Aug. 5, 2009
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The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will depart for Australia on Friday, August 7 to play a five-game foreign tour in the cities of Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Townsville on the eastern coast of the country. The team will play five games in 10 days, and will arrive back in Nashville on Monday, August 17.
Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy, from Sydney, is excited about playing with his Vanderbilt teammates down under. "What excites me most about this trip is the opportunities for my family and friends who haven't been able to see me play have the chance to come out and watch," said Ogilvy. "It's also a great chance for all of our guys to have a great trip and for me to show them around my country."
"We are excited about our trip to Australia," said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. "It will be a great team-building experience and a good opportunity to play against some quality international competition.
"Our team is also thrilled to see A.J.'s home country and his enthusiasm for having his teammates along with him. It will be a trip our guys will never forget."
The Commodores open their foreign tour with a game against the Dandenong Rangers of the Australian Basketball Association on August 10 in Melbourne. Vanderbilt will remain in the suburbs of Melbourne and play the Kilsyth Cobras, a member of the South East Australian Basketball League, on August 11.
Vanderbilt then travels to Canberra to take on the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on August 12. Ogilvy competed with AIS before his arrival on the Vanderbilt campus in the fall of 2007.
After a day off, VU continues its tour in Ogilvy's hometown against the Wollongong Hawks of the Australian Basketball League on August 14. And for the final game, Vanderbilt travels to Queensland to take on the Townsville Crocodiles of the National Basketball League on August 16.
The Commodores will be blogging and sending pictures throughout their 10-day trip. Stay tuned to vucommodores.com for all of the excitement from Australia.
The basketball team's trip to Australia continues an international theme for Vanderbilt athletic teams this summer. Men's golf just recently returned from Scotland and lacrosse made a trip to the Czech Republic and other European stops earlier this summer.