Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team will be playing in front of at least two sell-out crowds this week as it faces the top-ranked team in the world three times in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Team USA, ranked fourth in the world, hosts Brazil on June 11 and June 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball. Both matches starting at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time are sold out.
Tickets are still available for the U.S.-Brazil match on June 14 at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. Match time is 7 p.m. 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. Tickets 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.MSNBC will show the June 14 match on a tape-delayed basis on June 29 at noon Eastern Time. To download the U.S. Women’s National Team press kit, visit http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/08USAWNTPressKit-Brazil.pdf
About USA and Brazil Women’s 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 FIVB World Grand Prix and the recently completed 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.
U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) has played five seasons of professional volleyball in Brazil, including last season with Finasa/Osasco. Her Finasa teammates include Brazilian National Team members Carolina Albuquerque and Paula Pequeno, who both are competing in Colorado Springs this week. Scott-Arruda is competing for her fourth Olympic Games roster as she competed for the U.S. at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
Just under two year ago on July 15, 2006, Scott-Arruda married Brazilian native Eduardo Arruda. She was selected as the United States opening ceremony flag bearer at the multi-sport Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro in July 2007.
Team USA setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) played professional volleyball on the same Italian Serie A squad as Brazilian Valeska Menezes. The three helped Asystel Volley Novara to the semifinal round of the Italian league’s top division, widely considered as the top professional league in the world.
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.