COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Middle Hitter Erica Stahl will take part in the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts taking place Feb. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Stahl put together a fantastic junior season that allowed her to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-America Team. Offensively, Stahl finished the season with 214 kills and the best attack percentage on the team at .307.
Stahl impacted the Butler lineup on a nightly basis as the First Team All-BIG EAST selection was involved in all 113 sets on the year, starting in 32 matches. She led the team with 158 blocks, helping Butler rank fifth nationally in blocks per set and putting herself at 16th overall with a blocks per set average of 1.40.
USA Volleyball has a projected record 248 athletes participating in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams). The tryouts will take place Feb. 21-23, 2014, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC).
Among the 248 tryout participants representing 106 different colleges are 63 liberos, 61 middle blockers, 61 outside hitters, 36 setters and 27 opposites. The 2013 U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 240 participants.
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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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.
This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older born in the years 1986-1996 inclusive, AND high school athletes born in 1996 or earlier.