Cal to Host USA Women's Olympic Indoor Volleyball Intrasquad Scrimmage July 31
July 15, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women's Olympic Indoor Volleyball Team's intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, July 31, at 5 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Tickets are $5 for everyone and go on sale at 4 p.m. the day of the scrimmage at the facility.
The scrimmage, which will be hosted by the California Athletic Department, will be fans last opportunity to see the USA team play before it departs for the Beijing Games Aug. 1. After the scrimmage, Team USA players will sign autographs.
The U.S. team, which is ranked No. 4 in the world, is coached by 'Jenny' Lang Ping, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame as a player in 2002. Lang Ping was a member of the Chinese women's national team that won an Olympic gold medal over the United States at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, a World Championship crown in 1982 and World Cup titles in 1981 and 1985.
The U.S. women's indoor volleyball team is expected to have an avid following in China because of its talent and the popularity of Lang Ping. China has previously honored Lang Ping with her own postage stamp.
Sue Woodstra, who served as head coach at Cal from 1995-98, is an assistant coach for Team USA. Eight former Pac-10 players are in contention for the 12-player Olympic roster, which is expected to be named this week.
Cal's current volleyball coaching staff has prior ties to USA Volleyball. Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller was an assistant coach for the women's national team from 1997-98. In 1996, Cal assistant coach Matt McShane was an assistant coach for Team USA.
In 2007, Cal volleyball assembled its best season in school history by advancing to the NCAA semifinals. The Bears finished the year with a 26-8 record and a 12-6 Pac-10 mark. Feller was named Volleyball Magazine's National Coach of the Year. Senior outside hitter Angie Pressey was selected to the Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American first team while sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura received second-team honors.