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U.S. Women's Update for Jan. 3

Jan. 03, 2011, 5:52 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 3, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 3 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

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 seventh consecutive match to open the league schedule following a 25-1, 25-20, 25-19 victory over Odintsovo on Dec. 23. Larson tallied five kills and three blocks for eight points, while charting a 70 percent positive service reception mark on 27 attempts. The victory sets up a show-down of undefeated teams with Dynamo Moscow (6-0) on Jan. 16 in the next league match. Kazan should have some positive momentum going into the match with Dynamo Moscow, including a 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 20-18 victory in the Russia Cup Group B second round right before the end of 2010. Kazan went on to win Group B with sweeps over Severstal (click here for match video) and Proton in the first and third rounds. Kazan has now qualified for the Russia Cup Final Four to be played Jan. 28-29.

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 contributed 17 points, all via kills on 37 attacks, in helping Krasnodar to a 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12 victory over Omichka on Dec. 23. She added a 60 percent positive service reception on 25 attempts. Krasnodar, 6-1 in the Super League and in third place, faces Avtodor-METAR (1-6) on Jan. 16 in its next match. In Russia Cup second group semifinal round, Krasnodar swept Ufimochka, defeated Torch 3-1 and blanked Avtodor-METAR to conclude the 2010 calendar. The Russia Cup Final Four will take place Jan. 28-29. In CEV Champions Cup action, Krasnodar has advanced to the Round of 8.

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, led by 2008 U.S. Olympic Games head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping, is one of two undefeated teams in the A Division through the first four matches. On Dec. 21, Tom scored 12 kills on 22 attacks, two aces and a block for 15 points in helping Evergrande to a 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Commercial Bank in Shandong Levin. She added 15 kills and two aces in leading Evergrand to a 25-15, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20 victory over Jiangsu East China on Dec. 26. To start the New Year, Tom was credited with 10 kills and two blocks as Evergrande downed Zhejiang New Century 25-15, 25-23, 25-20. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Evergrande returns to the court on Jan. 4 against Brilliance China Automotive Liaoning, followed by a Jan. 9 match versus Zhengzhou High-Tech Zone. For a CCTV5 video interview on Evergrande, Lang Ping and Logan Tom, click here.

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 Dicle University 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-22) on Dec. 26, followed by a sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) of Galatasaray on Dec. 29. Eczacibasi held off IBA Kimya Ted Kolejliler in four sets (25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16) on Jan. 2 to improve to a league-leading 7-0. Bown’s team next sees Turkish League action on Jan. 9 versus Galatasaray. 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.

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 BMG Mackenzie 25-15, 25-12, 21-25, 25-12 in a second-round match on Dec. 21 to improve to 5-0. Glass started the first three sets and came off the bench in the fourth set to assure victory. She tallied one point in the victory. Sykora was the designated libero for the match. Volei Futuro is one of two undefeated teams along with Unilever.

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. In a third-round match, Sao Bernardo was topped by Pinheiros/Mackenzie 25-13, 25-20, 26-28, 25-20 on Dec. 20. Scott-Arruda scored a team-high 14 points in the match with 11 kills on 29 attacks to go with three blocks. Sao Bernardo bounced back to defeat BMG Mackenzie 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11 on Dec. 28 in a seventh-round match. Scott-Arruda did not compete in the match.

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’s team has been idle in Superleague action through the holiday break and returns to action on Jan. 13 against Sao Bernardo in the sixth round. Usiminas is currently 3-2 in the league.

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 (4-1) lost its first match of the league season with a 19-25, 26-24, 26-24, 25-21 setback to Florens Castellana Grotte (3-2) on Dec. 26. Hodge scored a team-high 17 points with 15 kills and two aces while receiving 28 service receptions with a 79 positive percent. Berg was credited with an ace while setting Villa Cortese to a 38 kill percent. Villa Cortese, which remains tied for first place despite the loss with 12 points, returns to league action on Jan. 9 against LIU-JO Volley Modena (2-3). 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 (3-2) picked up a 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (2-3) on Dec. 26 to move into a tie for third place in the league standings. Hooker scored a team-high 17 points with 13 kills and four blocks. She added 20 service receptions in the match. Pesaro challenges Asystel Volley Novara on Jan. 9 in its first match of the New Year. 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 seven points with five kills and two blocks in Modena’s 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 loss to league-leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio (4-1) on Dec. 26. Modena (2-3) looks to return to the win column on Jan. 9 against co-league leader MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese (4-1).

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 topped Denso 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 on Dec. 25 as Akinradewo scored 15 kills on 31 attacks without an error to go with a block. However, JT handled Toyota 25-21, 16-25, 25-14, 25-23 on Dec. 26. Akinradewo tallied 17 kills on 35 attacks to go with three blocks as part of an 18-point performance. Toyota’s record stands at 4-4, good for fifth place in the V-League. Toyota will take on Hisamitsu (5-3) on Jan. 8 and Okayama (1-7) on Jan. 9 with both matches taking place in Okayama.

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 improved to 5-0 with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Shirvan that last under an hour on Dec. 23 in the league’s fifth round. For a photo gallery of the fifth round, click here. However, Rabita dropped its first match of the season with a 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12 setback to Lokomotiv on Dec. 30, which was postponed from the third round. Rabita is currently tied with Azerrail atop the Azerbaijan Super League standings with 4-1 records. 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. Igtisadchi dropped a 27-25, 25-14, 22-25, 24-26, 15-12 match to Azerrail on Dec. 23 in the fifth round of the Azerbaijan Super League. For a photo gallery of the fifth round, click here. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Igtisadchi will play Serbia’s Tent Obrenovac in home-and-home matches held Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

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 won its first match of the Super League on Dec. 23 as it slipped past Baki 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 31-29 in the fifth-round contest. Lokomotiv continued its resurgence on Dec. 30 with a comeback over league-leader Rabita. After losing the first two sets 25-23, 25-21, Lokomotiv won the final three sets 25-21, 25-18, 15-12. For a photo gallery of the fifth round, click here. 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 Jan. 4 and Jan. 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 held off Igtisadchi 27-25, 25-14, 22-25, 24-26, 15-12 on Dec. 23 in a fifth-round victory. For a photo gallery of the fifth round, click here. Azerrail will face Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus during the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup Round of 16 held on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

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 3-1 following a 25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 25-23 victory over KPSK Stal Mielec on Dec. 22. Spicer turned in five kills on five attempts to go with two blocks and an ace. She set her squad to a 39 kill percent for the match. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. However, Spicer’s squad dropped a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 match to BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala on Dec. 29. Spicer started the first two sets and came off the bench in the fourth set. She had a block and kill in the loss. Bydgoszcz returns to action against Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna on Jan. 19 in a sixth-round match after a Jan. 15 seventh-round match against Tauron MKS Dapbrowa Gornicza. After falling out of the CEV Champions Cup, GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz withdrew from the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup in which it was slated to play Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in the Round of 16 between Jan. 4 and Jan. 13.

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 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. Jones and Crimes are ranked second and third, respectively, in blocks with 37 and 27. 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.

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.

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