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June 04, 2008, 8:04 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team is hosting the world’s top-ranked Brazil squad in Colorado Springs three times during the month of June as part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball series, and two of those contests are nearing sellouts.

Team USA, ranked fourth in the latest world ranking, hosts Brazil on June 11 and June 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Sports Center I at 7:30 p.m. Both the matches are within a couple hundred tickets of selling out and walk-up tickets may not be available for those two contests on the day of the event. General admission tickets for the OTC matches are $12 and groups (10 or more), children (12 & Under), military, and seniors are $8.

The U.S. Women and Brazil conclude the three-match series with a June 14 contest at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena at 7 p.m. MSNBC will show the match on a tape-delayed basis on June 29 at noon Eastern Time. Lower bowl tickets at Clune Arena are $18 and upper bowl tickets are $12. Groups (10 or more), children (12-and-under), military and senior tickets are $8.

Individuals can purchase the entire three-match tour ticket for $25. Tickets for all three contests can be purchased through the Air Force Academy’s Web site at https://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=PR:PR:56495341&linkID=usafa&shopperContext=&caller=PR&appCode=&prc=VISA or by calling (719) 472-1895.

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The June 11 exhibition will highlight U.S. Olympic Teams as both the U.S. Taekwondo Team and U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team will be introduced. Taekwondo has three family members qualified for the Olympics in Beijing – brothers Mark and Steven Lopez, and sister Diana Lopez. In addition, Charlotte Craig has qualified for the 2008 Olympics. The foursome will do a taekwondo demonstration between sets of the volleyball match.

The U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team captured its second-ever world title in April 2008 at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship in Harbin, China. The Americans beat Canada, the previous reigning world and Olympic champion, an unprecedented two times during the world championship, including by a 4-3 count in the gold-medal game.

Members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will be signing autographs at the 24 Hour Fitness located at 7720 N. Academy Blvd. in Colorado Springs on June 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, 24 Hour Fitness will be giving away tickets for the June 14 match between Team USA and Brazil during that time period.

Brazilian Capoeira in Colorado Springs will provide demonstrations during the June 14 match at the Air Force Academy. According to its Web site, Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. For more information on the performing group, visit www.capsprings.com.

More About USA and Brazil Volleyball
Both the United States and Brazilian women’s volleyball teams qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games with medal-stand performances at the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Brazil finished with the silver medal at the World Cup, while the U.S. finished with the bronze despite defeating their exhibition match opponent in head-to-head competition during the World Cup. The Americans came back from two sets down to defeat Brazil 17-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-9 as Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored 26 points.

The U.S. and Brazil took part in a similar exhibition series to begin the 2005 season. The Front Range Tour was a three-match series in Denver, Fort Collins, Colo., and Colorado Springs. The trio of matches marked U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Lang Ping’s debut leading Team USA. The U.S. won the first and third matches in the series.

Team USA played its last home domestic match nearly two years ago. Playing with a split squad in the second year of the current Olympic quadrennial, the U.S. faced Poland on May 26, 2006. Poland won 25-14, 25-22, 28-26.

At the conclusion of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition series, the U.S. and Brazil will compete in the 12-team FIVB World Grand Prix in various European and Asian countries from June 20-July 13. The two teams will not face each other in any of the three preliminary round weekends, but could meet in the six-team, round-robin World Grand Prix Final round in Yokohama, Japan.

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition series with Brazil, along with the World Grand Prix and the Pan American Cup (scheduled for May 30-June 8), will assist the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff in making its choices for the 12-player Olympic Games roster.

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies is Aug. 8 with the Closing Ceremonies Aug. 24. Starting Aug. 9, the indoor volleyball competition dates alternate between women’s and men’s with the finals on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

For the most up-to-date information on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, visit the team’s home page at http://www.usavolleyball.org/National/wnthome.asp. The page contains the latest USA Volleyball news on the women’s national team, FIVB and NORCECA news, 2008 Olympic Games updates, outside media coverage on the team and photo galleries.

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Over the 17 days of the Beijing Games (Aug. 8-24), NBC Universal will present more than 3,600 hours of coverage highlighted by NBC in primetime which will feature live swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball, despite the 12-hour time difference from the U.S.’s eastern time zone to Beijing.

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