COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—University of Hawaii women's volleyball player, Reyn "Tita" Akiu is one of 17 players to be invited by the U.S. Women's National Team to participate in a spring training block held from March 16-23 in Anaheim, Calif. – host city for the U.S. Women's and Men's National Teams – at the American Sports Centers.

All 17 athletes will be evaluated for additional training this summer with the full U.S. Women's National Team with the opportunity to make international rosters including the Pan American Games and Pan American Cup.

The training group includes 10 athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining. For these athletes, the training block serves as an extended tryout in compliance with NCAA rules.

Akiu is one of two liberos to be invited along with Justine Wong-Orantes (Nebraska). Akiu is one of five who participated in the recent U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout held March 1-3 in Colorado Springs. And, Akiu is one of five players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility following the 2018 season.
  
"For those of us on the U.S. Women's National Team staff, every day we get to work with dedicated people pursuing mastery is a great day," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "We're pumped for the opportunity to work with this group, and excited to see how they all develop over the next several years."