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Healthy Priddy back in form in short time for USA

 
William 'Reid' Priddy is fully recovered from a training accident in August, having won the most impressive player in USA's win over China to open the FIVB World Cup
 

Kagoshima, Japan, November 20, 2011 – United States wing spiker William ‘Reid’ Priddy missed out competing at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship this past summer due to a freak training accident, but has made his way back on to the court for the FIVB World Cup in Japan as the USA attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

On August 15, Priddy was elbowed in the face while going for a block during training in preparation for the NORCECA Championship. After the swelling had gone down, Priddy underwent an initial surgery on Aug. 27 that made an incision under his eyelid and another in his mouth to insert two titanium plates to piece bone together.

After an initial scare in which his eye began to fill with blood due to a ruptured artery two hours after surgery, Priddy worked hard to return to the court. In late September he traveled to Detroit to see a specialist famous for creating facial masks for professional basketball and hockey players.

With his facial protection in hand, he traveled to Russia to re-join his professional club Zenit Kazan on Sept. 29. In what was expected to be nearly two months out of competition, he was back on the court competing in the FIVB Club World Championships during the second week of October for Zenit Kazan.

“October was very difficult coming back,” Priddy said. “In addition to using new equipment (face mask he was required to wear), I was still experiencing some swelling and visual issues.”

During the FIVB Club World Championships held in Doha, Qatar, Priddy helped his Russian club Zenit Kazan to the bronze medal. He notched 43 total points to ranked 12 overall in scoring.

In his first international mask without the rigid, clear face mask, Priddy was named the most impressive player in the USA 25-14, 25-23, 25-21 victory over China in the opening FIVB World Cup match in Kagoshima on Sunday. He tallied 14 points in the victory, and has no ill-effects remaining from the injury.

“I was told once that you are healed when you don’t think about the injury anymore,” Priddy said. “Right now I think I am in a good place and looking at this in the past.”

Priddy is in a good place in other areas establishing his presence off the court and giving back to the sport he loves. During several tournaments throughout his career, Priddy has felt at ease sitting in the captain’s seat representing the USA at post-match press conferences. However, he has taken to the other side of the microphone and now filling a media void through the Internet.

Priddy, along with two-time USA volleyball Olympian Kevin Barnett, founded The Net Live – the world’s first all-volleyball Internet radio podcast. The show has been dedicated to bringing listeners great stories and interviews from the top players and leaders in the sport. Since The Net Live started, Priddy and Barnett have interviewed the likes of Misty May-Treanor, Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh, Doug Beal and Hugh McCutcheon regarding their about careers and the state of volleyball.

“It has been really enjoyable to see the show progress,” Priddy said. “We've found a loyal listener base and are always encouraging more participation from them. There isn't much media attention for volleyball in the US, so we are trying to fill the void by keeping the conversation going from event to event.”

The 90-minute show, which has added two other contributors along with Priddy and Barnett, takes to the Internet each Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The Net Live continues to bring in audiences weekly to discuss a wide range of topics ranging from international volleyball and beach volleyball, the college game in the United States and the direction the sport is going. With Priddy and Barnett, who was a television commentator for NBC Sports during the 2008 Olympic Games, The Net Live has offered respected discussion on the airwaves.

“We definitely cover the international game,” Priddy said in reference to his and Barnett’s own international volleyball background and connections. “But there is so much to cover and stay on top of it in the 90-minute weekly show.”

While competing in the FIVB World Cup, Priddy is unsure if he will contribute to the upcoming shows.

“I may call in during the World Cup, but it will depend the time and Internet connection,” Priddy said.

The show can be found at http://TheVolleyballNetwork.com, while archived shows can be downloaded for free through iTunes.





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