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Male graduate to try out for U.S. Olympic volleyball team

Amy Barmore Amy Barmore
Nick Griffin Nick Griffin
Lauren Schneidtmiller Lauren Schneidtmiller

GEORGETOWN, KY (WAVE) – There are just a few days left in the Sochi games and while a lot of eyes are still on Kentucky bobsledder Dallas Robinson, others are on a local volleyball coach who is already thinking about the summer games in 2016.

While Amy Barmore may blend in as part of the Georgetown College volleyball team, the alum is actually the assistant coach who's been aggressively preparing to step away from the sidelines.

"We've been in the gym with her helping her prepare and I just know that she is going to go out there and kill it," said Georgetown volleyball player Lauren Schneidtmiller.

The Male High School '06 graduate will soon head to Colorado Springs to the U.S. Olympic Training Center to try out for the women's national team. Georgetown head volleyball coach Nick Griffin put her up to it.

"I went to her and said Amy, you need to do this, because she has always talked about wanting to play professionally overseas and wanting to chase dreams and so we kind of twisted her arm and bought the tickets so she had to," said Griffin.

"I mean I'm really excited, ready to go and chase my dream, but there's a whole lot of nerves involved," said Barmore.

While Barmore may be a little shy and soft spoken off the court, her skills on the court are a force to be reckoned with. "You can see how she pushes us is exactly how she pushes herself, so you just know she has a great work ethic," said Schneidtmiller.

While she was at Georgetown Barmore was an All-American, she led her team to three national tournament appearances and even ended up national runner up her senior year.

"Her hard work, her dedication, she totally deserves this and I think she is definitely ready," said Courtney Grafton, Georgetown Volleyball player.

She will go up against 250 athletes from more than 100 colleges. "From Stanford to Texas and little Georgetown, Kentucky right here, it's just a testament for what she's been doing for us," said Griffin.

"This is what I've been wanting and I'll wait as long as I have to wait for that phone call," said Barmore.

An entire team back home will be cheering her on. "She definitely deserves it, she does everything for everybody else, so it's something that she definitely owes to herself," said Grafton.

Selected athletes will be notified by early March. Barmore will fly out of Louisville on Thursday. Tryouts are Friday through Sunday.

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