Second All-American to Represent LMU in 2000 Olympics
The US Men's National Volleyball Team announced selections for the 2000 Men's Olympic Volleyball Team, and the squad included Loyola Marymount All-American Reid Priddy. The 2000 graduate will be a reserve to the 12-member Olympic Team and will travel to Sydney, Australia next month for the 2000 Summer Games.
The 12 members of the Olympic Team will be: Lloyd Ball (Woodburn, Ind./Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne), Kevin Barnett (Naperville, Ill./Pepperdine University), Thomas Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill./Long Beach State University), John Hyden (San Diego/San Diego State University), Michael Lambert (Kaneohe, Hawaii/Stanford University), Daniel Landry (Santa Monica, Calif./UCLA), Christian "Chip" McCaw (Tulsa, Okla./ Pepperdine University), Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif./Brigham Young University), Jeff Nygaard (Madison, Wis./UCLA), George Roumain (Parkland, Fla./Pepperdine University), Erik Sullivan (Encinitas, Calif./UCLA), and Andy Witt (Santa Ynez, Calif./Stanford University). Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo./Ball State University), Reid Priddy (Phoenix, Ariz./Loyola Marymount University), Greg Romano (Racine, Wis./Ball State University) and Tom Sorensen (Racine, Wis./Pepperdine University) will serve as the team's replacement athletes.
Team USA will compete in Pool B at the Sydney against No. 1 Italy, No. 2 Russia, No. 6 Yugoslavia, No. 9 Argentina and No. 10 Korea. Pool A will consist of No. 3 Cuba, No. 4 Brazil, No. 7 Spain, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 16 Australia and No. 23 Egypt. The top four teams in each pool will advance to the championship quarterfinals.
The team's final Olympic preparations will be the Americas' Cup, Aug. 11-20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Americans will face No. 3 Cuba and No. 4 Brazil among others in the North America/South American competition. Following the Americas' Cup the team will travel to France to take on No. 1 Italy, No. 2 Russia and the French National Team.
"We will see probably the top four contenders between now and the Olympic Games," Head Coach Beal said. "Along with Yugoslavia, these are the teams we are going to have to beat to win a gold medal. We feel like this is the best preparation for us."
Priddy, a three-time All-America team selection, joins former LMU women's volleyball All-American Sarah Noriega in this year's Olympic games. Priddy finished his senior season second in the MPSF in kills with a 7.83 per game. Among the Lions, he finished the year as the leader in kills (7.83), second in digs (2.64) and third in blocks (1.11).