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U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Jan. 13

Jan. 13, 2009, 1:25 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 13, 2009) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 13 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, trivia questions, Tour of Glory celebrating USA Volleyball's Beijing success, 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 are selected sections from the update.

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 can be accessed online by clicking here

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.

LOS ANGELES TIMES ARTICLE ON McCUTCHEON: The Los Angeles Times has a feature article on U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon in its Jan. 13 edition. The article delves into McCutcheon's thoughts on his personal Olympic Games tragedy, the U.S. Men's Team's Olympic gold medal, changing roles as the U.S. Women's National Team and the possibility of the U.S. Women's National Team moving away from its training headquarters of Colorado Springs. To read the article, click here.

UPDATE ON TOM: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian, aided her Japanese V-League team Hisamitsu Springs to two victories over the past weekend. The two victories allowed Hisamitsu to move up to up fifth place in the league standings. Tom provided 10 kills and a block in a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Hitachi-sawa on Jan. 10. In addition, her service reception was nearly flawless with a 78.9 percent positive serve-receive on 19 chances. On the following day, Hisamitsu Springs dropped Takefuji Bamboo 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17. Tom netted 22 kills on 57 attacks and two blocks. She had 22 successful service receptions on 32 attempts for a 65.6 successful percent.

UPDATE ON HANEEF-PARK: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, scored 15 points for Pioneer in a Japanese V-League match on Jan. 10, but it was not enough as NEC captured a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory. Haneef-Park tallied all 15 of her points in the three-set loss off kills, including an 8-for-16 attack from the back row. After a day off, Haneef-Park and Pioneer competed against third-place Toray on Jan. 12. She scored 19 points against Toray, but like the match against NEC, was not enough in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 loss. Haneef-Park contributed 18 kills on 41 attempts, including six kills from 15 back-row attacks. She added a block in the loss. Pioneer has slipped to eighth place in the V-League standings with the consecutive losses to open 2009.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, helped her Italian Serie A professional team Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi to a 25-17, 25-15, 25-16 victory over Minetti Vicenza on Jan. 11 at Jesi, Italy. Bown reached double-figure scoring with eight kills on 10 attacks and two blocks. Jesi, with a 10-4 record and 30 points, is in third place in the Italian Serie A standings. Jesi travels to Tena Santeramo (3-11) on Jan. 18 for its next Italian Serie A match.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, helped her Italian Serie A professional team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte move up the standings with an upset of Asystel Volley Novara on Jan. 11 at Castellana Grotte. She provided 11 kills on 26 attempts with just three errors, one block and one ace for 13 points in the 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 upset at home. Scott-Arruda's club improved to 8-6 on the season and moved into sole possession of seventh place in the standings with 23 points. She and Castellana Grotte will travel to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo on Jan. 18.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian, continues to lead her Turkish professional team Galatasaray. She produced a team-high 16 points, double the output of second-leading scorer Stacey Gordon of Canada, in a 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 loss to Eczacibasi on Jan. 10. Nnamani totaled 15 kills on 39 attempts to go with a block.

METCALF UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian for the United States, scored 14 points to lead Eczacibasi Zentiva to a 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 Turkish professional league victory over Galatasary on Jan. 10. Metcalf, who was unable to compete for a 2008 Olympic Games roster spot due to injury, notched 10 kills on 26 attempts with just two errors, along with a match-high four blocks against Galatasaray. The match reunited Metcalf with 2004 Olympic Games teammate Ogonna Nnamani.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, did not play for her Italian Serie A club Despar Perugia in its Jan. 10 victory (25-22, 25-11, 25-17) over Tena Santeramo. Perugia, tied for eighth place with 22 points, goes to sixth-place Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo on Jan. 17 for its next match.

UPDATE FROM RUSSIA: The Russia Super League, with U.S. Olympians Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and Jen Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) competing on different squads, has been on break since Dec. 13. Glass and fifth-place Universitet-Belogorie face Leningradka on Jan. 18. Joines and 10th-place Fakel challenge 11th-place Indesit on Jan. 18.

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.

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.

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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