COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, September 11, 2003 Ė The USA menís national Volleyball team will hold two intrasquad games in Colorado Springs next week on September 16 and September 18 as they build up for one of their biggest tournaments of the year, the NORCECA Zone Championships later this month.
All of the programís top players, including past Olympians Lloy Ball, Kevin Barnett, Tom Hoff, Ryan Millar and Erik Sullivan, will take part in the scrimmages. Fans will also have a chance to see up-and-coming players like Brook Billings, Clay Stanley, Reid Priddy, Gabe Gardner and Riley Salmon.
Team USA is currently 10-3 on the season. After starting the year with a 3-2 loss to Korea on June 15, the team reeled off 10 straight wins before dropping its final two matches at the Pan American Games to Cuba and world No. 1 Brazil to finish the tournament in fourth place.
The men's NORCECA championship will be held from September 25-30 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, and the eight-team field includes: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, 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 November 16-30 in Japan. The top three teams at the World Cup automatically qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.