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Arnautou Competes at U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts

Frances Arnautou.
Frances Arnautou.

For the second straight season, Yale setter Frances Arnautou will compete at the U.S. Women's National Team Open tryouts starting today in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Arnautou earned second team All-Ivy in 2017, led the Bulldogs in assists and helped lead Yale to the 2017 Ivy League title.  The San Francisco native has led the Bulldogs in assists per set in each of her first two seasons in New Haven.  

Last year, Arnatou became the first Bulldog and was the only Ivy Leaguer to earn a spot on the 16-player U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team, and trained with team during the summer.

Before Yale, Arnautou received national attention while playing at University High School and for the Absolute Volleyball Club.  Prep Volleyball named Arnautou a top-50 setter ace, a top-150 senior ace, an academic all-American and was awarded the top setter recognition at the Open Division of the Far Westerns and PNQ.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly and the entire U.S. Women's National Team staff will lead the entire tryout process.  The tryouts run through Sunday.

You can watch live video of the open tryouts here.

Yale last fall won its sixth Ivy title in the last eight seasons and finished 16-8 overall.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity