U.S. Women's Update - April 20
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 20, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on April 20 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, Volley-Tweets, trivia questions and much more.
For the complete PDF version including a complete list of players training at the USA National Team Center facility at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, the U.S. international transfer list, 2010 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.
TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What was Christa Harmotto’s major at Penn State University? 2. Megan Hodge’s parents played on the national team for what country? 3. Who was named Best Setter at the 2004 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.
SECOND TRAINING BLOCK CONCLUDES: The U.S. Women’s National Team ended its second winter training block on April 9 with a total of 16 players and will be on hiatus until April 26. The team training sessions, held at the USA National Team Center located within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., are open to the public. Training times are generally Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Fridays often vary on times. Players that ended the training block were middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Brittnee Cooper (Houston). Outside hitters/opposite include Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.), Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) and Aneli Otineru (Hale’iwa, Hawaii). The setters training include Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) and Nicole Vargas (Seal Beach, Calif.). The libero position has Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) training with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Some players could leave for pro opportunities or other circumstances.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: For a full listing of the 166 international transfers for American female players to other countries to play professional volleyball, visit the full PDF version of the U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update.
KEHOE FEATURED ON CBS SPORTS: Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, was recently featured in a video clip by CBS Sports. In the clip, she discusses her participation in the ALT Games a couple seasons ago in which she won the event. Further, Kehoe talks about training with the U.S. Women’s National Team and her future plans. To view the clip, click here.
BERG PUSHING ITALIAN TEAM TO TOP: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team which won the silver medal in Beijing, is playing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese of the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. In a break from the Serie A playoffs, Villa Cortese took part in the Italian Serie A Cup this past weekend. Berg set her team to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on April 17. She led Villa Cortese to a 39 kill percent and .306 attack efficiency in the sweep while scoring an ace for her single individual point. In the April 18 title match, Villa Cortese took on Foppapedretti Bergamo, which upset regular season winner Scavolini Pesaro 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 in the other semifinal match. In the Italian Cup championship match on April 18, Villa Cortese jumped to a two-set lead over Bergamo, but needed five sets to earn the gold medal with a 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 15-13 victory. Berg set her team to a 37 kill percent while adding a block and ace herself for two points. Villa Cortese will now face Riso Scotti Pavia in the Italian Serie A playoff quarterfinal round scheduled between April 21-26. During the Italian Serie A regular season, both Villa Cortese and Pesaro finished with a league-best 17-5 record, but Pesaro earned 53 points to Villa Cortese’s 51 points (three points for a three- or four-set victory, two points for a five-set victory and one point for a five-set loss) to earn the playoff’s top seed. During the Italian Serie A League regular season, Berg set Villa Cortese to a 43.5 kill percent, second-best in the league behind Bergamo’s 43.9 percent. She also led Villa Cortese to a league-best .364 hitting efficiency for the regular season. Last season, Villa Cortese competed in the Italian Serie A2 division but earned a spot in this year’s upper division. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at 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, seeded eighth in the Serie A playoffs, will play top-seed Scavolini Pesaro in the best-of-three quarterfinal round between April 21 and April 26. The first match is scheduled for April 21, followed by an April 24 contest. If necessary, the teams will meet on April 26 to decide who advances to the semifinals. Novara reached the quarterfinals by defeating ninth-place CFG Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in the knock-out round.
BOWN COMPETING FOR JESI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in the Italian Serie A professional league. Jesi finished the regular season in fourth place with a 13-9 record and 39 points. During the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff round, Jesi will play fifth-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volleyball between April 21 and April 26. The first match is scheduled for April 21, followed by an April 24 contest. If necessary, the teams will meet on April 26 to decide who advances to the semifinals. During the regular season, Bown ranked third among all league middle blockers in scoring with 274 points. She averaged 2.55 kills per set with a 50.7 kill percent and .388 hitting efficiency. Bown added a 0.64 block average as part of her 3.30 points per set average. Last week, Jesi took on MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A Cup semifinal on April 17, but came out on the short-end of a 25-18, 25-20, 25-15 match. Bown scored seven kills on 15 swings with only one error.
