East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State is sending five student-athletes to the annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts this weekend (March 3-5), which will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Heading to the tryout will be rising seniors Alyssa Garvelink (Holland, Mich.), Holly Toliver (Berrien Springs, Mich.), and Brooke Kranda (Westfield, Ind.), redshirt freshman Lauren Swartz (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and freshman Jamye Cox (Oregon, Ohio).
The five Spartans will be among the 245 athletes from 82 colleges and 10 high schools from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Further, select athletes born in 1998 or 1999 are also competing for spots on the 2017 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.
“We’re really excited for this group to head out to Colorado Springs,” said Michigan State head coach Cathy George. “To be sending this many student-athletes is a real honor for our program. We’ve already been working hard to get ready for our spring tournaments, and this is going to give these five a different look at the game of volleyball and training. I think it will be exciting for them to be in that environment and to see the game through the eyes of the national team staff. We really are looking forward to following their progress.”
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will direct the entire tryout process. The list of athletes attending the tryout can be viewed at USAVolleyball.com.
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 of the tryout will be streamed live on USAVolleyball.com. USA Volleyball will use #USAVtryout as the event hashtag for photos, notes, quotes and stories posted to its social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat 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 2017, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. In addition to a tryout for the senior national team, the athletes competing will also have an opportunity to make the US Collegiate National Team – which has three teams. One team (12 athletes) will tour Thailand from May 19-30, another group of 12 will compete during a tour of Europe from July 5-16, and a third group of 36 will compete at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis. The announcement of these teams will come in late March. Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.