Former BYU All-American Ryan Millar, now playing for USA Volleyball will play in Salt Lake City this weekend against Poland.
The Intermountain Volleyball Association, in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, is proud to welcome world-class volleyball back to Salt Lake City. The USA Men's National team, currently ranked fifth in the world, will play Poland July 14 and 15 at the E-Center in West Valley City, both matches begin at 7 p.m. The matches are the first of three U.S. tour stops of the World League.
Tickets may be purchased at the E-Center Box Office, all SmithsTix locations, online at www.smithstix.com, or by calling 1-800-888-TIXX. Discount coupons, which allow spectators to buy a ticket for only $5, can be printed from www.iva-volleyball.org. (only redeemable at the E-Center Box Office)
Both matches will be televised on CSTV, with the July 15 match selected as only one of six matches to be named the "FIVB Match of the Week" which will be broadcast internationally.
After winning five total medals in World Championship events during 2005, USA is hoping to maintain that momentum with some key players returning, as well as some welcome additions. Two familiar players to the state of Utah will return on the USA roster. Ryan Millar (BYU '01) and Rich Lambourne (BYU '99), both members of the 1999 National Championship team at BYU, form a solid foundation for USA. Millar, continuing his storied volleyball career that began at BYU, was named the Best Blocker in the 2005 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Lambourne, the team's starting libero in 2005, played in 119 matches and led the team in digs (283), as USA capped off the season with a silver medal finish in the World Grand Champions Cup.
The World League, considered to be a preview to this year's World Championships for the men, has increased the pool to16, after previously allowing only 12 teams into the prestigious tour. Another unprecedented difference in the 2006 World League will be the $20 million in prize money given to winning federations. USA Volleyball hasn't participated in the World League since 2001. Other U.S. tour stops include Spokane, WA and Minneapolis, MN.