Pressey to Compete with Team USA at FIVB World Grand Prix
July 30, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California volleyball All-American outside hitter Angie Pressey will join USA Volleyball this month for the 2009 FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Grand Prix from July 31 to Aug. 23. Exclusive internet webcasts of all matches are available at www.universalsports.com. Pressey played professionally for Llaneras de Toa Baja earlier this year in Puerto Rico and was also on the Team USA roster for the Pan American Cup at the end of June.
Competition will span three weeks with the 12 participating countries separated into three different pools in three different global locations. Teams will change location each week and be placed into a new pool. Other competing nations include Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Thailand.
Team USA will open play with three matches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Americans will be a part of Pool A and take on Germany, Friday, July 31, at 9 a.m. PT. Also in the pool are host nation Brazil and Puerto Rico. The second week of competition (Aug. 7-9) takes Team USA to Miao Li in Chinese Taipei where it will be pooled with Netherlands, Dominican Republic and Germany in Pool D. In week three (Aug. 14-16), Team USA will play out of Pool I and face Thailand, Russia and Puerto Rico in Bangkok, Thailand.
Based purely on win-loss records through nine matches, the top five teams will advance to the final round in Tokyo, Japan for the championship round from Aug. 19-23. The top-ranked team receives a first-round bye while the fourth and fifth seeded teams will play for a berth in the Grand Prix semifinals.
A two-time AVCA All-American and four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Pressey completed her career at Cal with the third all-time highest total in kills with 1,725 and is also third all-time in attacks with 4,208. Her 1,174 total digs also ranks sixth best in school history.
2009 FIVB World Grand PrixUSA Volleyball ScheduleJuly 31 - August 23, 2009All times Eastern