U.S.-Hosted Women's World Championship Qualifier Field Set

June 15, 2009, 5:14 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2009) – The FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G qualification tournament, scheduled for July 6-8 at University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando, has finalized the four-team round-robin field with a berth into the 2010 FIVB World Championship at stake.

The U.S. Women’s National Team and Costa Rica, based on ranked in NORCECA (North, Central Amercia and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation), automatically qualified for the third round of NORCECA qualification. Netherlands Antilles finished second in NORCECA Pool C to advance to Pool G. On June 14, Barbados defeated Jamaica to win Pool D.

Match times will be 5 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, with the United States playing the second match each day. Team USA opens on July 6 versus Netherlands Antilles, followed by Barbados on July 7 and Costa Rica on July 8. The third-round pool winner will advance to the 2010 FIVB World Championship held Oct. 29-Nov. 14 in Japan.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is ranked second in the world by the FIVB world ranking. The squad earned the 2008 Olympic Games silver medal, and although the final competition roster has yet to be determined, the preliminary U.S. roster includes seven Olympians.

Costa Rica, ranked 30th in the FIVB world ranking, finished 17th in the previous FIVB World Championship edition held in 2006. Both the U.S. and Costa Rica will compete at the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup held June 26-July 4 in Miami before traveling north to Orlando for the FIVB World Championship qualification tournament.

The Barbados Bajans, ranked 50th in the world, finished as runners-up at the last two Caribbean regional competitions held in 2006 and 2008, after winning the four previous tournaments held between 1998 and 2004.

Last year, No. 53 Netherlands Antilles finished in fourth place in the Caribbean behind Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.

In addition to the matches, Team USA and UCF volleyball coaching staffs will hold a pre-match clinic involving chalk talk and skills demonstration.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission day pass or $16 for general admission day pass along with pre-match clinic. A general admission tournament pass for all six matches plus the pre-match clinics can be purchased for $43. Premium seating, including reserved center court club seats, pre-match clinic, access to Black and Gold Club, dinner buffet and post-event meet-and-greet with Team USA, costs $40 for a day pass and $100 for the tournament pass of all six matches.

Match tickets can be purchased through the UCF Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (407) 839-3900 or online at www.ucfarena.com. Discounted team and group packages are available by contacting Stan Macko at (407) 823-6062 or at smacko@mail.ucf.edu.

For the full qualification schedule and early round results, visit the FIVB Web site at click here.

FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Third Round)
At Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)

July 6:
Costa Rica vs. Barbados, 5 p.m. ET
USA vs. Netherlands Antilles, 7:30 p.m. ET

July 7:
Costa Rica vs. Netherlands Antilles, 5 p.m. ET
USA vs. Barbados, 7:30 p.m. ET

July 8:
Netherlands Antilles vs. Barbados, 5 p.m. ET
USA vs. Costa Rica, 7:30 p.m.

U.S. Women's National Team Preliminary Roster (O-2)
FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Nicole Vargas (S, 5-8, Seal Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 – Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OH/OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 – Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-6, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 – Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 – Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 – Jennifer Joines (MB, 6-3, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
11 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 – Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 – Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
14 – Heather Hughes (OPP, 6-2, Fallbrook, Calif., Loyola Marymount)
15 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-7, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
17 – Nellie Spicer (S, 5-10, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 – Cassie Busse (OPP, 6-1, Prior Lake, Minn., Minnesota)
19 – Jane Collymore (OH, 5-11, Seattle, Wash., Florida)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Therapist/Trainer: Troy Tanner
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek