U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Nov. 3
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2008) - The latest edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update includes briefs on the national team players' experiences in their overseas professional leagues, trivia questions and 2008 reviews. The full eight-page PDF can be downloaded by click here.
Below is a portion of the Update.
HANEEF-PARK SCORES BIG: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), who won an Olympic Games silver medal with the 2008 U.S. Women's Indoor Volleyball Team, played in a Japan V-League match on Nov. 1 for the first time since the 2004 season when she competed for Takefuji Bamboo. Now competing for Pioneer, she scored 23 points in a 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17 loss to Denso. Haneef-Park provided 22 kills on 53 attempts, along with one ace.
TOM IMPRESSIVE IN V-LEAGUE DEBUT: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team that earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, made her Japan V-League debut on Nov. 1 in impressive fashion with Hisamitsu. She collected 20 points with 17 kills on 39 swings (43.6 kill percent), two aces and a block in a 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Hitachi Sawa. In addition, Tom provided an 85 percent (17 of 20) success rate on service receptions.
BOWN, WILLOUGHBY ON OPPOSITE SIDES: Middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and outside hitter Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.) won silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games playing for the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team. Now, the two are on different professional teams in the Italian Serie A League and faced each other for the first time in the 2008-2009 season on Nov. 2. Bown and her team, Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi, came back from a first-set loss to win 23-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 over Willoughby's Despar Perugia squad. Bown contributed six kills on 13 swings and six blocks in the victory as Jesi improved to 3-1 on the season. Willoughby turned in seven kills, one block and one ace in the loss, Perugia's fourth in as many matches. Jesi faces Asystel Volley Novara on Nov. 9 in a battle of 3-1 teams, while Perugia attempts to get in the win column on Nov. 8 against Riso Scotti Pavia (2-2).
SCOTT-ARRUDA BIG NIGHT: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a middle blocker on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Team that won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, scored a match-high 16 points in leading CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte to a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Minetti Vicenza on Nov. 2. Scott-Arruda hammered 12 kills on 17 errorless attacks for a 71 percent efficiency. She added three blocks and an ace in the victory. Her team is tied for third with a 3-1 record. Scott-Arruda's team will attempt to improve its record on Nov. 9 as it faces Zoppas Industries Conegliano (2-2).
JOINES, RICHARDS PART OF FAKEL: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a silver medalist for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), a preliminary U.S. selection to the 2008 Olympic Games roster, are competing for Fakel in Russia's Super League. Both started Nov. 2 in a three-set loss to Dinamo Moscow. Richards contributed 10 kills on 19 swings and a block versus Dinamo Moscow, while Joines added four kills and two aces. In her previous match, Joines tallied eight kills on 18 swings, four blocks and an ace in a four-set loss to Dinamo Yantar on Oct. 29. Richards did not play in the contest.
GLASS PACING RUSSIAN TEAM: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team in 2008, has put up back-to-back big matches in her Russia Super League debut season with University Bilogirya. She tallied 11 kills with only one error on 27 attacks to go with three blocks and four aces in a 25-14, 26-24, 25-27, 25-11 victory on Nov. 2. Glass tallied a team-high 14 points in a 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 victory on Oct. 29 in which she scored 12 kills and two blocks.
BERG ON THE RADIO DIAL: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), who helped the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, will assist the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network this week by providing color commentary for the Minnesota State High School Volleyball Championships. The Minnesota State High School Volleyball Championships take place Nov. 6-8 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. For more information on the broadcasts, visit http://www.mnsportsnetwork.com/.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed eight 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.
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 clicking on the commemorative apparel link on http://www.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).