Women's Volleyball


Four Pioneers Set for USA Volleyball Tryout

Feb. 28, 2018

DENVER— Four Denver Pioneers will be on hand in Colorado Springs this weekend to take part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Junior Olivia Novotny will be trying out as a libero, junior Emma Willis will be competing as a middle and Becca Latham (junior) and Kayla Principato will be trying out as opposites. All but Principato will be trying out for the USA Collegiate National Team programs, as Principato (a graduating senior) will be going for the USA National Team. Last year, Principato was selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis as a result of the 2017 tryouts.

For the U.S. Collegiate National Teams, there are three possible teams that the athletes may be selected to: CNT Asia, CNT Europe or CNT-Detroit, Mich.

In total, there will be 230 athletes from 90 colleges across the country vying for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Of the 230 players, there will be 60 outside hitters, 49 middles, 48 liberos, 43 setters and 30 opposites.

The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. All four Pioneers are in the red wave.

Friday’s session for the red wave group begins at 2 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.

Fans are able to attend the tryout, located in Sports Center II, and should access the U.S. Olympic Training Center through the entrance on Union Boulevard.

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.

The list of athletes attending the tryout can be viewed  here.

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