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Quartet Bound for USA National Team Tryouts
Release Date: 02/20/2009
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The quartet of senior Katie Swoboda, juniors Neticia Enesi and Sonja Newcombe and sophomore Heather Meyers look forward Friday to opening day action in the USA Volleyball National Team open tryouts, set for February 20-22 at the Olympic Training Center.

As part of the tryout, approximately 160 athletes will compete for spots on the USA Women's Volleyball National Team, USA Women's World University Games Team and/or the USA Women's Senior A2 Team.

Players selected to the 24-person A2 Team will likely compete in the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships Open Division, May 23-26 in Minneapolis the sport’s national championships while the 2009 World University Games squad will compete June 30-July 12 in Belgrade, Serbia. To be eligible to compete in the latter event, team members must be 17-28 years old and enrolled in college or received a degree in 2008.

“I’m really excited to be going,” Newcombe said, “since I’ve always dreamed of playing at the highest level. This weekend give us a chance to keep making that a reality. We also really want to thank the Oregon coaches for being so supportive and sending us it will help us continue to raise our level of play.”

More information on the USA Volleyball National Team tryouts is available via the website at the URL link .

Two months ago, Enesi was tabbed as a Second-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and Newcombe was an honorable mention.  Among other national honors announced later, Enesi was a VBall magazine third-team All-American, and was an honorable mention pick with Newcombe by Volleyball magazine.

Enesi was also tabbed to the All-Pac-10 and All-Region First Teams with Newcombe, while Swoboda added All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition for the second straight season, and Meyers was selected to the NCAA All-Regional Tourney Team.

Looking back at last season, Enesi enjoyed a breakout campaign and broke the UO’s single season hitting mark with her .389 mark, also rewrote the school block assists record (143). Meyers stands top-10 already on career lists in hitting (third, .310), service aces per set (seventh, 0.30) and points (ninth, 785.5).  Newcombe also climbed UO's all-time career lists in points (second, 1,318.5) and kills (eighth, 1,106), and was tabbed the Pac-10 and AVCA National Player of the Week in October after home wins over top-five ranked UCLA and USC.  Swoboda ended her career ranked second in Pac-10 history in career digs (2,198), and broke her own school season digs record with her 599 in ’08 13 better than her former record from 2007.

The Duck quartet helped lead UO to one of its greatest seasons ever. Oregon advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and second time ever in the 64-team format. UO also enjoyed its most wins overall (25) since 1984 (27), and tied its best Pac-10 finish and record (fourth, 1107) since 1987. Oregon also claimed its third straight top-six consecutive league finish (fourth-’08, fifth-’07; sixth-’06) since the origin of the Pacific-10 Conference in 1986.





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