DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman Ade Owokoniran will be traveling to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. To take part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts. Owokoniran will be competing alongside over two-hundred other collegiate athletes for potential spots on the U.S. Collegiate National Team or U.S. Junior National Team.
The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday's first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday's sessions are at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The final session on Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. MT with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the U.S. Women's National Team staff to participate in a "USA" training session. The Sunday session wraps up at 10:30 a.m. MT.
An ACC All-Freshman Team selection, Owokoniran enjoyed a solid first year campaign with the Blue Devils, including an impressive performance in Duke’s win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she totaled a season-high 28 kills. Prior to Duke, she earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team, competing in Mexico in June 2018, and was named the 2017 Northern Athletic Conference Player of the Year following her senior season at Wakefield High School.
The U.S. Collegiate National Team program has three competition options:
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – World University Games, Italy, June 30-July 14
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – Japan, May 19-30
U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team – Anaheim, Calif., June 23-29
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly will direct the entire tryout process.