U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Nov. 13
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2008) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Nov. 13 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, 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.
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.
GLASS SIZZLES IN VICTORY: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), an outside hitter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games Team that captured the silver medal, aided her Russian pro team Universitet-Belogorie to a 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Balakovskaya AES on Nov. 9. She tallied nine kills on 12 swings with just one hitting error on offense for a 75.0 kill percent and .667 attack efficiency. Glass added three blocks in the victory for a 12-point performance. Her team, which is 3-1 on the season, next plays on Nov. 16 versus Indesit.
JOINES BIG EFFORT FALLS SHORT: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Games Team, tallied 19 points for her Russian professional team Fakel N-Urengoy, but it was not enough as Samorodok won 19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 22-20 in a marathon match. Joines tallied 15 kills on 30 swings with just three errors, netting a 50.0 kill percent and .400 attack efficiency. She added three blocks and an ace to round out her evening. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), who was tabbed to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games preliminary roster (O-2), is a teammate of Joines in Russia but did not play in the match.
TOM AND HANEEF-PARK ON OPPOSITE SIDES: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) competed as teammates for the U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, which resulted in a silver medal for the Americans. Now, both are competing in Japan's V-League on different teams who met for the first in the 2008-2009 season on Nov. 9. Haneef-Park topped Tom individual in points in the head-to-head match, but it was Tom's Hisamitsu Springs squad that came out as winners with a 22-25, 25-15, 30-28, 25-22 victory over Haneef-Park's Pioneer Red Wings club. Tom scored 10 kills on 46 swings to go with four blocks for 14 total points. Haneef-Park collected 22 points via 19 kills on 64 attacks and three blocks. For both players, it was the second match in two days. Haneef-Park scored 17 points all on kills in a 25-19, 25-17, 19-25, 29-27 loss on Nov. 8 to Takefuji Bamboo, which she played for in the 2004-2006 seasons. Tom recorded 15 kills in a Nov. 8 loss to Okayama.
NNAMANI HITS 21 IN TURKEY: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver-medal team, signed her professional contract late in Turkey. However, she has quickly moved to the forefront of her Galatasaray team. Nnamani recorded 18 kills on 34 attacks with only four attack errors in a 25-17, 25-27, 25-10, 23-25, 15-8 victory over Gazi Unuversitesi on Nov. 2. She added two blocks and an ace for a 21-point match. Nnamani and Galatasaray next hit the court on Nov. 13 against Besiktas.
BOWN POUNDS 26 IN ITALY: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games Team, continues to frustrate Italian Serie A defenses while playing professionally for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. She totaled a match-high 26 points in a 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Asystel Volley Novara on Nov. 9. Bown scored 21 kills on 28 attacks to go with four blocks and an ace. Jesi, currently in third place in the Italian Serie A League with a 4-1 record and 12 points, is scheduled to play Famila Chieri (1-4) on Nov. 16.
WILLOUGHBY COLLECTS DOZEN: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a member of the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Games Team, assisted Despar Perugia to its first victory of the Italian Serie A season with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Riso Scotti Pavia on Nov. 8. She scored all 12 of her points on kills coming off of 31 attacks from the outside hitter position. Perugia (1-4) played Minetti Vicenza (0-5) on Nov. 16.
SCOTT-ARRUDA HALF DOZEN: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time Olympian who earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, netted six points for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in a 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22 loss to Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Nov. 9. She tallied four kills on 12 errorless attacks to go with two aces. Scott-Arruda's team falls to 3-2 on the season and faces Scavolini Pesaro next on Nov. 16.
STANFORD CONNECTION DOING WELL IN COLLEGE: Stanford University was represented with six players this past spring competing for spots on the 2008 Olympic Team. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) made the team. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), who both made the preliminary U.S. Olympic roster and were among the final cuts, returned to Stanford this fall for their senior seasons. Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who competed for the U.S. at the Pan American Cup in June, returned to Stanford for her sophomore season. The three Cardinal currently average a combined 9.91 kills per set in leading Stanford to second place in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll. Akinradewo, last year's AVCA National Player of the Year, averages 3.96 points per set with a .468 attack efficiency and 1.46 blocks per set. Barboza leads the team with 3.48 kills per set as part of a 3.94 points per set average, while ranking second on the team in dig average at 2.91. Klineman boasts averages of 3.87 points, 3.42 kills, 2.00 digs and 0.55 blocks per set with a .285 hitting efficiency. Stanford currently holds a 21-3 record and has won its last six matches including three over top 10 opponents.
HOOK ‘EM HORNS TRIO FROM TRAINING TEAM: University of Texas had three of its players with collegiate eligibility train and compete with the U.S. Women's National Training Team this past spring. Although the three did not make the 12-player U.S. Olympic Team roster, the trio has used the training to their benefit by lifting Texas to fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national collegiate poll with a 19-3 overall record. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio), who skipped her collegiate track and field season this spring to train with the volleyball team in Colorado Springs, is averaging a Texas-best 5.18 points per set, including a 4.29 kill average on a .347 attack efficiency. Juliann Faucette (San Diego) is second on the team in scoring with a 3.55 point average. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) connects for a .465 attack efficiency to go with 0.90 blocks per set.
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.
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).