DURHAM, N.C. - Five representatives from the Duke volleyball program will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team, U.S. Women's National A2 Program and U.S. Women's Junior National Team. Junior Ali McCurdy, sophomore Jeme Obeime and freshmen Elizabeth Campbell, Emily Sklar and Christina Vucich will take part in the tryouts, scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC).
The tryout begins Feb. 22 and concludes Feb. 24 with tournament play broken up into two sessions. Each of the 247 participants will compete in one tournament wave to be determined Saturday.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our athletes to compete and train with some of the best volleyball talent from around the country," said head coach Jolene Nagel. "We could not be more proud of these five young women and wish them all the best."
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be a member of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation would begin when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013.
The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program will take place in Dallas, Texas, June 25 to July 4. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which includes training and competition at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship (GJNC) from July 1-4. These athletes may also be invited to participate with the U.S. national team.
The U.S. Women's Junior Program is available for athletes born in either 1994 or 1995. The junior national team will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship, June 21-30 in Brno, Czech Republic. The U.S. Women's Junior A1 National Training Team will also compete in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.