U.S. Women's Update - Dec. 2

Dec. 02, 2009, 12:38 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 2, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 2 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version including a complete list of players training at the team’s facility at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Volley-Tweets, the U.S. international transfer list, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What three locations will the U.S. Women’s National Team visit as part of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix? 2. How many different international professional indoor leagues has Logan Tom played in? Answers can be found on page two in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

BOWN, JESI ON TOP OF ITALIAN LEAGUE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda,Calif.), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, has helped Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi to the top spot in the Italian Serie A professional league standings after the seventh round of matches. Bown scored eight points on Nov. 25 in a 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Asystel Volley Novara. Bown posted nine kills on 11 errorless attacks to go with three blocks in the victory. However, Jesi lost its first match of the season on Nov. 29, a five-set contest to Riso Scotti Pavia. Bown charted five kills on 12 attempts with one error to go with a match-high four blocks for 10 overall points. Despite the loss, Jesi remains in first place with a 6-1 record and 18 overall points – three points ahead of a three-way tie for second place between Foppapedretti Bergamo, MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese and Scavolini Pesaro. Jesi returns to Italian Serie A action on Dec. 6 against Bergamo in an key match against top teams.

BERG PUSHING ITALIAN TEAM: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team which won the silver medal in Beijing, has her MC-Caranghi Villa Cortese team in a three-way tie for second place in the Italian Serie A professional league. Villa Cortese dropped a hard-fought three- set match (27-25, 25-21, 29-27) to Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on Nov. 25. Berg put up four blocks during the contest and helped her squad to a 40 kill percent for the match, only to have Urbino convert 50 percent of its attack attempts. Villa Cortese rebounded on Nov. 29 to defeat RebecchiLupa Piacenza in four sets. Berg led Villa Cortese to a 49 kill percent for the match and provided one attack point in the match. Villa Cortese will face Scavolini Pesaro on Dec. 6 in a battle of teams with identical 5-2 records and 15 points in the league standings. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at http://lindseyberg.blogspot.com.

TOM, ASYSTEL VOLLEY NOVARA: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time Olympian and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medal roster, is competing for Asystel Volley Novara in the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Novara dropped a pair of matches this past week to fall to seventh place in the 12-team league standings. Tom scored a match-high 13 points on Nov. 25, but it was not enough as Novara lost 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 to Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. She totaled all her points on 13 kills with 32 attacks while providing a 60 percent positive service reception. Tom tallied a team-high 14 points on Nov. 29 as Novara lost to Scavolini Pesaro 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19. She contributed 12 kills on 31 attempts, one block and one ace in the Nov. 25 match. Novara will also be part of the CEV Indesit Champions League as it takes on Russia’s Zarechie Odintsovo to open Pool D play on Dec. 3. Novara returns to Italian Serie A action on Dec. 6 against Yamamay Busto Arsizio.

RICHARDS HELPING OMICHKA TO RUSSIAN LEAD: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, is playing in the Russia Super League for a second year in a row – this time with Omichka in Omsk. Her squad won three matches this past weekend as part of qualifying for the Russian Cup Finals that will take place Dec. 21-22. Omichka opened with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Hope MO on Nov. 27. Richards scored 14 points with 12 kills and two blocks in a four-set victory over Khabarovsk the following day. Omichka swept Hara 25-19, 25-22, 25-16 on the final day as Richards put together a solid all-around match with 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. The Russian Cup Finals includes Omichka, Dinamo Moscow, Zarechi-Odintsovo and Uralochka-NTMK. All four teams won their round-robin pool group of four teams to advance to the Russian Cup Final. Richards and her third-place team resume Russia Super League action on Dec. 5 against Universitet-Tekhnolog.

NNAMANI, GLASS PACING PROSTEJOV IN CZECH REPUBLIC: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) continue to lead their Czech Republic professional team Prostejov to a 10-0 start. Nnamani tallied 15 kills on 22 attacks, a match-high five blocks and three aces for 23 points to lead Prostejov to a 25-19, 25-8, 25-14 victory over TJ Sokol Sternberk on Nov. 26. Glass added seven points in the victory, all on kills from 18 attacks, while chipping in a 73 positive percent on service receptions. Prostejov remains as the only undefeated team in the league, but is in second place due to the points awarded. Prostejov starts CEV Indesit Champions League action on Dec. 3 against Turkey’s Fenerbahce Acibadem before returning to Czech Republic league action on Dec. 5 against league-leader Frydek-Mistek.

