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USA Volleyball invites 33 athletes to train with women's national team

Colorado, USA, April 15, 2005 – Thirty-three athletes have been invited to the United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado in May to train in the USA Women's National Team program under new head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping.

Included in the group are seven Olympians from last year's team that finished tied for fifth at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece: setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos; middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman; setter Lindsey Berg; opposite Tayyiba Haneef; opposite Nancy Metcalf; outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani and middle blocker Danielle Scott.

Five players from the 2004 Olympic Team will not return for the 2005 season. Veteran outside hitters Tara Cross-Battle and Keba Phipps have retired from the sport, outside hitter Logan Tom and libero Stacy Sykora are going to give Beach Volleyball a try and middle blocker Heather Bown is taking some time off but is expected to return in the future.
Pic: One of USA's more experienced players, Robyn Ah Mow-Santos sets during the 2004 Olympic Games
The beginning of the summer figures to be especially busy for the athletes. Team USA will enter teams in the USA Open Volleyball Championships, the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland, the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic and the month-long World Grand Prix in Asia.

The final rosters for the various events will be determined based on the athlete's training performance.

2005 USA Women's National Training Team

Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, Setter
Foluke Akinradewo, Middle Blocker
Jennifer Andrew, Setter
Patrice Arrington, Outside Hitter
Elisabeth Bachman, Middle Blocker
Cynthia Barboza, Outside Hitter
Lindsey Berg, Setter
Shonda Cole, Outside Hitter
Jane Collymore, Outside Hitter
Alexis Crimes, Middle Blocker
Nicole Davis, Libero
Sarah Drury, Libero
Melissa Elmer, Middle Blocker
Marcie Hampton, Outside Hitter
Tayyiba Haneef, Opposite
Jennifer Hoffman, Middle Blocker
Lindsey Hunter, Setter
Jennifer Joines, Middle Blocker
Jamie (Kanoe) Kamana'o, Setter
Bryn Kehoe, Setter
Lakisya Killingsworth, Middle Blocker/Opposite
Brandy Magee, Middle Blocker
Angie McGinnis, Setter
Nancy Metcalf, Opposite
Sophia Milo, Middle Blocker
Ogonna Nnamani, Outside Hitter
Kristin Richards, Outside Hitter
Jennifer Saleamua, Outside Hitter/Libero
Danielle Scott, Middle Blocker
Debora Sielhammer, Libero
Elisha Thomas, Middle Blocker
Stacy Venski, Opposite
Melissa Villaroman, Libero