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U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Dec. 12

Dec. 12, 2008, 8:24 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 12, 2008) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 12 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, Tour of Glory celebrating USA Volleyball's Beijing success, USAV presence at the AVCA Annual Convention, trivia questions, U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, how to purchase replica national team jerseys, updated list of United States players competing professionally overseas (including non-National Team members) and much more.

For the complete PDF document, click here. Below is selected sections from the update.

TOUR OF GLORY: Volleyball teams and fans from around the country can celebrate USA Volleyball's success in Beijing at the Tour of Glory on Jan. 17-19 at the High Performance Volleyball Academy (HPVBA) in Lakewood, N.J. Representing the U.S. Women's Olympic Team will be Lindsey Berg, Nicole Davis and Stacy Sykora. Other headliners at the event will include U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, past Olympians Eric Fonoimoana, Pat Powers and Sinjin Smith, and Kevin Barnett, who was one of NBC's commentators at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. USA Volleyball experienced unprecedented success at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning gold medals in indoor men's volleyball and men's and women's beach volleyball and a silver medal in women's indoor volleyball. The medal haul was capped off when the U.S. Women's Sitting Team won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games. USA Volleyball has teamed with the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) to sanction the event and the High Performance Volleyball Academy for its production. For the complete article, click here.

U.S. WOMEN'S TEAM AT AVCA CONVENTION, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: USA Volleyball will have a major presence at the 2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention held Dec. 17-21 at Omaha, Neb. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), silver medalists on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Team, will be available to sign autographs and speak informally at various times in the USA Volleyball booth during the Volleyball Marketplace, also known as the AVCA Exhibit Show. Further, the two players will sign autographs from 5:15-5:45 p.m. CT on Dec. 18 prior to the NCAA semifinal matches at the Qwest Center. On Dec. 20, Berg and Sykora will take part in the NCAA youth clinic at the Qwest Center from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. USA Volleyball commemorative apparel and replica jerseys will be available for purchase at the USAV exhibit booth. An online purchasing kiosk will be available for apparel, as well as the limited supply on site. Sue Woodstra, an assistant coach on the 2008 Olympic Women's Team, will present the second half of the AVCA Pre-Convention Seminar on Dec. 17 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. CT following U.S. Olympic Men's Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon's morning presentation. For additional details, click here.

BOWN'S 14 NOT ENOUGH: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with Team USA, leads all middle blockers in the Italian Serie A professional league with 149 points in 38 sets for a 3.92 scoring average. She converts 56.7 percent of her attacks into kills (115 of 203) and has a .419 hitting efficiency. Bown adds 0.82 blocks. Last week, she scored 14 points for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in a 25-18, 28-26, 21-25, 25-18 loss to league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on Dec. 4. Jesi, currently third in the league standings, plays Solo Affitti Tradeco Cesena this weekend.

SCOTT-ARRUDA TALLIES 19: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), the only four-time Olympian from the U.S. Women's National Team, has converted 49 percent of her attacks into kills during the 2008-2009 Italian Serie A professional league with CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte. She has scored 95 points in eight matches and 32 sets, including a 0.72 block average. Last week, Scott-Arruda poured in a match-high 19 points to lead her team to a 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 victory over Lines Ecocapitanata Cesena on Dec. 4. She tallied 17 kills on 28 attempts to go with two blocks. Her team, ranked seventh in the 14-team league, faces Riso Scotti Pavia this weekend.

WILLOUGHBY SEVEN IN LOSS: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Team, tallied seven points for Despar Perugia in a 25-23, 26-24, 28-26 loss to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo in an Italian Serie A professional league showdown on Dec. 4. She provided three kills, three blocks and an ace in the match in which all three sets were settled by the minimum two points. For the season, Willoughby ranks 48th in the league in scoring with 85 points and 22nd in scoring average with 3.36 points per set. Perugia, currently ninth in the league standings, faces fourth-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio this weekend.

NNAMANI TEAM-HIGH 13 IN LOSS: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian with the U.S. Women's National Team, tallied a team-high 13 points on Dec. 6 for Galatasaray of the Turkish professional league, but it was not enough to overcome Turk Telekom in a 25-16, 26-24, 25-20 loss. Turk Telekom recently signed "Jenny" Lang Ping, the U.S. Women's National Team head coach this past Olympic quadrennial, to serve as the team's head coach. Nnamani was credited with 11 kills on 34 swings and two blocks in the loss. Galatasary challenges Fenerbahçe Ac?badem in its next match on Dec. 13.

TOM LEADS HISAMITSU TO SPLIT: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women's National Team, scored 33 points for Hisamitsu this past weekend resulting in a split of matches in Japan V-League competition. She tallied 16 kills on 40 swings and a block in a 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 loss to Denso on Dec. 6. In the match, she added 27 positive receptions on 31 chances. Tom added 16 points versus JT on Dec. 7. She notched 13 kills on 31 attacks with only two errors. She added three blocks in the victory.

HANEEF-PARK HELPS PIONEER TO SPLIT: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time Olympian with the U.S. Women's National Team, contributed 52 points as her Japan V-League team Pioneer split a pair of matches this past weekend. She slammed 28 kills on 64 attacks versus Toyota in leading Pioneer to a 25-22, 29-27, 15-25, 20-25, 15-13 victory on Dec. 6, including 14 back-row kills on 22 attempts. Haneef-Park added a block to increase her point total to 29. On the following day versus Okayama, she charted 23 points in a 25-12, 25-14, 24-26, 25-11 loss. Haneef-Park earned 19 kills on 68 attacks, three blocks and an ace in the loss.

