USA Volleyball Announces Olympic Preliminary Roster
June 25, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Five current and former Stanford players were among the 19 names on the Olympic preliminary roster submitted by USA Volleyball yesterday. Rising seniors Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza join former Cardinal greats Logan Tom '03, Kristin Richards '07 and Ogonna Nnamani '05 on the list. Only players on the preliminary roster are eligible for the final 12-player Olympic Games roster, which will be announced in mid-July with United States Olympic Committee confirmation to follow.
Tom will be looking to make her third consecutive Olympic Games appearance, while Nnamani is seeking her second. Akinradewo and Barboza, the two youngest players on the roster and the only players with collegiate eligibility remaining, will be looking to make the roster for the first time, as will Richards. Stanford's five representatives are the most of any school in the nation.
This weekend, four of those five players will complete in the second weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Wroclaw, Poland. Tom, Richards, Barboza and Akinradewo have been named to the 12-player roster that will challenge Thailand, the Dominican Republic and host Poland at Centennial Hall, Friday through Sunday.
The U.S. concludes the preliminary round matches in Taipei, July 4-6. Team USA, which went 2-1 in its first round of pool play last weekend, takes on Poland, Turkey and Italy next week.
The FIVB World Grand Prix finals, a round-robin format of the top five teams from the preliminary round plus host Japan, will be played July 9-13 in Yokohoma, Japan. The overall ranking in the preliminary rounds is decided by the total number of World Grand Prix Points (GPP) gained by the teams in the preliminary matches. A team will earn two GPPs for a win, one for a loss and none if they forfeit the match.
Rosters can be changed prior to the start of each weekend of the World Grand Prix. Team USA and the other teams qualified for the Olympic Games will be using the World Grand Prix as a tool to evaluate players and make final roster decisions.
The U.S. has won the World Grand Prix in 1995 and 2001, along with bronze medals in 2003 and 2004.