March 20, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowgirl outside hitter Jodi Purdy was selected as an alternate for the 2012 U.S. Women's National A2 Program announced by USA Volleyball. A spot could become available should an A2 invitee decline the invitation and it would be filled from the alternate list for that position.
Purdy was selected after attending the US. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, Feb. 10-12, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. It's the second straight year that she has participated in the tryouts. A record number of 207 athletes participated in the open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team, U.S. Women's National A2 program and U.S. Women's Junior National Team. Among the 207 tryout participants representing 73 different colleges were 55 outside hitters, 49 middle blockers, 44 liberos, 37 setters and 22 opposites.
Athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2012 collegiate season not selected to join the U.S. Women's National Team may be invited to participate with the U.S. Women's Senior A2 program. This program is scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio, from June 26 through July 5. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competing at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4.
A First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight year, Purdy started in all 32 matches for the Cowgirls, while playing in 120 sets this past season. She averaged a team leading 3.41 kills and 4.09 points, while adding 3.18 digs. In conference matches, she averaged 3.17 kills, 3.17 digs and 3.72 points per set. She recorded double-figures in kill 23 times and digs 24 times, while recording 21 double-doubles. For her efforts during the year, she was also named MW Player of the Week twice and to the All-Tournament team at the conference championships.
Purdy also represented the Cowgirl volleyball program while traveling with America International Sports Tours, May 24-June 3, 2011, in Italy. She along with nine other college student-athletes toured through several Italian cities including Rome, Tuscany, Florence, San Marino Republic and Milan. They played a total of five matches during that time finishing with a record of 3-2. They earned victories against APD Nautilus Roma, Pallavolo Teodora Ravenna and CS Alba.
Wyoming finished the 2011 season with their second consecutive 20-plus win season with a 21-11 overall record and a 9-5 mark in Mountain West Play.