Thursday, February 21, 2008

University of Albany´s Kellam and Gonzalez Invited to Try Out for U.S. National Volleyball Team

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team is holding open tryouts Feb. 22-24 and has selected 115 athletes to be drilled and tested at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among the players selected for the tryout are America East Conference First Team member Kamisha Kellam and Laurie Gonzalez, a libero and outside hitter from Carolina, Puerto Rico who joined the Great Danes in the spring. UAlbany head coach Kelly Sheffield will assist in the talent evaluation of the invited players.

The tryout will be used by USA Volleyball to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. National and Olympic Teams, as well as the A2 program which is planning to train in Atlanta, Ga., from approximately May 19-28, 2008.

Among the invited athletes, the position breakdown for the tryout is 33 liberos, 29 outside hitters, 25 middle blockers, 15 setters and 13 opposites. The tryout will be represented by athletes from 50 different collegiate volleyball programs in all three NCAA divisions.

Kellam, who earned the second all-conference honors of her career, averaged 3.24 kills and 1.06 blocks per game last season. Kellam will enter her senior season ranked third on UAlbany's career blocks chart with 308, just behind Ashley Crenshaw, who wrapped up her four-year career with 317 total blocks.

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