Alisha Young Participates in USA Volleyball Open Tryout

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball program and head coach Shawn Garus sent junior middle blocker Alisha Young to participate in the USA Volleyball Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout included a total of 175 athletes who were competing for the change to become a member of the 2010 U.S. Women's National Team.

Young was one of 45 middle blockers at the tryout, while there were also 41 outside hitters, 38 liberos, 31 setters and 20 opposite hitters. A total of 82 colleges were represented among the tryout participants.

As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women's Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women's National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.

This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1991 or earlier.

The U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout is the only path for a collegiate volleyball player with remaining eligibility to access the U.S. National Team and have an opportunity to be named to the 2010 FIVB World Championship to be played Oct. 29-Nov. 14.

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