U.S. Women's Update for Dec. 16

Dec. 16, 2010, 6:12 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 16, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 16 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

McCUTCHEON HEADLINE SPEAKER AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), along with U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Stanford University Head Women’s Volleyball Coach John Dunning, will serve as headline speakers at the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic being held Jan. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The clinic, open to the first 100 registrants, costs $450 and includes room and board at the U.S. Olympic Training Center plus shuttle service to and from the Colorado Springs airport. USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Level II and Level III courses and recertification will be offered on site before and after the clinic. To register for the USAV High Performance Coaches’ Clinic or for more information, click here.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 25-27, 2011, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead the evaluation process for the tryout, which is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. All tryout participants must be U.S. citizens and are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout. The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 13, 2011, can be found by clicking here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in the tryout. For the complete details on the tryout, click here.

BERG, HODGE WITH VILLA CORTESE IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) are competing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A league during the 2010-11 professional club season. In addition to the Serie A League, Villa Cortese is embroiled in the Main Phase of the CEV Champions League in Pool D. On Dec. 15, Villa Cortese avenged its loss last week to France’s RC Cannes with a 15-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 come-from-behind victory as both teams are now 3-1 in Pool D. Hodge collected 11 points with nine kills on 30 swings and block and ace apiece. She held a 74 positive percent on 19 service receptions. Despite the team having a dismal 29 kill percent in the first set, Berg got the team on track by setting the side to an overall 39 percent for the match. Villa Cortese is idle in Champions League action now until a Jan. 5 meeting with Czech Republic’s Prostejov. During its regular Serie A matchup on Dec. 12, Hodge came off the bench to provide 13 points (11 kills, two blocks) with a 48 kill percent in helping her side to a 21-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11 victory. Berg set the team to a 45 kill percent in the process. Villa Cortese is now one of two teams tied atop the Serie A standings with a 3-0 record and will play Asystel Volley Novara next on Dec. 19.

HOOKER WITH ITALY’S PESARO: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2010, is currently competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A League. During CEV Champions League action, Hooker scored 11 points with nine kills on 18 swings and two aces in helping Pesaro to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Romania’s Dinamo Romprest Bucharest on Dec. 14. As an outside hitter on the team, she handled 21 service receptions with a 57 positive percent. Pesaro is currently 3-1 in the Champions League Pool E and resumes action on Jan. 6 against Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku. In Italian Serie A action, Hooker made her team debut on Dec. 11 by coming off the bench in the second set to score 14 points with 13 kills and an ace in a five-set loss to Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo. Pesaro, now 2-1 in Serie A, challenges Florens Castellana Grotte on Dec. 19 in its next Italian Serie A match.

HARMOTTO WITH LIU-JO VOLLEY MODENA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) is playing for LIU-JO Volley Modena in Italy’s Serie A League during the 2010-11 professional club season. Harmotto scored a team-high 19 points on Dec. 12 as her side lost to Florens Castellana Grotte 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 30-28. She pocketed 13 kills on 21 attacks with just one error to go with five blocks and an ace. Modena, now 2-1 in the league, returns to Serie A action on Dec. 19 against Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley.

BOWN WITH TURKEY’S ECZACIBASI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympic Games middle blocker for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in Turkey for Eczacibasi during the 2010-11 professional club season. Eczacibasi is also competing in the CEV Champions League, having won four straight matches to open Pool C play. In its 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 victory over ASPTT Mulhouse on Dec. 16, Bown turned in four kills on eight attacks to go with a team-high four blocks and two aces for 10 points. Eczacibasi challenges Spain’s CV Jamper Aguere La Laguna on Jan. 6 in its next Champions League match. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi defeated Iller Bankasi Sport Club 25-21, 25-12, 25-7 without Bown stepping onto the court. On Dec. 12, Eczacibasi trimmed Eregli Belediye 25-18, 26-24, 25-18 as Bown started and scored eight points with three kills, three blocks and two aces.

SCOTT-ARRUDA IN BRAZIL WITH SAO BERNARDO: Four-time U.S. Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) is back on the volleyball court after giving birth this spring and is playing for BMG Sao Bernardo in the Brazilian Superliga. Scott-Arruda tallied a team-high 10 points in a 25-13, 25-21, 25-13 loss to Brazilian club power Sollys/Osasco on Dec. 11. She produced seven kills on 16 swings, coupled with two blocks and an ace. Sao Bernardo faces Sao Caetano on Dec. 17 in the fifth round and Pinheiros/Mackenzie on Dec. 20 as part of the third round of the official schedule.

SYKORA, ALISHA GLASS SETTING TABLES FOR VOLEI FUTURO IN BRAZIL: Three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and U.S. Women’s National Team setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) are competing for Volei Futuro in the Brazilian Superliga during the 2010-11 professional club season. Volei Futuro defeated Brusque 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 on Dec. 10 and Pauta/Sao Jose 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 on Dec. 12 without either Glass or Sykora in the lineup. In a meeting of Usiminas and fellow American Nicole Fawcett, Volei Futuro gained a 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 27-25 victory. Glass started and played only the first two sets and scored one point, while Sykora was the libero. As of Dec. 15, Volei Futuro is 3-0 in the standings and is one of four undefeated teams (Sollys/Osasco and Unilever are 4-0, Pinheiros/Mackenzie is 2-0).

FAWCETT IN BRAZIL WITH USIMINAS MINAS: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), a U.S. Women’s National Team opposite, is playing the 2010-11 professional club season in Brazil with Usiminas Minas. On Dec. 15, Fawcett pocketed nine points in a four-set loss to Volei Futuro. Earlier, Fawcett tallied five points with four kills and a block as her team dropped a three-set match to Unilever on Dec. 7. Usiminas got into the win column on Dec. 9 with a three-set win over Macae Sports as Fawcett scored eight points.