BARBOZA STARTS PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team and alternate on both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games rosters, started her professional career this past week by playing for Toray in the Japanese V-League. Barboza started versus JT on Nov. 28 in the season-opening match at Kobe, compiling seven kills on 25 attempts with one error in the three-set loss. Toray bounced back to defeat Okayama on Nov. 29 in straight sets as Barboza started the first two sets in contributing seven kills on 22 attacks to go with a block for eight points. Toray returns to the court on Dec. 5 against Pioneer at Akita, followed by a Dec. 6 match against NEC.

METCALF GEARING UP FOR BRAZIL START: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Games roster, is in Brazil getting ready for the start of the Brazilian Superliga. Metcalf is playing for Usiminia/Minas in 2009-2010. Her squad starts league action on Dec. 10 against Macae Sports, followed by a Dec. 12 match against Unilever. Metcalf was the leading scorer for the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer with 301 points in 79 sets played. Last year, Metcalf was a key member of Eczacibasi Zentiva in the Turkish professional league which finished as the runner-up in the postseason tournament.

DAVIS, HARMOTTO WITH LANG PING: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the libero on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal, and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) are playing for Guangdong Hengda in the Chinese Professional League under the direction of “Jenny” Lang Ping, who served as head coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. As a new squad and the first privately funded squad in China, Hengda is competing in the second tier of the Chinese Professional League in 2009-2010 and can move up to the top tier next year by finishing among the top two teams of the seven-team league that ends Jan. 26, 2010. Hengda’s schedule includes matches every Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday of each week with the exception of Dec. 20 and Jan. 23 being off. Hengda has won its first two matches to start the season, including a five-set victory at Xiamen on Dec. 1.

NATIONAL TEAM AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: Join Mizuno and USA Volleyball for a free autograph session on Saturday, Dec. 12, with the nation’s best volleyball players – members of both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams. The autograph session takes place at the Team Sports Superstore located inside the American Sports Centers (1500 S. Anaheim, Blvd., Anaheim, Calif. 92805) from noon to 1 p.m. The first 250 autograph seekers will receive a free Mizuno gift (limit one per person). This event is co-presented by Mizuno, USA Volleyball, Southern California Volleyball Association, American Sports Centers and Team Sports Superstore. The SCVA will be hosting its Boys’ Classic Tournament during the weekend of Dec. 12 at the American Sports Centers, the training headquarters for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 19-21, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout. The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 14, 2010, can be found by clicking here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in the tryout. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women’s National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends. For the full press release, click here.

U.S. WOMEN CONTINUE TRAINING: The 12 U.S. Women’s National Team players taking part in the fall training session continue to show improvements as they are being put to the test by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and his coaching staff. The session started on Oct. 12 and will go through December at the team’s training headquarters – the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Training sessions, generally starting at 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, are open to the public at no cost. On Fridays, the team has weights and either an indoor or beach training session. Middle blockers training include Jen Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Tracy Stalls (Denver), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.). The outside hitter group includes Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.). Setters in the fall training session are Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio). Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) is the only opposite in training during the fall. The libero position has Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) working out at American Sports Centers. McCutcheon is hopeful the current training group will expand during the second phase of the off-season training period starting in mid-January with the addition of current collegiate seniors.

AH MOW-SANTOS PART OF CLINIC: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), a three-time U.S. Olympian and part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be part of clinic coaching girls ages 9-18. She along with three-time AVCA All-American Tanya Fuamatu are hosting Advanced Girls’ Setters and Hitters Sessions from Dec. 2-30. For additional information, contact Melissa Lum at info@efchawaii.com or visit www.efchawaii.com/advanced.atm.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. The U.S. Women’s National Team will visit Poland, Thailand and Hong Kong during the preliminary weekends of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, with the Final Round in China. 2. Logan Tom has competed in six different international indoor professional volleyball leagues: Italian Serie A (3 years), Japan V-League, Russia Super League, Spain Superliga, Swiss NLA, and Brazilian Superliga.

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