Volleyball’s Hood Selected for FIVB World Grand Prix Roster
by Story by Matt Dunaway
Former LSU volleyball standout Regan Hood was one of 14 players chosen to represent the U.S. Women’s National Team during the first week of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix in Campinas, Brazil.
Hood, a 2003 All-SEC Second-Team honoree and two-time All-Louisiana First-Team selection, powered home over 300 kills during her final three seasons for the Tigers. She totaled 1,172 career kills and sits in 13th place on the program’s all-time kills list. The Texas native also finished with 499 digs to go along with 333 total blocks.
This is Hood’s second stint in major international competition with USA volleyball. She won a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. Hood has played seven professional seasons in six different countries (Holland, Spain, France, Azerbaijan, Romania and Turkey).
“We’re very excited for and extremely proud of Regan for getting the opportunity to represent our country at the FIVB World Grand Prix,” head coach Fran Flory said. “She has put in a tremendous amount of hard work, and we’re happy to see her reach her goals on the professional level.”
The United States are the No. 1 ranked team entering the 20-team tournament and three-time defending champions. The Americans will attempt to an unprecedented four straight titles as Brazil also won the event three consecutive times from 2004-06.
Team USA opens its first of three qualifying weekends of pool play in Campinas, Brazil. The U.S. will take on No. 6 Russia on Friday, No. 15 Poland on Saturday and No. 2 Brazil on Sunday.
Week two’s action sees the United States facing off with No. 14 Algeria on Aug. 9, No. 19 Netherlands on Aug. 10 and No. 9 Serbia on Aug. 11 in Belgrade, Serbia.
The final week of pool play will have the Americans square off with No. 24 Czech Republic on Aug. 16, No. 3 Japan on Aug. 17 and No. 43 Bulgaria on Aug. 18. in Sendai, Japan.
The FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will take place Aug.
28-Sept. 1 in Sapporo, Japan, with the top five countries from the preliminary round plus Japan as the host country.
Since 2010, the U.S. has captured every FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round gold medal and recorded a 38-4 record in the event over the last three years.
2013 USA Volleyball FIVB World Grand Prix Roster – Week 1
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
7 - Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
8 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)
10 - Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
12 - Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., Florida)
16 - Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine)
17 - Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
18 - Regan Hood (OH, 6-2, Dallas, Texas, LSU)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, Washington)
22 - Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, Texas)
Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black, Cecile Reynaud
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Pool A – Campinas, Brazil
Aug. 2: United States vs. Russia
Aug. 2: Brazil vs. Poland
Aug. 3: Brazil vs. Russia
Aug. 3: United States vs. Poland
Aug. 4: Brazil vs. United States
Aug. 4: Russia vs. Poland
Pool F – Belgrade, Serbia
Aug. 9: Serbia vs. Netherlands
Aug. 9: United States vs. Algeria
Aug. 10: Algeria vs. Serbia
Aug. 10: United States vs. Netherlands
Aug. 11: Netherlands vs. Algeria
Aug. 11: United States vs. Serbia
Pool M – Sendai, Japan
Aug. 16: United States vs. Czech Republic
Aug. 16: Japan vs. Bulgaria
Aug. 17: Japan vs. United States
Aug. 17: Czech Republic vs. Bulgaria
Aug. 18: Japan vs. Czech Republic
Aug. 18: United States vs. Bulgaria