Volleyball's Alicia Wennberg Playing for Norwegian National Team at the World University Games
Alicia Wennberg (fourth from left) and her teammates from the Norwegian National Volleyball Team

Volleyball's Alicia Wennberg Playing for Norwegian National Team at the World University Games

PHILADELPHIA - Temple volleyball has a representative in this year's World University Games, as sophomore Alicia Wennberg is competing with the Norwegian National Team. The Games, taking place for the 27th year, are being held from July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.

The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games. The event is held every two years, alternating years between the Summer and Winter games. Over 10,400 university athletes from 162 countries are participating in 13 mandatory and 14 optional sports, making the 2013 Universiade the biggest ever in the history of the event.

Wennberg is one of 12 athletes playing for Norway. Through four matches, Wennberg has accumulated 11 kills, three service aces and two digs. The team has so far faced Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong and most recently the United States in the semifinals. 

An outside and right side hitter, Wennberg played in 11 matches for the Owls in her debut season in 2012, averaging 1.16 kills per set and 0.84 digs per set.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Alicia to represent her country in the World University Games," said Temple head coach Bakeer Ganes. "It's a great honor for her and obviously we're proud of her. Because she's a Temple student-athlete, she's not just representing her country but also representing all of us. So we are really proud of her and hopefully she can have a good tournament."

Click the following link for information on Alicia as well as links to the upcoming schedule and results for the Games-


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