February 19, 2016 - by
Burkert, Horton Participate in U.S. Women’s National Team Tryouts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This weekend two members of the Florida State volleyball team, Brianne Burkert and Katie Horton, will participate in U.S. Women’s National Team tryouts taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Burkert and Horton are among 231 athletes from 88 colleges and universities participating in the tryouts that determine the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Collegiate National Team. These tryouts are conducted by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly and his staff.

The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s sessions are at 8 a.m. (focus on serve/receive and individual work) and 2 p.m. (middle-centered and out-of-system focus). The tryout concludes on Sunday at 8 a.m. with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the staff to participate in a “USA” training session. (Watch Tryouts Live)

Burkert, who was named to ACC All-Freshman team, capped off the 2015 season at Florida State by finishing top five on the team in six categories including assists (611-2nd), assists/set (5.05-2nd), service aces (27-2nd), service aces/set (0.22-2nd), digs (203-4th) and digs per set (1.68-4th). She posted four double-doubles on the season, including a 32-assist, 14-dig outing in a five-set thriller at Duke.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn from some amazing coaches and play with the best NCAA volleyball players,” said Burkert. “I’m so excited to get to spend a weekend at the Olympic Training Center playing such a high-level of volleyball. Additionally, I’ll get a chance to catch up with lots of old friends and teammates.”

In Horton’s junior season she earned second team All-ACC honors after finishing in top five on the team in multiple categories including digs (308-2nd), digs/set (2.68-2nd), kills (220-4th), kills/set (1.91-4th), solo blocks (5-5th) and service aces (14-5th). She was one of 36 players selected to participate in the 2015 Collegiate National Team program last spring.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to tryout and play with some great athletes,” said Horton. “This is my second opportunity for a chance to land a spot on the team and I feel more comfortable this time around.”

Burkert and Horton join Christina Ambrose, Sarah Burrington, Sareea Freeman, Mara Green, Hailey Luke, Katie Mosher, Ashley Neff, Mercedes Vaughn, Elise Walch, Nicole Walch, Sarah Wickstrom and Kiara Wright among those that have participated in tryouts since 2011.

“We have had a long tradition of players going to the USA National Team try-outs in the spring and we have been extremely fortunate to have been well represented in the past with players selected for the summer programs,” said Florida State head coach Chris Poole. “Katie and Brianne have worked very hard this spring and this will be a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills among the best in the country.”

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