BALTIMORE - University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) student-athlete Kristin Watson, who played high school volleyball at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, has been invited to Colorado Springs this week to try out for a U.S. Women’s National Team program.
There will be approximately 240 athletes trying out for spots on the Women’s National Team along with positions on the U.S. Collegiate National Team programs, both domestic and international.
"I would like to congratulate Kristin on going to the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout next weekend. It is a great honor for her and a big step for our program," UMBC Head Coach Cristina Robertson said.
"The level of coaching she will receive and competition she will face will definitely help with her development as a player and will also contribute to our growth as a program. Her attending the tryout speaks of not only her skill level as a volleyball player but also her competitive spirit and willingness to continue to learn and grow."
This is another twist to the story for Watson, who began her UMBC career as a walk-on before everything changed as a sophomore in the fall of 2016. That is when Watson became a regular and was picked as the America East Defensive Specialist of the Year and was an All-Conference first-team pick.
This past fall, Watson earned America East second team honors as well as getting a spot on the All-Conference Academic team. She was the only defensive player picked for the Maryland Invite All-Tournament team and twice got picked as the America East Defensive Specialist of the Week.
She’s earned that honor eight times in her UMBC career. In 2017, Watson finished 17th in the NCAA in digs per set.
Bowie State softball begins Saturday
The Bulldogs’ softball team will start the 2018 season with a home doubleheader on March 3 versus the New York Institute of Technology.
The doubleheader starts at 1 p.m., and Bowie State University is coming off a strong 2017 season where it posted a 22-20 record. Also, the Bulldogs finished as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division co-champions and the conference runner-up.
Chowan University beat Bowie State 6-1 in the CIAA championship game last spring.
That was the first time the Bulldogs had advanced that far since they won the conference title three straight times from 2007-2009.