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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 17, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 17 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK STARTS JAN. 17: The U.S. Women’s National Team will hold its winter training block from Jan. 17 to mid-April at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will have at least 12 players participating in the three-month session. All but one of the players concluded their collegiate eligibility last month, while the remaining player concluded college eligibility following the 2009 season. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block. The roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.); outside hitters Becky Perry (Austin, Texas), Kari Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Julianne Piggott (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kaitlin Sather (Santa Rosa, Calif.); opposite Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.); and libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa). Pestolesi will also see training time at libero.
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 competes in the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (teams from Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). In the CEV Cup, Post Schwechat swept France’s Rocheville Le Cannet 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 on Jan. 13 to win its CEV Cup Round of 8 series. Thompson set the squad to a 53 kill percent and .369 hitting efficiency (40-12-76) to go with two aces. Pressey scored 13 kills on 23 attempts for a 57 kill percent, along with four blocks and an ace for a team-high 18 points. Jones added three kills, four blocks and an ace for eight points. Crimes chipped in five points in the victory. “This was a good win for our team,” Morrison said after the match. “We had some great individual performances, but played well as a team from start to finish. Le Cannet was a challenging opponent and I wish them the best for the rest of their season. We are looking forward to the challenges that await us in the next round against Istanbul.” Post Schwechat will now face Turkey’s Galatasaray in a home-and-home series between Feb. 1-10 in the 4th Final Round. Post Schwechat blanked Slovakia’s Slavia UK EU Bratislava 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 on Jan. 15 in a MEVZA league match. Pressey scored 17 points with 11 kills and six blocks, despite her small size. Thompson set the team to a 46 kill percent to go with four individual aces, while Collymore returned to action with seven kills and a block for eight points. Crimes added four kills on four swings while only starting the final two sets in limited action. Post Schwechat blanked Austria’s ATSC Wildcats Sparkasse Klagenfurt 25-9, 25-15, 25-18 in MEVZA action on Jan. 17. Post Schwechat is now 11-1 on the season in MEVZA competition, just one win behind league-leader VK Mondranska Prostejov (12-1).
AH-MOW SANTOS UPDATE: Three-time U.S. Olympic volleyball player Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) is currently finishing up her undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii. While doing so, she is serving as a student assistant coach for the university’s men’s volleyball team. In a Jan. 12 article by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Ah Mow-Santos discusses her new role as a coach rather than a player. However, she has not officially retired from the U.S. Women’s National Team, according to the article. For more details of her coaching and her future plans, read the Honolulu Star Advertiser article by clicking here.
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. In addition, American Ashley Engle joined Pesaro as a setter on Jan. 14 after transferring from Baki of the Azerbaijan Super League. Pesaro swept Despar Perugia 27-25, 25-20, 25-21 on Jan. 16 in Serie A action in which Hooker provided 14 kills on 33 swings and a block for a team-high 15 points. Pesaro, now 4-3 overall with 14 points and in a three-way tie for third place, takes on MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Jan. 23 in its next division match. Meanwhile, Pesaro improved to 5-1 in the CEV Champions League Pool E with a 21-25, 25-12, 25-21, 21-25, 15-11 victory over Aluprof Bielsko-Biala on Jan. 11 to conclude the Main Phase and advance to the Playoff 12 Round. Hooker totaled a team-high 24 points with 19 kills, four blocks and an ace in the victory. Pesaro finished second in Pool E with 12 points, while Rabita Baku won the pool with 14 points and a lower overall record of 4-2. Pesaro now challenges Russia powerhouse Dinamo Moscow in a home-and-home series between Feb. 1-10 in the Playoff 12 round.
