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  World Grand Prix 2005
 USA / U.S.A. - Team Composition
Team manager Wendelboe, Fred
Head coach Lang, Ping
Assistant coach Kawakita, Gen
Doctor Boyajian-O'Neill, Lori Ann/Briner, William
Therapist / trainer Miyazawa, Aimee
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
2 Jane Collymore Collymore 30.09.1984 182 68 310 305 San Sebastian
3   Tayyiba Haneef-Park Haneef-Park 23.03.1979 200 82 328 312 Igtisadchi Baku
4 Lindsey Berg Berg 16.07.1980 173 75 287 274 Robursport SRL
6   Elisabeth Bachman Bachman 07.11.1978 193 86 311 300 USA National Team
8 Kristin Lynn Hildebrand Hildebrand 30.06.1985 185 68 300 284 Impel Volleyball S.A.
11   Robyn Ah Mow-Santos Ah Mow-Santos 15.09.1975 172 67 291 281 VBC Volero Zurich
12 Nancy Metcalf Metcalf 12.11.1978 186 73 314 292 Lokomotiv Baku
13   Elisha Thomas Thomas 20.07.1981 191 75 321 299 VK Prostejov
15 Nicole Davis Davis 24.04.1982 167 73 284 266 E.S. Cannet Rocheville VB
17   Jennifer Tamas Tamas 23.11.1982 191 82 315 301 Azerrail Baku
18 Shonda Cole Cole 21.06.1985 185 76 0 0 University of South Carolina
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
The new 2005-2008 quadrennium begins with a year of transition for the USA Women’s national Volleyball team.

“Jenny” Lang Ping takes over for Toshi Yoshida as the team’s new head coach after Yoshida resigned late last year to accept a professorship position at Biwako Seikei Sport College in Japan.

Five players from the 2004 USA Olympic Team will not return for the 2005 season. Veteran outside hitters Tara Cross-Battle and Keba Phipps have retired from the sport, Logan Tom (OH) and Stacy Sykora (L) are going to give Beach Volleyball a try and Heather Bown (MB) is taking the year off to go back to school.

Before the Olympic Games last summer, the United States captured the silver medal at the Montreux VolleyMasters and a bronze medal at the World Grand Prix. In Athens, Team USA began the tournament ranked No. 1 in the world but finished the 2004 Olympics tied for fifth place after losing to Brazil in the quarterfinals, 3-2.

Lang Ping is now responsible for training a young, inexperienced squad and returning Team USA into the upper echelon of the world rankings.

“I am very excited to work for USA Volleyball,” she said. “I will do my best to make the program even stronger. I am sure we will have a lot of work to do in order to build up the team. Our first goal is to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games. Of course, our journey will be very difficult, but I also think we have a great future.”

Rising stars like Tayyiba Haneef (OPP), Ogonna Nnamani (OH) and Nancy Metcalf (OPP/OH) will return for the United States along with veteran setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and experienced middle blocker Danielle Scott.

Along with the Montreux VolleyMasters, the Pan American Cup and the month-long World Grand Prix, Team USA’s 2005 schedule features the NORCECA World Championship Tournament from Aug. 13-19 in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Championships from Sept. 2-9 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The USA women will be the defending champions at the NORCECA Championships, which also serves as the qualifier for the Grand Champions Cup tournament in Japan from Nov. 15-20.

Overall Standings for USA
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
11 120 64 56 53.33
"Jenny” Lang Ping “Jenny” Lang Ping of China, one of the most famous and respected individuals in the history of Volleyball, was hired in February this year to replace Toshi Yoshida, who resigned as the head coach of the USA women’s national team late last year to accept a professorship position in Japan.

“Lang Ping is perhaps the most decorated, successful women’s Volleyball personality in the world, and I am excited that we are going to be able to have her leading our women’s national team for the next quadrennial," said USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer, Doug Beal.

“This is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled,” Beal added. “She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s.

“And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in Volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years.”

Known as the “Iron Hammer” during her playing days, Lang Ping, 44, was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame as a player on Oct. 18, 2002, culminating an incredible career that saw her establish herself as one of the finest female volleyball players ever.

“I am very excited to work for USA Volleyball,” she said. “I will do my best to make the program even stronger. I am sure we will have a lot of work to do in order to build up the team. Our first goal is to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games. Of course, our journey will be very difficult, but I also think we have a great future.

“I am very thankful to USA Volleyball for giving me this opportunity to coach,” she added. “The other thing I am thankful for is that I can again be closer to my daughter. I have responsibility to help her and watch her grow up. It’s a great thing for me to be able to do both.”

Lang Ping’s 12-year-old daughter, Lydia, lives in Tustin, Calif., with her father.

Lang Ping was a member of the Chinese women’s national team that won an Olympic gold medal over the United States at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, a World Championship crown in 1982 and World Cup titles in 1981 and 1985.

Revered by Chinese fans, Lang Ping has been honored with her own postage stamp, had her wedding broadcast on national television and has stadiums named after her in China.

She later became a well-respected coach. From 1987-1989 and 1992-1993 Lang Ping was assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. From 1993-1995 she was the head coach of the Yaohan Professional World Superstar Team in Japan.

In 1995, Lang Ping became the head coach of the Chinese national team and eventually guided the squad to the silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Later that year she earned FIVB Coach of the Year honors. China also captured a silver medal at the 1998 World Championship, a bronze medal at the 1995 World Cup and a gold medal at the 1995 Asian Championships during her tenure. She resigned from her job as coach in early 1999.