COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Clemson volleyball players, Colleen Finney, Camryn Hannah, Mckenna Slavik and Devan Taylor, are making the journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team Open Program, formerly known as the Open Tryout. The Open Program runs from Feb. 25-27.
The Open Program is part of the selection process for the U.S. Women’s National Team, USA Volleyball’s NCAA Elite Athlete List and the 2022 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team. The four Tigers will join other current and recently graduated college-age athletes born in the years 1997-2003 in the three-day tryout period.
“The USAV Collegiate National Team tryout is an amazing opportunity for our student-athletes to train with and compete against the best in our sport,” said head volleyball coach Jackie Simpson Kirr. “There is nothing quite like the first time you walk into the Olympic Training Center. The rush of inspiration that hits you is unreal. I am grateful that Clemson Athletics is so supportive of our student-athletes pursing their dreams at the highest level of our sport.”
All-four Tigers were key contributors in Clemson’s success during the 2021 season. As a sophomore, Finney appeared in 19 matches making 12 starts, and finished the year with 106 points, 89 kills, 27 blocks, 16 digs and two aces. Finney tallied a season-high 11 kills at Boston College and hit .350 with nine kills in CU’s win at Virginia.
Hannah started the 2021 season earning All-ACC Preseason honors after being a 2020 AVCA All-Region selection and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. In 2021, Hannah tallied three double-doubles and was second on the team with 261 kills and 3.11 kills per set. She registered a season-best 20 kills and hit .471 with nine digs at Wake Forest before finishing the season with 290.5 points, 160 digs and 32 blocks.
Slavik is heading to Colorado after previously being selected to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Anaheim roster in 2020 (Note: Due to COVID-19, the team did not compete). Last season, Slavik started in 27 matches at setter and led the team with 911 assists (9.49 per set). She tied her career high of 52 assists twice and tallied five double-doubles while registering a season-high 17 digs against Santa Clara. She highlighted her season by moving into seventh place on Clemson’s career assist list (2,761) and fifth for career assists per set (9.59).
Taylor made her Clemson debut in 2021 appearing primarily as libero in 28 matches. As a freshman she led the Tigers with 348 digs (3.48 per set) and 680 receptions. She ended the year with double-digit digs in 20 matches, including a season-high 24 at Virginia. She picked up 17 aces and 22 points while being third on the team with 84 assists.
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