Nevada to Hold Clinic Featuring Three Olympic Medalists

July 10, 2013

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RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada volleyball program will hold its Advanced Olympic Camp on July 26 at the Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club, head coach Ruth Lawanson announced on Wednesday.

The camp, open to all players age 12-19, will feature setting, hitting and defensive instruction from three former Olympic medalists. It will begin at 9 a.m., with age-specific group instruction lasting through the afternoon.

Led by Lawanson, the other Olympic participants coaching at the clinic will be Tara Cross-Battle and Liane Sato.

Cross-Battle is a former standout at Long Beach St. While there, she was a four-time all-American, the National Player of the Year, a four-time all-conference selection and winner of the Honda/Broderick Award. She played on the US National Team from 1990-2004 and was the first four time Olympian in the sport of volleyball. In 1992 she was part of the Olympic team that won the bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain alongside Lawanson.

Sato is a former standout at San Diego St. She represented the USA in the second ever international women's pro 4's tournament held in Brazil. Sato was on the U.S. National Team from 1986-1992, earning bronze in 1992 alongside Lawanson and Cross-Battle. She also played on the 4-person Pro Beach Tour for four years.

A setter and hitter during her career, Lawanson was a member of the 1992 team that won the bronze in Barcelona. She spent four seasons with the U.S. National Team, playing on the 1991 World Cup squad that earned a bronze medal in Japan and the 1990 World Championships team that won a bronze medal in China. She was also honored with the national team's 1991 Judy Bellomo Players Award and won a gold medal with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Festival West Region team.

More information can be found on the volleyball page at or in the attached brochure.



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