Representing the United States of America on the world stage is a dream for every athlete in this country and Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) of the Ferris State University women's volleyball program is taking the first step toward her once-in-a-lifetime dream by participating in the upcoming U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts to be held Feb. 25-27, 2011, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event is held annually by the USA Volleyball.
Tobiczyk, who will be a senior on the 2011 Bulldog women's volleyball team, is one of a record 208 individuals who have signed up to compete in the open tryout for selection to the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team, the U.S. National A2 Program Team, and the U.S. Women's Junior National Team. The 208 USA Volleyball open tryout participants, who represent 81 different colleges, is comprised of 57 outside hitters, 52 middle blockers, 46 liberos, 27 setters and 26 opposites. A total of 65 athletes are also eligible to be evaluated as U.S. Women’s Junior National Team prospects.
"The national team tryout is a tremendous opportunity for Lisa and we are very excited for her," said FSU women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. "Lisa has been diligently preparing for this opportunity, spending extra time in the gym on her own and using the two hours a week of skill time with the coaches.
"Ferris State can be confident having Lisa represent us at the national tryout. Lisa is a positive example of our university and she will compare very well to the other liberos at the tryout," added Brandel-Wilhelm.
A 2010 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Second-Team selection, Tobiczyk registered a career single-season high and team-leading 474 digs in 28 matches this 2010 campaign. The 5-8 libero also recorded a squad-best tying 31 service aces and added 55 assists for this past season while serving as one of Ferris State's team captains. Tobiczyk was chosen as a co-recipient of the 2010 team's Bulldog Award, which recognizes a team member(s) who displays the heart and desire of a Bulldog.
Tobiczyk currently ranks eighth among Ferris State's all-time leaders with 1,256 digs and her 102 service aces is 28th best on the program's career charts in 88 matches played. A three-time (2008-10) GLIAC All-Academic Team member, Tobiczyk attained All-GLIAC Honorable Mention laurels and was a repeat (2008-09) D2 Athletics Directors Association Achievement Award recipient following the 2009 season.
The 2011 tryouts are open to current college-age athletes and older as well as high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. 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. This program could begin as early as March 2011, or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2011 or when their scholastic calendar ends.
Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2011 season and not selected to the USA Women’s National Team may be invited to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Dallas from May 23 through June 1. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in the Open Division from May 28-31. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.
Tryout participants born in either 1992 or 1993 will be also considered for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team program. The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will compete in the FIVB Women’s Junior (U-20) World Championship to be held July 21-30 in Peru.
The U.S. Women's National Team coaching staff features head coach Hugh McCutcheon and assistant coaches Karch Kiraly and Paula Weishoff.
Further information about the 2011 USA Volleyball Open Tryouts is available at this link: http://usavolleyball.org/news/2011/02/17/u-s-womens-national-team-open-tryout-roster/41012