COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A record 247 athletes have gathered in Colorado Springs to participate in USA Volleyball's national team tryouts Friday through Sunday. Among the athletes trying out will be two Miami RedHawks, rising redshirt sophomores Jenny Ingle and Sarah Chaney.
Three separate teams will be selected after analysis by USA National Team officials. The USA Women's National Team is primarily for athletes who have completed their college eligibility and are ready to begin training full-time. Athletes that still have college eligibility left can be chosen for the national team, but cannot do so until their academic calendar has concluded.
For those that do not make the USA Women's National Team, there will also be a USA Senior A2 Team selected to compete in the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC), July 1-4. A USA Junior National Team is also going to be selected, but Ingle and Chaney are past the age cutoff of 19 for that.
Ingle finished fifth on the RedHawks with 148 kills in 2012. An imposing 6-foot-5 middle hitter, she was second on the team with 66 blocks (eight solo and 58 assisted). She was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22 after tying a career-high with 15 kills in a win over Toledo.
Chaney was sixth on Miami with 144 kills last season, a 1.55 kills per set average. A powerful outside hitter, she was also a proficient blocker, finishing third on the RedHawks with 58 (five solo and 53 assisted). She set a career high with 14 kills in a win over Ball State on Oct. 20.