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U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Nov. 17

Nov. 17, 2008, 4:32 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 17, 2008) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Nov. 17 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.

NNAMANI CARVES OUT 33: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), an outside hitter for the silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, collected a match-high 33 points in leading her professional Turkish League team Galatasary to a 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 18-16 victory over Besiktas on Nov. 13. Offensively, she turned in 29 kills on 56 swings along with an ace. Nnamani added three blocks in the victory. On Nov. 16 versus Dicle Üniversitesi, she racked up another 22 points on 19 kills, two blocks and an ace in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-13 victory. Nnamani converted 56 percent of her attacks into kills during the match, including a .471 hitting efficiency. Galatasary is idle until a Nov. 23 contest versus V.Güne? Sigorta.

BOWN NETS 22: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a middle blocker and silver medalist for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, continues to shine in the Italian Serie A League in her professional season. She totaled 22 points for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in a 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Famila Chieri on Nov. 16. Bown was credited with 15 kills on 28 swings and seven blocks of her team’s 11 blocks. Last week, she netted 26 points in a victory over Asystel Volley Novara. Jesi (5-1) challenges CGF Recycle Florens Castellana (3-3) and Olympic teammate Danielle Scott-Arruda on Nov. 23.

WILLOUGHBY LEADS PERUGIA: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a key member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal, paced Despar Perugia to its second consecutive victory in the Italian Serie A League by downing Minetti Vicenza 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 on Nov. 15. She tallied a match-high 11 points, all on kills. Willoughby converted 42 percent of her attacks into kills, while also providing a 63 positive service reception percentage. Perugia (2-4) faces Famila Chieri (1-5) on Nov. 23 in its next contest.

SCOTT-ARRUDA PLAYS LEAGUE-LEADER: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four –time Olympian for the U.S. and a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, earned seven points for Italian Serie A League team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Nov. 16, but it was not enough against undefeated league-leader Scavolini Pesaro. Scott-Arruda scored six kills on 13 errorless attacks to go with a block in the 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 loss. She will face three-time U.S. Olympic Games teammate Heather Bown and Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on Nov. 23.

HANEEF-PARK, PIONEER WIN FIRST TWO: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), an opposite on the 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalist team, assisted her Japanese V-League team Pioneer Redwings to their first two victories of the season this past weekend. She tallied 30 points in a 21-25, 29-27, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12 victory over Toray on Nov. 15. Haneef-Park notched 29 kills on 62 attacks, along with an ace in the first victory of the season for Pioneer. She led Pioneer to a second consecutive five-set victory on Nov. 16, this time a come-from-behind 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10 win over JT. In the second match in as many days, Haneef-Park totaled 20 kills on 55 attacks, including eight back-court kills, two aces and a block for 23 points.

GLASS BREAKS 20: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, continues to pace her Russian Super League Team Universitet-Belogorie in the 2008-2009 season. On Nov. 16, she reached 20 points in a 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 victory over Indesit. Glass turned in 18 kills on 37 swings with just three hitting errors, while adding two blocks and a 58 positive percent on service reception. Universitet-Belogorie improves to 4-1 on the season and is idle until a Nov. 28 contest versus Zarechie-Odintsovo.

JOINES SETTLES FOR NINE: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a middle blocker on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal, tallied nine points for Fakel in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 loss to Uralochka-NTMK. She was credited with six kills on 12 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Fakel, which is still searching for its first victory of the season, will face winless Avtodor-Metar on Nov. 28.

HANEEF-PARK TO BE INDUCTED: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time Olympian and silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, will be inducted into the Long Beach State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 19. While at Long Beach State, she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first team in 2001 after leading Long Beach State in kills per game (5.03) as a senior. Haneef-Park guided Long Beach State to a 33-1 record and a runner-up finish at the 2001 NCAA championships. She posted a hitting percentage of .406 and also averaged 2.31 digs and 0.73 blocks per game as a senior. Haneef-Park, a three-time All-Big West First-Team selection, was also a three-time All-American high jumper at Long Beach State. She competed at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, finishing 10th with a jump of 5-10 ¾.

AH MOW-SANTOS STILL WAHINE FAVORITE: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), the starting setter for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal in Beijing, participated in the University of Hawaii annual alumnae exhibition match on Nov. 14. She started the first set and led her side of past Rainbow Wahine to a 30-26 victory in front of approximately 600 fans.

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 by clicking here. 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 clicking here. 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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