Feb. 18, 2009
Rice University volleyball players Meredith Schamun, Natalie Bogan, Tracey Lam, and Ashleigh McCord have been selected to attend the U.S. Women's National Team open tryout Feb. 20-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the USA Women's Volleyball National Team program. Athletes not selected to participate with the National Team may be considered for other programs run by USA Volleyball. Included in this list of other programs are the U.S. Women's Junior National Team competing at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship or the USA Women's Senior A2 Teams competing at the USA Adult Open Championships. A total of 33 athletes are eligible for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team as well as the other National Team programs.
Schamun is a sophomore setter from Murrieta, Calif. who in 2008 led Conference USA with an 11.58 assist average, which ranked 10th in the nation. Her 1,308 assists is tied for ninth-best in a season at Rice. Schamun's two-year assist total of 2,614 ranks ranks sixth all-time at Rice. Schamun was also selected to the 2008 All-Conference USA first team, AVCA All-Midwest Region, AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, and named as one of the nation's top five setters for 2008 by CollegiateVolleyballUpdate.com.
From Oakland, Calif, Bogan led the Owls with a .328 hitting percentage and ranked third on the team in kills with 311 and in kill average at 2.83. The junior middle blocker was also selected to the 2008 All-Conference USA first team.
A sophomore libéro, Lam led C-USA with a league-high 5.04 dig average. The San Francisco native had 569 digs in 2008, which ties the school season record (Yvette Kirk, 2006). Her two-year total of 1,068 digs is already tied for seventh-highest in school history.
McCord, a freshman from Wylie,Texas, was selected to the C-USA All-Newcomer team after leading all freshman with 305 kills and a .282 hitting percentage.
In 2008, the Owls, under head coach Genny Volpe, racked up 23 victories against only eight losses while earning their second-ever NCAA appearance.
U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will lead a team of 30 tryout staff that will serve as court coaches and evaluators putting the players through physical testing, drills and match play.
Approximately 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 36 liberos, 30 setters and 12 opposites will compete for spots on the USA Women's Volleyball National Team program. Athletes not selected to participate with the National Team may be considered for other programs, including the U.S. Women's Junior National Team competing at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship or the USA Women's Senior A2 Teams competing at the USA Adult Open Championships.
The tentative roster, which could change depending on late adds or drops due to injury, includes 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 36 liberos, 30 setters and 12 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges are represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions.
Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2009 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate on the USA Senior A2 Teams. This program is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis from May 18 through May 27. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 23-26.
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