Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-1/185 cm
Weight: 175 lbs/80 kg
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
Birth Date: July 29, 1983
Joined Team: May 2002
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)…Pan American Cup (Bronze Medal)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold Medal)…Brazil Tour…FIVB World Championship (Fourth Place). 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibitions for Volleyball vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)...Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 2007 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place). 2004 – Yeltsin Cup…Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)…Pan American Cup (Silver Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)…Olympic Games. 2003 – Pan American Games (Bronze Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Averaged 4.00 points and 1.35 digs per set in helping U.S. to silver medal at Montreux Volley Masters, her second silver medal at the event (earned silver at 2004 Montreux)…Converted 42 percent of attacks into kills at Montreux…Tallied match-high 20 points against Japan on June 8 with 15 kills and five blocks. Added 16 points each against Germany (June 9) and China in the gold-medal match on June 13…Averaged 1.92 points per set mainly as a reserve at Pan American Cup, although led team with 19 points against Costa Rica on July 21 in only start…Played in 10 sets during FIVB World Grand Prix resulting in 11 points…Came off the bench to score nine points versus Poland on Aug. 25 to help USA to five-set victory…Averaged 2.75 points per set in eight sets played during four-match Brazil Tour, including 20-point performance on Sept. 26…Played in six sets during World Championship compiling five kills on 11 attacks with a 45.5 kill percent. 2008 - Averaged 3.50 points per set in starting two of three matches versus Brazil, both times leading the squad in points...Tallied 19 points with three blocks versus Brazil on June 13, followed by 16 points on June 14 against Brazil...Played 20 sets, 13 of which were starts at FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round...Averaged 2.75 points, 2.25 kills, 0.25 aces and 0.25 blocks per set at World Grand Prix Final Round...Held a .379 hitting efficiency at World Grand Prix Final Round...Ranked sixth in Best Servers at World Grand Prix Final Round...Tallied 18 points versus Italy on July 12...Compiled 22 points in 12 sets, four of which were starts, in assisting the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games...Totaled 16 kills on 41 attacks during the Olympics with only two hitting errors... Chalked up 17 points coming off the bench versus Poland, including 11 kills on 31 errorless attacks, three blocks and three aces. 2007 – Averaged 2.39 points and 2.06 kills per set during the World Grand Prix, including a 13-point performance versus Cuba on Aug. 10…Led Team USA in scoring at NORCECA Championship with 76 points, including averages of 4.47 points, 3.53 kills, 0.59 blocks and 0.36 aces per set while hitting .389 on 131 attacks…Turned in a season-high 21 points (15 kills, 6 blocks) versus Cuba in the NORCECA gold medal match on Sept. 22…Contributed season-high 16 kills versus Canada in NORCECA semifinals on Sept. 21…Started 15 of 18 sets played at FIVB World Cup while averaging 2.44 points per set…Averaged 2.11 kills per set while hitting .282 at the World Cup…Contributed 12 points versus Poland on Nov. 4 during World Cup. 2006 – Injured first week of World Grand Prix and replaced on the roster for the remainder of the event. 2005 – Ogonna did not compete with the USA National Team this past season due to illness. 2004 – Ogonna made her first-ever Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece...She was a reserve on a team that finished tied for fifth overall after losing to Brazil in the quarterfinals. 2003 – Earned a bronze medal as a member of the USA women’s national training team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
RECENT PRO: Helped Asystel Volley Novara to the Italian Serie A semifinals in 2007-2008…Played for VBC Volero Zurich in Switzerland during the 2007 season, helping the team to titles at the Swiss Cup Final and the Championship League. Volero placed fourth at the Indesit European Championship.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2004 – Ogonna capped an incredible career by leading Stanford University to the NCAA championship in December….She was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the final round after setting an NCAA record with 62 kills in the semifinal and final matches, combined…Her 823 kills this season set both Pacific-10 Conference and school records and ranks seventh in all-time NCAA competition… Named winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup, given annually to the Collegiate Women’s Athlete of Year, on June. 29, 2005…She holds the conference record for career kills (2,450) placing her sixth in all-time NCAA rankings…Ogonna, the 2004 Honda Award winner in volleyball, was named American Volleyball Coaches Association co-Division I National Player of the Year and picked up her second-straight AVCA First-Team All-America honor in her final season…She was also an NCAA Today's Top VIII Award recipient and was tabbed ESPN The Magazine's Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year (University division). 2003 – Earned American Volleyball Coaches Association First-Team All-America honors to become a three-time All-American…Broke the school record for most kills in a single season in 2003 with 627, surpassing two-time AVCA Player of the Year Logan Tom (1999-2002)…Nnamani led the Cardinal to a 25-7 overall record, 14-4 in the Pac-10. She was a 2002 third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as well. 2002 – Earned AVCA Second-team All-America honors for the second straight season...Also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team as Stanford finished second at the NCAA championships behind USC...Excelled in the classroom as well as she earned third-team Verizon Academic All-American honors...Played in all 129 games (37 matches) for the Cardinal…Other honors included: Pacific Regional all-tournament; First-team Pacific All-Region; and First-team All-Pac-10 conference…Averaged 4.10 kills, 1.14 digs, 0.67 blocks and 4.59 points per game with a .331 hitting percentage on the year...Ranked in the top 10 in the conference in kills per game (4.10), hitting percentage (.331) and points per game (4.59)...Led the squad with 19 kills (19-1-33) while hitting .545 versus USC (12/21) in NCAA championship match. 2001 – ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Freshman of the Year…AVCA Second-Team All-American…NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection…Pacific All-Region Team…First-Team Pac-10 All-Freshman…Pacific Region Freshman of the Year…Pac-10 Freshman of the Year…Had double-digits in kills in 31 of 35 matches…Averaged 3.89 kills and 1.62 digs per game.
PERSONAL: Born Ogonna Nneka Nnamani on July 29, 1983 in Bloomington, Ill. …Parents are Chika and Uzo Nnamani…Has one sister, Njideka (18) and two brothers, Nnaemeka (16) and Ikechi (12)…Majoring in biology and chemistry at Stanford University…Enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends…Name is pronounced oh-GONE-uh nuh-MON-ee.
Posted and updated: Nov. 15, 2010