There were 200 athletes vying for the opportunity to make the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team.
One of those athletes was Boise State redshirt freshman volleyball player Kaitlyn Oliver.
After waiting nearly two agonizing months, Oliver finally learned her fate.
She became the first Bronco in school history to be named to the USA Collegiate National Team.
“It really is a surreal experience for me. Knowing that I am the first Bronco to ever do this is such an amazing feeling,” Oliver said. “The fact that I get to represent this school is a true accomplishment.”
If she does well at the tryout, she could be selected for the USA National Team, while still being a part of the Boise State volleyball team.
Accolades like this are something that Oliver has become accustomed too this season.
She was named the MW Newcomer of the Year for the indoor season and had a solid sand volleyball season, making an all-tournament team this season.
Her success this year comes as no surprise to head coach Shawn Garus.
“We redshirted her for her potential down the road,” Garus said. “She could have played as true freshman, but the talent she potentially could have as a senior was way more exciting. This is just validating that.”
According to Oliver, the redshirt year made her into the player she is today.
“I went through a lot that year and felt it was a hard transition for me. The pace of going from high school volleyball to college was difficult,” Oliver said. “That is what drove me to become a better player and compete at this level.”
Oliver will also be playing overseas as part of the MW All-Star team in the Annual European Global Challenge, consisting of teams from around the world, playing against one another.
“My whole summer is practically going to be volleyball, which I am super excited for,” Oliver said. “I will only come back from it with more experience.”
With all of the early success, Oliver doesn’t plan on settling anytime soon.
“This drives me more to be better in these next years, and accomplish even bigger things,” Oliver said.