USA Women Depart Monday For World Grand Prix

July 6, 2004

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The world's second-ranked USA women's national volleyball team departs for Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, July 5, for the second-biggest tournament of the year: the World Grand Prix.

This year's Grand Prix, the premier annual women's competition that features many of the best teams in the world, will serve as the final pre-Olympic competition for Team USA before it begins play in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, on Aug. 14.

The 12-team Grand Prix will feature 10 of this year's 12 Olympic teams, and for the United States, it will be a wonderful opportunity to gear up for Athens against quality competition.

In fact, six of Team USA,s nine scheduled pool-play matches will be against teams heading to Greece next month, including four matches against teams in its Olympic pool (Cuba, China, Germany and Russia).

The 12-team field is broken into three pools that will change slightly on each weekend of pool play. On the first weekend (July 9-11) the United States will be a member of Pool A along with Korea, Cuba and Thailand and play its matches in Bangkok, Thailand .

On the second weekend of pool play (July 16-18), the USA will play Italy, China and Thailand in Hong Kong, China, as a member of Pool E. On the third weekend of pool play (July 22-24), the USA will play Russia, Thailand and Germany in Rostock, Germany, as a member of Pool G.

The top five ranked teams after pool play will advance to the championship round along with the host team, Italy, from July 27-Aug. 1.

Team USA's roster for the World Grand Prix includes: setters Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii); middle blockers Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Wiz Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.); outside hitters Keba Phipps (Las Vegas, Calif.), Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), Tara Cross-Battle (Houston, Texas) and Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, Ill.); opposites Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa); and libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas).

courtesy of USA Volleyball

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