Kushner, Weimerskirch Headed to USA Volleyball National Team Open Program – Illinois State Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rising Illinois State volleyball seniors, Sarah Kushner and Kaity Weimerskirch are heading to the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team Open Program from February 25-27.

The Redbirds’ senior duo will join more than 200 women’s volleyball players for the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team Open Program (WNTOP), previously referred to as the Open Tryout. The program is a part of the selection process for the U.S. Women’s National Team, NCAA Elite Athlete List and the 2022 Collegiate National Team.

Led by U.S. Women’s Head Coach Karch Kiraly, the Women’s National Team staff and volleyball coaches from around the country, athletes will participate in skill-specific activities and match play throughout the Open Program.

Kushner finished the 2021 regular season tied for a Missouri Valley Conference leading 18 double-doubles, 11 of which came during MVC action. Finishing last season with 366 kills and 359 digs, Kushner is quickly approaching both the 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs milestones with 866 kills and 950 digs in three seasons as a Redbird.

The reigning MVC Libero of the Year consistently ranked among the nation’s best liberos, remaining in the NCAA top-20 for the entirety of the 2021 fall campaign. With 611 total digs during the 2021 season, Weimerskirch ranks second all-time for digs by a Redbird junior and is one of only two juniors in school history to record 600+ digs in a single season. She ranks fifth all-time for digs in a single season by a Redbird volleyball player.

Both Kushner and Weimerskirch earned their first All-MVC First Team honors for their performances last season.

Due to COVID concerns, spectators will not be allowed in the gym. Fans can watch the WNTOP online on Baller.TV. Kushner and Weimerskirch will be taking over the @redbirdvolleyball Instagram account to give fans a behind the scenes look at the experience.

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