Nellie Spicer Makes Preliminary Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix
June 18, 2009
Nellie Spicer has been named to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team's 19-player preliminary roster for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international volleyball tournament for women. Spicer is one of three setters on the roster. The 19-player roster will be trimmed to 14 prior to the start of the tournament.
The 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix involves 12 national teams playing a total of 69 matches over four consecutive weekends in 10 cities. The U.S. Team opens play at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of Pool A. The Americans begin the tournament versus Germany on July 31, followed by NORCECA rival Puerto Rico on Aug. 1. On Aug. 2, the FIVB will have its featured match of the preliminary round as top-ranked and 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Brazil hosts second-ranked and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Team USA.
The U.S. Women travel from Rio de Janeiro to Miao Li, Chinese Taipei, the following weekend for Pool D action. Team USA plays NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 7, Netherlands on Aug. 8 and Germany on Aug. 9.
The Americans conclude the preliminary action in Pool I Aug. 14-16 at Bangkok, Thailand. The U.S. Women face Russia on Aug. 14, Puerto Rico on Aug. 15 and host Thailand on Aug. 16.
The overall top five teams from the three preliminary weekends plus host Japan advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals to be held in Tokyo (Aug. 19-23). The Finals format is five straight days of round-robin competition among the six participating teams.
Spicer is also on the preliminary roster for the upcoming Pan American Cup (June 26-July 4) in Miami and the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament (July 6-8) in Orlando.