U.S. Women's Update - March 9
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 9, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 9 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, 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.
MORRISON ADDED TO WOMEN’S STAFF: U.S. Women’s National Team Head Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) announced today the hiring of Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) as the team’s assistant coach/technical coordinator, a similar role he held with the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal winning U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team. For the 2005-2008 Olympic Games quadrennial, Morrison was part of McCutcheon’s U.S. Men’s National Team staff that guided the Americans to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal in inspiring fashion. Team USA defeated Brazil in four sets in the championship match and progressed through the Olympic Games without losing a match. For the complete article, click here.
TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Name the 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team member who will be participating in the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship. 2. Which U.S. Women’s National Team player recently debuted her own Web site and blog? Answers can be found on page four in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.
TOM UPDATE: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian and Best Scorer of the 2008 Olympic Games, is playing with Hisamitsu Springs in the Japanese V-League. She led Hisamitsu Springs to a 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Denso on March 8, which guaranteed her club a playoff spot among the top four teams. Tom scored 15 kills on 38 attacks with just one error for a 39.5 kill percent. She added four blocks as part of her 19-point performance. Hisamitsu Springs (17-8), currently in third place in the V-League standings, is idle this week and will finish the regular season against Takefuji Bamboo on March 20 and top-ranked NEC on March 21. To view Hisamitsu Springs' photo gallery, click here.
HANEEF-PARK UPDATE: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, is competing for the Pioneer Red Wings of the Japanese V-League. She scored 20 points all on kills via 49 swings in a 25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22 loss to Takefuji Bamboo on March 8. Pioneer (12-12) is currently tied for sixth place with Toyota and teams meet head-to-head on March 14 at Aichi. Pioneer closes its regular season against Toray on March 20 and JT on March 21.
METCALF, STALLS UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian, is playing for Eczacibasi Zentiva of the Turkish professional league along with 2008 Olympic Games alternate Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.). Eczacibasi Zentiva defeated Poland’s Fakro Muszynianka 25-23, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 on March 5 in the home-and-home Playoff 6 Round. The two teams will conclude the series on March 11 with the right to advance to the semifinals at Perugia, Italy, on the line. In its return to Turkish league action, Eczacibasi Zentiva defeated Gazi Universitesi 25-12, 25-16, 25-13. Metcalf scored 16 points with 13 kills on 20 attempts with just one error and three blocks. Stalls subbed into the match in the second set and started the third as she scored two kills on three swings and a block. Eczacibasi Zentiva currently is 13-5 on the season and in third place in the Turkish league.
NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian now playing professionally in Turkey for Galatasaray, notched 17 points in a 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 loss to Turk Telekom on March 7. She scored 15 kills with just two errors on 36 attacks to go with two blocks. Nnamani also handled 18 service reception attempts with a 44 positive percent. Turk Telekom is led by 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Galatasaray, tied for sixth place in the league standings with Besiktas at 9-9, returns to action on March 11 against perennial power Fenerbahce Acibadem.
McGINNIS, HUGHES UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), both alternates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, are now competing for Besiktas JK Bayan of the Turkish professional volleyball league. Besiktas rallied to defeat Eregli Belediye 29-17, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 on March 7. McGinnis set her squad to a 45 kill percent for the match, including a sizzling 62 percent in the first set when Besiktas scored 23 kills on 37 attacks. She added four kills on nine errorless attempts in the match to go with four blocks. Meanwhile, Hughes started the first three sets and totaled seven kills on 13 attacks and an ace for eight points. Besiktas, currently 9-9 on the season and tied for sixth place in the standings with Galatasaray, plays second-place Turk Telekom on March 15.
BUSSE, CRIMES, PRESSEY UPDATE: Toa Baja, competing in the Puerto Rico Super League, features three players who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team during 2008. Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) all are sharing a heavy offensive load for Toa Baja. The Llaneras improved to 12-0 on the season after rallying to defeat Carolina 25-15, 24-26, 18-25, 25-13, 15-5 on March 6. Pressey scored a match-high 19 points to go with 13 digs, while Busse chipped in 17 points in the victory. Crimes added 13 points for Toa Baja, which included a match-high five blocks. In her Puerto Rico Super League debut, Nicole Fawcett scored a team-high 16 points for Carolina.
OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Kelly Wing scored 15 points with 16 digs in leading Juncos to a four-set victory over Bayamon on March 4. Vicky Brown added 13 points in the victory, while Jordan Larson scored a match-high 20 points for Bayamon…The American quartet of Shonda Cole (18), Jane Collymore (18), Allison Daley (15) and Jessica Jones (13) scored 64 of San Sebastian’s 76 points in a four-set victory over Mayaguez on March 5…Erin Moored contributed 21 points in a four-set Corozal victory over Guaynabo on March 5. Kristee Porter chipped in 16 points in the victory, while Patrice Arrington matched Moore’s 21 points in a losing effort…Kylie Atherstone chalked up 14 points while Erica Short added 13 of her own in leading Carolina to a four-set victory over Guaynabo on March 4. Arrington scored 16 points in the loss, while Lindsay Phillips added 15…Maggie Griffin was credited with 12 assists in a starting role for Caguas as it defeated Ponce in five sets on March 6…Patrice Arrington notched 18 points in leading Guaynabo to a four-set victory over San Sebastian on March 7. Shonda Cole tallied 15 points in the loss, while Allison Daley added 13 points and Jessica Jones 11…Kelly Wing contributed 18 points for Juncos in a five-set victory over Mayaguez on March 7. Sarah Kirkwood tallied 12 points in the win, while Jessica Vander Kooi was credited with 14 points for Mayaguez…Kristee Porter scored 27 points in leading Corozal to a five-set victory over Carolina on March 8. Erin Moore added 16 points in the win. Nicole Fawcett charted 20 points in the loss, while Kylie Atherstone provided 15…Maggie Griffin set Caguas to a five-set victory over Bayamon on March 8. Jordan Larson notched 25 points in the loss, while Jeanne Fairchild added 19…For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, click here.
AH MOW-SANTOS UPDATE: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), a three-time Olympian for Team USA, has returned to her professional team in Switzerland as Volero after missing the early portion of the season. In the Playoff 1-2 Final best-of-five series with VC Kanti Schaffhausen, Volero lost twice this past week to lose the playoff series in three matches. On March 4, VC Kanti Schaffhausen won 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 in a close three-set match. Volero lost the third match in four sets (25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20). For photos and Volero recap, click here.
SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, is playing for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in the Italian Serie A league. She scored 14 points as Castellana Grotte defeated Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 22-25, 15-10 on March 8. Scott-Arruda put up a match-high four blocks and added 10 kills on 24 attacks for 14 points. Castellana Grotte improves to 9-12 on the season as it upset the fifth-place team in the standings. Castellana Grotte faces 11th-place Soo Affitti Tradeco Cesena on March 15 in its next Italian Serie A match.
BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, returned to the court for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on March 7 after missing the previous three Italian Serie A contests. She started the match but did not play past for the first set as Jesi defeated Riso Scotti Pavia 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23. Bown provided just one attack and four serves in her one set of action. Jesi improves to 14-7 on the season with 42 points and is in fourth place in the Serie A standings. Jesi faces league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on March 15 in its next Italian Serie A contest. Jesi also hosts the semifinals and finals of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup on March 14-15. Jesi faces Leningradka in the semifinals, while CV Albacete takes on Athens’ Panathinaikos.
WILLOUGHBY UPDATE:> Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, is now playing for Despar Perugia in the Italian Serie A league. Perugia lost to third-place Asystel Volley Novara 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 on March 8. Willoughby came off the bench in the first set and started the remaining three sets. She totaled a team-high 17 points with 14 kills on 34 attacks and just three errors. Willoughby added three blocks in the match. Perugia, 11-10 on the season and in sixth place, plays second-place Foppapredretti Bergamo on March 15 in its upcoming Italian Serie A match.
GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie. Her squad lost to league-leader Dinamo 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 as both teams are heading in opposite directions. Dinamo won its 10th straight match while Universitet Belogorie dropped its third consecutive match. Match stats were unavailable at release distribution time. The Russian Super League is idle next week as third-place Universitet Belogorie looks to snap its losing streak on March 19 against Uralochka-NTMK.
JOINES, RICHARDS UPDATE: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, are competing for Fakel in the Russian professional league this winter. Fakel lost its 10th straight match on March 8 as Spartak won 26-24, 25-13, 25-23 as two of the three sets were settled by the minimum two points. Match stats were unavailable at release distribution time. After an idle week on the Russian Super League schedule, Fakel looks to get in the win column on March 19 against Balakovskaya AES.
OLYMPIC LIBEROS HOST SOLDOUT 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, hosted a capacity one-day clinic on ball control and defense for all positions on March 8. The clinic was held at Grand Canyon University. The clinic took place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Athletes were 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.
BARBOZA SELECTED AAU SULLIVAN AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an alternate for both the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball teams, has been selected as a one of 12 semifinalists for the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award. The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is based on the qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. The award goes far beyond athletic accomplishment and honors those who have leadership skills and strong character which is evident in the nominee’s lifestyle as a whole. The Sullivan Award Reception and Presentation will take place April 15 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City. The night’s activities start with an athlete autograph session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m.
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).
REPLICA JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME: Are you looking for a unique 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 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.