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U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update - Jan. 26

Jan. 26, 2009, 2:49 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2009) - The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 26 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 that includes the international transfer list, trivia questions and other fan interaction sections, click here. Below are selected sections from the update.

BERG SELECTED USAV FEMALE INDOOR ATHLETE OF YEAR: USA Volleyball announced today that Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) has been selected as the 2008 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year. She and her 2008 Olympic Games teammates earned the silver medal in Beijing. Berg played a key role as one of the two setters and the co-captain by helping to stabilize the squad dealing with the magnitude of the Olympic Games simultaneously with a tragedy affecting nearly the entire team. For the complete press release, visit http://usavolleyball.org/news/article/9157.

1988 OLYMPIAN COLLINS-PARKER RECEIVES NCAA AWARD: Deitre Collins-Parker, who was a 1988 Olympian for the U.S. Women's Volleyball team and an alternate four years later at the 1992 Olympic Games, received the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award on Jan. 15 at the NCAA Honors and Delegates Celebration in Washington, D.C. The award honors former student-athletes who successfully completed collegiate careers in various sports and have excelled in their chosen professions on their 25th anniversary of completing their athletics eligibility. Collins-Parker, who is currently the head women's volleyball coach at Cornell University, was a two-time Broderick Award honoree as the national player of the year (1983, 1984) after leading the University of Hawaii to consecutive national titles. A 1995 graduate of Hawaii with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications, she is a member of the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) and holds CAP Level III certification. For more information, click here.

UPDATE ON TOM: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian, continues to lead her Japanese V-League squad Hisamitsu, albeit in marathon five-set matches. She turned in a 23-point performance in a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9 victory over Toyota on Jan. 24. Tom collected 17 kills on 39 attacks as part of a 43.6 kill percent. She added a match-high six blocks as Hisamitsu held a 15-9 block advantage for the match. Tom also had 21 positive service receptions on 41 attempts in the match. Hisamitsu, currently 7-6 and in fifth place in the V-League standings, returns to the court next week to face the top two teams. It faces league-leader NEC on Jan. 31 at Ibaraki, followed by a Feb. 1 match against second-place Denso.

UPDATE ON HANEEF-PARK: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, assisted her Japanese V-League professional team Pioneer to a split of matches this past weekend. She pocketed a match-high 30 points in a 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13 loss to her former V-League team Takefuji Bamboo on Jan. 24. Haneef-Park scored 10 of her 29 kills from the back row while adding a block. Pioneer moved back into the win column on Jan. 25 with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-12 victory over Hitashi-sawa. Haneef-Park charted 11 kills on 21 errorless attacks to go with two aces and a block for 14 points. Pioneer, 7-8 in the league and in seventh place, faces fourth-place Okayama on Feb. 1 at Okinawa.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, turned in a big performance against second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo in an Italian Serie A league match on Jan. 25. She scored 14 points on 21 attacks to go with a match-high six blocks in a 16-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 16-14 victory. Jesi's victory allowed it to improve to 11-5 on the season and move into a tie for third place with 33 points. Bown and Jesi will face sixth-place Earlier in the week, Jesi defeated Romania's Dinamo Bucuresti 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 on Jan. 21 to sweep the GM Capital Challenge Cup 8th Final Round. Jesi now advances to the eight-team 4th Final Round and will face France's USSP Albi twice in mid-February. Despar Perugia, one of the hottest teams in the Italian Serie A league, on Feb. 2.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, and her Italian Serie A team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte hooked up in a close battle with Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo on Jan. 25. However, Castellana Grotte came out on the losing end with all three sets settled by the minimum two points - 27-25, 25-23, 25-23. Scott-Arruda collected 11 points with 10 kills and a block in the loss. She and Castellana Grotte, 8-8 on the season and in ninth place, will face 13th-place Minetti Vicenza on Feb. 1.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, had a busy week as she and her Italian Serie A team Despar Perugia had a league match and a CEV Indesit Champions League match. On Jan. 20, she scored a match-high 20 points against Poland's Farmutil Pila, but it was not enough in the final CEV Champions League Pool D match as Pila won 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11. Willoughby tallied 16 kills on 40 swings, two blocks and two aces in the loss. Despite the loss, Perugia finished atop the four-team Pool D standings with a 4-2 record. Since it also hosts the CEV Champions League semifinals, Perugia bypasses the Playoffs 12 round. Perugia got back on the winning side on Jan. 25 in an Italian Serie A match, a 25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20 victory over Zoppas Industries Conegliano. Willoughby served as a sub in the first and third sets and did not record a point. Perugia, sixth in the league standings with a 9-7 record and 28 points, challenges fourth-place Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on Feb. 2.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian, and her Turkish professional team Galatasaray were idle this past week. However, Galatasaray has two matches on tap this week as it plays Karsiyaka DYO on Jan. 28 and Gazi Universitesi on Jan. 31.

