UCLA's Wiz Bachman Selected to U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team

July 9, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UCLA's Elisabeth Bachman has been selected as one of three middle blockers for the United States Olympic Team for women's volleyball. USA Volleyball nominates the following 12 athletes to the U.S. Women's Olympic Team pending certification by the United States Olympic Committee:

Setters�Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii); Middle Blockers�Elisabeth 'Wiz' Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.); Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.); Outside Hitters�Tara Cross-Battle (Houston, Texas), Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, Ill.), Keba Phipps (Las Vegas, Calif.) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah); Opposites�Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa); and Libero�Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas).

'I'm really excited for Wiz,' said UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski. 'She has invested so much time and effort into her volleyball career, and it is very gratifying for her to receive this opportunity to play in the Olympic Games.'

Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Toshi Yoshida, the United States is ranked No. 2 in the world going into the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Team USA is currently competing at the World Grand Prix in Asia.

The USA women, led by four-time Olympian Cross-Battle and three-time Olympian Scott, are long on experience: a total of seven past Olympians make up the 12-player roster.

Bachman will be making her first Olympic appearances in Greece.

For the women's Olympic indoor volleyball competition, which starts on Aug. 14, the 12 qualified teams are split into two pools. Pool A is made up of Brazil, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Korea, while Pool B consists of China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Russia and the USA.

The USA women will be challenged right off the bat: the team will play top-ranked China to begin play on Saturday, Aug. 14. The women will then play Germany (Aug. 16), the Dominican Republic (Aug. 18), 2000 silver medalist Russia (Aug. 20) and three-time defending gold medalist Cuba (Aug. 22) to wrap-up pool play.

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