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Friday, February 19, 2010Lipscomb Lady Bisons setter Stefine “Jake” Pease is in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend for a tryout camp for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Pease, a junior, is one of 173 athletes participating Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She is one of 31 setters on the tryout list. She is the first Lipscomb player to ever participate in the event.
Pease could be selected for either the National Team or the USA Senior A2 Team for athletes with college eligibility remaining. Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal urged Pease to apply for the camp.
“He asked if we wanted to go and I said, yes that’s school,” Pease said. “I filled out the form in December. You have to be accepted. I got the acceptance letter the day before I left to come back to Lipscomb after Christmas break.”
Pease left for Colorado Springs Friday morning at 6 and was scheduled to be on the court in the afternoon. She will be providing a daily diary of her experiences for Lipscombsports.com.
“I’m not really going in with any expectations,” Pease said. “I think it is great to get the experience. What I am looking forward to is getting to play with some of the top athletes in the nation. I will probably learn a ton in the three days.
“Somebody told me that their friend went from a little school. She said it didn’t matter where you come from because everybody is accepted.”
Pease wants to play volleyball after she graduates from Lipscomb. This experience could open up opportunities in beach volleyball or European leagues.
Rosenthal has wanted to send one of his players to the camp for the past couple of years.
“A lot of it is being around the top players in the country and being in that environment,” Rosenthal said. “The best of the best are there trying out for the best team in the country. That is exciting stuff.
“It should be a lot of fun for her. It is a completely new experience for her and for this program.”
Rosenthal thinks the timing is right for Pease to participate at this level of competition.
“She has had a lot of success since the day she first stepped foot on campus,” Rosenthal said. “Jake is very mature. This is a test in some regards.
“Whatever happens, this is going to give her a different perspective. It will help her tremendously into her senior year.”
Pease was one of two juniors named to the top five list of setters nationally named by College Volleyball Update (CVU.com). Pease helped guide the Lady Bisons to their first ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship and their second tournament championship with a 22-0 conference record. She averaged 11.8 assists, 2.73 digs and 1.06 kills per set.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations