Feb. 17, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's Sierra Nobley and Kaitlyn Oliver will be participating in this week's USA Volleyball's national team tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Bronco tandem will be among over 200 participants representing over 90 colleges and University, as well as top prep standouts, who will be at the tryouts Feb. 20-22. Nobley and Oliver are also two of the seven student-athletes representing the Mountain West Conference this week.
The tryouts will allow the U.S. Women's National Team officials an opportunity to evaluate upcoming stars from across the country. Participants will be evaluated for inclusion on the USA National Team, USA Junior National Team and various USA Collegiate National Teams. USA volleyball legend Karch Kiraly is the current USA National Team head coach, he and his staff will be running this event in Colorado Springs.
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.
"This is a great opportunity for Sierra (Nobley) and Kaitlyn (Oliver) to see what it takes to compete for the national team," said coach Shawn Garus. "These two will be around our program for another three years and will be our future leaders. This opportunity gives them a chance to compete with the top talent from across the country, it is invaluable experience we just cannot reproduce on our own. By being at the tryouts they will have the ability to evaluate where they stand at this level and realize areas they need to focus on to improve."
Nobley just completed and outstanding freshman season where she earned Mountain West All-Conference and Freshman of the Year recognition. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native finished ranked 48th nationally and led both the MW and Boise State in kills per set at 4.08. She also led both in kills per set during league contests at 4.33. Nobley's kills total of 432 set a new Bronco and MW record for kills by a freshman and ranked third overall in program history, six shy of tying the record regardless of class. In addition, Nobley set three other MW freshman records including kills in a league season with 277, as well as kills in a regular match and kills in a conference match with 31 against Utah State in the season finale on Nov. 25. The freshman was 50th nationally, second in the MW and first on team in points per set at 4.53.
Kaitlyn Oliver earned Boise State's first conference newcomer of the year honor since 1995. The redshirt-freshman from Helena, Mont., came on strong this season finishing with the third most kills on the team with 230 and second most in blocks with 80. Oliver finished ranked 60th nationally, fifth in the MW and second on the team for hitting percentage at .358, which tied for fourth-best percentage in a season in Bronco history.
For more information on the tryouts or to follow Nobley's and Oliver's progress to can go to the USA Volleyball National Team Tryout website at: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/USA-Teams/Indoor-Volleyball/Women/National-Team-Tryouts