AKINRADEWO WITH TOYOTA IN JAPAN: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is currently playing for Toyota Autobody in Japan’s V-League for the 2010-11 professional season. Toyota Autobody defeated Pioneer 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 on Dec. 11 as Akinradewo scored 18 kills on 31 errorless attacks to go with three blocks for 21 points. On Dec. 12, Akinradewo tallied 23 kills on 50 errorless attacks to go with a block for 24 total points, but her team loss a five-set thriller (25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 25-20, 17-15). Toyota, now 3-3 on the season, will face Denso on Dec. 25 at Kanagawa, while challenging JT on Dec. 26.

LARSON WITH KAZAN IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League during the 2010-2011 pro club season. Her squad won its fifth straight match to open league play with a 25-20,2 5-17, 25-23 victory over Leningradka on Dec. 12. Kazan, which has lost just two sets in five matches, returns to action on Dec. 19 versus Proton (2-3).

BARBOZA IN RUSSIA WITH KRASNODAR: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in the 2010-11 professional club season. Barboza totaled 14 points with 13 kills and a block in helping Krasnodar to a 25-15, 14-25, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Torch on Dec. 12. Krasnodar is now 4-1 in the league and returns to action on Dec. 19 against undefeated Uralochka-NTMK (4-0). In CEV Champions Cup action, Krasnodar won the return match with Poland’s GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8 on Dec. 15 to advance to the Round of 8.

KIM GLASS WITH RABITA BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Rabita Baku of the Azerbaijan professional league in 2010-11. During the CEV Champions League, Rabita Baku improved to 3-1 in Pool E with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-12 victory over Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko-Biala on Dec. 16. Glass was one of four players in double-figure scoring as she totaled six kills on 14 swings, three aces and a block in a starting role on the outside. Baku will face Pesaro, who also is 3-1 and atop Pool E, in the next Champions League match on Jan. 6. In the Azerbaijani Super League, Baku’s Dec. 12 match with Lokomotiv was postponed.

IGTISADCHI LOADED WITH AMERICANS IN AZERBAIJAN: Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) is playing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League with fellow Americans Crystal Matich and Kelly Wing. Igtisadchi swept Austria’s Sparkasse Klagenfurt in both second round matches of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, including a 25-10, 25-4, 25-11 victory on Dec. 8 and 25-9, 25-19, 25-22 victory on Dec. 15. Igtisadchi’s Round of 16 opponent in the Challenge Cup will be Serbia’s Tent Obrenovac with home-and-home matches held between Jan. 5-12. Meanwhile, Igtisadchi collected a hard-fought 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-16 victory over Baki in the Azerbaijan Super League Round III action on Dec. 12.

DAVIS, METCALF, RICHARDS HEADLINE LOKOMOTIV BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Olympians Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), along with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), are playing for Lokomotiv Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League. The squad is also competing in the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, and edged out Russia’s Omichka in the second round to advance to the Round of 16. Omichka won a tight five-set match (25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 on Dec. 9, but Lokomotiv rallied to sweep the second match 25-16, 25-23, 26-24 forcing a golden set to determine the round winner. Lokomotiv rallied to win the set 16-14 after trailing 6-2 and 10-5. Lokomotiv will face Austria’s A. Linz-Steg in the Round of 16 in home-and-home matches scheduled for between Jan. 5-12. Lokomotiv’s Super League match with Rabita Baku on Dec. 12 was postponed due to conflicts with CEV events for both squads.

TAMAS, McGINNIS AND WEAVER WITH AZERRAIL BAKU: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist playing middle blocker for Team USA, is playing for Azerrail Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League with Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.) during the 2010-11 professional club season. In addition to the Super League, Azerrail just finished a home-and-home sweep of Greece’s A.O. Markopoulo Revoil in the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup second round. Azerrail won the opener 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 on Dec. 9, then followed with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-15 victory on Dec. 15. Azerrail will face Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus during the Round of 16 held Jan. 5-12. Azerrail recorded a 25-20, 25-12, 25-16 victory over Shirvan on Dec. 12 in a Azerbaijan Super League match.

SPICER WITH POLAND’S GCB CENTROSTAL BYDGOSZCZ: Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in the Polish professional league this winter. GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz evened its season record in the PlusLiga with a 16-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-14 come-from-behind win over AZS Bialystok on Dec. 11 as Spicer came off the bench in the first set to provide a lift. While the team converted just 26 percent of its attacks for points in the first set loss, the team reversed course to a 62 kill percent with Spicer starting the second set. In the final three sets with Spicer on the court, GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz had 34 kills on 77 attacks for a 44 kill percent. GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz resumes PlusLiga play on Dec. 19 against Impel Gwardia Wroclaw. However, GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz was not as fortunate in the CEV Champions Cup as it lost to Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8 on Dec. 15 to lose the home-and-home series in the Round of 16.

MORRISON, SIX AMERICANS ON ONE AUSTRIAN TEAM: U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) is serving as head coach of the Austrian Post Schwechat team during the 2010-11 season. The team has six American players including Jill Collymore (Seattle), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Post Schwechat defeated Slavia UK EU Bratislava 25-23, 25-20, 25-4 on Dec. 11. Post Schwechat has won all eight of its matches in the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (teams from Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia) and is the only undefeated team. The side’s next league match is Dec. 11 against Bratislava. In the CEV Cup, Post Schwechat narrowly defeated VSerbia’s Vizura Beograd 25-17, 24-26, 25-27, 25-18, 15-10 to avoid a golden set playoff to determine which team advanced to the Round of 8.

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