COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Lipscomb setter Kayla Ostrom is participating today through Sunday at the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts.
The tryouts are being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Also on the trip is Billy Ebel, Lipscomb’s associate head coach, who is part of the staff. There are 231 athletes from 88 colleges and universities in attendance.
“It is a great opportunity for Kayla to kind of learn a little more about things like leadership,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “You have some of the best players in the country out there in one spot.
“It is an eye-opening experience. It is awesome that we have players of that caliber. For us it is more about what she can take away from it and an opportunity for her to grow as a leader on and off the court. I think it is something that will be huge for her.”
Ostrom is one of a series of Lipscomb players who have attended the tryouts in the past such as Stefanie “Jake” Pease, Jewell Dobson, Lauren Ford and Alex Kelly.
“It is an interesting process,” Rosenthal said. “Our players have gone out there and have had great experiences.
“They get to train at the Olympic training facility. It is a cool situation.”
Rosenthal nominated Ostrom for the tryouts. Ostrom’s participation is another indication of the national reputation Lipscomb volleyball is continuing to build.
“It also helps to put us into the national mix as we have consistently sent players out there,” Rosenthal said. “I think it is a great opportunity.”
Ostrom is seventh in the nation in total assists (1,446) and fifth in assists per set (12.05). She led the A-Sun in both categories.
She was named 2015 A-Sun Setter of the Year. She also was A-Sun First Team All-Conference as well as a member of the A-Sun All-Tournament Team. She was also named A-Sun Scholar-Athlete for volleyball.
She was also voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball third team. The junior from Lafayette, Indiana is a two-time CoSIDA District 3 All-Academic First Team selection, earning the honor this season and in 2014.
“The hope is that players come back with a little more confidence and will be better able to adapt to situations,” Rosenthal said. “Kayla knows she is pretty good, but we want her to be even more confident.”