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Oregon State volleyball players Mary-Kate Marshall and Kayla Ellis have both earned invitations to try out for USA National Collegiate Team this Friday through Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Marshall, a senior outside hitter in 2017, and Ellis, a libero who will be a junior next season, are two of 245 players from 82 colleges and 10 high schools that will be participating. The two will be competing for spots on the College National Team.

“This is a big deal for them, for sure,” OSU coach Mark Barnard said. “(What) Mary-Kate found out a couple years ago when she made a collegiate team, is that volleyball is such a worldwide sport. It is a great chance for them to see how the sport is played in other countries.

“They will be able to compare themselves to some of the best players from other conferences like the Big Ten, the Big 12, the ACC, SEC and others. And they’ll get exposure with the national team coaches.”

Marshall is two years removed from competing for the Collegiate National Team that toured China in 2015. She also played for Team USA during her senior year at Coppell High School in Texas.

Ellis will join Marshall in Colorado Springs, aiming for her first appearance with Team USA. A libero, Ellis recorded 453 digs in 2017, giving her 810 in two seasons in Corvallis. She averaged 3.91 digs per set her sophomore season, adding 19 service aces and 87 assists.

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