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Priddy Shines in Athens

Aug. 19, 2004

Athens, Greece - Loyola Marymount volleyball alumnus Reid Priddy starred as Team USA (1-2) fell Thursday in a hard-fought battle with Russia (2-1) in pool play at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Priddy, a starting outside hitter for the Americans, had 17 kills in the four-game contest (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23). Team USA, who had lost to Italy and defeated the Netherlands already in preliminary play, took the first game 25-22, thanks in part to an early 7-1 run. Despite Priddy's 17 kills, one block, and one service ace, the Americans fell in four in front of nearly 5,000 spectators at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. Priddy and the Americans will next face Australia (0-3) on Saturday and Brazil (3-0) on Monday as Pool B play continues. 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 Thursday, August 19, 3:00 p.m. PST)
1. Brazil 3-0
2. Russia 2-1
2. Italy 2-1
4. USA 1-2
4. Netherlands 1-2
6. Australia 0-3


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