Three Michigan State volleyball players will be participating in the upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo. – sophomore Chloe Reinig (South Lyon) and freshmen Alyssa Garvelink (Holland) and Rachel Minarick (Naperville, Ill.).
Tryouts are Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
“I was definitely excited,” Reinig said. “I’ve been a part of the USA program before in my early high school years and it was a great experience. I’m really excited to get back there.”
Having two teammates also going along with prior experience at the camp allows Reinig to know what she is looking for this time around.
“When I was younger, it was mostly to get the high-level training that they were offering that not a lot of places offer,” she said. “Now it will be quite the experience to play with all the collegiate players. I’m just looking to learn from them and prove what I can do.”
The tryout will evaluate approximately 238 athletes from 93 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, the U.S. Collegiate National Team program and for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team for athletes born in 1996 or 1997.
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly and his staff will direct the entire tryout process, which can be viewed with an online video stream. The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes 2-8 p.m. (all times MST) with Queen of the Court competitions, while Saturday’s sessions are at 8 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 2 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The tryout concludes Sunday at 8 a.m. with tournament-style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the staff to participate in a “USA” training session.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our players,” MSU head coach Cathy George said. “All three of them grew so much over the course of our season and this is another chance for them to learn and improve. I’m so proud that they will be representing Michigan State. I’m sure that they have heard Kori Moster talk about being a part of the U.S. Collegiate team that toured China last summer. This tryout in itself is a great opportunity, but what a strong tryout could mean for them down the line is really appealing, too.”
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options: Athletes could be selected to participate in the World University games (June 28 through July 14) or a tour of China (June 12-26); 12 athletes will be selected for each of those opportunities. The Girls Junior National Championships will take 36 athletes to participate June 21-30, which will also serve as an evaluation to be a part of the US Women’s Junior National team for the 2015 FIVB Volleyball U20 championships July 1-13 in Cyprus, Greece.
Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March, while selected athletes to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will be notified by April 31, with a public announcement expected by May 7.
Jeff Theisen contributed to this story.