U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Oct. 6

Oct. 06, 2008, 11:01 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2008) - The latest U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update includes briefs on the Oct. 7 visit to the White House, trivia questions and player updates on Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah/Long Beach, Calif.). The Weekly Update also contains the latest news on qualified teams to the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix and the 2010 FIVB World Championships qualification bracket.

The full update can be found by visiting here

WHITE HOUSE VISIT: Members of the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team will join other 2008 Olympians in Washington, D.C., on a visit to the White House on Oct. 7. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) will represent the 12-player women's roster that won a silver medal in Beijing. Tom Hogan, an assistant coach for the 2008 Olympic Team, will also be a part of the White House visit.

BOWN PART OF USA TODAY VISIT: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and eight other Olympians will meet with USA Today executives and staff at the newspaper's headquarters on Oct. 7 in McLean, Va. After a private meet-and-greet with USA Today executives and editors starting at noon, the Olympians are scheduled to meet the staff at 12:45 with Christine Brennan introducing the athletes. The on-stage program concludes at 1:30 p.m., followed by a half-hour worth of photo opportunities and autograph signing for the USA Today staff.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: What country has the United States won the most matches against since 1983? What country has the United States lost the most matches to since 1983? How many three-time Olympians are on the all-time roster for the U.S. Women's Olympic Team? Name them. Find the answers in the full Weekly Updated located by clicking here.

DAVIS PROVIDES CLINIC: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) attended the Arizona Region General Assembly on Sept. 21 and became a part of the event. She gave an impromptu passing clinic during the pre-Assembly IMPACT clinic crowd. In addition to the skills demonstration, Davis discussed who and what motivated her in the drive to become an Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Team. She answered the group's questions for nearly an hour with topics ranging from her martial arts background to the food choices in China to her belief in John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

BERG VISITS COLLEGE PRACTICE: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team, visited the Minnesota State University volleyball team on Oct. 1. MSU Head Coach Dennis Amundson worked with Berg while she attended the University of Minnesota. Berg spent nearly two hours talking with the Maverick volleyball team. For a Mankato Free Press article regarding her visit, click here

NNAMANI PART OF WHITE SOX OLYMPIC TRIBUTE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team, took part in the Chicago White Sox Olympic Night on Sept. 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox honored local players who recently returned from the Olympic Games in Beijing. Nnamani, along with Cappie Poindexter (women's basketball) and Christian Vande Velde (men's cycling), were announced during a special on-field pre-game ceremony in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 40,000 fans. Dwyane Wade (men's basketball), who hails from Robbins, Ill., provided a scoreboard video greeting.

TOM HONORED IN CALIFORNIA: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team which earned the silver medal in Beijing, was presented with her Olympic ring by OC Tanner Company representative Shannon Ashworth on Oct. 2 during a recognition held in her honor by Signal Hill dignitaries. Tom spends her off-seasons in the Long Beach/Signal Hill area in California where her mother is a middle school teacher. During the event, she passed her silver medal around to the residents and politicians encouraging them to put on the medal for pictures. For a recap of the event, visit http://lbpostsports.com/newsdesk.php?story=1288. Tom will return to her Japanese professional team, Hisamitsu Springs, later this month.

FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LOTS: The U.S. Women's National Team is one of seven NORCECA teams earning byes through to the third qualifying round of the 2010 FIVB World Championship to be held Oct. 29 to Nov. 14, 2010 in Japan. Team USA is part of NORCECA Group F, one of four third-round qualifying NORCECA pools that will send its winner to the Women's World Championship Final Round in Japan. USA will compete against Costa Rica, the winner of NORCECA Group D (Barbados, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Haiti and the winner of NORCECA Group B, which is a first round qualifying event) and the second-place finisher of NORCECA Group C (Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Surinam, Virgin Islands and the winner of NORCECA Group A, which is a first round qualifying event). The third qualifying round takes place between June 19 and July 19, 2009. Other NORCECA teams advancing directly to the third round are Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. NORCECA will send six teams to the FIVB World Championship Final Round, including the winners of the four third-round groups and the top two second-place finishers settled through a playoff. The 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship qualification bracket can be found by clicking here.

2009 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX FIELD SET: Korea and Thailand reached the semifinals of the inaugural Asian Women's Volleyball Championship on Oct. 5, which held an even larger significance toward the future as the event also doubles as a qualifying tournament to the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix. While Japan and China had already secured positions into the World Grand Prix, Korea and Thailand earned spots in next year's premier annual event with their semifinal berth this weekend. Other teams that comprise the 12-team World Grand Prix field include Team USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Russia. The 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary rounds take place July 31-Aug. 16, while the final round will be held Aug. 19-23 at Tokyo.

OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE APPRAREL ON SALE: USA Volleyball has unveiled five commemorative logo designs to appear on apparel saluting USA Volleyball's medal successes at the recent Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Beijing. Apparel can be purchased by clicking on the commemorative apparel link on www.usavolleyball.org. Men's and ladies' T-shirt designs are $15, while the youth T-shirt size is $13. Long sleeve t-shirts are $18, crew sweatshirts are $23 and hoodies are $30. Sizes XXL and larger have a slightly higher price. USA Volleyball's success on the Olympic grand stage in Beijing has never been achieved by any other nation since volleyball was added to the Olympics in 1964. The U.S. Olympic Men's Indoor Volleyball Team, which was named the United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month for August 2008, captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games without losing a single match. Women's Beach Volleyball (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh) and Men's Beach Volleyball (Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers) both came back from Beijing with Olympic Games gold medals. The U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team captured the silver medal in Beijing, as did the U.S. Women's Sitting Team during the Paralympic Games. No other country has ever participated in the gold-medal match of all four Olympic Games volleyball disciplines during the same year. Team USA added a fifth gold-medal appearance at the Paralympic Games.

2009 PAN AMERICAN CUP COMING TO MIAMI: USA Volleyball will host the Eighth Annual Women's Pan American Cup June 26-July 4 in conjunction with the USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championship in the Miami area. The nine-day Pan American Cup, which will tentatively have three of the four 2008 Olympic Games semifinalists (Brazil, USA and Cuba), will be played on the campuses of the University of Miami and Florida International University. "USA Volleyball is extremely excited about the opportunity to host one of the largest international volleyball events in Miami and to pair it with the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. "It will provide a unique opportunity for our developing young volleyball players to be exposed to elite international volleyball teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean. The two events will also generate terrific excitement in the community and lead to greater popularity for the sport." USA Volleyball is hosting its first-ever Women's Pan American Cup, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The event is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation. Team USA has not hosted a women's senior-level international tournament since the 1998 FIVB World Championship Qualifier tournament in 1998. Due to international scheduling and professional league commitments, matches on domestic soil have become a rarity with only seven contests against foreign teams in the most recent Olympic quadrennial (2005-2008).