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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has announced his team’s 14-player roster for the 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters Tournament set for June 8-13 at Montreux, Switzerland. The tournament marks the official opening of the U.S. Women’s National Team 2010 schedule.
Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a middle blocker who was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal, has been named captain for the squad. Other middle blockers competing at Montreux will be Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). Outside/opposite hitters include two-time Olympian Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), Jill Collymore (Seattle, Wash.), Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.).
Setters selected to make the trip include Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). The liberos on roster are 2008 Olympic silver medalist Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).
The 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters, a yearly event held in Montreux, Switzerland, is an eight-team event. For updated tournament host information, click here.
Team USA opens Pool A on June 8 versus Japan, followed by Germany on June 9. After an off-day, the U.S. concludes pool play versus Russia on June 11. Pool crossover matches take place on June 12, with the medal round matches taking place on June 13.
The U.S. has not competed in the Montreux event since 2005, when it placed seventh. Kristin Richards is the only U.S. player with experience playing in Montreux (in 2005). The U.S., which played at Montreux each year from 1998 to 2005, finished second to Italy in the 2004 event, while placing fourth in 2003. The Americans tied for seventh in 2002 and fifth in 2001. The U.S. earned the bronze in 1995.
Team USA will not have much time to rest after the Montreux Volley Masters as it will compete in the Ninth Women’s Pan American Cup held June 18-26 in Mexico.
“We will split into two rosters for Montreux and the Pan American Cup,” McCutcheon said. “Obviously, our goal every time we step on the court is to win and play our best. These two tournaments will provide strong back-to-back events in which we can evaluate a large population of our athletes.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. played a friendly exhibition and scrimmage series with club teams in China between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. Using a roster of young players, many just finishing their collegiate eligibility, the U.S. defeated Hong Kong all four sets on Jan. 30 in a scrimmage. The Americans then played a scrimmage and exhibition versus Evergrande of the Chinese Volleyball League, which finished 12-0 during the regular season with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping as its head coach, 2008 U.S. Olympic libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and U.S. middle blocker Christa Harmotto competing for Evergrande. On Jan. 31, Evergrande came away with a close 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24 loss to Evergande in a scrimmage setting. Evergrande won the exhibition match 25-20, 25-14, 25-19 on Feb. 2.
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
3 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
4 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Jill Collymore (OPP/OH, 5-10, Seattle, Wash., Washington)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
13 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
17 - Mary (Nellie) Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Technical Coordinator: Jennifer Hirneisen
Team Leader: Jim McLaughlin
Team Doctor: Dr. William Stetson
June 8: USA vs. Japan
June 9: USA vs. Germany
June 11: USA vs. Russia
June 12: Pool Crossover
June 13: Medal Round Matches