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 (5-2) dropped a 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 match to Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo on Jan. 16 as Berg missed her second consecutive Serie A match. Hodge started the first two sets and subbed into the third to provide three points in the loss. Villa Cortese, which falls into a tie for third place in the division standings, faces Scavolini Pesaro on Jan. 23 in its next league match. In addition to the Serie A League, Villa Cortese is competing in the CEV Champions League Pool D. On Jan. 11, it concluded Pool D in the main phase with an 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Organika Budowlani LODZ to finish the group in first place with a 4-2 record and 13 points. Berg also missed competing in the Champions League match, her fourth consecutive overall match she has been held out of action. Hodge contributed 15 points with 13 kills on 33 swings, one block and one ace in the victory. Villa Cortese advances to the Playoff 12 Round and will face Poland’s Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna in a home-and-home between Feb. 1-10.
PAOLINI WITH NOVARA IN ITALY: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing this professional season in Italy with Asystel Volley Novara of the Italian Serie A Division. On Jan. 15, she started and provided 10 points with six kills on 14 swings and four blocks in a 25-22, 25-11, 30-28 victory over Yamamay Busto Arsizio. Novara, tied for sixth place in the division with 11 points and a 3-4 record, returns to Serie A action on Jan. 23 versus Despar Perugia (2-5).
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. However, she is reportedly going to miss the rest of the season due to injuries.
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 CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi concluded Pool C on Jan. 11 with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 9-25, 15-13 loss to Volero Zurich (4-1). Bown scored six kills and four blocks to go with two aces for 12 points. Despite the loss, Eczacibasi finished the pool in first place with a 5-1 record and 16 points to better Volero Zurich’s 5-1 record and 14 points. Eczacibasi moves into the Playoff 12 Round and will play France’s RC Cannes in a home-and-home series between Feb. 1-10. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi came away with an important 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Fenerbahche Acibadem on Jan. 15. Bown provided six blocks to go with five kills on 14 swings and just one error as part of a 13-point performance.
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 seven matches. Tom scored nine kills on 18 swings and four aces for 13 points in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Sichuan University on Jan. 15. Video of the match can be viewed clicking here. Evergrande (7-0) challenges Commercial Bank in Shadong Levin (2-5) on Jan. 18 in its next match.
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 lost its first match of the Russia Super League season against perennial power Dinamo Moscow with a 30-28, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21 setback on Jan. 16. Larson turned in 17 kills on 45 swings, two blocks and an ace for 20 points in the loss. She also held serve receive marks of 85 percent positive and 64 percent excellent on a team-high 47 chances. The match can be viewed online by clicking here. Kazan is now 7-1 on the season and tied for second place in the league standings. Later in the month, Kazan will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place 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. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar fended off Germany’s Dresdner SC 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11 on Jan. 12 in the second match of a home-and-home series in the Round of 8. With the victory, Krasnador has advanced to the Fourth Final Round and will play against Switzerland’s Sagres Neuchatel Universite in a home-and-home series between Feb. 1-10. In Russia Super League action, Krasnador (7-1) defeated Avtodor-Metar (1-7) 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 on Jan. 16. Barboza pocketed nine kills on 21 attacks to go with two blocks for 11 points. Krasnador will face Kazan, also 7-1 in the Russia Super League, in a key match on Jan. 20 followed by a Jan. 23 contest against Dinamo-Yantar. Later in the month, Krasnodar will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place Jan. 28-29.
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 concluded Pool E of the Main Phase with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Romania’s Dinamo Romprest Bucharest on Jan. 11. Glass pocketed 12 kills and an ace for 13 points in the victory. Rabita finished the pool with a 4-2 record and 14 points to edge out Italy’s Scavolini Pesaro, which was 5-1 overall but with only 12 points. Rabita will challenge Czech Republic’s VK Modranska Prostejov in the Playoff 12 Round in a home-and-home series played between Feb. 1-10. Glass played for Prostejov last year. Rabita ended the first round of the Azerbaijan Super League with a 4-1 record and edged out Azerrail based on set ratio (14-3 to 13-5). Rabita Baku starts the second round with Igtisadchi on Jan. 18, followed by Azerrail on Jan. 22, Lokomotiv on Jan. 28, Baki on Feb. 11 and Shirvan on Feb. 16.
