Royce Hinton | Posted: 2 Mar 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Four Cougars to tryout for USA Volleyball

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PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s volleyball is sending four players to the USA Volleyball tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from March 3-5.

Current players Veronica Jones-Perry, Mary Lake, McKenna Miller and Alohi Robins-Hardy will make the trip to tryout.

The tryout will evaluate 240 athletes from 80 colleges and 10 high schools from around the country. The student-athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, the U.S. Collegiate National Team and the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.

The breakdown for the tryout includes 63 middles, 55 liberos, 52 outside hitters, 40 setters and 30 opposites.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will direct the entire tryout process. A full list of athletes attending the tryout can be viewed on the USA Volleyball website.

The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MST, 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. MST 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. MST.

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 different teams will be made by the end of March.

All sessions of the tryout will be streamed live by USA Volleyball. Admission is free and open to the public, however, seating is very limited.

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