USA Volleyball Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), will hold two intrasquad scrimmages in May as the team prepares for the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Irvine Valley College will host the first Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage on May 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with tickets available at the door.
On May 26, UC Irvine will host the second Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage at 5 p.m. The match, which will be free to the public with a suggested donation of $5, will be played at Crawford Hall.
Earlier this week USA Volleyball announced that the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team would host Bulgaria in a three-match pre-Olympic Games exhibition series. The City of Anaheim, the official host city for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams, will serve as host for the first of three exhibition matches with Bulgaria. The initial match will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time inside the American Sports Centers, the team’s training headquarters located in Anaheim. Ticket information will be available later this month.
The University of Southern California will host matches on July 16 and July 18 at the on-campus Galen Center. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Admission for the two matches played at USC is $10 for adults per match, while tickets for children 12-and-under and groups of 10 or more are $5 per match. Tickets can be purchased by visiting usctrojans.com/usa.
The U.S. Women, which trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., will begin the seek to win their third consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title this summer. Team USA travels to Dominican Republic to play Germany (June 8), Algeria or Chinese Taipei (June 9) and Dominican Republic (June 10) in the first preliminary weekend. The U.S. travels south to Sao Paulo Brazil for the second weekend of matches against Italy (June 15), Germany (June 16) and Brazil (June 17). The Americans close the preliminary round in Thailand against Serbia (June 22), Argentina (June 23) and Thailand (June 24).
The top five teams in the 16-team preliminary round plus China advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round set June 27 to July 1 at Ningbo, China.