Redbird Volleyball Members Tryout for USA Volleyball
February 20, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. – This weekend will serve as a tough test for four members of the Illinois State volleyball team, as select women will be pushed to their limits during USA Volleyball tryouts for open positions on the U.S. Women’s National Team and/or U.S. Collegiate National Teams program, formerly known as U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams. The tryouts will take place Feb. 21-23, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Among the 248 athletes from 106 colleges and universities competing in the tryouts, junior libero Emily Orrick, junior setter Kaitlyn Early, junior middle blocker Emily Schneider and sophomore outside hitter Ashley Rosch will be representing Illinois State Athletics on the courts. Each Redbird student-athlete has remaining collegiate eligibility and will be evaluated for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as well as the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program.
The U.S. Collegiate National Teams program has two different options if selected. USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to China, June 13-27, for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing the PAC 12 Conference.
The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is training and participation at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Minneapolis. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 22, followed by the competition portion June 26-30. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.
Selected athletes will be notified by early March if they have made a roster, followed by USA Volleyball announcing the selections by the end of March once all roster spots are accepted and confirmed.
As a new feature to this year’s tryout, all sessions will be video streamed live. To follow the tryouts with exclusive content on social media, follow USA Volleyball’s feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On Twitter, #usavtryout will also be utilized to cover content related to the tryout.
Recipient of the Most Valuable Player team-award, Orrick was selected as the second-consecutive ISU player to receive the Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year award, just the third player in Illinois State program history to achieve the honor. Orrick led the team in total digs (572) and was second on the team in service aces (32).
Early received the Most Improved Player team-award, as she led the team with 34 service aces and finished the season with an offense-commanding 1,230 assists. The Valley Scholar-Athlete First-Team member helped increase the team hitting efficiency, increasing her individual hitting efficiency from 2012. She moved from fourth on the team in aces to first, as well as recording career-high performances in assists (59) at IUPUI (8/30/13), in digs (21) at Butler (9/13/13) and kills (8) against Wichita State (11/9/13) during the season.
Schneider led the team in blocks (136), solo blocks (20), block assists (116), blocks per set (1.15) and hitting percentage (.261). After recording four service aces against Indiana State (9/27/13), Schneider went on to establish a career-high 19.5 points against Loyola (10/4/13). She finished the 2013 season hitting .400 or above in 10 matches.
Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference First-Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team selection Rosch ranked first on the team in points (441.5), kills (389) and kills per set (3.21). After starting in all 32 matches of the 2013 season, she ranked third on the team in digs (298), service aces (24) and service aces per set (0.20).
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