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 downed Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus on Jan. 12 (25-7, 25-15, 25-13 and on Jan. 13 (25-14, 25-11, 25-20) to win its Playoff 16 round series of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup. Azerrail faces Ukraine’s Khimik Yuzhny Odessa in a home-and-home Playoff 8 Round series between Feb. 1-10. Azerrail opens the second round of the Azerbaijan Super League on Jan. 18 versus Baki, followed by Rabita on Jan. 22, Shirvan on Jan. 28, Lokomotiv on Feb. 11 and Igtisadchi on Feb. 16. Azerrail ended the first round with a 4-1 record to match Rabita, but finished in second place through the sets ratio (14-3 for Rabita and 13-5 for Azerrail).
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. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Igtisadchi swept a home-and-home series with Seribia’s Tent Obrenovac on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13. In the first match, Igtisadchi won 25-15, 25-15, 25-15, then concluded its winning ways the following day with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-14 victory. Igtisadchi advances to the Round of 8 to play Romania’s Stinta Bacau in a home-and-home series between Feb. 1-10. Igtisadchi starts the league’s second round on Jan. 18 against Rabita on Jan. 18, followed by Lokomotiv on Jan. 22, Baki on Jan. 28, Shirvan on Feb. 11 and Azerrail on Feb. 16. Igtisadchi ended the first round with a 3-2 record and in third place.
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. . In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup Round of 16, Lokomotiv swept the home-and-home series with Austria’s A. Linz-Steg on Jan. 4 and Jan. 12. In the match played last week, Lokomotiv dominated 25-8, 25-9, 25-12 to advance to the Round of 8. Lokomotiv now faces Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in a home-and-home Playoff 8 series between Feb. 1-10. After a slow start, Lokomotiv won its final two matches of the Azerbaijan Super League first round to finish in fourth place with a 2-3 record. The side begins the Second Round on Jan. 18 versus Shirvan, followed by Igtisadchi on Jan. 22, Rabita on Jan. 28, Azerrail on Feb. 11 and Baki on Feb. 16.
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 charted 15 kills on 26 attacks with two blocks and an ace for 18 points in leading Usiminas to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-23 victory over BMG/Sao Bernardo on Jan. 13. Usiminas plays Sao Caetano on Jan. 17, Sollys/Osasco on Jan. 20 and Pinheiro/Mackenzie on Jan. 22.
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 lost its first match of the Brazilian Superliga with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 setback on Jan. 12 in which Glass did not play. Competing without Glass for a second straight match at setter, Volei Futuro (4-2) lost to Sollys/Osasco 25-19, 26-24, 25-21. Sykora was the libero in both matches. Volei Futuro returns to action on Jan. 21 against Macae Sports and Unilever on Jan. 23.
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 last spring and is playing for BMG Sao Bernardo in the Brazilian Superliga. Scott-Arruda started in a Jan. 13 loss (25-17, 25-14, 25-23) to Usiminas and provided two points. Sao Bernardo challenges Sao Jose/SC on Jan. 20 and Brusque on Jan. 22.
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 fell to 6-6 on the season after losing both its matches this past weekend. On Jan. 15, Toyota lost to NEC 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18. Akinradewo tallied 13 kills on 44 swings in the loss, in addition to two blocks. On the next day, Toyota to Denso 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 25-11. She provided 17 kills on 35 attacks and a block in the loss. Next week Toyota will face Toray on Jan. 22 and Pioneer on Jan. 23. Both matches are scheduled to take place in Eti.
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 for GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz. Spicer’s squad edged Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Jan. 15. She set her team to a 33 kill percent on 169 attacks while adding an individual kill on two swings. GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz takes on Organika Budowlani LODZ on Jan. 22 in its next league match.
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. USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Level II and Level III courses and recertification will be offered on site before and after the clinic. For more information on the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic, 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. For the complete details on the tryout, click here.