CORVALLIS, Ore. – Former Oregon State volleyball player Becky Defoe, along with incoming freshman Mary-Kate Marshall, will participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts in Colorado Springs this weekend.
Defoe, who concluded her career this past season as the school’s record holder with 2,029 digs, will try out for the third time (it was formerly called the A2 team). It will be Marshall’s first. She hails from Coppell High School in Texas.
Tryouts are for spots on U.S. Women’s National Team and/or U.S. Collegiate National Teams program. A total of 248 athletes from 106 different colleges will be at the tryouts.
The tryouts begin Friday and conclude Sunday.
Defoe ended her career as perhaps the most decorated defensive player in school history, recording a school-record 591 digs as a junior. She owns the top three digs totals in school history after posting 555 as a sophomore and 511 as a senior.
Marshall, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter. She helped guide the program to a 47-3 record and Texas 5A State Championship in 2012, and was named all-district after the season. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was on the all-tournament team for the USAV 17’s Nationals Open Division. The club, Texas Advantage, won the championship. Marshall has proven to excel in the classroom, earning Academic All-District honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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.
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