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Friday February 22, 2013Five Gators to Participate in USA Tryouts

Gainesville, Fla.

Five members of the Gator volleyball program will participate in this weekend’s USA tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. The tryouts will take place Feb. 22-24, 2013, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Gator volleyball players Simone Antwi (Fairfax Station, Va.), Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Gabby Mallette (Orange Park, Fla.) will all participate in this weekend’s tryout, while Florida head coach Mary Wise will serve as an evaluator and video coordinator Eugene Tichenor will act as a technical coordinator for a second year.


Brauneis competed with the A2 program in the summer of 2011 and Mallette was a member of the USA Select A1 team while in high school. Brauneis is a two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-America and was named First Team All-SEC and AVCA All-South Region as a junior. Mallette was honored on the SEC All-Freshman Team.


Among the 247 tryout participants representing 90 different colleges are 60 outside hitters, 57 middle blockers, 56 liberos, 49 setters and 25 opposites. The 2012 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 207 participants.


The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or 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 is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competing at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4. These athletes may also be invited to participate with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.


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