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U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update for Jan. 20

Jan. 20, 2009, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2009) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 20 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, trivia questions, 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.

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.

OLYMPIC LIBEROS TO HOST CAMP: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), who have occupied the libero position for the last three Olympic Games for Team USA, will host a one-day clinic on ball control and defense for all positions on March 8. The clinic will be held at Grand Canyon University, located at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The session runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost for the clinic is $160 per athlete with a cap of 60 participants. Athletes will be broken down into two age groups - 12-14 and 15-18. Sykora served as the U.S. libero at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, then earned a silver medal at her third Olympic Games in 2008 as a defensive specialist. Meanwhile, Davis was the 2008 Olympic Games libero. For more information or to register, click here.

UPDATE ON HANEEF-PARK: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, led her Japanese V-League professional team Pioneer to two victories this past weekend. She scored 19 points with 18 kills on 44 attempts and a block in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-22 victory over league-leader Denso on Jan. 17. Haneef-Park collected 28 points on 27 kills on 65 attacks and a block in a 15-25, 26-24, 26-24, 25-13 victory over JT on Jan. 18. Pioneer, which improves to 8-6 on the season and is in sixth place in the league standings, plays eighth-place Takefuji Bamboo on Jan. 24 and 10th-place Hitachi on Jan. 25.

UPDATE ON TOM: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian, provided 49 points in two Japanese V-League contests for Hisamitsu Springs this weekend. She tallied 17 kills on 42 swings to go with three blocks in a 21-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 15-8 loss to fourth-place Toray on Jan. 17. Tom and Hisamitsu turned the tables on five-set matches by defeating third-place Okayama 26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10 on Jan. 18. She recorded 26 kills on 52 attacks, along with three blocks for 29 points. Tom was successful on 32 of 36 service receptions. Hisamitsu, currently in fifth place with an 8-6 record, faces ninth-place Toyota on Jan. 24 in its only match next weekend.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, scored eight points for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in an 18-25, 25-13, 8-25, 25-17, 15-13 loss to Tena Santeramo on Jan. 18 during an Italian Serie A match. Bown scored seven kills on 18 swings, while adding a block on defense for eight points. Jesi, currently third in the league standings with a 10-5 record and 31 points, returns to action on Jan. 25 against second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo. Bergamo leads Jesi by five points in the standings, but trails league-leader and undefeated Pesaro by seven points.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, was limited to eight points as her Italian Serie A professional team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte lost 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo on Jan.  18. Scott-Arruda pocketed seven kills on 19 swings, while adding a block for eight points. Castellana Grotte, which slipped to ninth place with the loss, takes on seventh-place Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo on Jan .25. The two teams are separated by a single point in the standings and have identical 8-7 records.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, continues to help her Italian Serie A team Despar Perugia to climb the league standings. She scored seven points, all on kills via 20 attacks, in a 25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19 victory over seventh-place Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo on Jan. 17. Perugia holds an 8-7 record for the season and has collected 25 points for sixth place. Perugia can put some distance between itself and seventh-place Zoppas Industries Conegliano as the two meet on Jan. 25. Perugia also continues to shine in the CEV Indesit Champions League has it has already wrapped up first place in Pool D after a 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Netherlands' Dela Martinus Amstelveen on Jan. 14. Willoughby, who has not been 100 percent healthy, came off the bench in the final two sets to register two kills on four errorless attacks in the victory. Perugia finishes Pool D action against Poland's Farmutil Pila on Jan. 20. The next round of the Indesit Champions League, the Playoff Round of 12, begins Feb. 10.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian, helped her Turkish professional team Galatasaray SK to an easy 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 victory over Iller Bankasi GSK on Jan. 18 in Ankara. Nnamani was credited with nine kills on 28 swings, along with an ace. She added eight reception attempts in the sweep.

McGINNIS UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), a setter on the U.S. Women's National Team now playing professionally for Besitkas JK Bayan of the Turkish League, has come on strong in her short time playing in the professional ranks. As the starting setter for Besiktas, McGinnis played a huge role in her team's near upset of Eczacibasi on Jan. 17, which turned out to be a close five-set loss (25-27, 24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 16-14). She set Besiktas to a 39 kill percent for the match, while adding five points of her own. McGinnis dumped in four kills on seven attempts to go with a block. The five-set match was the second in as many matches of her Turkish professional career as she led Besiktas to a 25-15, 25-15, 18-25, 19-25, 15-10 victory over Nilufer Belediyesi on Jan. 10. In that match, McGinnis tallied five kills on seven errorless attempts to go with two blocks for seven points.

METCALF UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian for the United States, aided her Turkish professional team Eczacibasi Sport Club in a rally from two sets down to defeat Besiktas Sport Club 25-27, 24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 16-14 on Jan. 17 at Istanbul. Metcalf tallied 17 kills with just three errors on 46 attacks as part of a 37 kill percent and .304 hitting efficiency. She added a block and ace for 19 points in the victory.

RICHARDS, JOINES LEAD FAKEL: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), a member of the U.S. Women's National Team, are competing for Fakel of the Russia Super League. The duo had starting roles on Jan. 17 as Fakel returned to its first action in nearly a month, but could not come away with a victory in a five-set loss to Indesit. Richards tallied a match-high 25 points with 17 kills on 45 attacks, along with eight aces on 28 serves. Meanwhile, Joines added seven kills, two blocks and an ace for 10 points in the loss.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, continues to perform well in Russia with her professional team Universitet-Belogorie. Her squad defeated Leningradka 30-28, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 for its fourth consecutive victory. Overall, Universitet Belogorie is 8-2 on the season and tied for first place in the league with Dinamo. Statistics for the match are not available yet.

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

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. 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 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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