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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 27, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on April 27 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. Who was named the USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year in 2008? 2. For what club team did Bryn Kehoe play for and earn USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship titles in 2002 and 2003? 3. Which U.S. Women’s National Team player earned MVP honors at the 2005 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship in the 18 Open Division? 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.
MONTREUX PRELIMINARY ROSTER ANNOUNCED: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has announced the U.S. Women’s National Team 19-player preliminary roster (O-2) for the 2010 Montreux VolleyMasters event to be held June 8-13 in Montreux, Switzerland. The outside/opposite hitters include Olympians Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), as well as Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Jill Collymore (Belleview, Wash.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah). Setters on the preliminary Montreux roster are Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Middle blockers on the Montreux preliminary roster are 2008 Olympian and Montreux captain Jennifer Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.). The two liberos on the preliminary roster are 2008 Olympian Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). USA opens the tournament against Japan on June 8, followed by pool matches against Germany on June 9 and Russia on June 11. The pool crossover/semifinal round is set for June 12 with China, Cuba, Netherlands and Poland in Pool B. The tournament concludes with the finals on June 13. The U.S. has not competed in the Montreux event since 2005. Richards is the only U.S. player with experience playing in Montreux (in 2005). McCutcheon has completed his staff with assistant coaches Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) and Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.), Jim McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.) as team manager, Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.) as medical support and Dr. William Stetson as team doctor. Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) will stay behind in Anaheim to continue training other members of the U.S. Women’s National Team as it prepares to compete in the Pan American Cup June 16-27 in Mexico. To view rosters for other Montreux team participants, click here.
SCOTT-ARRUDA GIVES BIRTH: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, gave birth to her first child – Julianne Racquel Scott Arruda – on April 17. After spending some time in Louisiana with her husband Eduardo and Julianne, traveling to Brazil for the in-laws to meet the family’s new addition and getting back into playing shape, Scott-Arruda plans to re-join the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team later this summer with the hopes of being available for Team USA at the FIVB Women’s World Championship that starts on Oct. 29 in Japan. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, gave birth to a son earlier this spring and also plans to make a comeback with the team later this year.
SPRING TRAINING BLOCK STARTS: The U.S. Women’s National Team started its spring training block on April 26 with a total of 12 players participating at the USA National Team Center located within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The team training sessions 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 currently training include middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Outside hitters/opposite include Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.), Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.) and Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.). The setters training include Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). The libero position has Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) training with the U.S. Women’s National Team.
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.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENINGS BY CHANGE SPTI: Members of the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams will undergo an extensive functional movement screening next week provided by the team’s preferred physical therapy provider Matt Swift (DPT, ATC) of Change SPTI. The screenings will occur April 27, April 28 and April 30 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Change Sports Physical Therapy Institute located within the American Sports Centers at 1500 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim, Calif. The USA National Team Center is also located within the American Sports Centers. Swift is an expert in assessing the athletes’ movements to spot any deficiencies they have in mobility or stability. “Having complete functional movement is the foundation upon which athletic performance is built,” Swift said. “Like our national volleyball teams, everyone who’s trying to improve their fitness should see a sports-oriented physical therapist before training or conditioning to make sure their body’s foundational movement is adequate for their desired activity. The functional movement screen is a process that identifies the weak link in the movement pattern and then assigns exercises to correct it.” Swift invites other physical therapists to view the screenings to learn more about improving athletes’ functional movements. For more information, contact Swift at 714-917-3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. After winning the Italian Serie A Cup on April 17, Villa Cortese attempted to show it was not a fluke during its quarterfinal round playoff of the Italian Serie A playoffs. Seeded second in the playoffs, it took a 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22 victory over Riso Scotti Pavia on April 21. Berg played only as a reserve in the fourth set of the match recording three serves. In the second match of the best-of-three series on April 25, Berg started all three sets as Villa Cortese swept Pavia 25-11, 29-27, 27-25 to advance to the semifinal round. Berg set her team to a 46 kill percent and .360 hitting efficiency. She added two blocks and a kill on her own attack for three individual points. Villa Cortese will face No. 3 Foppapedretti Bergamo/No. 6 Despar Perugia in the semifinals starting on May 1. Other matches are scheduled for May 3, May 5, May 7 and May 10 (last two if necessary).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.
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 started with a 15-25, 25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 15-12 victory over Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on April 21. Bown scored 11 kills on 17 errorless attacks to go with three blocks for 14 points. In the second match, Urbino came back to win a tight four-set match 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 26-24 on April 24. Bown pocketed another 14 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and just two errors to go with three blocks. In the deciding third match of the quarterfinal round on April 26, Jesi held on for a 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 victory. Bown was one of five Jesi players in double-figure scoring with 11 kills on 19 swings and three blocks for 14 points. With the quarterfinal round victory, Jesi advances to the semifinals to play top-seeded Scavolini Pesaro in a best-of-five series starting on April 30. Other matches are scheduled for May 2, May 4, May 6 and May 10 (last two if necessary).
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, dropped its opening best-of-three Italian Serie A quarterfinal match to Pesaro 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-14 on April 21. Tom was credited with 13 kills on 38 swings for all her points. In the second match of the quarterfinal series against top-seeded Pesaro, Novara came back to win 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 on April 24 to force a deciding third match on April 26. In the victory, Tom collected a match-high 30 points with 27 kills on 58 swings and three blocks. She also had a 69 percent excellent service reception. In the deciding third match of the quarterfinal round on April 26, Pesaro claimed a 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 victory to advance to the semifinals. Tom provided Novara with 11 kills, one block and an ace for a team-high 13 points.
