March 18, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn volleyball junior Alyssa Davis made a big step in her volleyball career, earning a chance to participate in the 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 Program.
"I'm very excited to be a part of the national program," Davis said. "I'm very happy for this opportunity. This will give me experience at a very high level and more to bring back to my team next year."
The 24-member National A2 program is set to train in Tempe, Ariz., May 24-28, and then will split into two 12-member rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships in Phoenix. The Open Division is set to start May 29 and runs through June 1.
The group was selected from a group of athletes that participated in the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A total of 175 athletes were in attendance.
"This is very exciting for Auburn volleyball," head volleyball coach Wade Benson said. "Alyssa has really improved her skills and her dedication is beginning to show in a big way.
Davis, a middle blocker from Oakland Park, Fla., led the 2009 Tiger volleyball team and was ninth in the Southeastern 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.
Davis will return for her 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.