Feb. 18, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Junior outside hitter Brooks Webster and freshman outside hitter Ashley Frazier will be amongst the 160 athletes competing for a position on the U.S. Women's National Team. The tryouts will take place Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"This is a great opportunity for Brooks and Ashley to test their skills at the next level," said head coach Judy Green. "Last season Brooks was selected as an alternate to the A2 National team and, with the improvement in her ball control skills, we hope she will earn a spot on this year's team. Ashley has participated in the past in the USA High Performance program, but this will be a step up for her. Our coaching staff feels that both of these players have the potential to play at the the next level."
There are a total of 33 positions open on the roster. For those not selected for the National team, other opportunities run by USA Volleyball are available such as the U.S. Women's Junior National Team and the USA Women's Senior A2 Team. The Junior National team will also consist of 33 members, while the Senior A2 team has 24 available spots.
Webster, who put together a stellar junior season for Alabama, will attend National team tryouts for the third time. As previously mentioned, she was selected as an alternate to the A2 team last year. Over the course of the 2008 collegiate season Webster netted 12 double-doubles and rattled off 20-plus kills on five occasions. She not only led the Crimson Tide in kills with 424, but she also led the SEC in kills per set with an average of 4.17 against league opponents. Webster's career high of 26 came in Alabama's win at Georgia. The Baltimore native was solid on the defensive end as well with 287 digs and 45 blocks. At the end of the season, Webster earned SEC First Team honors, AVCA South Region distinction and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American recognition.
"I think Colorado will be another great experience for Ashley and me to add to our life experiences," said Webster. "We will be around other outside hitters from the different conferences instead of it being just us in the gym. Being able to talk with people from different schools is interesting in itself and making friends will also be fun. We will be able to not only tryout but also get advice from some of the top coaches in the NCAA about how Ashley and I can improve our strengths and weaknesses for our upcoming spring and fall season. We will also be able to try out the skills we have been practicing and improving on in our individual sessions in the gym in game like situations."
In her first season with the Tide, Frazier notched 134 kills good for 1.91 per frame. In addition, she collected 29 blocks and 109 digs in the 70 sets she appeared in. Frazier's season-best kills performance came at Georgia where the freshman threw down 16 kills. Earlier in the year at Arkansas, she put forth her most consistent hitting effort finishing the match with an overall percentage of .462 where she was 14-of-26. That same night, Frazier rejected a career-high three solo blocks.
"I am honored to be able to represent Alabama at the upcoming USA National Team tryout," said Frazier. "This will be a great experience for me competing against the top collegiate volleyball players in the country. Being that it's my first trip, I am both nervous and excited. However, I'm confident Brooks and I will represent the Crimson Tide with pride."
For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team tryouts visit usavolleyball.org.