Galen Center to Host USA-Bulgaria Volleyball Matches
July 10, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and featuring former USC libero Nicole Davis, will host Bulgaria in a series of friendly exhibition matches in Southern California this week prior to its departure for the Olympic Games. Two of those matches will take place at the Galen Center on July 16 and 18.
Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PT. Admission for either match is $10 for adults, while tickets for children 12-and-under, and groups of 10 or more are $5 per match. Purchase tickets by visiting www.gettrojantix.com/usa.
"This is the last opportunity to see our USA women play prior to the team leaving for London," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "USC is extremely proud to be hosting these events and we know the team has a great opportunity to win our first gold medal in women's volleyball. I hope everyone will join us to let the team know how much we are behind them and to wish them the very best."
The City of Anaheim--the official host city for both the U.S. Women's and Men's National Volleyball Teams--will also serve as host for the first of the three exhibition matches with Bulgaria. The first match will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. PT at Canyon High School (220 S. Imperial Highway). Tickets will only be sold at the door and seating is limited.
The U.S. Women will use the three matches as final preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games, which take place July 28 to Aug. 11. Team USA qualified for the Olympic Games with its silver-medal finish at the 2011 FIVB World Cup in November.
"We are extremely excited to play this pre-Olympic series with Bulgaria," U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "They are a talented and physical team who will definitely help us prepare for London. The fact that we get to play these matches at home is huge, and we appreciate the University of Southern California and the City of Anaheim for stepping up to host. This will be a wonderful series of matches."
"Nicole Davis won two national championships here at USC," said Haley. "How much fun would it be to see her and her teammates be the first team to win gold? This team deserves your support and your admiration for the way they have represented our country the past four years. Paula Weishoff, who won an NCAA title for USC in 1980 and was the most valuable player in the world in 1995 for Team USA is an assistant coach for Team USA, also. She was a USC assistant coach at USC when Nicole's team won NCAA titles in 2002 and 2003. The entire Trojan Family is very proud to welcome Nicole, Paula, and the entire USA Women's Volleyball Team for their tune-up matches with Bulgaria."
The Women of Troy open the 2012 season on the road but will return to Galen Center as they host Northern Iowa, Boston College, and Mississippi State in the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Last year, USC advanced to the NCAA national semifinal for the third time in five years and completed the season with a 29-5 overall record as Pac-12 Champions. Libero Natalie Hagglund, setter Kendall Bateman, and outside hitter Alex Jupiter each earned AVCA first-team All-America honors. Middle blocker Lauren Williams was a second team selection and Jupiter was named the National Player of the Year and earned the Honda Award.