Feb. 18, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - A pair of student-athletes will represent Auburn volleyball at the USA Volleyball National Team tryouts, Feb. 19-21. Juniors Jonelle Wallace and Alyssa Davis will partake in the three-day event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co.
"I'm extremely proud and encouraged that Alyssa and Jonelle have the confidence to go after their dream of playing after college," head volleyball coach Wade Benson said. "This tryout will foster a lot of experience and assurance for the upcoming collegiate season."
Davis, a middle blocker from Oakland Park, Fla., led the squad and was ninth in the conference with a .315 hitting percentage. She finished with a career-best 161 kills on 368 attempts with just 45 errors. The 6-foot, 5-inch Davis was second on the team in total blocks, tallying 72 on the season.
"We're really excited for this opportunity to represent Auburn and take our game to the next level," Davis said. "This will be a good experience for us and to be able to travel and compete for the U.S. would be an awesome opportunity."
Wallace, a Denver, Colo., product, served a primary role as a right-side hitter for Auburn this past season. Wallace finished with 80 kills last season and recorded 19 blocks. She joined the team in 2008 after spending her first year at Colorado College. During her sophomore campaign, Wallace was second on the squad with a .205 attack percentage with 182 kills on 474 attempts.
The pair will return for their senior year in 2010 as the squad looks to improve on its 16-15 overall 2009 mark. The Tigers enjoyed its best season in 10 years as the team finished second in the SEC West.