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  World Grand Prix 2006
 USA / U.S.A. - Team Composition
Team manager Wendelboe, Fred /Brassey Iversen, Laurel
Head coach Lang, Ping
Assistant coach Li, Yong
Doctor Ho, Sherwin
Therapist / trainer Hogan, Thomas
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Ogonna Nnamani Nnamani 29.07.1983 185 80 315 305 VK Prostejov
2   Danielle Scott-Arruda Scott 01.10.1972 188 84 325 302 Praia Clube
3 Tayyiba Haneef-Park Haneef-Park 23.03.1979 200 82 328 312 Igtisadchi Baku
6   Elisabeth Bachman Bachman 07.11.1978 193 86 311 300 USA National Team
7 Heather Bown Bown 29.11.1978 188 90 301 290 Azerrail Baku
8   Katherine Wilkins Wilkins 10.05.1982 193 81 309 299 USA National Team
9 Jennifer Tamas Tamas 23.11.1982 191 82 315 301 Azerrail Baku
10   Therese Crawford Crawford 26.08.1976 178 64 312 304 USA National Team
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
14 Candace Lee Lee 12.07.1984 170 64 290 270 USA National Team
15   Nicole Davis Davis 24.04.1982 167 73 284 266 E.S. Cannet Rocheville VB
17 Jane Collymore Collymore 30.09.1984 182 68 310 305 San Sebastian
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
Entering into the second year of the Olympic Quadrennial, USA Women’s National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping will be looking to expand on the late-season successes of 2005, her first year with the team. With the 2008 Olympic Games just two years away in her native China, Lang Ping and her staff will be hard at work this year nurturing talent already with the team while keeping eyes wide-open for those who could fit national team roles in years to come.

After one full year as head coach of the USA Women’s National Team and several players returning from 2005, Lang Ping hopes the learning curve to her system has been significantly reduced for the current players.

“We have had the opportunity to coach the returning players for one year,” Lang Ping said. “We are on the same line now. The young players, though, need to catch up with our system. The experienced players will need to help the younger players.”

Last year, the women’s national team endured a rough start while winning only 11 of its first 24 matches. However, the team gelled under the leadership of Lang Ping to win 15 of its final 17 matches and conclude the season ranked fifth in the world.

The American roster for the Pan American Cup at Puerto Rico (June 29-July 7) has five players who competed in the 2004 Olympics, and possibly two other Olympians set to return for the World Grand Prix. Outside hitter Tayyiba Haneef (Laguna Hills, Calif.), opposite Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman (Lakeville, Minn.) all competed in the last Olympics. Metcalf ended 2005 with two outstanding tournaments as she was the leading American scorer at the World Grand Champions Cup and was the most valuable player of the NORCECA Continental Championship. Haneef produced 140 points in the final two events of 2005. Bachman competed both on the 2006 Italy tour and the match against Poland in Chicago on May 26 as the roster was predominantly made up of national training team players.
The 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix represents two things for the USA women’s national volleyball team: a chance at redemption for last year’s eighth-place finish and crucial preparation for this year’s World Championship in Japan.

The Americans earned a measure of “Grand Prix” revenge at the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup to end the year. Along with earning the silver medal, Team USA also earned a little payback in its four Grand Champions Cup wins. Each of the four teams the United States defeated – China, Korea, Japan and Poland – handed the Americans a loss at the World Grand Prix earlier in the summer.

“I think we were playing in a good rhythm,” said USA head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping of the Grand Champions Cup success. “The players were in good condition with their professional teams, so when we got together in Japan we only needed a few days to get on the same page. We had nothing to lose, so we played very relaxed. We were very focused and we played with good spirit. Some of the other teams were battling injuries and looked tired so it was a good chance for us.”

At the2006 World Grand Prix, Team USA will share pools with the likes of Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Italy, Korea, Poland and Russia. Lang Ping thinks the tough opponents her team will play at the Grand Prix will benefit the USA later in the year at the World Championship.

“This year’s Grand Prix will be a good preparation event for my team,” she said. “Every weekend we will compete against strong opponents. The experience will really helps us to become stronger in so many areas.

“In July and August we need to use that time to work on our technique,” Lang Ping added. “After the Grand Prix we will concentrate on our teamwork. Our big focus this year will be on the World Championship. We have five months to prepare for the World Championship. It’s much better than we had last year in terms of preparation time for our big events.”