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Six Spartans Off to USAVB National Team Open Tryouts

Feb. 26, 2018

Michigan State’s volleyball program is sending six returning athletes to the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team Open Tryout, which will run March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sophomores Maggie Midgette and Samantha McLean will be joined by freshmen Alyssa Chronowski, Jamye Cox, Julia Hatcher, and Meredith Norris at the tryout.

“I’m excited that we’re sending this group out to Colorado Springs,” said head coach Cathy George. “We’ve been very fortunate that a number of players in our program over the years have participated in tryouts and been selected for the Collegiate National Teams. It’s a fantastic opportunity for growth, and with such a young team, it is going to be great for them to have this experience as they will all be taking on new roles in the coming season.”

Both Cox and Norris have previous USA Volleyball experience. Most notably, the pair joined forces in 2016 to help lead the USAV A1 level Women's Junior National Team to a silver medal in the HP Championships.

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. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will direct the entire tryout process.



All sessions minus the USA training session on Sunday morning will be streamed live and available for free on the USA Volleyball Website. 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.

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. A complete list of participants can be found in the official release from USA Volleyball.

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