Lots of interest in Sunday's Triple Crown volleyball tryout

Western Nebraska Community College volleyball coach Giovana Melo has had plenty of interest in Sunday's Triple Crown Sports all-star volleyball team tryouts for an all-Nebraska team to play in a club tournament in June in Richmond, Virg.

Melo said the tryout, which will be held at 2 p.m. at Cougar Palace, has a $50 tryout fee. Individuals can either pay at the tryout or sign-up on the Triple Crown Sports website at www.triplecrownsports.com.

Julie Hirt, the volleyball director at Triple Crown Sports, said this is a good opportunity for volleyball players currently a freshman to junior in high school to get experience and exposure to college coaches.

"We created this event for athletes that want to play college but aren't sure how to get there or are on club teams that don't travel to large recruiting tournaments or are under the college radar," Hilt said. "There are so many athletes that don't get the help they need or guidance to be recruited and be able to play in college. We feel that our event will provide that opportunity and possibly provide scholarship opportunities for some athletes."

Hilt said the cost of the six-day camp that will be held from June 17-22 is $1.350 and everything is covered once they get to Richmond. The fee includes meals, showcase, opening banquet, recruiting seminar, camp with Penn State volleyball head coach Russ Rose, 10 volleyball matches, college coach's instruction, hotel, transportation in Richmond, and a jersey. The only thing not covered is airfare or transportation to Richmond.

Hilt said they do provide fundraising opportunities, which they use for their softball and baseball individuals and teams to help them raise enough money to cover costs during their summer season.

Hilt said they are looking for nine to 10 players per team. Volleyball players from across Nebraska who are currently a junior through freshman (graduating classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016) are eligible to try out.

"The teams are set by skill level," Hilt said. "This is an opportunity for players to increase their volleyball IQ and to get the training they need to take their game to the next level. We want to make sure that every athlete comes to the event and leaves knowing they have improved their game and been seen by 50 college coaches and know the recruiting process. This is to help those that want to play at the next level (collegiately)."

Melo and WNCC assistant coach Fatima Balza were asked by Triple Crown if they would be interested in coaching this Nebraska all-star team. Melo is excited to be coaching the talented volleyball players in Nebraska.

For more information on the Triple Crown Nebraska all-star team and tryouts, contact either Melo at melog@wncc.edu or at 308-635-6028, or Hilt at Julie@triplecrownsports.com. The Triple Crown National Team Camp website is located at http://www.triplecrownsports.com.

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