June 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – Former University of Georgia volleyball player Elizabeth Reid has been selected as a member of the British National Team that will compete in the London Olympics in July. Reid, a middle blocker and London native played two seasons of volleyball for the Bulldogs and will graduate next spring. The 2012 Olympics marks the first time that Team Great Britain will be represented in volleyball at the Olympic Games.
"We are so proud of Lizzie Reid for representing her country at the 2012 London Olympics,” head coach Lizzy Stemke said. “This has been a goal of hers for many years and we will be cheering Lizzie on here in Athens!"
In her two seasons in the Red and Black, Reid finished with a .212 attack percentage to go along with 97 blocks, 11 of which were solo blocks. She notched a career-high 12 kills on her way to a .611 attack percentage in a match against Alabama last season. She shined defensively in last season’s match against Arkansas, tallying a career-best 10 blocks. In 2011, Reid started 27 matches and led or tied for the team lead in blocks 14 times.
All of the players selected for Team GB have competed in mainland Europe and America, where the sport enjoys a very strong level of interest. By honing their abilities in some of the most competitive leagues across the globe, the volleyball athletes are well prepared to put in credible performances at home in London and lay the foundations for future generations of British volleyball players.
Glaswegian Lynne Beattie will captain the women’s team, and they will be confident at their prospects of picking up Olympic victories after some noteworthy results recently, including beating a representative USA squad last year in Sheffield.
Twelve nations will compete in each of the men’s and the women’s events. The entrants are divided into two pools of six, who will compete in a round-robin format. The top four nations from each group progress to the quarterfinal, where the competition becomes straight knock-out. The losers of the two semi-finals play off for bronze, while the winners contest the gold-medal fixture. Both the British men’s and women’s teams will be targeting progression to the knock-out stage, as well as providing memorable moments for the home crowd as they look to lay the foundations for a successful future for volleyball in Britain.
“Lizzie has spent many summers competing with her British National team and preparing for this Olympics,” continued Stemke. “She spent this past spring training with our team so that she could stay in the best physical shape possible as she continued progress towards her degree. Lizzie will return after the Olympics and obligations for her national team and will graduate from Georgia next spring.”