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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2008) – USA Volleyball submitted its 19-player preliminary rosters (0-2 Form) to the FIVB for both indoor men’s and women’s volleyball teams competing at the 2008 Olympic Games. Only players on the preliminary rosters are eligible for the final 12-player Olympic Games rosters, which will be announced in mid-July with United States Olympic Committee confirmation to follow.
U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Team ““We believe we have chosen 19 men who are not only great volleyball players but who work well together and have embraced our team philosophy.” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand).
The seven players who do not make the 12-man Olympic roster are considered alternates for the Olympic team.
Three players on the 19-man roster have played in multiple Olympic Games. Setter Lloy Ball (Woodburn, Ind.) has played in the last three Olympics and is still looking for his first medal. The U.S. Men finished ninth in 1996, 11th in 2000 and fourth in 2004.
Middle blockers Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), the team captain, have both played in the last two Olympic Games.
The players on the roster who competed in Athens in 2004 are Brook Billings (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo.), Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i).
Looking to play on their first Olympic team are Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), Brandon Taliaferro (San Clemente, Calif.), Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.) and Alfee Reft (Oxnard, Calif.).
The men’s volleyball tournament at the 2008 Olympic Games begins Aug. 10 and will be completed with the medal matches on Aug. 24.
The U.S. Men won gold medals at the 1984 and ’88 Olympic Games and took a bronze medal in 1992.
Notes on the U.S. Men’s National Team Preliminary Olympic Games Roster
Three players on the U.S. Men’s preliminary roster are from Long Beach State University – Tom Hoff, David Lee and Scott Touzinsky. The University of Hawai’i also had three players represented – Clay Stanley, Alfee Reft and Delano Thomas. Stanford has two players – Gabe Gardner and Kevin Hansen. Brigham Young also has two players on the team – Ryan Millar, who also coached the BYU men’s team in 2007, and Rich Lambourne. U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon has also played and coached for BYU. All 12 players from the 2008 NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier roster that helped USA qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games are represented on the Olympics Games preliminary roster… Eleven players from the preliminary roster hail originally from California…. The average age of the preliminary roster is 28.4 with the youngest player 22 years old (Jayson Jablonsky) and the oldest being 36 years old (Lloy Ball)… Eleven of the 19 players have competed in at least one FIVB World Championship match.
U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team – 2008 Olympic Games Preliminary Roster
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Lloy Ball (S, 6-8, Woodburn, Ind., Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne)
2 - Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 - Evan Patak (Opp, 6-8, Pleasanton, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
4 - David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 - Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 - Phil Eatherton (MB, 6-9, Glencoe, Mo., Ball State)
7 - Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
8 - Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 - Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 - Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
11 - Brook Billings (Opp, 6-5, Santa Barbara, Calif., Southern California)
12 C - Tom Hoff (MB, 6-8, Park Ridge, Ill., Long Beach State)
13 - Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i)
14 - Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 - Gabe Gardner (Opp, 6-9, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
16 - Brandon Taliaferro (S, 6-5, San Clemente, Calif., UCLA)
17 - Delano Thomas (MB, 6-7, Sacramento, Calif., Hawai’i)
18 - Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)
19 - Alfee Reft (L, 5-10, Oxnard, Calif., Hawai’i)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Manager: Rob Browning
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team
The U.S. Women’s National Team qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games with a bronze medal finish at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, the first qualification event. The team is currently ranked fourth in the world by the FIVB behind Brazil, Italy and Cuba.
The U.S. Women’s preliminary Olympic Games roster has eight Olympians that has accumulated a combined 15 Olympic Games appearances. At age 35, middle blocker Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) is attempting to become only the second women’s indoor volleyball player to participate in four Olympic Games (Tara Cross-Battle accomplished the feat after the 2004 Olympic Games).
Among players attempting to make a third Olympic Games roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team are outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) and libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas). Other Olympic veterans who competed at the 2004 Athens Games are opposite/outside hitter Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawai’i).
Individuals on the preliminary roster looking to make their first Olympic Games roster are middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), opposite Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), opposite Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), middle blocker Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and outside hitter Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.).
