IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa volleyball player Reghan Coyle will try out for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday-Sunday.
Coyle appeared in all 33 matches for the Hawkeyes. She registered 182 kills, 58 blocks, and 38 digs overall, and had 93 kills, 31 blocks, and 26 digs in Big Ten action.
Before Coyle boards the plane, hawkeyesports.com talks to her about her preparation for the tryouts.
Q: What have you been doing to prepare for these tryouts?
A: We have been doing individual training that has allowed me to get a lot of reps. I’ve also worked on my defensive skills, as that was a pretty important aspect of the tryout last year. Our offseason training in the weight room has helped us improve our strength and conditioning, which will transition well to the court.
Q: What are you most excited about for these tryouts?
A: I’m excited for the experience as whole. Being at the Olympic training facility is truly an unforgettable time. Competing with some of the most talented players around the nation is an incredible experience. There are many opportunities to learn new things from other players and coaches while playing at the highest level.
Q: What is it like being able to represent the University of Iowa at the Team USA Volleyball tryouts?
A: Being able to represent the University of Iowa at the USA tryout is truly an honor. I take pride in wearing the Tigerhawk at the Olympic Training facility to represent both Iowa and Big Ten volleyball. I grew up a Hawkeye fan and it’s a dream come true to play for Iowa and represent the University at the USA Women’s National Team Tryout.
Now that you have already been to these tryouts, how are you more confident in returning to Colorado?
I’m definitely a little more confident as a returner to these tryouts. I know what to expect as far as different drills and the general flow of the tryout. Because I’m more confident, I’m looking forward to being a more vocal leader on the court during the tryout.
Q: What have you been doing to help prepare Halle for the tryouts?
A: I have been telling her what to expect. As a first-timer last year, it was a little intimidating to be in an environment with so much talent, but you have to look past that aspect and stay confident in your skills and be a great teammate to whoever is on your court at any given time. It’s also important to be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Coaches may ask you to do something you’re not used to doing, but you have to keep an open mind and perform to the best of your ability all while enjoying the experience and having fun at the same time.
Q: What advice do you have for younger volleyball players who hope to play in college and try out for the national team someday?
A: Anything is possible if you work hard. Once you have a goal in mind, work hard and it will pay off. Take advantage of every opportunity you get to improve and, most importantly, make sure you have fun while doing it!