Two Former Nittany Lions Named to 2012 Olympic Team
July 4, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Two former Nittany Lion women's volleyball team members have been named to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team's Olympic squad. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) were nominated to the 12-player Olympic Games Team by U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon. In addition, Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) are two of eight alternates.
Harmotto and Hodge are two of seven players making their Olympic games debuts. The pair most recently helped the U.S. Women's National Team to a 14-0 record in the FIVB World Grand Prix to win for the third straight year. Hodge was named the MVP and Best Scorer of the tournament.
According to USAVolleyball.org, the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team has medaled at the Olympic Games three times, most recently capturing the silver medal in Beijing in 2008. Prior to leaving for London, the U.S. Women will host Bulgaria in a three-match Challenge Series in Anaheim, Calif. beginning on July 14.
Harmotto, Fawcett, Hodge and Glass were all a part of Penn State's historic run to four straight NCAA titles between 2007-10. Harmotto and Fawcett helped Penn State capture two (2007, 2008), while Hodge and Glass were part of three (2007, 2008, 2009).
For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team and the Olympics, visit USAVolleyball.org or follow @USA_Volleyball on Twitter.
2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Technical Coordinator: Ken Sullivan
Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Doctor: Dr. William Stetson
Replacement Players for U.S. Olympic Games Women's Volleyball Team Roster
2012 Olympic Games Women's Volleyball Schedule
Pool A (World Ranking): Japan (3), Italy (4), Russia (7), Dominican Republic (9), Algeria (16), Great Britain (69)
July 28: Algeria vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
July 30: China vs. Turkey, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 3: Brazil vs. China, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 5: Algeria vs. Dominican Republic, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 7: Quarterfinal Matches at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 9: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Women's Bronze Medal Match, 11:30 a.m.
For more information on the Penn State women's volleyball team, please visit GoPSUsports.com. The Penn State women's volleyball 2012 season is presented by Rockvale Outlets.
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