Feb. 17, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of The Ohio State University women’s volleyball program will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts (Feb. 19-21) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Audra Appold, Taylor Hughes, Taylor Sandbothe and Madison Smeathers (2016 signee) are set to represent Ohio State while competing to don the Stars & Stripes.

Complete USA Volleyball release

The tryouts will evaluate 231 athletes (complete list) from 88 colleges from across the country for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Collegiate National Team program.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff will direct the entire tryout process. Online video streaming will be available for all four tryout sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s sessions are at 8 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 2 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The tryout concludes on Sunday at 8 a.m. with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the staff to participate in a “USA” training session.

Audra Appold – B46
Taylor Hughes – N73
Taylor Sandbothe – W30
Madison Smeathers – W31

The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
Tour of China (12 athletes): June 18-July 1
Tour of Europe (12 athletes): July 5-16
USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (projected 36 athletes): June 21-30 in Indianapolis

*Selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Teams will be made by the end of March.