JOINES, FAKEL WIN FIRST OF SEASON: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic silver medalist with the U.S. Women's National Team, was credited with 13 points for her Russian Super League professional team Fakel on Dec. 6. Her total helped Fakel to a 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 victory over Balakovskaya AES. Joines provided nine kills on 16 errorless attacks to go with a team-high three blocks. With its first victory of the season, Fakel moves into 10th place in the 12-team league. Joines' squad hits the court next on Dec. 13 against Leningradka, which is currently in eighth place in the league.

GLASS NETS 16 IN VICTORY: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), the youngest Olympian on the U.S. Women's National Team that won a silver medal in Beijing, helped her Russia Super League team Universitet-Belogorie to a 17-25, 27-29, 25-16, 25-18, 16-14 come-from-behind victory over Uralochka-NTMK on Dec. 6. She came off the bench in the opening set and created 11 kills on 32 scoring opportunities to go with four blocks and an ace as her team climbed into fifth place with the victory. Glass' team place second-place Spartak on Dec. 13.

OPEN TRYOUTS FOR U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 20-22, 2009, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout registration and application form, which must be returned by Jan. 12, 2009, can be downloaded by clicking here. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the USA Women's Volleyball National Team program, USA Women's World University Games Team or the USA Women's Senior A2 Teams. For the complete press release, click here.

USA VOLLEYBALL HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHES' CLINIC: USA Volleyball will host its Sixth Annual High Performance Coaches Clinic Jan. 22-24, 2009, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Clinic costs $400, which includes instruction, material and room and board at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. In conjunction with the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Clinic, the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) will have additional modules available at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25, 2009. Clinic registration opens Nov. 25, 2008, and can be accessed online by clicking here.

REPLICA JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME: Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for your volleyball loved ones? USA Volleyball has the answer with replica jerseys from its 2008 Olympic Games indoor teams being made available for a limited time at http://usavolleyball2008.com/store/. The U.S. Olympic Women's Team replica jerseys, priced at $65 apiece, are available in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. Replica jerseys are available for all 12 U.S. players who participated in the 2008 Olympic Games. Each replica jersey will have the Olympian's name on the back with their jersey number on both the front and back. Jerseys pre-ordered by Dec. 17 will be shipped in time for the holidays. In addition, USA Volleyball has several other 2008 Olympic Games apparel items commemorating the unprecedented indoor and beach volleyball success obtained in Beijing. Products available on the online store include short and long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in multiple designs.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed nine transfers of U.S. Women's National Team members to compete for foreign volleyball clubs during the 2008-2009 season. Setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) will return to VBC Volero in Switzerland. Middle blockers Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) will compete in Italy's Serie A League. Bown competes for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi, while Scott-Arruda plays for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte. Japan's V-League has secured the talents of outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and opposite Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.). Tom competes for Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs, while Haneef-Park is on the Pioneer Red Wings roster playing for former U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Toshi Yoshida. Middle blocker Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) and outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) play for Russia's Fakel Novyi Urengoi club, while outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) also will compete in Russia with Universitet Belogorie. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) signed a contract to compete in the Turkish professional league with Galatasaray.

OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE APPRAREL ON SALE: USA Volleyball has unveiled five commemorative logo designs to appear on apparel saluting USA Volleyball's medal successes at the recent Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Beijing. Apparel can be purchased by visiting http://usavolleyball2008.com/store/. Men's and ladies' T-shirt designs are $15, while the youth T-shirt size is $13. Long sleeve t-shirts are $18, crew sweatshirts are $23 and hoodies are $30. Sizes XXL and larger have a slightly higher price. USA Volleyball's success on the Olympic grand stage in Beijing has never been achieved by any other nation since volleyball was added to the Olympics in 1964. The U.S. Olympic Men's Indoor Volleyball Team, which was named the United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month for August 2008, captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games without losing a single match. Women's Beach Volleyball (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh) and Men's Beach Volleyball (Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers) both came back from Beijing with Olympic Games gold medals. The U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team captured the silver medal in Beijing, as did the U.S. Women's Sitting Team during the Paralympic Games. No other country has ever participated in the gold-medal match of all four Olympic Games volleyball disciplines during the same year. Team USA added a fifth gold-medal appearance at the Paralympic Games.

2009 PAN AMERICAN CUP COMING TO MIAMI: USA Volleyball will host the Eighth Annual Women's Pan American Cup June 26-July 4 in conjunction with the USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championship in the Miami area. The nine-day Pan American Cup, which will tentatively have three of the four 2008 Olympic Games semifinalists (Brazil, USA and Cuba), will be played on the campuses of the University of Miami and Florida International University.  "USA Volleyball is extremely excited about the opportunity to host one of the largest international volleyball events in Miami and to pair it with the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. "It will provide a unique opportunity for our developing young volleyball players to be exposed to elite international volleyball teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean. The two events will also generate terrific excitement in the community and lead to greater popularity for the sport." USA Volleyball is hosting its first-ever Women's Pan American Cup, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The event is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation. Team USA has not hosted a women's senior-level international tournament since the 1998 FIVB World Championship Qualifier tournament in 1998. Due to international scheduling and professional league commitments, matches on domestic soil have become a rarity with only seven contests against foreign teams in the most recent Olympic quadrennial (2005-2008).

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