Hill shows value of open try-outs, as springboard to glittering career
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 18, 2017 – Kim Hill is one player who knows all about the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Try-outs, which are set to take place from March 3-5 and for which the online registration is already open.
The try-outs are the USA women’s team’s first step in their plans for the next four years that feature the defence of their world title at the Japan 2018, FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship and the Tokyo 2020, Olympic Games.
Hill came through the 2013 try-outs and has not looked back since. She was named MVP as the USA won gold at the Italy 2014, FIVB World Championship and was part of the USA team that won bronze at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
“My best friend Lilla Frederick played with me at Pepperdine (University) and her Mom called us the day before the try-outs and she convinced us,” Hill said. “Somehow she called the guy and got us a spot at the last minute.
“I still can’t believe how that all happened and I’m so grateful to her Mom and all the people who pushed me to go.”
The event will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is expected to draw 240 players, all of whom will be chasing a place in one of the U.S. Women’s National Team programmes.
As well as World Championship gold and Rio 2016 bronze, Hill was also part of the team that won the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix and helped Vitra Istanbul to glory at the Manila 2016 FIVB Club World Championship.
“I don’t how I got here and there is part of me that thinks I’m playing out of my league,” she said. “Playing with players I watched growing up, they are stars to me and somehow I’m here with them. I realise I’m one of the best and I’ve earned that title and that confidence. When the game comes I have that confidence
“There is so much to learn and so many ways to grow. When I came in I was open to everything. It has helped me a lot and helped a lot of the girls here too. I’ve grown a lot.”
For further information on the try-out and how to register, head here…
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