PRESS RELEASE 29.08.2003


World's Second-Ranked USA Women to Play Intrasquad Match

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 States.

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.