February 3, 2010

Nordyke, Piggott Participate in U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout

Feb. 3, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine outside hitter Larissa Nordyke (Honolulu, HI/Punahou HS) and Juliane Piggott (Newport Beach/UCLA) will participate in the largest-ever single tryout for the U.S. Women's National Team. The tryout, held by USA Volleyball, will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 19-21.

Hugh McCutcheon, the women's national team head coach, will lead the evaluation process. Anteater head coach Paula Weishoff will be a member of the tryout volunteer staff.

Nordyke and Piggott will be among 41 outside hitters vying for spots on the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women's Senior A2 teams. The tryout also includes 47 middle blockers, 41 liberos, 30 setters and 15 opposites, representing a total of 80 colleges.

Piggott, an AVCA All-American honorable mention, posted 353 kills for UCI and was 10th in the Big West with a 3.15 kill average. The first-team All-Big West selection had a team-high 13 solo blocks to go along with 39 block assists, finishing the season fourth in total blocks while adding 26 aces and 198 digs.

Nordyke recorded 128 kills to sit third on the team and averaged 1.45 per set. The junior also had 145 digs and 29 total blocks while firing seven service aces in 2009.

The U.S. Women's National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. The program could begin as early as February 2010 or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining college eligibility may still participate in the program beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendars conclude.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.