JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Kariana Castanon-Hill and Markie Schaedig of the Arkansas State volleyball team will try out for the United States Women’s National team Feb. 19- Feb. 21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Castanon-Hill, who just completed her senior season in 2015, registered 104 total blocks in her career, including 18 block solos, and posted 261 kills on the offensive side. The Berkeley, Calif., native was second on the squad with 0.79 blocks per set and third on the team with a .290 hitting percentage. A 6-2 middle blocker/outside hitter, Castanon-Hill proved to be a versatile player in her time at A-State as she played both positions during her career.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Schaedig has been a stalwart in the Arkansas State back row for the last three seasons. She played in 33 matches a freshman and was second on the team in digs with 245 before moving into the libero role for the Red Wolves the past two seasons. The senior-to-be has thrived in that role the past two seasons as she put up a school-record 762 digs and led the nation in digs per set (6.68) in 2014. She earned the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year in 2014 and became the school’s first American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American with an honorable mention selection.
Schaedig’s junior season in 2015 didn’t disappoint as she repeated as the SBC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year and first-team All-Conference after 537 digs (5.42 per set). She picked up AVCA All-Southwest Region First-Team honors for the second season in a row and, along with Castanon-Hill, helped lead A-State to a 28-2 record and first berth in the NCAA Tournament since the 1999 campaign.
Tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team are set for Feb. 19-21, with Friday’s action beginning at 3 p.m. (CT). Saturday and Sunday’s action will both begin at 9 a.m. (CT). The tryouts will be live streamed online and can be accessed by visiting teamusa.org and finding the women’s indoor volleyball page.
Karch Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer, is the team’s coach and will lead the tryout along with his staff. The roster spots for the USA squad will be announced in late March.