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FIVB World Grand Prix preparation continues for USA with try-outs

McCutcheon will be hoping to improve on the USA's finish of ninth at last year's FIVB World Grand Prix
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon has said that his side’s recent tryouts in preparation for the FIVB World Grand Prix have been successful.

Speaking after a three day camp which began last Friday in Colorado, McCutcheon also remarked that he has a lot to decide ahead of the start of the tournament, which begins on August 6 with the World Grand Prix preliminary rounds.

"I thought the tryout was successful," said McCutcheon, who led the team to a ninth place finish in last year’s competition. "It was wonderfully well-attended. There were a lot of great volleyball players in the gym all at the same time for us to evaluate.”

The Open Tryout had 45 middle blockers, 41 outside hitters, 38 liberos, 31 setters and 20 opposites for a total of 175 athletes jostling for a place on the team, which will also have an FIVB Women's World Championship assignment in Japan from October 29-November 14.

Helping McCutcheon was assistant coach Karch Kiraly, the only player to win gold medals in both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Games (Volleyball at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and 1988 Seoul Games and Beach Volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Games) and technical coordinator and assistant coach Jamie Morrison, who won gold with the men's team as McCutcheon's assisant at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


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