The U.S. Women’s National Team staff for the 2008 Olympic Games include head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping, who will return to her hometown of Beijing. A rarity in the international volleyball coaching circles, she is the only female head coach among the top 20 countries listed in the FIVB World Ranking. According to FIVB files, Lang Ping will be moving into the company of former Hungary women’s team coach Gabriella Kotsis as female coaches to lead teams into multiple Olympics. Kotsis led Hungary during the golden era of Hungarian Volleyball, leading the country into three Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1980).
Lang Ping has Olympic medal experience as both a player and coach while competing in the United States. During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, she led her squad to the gold medal over Team USA in the championship match. As head coach of the 1996 Chinese Olympic team that competed in Atlanta, Lang Ping guided China to a silver medal.
Assisting Lang Ping in coaching duties will be assistant coach Sue Woodstra, trainer Yong Li, technical consultant Tom Hogan and technical coordinator Diane French. Joan Powell will serve as the team manager for the 2008 Olympic Games. Dr. Chris Koutures has been selected as the team doctor, while Emery Hill, Jr., is listed as the medical support providing athletic trainer duties.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is currently competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix. Team USA finished the first preliminary round weekend with a 2-1 record and is in fifth place based on the points won ratio tiebreaker. The Americans are currently in Poland for weekend matches versus Thailand on June 27, Dominican Republic on June 28 and Poland on June 29. The team concludes the preliminary round at Chinese Taipei with contests versus Poland on July 4, Turkey on July 5 and Italy on July 6. The FIVB World Grand Prix Finals, which takes the top five teams plus host Japan, is scheduled for July 8-13 at Yokohoma, Japan.
Lang Ping and the coaching staff is using this tournament, along with other tournaments and exhibition matches held this year, as a tool to evaluate players Olympic Games roster spots.
Notes on the U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Olympic Games Roster
Two of the three setters on the women’s preliminary roster – Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and Lindsey Berg – are from Honolulu…Stanford has five players represented on the preliminary roster including former Cardinal Logan Tom, Ogonna Nnamani and Kristin Richards, along with rising seniors Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo…All 12 players from the 2007 FIVB World Cup roster that helped USA qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games are represented on the Olympics Games preliminary roster…Six players from the preliminary roster hail from California, while two each are from Hawai’i, Louisiana and Utah…The average age of the preliminary roster is 26.5 with the youngest player 20.8 years old (Foluke Akinradewo) and the oldest being 35.9 years old (Danielle Scott-Arruda)…10 of the 19 players have competed in at least one FIVB World Championship match…Danielle Scott-Arruda has competed in 350 matches with the U.S. Women’s National Team, most on the team. Robyn Ah Mow-Santos has played in the second most matches with 236 matches, followed by Stacy Sykora with 217 matches…Diane French, the U.S. Women’s National Team technical coordinator, is Beijing bound for her first Olympic Games. However, she a member of the 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team that missed out on the chance to compete due to the United States boycott of the Moscow Games…Among the 19 players on the preliminary roster, three are married – Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.).
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team – 2008 Olympic Games Preliminary Roster
# - Name (Previous Olympic Games, Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (2004, OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (1996/2000/2004, MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (2004, OPP/OH, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (2004, S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Minnesota)
5 - Stacy Sykora (2000/2004, L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (None, L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (2000/2004, MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawai’i)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (2004 Alternate, OPP/OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Joines (None, MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kim Glass (None, OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (2000/2004, S, 5-7, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i)
12 - Kim Willoughby (None, OH, 5-10, Napoleonville, La., Hawai’i)
13 - Heather Hughes (None, OPP, 6-2, Fallbrook, Calif., Loyola Marymount)
14 - Kristin Richards (None, OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
15 - Logan Tom (2000/2004, OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (None, MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Angie McGinnis (None, S, 5-11, Fraser, Mich., Florida)
18 - Cassie Busse (None, OPP, 6-2, Prior Lake, Minn., Minnesota)
19 - Tracy Stalls (None, MB, 6-3, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
Head Coach: “Jenny” Lang Ping
Assistant Coaches: Sue Woodstra
Therapist/Trainer: Yong Li
Technical Consultant: Tom Hogan
Technical Coordinator: Diane French
Doctor: Dr. Chris Koutures
Medical Support: Emery Hill, Jr.
Team Leader for Olympics: Joan Powell