Reid Priddy Named to Men's Volleyball Olympic Team
Priddy will play in his second Olympic Games.
July 17, 2008
AHAHEIM, Calif. -
Former Lion Reid Priddy was named to the 12-man 2008 U.S. Men's Olympic Indoor Team that will compete in Beijing, it was announced earlier this week. For Priddy, the Olympic Games will be his second after competing in 2004 for Team USA.
The 12 nominated athletes are Lloy Ball (Woodburn, Ind.), Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.), Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.), Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.), Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.), Riley Salmon (League City, Texas), Clay Stanley (Honolulu) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis).
Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), the U.S. Men's National Team head coach since 2005, will serve as the Olympic team's coach. It will be his first Olympic Games as a head coach. He served as an assistant under Doug Beal in 2004 in Athens, when the U.S. Men finished fourth.
Assisting McCutcheon will be Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.) as the first assistant coach, John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) as the second assistant coach, Marv Dunphy (Malibu, Calif.) as the consultant coach, Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) as the technical consultant, Carl McGown (Provo, Utah) as the scout, and Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.) as the team leader. Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa), the team's athletic trainer, will be in Beijing as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee's medical staff.
In terms of experience, Ball will lead the way as he becomes the first U.S. Men's volleyball player to compete in four Olympic Games - 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Hoff (2000, 2004), the team captain, and Millar (2000, 2004) are both veterans of the last two Olympic Games, while four other members have competed in one prior Summer Games - Gardner, Priddy, Salmon and Stanley. Five members are first-time Olympians - Hansen, Lambourne, Lee, Rooney and Touzinsky.
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 LMU, 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. Priddy led the team in kills (435), kills per game (5.80) and service aces (35) in his junior campaign. 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.
The U.S. Men's National Team is ranked third in the world and is competing in the FIVB World League, where it will face Bulgaria in two matches on Friday and Saturday in Varna. However, the United States, with a record of 9-1, has already secured the pool victory and will go straight from Varna to compete in the six-team final round in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 23-27.
The team will then spend about a week at its headquarters at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif., before leaving for Beijing on Aug. 3.
In the men's Olympic draw, the United States is grouped in Pool A with Bulgaria, China, Italy, Japan and Venezuela. Pool B is Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Poland, Russia and Serbia.
The U.S. Men start the Olympic Games on Aug. 10 versus Venezuela at the Capital Indoor Stadium at 12:30 p.m., followed by an Aug. 12 match versus Italy at the same time and venue. Team USA plays Bulgaria on Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. in the Capital Indoor Stadium. The Americans face China on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium before wrapping up pool play on Aug. 18 versus Japan at 10 p.m. at the Capital Indoor Stadium.
The United States qualified for the Olympic Games by winning the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualifier on Jan. 6-11 in Puerto Rico.
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U.S. Men's Olympic Team Roster (pending approval):
NO. Name (Pos., Height, Age., Hometown, College)
1 Lloy Ball (S, 6-8, 36, Woodburn, Ind., IPFW)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Leader: Rob Browning
First Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Second Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy
Technical Consultant: Jamie Morrison
Scout: Carl McGown
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
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