Feb. 19, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - USA Volleyball will host approximately 160 athletes as part of its U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout set for Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais will be attending this prestigious event, serving as a member of the tryout staff.
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead a team of 30 tryout staff, including Dagenais, who will serve as court coaches and evaluators putting the players through physical testing, drills and match play.
Dagenais will have the opportunity to work with eight student-athletes from Conference USA, as both Rice and SMU had four players invited to the tryout.
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 is 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.
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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