Saturday, 13 April 2024

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Borellis, Dyrstad & Hardison Selected For U.S. Women’s National Team Open Program

US Women's Team National Open Program graphic featuring Aly Borellis, Kenzie Dyrstad and Zora Hardison

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rutgers volleyball’s Aly Borellis, Kenzie Dyrstad and Zora Hardison have been selected for the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Program.

The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Program will be held on Feb. 23-25 at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The program is used for consideration for selection to both the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team. The three Scarlet Knights were among the 31 student-athletes from the Big Ten selected to participate.

Borellis joined the Scarlet Knights this spring after playing the last two seasons at Ole Miss where she was a SEC All-Freshman Team selection. The setter ranked fifth all-time in the rally-scoring era with 1,767 career assists. As a sophomore in 2023, she collected 28 kills, 12 aces, 174 digs, 41 blocks and eight double-doubles along with topping the 40-assist mark in seven contests.

Dyrstad played in all 30 matches and 115 sets as a freshman defensive specialist. She averaged 1.23 digs per set including a season-high 15 in a five-set victory at Iowa. Dyrstad also collected 14 aces including a season-high three against Illinois.  
Hardison joined the starting rotation for the final 10 matches of the season and appeared in 20 matches as a freshman middle blocker. She averaged 1.25 kills and 0.71 blocks per set including a season-high eight blocks She averaged 1.25 kills and 0.71 blocks per set including a season-high 10 kills against Michigan and season-high eight stops with three solo blocks in a win at Iowa. Hardison hit a season-best .833 (10-0-12) versus the Wolverines marking the best hitting percentage by an RU player in a four-set match in 2023.

More than 45 top volleyball coaches will also be at the Training Center to help run the program and evaluate the athletes. They will join U.S. Women’s National Team staff including Head Coach Karch Kiraly, Assistant Coach Tama Miyashiro, Assistant Coach Erin Virtue, Assistant Coach Alfee Reft and Performance Analyst Rianne Verhoek. U.S. Men’s National Team Performance Analyst Nate Ngo will also work at the program.

Jordan Larson, gold medalist and MVP from the 2020 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team, will speak to the athletes. Representatives from all three U.S. women’s pro volleyball leagues will also be on…

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