BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the second-consecutive season, WKU Volleyball will be represented at the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the trio of Rachel Anderson, Alyssa Cavanaugh and Jessica Lucas will vie for a chance to wear the red, white and blue. The trio will be among 244 athletes from 81 different colleges and 10 high schools. Tryouts are slated to take place from Friday through Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 3-9 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s sessions are at 9 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 3 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The final session on Sunday begins at 8:30 a.m. CT with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the U.S. Women’s National Team staff to participate in a “USA” training session. The Sunday session wraps up at 11:30 a.m. CT.
All sessions of the tryout will be streamed live by clicking here. USA Volleyball will use #USAVtryout as the event hashtag for photos, notes, quotes and stories posted to its social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat under the handle @usavolleyball.
Selected athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team may begin their training in Anaheim, California, as early as the spring of 2017, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
• Tour of Thailand (12 athletes): May 19-30
• Tour of Europe (12 athletes): July 5-16
• USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (projected 36 athletes): June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis
Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.
Cavanaugh put together arguably one of the best seasons by an outside hitter in the nation, finishing with a .343 hitting percentage on more than 1,100 swings. Cavanaugh also led C-USA with 516 kills on the season, a mark that ranks 17th across the country currently. The Louisville native led the Lady Toppers in 24 of the squad’s 33 matches in kills including two career performances of 24 strikes en route to collecting her third AVCA All-Region honor. The junior has also racked up five All-America honors across three different organizations already in her career.
Facilitating the offense to the second-best hitting percentage in the nation, Lucas was integral in WKU’s success. The Lady Toppers closed the season with a team hitting clip of .310 behind only Florida (.338). Lucas led Conference USA with 11.64 assists per set in 2016, a mark that ranked sixth across the nation as well. The Seymour, Indiana, native tallied 1,280 helpers during her junior campaign and achieved 4,000 career assists during WKU’s final match of the season. Lucas is also nearing the 1,000 career dig mark and recorded 13 double-double performances in 2016. In three seasons on The Hill, Lucas has collected four All-America accolades.
Anderson picked up All-Region Team honors and an All-America nod for the first time in her career following a superb sophomore campaign. The Sturgis, Michigan, native finished the year with a .414 hitting percentage, which ranks second in Conference USA and 10th currently in the nation. She racked up 406 kills on the season for the fifth-most strikes in the league playing in every match in 2016.
Anderson, Cavanaugh and Lucas are looking to join a special group of Lady Topper greats who have been a part of USA Volleyball. In 2007, Megan Argabright (2005-08) was named to the USA Developmental team that travelled to Buenos Aires to compete against the Argentina National Team. Aquila Orr (2006-09) was a member of the USA Third Degree Team that traveled to Italy to compete during the summer of 2007. Ashley Potts (2010-13) was named an alternate for the USA Volleyball A2 National Team in 2013.
The 2016 WKU Volleyball season is being presented by the United States Marines. This season, the Marines and WKU Athletics are working together to promote the outstanding athletic and academic achievements of our female student-athletes. The Marines are proud to work with and support these future leaders of America.
How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.