Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Ashley Christman
Christman off to Canada tryout
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/17/2012
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Idaho volleyball player Ashley Christman, a native of Grand Forks, British Columbia, is ready to put her game to the test against the best Canada has to offer. The rising junior was one of 54 players selected to attend Canada's 2012 Open Selection Camp in Winnipeg, Manitoba to try out for the Canadian Senior National Team.

Christman will arrive in Winnipeg on May 20 for the camp that runs from the 21st through the 25th. Players will go through a series of running, jumping and throwing tests, as well as on-court training.

"My parents have always wanted me to try out, and I've wanted to try out just to see if I could do it," Christman said. "It's always been a dream of mine and this is the year that I can actually do it."

Of the 54 players trying out, 24 will be selected to train all summer on Canada's senior national team. The competition Christman will to face at the tryout is going to be stiff, and she is expecting to be one of the youngest players in attendance.

"There are going to be girls there who are 30, and I'm going to be 19," she said. "There are a lot of older girls, so we'll see what happens."

Christman, an outside hitter, played in 21 games as a sophomore in 2011 and totaled 31 kills and eight blocks. She said she is hopeful for the opportunity to train all summer and return to Idaho a better player entering her junior season.

"It would be exciting if I make it because I'll come into the fall season with Idaho really ready to go," Christman said. "It would be hard to train all summer but it would be fun. It's a great opportunity. I'm just going to go there and try my best and have fun."

At the end of the camp, each of the 54 attendees will meet with the coaching staff, consisting of National Team head coach Lupo Ludwig and assistant Scott Koskie, to learn her fate. Christman is hoping for an encouraging conversation when that time comes.

"I'm excited to hear what the coaches say at the end," she said. "They have a meeting with you after the try out and say either 'come back next year we think you can make it, just not yet,' or they say 'you don't have a chance.'"

Christman said she can go back to the tryout at any time in the future, if she is selected, and will take the advice of Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan, which is to give it her best, go hard and have fun.

"I'm just really excited to give it my best," she said. "It will be nice to know if I have a chance or not. It's pretty cool to be one of the 54 who were selected out of all the applications they got."