SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State juniors Kennedy Kurtz and Shannon Boyle will both attend the U.S. Women's National Team Open Volleyball Tryouts later this week (March 3-5) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The pair will be among the nearly 250 athletes from more than 90 colleges and high schools evaluated by the U.S. Women's National Team staff under the direction of head coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly.
Kurtz and Boyle will become the first Sacramento State players in program history to compete at the event. Both players helped the Hornets to a 20-12 overall record, a 13-3 conference mark and the Big Sky Conference's South Division championship.
Kurtz, a setter, was a first team all-league selection during the fall after averaging 11.29 assists and 2.70 digs per set while hitting .335. The assists average was the 14th best mark in the nation. Boyle, an outside hitter, was a second team all-league choice after averaging 3.49 kills, 3.14 digs and 3.83 points per set.
The tryout will not only be for the U.S. National Team, but for three additional Collegiate National Team opportunities. Separate groups of 12 players each will be selected for summer trips to Europe and Thailand for training and matches, while a projected 36 additional athletes will be invited to Minneapolis in June for a program that includes competing at the USA Girls' Junior National Championships. Selections will be announced by the end of March.
All sessions of the tryout will be live streamed here. Fans can also follow on social media at @USAVolleyball and by using the hashtag #USAVTryout.
Click here for more info on the U.S. tryouts and the invited athletes.
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