August 29, 2003 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA women's national volleyball team,
ranked No. 2 in the world, will hold an intrasquad scrimmage in Colorado
Springs on Tuesday, which will be open to the public at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
All of the program's top players, including past Olympians Logan Tom,
Danielle Scott, Keba Phipps, Heather Bown, Stacy Sykora and Robyn Ah
Mow, will take part in the scrimmage. Fans will also have a chance to
see up-and-coming players like Tayyiba Haneef, Nancy Metcalf, Wiz
Bachman and Elisha Thomas.
Team USA, which captured the silver medal at the 2002 Women's Volleyball
World Championships in Germany, is 16-9 on the season. Following a pair
of fourth-place finishes at the first two tournaments of the season, the
women went 5-0 to win the Pan American Cup in Mexico in July and
captured the bronze medal at the World Grand Prix in Italy with a 7-3
record earlier this month.
Up next for the United States is perhaps one of its biggest tournaments
of the year, the NORCECA Zone Championships next month.
The women's NORCECA championship will be Sept. 14-19 in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, and the eight-team field includes: Barbados, Canada,
Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United
The NORCECA Championship is crucial because it serves as a qualifier to
the first Olympic qualifier, the World Cup, which is scheduled for Nov.
1-15 in Japan. The top three teams at the World Cup automatically
qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.