COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wichita State volleyball student-athlete Tabitha Brown is one of 230 athletes taking part in the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout, March 2-4, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Brown, a junior outside hitter from Spring, Texas, earned honorable mention All-America honors this season as she helped the Shockers to a 29-4 overall record and 20-0 mark in The American. She averaged 3.47 kills, 1.81 digs and 0.50 blocks per set, while hitting .268. She also earned first team all-conference honors.
The tryout will feature athletes from 90 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. The breakdown for the tryout includes 60 outside hitters, 49 middles, 48 liberos, 43 setters and 30 opposites.
Follow Tryout Live Video Stream starting at 2 p.m. MT on March 2
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.
All sessions minus the USA training session on Sunday morning will be streamed live and available for free by clicking here. USA Volleyball will use #USAVtryout as the event hashtag for photos, notes, quotes and stories posted to its social media platforms Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @usavolleyball.
Selected athletes for the U.S. Women's National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2018, or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded.
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – May 20-31, CNT Asia (International)
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – July 4-15, CNT Europe (International)
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – June 22-July 1, CNT-Detroit, Michigan (Domestic)
Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.