U.S. Women's Update for Dec. 20
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 20, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 20 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
U.S. 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.
TOM WITH GUANGDONG HENGDA IN CHINA UNDER FORMER U.S. HEAD COACH: Three-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) is playing for Guangdong Hengda (also known as Evergrande) in the Chinese club league’s top division. Evergrande is coached by 2008 U.S. Olympic Games head coach "Jenny" Lang Ping. To open the season, Tom scored 10 kills on 22 attacks with two blocks in helping Evergrande to a 25-16, 23-25, 33-31, 25-15 home victory on Dec. 18 over Shanghai. For photos of the match, click here. For videos of the match, click here for section 1 and click here for section 2. Tom’s team returns to action on Dec. 21 against Commercial Bank, which lost its season-opener in three sets.
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. Villa Cortese improved to 4-0 in Serie A action with a 30-32, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Asystel Volley Novara (1-3). Hodge, who started the first set and subbed in the second and fourth sets, tallied five kills and a block in the victory. Berg added three kills on four attempts to go with setting the team to a 42 kill percent for the match. Villa Cortese, the only undefeated team in the league, seeks a fifth straight victory to open the season on Dec. 26 against Florens Castellana Grotte (2-2). In addition to the Serie A League, Villa Cortese is embroiled in the Main Phase of the CEV Champions League in Pool D. However, Villa Cortese is idle in Champions League action now until a Jan. 5 meeting with Czech Republic’s Prostejov.
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. Pesaro dropped a 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 19-25, 15-11 road match to Florens Castellana Grotte (2-2) on Dec. 19 in Serie A action. No stats for the match are available at this time. Pesaro, 2-2 on the season, looks to get back into the win column on Dec. 26 against Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (2-2). Pesaro is also competing in the CEV Champions League and is currently 3-1 in Pool E. Pesaro resumes Champions League action on Jan. 6 against Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku.
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 tallied five kills on 13 errorless attacks on Dec. 19 in a 30-28, 25-19, 25-18 loss to Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (2-2). She added three blocks in the contest for a total of eight points. Modena, 2-2 on the season, returns to action on Dec. 26 against Yamamay Busto Arsizio.
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. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi defeated Besiktas 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 in a 60-minute match on the road. The victory pushes Eczacibasi to 5-0 in the league. Eczacibasi is also competing in the CEV Champions League, having won four straight matches to open Pool C play. Eczacibasi challenges Spain’s CV Jamper Aguere La Laguna on Jan. 6 in its next Champions League match.
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 contributed eight points in a balanced Sao Bernardo offense that stopped Sao Caetano 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 on Dec. 18 in a fifth-round match at Sao Caetano. She scored seven kills on 16 attacks during the victory. Sao Bernardo challenges 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 swept Banana Boat/Praia Clube 25-22, 25-23, 28-26 on Dec. 18 as Glass started the first two sets and Sykora was the libero. Glass was credited with two points in the victory. Volei Futuro, now 4-0 on the season and one of three undefeated teams in the Brazil Superliga, returns to the court on Dec. 21 versus BMG Mackenzie.
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. Fawcett scored 17 kills on 42 attacks as part of a 19-point performance in helping Usiminas to a 29-31, 28-30, 26-24, 25-18, 15-11 marathon victory BMG/Mackenzie that lasted 2:40. Usiminas returns to action on Jan. 13 against Sao Bernardo in the sixth round.
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. After an idle week in V-League regular season action, Toyota (3-3) will face Denso on Dec. 25 at Kanagawa, while challenging JT on Dec. 26. Despite the league being idle, Toyota competed in the Empress Cup this past weekend. The squad started with a 25-17, 25-27, 25-16, 25-22 victory over National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (NIFS in Kanoya), also known as Kanoya Taiiku Daigaku, on Dec. 17 before falling to JT 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 in the quarterfinals on Dec. 18.
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. Kazan won its sixth consecutive match to open the league schedule following a 25-23, 25-21, 25-14 victory over Proton. Kazan will seek a seventh straight win on Dec. 23 against Odintsovo.
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 charted 11 points with 11 kills on 16 swings to go with a block in Krasnodar’s 25-19, 25-22, 25-13 victory over Uralochka on Dec. 19. She added 17 service receptions with a 71 positive service reception percent. Krasnodar plays Omichka on Dec. 23 in its next league match. In CEV Champions Cup action, Krasnodar has advanced 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. Rabita blanked Baki 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 in the fourth round of the Azerbaijan Super League on Dec. 20. During the CEV Champions League, Rabita Baku is 3-1 in Pool E and will face Pesaro, who also is 3-1 and atop Pool E, on Jan. 6.
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. Meanwhile, Igtisadchi pocketed a 25-14, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Shirvan in the Azerbaijan Super League on Dec. 20. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Igtisadchi will play Serbia’s Tent Obrenovac in home-and-home matches held between Jan. 5-12.
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. Lokomotiv lost its fourth straight Azerbaijan Super League match on Dec. 20 with a 28-26, 25-13, 27-25 loss to Azerrail. The squad is also competing in the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup and will face Austria’s A. Linz-Steg in the Round of 16 in home-and-home matches scheduled for between Jan. 5-12.
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. Azerrail earned a 28-26, 25-13, 27-25 victory over Lokomotiv in the Azerbaijan Super League fourth round. Azerrail will face Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus during the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup Round of 16 held Jan. 5-12.
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 improved its Polish record to 2-1 following a 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Impel Gwardia Wroclaw on Dec. 19. For photos of Spicer during the match, click here. Spicer’s side returns to league action on Dec. 22 against KPSK Stal Mielec. After falling out of the CEV Champions Cup, GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz will face Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in a home-and-home series with dates between Jan. 4-6 and Jan. 11-13 during the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup.
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 improved to 9-0 in the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association following an 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Slovakia’s Nova KBM Branik Maribor on Dec. 18. Post Schwechat has won all nine 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 Jan. 8 versus Calcit Volleyball Kamnik. In the CEV Cup, Post Schwechat has advanced to the Round of 8 and will face France’s Rocheville Le Cannet in a home-and-home series with dates between Jan. 4-6 and Jan. 11-13.