Feb. 11, 2009
By Matthew Pucak
Athletic Media Relations
After a career at Colorado State that saw her become one of the most dominant forces in the country, Mekana Barnes may now get a chance to showcase her skills at the international level.
From Feb. 20-22, Barnes will be one the 160 players who will try out for the U.S. women’s volleyball national team in Colorado Springs, Colo., fighting for a chance to play for the reigning silver medalists from the Beijing Olympics.
There are 40 other middle blockers expected to join the Rams’ All-American on the roster, and she is excited at the chance to see how she compares to the nation’s top talent.
“I’m excited. Actually, more nervous,” said Barnes. “There are going to be a lot of very good players and I am just going in to see where I am. I think something I want to do is play overseas, and this will allow me to test my ability and see where I stand.”
Barnes, who has only been playing the game of volleyball for seven years, is excited to use the three days in Colorado Springs to be around many of the top coaches in volleyball, including Hugh McCutcheon, who took over the women’s national team fresh off leading the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics last summer.
“I am really excited to get a chance to work with these coaches,” said Barnes, “and I remember last year (at the tryouts) that it was exciting just to be in the same gym with so much experience.”
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
CSU volleyball releases 2016 schedule
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State volleyball team and Head Coach Tom Hilbert have...
Hillyer, Hiza to head to Europe with 2016...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer and assistant coach...
Colorado State's two-year run puts school in...
After a tremendous 2014-15 year in athletics, the Colorado State Rams continued their momentum...
Rams recruiting class ranked 20th in the nation
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The CSU volleyball staff takes pride in their ability to recruit top ...
2015 In Review -- Jasmine Hanna
Jasmine Hanna had a productive sophomore season at CSU, ranking third in kills and second in...
Several CSU summer camps available for players ...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Head Coach Tom Hilbert and the Colorado State volleyball program...
Volleyball Summer Training Camps
All CSU camps are open to any and all campers limited only by the number of campers, age, and...
Rams add Hougaard-Jensen to 2016 roster
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams added a sixth player to its list of incoming ...