Women's Volleyball

Four Mustangs Prepare For U.S. Olympic Try-Outs

Go smu! Sophomore Kathryn Wilkerson, team MVP and Best Offensive Player, will attempt to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic National Team
Go smu!
Sophomore Kathryn Wilkerson, team MVP and Best Offensive Player, will attempt to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic National Team
Go smu!

Feb. 11, 2009

DALLAS (SMU) - USA Volleyball will host approximately 160 athletes as part of its U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout set for Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. of which four Mustangs will compete.

As part of the tryout, freshmen Jessica Oliver, Sidney Stewart, and Dana Powell, as well as sophomore Kathryn Wilkerson will compete for spots on the USA Women's Volleyball National Team program. Athletes not selected to participate with the National Team may be considered for other programs run by USA Volleyball.

The tentative roster, which could change depending on late adds or drops due to injury, includes 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 35 liberos, 26 setters and 14 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges are represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions. Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2009 season and not selected to the USA Women's National Team may be invited to participate on the USA Senior A2 Teams.

In more Mustang volleyball updates, SMU recently hosted their annual team awards night in order to honor those players who performed exceptionally all season. This year, senior Kendra Kahanek received Best Defensive Player, having finished the season ranked in the NCAA's Top 25 for blocks per set with 1.34.

Kahanek's crowning achievement of the season came when she recorded C-USA and SMU records with her outstanding 17 block assist performance against Tulsa, effectively earning her C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Kahanek was named to the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament team, as well.



Kahanek also was given the Mustang Award. This award is given annually to the person who best represents the desire, determination and dedication to being a student-athlete, and is the only award voted upon by the team.

Sophomore captain Kathryn Wilkerson was awarded Best Offensive Player, having registered a team-high 356 kills at season end. Wilkerson also posted the most kills per set for the Mustangs, earning 3.07 overall and 2.90 in C-USA play. As well, the outside hitter collected All-Tournament honors at the Baylor Invitational and the SMU Radisson Invite.

On top of offensive honors, Wilkerson also was awarded Most Valuable Player for her defensive production. Wilkerson recorded 3.18 digs per set, second-best on the team behind freshman libero Sidney Stewart, and posted 40 total blocks overall.

Emphasizing the importance of excellence in the classroom, SMU volleyball honored the team's highest in season GPA, which went to sophomore Caitlin Adair. Adair posted a perfect 4.0.

The orginal article covering the U.S. Olympic National Team try-outs can be found at: http://usavolleyball.org/news/article/9528

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