Aug. 17, 2004
Athens, Greece - Loyola Marymount volleyball alumnus Reid Priddy led Team USA to the 3-0 victory over the Netherlands in Athens on Tuesday. The win marked Team USA's first victory in the 2004 Olympics, as Priddy and the Americans continue through pool play.
Priddy, a 6-5 outside hitter, had a team second-best 10 points and nine kills as Team USA (1-1) defeated the Netherlands (1-1) in three straight games 26-24, 25-20, and 25-18 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Americans also played well while Priddy was serving, scoring 14 times when he put the ball in play. The Richmond, Virginia, native also added a block in the one hour and fifteen minute match.
Team USA continues with pool play, taking on Russia on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. The Americans then face Australia on Saturday and Brazil on Monday. The quarterfinals will begin on Wednesday, August 25.
Priddy leads a talented group of former players this summer, as he has become one of Team USA's top players. He joined the national team in 2000 and was an alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games. This year, he helped Team USA qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 10. The team posted a perfect record of 6-0 en route to the gold medal, which included a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Cuba in the championship match. In that match, Priddy scored a match-high 16 points on 13 kills and three blocks.
Priddy emerged as one of the starting outside hitters on the left side and served as the team captain at the Pan American Games in 2003. He also played professionally for the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria.
A three-time All American at LMU, Priddy graduated in 2000 with a degree in communication studies.
Priddy is one of three LMU athletes competing at the 2004 Olympic Games. Rachel Riddell and incoming freshman Christine Robinson are members of the Canadian women's water polo team.
Current Pool B Stadings (as of Tuesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. PST)
1. Russia 1-1
2. USA 1-1
3. Netherlands 1-1
4. Brazil 1-0
5. Italy 1-0
6. Australia 0-2