COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 1, 2018) – Numbers for the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout can be staggering for the annual event that starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The tryout is expected to have 229 athletes representing 90 colleges. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff will be evaluating athletes for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team for those athletes with at least one year of eligibility remaining.

  • U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (12 players) – May 20-31, CNT Asia (International)
  • U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (12 players) – July 4-15, CNT Europe (International)
  • U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (24 player) – June 22-July 1, CNT-Detroit, Michigan (Domestic)

A total of 84 court hours of live video will be available to watch the tryout spread over four courts inside Sports Center II. To watch the stream, visit click here.

Additionally, USA Volleyball will be actively promoting the tryout through social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat account during the tryout. Follow all the accounts at @USAVolleyball, and follow the conversation with the hashtage #USAVtryout.

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout By the Numbers

1: FIVB World Championship MVP who took part in past tryouts (Kim Hill in 2013)
1: AVCA Division I National Player of the Year Participating (Kathryn Plummer, Stanford University)
2: Programs athletes are competing for slots (U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Collegiate National Team)
2: Past Gatorade National High School Players of the Year taking part in tryout (Audriana Fitzmorris, Thayer Hall)
3: Olympic gold medals won by Karch Kiraly, who is leading the tryout
4: Number of tryout waves each athlete will have
4: Air Force Academy athletes going cross-town in Colorado Springs to attend tryout
5: USA Volleyball Social media platforms covering the tryout using hashtag #USAVtryout (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat)
6: Years U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly has directed the open tryout
6: Courts being used (primarily four on Friday and Saturday, and a fifth on Sunday morning)
6: Non-NCAA Division I participants (2 from NCAA Division II Texas Woman’s, 1 each from NAIA’s Lourdes, Midland and William Jessup, 1 from NJCAA’s Vernon College)
8: Statisticians tracking all the plays during the tryout
8: Athletes on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team who participated in an annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout as early as 2007 and as late as 2014
11: Number of tryout sessions (three on Friday, six on Saturday and two on Sunday)
13: University of Minnesota players competing in tryout. No other college has more than eight participating (Kansas State with 8)
16: Number of players out of collegiate eligibility trying out
28: USA Volleyball High Performance Pipeline coaches helping to staff the event
30: Opposites on the tryout roster
43: Setters on the tryout roster
48: Athletes to earn spots in the U.S Collegiate National Team Program (12 each to CNT-Europe and CNT-Asia; 24 to CNT-Detroit)
48: Liberos/Defensive Specialists on the tryout roster
49: Middle blockers on the tryout roster
55: Staff and volunteers running the tryout
59: Outside hitters on the tryout roster
84: Hours of live video stream during the tryout (4 cameras over course of 21 hours of tryout)
90: Number of colleges with athletes participating
108: Molten volleyball being used
230: Athletes competing in the tryout
920: Number of tryout T-shirts produced with each athlete getting four T-shirts for the weekend – one for each wave