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Arizona Trio to Attend U.S. National Team Tryout
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/20/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona volleyball juniors Ronni Lewis and Rachel Rhoades along with freshman Laura Larson will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. this weekend to attend an open tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. The tryouts take place Feb. 21-23 in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC).

Lewis played in all 34 matches and in 115 of the team’s 118 sets on the year. She finished the season with 257 digs, 73 assists, 11 service aces and four kills. Lewis also had 11 matches with 10 or more digs. She finished with a season-high 18 digs in the come from behind victory at Washington State on Oct. 13. In addition, she tied a career-high with five assists against both UC Santa Barbara (9/21) and Arizona State (9/24). Lewis is no stranger to USA Volleyball as she was selected to the USA A2 Volleyball Team this past summer.

Rhoades Earned Pac-12 Second-Team All-Academic honors, while playing in 24 matches and in 56 sets on the season. She finished the season with 58 kills, 33 blocks, 14 digs, six assists and three service aces, while also hitting an efficient .325. She tied a career-high with nine kills in the victory over Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 7 and had a season-high six blocks in the win over No. 21 Oregon back on Oct. 4. Rhoades came up big in Arizona’s win over New Mexico State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament as she recorded five kills on .444 hitting and three blocks.

Larson saw action in all 34 matches in her freshman campaign including 104 of the team’s 118 total sets. She accumulated 80 digs, 12 assists, eight service aces and a kill on the season. She had a career-high 15 digs in a tough four-set victory against Portland State on Sept. 13 and also had 11 digs and her only career kill in the team’s come from behind five-set win over UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 21. Larson had a career-high two service aces in a 3-0 win over Wofford on Sept. 21.

USA Volleyball has a projected record 246 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).

Among the 246 tryout participants representing 107 different colleges are 63 liberos, 61 outside hitters, 60 middle blockers, 35 setters and 27 opposites. The 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 240 participants.

As a new feature to this year’s tryout, all sessions will be video streamed live and available by clicking here. To follow the tryouts with exclusive content, follow USA Volleyball’s feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Colleges are encouraged to hashtag their content related to the tryout with #usavtryout.

The 27 athletes who have already completed their collegiate eligibility will be evaluated for potential spots on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility 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, 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.

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat volleyball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and be sure to follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaVBall.

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