COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 1, 2018) – Sophomore outside hitter Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to attend an open tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. The tryouts take place March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC).
Clayton, a transfer from Liberty was an All-SoCon First Team selection this past year after totaling 354 kills, 241 digs, while finishing with four double-doubles. In her first year at Liberty, she was named the VaSID State Rookie of the Year and the Big South Freshman of the Year, while also earning spots on the All-State First Team and the Big South All-Conference First Team and Big South All-Freshman Team.
Clayton is one of 230 participants from 90 colleges to attend this tryout. ETSU is also the only team in the conference to send a participant. The Danville, Va. native is one of 60 outside hitters in the field, while ETSU will be one of 89 collegiate programs represented at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She will wear #W61 during the tryout and will be observed by head coach and U.S. Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly and his staff this weekend.
“I’m excited to experience a different level of volleyball and play with different college athletes from all over,” said Clayton. “It is a great opportunity to push my school’s name and my own name into the next level of volleyball.”
While the Buccaneer outside hitter looks to take advantage of this event, Coach Devine knows Clayton will take away a lot from making the trip to Colorado Springs.
“This upcoming experience will be such a valuable opportunity on so many levels for Leah,” said Coach Devine. “Throughout this tryout she will get the competitive reps against some of the top collegiate players. This is a great chance for her to be challenged and grow in this new environment. Seeing her representing our program is very special.”
Meanwhile, as Clayton will be going head-to-head with some of the top volleyball players in the country, Coach Devine will be in the Olympic Training Center this weekend acting as an evaluator. Coach Devine has already enjoyed her time working with Team USA, as she has spent summers as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team. Most recently in 2017, Coach Devine was the Head Coach for the Collegiate National Team. She was the USA Youth National Assistant Coach at the World Championships in Thailand in 2013 and the USA Youth National Assistant Coach at the World Championships in Peru in 2015. Both in 2013 and 2015, Devine led her teams to USA silver medals.
This weekend’s tryout will be video streamed live, and fans can access the link here. Additional content will be available on the USA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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