Vanessa King (M, Michigan St.)
#99 Nicole Klingsporn (S, Wisconsin)
#9 Kim Kuzma (L, Wisconsin)
#105 Casey LaRocca (S, Florida Atlantic)
#31 Ashley Lee (OH, Long Beach)
#102 Anna Lehne (M, New Mexico)
#41 Erin Lindsey (S, Illinois St.)
#100 Carli Lloyd (S, California)
#81 Brittany Lowe (OH, Santa Clara)
#10 Lindsey Mango (L, Louisville)
#52 Elena Martinez (L, LSU)
#82 Sammi McCloud (OH, St. Louis)
#11 Lisa Meeter (L, New Mexico)
#42 Jade Michaelsen (S, New Mexico)
#107 Katie Mills (M, UCLA)
#12 Kasey Mollerus (L, Illinois St.)
#32 Brittany Moore (OH, CS Fullerton)
#33 Melissa Moore (OH, Flagler Col)
#83 Michelle Moore (OH, W. Michigan)
#70 Marissa Morris (M, Cal St-LA)
#92 Rose Morris (OP, New Mexico)
#106 Rachael Moss (L, Duke)
#23 Natalie Mullikin (M, Wake Forest)
#13 Caitlyn Murphy (L, California)
#71 Jessica Nevitt (M, Cincinnati)
#34 Stephanie Niemer (OH, Cincinnati)
#43 Jessica Nyrop (S, U of San Diego)
#24 Dominique Olowolafe (M, Cal Poly-SLO)
#53 Aneli Otineru (L, Hawaii)
#14 Amy Pauly (L, Alabama)
#35 Jill Perry (OH, NA)
#30 Jena Pierson (L, James Madison)
#25 Lauren Rapp (M, Kentucky)
#36 Jenilee Rathje (OH, Michigan St.)
#84 Callie Rivers (OH, Florida)
#85 Kimmee Roleder (OH, USC)
#44 Whitney Roth (S, St. Louis)
#45 Sarah Rumely (S, Kentucky)
#101 Alexandra Sall (S, Duke)
#114 Morgan Salow (OP, Wisconsin)
#93 Kaitlin Sather (OP, UCLA)
#72 Kellie Sciacca (M, Notre Dame)
#16 Jenny Shull (L, Duke)
#17 Kahealani Silva (L, UH-Hilo)
#54 Claire Smalzer (L, Duke)
#86 Am'Ra Solomon (OH, California)
#87 Brittany Staffeil (OH, Duke)
#18 Adrianna Stasiuk (L, Notre Dame)
#115 Kate Steffan (OP, Colorado St.)
#94 Suzette Taylor (OP, Georgia)
#19 Krystal Torres (L, New Mexico St.)
#88 Juliana Traut (OH, Duke)
#95 Alexandra Troost (OP, U of San Diego)
#55 Geena Urango (L, USC)
#20 Kendall Utz (L, Florida Atlantic)
#56 Caitlyn Vann (L, Missouri)
#15 Nicole Vargas (S, Long Beach)
#112 Quincy Verdin (OH, Long Beach)
#38 Sally Warning (OP, St. Louis)
#108 Naomi Washington (M, Long Beach)
#109 Cheryl Weaver (M, Long Beach)
#37 Brooks Webster (OH, Alabama)
#110 Mindi Wiley (M, California)
#26 Lauren Williams (M, USC)
#27 Michele Williams (M, LSU)

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts Numerical Roster
#1 Jacqueline Adlam (L, Colgate)
#2 Kira Batura (L, Northeastern)
#3 Whitney Behrens (L, St. Louis)
#4 Stephanie Blackburn (L, Ohio)
#5 Jeanne Colpus (L, na)
#6 Jessica Fine (L, UCLA)
#7 Ali Hillgren (L, USC)
#8 Kristin Jackson (L, Cal Poly-SLO)
#9 Kim Kuzma (L, Wisconsin)
#10 Lindsey Mango (L, Louisville)
#11 Lisa Meeter (L, New Mexico)
#12 Kasey Mollerus (L, Illinois St.)
#13 Caitlyn Murphy (L, California)
#14 Amy Pauly (L, Alabama)
#15 Nicole Vargas (S, Long Beach)
#16 Jenny Shull (L, Duke)
#17 Kahealani Silva (L, UH-Hilo)
#18 Adrianna Stasiuk (L, Notre Dame)
#19 Krystal Torres (L, New Mexico St.)
