March 31, 2010
Athens, Ohio -
Recently, Ohio volleyball standouts Sue Jacobi, Michelle Jantsch and Katie Post took part in the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team's open tryouts.
The trio headed to Colorado Springs, Colorado last month and took part in four training sessions over three days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. They were joined by 172 other athletes in the pursuit of being noticed by U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon and his assistants, Karch Kiraly and Jamie Morrison.
"A bunch of different coaches, including Coach Theis were there to work with us specifically," Post said. "Overall, it was a lot of scrimmaging with a little bit of practice thrown into the mix."
"We learned a lot and it was a good experience and got to get back into a competitive feel and meet some new players," Jantsch added. "This is the first U.S.A. event we've been involved with so it was exciting and a good experience for us."
For these young ladies, making the U.S. National Team would be a dream come true. However, the reality that these student-athletes are striving for currently is a spot on the Senior A2 Team. That team consists of players that just miss the cut for a roster spot on the national squad.
"We've had an All-America six of the last seven years, we've been ranked 13th in the nation and we've gone to a NCAA Sweet 16," Jacobi commented. "Playing at Ohio University has given us the experience of playing with a good team that has tremendous chemistry and that has helped during this tryout process."