COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Three University of North Dakota volleyball players are among a record 243 athletes signed up to participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. Ronni Munkeby, Lisa Parlich and Nikki Husfeldt will travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a three-day open tryout Feb. 20-22, 2013.
Among the 243 tryout participants representing 90 different colleges are 59 outside hitters, 57 middle blockers, 54 liberos, 48 setters and 25 opposites. The 2012 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 207 participants.
"This is a great opportunity for Ronni, Lisa and Nikki to go and compete with the best players in the country," UND head coach Ashley Hardee. "They will have a chance to make the Senior A2 teams and even be selected to a group that trains with the National Team. Aside from that though, they will enjoy the unique experience of competing at the US Olympic Training Center and even possibly get to interact with Olympians from other sports."
Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following three different programs: first and foremost the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; those not selected to the National Team may also be considered for an invitation to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team; and/or U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team program and its various programs.
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013.
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competing at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4. These athletes may also be invited to participate with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
UNDSports.com will have coverage of their journey at the U.S. Olympic facility.