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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Outside hitter Jasmine Hanna and middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer will represent the Colorado State volleyball program at the annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts beginning tomorrow at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The three-day tryout will close Sunday, and features 240 athletes across 84 colleges and 10 high schools across the country. The athletes will all be trying out and evaluated for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will direct the entire tryout process. The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s sessions are at 8 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 2 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The final session on Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. MT with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the U.S. Women’s National Team staff to participate in a “USA” training session. The Sunday session wraps up at 10:30 a.m. MT.
Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2017, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
• Tour of Thailand (12 athletes): May 19-30
• Tour of Europe (12 athletes): July 5-16
• USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (projected 36 athletes): June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis
Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.
Jasmine Hanna finished her junior season at CSU ranking second on the team in kills (2.94 per set) and earning All-Mountain West honors. She was named MW Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10, and reached the 20-kill plateau twice on the season and reached double-figure kill totals 18 times.
Kirstie Hillyer, a redshirt freshman, was named the MW Newcomer of the Year and also earned all-conference recognition in addition to being named AVCA All-Pacific North Region Honorable Mention. Hillyer led the MW and ranked fourth nationally (first among freshmen) with 1.59 blocks per set. She was also second on the squad in hitting percentage (.327) and third in kills (2.50 per set).
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