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, helped all five Besitkas starting hitters to reach double-digit scoring in a Jan. 24 match with Iller Bankasi. However, Iller Bankasi came away with a hard-fought 26-24, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 victory. McGinnis, one scored a single individual tally with a block, set Besiktas to a 34 kill percent for the match and only 17 errors for a .168 hitting efficiency. Bankasi overcame a .148 hitting efficiency with 51 kills as part of a 42 kill percent.

METCALF UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian for the United States, was idle for Turkish league competition with Eczacibasi Zentiva. She will return to the court on Jan. 31 as Eczacibasi Zentiva plays V. Gunes Sigorta. Despite being idle in the Turkish League last week, Eczacibasi Zentiva was in the mix of the CEV Indesit Champions League final week of Pool E. Metcalf notched 22 kills on 54 swings along with three blocks and an ace, but the effort came up short in match result as pool winner Scavolini Pesaro won 25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21 on Jan. 20. Eczacibasi Zentiva finished second in Pool E with a 4-2 record, yet advanced to the Playoffs 12. It will face a familiar opponent, Vakifbank Gunes, in the two-match playoff series in mid-February.

SHOWDOWN IN RUSSIA: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian  playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie, was able to meet up recently with fellow Americans Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), who play for Fakel. As with Glass, Joines was a 2008 Olympian while Richards was an alternate to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Universitet Belogorie earned a four-set victory (25-21, 16-25, 25-18, 25-19) over Fakel on Jan. 25 to move into a tie for first place in the league with a 9-2 record. Glass started all four sets, but was held below her average with only five kills and an ace. Richards, coming off a 25-point performance last week, scored 18 points in the loss via 14 kills and four blocks. Joines added seven kills, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Fakel currently is 1-10 in the league.

AKINRADEWO, FAWCETT PICK UP HONORS: Stanford University's Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Team after training in Colorado Springs last spring and summer, has been selected as Volleyball Magazine's co-national player of the year with Penn State University's Nicole Fawcett. Both players were seniors last fall. Akinradewo helped Stanford to the NCAA national championship match before losing to Fawcett and Penn State for the title. Akinradewo, a four-time AVCA All-American, finished third nationally in hitting efficiency (.457) and fourth nationally in blocking (1.47 blocks per set). She finished her career with the highest-ever NCAA Division I career hitting efficiency (.446). Meanwhile, Fawcett was named the 2008 AVCA National Player of the Year and Honda Award Winner as the top women's volleyball athlete this past fall. She led Penn State to an undefeated 38-0 record and second straight NCAA title. Fawcett averaged 3.78 kills per set and compiled a .358 attack efficiency in 2008.

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, visit www.finerpotsvball.com.

USA VOLLEYBALL HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHES' CLINIC: USA Volleyball hosted its Sixth Annual High Performance Coaches Clinic Jan. 22-24, 2009, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team, was one of the featured presenters at the event after he led the U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the libero for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal in Beijing, was a court demonstrator and was on hand for several of the weekend sessions.

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. 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, visit http://volleyball.teamusa.org/news/article/7953.

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. 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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