JOINES TAMAS, BUSSE WITH TOA BAJA: Jen Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) and Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, are playing for 2009 Puerto Rico League champion Toa Baja in 2010. Toa Baja finished the regular season with a five-match lead in the standings, thanks to a 21-match win streak after losing its opening match. The Llaneras also won the regular season and tournament title in 2009. In the quarterfinal round. Busse netted 11 points all on kills in the Llaneras’ 25-20, 25-10, 25-13 victory over Corozal on April 17. Joines Tamas added eight points in the victory. Toa Baja lost for the first time since the opening match of the regular season on April 18 as Corozal won 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19 ending the Llaneras’ 24-match win streak. Busse had 12 points in the loss, while Joines Tamas charted 11 points. Through April 18, Toa Baja holds a 3-1 record in the Pool A’s home-and-home round robin format and is tied with Corozal.
THOMPSON, SALVO WITH CATANO: Setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and outside hitter Airial Salvo (Farmington, Utah), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and products of University of Washington, are playing for Catano de Lancheras of the Puerto Rico Superliga. Prior to the playoffs starting, Catano added another Washington Husky in Christal Morrison. In the quarterfinal round, Catano scored a 25-12, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Carolina on April 16. Morrison chipped in 21 points with 14 kills, three blocks and five aces. Thompson dished out 14 assists to go with 14 digs and a block. Salvo charted eight kills in the victory. Catano was upset in the next match of the quarterfinals as Mayaguez won 25-22, 25-21, 25-21. Thompson had 16 assists and two aces to lead Catano, while Morrison added 11 points. Catano was victorious over Carolina 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 on April 19. Morrison had a match-high 15 points, while Salvo charted 14 points. Thompson contributed two aces and two blocks while setting Catano to a balanced offensive attack. Catano is in a tie in Pool B with a 3-1 record through April 19.
METCALF, HODGE LATE SIGNEES WITH CAGUAS: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) signed late in the Puerto Rico Superliga season in hopes of rejuvenating the team and advancing into the playoffs. They join past U.S. Women’s National Team member Shonda Cole on the team. Hodge, who competed with the U.S. Women’s National Team on a trip to China earlier this year, started her professional career with Caguas on March 27. In the quarterfinal round, Caguas dropped a 25-18, 25-16, 27-25 match to Juncos on April 17. Metcalf scored a team-high 10 points and 13 digs, while Hodge added nine points. Caguas rebounded with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Juncos on April 18. Hodge turned in 20 points with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Metcalf provided 14 kills and 16 digs. Caguas is 1-3 in Pool A’s home-and-home round robin and is in danger of not advancing to the semifinals.
PRESSEY JOINS BAYAMON LATE: Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team, joined Bayamon of the Puerto Rico Superliga just in time for the playoffs. In the quarterfinal round, she tallied 19 points and 14 digs in Vaqueras’ 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20 victory over Mayaguez on April 16. In its next match, Pressey contributed 15 kills, 12 digs and 19 service receptions in Bayamon’s 25-19, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21 victory over Carolina on April 17. Pressey collected a team-high 19 points with 15 kills and four blocks in Bayamon’s 25-9, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 loss to Mayaguez on April 19. In the home-and-home round robin quarterfinal playoffs, Bayamon is third place with a 2-2 record in Pool B.
HOOKER WITH COROZAL: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team in spring of 2008 before heading back to University of Texas to complete her final two collegiate seasons, signed late with Corozal of the Puerto Rico Superliga. In the quarterfinal round, Hooker scored 25 points with 21 kills and four blocks in Pinkin’s 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Juncos on April 16. Teammate and former U.S. Women’s National Team member Shonda Cole added 17 points in the victory. Corozal ran into regular season champion on April 17 and lost its quarterfinal match 25-20, 25-10, 25-13. Hooker provided a team-high 10 points in the loss, while Cole added eight points. Corozal became the first team to defeat Toa Baja since the opening match of the regular season by winning 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19 on April 17. Hooker pounded out 24 kills and two blocks for a match-high 26 points, while Cole charted 22 points. Through April 18, Corozal holds a 3-1 record in the Pool A’s home-and-home round robin format and is tied with Toa Baja.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Kelly Wing scored eight points in Juncos’ quarterfinal match loss to Corozal on April 16…Kaitlin Sather scored nine kills in Carolina’s three-set loss to Catano on April 16…Erin Moore powered down 15 kills, three aces and three blocks for 21 points in Bayamon’s four-set win over Mayaguez on April 16…Juncos collected a three-set victory over Caguas on April 17 as Kelly Wing provided 15 points in the victory…Erin Moore helped Bayamon to a four-set victory over Carolina on April 17 with 18 points and 17 digs…Christine Tan was credited with 19 digs in Caguas’ sweep of Juncos on April 18…Erin Moore collected 14 points in Bayamon’s April 19 four-set loss to Mayaguez.
