Feb. 20, 2014
By Geoff Thurner
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After recently wrapping up one of the Bulldog's most successful volleyball careers, senior outside hitter Korrin Wild was tapped to take part in the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts this weekend.
The three-day event will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and will feature 248 athletes from 106 universities competing for spots on the U.S. Women's National Team and/or U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).
"Korrin is a physical player with more volleyball left in her body and heart," Fresno State volleyball head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "I'm proud that she's bravely going up against some of the best post-college prospects in the country to see where she stacks up. I'm confident she'll make us proud."
Volleyball fans can watch action live online on Friday, Feb. 21 beginning at 1 p.m. PT., and more information is available at the http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball web site.
Fans an also follow the event via the Twitter handle @USAVolleyball and hashtag #USAVTryout and on Instagram at @USAVball.
Last fall, Wild helped the `Dogs polish off one of their best seasons in recent memory and was a MW All-Conference honoree with outside hitter Marissa Brand. In prior years, the duo also received All-WAC Second-Team honors in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
In 2013, Wild ranked second in the MW Conference and 63rd and 75th nationally in kills and points (3.77 / 4.24 per set), and seventh in the league in aces (0.29 p/s). In 2013, she logged eight +.300 totals, 11 double-doubles, and five 20-kill totals among her 24 double-digit kill efforts. The preseason all-conference selection was also named to all-tournament teams in the Fresno State Classic and Portland Nike Invitational.
Career-wise, she ranked top 10 on Bulldog career lists for aces (third, 136), aces per set (third, 0.31 p/s), digs (fifth, 1,203) and kills (sixth, 1,256).
"Korrin's bound to play professionally, and I think she'll continue to get better whether with the National Team or abroad," Netherby-Sewell said. "We recruited her five years ago when our program was in the early stages of a rebuild. The fact that one of those players is at the Olympic Training Center shows the growth these players have made. We're so proud she's taking on a great challenge and adventure."
Team-wise last fall, the `Dogs capped their sixth season under Netherby-Sewell with a 17-15 overall mark for their second straight winning season for the first time since 2003-04. The squad also tied for fourth place in the MW with an 11-9 mark - two places better than its preseason coaches poll selection.
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