U.S. Women’s National Team Prepares for Exhibition

Jan. 26, 2010, 12:26 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2010) - The U.S. Women’s National Training Team will travel to China Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 for an exhibition against Evergrande Women’s Volleyball Team of the Chinese professional league.

The Chinese Evergrande team is coached by 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping and includes U.S. Women’s National Team players Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). Davis was the libero for the U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The exhibition match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the new Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou. The match will be aired on Chinese national television on CCTV, which is available in some United States television markets. The match can also be viewed online at sports.cntv.cn.

The American roster, led by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), includes Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio), Megan Hodge (Raleigh, N.C.), Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Katie Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.) and Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) as outside and opposite hitters.

Middle blockers on the trip will be Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Tracy Stalls (Denver) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.). Setters are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio). Liberos traveling to China will be Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

All but Glass, Herman and Hodge are currently training with the U.S. Women’s National Team in Anaheim. Glass and Hodge, who recently helped Penn State win its third consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship last month, are seniors at Penn State and working to complete their degree requirements. Likewise, Herman is still taking classes as a senior at Ohio University. Collymore and Miyashiro finished their collegiate playing careers at the University of Washington last month.

The U.S. Women’s National Training Team took a trip to China in spring of 2008 with Lang Ping leading a young group of American athletes playing against Chinese professional teams. Hughes, Pressey and Stalls all took part in the 2008 Tour of China. The Chinese and U.S. National Volleyball Teams have a healthy rivalry dating back 30 years, and the upcoming Feb. 2 match celebrates those 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Evergrande completed its 2009-2010 regular season with an undefeated 12-0 record after sweeping Shandong Women’s Volleyball Club 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 on Jan. 26. With its league championship, Evergrande will move up from the B Division to the A Division in 2010-2011. Established in 2009, the Evergrande team is the first of its kind in the Anta China Women’s Volleyball League as it is the only non-provincial/city-run team. Despite being in the B Division of the league, the squad has received unprecedented media coverage as Central Chinese Television (CCTV) has rebroadcast all of the team’s home matches.

U.S. Women’s National Team Notes: After playing for Evergrande in the exhibition match versus the U.S. Women’s National Team, Nicole Davis and Christa Harmotto will return to the United States and resume training with Team USA at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif…Angie Pressey, despite her diminutive height at 5-8 (174 cm), scored 102 points with the U.S. National Team in 2009 with 79 kills and 20 blocks in 34 sets. She was named the Best Scorer of the 2009 Women’s Final Four Intercontinental Cup…Heather Hughes has been training with the U.S. Women’s National Team since January 2008 and was an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team roster…Tracy Stalls, an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, has been a part of the U.S. Women’s National Team since January 2003 with some time spent away from the program attending college at University of Nebraska…Hughes, Pressey and Stalls were part of an eight-match tour of China in 2008 as former U.S. National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping brought a young group over to China to play against teams in China’s club league…Bryn Kehoe is making her first appearance in a U.S. National Team uniform since the 2005 Montreux VolleyMasters tournament…Cheryl Weaver is making her first appearance in a U.S. Women’s National Team uniform since playing in three events in 2002… Both liberos, Jessica Fine and Tama Miyashiro, outside hitters Ellen Herman, Megan Hodge and Jill Collymore, and setter Alisha Glass are playing their first matches in a U.S. Women’s National Team uniform...Collymore’s sister, Jane, is also a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (not on roster for Evergande match)…Katie Kimmich (maiden name Wilkins) is back training with the team after missing much of the 2008 season and all of 2009…Mekana Barnes was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team that toured Egypt for two matches in 2009…Megan Hodge and Alisha Glass, both still taking classes at Penn State University, are making their first appearances in a U.S. Women’s National Team uniform at the senior level. They compiled a 141-5 record in four years at Penn State with three consecutive NCAA Division I titles to finish their careers (including undefeated seasons as juniors and seniors). Hodge was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Year in 2009…Hodge and Glass were college teammates with Christa Harmotto at Penn State during their title seasons of 2007 and 2008…Ellen Herman helped the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team to a gold medal at the 2008 USA Adult Open Championships Open Division and was named most valuable player of the event.

U.S. Women’s National Team for Exhibition vs. Evergrande
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Bryn Kehoe (S, 5-10, North Bend, Ohio, Stanford)
2 - Cheryl Weaver (MB, 6-2, Washington, D.C., Long Beach State)
4 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
5 - Jessica Fine (L, 5-6, Tarzana, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
7 - Tama Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
8 - Katie Kimmich (OH, 6-4, Lakeside, Calif., Pepperdine)
10 - Mekana Barnes (MB, 6-0, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Colorado State)
11 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C. Penn State)
13 - Ellen Herman (OH, 6-1, Toledo, Ohio, Ohio)
14 - Heather Hughes (OPP/OH, 6-2, Fallbrook, Calif., Loyola Marymount)
16 - Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
18 - Jill Collymore (OPP/OH, 5-10, Bellevue, Wash., Washington)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator/Team Leader: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)