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U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update for Jan. 24

Jan. 24, 2011, 6:41 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 24 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, served as headline speakers at the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic Jan. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A total of 188 coaches participated in the three-day clinic. Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.), a seven-year member of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline with three international tournament experiences, presented her “Blind Side” story of growing up on Saturday afternoon. Other individuals giving presentations were USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal, U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach and UC Irvine Women’s Head Coach Paula Weishoff, U.S. Women’s National Team Athletic Trainer Jill Wosmek, Saint Mary’s College Head Women’s Coach Rob Browning, Jim Stone, Wingate University Head Women’s Coach Shelton Collier, University of Louisville Head Women’s Coach Anne Kordes, University of Central Florida Head Women’s Coach Todd Dagenais, VolleyballRecruits.net’s Amanda Millard and Spike Summers. Serving as athlete demonstrators for the clinic were Juliann Faucette (San Diego), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Ellie Blankenship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and Sabel Moffett (Temecula, Calif.). For photo galleries of the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic, click here.

McCUTCHEON, KIRALY, LLOYD TALK VOLLEYBALL TO KIDS IN COLORADO SPRINGS: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Player of the Year Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) participated in a meet-and-greet at the Big House Sports facility in Colorado Springs the morning of Jan. 22. In addition, the trio discussed volleyball to the group of youngsters and parents, while also giving skill demonstrations. For photos of the event, 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 CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi has advanced into the Playoff 12 Round and will play France’s RC Cannes in a home-and-home series on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi defeated Karsiyaka 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 without Bown on the active roster. Eczacibasi is now 10-0 in the league, ahead of Vakifbank (9-1) and Fenerbahce (8-1).

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 Organika Budowlani 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20 on Jan. 22. Spicer set her team to a 45 kill percent and added two blocks, two aces and a kill of her own to the stat sheet. She and her teammates return to action on Jan. 26 versus Sandeco EC Wybrzeze TPS Rumia.

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). The squad improved to 12-1 on the season with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 victory over VK Doprastav Bratislava of Slovakia on Jan. 21. Crimes and Pressey scored 15 points apiece in the victory. Crimes scored 11 kills on 13 swings to go with two blocks and two aces. Pressey was credited with 13 kills, a block and ace. Thompson set her team to a 43 kill percent. Post Schwechat faces Czech Republic’s VK Modranska on Jan. 28 in the next league match. In CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat will now face Turkey’s Galatasaray in a home-and-home series in the 4th Final Round of the CEV Cup. The first match will be Feb. 3, while the return match will be played between Feb. 8-10.

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 continues to climb the division standings and is in second place with a 5-3 record and 17 points after rallying to defeat MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese (5-3) 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 on Jan. 23. Hooker scored 16 points with 14 kills on 36 attacks, one ace and one block. She added a 72 percent positive service reception on 18 attempts. Pesaro will look to continue its drive to the top on Jan. 30 as it battles LIU-JO Volley Modena. In CEV Champions League action, Pesaro challenges Russia powerhouse Dinamo Moscow in a home-and-home series on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

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 (5-3) dropped a 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 match to Scavolini Pesaro (5-3) on Jan. 23 as Berg missed her third consecutive Serie A match and fifth overall counting the CEV Champions League. Hodge contributed a team-high 20 points with 18 kills on 43 seings, one block and an ace. She added an 80 percent positive service reception on 10 attempts. Villa Cortese, which falls into a tie for fifth place in the division standings, faces Yamamay Busto Arsizio (5-3) on Jan. 30 in its next league match. Villa Cortese has advanced to the CEV Champions League Playoff 12 Round and will face Poland’s Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna in a home-and-home on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.

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. 23, she started and provided five points all on kills via nine attacks in a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Despar Perugia (2-6). Novara, tied for fifth place in the division with 14 points and a 4-4 record, returns to Serie A action on Jan. 30 versus Norda Foppapredetti Bergamo (5-3).

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. After taking its first lost to league leader Dinamo Moscow last week, Kazan returned to the win column with two victories this past week including a 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-7 win over Dinamo Krasnodar on Jan. 20 and a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Uralochka on Jan. 23. Larson pocketed 13 points with 11 kills and two blocks in the five-set win over Krasnodar, while handing 32 service receptions with a 69 positive percent. She notched 19 points with 17 kills on 31 swings, one block and one ace. She also received 24 of the team’s 53 service receptions with a 58 positive percent. Kazan is now 9-1 on the season in the Russia Super League. Kazan will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place Jan. 28-29 before resuming Super League action on Feb. 6 against Omichka.

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 Russia Super League action, Krasnodar lost to Dinamo Kazan 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-7 on Jan. 20. Barboza contributd 19 kills on 55 attacks and a block for 20 points in the five-set battle. Krasnador (8-2) defeated Dinamo Yantar 25-17, 25-21, 25-17. Match statistics are not available at this time. Later in the month, Krasnodar will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place Jan. 28-29 before resuming Super League action on Feb. 5 against Nugget. In between the Russia Cup Final Four and Super League, Krasnador will play against Switzerland’s Sagres Neuchatel Universite in a home-and-home CEV Cup 4th Final Round series on Feb. 3 and a date between Feb. 8-10.

