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MSU volleyball sends five players to U.S. Women's National Team Tryouts

March 2, 2017
The Spartans huddle up for a timeout during the game against Arizona on Dec. 3, 2016 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans were defeated by the Wildcats, 3-2.
The Spartans huddle up for a timeout during the game against Arizona on Dec. 3, 2016 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans were defeated by the Wildcats, 3-2. —
Photo by Victor DiRita | and Victor DiRita The State News

On Wednesday, the MSU volleyball team announced it will be sending five of its players to the U.S. Women's Open National Tryouts this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to a press release.

The five players include rising seniors middle blocker Alyssa Garvelink, outside hitters Holly Toliver and Brooke Kranda, along with redshirt-freshman outside hitter Lauren Swartz and incoming freshman defensive specialist and libero Jamye Cox.

Garvelink, Toliver, Kranda, Swartz and Cox will be five of the 245 players attending who will compete for spots on the U.S. Women's National Team and U.S. Collegiate National Team program.

"We’ve already been working hard to get ready for our spring tournaments, and this is going to give these five a different look at the game of volleyball and training," head coach Cathy George said in a press release.  "To be sending this many student-athletes is a real honor for our program."

The MSU volleyball team finished 25-9 in the 2016 season, including a berth to the NCAA Tournament, though the team lost to the Arizona Wildcats in a five-set match.

Garvelink had 273 kills in the 2016 season, while Kranda had 187 kills and Toliver had 153. Swartz was redshirted for the 2016 season.

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