San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2004
Keba Phipps returned to the US National team in 2002 to make the U.S. Olympic Volleyball team after refusing several invitations over the years. Keba produced immediate results at the 2002 Worlds competition, ranking seventh of all competitors (and first on the U.S. team) in spiking percentage. She was a key element of the team's block, its best weapon. Due in part to Keba's stellar play, the U. S. won its first ten games in the tournament and advanced to the gold medal final against Italy. Records show it was the best performance the women had at a World Championship since 1967, when it placed second for the silver medal. Keba missed the final because of an eye injury, and the U.S. lost, 3-2. Keba went on to help the U.S finish third at the 2003 World Cup to qualify for Athens. With Keba as its most experienced player, the U.S. has a chance for its first Olympic medal since 1992.
Through the 1990s, various U.S. coaches attempted to coax Keba back to the National Team, yet she always declined. During the 2001-02 Season, Keba played for Bergamo with teammate Tara Cross-Battle, who urged Keba to reconsider. Tara mentioned to Keba how well Toshi Yoshida coached. After talking to head coach Yoshida on the phone, Keba decided that Yoshida could make her a better player. Keba began training with his team in Colorado Springs in June 2002.
Keba has played professionally for 13 seasons for the Italian pro league. They named her Most Valuable Player in 1991 and she has earned several other honors and championships while playing abroad. Keba was the youngest member of the U.S Olympic volleyball team in 1988 holding the position of outside hitter.
In addition to Keba's international professional career the 6'3Â athlete is stunningly photogenic appearing on covers and in glamorous editorial features in prominent magazines in Europe.
2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece
Volleyball Competitions are held at the Peace and Friendship Stadium at the Coastal Zone Olympic Complex with total seat capacity at 14,000. Competitions run from August 14 to 29. There are 12 women's teams of 12 players each.
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