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Four Utah Players Participating in 2014 USA Volleyball National Team Tryouts

Shelby Dalton and three of her teammates will represent Utah this weekend in the 2014 USA Volleyball National Team Tryouts.

Shelby Dalton and three of her teammates will represent Utah this weekend in the 2014 USA Volleyball National Team Tryouts.

Feb. 21, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS - Four members of the University of Utah volleyball team - Shelby Dalton, Eliza Katoa, Makenzie Moea'i and Tess Sutton - are taking part in the 2014 USA National Volleyball Tryout this weekend at the Olympic Training Center.

Fans can watch the tryouts by clicking the `Watch Video' link at teamusa.org.

The tryouts will be Friday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. MT, Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. MT.

A record number of 248 athletes from 106 colleges and universities are participating and competing for spots on U.S. Women's National Team and/or U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).

Three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly and the U.S. Women's National Team staff will lead the tryout process.

Selected athletes will be notified by early March. USA Volleyball will announce the selections by the end of March once all roster spots are accepted and confirmed.

A brief summary of each of Utah's participants follows:

Shelby Dalton
6-1 / RS / Moab, Utah

2013: AVCA All-American Honorable Mention ... 2013 AVCA All-Pacific North Region First Team pick ... paced team with 2.62 kills per set and was second on the squad with a .276 hitting percentage ... ranked third on team and 128th in the NCAA with 1.10 blocks per set ... Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team selection ... 20 double-digit-kill performances (28 career), including Utah's last four matches and six of last seven matches.

 

 

Eliza Katoa
5-10 / OH / Layton, Utah

High School/Club: AVCA Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American ... PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace Top 150 selection ... first-team all-state selection during sophomore and junior years with 2013 announcements pending ... first-team all-region each of the last two seasons as well ... honorable mention all-state and second-team all-region as a freshman ... owns record high for kills in a match: 41 against undefeated Fremont High School on Oct. 8, 2013.

Makenzie Moea'i
6-0 / RS / American Fork, Utah

2013: Turned in 1.85 kills, 0.57 digs and 0.61 blocks per set and hit .220 ... made six starts ... six double-figure kill outings ... one double-double and one double-digit-dig effort ... tied season high with five blocks at UCLA (11/29) ... registered a season-high .625 hitting percentage with 11 kills on 16 attempts with just one error for her sixth double-digit-kill effort of the year in first round of NCAA Tournament against Yale (12/6) to go with four blocks ... four blocks and three assists in second round at Penn State (12/7).

Tess Sutton
5-3 / L / Bonsall, Calif.

2013: Started last 15 matches at libero (16 total) and turned in a total of 179 digs to average 3.58 per set during that stretch... appeared in 30 of 34 matches, totaling 78 sets ... averaged 2.63 digs per set ... turned in 10 or more digs in 10 of last 14 matches ... had a five-match double-digit-dig streak from Oct. 24 through Nov. 7 ... ... set season-high with 23 digs at ASU (11/17) ... 14 digs at Colorado (11/27) ... 10 digs at UCLA (11/29) ... tallied team-high 17 digs in first round of NCAA Tournament against Yale (12/6).

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