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, dropped its first match of the season on Jan. 18 – a 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-11 setback to reigning China Division I champion and undefeated Tianjin Bridgestone (9-0). Tom scored nine kills, three blocks and two aces for 14 points as Evergrande falls to 8-1. “We played well in the first half of the season, but we still have tough battles ahead,” Lang Ping said in a People’s Daily Online interview. “We will just try to play our best and improve game by game.” Evergrande looks to rebound on Jan. 29 against Shanghai Women’s Volleyball Club Dunlop.

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 lost to Igtisadchi 26-24, 25-23, 25-22 on Jan. 18 in Round VI of the Azerbaijan Super League. For photos of the Round VI action, click here. Rabita snapped a short two-match losing streak with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 victory over then-league leader Azerrail on Jan. 22 to move back atop the league standings. Rabita Baku continues Super League action versus Lokomotiv on Jan. 28, followed by Baki on Feb. 11 and Shirvan on Feb. 16. In the CEV Champions League, Rabita Baku will challenge Czech Republic’s VK Modranska Prostejov in the Playoff 12 Round in a home-and-home series played Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Glass played for Prostejov last year.

TAMAS 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 Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.) during the 2010-11 professional club season. Azerrail swept Baki 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 on Jan. 18 in the Super League action, which allowed the squad to move into first place. For photos of the Round VI action, click here. However, the time at the top of the standings was short lived as Rabita downed Azerrail 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 on Jan. 22. Azerrail continues Super League play against Shirvan on Jan. 28, followed by Lokomotiv on Feb. 11 and Igtisadchi on Feb. 16. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Azerrail will face Ukraine’s Khimik Yuzhny Odessa in a home-and-home Playoff 8th Final Round series contested on Feb. 1 with the return match contested between Feb. 8-10.

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 American Kelly Wing. Igtisadchi stunned Rabita 26-24, 25-23, 25-22 in the Super League VI Round. For photos of the Round VI action, click here. Igtisadchi ended Lokomotiv’s three-match win streak with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 victory on Jan. 22. Igtisadchi continues Super League action versus Baki on Jan. 28, Shirvan on Feb. 11 and Azerrail on Feb. 16. Igtisadchi has advanced to the Round of 8 of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup and will play Romania’s Stinta Bacau in a home-and-home series played on Feb. 2 with the return match between Feb. 8-10.

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 third consecutive Super League match with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-23 victory over Shirvan on Jan. 18. For photos of the Round VI action, click here. However, the win streak was snapped on Jan. 22 as Lokomotiv lost to Igtisadchi 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 in Round VII. Lokomotiv continues Super League action versus Rabita on Jan. 28, followed by Azerrail on Feb. 11 and Baki on Feb. 16. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Lokomotiv has advance to the Round of 8 where it will face Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in a home-and-home on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.

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 Macae Sports 32-30, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20 on Jan. 21. However, Volei Futuro lost to league-leader Unilever (9-0) 25-15, 25-18, 15-25, 25-16 on Jan. 23 Sykora was her team’s libero in both matches, while Glass was out of the lineup for both matches. Despite Glass missing several matches due to an injury, Volei Futuro is still 6-3 in the league and tied for third place.

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 totaled 13 points with 11 kills and two blocks in helping Sao Bernardo to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Pauta/Sao Jose on Jan. 20. Sao Bernardo won its second match of the week with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Brusque on Jan. 22 as Scott-Arruda reached eight points in the match. Sao Bernardo is currently in seventh place with 13 points and a 4-5 record.

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 was credited with 11 points with six kills, three blocks and two aces in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Sao Caetano on Jan. 17. She charted 22 points with 18 kills on a team-high 50 attacks, three blocks and an ace in a 25-18, 26-28, 26-24, 25-21 victory over Sollys/Osasco on Jan. 20. In the third match of the week, Fawcett racked up 13 points but it was not enough as Usiminas lost to Mackenzie 17-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-21, 15-6 on Jan. 22. She scored 11 kills on 32 swings to go with two blocks in the loss. Usiminas is tied for third place with 15 points and a 6-3 record.

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 6-8 on the season after losing both its matches this past weekend. On Jan. 22, Toyota lost to Toray 25-23, 25-13, 28-30, 25-23. Akinradewo provided 13 kills on 33 swings and two blocks for 15 points in the loss. On the following day, Toyota fell to Pioneer 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-13 as Akinradewo turned in 15 kills on 32 attacks and two aces for 17 points. Toyota will look to snap a four-match losing streak with matches against Toray on Jan. 29 and Pioneer on Jan. 30 in Eti.

U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK STARTED 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.

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.

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