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. Prostejov opened the best-of-five semifinal round with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 victory over Olymp Praha on April 14. Nnamani carried the offensive load with 15 points via 14 kills on 27 swings and a block. In the second match played April 15, Prostejov came out the winner with set scores of 25-19, 26-24, 25-17. Nnamani contributed 13 kills on 24 swings with two blocks for 15 points in the victory. To view photos of the match, visit http://tinyurl.com/y5xvfgr. Prostejov was challenged further by Olymp Praha in the third match, but still came away with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-10 victory. Nnamani chalked up 11 kills on 26 swings, two blocks and an ace for 14 points in the victory. According to the Prostejov Web site, Glass did not play during the playoff round due to health reasons. With the victory Prostejov advances to the championship round, which will take place between April 24 and May 1.
BARBOZA WITH TORAY IN JAPAN: 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, is playing in her first professional volleyball season in Japan V-League with Toray. After finishing the regular season with a 21-7 record and a second-place finish, Toray finished second in the four-team round-robin semifinal with regular season winner JT coming out on top. In the final match to declare the V-League champion on April 10, Toray swept JT 28-26, 25-21, 25-16 to claim its third consecutive championship. Barboza, who started the title match and was a reserve in the second set, scored two points on kills in the championship deciding victory. As the V-League champions, Toray will face the winner of Korea’s pro league between April 22-25. Barboza and Toray’s season will conclude with the Empress Cup held April 30 to May 5. Toray is in Pool B with Sanyo, Tsukuba University and Toyota Autobody with the matches played April to May 2 in that order. The quarterfinal crossovers will take place May 3, followed by semifinals on May 4 and championship on May 5.
DAVIS PICKS UP AZERBAIJAN: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the U.S. Women’s National Team libero during the 2008 Olympic Games, has shifted her professional season from China to Azerbaijan. After helping the Evergrande Volleyball Club to a perfect 12-0 season in the Chinese club season, she is now part of Lokomotiv of the Azerbaijan Super League. Her team has nine points and is in third place – one point out of first place – after the second round of the second phase of the Azerbaijan Super League. Azerreyl, with U.S. Women’s National Team member Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.), defeated Lokomotiv on April 16 with a 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 15-9 victory to start the semifinal round. In the second match, Lokomotiv came back to win in three sets. The victory forces a third-and-final match of the best-of-three series to be played on April 20.
THREE AMERICANS WITH IGTISADCHI IN AZERBAIJAN: Three Americans with ties to the U.S. Women’s National Team are competing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan professional volleyball League. Setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and middle blocker Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.), both current members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, arrived in Azerbaijan in time to compete in the league’s second half. Patrice Arrington, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, is also part of the squad. Igtisadchi lost to Rabita in five sets on April 15 to start the semifinal round. In the second match of the best-of-three series, Rabita again won a hard-fought five-set match to advance to the finals and end Igtisadchi’s season.
LANG PING COACHING YOUNG ATHLETES: Lang Ping, who led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in her hometown of Beijing, is giving back to young volleyball players in her home country. According to Chinese publication People’s Daily Online, Lang Ping will lead Baotou No. 1 Middle School women’s volleyball team in May. The team will represent China at the 2010 World Middle School Volleyball Championship. Baotou, a key city of China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, will host the 2010 edition of the biennial World Middle School Volleyball Championship in June.
TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Elementary Education; 2. U.S. Virgin Islands; 3. Angie McGinnis