Friday, January 25, 2008

Jan. 3, 2008
U.S. Men Pursue Olympic Qualification in Puerto Rico
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team departed on Wednesday night for Caguas, Puerto Rico, where it will compete at the 2008 Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Championship on Jan. 6-11.
The tournament is the second chance for the U.S. Men to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The first chance was at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, where the U.S. Men finished fourth. Only the winner of the NORCECA qualifier will go to Beijing.
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U.S. Women’s National Training Team and Invitation-Only Tryouts Start Jan. 7
USA Volleyball has invited 14 athletes to an invitation-only U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team tryout to be held Jan. 7-12, 2008, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Four other athletes have already been invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team that runs concurrently with the tryout.
Based on past performances with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Nebraska middle blocker Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Stanford middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Florida setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) will begin training full-time with Team USA on Jan. 7, while Stanford outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) will join the team in March 2008.
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