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Miyashiro, Berg on U.S. roster

July 4, 2012
By ANNE M. PETERSON , The Associated Press

Two players from Oahu - setter Lindsey Berg and libero Tamari Miyashiro - are on the 12-member U.S. women's volleyball roster for this year's Olympics.

Middle blocker Heather Bown, a former University of Hawaii standout from California, is an alternate.

"We've developed a lot of depth in this program over the course of the Olympic quadrennial and, as you would expect, it was very difficult to determine the final compo-sition of this team," coach Hugh McCutcheon said in a statement. "However, after a lot of time and deliberation, we all believe that the group we've selected gives our program the best possible chance of being successful in London."

Danielle Scott-Arruda was also on the roster announced Tuesday and submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee for approval - the 39-year-old is the first U.S. volleyball player, male or female, to make five Olympic teams.

The U.S. women's team is ranked No. 1 in the world going into the London Games. On Sunday, the Americans won their third straight title in the World Grand Prix with a sweep of China.

The rest of the Olympic roster comprises outside hitters Jordan Larson, Logan Tom and Megan Hodge, opposites Tayyiba Haneef-Park and Destinee Hooker, middle blockers Christa Harmotto and Foluke Akinradewo, setter Courtney Thompson and libero Nicole Davis.

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World ranking in parentheses

United States (1)

Brazil (2)

China (5)

Serbia (6)

Turkey (11)

South Korea (13)

Japan (3)

Italy (4)

Russia (7)

Dominican Rep. (9)

Algeria (16)

Britain (69)

Missing from the roster is libero Stacy Sykora, who has been to three Olympics and had been training with the national team. Sykora suffered a brain injury last year in a bus accident while playing professionally in Brazil. While she wanted to return to the Olympics, she told The Associated Press in May that she was still having trouble with some aspects of her vision.

Also missing from the team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games is outside hitter Kim Glass.

The U.S. women have never won gold in indoor volleyball, which became an Olympic sport in 1964. In 2008, they lost to Brazil in the final.



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