Logan Tom '03, Ogonna Nnamani '05 and Kerri Walsh '00 To Represent Stanford Volleyball In Beijing
July 16, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford volleyball players Logan Tom '03, Ogonna Nnamani '05 and Kerri Walsh '00 have all secured spots to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Beijing next month. Tom and Nnamani were named to the indoor roster that was announced today, while Walsh and partner Misty May-Treanor qualifed on the beach with the world's highest Olympic qualifying point total.
With the 2008 players included, the Stanford program now boasts nine Olympians who have made a total of 14 appearances in the Summer Games. At least one former Cardinal player has appeared on each indoor Olympic roster since 1988, when Kim Oden '86 became Stanford's first volleyball Olympian.
In 1992, Oden returned to the Team USA roster and helped the squad to a bronze medal in Barcelona. Her sister, Bev Oden '93, joined Kristin Klein '92 on the 1996 team in Atlanta, while former Stanford players Nancy Reno '88 and Barbra Fontana '87 both made appearances on the beach that year. At the 2000 Sydney Games, Walsh and Tom both made their inaugural Olympic appearances as members of the indoor team. Walsh made the move to the beach for the 2004 Games in Athens, while Tom returned to the indoor roster and Nnamani became just the second collegian to make a U.S. Olympic women's volleyball roster.
This year, Tom, a veteran outside hitter for Team USA and one of the most touted players on the squad, will make her third consecutive Olympic appearance. In 2000, Tom, then age 19, became the youngest Olympian in USA Volleyball history, earning a roster spot prior to her sophomore year on The Farm. One of the best players in school history, Tom was a four-time collegiate All-American and was named the 2001 and 2002 AVCA National Player of the Year.
Nnamani, also a veteran outside hitter for Team USA, will return to the Games after making her first Olympic roster in 2004 as a senior at Stanford. The school's all-time kill leader, Nnamani was a four-time All-American while on The Farm, was named the 2004 AVCA National Player of the Year and played an instrumental role in the program's 2001 and 2004 NCAA Championships.
Walsh and partner May-Treanor will return to the beach seeking to repeat their gold medal performance from the Athens Games in 2004. Ranked No. 1 in the world with 6,440 Olympic qualifying points at the end of last month, the three-time world champions head to Beijing heavily favored to defend their title. Walsh, a four-time All-American and the 1999 AVCA National Player of the Year at Stanford, will be making her third all-time Olympic appearance and second on the beach.
The U.S. indoor team faces Japan on Aug. 9 to open the Games, and will continue pool play against Cuba (Aug. 11), Venezuela (Aug. 13), China (Aug. 15) and Poland (Aug. 17). Team USA last medaled in women's volleyball in 1992, when the squad took home a bronze in Barcelona. Final rounds for indoor women's volleyball are set for Aug. 23-24. Beach volleyball kicks off Aug. 9, with the medal rounds set for Aug. 21-22.