ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball players Meisheia Griffin and Sydney Stroud have been selected to tryout for USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team. The tryout will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado March 1-3.

As a sophomore, Griffin finished with a team high 124 blocks and was fourth on the team with 135 kills. The Columbus native’s 109 block assists were the fourth most by a Panther in a single season, and her 1.35 blocks per set were tied for seventh best in GSU history and ranked 22nd among all NCAA players in 2018. The rising junior finished with 96 total blocks and 1.55 blocks per set in Sun Belt play.

Stroud saw action in each of Georgia State’s 95 sets over the course of the season. She was one of two Panthers to finish with 100 kills and 100 digs and finished second on the team in kills, kills per set, and blocks. The rising senior ranked in the Sun Belt’s top-ten with .98 blocks per set in conference play and had at least 10 kills on 10 different occasions. Stroud leads all active Panthers with 490 kills in just three seasons.

Coach Sally Polhamus on the selections- This is a great opportunity for both Sydney and Meisheia to play at the highest level. Their hard work has earned them the chance to compete with the top talent in the country. We can’t wait for them to enjoy every moment of this experience.

Meisheia Griffin on being selected- I’m so excited for the overall experience! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am beyond grateful for. I truly look forward to being in an environment with other amazing collegiate volleyball players.

Being chosen to participate in this tryout is honestly amazing. It seems like the USA teams are the teams that you watch on television and hear about so to experience this first hand is breathtaking. I’m honored to have been chosen to be a part of this.

Sydney Stroud on being selected- I am very excited to be able to compete against some of the top players in the country and potentially earn a spot on one of the two national teams. I know that this is a great opportunity and I hope I take many things away from this experience.

The thought that Coach Sally believes we both are more than capable of playing with some of these girls gives me an extra boost of confidence coming in to the tryout. I feel very proud to be able to represent Georgia State at this tryout and I really want to show some of these girls what we’ve got.

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