Feb. 21, 2013
U.S. Volleyball Website
MADISON, Wis. - Four members of the University of Wisconsin volleyball team are attending the USA Volleyball open tryouts this week in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ellen Chapman, Annemarie Hickey and Courtney Thomas are trying out for the U.S. Women's National A2 Program while assistant coach Brittany Dildine is serving as an on-court coach for the process. The tryouts run from Friday through Sunday at U.S. Olympic Training Center.
More than 240 participants, representing 90 different colleges, are trying out for three different programs - the U.S. Women's National Team Program; the U.S. Women's National Senior A2 Team; and the U.S. Women's Junior National Team program.
The Badgers are trying for the A2 program for athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining. 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.
Chapman, a 6-4 outside hitter, played in all 33 matches for the Badgers in 2012, starting 20. She led the team with 2.86 kills per set, recording double-figure kills in 14 matches. Chapman added 0.81 digs and 0.51 blocks per set as a sophomore.
Hickey, a 5-8 libero, played in all 33 matches for the Badgers and led the Big Ten with 4.93 digs per set as a junior. She recorded 10-or-more digs in 29 matches and 20-or-more digs in 13 matches. Hickey also added a team-best 0.29 service aces per set.
Thomas, a 6-0 setter, started 32 matches, averaging 10.55 assists per set as a sophomore. She had 50-or-more assists in four matches, including a career-best 57 assists vs. Illinois on Sept. 23. Thomas also ranked second on the team with 2.54 digs per set, tallying double-figure digs in 15 matches.