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 last week, Toa Baja topped Juncos 25-27, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 on April 21. Busse notched 17 points with 12 kills, four blocks and an ace. Joines Tames chipped in 13 points with seven kills, five aces and a block. The Llaneras lost to Caguas 25-16, 25-21, 25-17 in the final quarterfinal match on April 23. Already with a spot in the semifinals regardless of the outcome, Toa Baja did not play its three imports – Busse, Joines Tamas and Canadian Stacey Gordon. Toa Baja finished the Pool A quarterfinal with the second-best record at 4-2. The Llaneras will play Catano in the best-of-seven semifinal round series. Toa Baja lost to Catano 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 in the opening match of the semifinal series on April 26. Joines Tamas tallied a team-high 13 points with nine kills, two blocks and two aces. Busse chipped in 11 points in the loss. Catano also won the first match of the regular season over Toa Baja before it went on to finish the regular season without another loss. Additional matches in the series are on April 28, April 29 and May 1. If necessary, additional matches will be on May 3, May 5 and May 7.
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 last week, Catano topped Carolina 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 on April 19. Morrison scored a match-high 15 points, while Salvo added 14 points. Thompson was credited with four assists, 12 digs, two blocks and two kills in the victory. The Lancheras finished out the quarterfinal round home-and-home playoff pool with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-20 victory over Bayamon. Morrison slammed nine kills, two blocks and an ace for 12 points, while Salvo earned all 10 of her points on attacks. Thompson was credited with 16 digs, seven assists and a block in the victory. Catano finished as the top team in Pool B’s quarterfinal round with a 5-1 record. In its best-of-seven semifinal round series, it will face defending league champion and 2010 regular season champion Toa Baja. Catano repeated its regular-season opening match with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Toa Baja to start the semifinal round on April 26. Thompson set the Lancheras with seven assists and 12 digs. Salvo claimed 14 points with 13 kills and a block. Morrison added nine points in the win. Additional matches in the series are on April 28, April 29 and May 1. If necessary, additional matches will be on May 3, May 5 and May 7.
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 last week, Caguas dropped a 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 match to Corozal on April 21. Metcalf scored eight points in the match for Criollas, while Hodge did not play due to her education commitments. Caguas ended the quarterfinal round with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-17 victory over regular season champion Toa Baja on April 23. Metcalf tallied seven points in the victory, including four blocks. Caguas finished the quarterfinal round with a 2-4 record and in third place, missing the opportunity to advance 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 last week, Pressey turned in a team-high 19 points with 15 kills and four blocks on April 19, but it was not enough as Mayaguez came away with a 25-9, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory. Bayamon’s quarterfinal round ended on April 21 as it lost to Catano 25-13, 25-23, 25-20. Pressey turned in a team-high 12 points, all on kills, to go with 13 digs. Bayamon finished the quarterfinal round in a tie for second with a 3-3 record, forcing a playoff with Mayaguez on April 25. Pressey contributed 17 points with 13 kills and four blocks in helping the Vaqueras rally to a 25-19, 16-25, 26-28, 25-18, 15-13 victory. Bayamon now opens the best-of-seven semifinal series with Corozal on April 27, followed by guaranteed matches on April 29, April 30 and May 2. If necessary, additional matches will take place on May 4, May 6 and May 7.
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 last week, Corozal swept Caguas 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 on April 21. Hooker displayed her offensive talents with 15 kills, two blocks and an ace for a match-high 18 points in the sweep. Corozal ended the quarterfinal round on a roll with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Juncos on April 23. Hooker pocketed 12 points with nine kills, two blocks and an ace in the victory. Corozal ended Pool A’s quarterfinal round with a 5-1 record to take the top spot. Corozal opens the best-of-seven semifinal round against Bayamon on April 27, followed by guaranteed matches on April 29, April 30 and May 2. If necessary, additional matches will take place on May 4, May 6 and May 7.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Kelly Wing was credited with 12 points for Juncos in its four-set loss to Toa Baja on April 21…Jessica Jones scored seven points in Carolina’s three-set loss to Catano on April 19…Erin Moore contributed 14 points in Bayamon’s four-set quarterfinal loss to Mayaguez on April 19…Shonda Cole, a former U.S. Women’s National Team member, scored 10 points in Corozal’s sweep of Caguas on April 21…Erin Moore was a one-person wrecking crew with 26 points in leading Bayamon from the brink of playoff elimination as it defeated Mayaguez in a five-set on April 26 in a tiebreaking match to conclude the quarterfinal round.
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 championship round series with Brno on April 24 with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 victory. To view photos of the match, click here. In the second match of the series, Prostejov came away with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 victory and are one match away from the league playoff title.
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. After Toray claimed the V-League championship with a sweep of JT in the final playoff match, it moved on to a friendly Japan-Korea series April 25-26. Toray defeated Korea’s top team KT&G 25-18, 19-25, 29-27, 19-25, 15-10 on April 25. Barboza did not play in the match. 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. In the third match of a best-of-three semifinal round, Lokomotiv defeated Azerreyl, with U.S. Women’s National Team member Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.), in five sets. In the opening of the best-of-five championship series with Rabita, Lokomotiv dropped a hard fought five-set match with the final set score of 21-19. In the second match of the series, Rabita won 25-19, 25-11, 25-23.
TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Lindsey Berg; 2. Bryn Kehoe; 3. Nellie Spicer