Nevitt, Niemer Set for U.S. National Team Tryout

Feb. 22, 2008

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati standouts Jessie Nevitt (Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain) and Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) have been invited to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team open tryouts set for Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nevitt, a junior, was a third-time all-BIG EAST first team selection in 2007 and is a two-year American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention all-American. Nevitt was ranked sixth in the BIG EAST in blocks per game in conference-only matches with 1.29. Just 28 blocks shy of becoming the second player in UC program history with 1,000 kills and 500 blocks in her career, Nevitt was ranked eighth in the BIG EAST in hitting (.339), fourth in blocks per game (1.38) and just outside the Top-10 in kills per game (3.71) in 2007.

Niemer, a freshman, was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was a second-team all-BIG EAST selection. Niemer concluded her freshman campaign ranked second in the BIG EAST and 34th nationally with 0.49 service aces per game. She was listed second amongst league players in aces per game in conference matches with 0.60 and ninth in kills per game with 3.88 in her first season.

"It's a great opportunity to play and to be among the best players in the country," UC head coach Reed Sunahara said. "It is a great experience for them and I know they will represent their country and the University of Cincinnati well."

The tryouts will drill and test 114 athletes from 49 different collegiate volleyball programs in all three NCAA divisions. USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the U.S. National and Olympic Teams, as well as the A2 program which is planning to train in Atlanta, Ga. in May 2008.