Feb. 6, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermaker volleyball players will be vying for spots on the USA National team program or the USA Volleyball Women's National A2 program in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend. Middle blockers Anna Drewry and Kierra Jones, setter Val Nichol and outside hitter Ariel Turner were among those invited to the tryouts, which will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Feb. 10-12.
Two hundred and eight participants representing 69 different colleges are slated to attend the tryouts. Participants have the chance to compete for a roster spot on the USA Women's National Team. A group of 48 players, not selected to the national team, will be chosen to participate in the USA Volleyball Women's National A2 team program. The A2 program will include training and competition in the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4.
In a departure from previous years, the A2 teams will compete in their own four-team tournament held in conjunction will the GJNC, instead of in the open division at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships.
The A2 program, which is scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio, from June 26 through July 5, is only open to college athletes with eligibility remaining.
A full listing of the tryout participants is located here.
Turner and libero Carly Cramer competed on the A2 teams in 2011.
Drewry, Jones, Nichol and Turner all were vital parts of the 2011 Purdue team which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth time since 2005. The Boilermakers finished the year with a 29-5 overall mark and 16-4 record in Big Ten play, both bests for the program since 1985. Purdue tied for second in the Big Ten, its best placing since 1987.