Volleyball's Colleen Smith Sets Off for USA Volleyball Tryout
Feb. 21, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – DePaul setter Colleen Smith is one of a select group of hopefuls heading to an open tryout for USA Volleyball this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
“Being able to have the opportunity to try out for the USA National team means so much to me,” said Smith. “I'm very excited and anxious to get out on the court with some of the best players in the country. I know it’s going to be a brawl out there and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I have been full of smiles this entire week.”
One of 248 athletes from 106 colleges and universities competing at the tryout, Smith recently completed her first season in Lincoln Park and will be vying for either a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and/or a roster slot on the U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerly U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams).
Smith came to DePaul prior to the 2013 fall season after dealing with an illness during most of her time at Indiana University, but was able to resurrect her volleyball career this season with the Blue Demons appearing in 29 matches and helping DePaul hit .241 as a team – the second best mark in program history.
A former high school All-American at local Cary-Grove, Smith says she is the strongest and healthiest she has ever been leading into the tryout.
“USA volleyball has always been a dream of mine,” said Smith. “After becoming healthy and getting the opportunity to play again, I just want to continue to grow as a person and a player. You can't pass up an opportunity like this when you still have a lot to prove.”
She will be one of 36 setters in camp with three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly and the U.S. Women’s National Team staff.
Selected athletes will be notified by early March. USA Volleyball will announce the selections by the end of March once all roster spots are accepted and confirmed.