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Columbus, OH Women’s volleyball players Kristen Dozier, Katie Dull and Kelli Barhorst will participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout set for Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots in the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team program. Athletes not selected to participate with the National Team may be considered for other programs run by USA Volleyball. Included in the list of other programs is the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team competing at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship or the USA Women’s Senior A2 Teams competing at the USA Adult Open Championships. A total of 33 athletes are eligible for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team as well as the other National Team programs.

Dozier, a 6-2 junior middle blocker from SandySpring, Md., started all 32 matches for the Buckeyes last season. She averaged 2.74 kills and .81 blocks per game. Dull, a 5-10 sophomore outside hitter from Solon, Ohio, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention Mideast All-Region selection. An All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, she averaged a team-high 3.93 kills per game for OhioState and averaged 1.36 digs and .79 blocks per game. Barhorst, a 6-2 freshman middle blocker from Anna, Ohio, started 25 matches last season. She averaged a team-high 1.12 blocks per game and averaged 1.80 kills per game.

“Competing for three days with the top collegiate volleyball players in the country will be an invaluable experience for our players,” OhioState women’s volleyball head coach Geoff Carlston said.  “The environment will challenge them to grow as players which will only help our young team as we build for the coming season. If I could send our whole team, I would.”

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead a team of 30 tryout staff that will serve as court coaches and evaluators putting the players through physical testing, drills and match play.

“USA women’s volleyball has such depth and talent, it is wonderful to see this many outstanding young athletes attending this National Team tryout,” McCutcheon said. “I believe playing for the National Team is the highest achievement possible for our indoor players. In that regard, our goal is to create the best environment for these players to train and compete at the international level.”

The tentative roster, which could change depending on late adds or drops because of injury, includes 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 36 liberos, 30 setters and 12 opposites. A total of 64 colleges are represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2009 season and not selected to the USA Women’s National Team may be invited to participate on the USA Senior A2 Teams. This program is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis May 18-27. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 23-26.

***OhioStateBuckeyes.com***