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Do You Have What It Takes?

USA Volleyball invites female volleyball players to participate in one of two separate open tryouts for the 2007 USA Women’s Volleyball National Team and associated training programs. The two tryouts:


The tryout is open to female athletes who:   * Have completed high school * High school athletes that are born in 1987 or EARLIER*** * Are US citizens   *** High school age athletes are NOT eligible to attend the Creighton tryout.   College athletes born in 1988 and 1989 will be evaluated for both the Junior National Team and National Team programs.

** Due to NCAA restrictions placed on facilities and college coaches, athletes currently in high school, regardless of their date-of-birth will NOT be allowed to attend the Omaha tryout. They will be allowed to attend the Colorado Springs tryout if they so choose.

NOTE: As this is the only means for an athlete to access the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team and its affiliated programs (including the 2007 World Cup, World University Games and the US Open Championships) during the 2007 international calendar, this tryout falls within the NCAA “but for” analysis as it applies to Rule If an institution so chooses, it may pay their athlete’s necessary expenses to attend this tryout. See NCAA ARS Case # 9225. College athletes with eligibility remaining MUST attend one of these two tryout to be involved in a National Team Program in 2007.

Participating athletes must possess a working knowledge of offensive/defensive systems and terminology consistent with that of a typical mid-to high level collegiate program. Participating athletes must also possess a level of athleticism, fitness and technical ability consistent with that of a high level collegiate player. Questions regarding this should be directed to Tom Pingel. Participants unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted to the tryout or may be removed from further tryout participation. No refunds will be offered in the latter case.

Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following programs:

USA Women's Volleyball National Team Program – Athletes that have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team on a full time basis. This program would begin as early as late January or February 2007 or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.

Also considered for training with this group will be athletes that have remaining college eligibility. Their participation will begin in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2007.

College athletes that are still eligible to participate with the USA Junior National Team (JNT) will be welcome at either tryout and may be evaluated for participate with the JNT, as well as other National Team Programs.

As well as training directly with the National Team and National Training Team members, participants will be eligible to be participating members of the National Team during the summer months, if the National Team Staff so desires. Local room/board/transportation will be provided by USA Volleyball and/or the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Athletes participating in this program may be responsible for their travel to/from Colorado Springs, Colorado, or another designated training site.

If you have any questions, please call Tom Pingel at 719-228-6800 or e-mail him at tom.pingel@usav.org.

Follow ASU, NCAA Bracket

For the first time since 2002, the Arizona State Sun Devils Volleyball team will be playing in the NCAA Div. I volleyball tournament. The Devils will be playing College of Charleston on Thursday, November 30th. To follow the action, go here

For a printable NCAA bracket, go here

High School Wrap Up

Cactus, Sunnyslope capture 4A titles

Seton, Scottsdale Christian and Joseph City Capture 3A-1A Titles on Championship Saturday.

Cactus High School captured the 4A-I State title with a thrilling 5-set win over Scottsdale Saguaro. Click here to read about the Cobra’s Championship.


Sunnyslope High won the 4A-II title and finished their perfect season at 41-0. Click here to read about their amazing run.


Chandler Seton Catholic won the 3A State Championship with a hard fought battle over Monument Valley. Read about it here.


Scottsdale Christian High school captured the 2A State title with a 5-set win over Northwest Christian. Read about it here


Joseph City topped Heber Mogollon for the 1A State title. Click here for the whole story.


Reaves, Hershkowitz Named Arizona Republic Players of the Year

Ironwood outside hitter Sarah Reaves was named the Arizona Republic’s Big School player of the year after leading her team to the State Finals and two big in-season tournament championships. Read about Sarah and her accomplishments here


Julie Hershkowitz was named the Arizona Republic’s Small School player of the year after leading her Seton Catholic squad to a 3A title. Read about Julie’s amazing season here


The All-Arizona Girl’s Volleyball team choosing the best the state has to offer without concern of school size was Reaves, Hershkowitz, Desert Mountain’s Tara Mueller, Sunnyslope’s Emma Ridley, Corona Del Sol’s Michelle Hein and Gilbert’s Stephanie Nucci.

For a list of the 5A All-State teams, go here


The 4A All-State selections can be found here


The 3A-1A All State team can be found here


LeTarte, Lewis Named Arizona Republic Coaches of the Year

Amber LeTartle led her Sunnyslope Vikings to a 41-0 record and a State title. Read about her season here


Casey Lewis guided the San Simon Volleyball team to a 32-6-2 record. Read his amazing accomplishment here


ASU Women's Volleyball Club Looking for Coach

The ASU Women's Club currently has 2 travel teams that will participate in NIRSA this season and 1 team that plans to play exclusively in the women's division of the Arizona Region Adult Division. These teams are looking for a Coach.

All 3 teams practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7:30 in the Green Gym in the ASU Student Rec Center. This is a volunteer position.

If you are interested, please contact Daniela Oliverio-Lauderdale at danituttoaposto@hotmail.com or 480-628-8086

The AVCA Convention is Your Resource for Coaching Education

Come to the AVCA Annual Convention, to be held Dec. 12-16 in Omaha, Neb., and take advantage of the outstanding line-up of educational sessions planned for the convention. Many of the top volleyball coaches from around the country will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience with attendees at more than 30 on-court and classroom presentations. No matter what level you coach, the AVCA Annual Convention offers education that will improve your program and help you become more successful. Click here to get registered and learn more about the top-notch education you will find in Omaha. To parlay the AVCA coach’s clinics into coaching education credit for the Arizona Region, download this form,and have it filled out by the instructor(s).

National High Performance Tryouts

USA Volleyball has announced their tryout dates and sites for both boys and girls for consideration for the upcoming Youth, High Performance and Junior age groups. For the tryout schedule, click here.


If you aren’t sure what age group your athlete should be trying out for, go here.


Before you tryout, you must fill out an HP application. The girl’s application is here


and the boy’s is here.


A national meeting will be held in Colorado Springs in late January. The Arizona Region’s High Performance course for 2007 will be decided at that meeting.

Volleyball Hall of Fame Seeking Donations

The Volleyball Hall of Fame, located in Holyoke, Mass. is asking for your help. This history filled site operates on donations. Please take a few minutes to check out their site at http://www.volleyhall.org/and give what you can.

USA Volleyball Mall Open for Business

USA Volleyball is proud to announce the grand opening of the USA Volleyball Mall. USAV joined with Fundlink to build an online shopping site that allows users to benefit USA Volleyball and its regions by purchasing items from their favorite web sites.

Users can visit more than 1,000 retail web sites including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Dell, Barnes & Noble and Best Buy. When a customer makes a purchase, the retailer will donate part of the profit – from 2 to 15 percent – to the region the user chooses. Users can also make a donation to USA Volleyball or the USA Volleyball Foundation.

“Users will not pay any extra on their purchases to make the donation,” explained Kerry Klostermann, USA Volleyball’s secretary general. “It’s not a surcharge; it’s a click-through directly to the retailer. The store gives the donation from its profits.”

To visit the virtual mall, just go to www.vballmall.com. When a user chooses a store to shop from, a drop-down menu appears. The shopper picks a group from this list that will receive a donation. Then the user goes straight to the merchant’s web site and shops as usual.

Other non-profit organizations that have created online malls include National Future Farmers of America, the Florida State University Alumni Association, and Children's Wish Foundation International.

Web Sites
USA Volleyball Mall – USA Volleyball Mall
USA Volleyball – USA Volleyball

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