USA Volleyball Names 2003 Women's Pan American Games Team

July 25, 2003

Colorado Springs, Colo. - A mixture of national team players, collegiate stars and one high school phenom make up the 12-player roster that will represent the United States at the XIV Pan American Games women's volleyball competition in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, next month.

The women's roster includes: Erin Aldrich (Texas); Wiz Bachman (UCLA); Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach Wilson High School); Nicole Branagh (Minnesota); Therese Crawford (Hawai'i); Sarah Drury (Louisville); Lizzy Fitzgerald (Wisconsin); Brittany Hochevar (Long Beach State); Jennifer Joines (Pacific); Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford); Katie Olsovsky (USC); and Tracy Stalls (Lakewood High School).

Aldrich (Dallas, Texas), Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.), Branagh (Orinda, Calif.), Crawford (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Drury (Louisville, Ky.), Fitzgerald (New Orleans, La.), Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) and Stalls (Arvada, Colo.) are current members of the USA women's national volleyball team.

Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), who will be a senior at Pacific this fall, and Nnamani (Normal, Ill.), who will be a junior at Stanford, earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team All-America honors in 2002. Nnamani was also a member of the Cardinal's 2001 National Championship team.

Olsovsky (Torrance, Calif.), who will be a senior at USC this fall, earned AVCA Second-Team All-America honors as a sophomore in 2001 and was a member of the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2002 as she helped guide the Trojans to the NCAA Division I national championship.

Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), who is about to begin her junior year of high school, was named the National Sophomore of the Year by Student Sports magazine after leading Long Beach Wilson to a runner-up finish at the California state high school volleyball championships last winter. She earned CIF I-AA Most Valuable Player honors in addition to first-team All-State and first-team All-Moore League accolades as a sophomore.

Last summer Barboza, 16, helped guide the USA Girl's Youth National Team to a gold medal at the NORCECA Youth Girls Continental Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, and earned a silver medal as a member of the USA Women's Junior National Team at the NORCECA Junior Women's Continental Championships in Puerto Rico.

The women will be coached by Mike Hebert, women's head coach at the University of Minnesota. He will be aided by Denise Corlett, the women's assistant coach at Stanford University, and Chris Gonzalez, who was recently hired as the women's assistant coach at the University of Iowa.

The United States will be a member of Pool A along with Brazil, Peru and Puerto Rico. Pool B consists of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela. The women's volleyball tournament will run from Sunday, Aug. 3 until Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Volleyball Pavilion in the Olympic Center Juan Pablo Duarte.

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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