Women Of Troy June Volleyball Report

June 23, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Six current or former players and one future member of the USC women's volleyball program are either playing on national or junior national teams:

Senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas (Torréon, Mexico) has been making a lot of noise with the Mexican National Team after earning most valuable player honors at the 2005 NORCECA Qualifying Tournament. She also was named MVP at the 2005 U.S. Open Nationals for her Bameso team in the Women's Open Division.

Former libero Nicole Davis is an active member of the U.S. National Team and will compete at the World Grand Prix in China this weekend.

Former setter Toni Anderson was with the U.S. National Training Team.

Junior libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico) and senior middle blocker Staci Venski (California City, Calif.) played with the U.S. National Training Team and competed at the recent U.S. Open Nationals.

Sophomore middle blocker/opposite hitter Diane Copenhagen (Mountain View, Calif.) and incoming freshman middle blocker Kelli Tennant (Temecula, Calif.) were among 18 athletes selected to practice with the U.S. Junior National Training Team. The final 12 players selected will represent the U.S. at the Junior National World Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

The Women of Troy opens the 2005 season at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic Tournament in Honolulu (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) against Penn State, Hawai'i and Western Michigan. USC is bidding for a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance after reaching the national semifinal last year and winning the 2002 and 2003 national championships.

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