COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Helen Boyle, Briana Holman, Cati Leak and Madi Mahaffey of the LSU volleyball team have been selected to attend open tryouts this weekend for the United States Women’s National Team, which takes place this Friday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Nearly 250 athletes representing over 100 colleges and universities will be participating in the three-day event, which will determine spots on the U.S. National Women’s Team or the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Teams, formerly known as the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams.
“We are excited to have Briana, Cati, Helen and Madison participate in the tryouts,” LSU head volleyball coach Fran Flory said. “All four of them are great representatives of our program. We have had several coaches and players in the past be selected through this program and we are excited about their opportunity to represent LSU again.”
This quartet of Tigers will get an opportunity to show its talent under Karch Kiraly, three-time Olympic gold medalist and new head coach of the women’s national team, who will be heading up the tryout along with the rest of the USA coaching staff.
Broken down by position, Boyle and Leak are two of 61 players competing for a spot at outside hitter, while Holman, the 2013 LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American selection, will be one of 61 trying out at the middle blocker spot. Mahaffey rounds out the group as one of 27 hitters vying for a spot as at the opposite side.
LSU has had a string of success with players trying out for the national teams, as this quartet of Tigers will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former libero Meghan Mannari who won a silver medal as a part of the USA National A2 Gold Team back in 2012, as LSU has claimed five medals since 2008 in international competition.
LSU has earned 190 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in at least seven NCAA Tournaments during the past nine seasons.