#20 Kendall Utz (L, Florida Atlantic)
#21 Ariell Cooke (M, Miami)
#22 Kamisha Kellam (M, Albany)
#23 Natalie Mullikin (M, Wake Forest)
#24 Dominique Olowolafe (M, Cal Poly-SLO)
#25 Lauren Rapp (M, Kentucky)
#26 Lauren Williams (M, USC)
#27 Michele Williams (M, LSU)
#28 Sarah Ammerman (OH, Texas A&M)
#29 Jeanne Fairchild (OH, New Mexico)
#30 Jena Pierson (L, James Madison)
#31 Ashley Lee (OH, Long Beach)
#32 Brittany Moore (OH, CS Fullerton)
#33 Melissa Moore (OH, Flagler Col)
#34 Stephanie Niemer (OH, Cincinnati)
#35 Jill Perry (OH, NA)
#36 Jenilee Rathje (OH, Michigan St.)
#37 Brooks Webster (OH, Alabama)
#38 Sally Warning (OP, St. Louis)
#39 Andi Henderson (S, Catawba Col)
#40 Brittney Johnson (S, LSU)
#41 Erin Lindsey (S, Illinois St.)
#42 Jade Michaelsen (S, New Mexico)
#43 Jessica Nyrop (S, U of San Diego)
#44 Whitney Roth (S, St. Louis)
#45 Sarah Rumely (S, Kentucky)
#46 Rachae Bell (L, Redlands)
#47 Elyse Cusack (L, Florida)
#48 Katie Eberling (L, W. Michigan)
#49 Laura Gonzalez (L, Albany)
#50 Kristen Kathan (L, California)
#52 Elena Martinez (L, LSU)
#53 Aneli Otineru (L, Hawaii)
#54 Claire Smalzer (L, Duke)
#55 Geena Urango (L, USC)
#56 Caitlyn Vann (L, Missouri)
#57 Lori Baird (M, Utah)
#58 Makena Barnes (M, Colorado St.)
#59 Kelsey Bowers (M, Florida)
#60 Lecia Brown (M, Louisville)
#61 Rebecca Burling (M, Duke)
#62 Lindsey Buteyn (M, Alabama)
#63 Brittnee Cooper (M, LSU)
#64 Zoe Garrett (M, USC)
#65 Jade Gold (M, Long Island U)
#66 Alisha Green (M, Ball State)
#67 Audra Jeffers (M, Wisconsin)
#68 Vanessa King (M, Michigan St.)
#70 Marissa Morris (M, Cal St-LA)
#71 Jessica Nevitt (M, Cincinnati)
#72 Kellie Sciacca (M, Notre Dame)
#73 Kala Abdell (OH, Florida Atlantic)
#74 Amy Aradanas-DeGroot (OH, U of San Diego)
#75 Abbey Breit (OH, Jacksonville St.)
#76 Justine Burkhardt (OH, Flagler Col)
#77 Bridget Fonke (OH, St. Louis)
#78 Ellen Herman (OH, Ohio)
#79 Jamie Houston (OH, Hawaii)
#80 Talisa Kellogg (OH, Georgia Tech)
#81 Brittany Lowe (OH, Santa Clara)
#82 Sammi McCloud (OH, St. Louis)
#83 Michelle Moore (OH, W. Michigan)
#84 Callie Rivers (OH, Florida)
#85 Kimmee Roleder (OH, USC)
#86 Am'Ra Solomon (OH, California)
#87 Brittany Staffeil (OH, Duke)
#88 Juliana Traut (OH, Duke)
#89 Ashley Driscoll (OP, Naval Acad)
#90 Morgan Johns (OP, FAU)
#91 Lindsay Kearney (OP, San Francisco)
#92 Rose Morris (OP, New Mexico)
#93 Kaitlin Sather (OP, UCLA)
#94 Suzette Taylor (OP, Georgia)
#95 Alexandra Troost (OP, U of San Diego)
#96 Kathryn Arvidson (S, Florida Atlantic)
#97 Taylor Carico (S, USC)
#98 Christina Falcone (S, Duke)
#99 Nicole Klingsporn (S, Wisconsin)
#100 Carli Lloyd (S, California)
#101 Alexandra Sall (S, Duke)
#102 Anna Lehne (M, New Mexico)
#103 Nicole Green (OH, Princeton)
#105 Casey LaRocca (S, Florida Atlantic)
#106 Rachael Moss (L, Duke)
#107 Katie Mills (M, UCLA)
#108 Naomi Washington (M, Long Beach)
#109 Cheryl Weaver (M, Long Beach)
#110 Mindi Wiley (M, California)
#111 Kristy Jaeckel (OH, Florida)
#112 Quincy Verdin (OH, Long Beach)
#113 Lauren Bledsoe (OP, Florida)
#114 Morgan Salow (OP, Wisconsin)
#115 Kate Steffan (OP, Colorado St.)

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