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The Road to the Hall: Reid Priddy

Jan. 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

When he is elected into the LMU Hall of Fame on February 6, 2009, Reid Priddy will become the first men's volleyball player to enter the Hall of Fame after competing solely in volleyball at LMU. Priddy, who graduated in 2000, recently guided the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal in men's volleyball at the Beijing Olympics.

A player with an already storied career at both the professional and National levels in volleyball, Priddy earned American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-America honors as a senior, and Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore and junior.  He also garnered Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors as a junior after leading the team in kills (435), kills per set (5.80) and service aces (35) that season.  Priddy's All-American selection in 1998 was the first in school history, after leading the Lions with 391 kills and 17 matches with 10-or-more kills that year.  He also earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention accolades for his efforts over his sophomore campaign.

After playing at LMU, Priddy joined the U.S. Men's Volleyball Team in 2000, serving as one of four USA Men's Volleyball team alternates for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  In 2001, he led the team in kills (258) and digs (184), and finished second on the team in blocks (41).  Priddy returned to the team in 2002, finishing the season first on the squad in points per game (2.98) and sixth in total points (173), collecting 92 kills, 66 digs, 21 blocks and 10 service aces.  Serving as team captain at the Pan American Games in 2003, he finished the year third on the team in kills (224) and fourth on the squad in service aces (17).  After serving as an alternate for the 2000 Olympic Team, Priddy got his first Olympic opportunity in 2004.  The native of Richmond, Va. finished second on the team and 11th overall in total scoring with 86 points on 72 kills, 11 blocks and three service aces.  After helping the USA Men to the silver medal at the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, Priddy has paced the team in overall scoring in each of the last two years.  He finished the 2006 campaign with 416 points, 343 kills and a team-leading 26 service aces.  Repeating the performance, Priddy was the United States' leading scorer in 2007 with 525 points, 421 kills and a team-high tying 29 service aces.

At the 2008 Olympics, The U.S. men finished the tournament undefeated at 8-0 en route to the gold medal.  The Americans opened Olympic play in "Pool A" with a victory over Venezuela on August 10 before defeating Italy two days later.  USA then squared-off against and downed Bulgaria and China before completing pool play with a win over Japan on August 18.  Following a perfect 5-0 mark in its pool, USA defeated Serbia, 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12 in the quarterfinals at Capital Indoor Stadium on August 20.  The U.S. once again needed five games to take the semifinal match on August 22, squeaking past Russia by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-13 to advance to the final against Brazil.

Priddy will join Bryn Britton (Women's Basketball, 2002), Bill Crone (Football, 1970), Ryan Eisberg (Men's Water Polo, 1998), Sarah Noriega (Women's Volleyball, 1998) and Bernie Sandalow (LMU Public Address Announcer, 1978) as one of six new members of the LMU Hall of Fame when they are inducted on February 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, contact the Office of Special Events at (310) 338-5278 or events@lmu.edu.  The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:

2009 Hall of Fame Invitation

2009 Hall of Fame RSVP Card

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