Former WOT Keao Burdine Named To U.S. National Team
Oct. 12, 2011
(courtesy USA Volleyball - usavolleyball.org)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former USC women's volleyball player Keao Burdine (Pico Rivera/La Habra HS) was selected to the U.S. National Team that will compete in the XVI Pan American Games at Guadalajara, Mexico. The competition will take place at the Pan American Volleyball Stadium.
Burdine was a two-time All-American at USC (2003-04) and was a member of the 2002 and 2003 national championship teams. She played in 122 career matches, recording 1,461 kills, 1,241 digs, 188 blocks and 1,689.5 points with a 4.10 points-per-set average. She also earned 2002 and 2003 NCAA Championship most valuable player honors for the Women of Troy.
"We are all excited to compete in the Pan American Games," said Andy Banachowski, who will serve as the U.S. head coach for the team at the Pan American Games. "This will be the first major international competition at this level for a number of the players, but we have a sprinkling of seasoned players on the roster to balance the squad.
The Pan American Games women's volleyball competition will take place Oct. 15-20. The U.S. opens Pool B on Oct. 15 against Puerto Rico at 1 p.m., followed by an Oct. 16 contest versus Peru at 1 p.m. Team USA concludes group play on Oct. 17 versus host Mexico at 7 p.m.
The top team in both Pool A and Pool B receive an automatic berth into the semifinals on Oct. 19, while the second- and third-place teams compete in crossover quarterfinal matches on Oct. 18. The medal round and final classification matches are scheduled for Oct. 20.
"Of course, the championship round is our goal, but we must first gain confidence and success in our preliminary rounds, especially in our opening match against Puerto Rico," Banachowski said.
The Pan American Games is held every four years in the year preceding the Olympics Games. The event started in 1955 at Mexico City, nine years before the first-ever Olympic Games.
The U.S. Women's National Team has medaled in 11 of the previous 14 Pan American Games with volleyball competition, including one gold medal (1967), six silver medals (1955, 1959, 1963, 1971, 1983, 1995) and four bronze medals (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007).
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico