U.S. Women's Update for March 7
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 7, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 7 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
McCUTCHEON STAYING WITH U.S. WOMEN THROUGH 2012 OLYMPICS: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has agreed to remain in his current USA Volleyball position in a full-time capacity through the 2012 Olympic Games, according to USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal. McCutcheon, who has served as either the U.S. Women’s or U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach since 2005, accepted the University of Minnesota offer to become its head women’s volleyball coach on Feb. 10. However, he said at the time his arrival as the full-time head coach of the Minnesota program would be at a mutually agreed upon date. McCutcheon will now join the Gopher volleyball team as its full-time head coach after the 2012 Olympic Games on Sept. 1, 2012. “I am honored to continue serving as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team through the 2012 Olympic Games,” McCutcheon said. “I believe this is the right decision for my family, USA Volleyball and the University of Minnesota. Once the 2012 Olympics are completed, I will invest all of my energy into the University of Minnesota's women's volleyball program. Until then, my attention will be focused on training the U.S. Women’s National Team to be the best it can be at the 2012 Olympic Games. I am extremely grateful to both USA Volleyball and the University of Minnesota Athletic Department for their complete support and understanding of this decision.” For the full press release, click here.
U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING GROUP SCHEDULES TWO EXHIBITIONS: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Team hosted the Japan Girls’ Youth National Team in two friendly exhibitions on March 1 and March 2. In the first exhibition at St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., the U.S. Women’s National Training Team defeated its younger opponents 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 as University of Washington products Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.) and Becky Perry (Austin, Texas) each scored 16 points. For details on the match, click here. In the rematch one night later at Concordia University in Irvine, the U.S. Women’s National Training Team won 25-10, 25-12, 25-17 with nine different players scoring at least one point. For details on the second exhibition match, click here. The Japan Girls’ Youth National Team, which has qualified for the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth (U-18) World Championship, was hosted by USA Volleyball in Anaheim from Feb. 25 to March 4.
BERG, AH MOW-SANTOS HONORED: Lindsey Berg and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, both U.S. Women’s National Team setters from Honolulu, were inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame on March 1. Both setters assisted the U.S. Women’s National Team to reach the medal stand at the 2008 Olympic Games, culminating with the silver medal. Ah Mow-Santos is a three-time Olympian, while Berg has earned two tickets to the Olympic Games. For a Honolulu Star-Advertiser article on the induction, click 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 CEV Champions League action, Pesaro rallied past Switzerland’s Volero Zurich 25-27, 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11 in the home-and-home finale of the Playoff 6 Round. Hooker connected for 17 kills to help Pesaro advance to the Champions League semifinals. Pesaro is slated to face Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku in the first semifinal played on March 19, with the winner playing either Fenerbahce or VakiGunes Telekom of Turkey in the championship match on March 20. In the Italian Serie A league, Pesaro lost to Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17 in a battle of the top two teams on March 6 as Hooker was held out of the match. As a result, Bergamo moved into first place with 30 points and a 10-4 record, while Pesaro slipped into a tie for second place with 29 points and a 9-5 record. Persaro returns to the Serie A court on March 13 against Florens Castellana Grotte.
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. In Italian Serie A action, Villa Cortese (10-4, 28 points) slipped past 11th-place Despar Perugia 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 on March 6. Hodge notched a match-high 22 points with 20 kills on 42 attacks, along with two blocks. Berg, who subbed into the match in the first three sets and started the fourth set, added one kill on two attacks while leading Villa Cortese to a 55 kill percent in the fourth set. Villa Cortese, now in fourth place despite having the most match victories along with Bergamo in the league standings, faces second-place Asystel Volley Novara (9-5, 29 points) on March 13.
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 March 6, Novara defeated 12th-place Riso Scotti Pavia (1-13, 4 points points) 23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-18 to improve to 9-5 overall on the season. Paolini played just the first two sets and had just two attack opportunities. On the opposite side of the net, Penn State alum and four-time NCAA champion Blair Brown scored a team-high 13 points. Novara, now tied for second place in the Italian Serie A with 29 points, plays fourth-place MC Carneghi Villa Cortese (10-4, 28 points) on March 13 in its next match.
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. In the CEV Champions League Playoff 6 round, Rabita earned its second consecutive sweep over Poland’s Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 victory on March 3. Glass was credited with five kills and a block for six points, while holding a 59 percent positive service reception on 17 attempts. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. In the process, Rabita earned a spot into the Champions League semifinals and will face Italy’s Scavolini Pesaro on March 19 in Istanbul, Turkey. The semifinal winner will challenge either Fenerbahce or VakiGunes Telekom of Turkey in the championship match on March 20.
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 during the 2010-11 professional club season. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Azerrail swept Finland’s LP Salo 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 on March 2 to earn a spot in the tournament’s semifinal round. Azerrail won both matches of the home-and-home series with a 6-2 set advantage. In the semifinal round, Azerrail will face Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg in a home-and-home series played on March 15 or 16 and March 19 or March 20.
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. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Igtisadchi rallied from two sets down to defeat Czech Republic’s Kralovo Polo Brno 23-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-22, 15-10 on March 2 to complete the home-and-home series sweep in the Playoff 4 Round. Igtisadchi finished the series with both victories and a 6-2 set advantage. Igtisadchi advances to the semifinal round to play country rival Lokomotiv Baku in a home-and-home series contested March 15 or March 16 and March 19 or March 20.
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, Lokomotiv topped Germany’s Schweriner SC 17-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 16-14 in the Playoff 4 Round home-and-home finale on March 1. Lokomotiv finished the series with both victories and a 6-2 set advantage. Lokomotiv Baku advances to the semifinal round to play country rival Igtisadchi Baku in a home-and-home series contested March 15 or March 16 and March 19 or March 20.
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 on a six-match win streak following a 25-5, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Zhengzhou High-Tech Zone on March and a 20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 victory over Sichaun University on March 6. In the win over Zhengzhou High Tech Zone, Tom scored 11 kills, one block and an ace for 13 points. In her second match of the week, Tom collected 14 kills and two blocks for 16 points. Evergrande, now with an identical 14-2 record with Tianjin but in first place by a 43-41 point count, looks to increase its win streak to seven matches against fifth-place August Keming (9-7) on March 12.
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 is now 12-14 on the season and in fifth place after winning a pair of matches this past weekend. Toyota blanked Okayama 25-23, 25-16, 25-21 on March 5 as Akinradewo led with 18 kills on 29 attacks with three blocks and an ace for 22 points. Akinradewo came up big the following day in a 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 22-25, 15-13 victory over Pioneer on March 6. She claimed 29 kills on 48 attacks with an ace for 30 overall points. Toyota looks to close the gap on fourth place and a spot into the playoffs next week as it takes on third-place Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical (16-10) on March 12 and second-place Toray (19-7) on March 13 at Eti, Japan.
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 side swept BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 on March 4. Spicer set her team to a 41 kill percent while adding four individual kills on five attacks and an ace. GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz, 9-5 on the season and in third place in the Plus Liga standings, will challenge second-place Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro (11-2) on March 13 in the 15th round of the Polish league.
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, which was idle last week, is now 14-4 on the season and tied for third place. Volei Futuro returns to action on March 11 against league-leader Unilever in a key eighth-round 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. With the league being idle last week, Usiminas ranks fifth in the league standings with a 12-6 record. Fawcett ranks tied for fourth in overall points scored with 254 kills, 38 blocks and 14 aces for a total of 306 points. Further, she ranks eighth among all players in kill percent with a 22.87 mark (254 of 669). Usiminas returns to action in the eighth round versus Pinheiro/Mackenzie on March 10.
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. Sao Bernardo, which was idle last week, is now 6-12 on the season and in seventh place. Sao Bernardo returns to action on March 10 versus Brusque in an eighth-round 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. She helped Kazan to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 victory over Leningradka on March 6. Kazan, now 15-1 on the season, holds a half-match lead over Dinamo Moscow (14-1), which has played one less match. Kazan resumes play on March 9 against eighth-place Proton, followed by a March 13 contest versus third-place Dinamo Krasnodar.
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. Krasnador swept Torch 25-20, 37-35, 25-21 on March 6 to improve to 13-3 on the season. Barboza, who was in the starting lineup much of the early season, was absent from the active roster for the sixth consecutive match. Krasnador resumes Super League action on March 9 against Uralochka-NTMK. In CEV Cup, Krasnador defeated Italy’s Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo 26-24, 31-29, 25-18 on March 3 to split the home-and-home series in the Challenge Round. With both teams holding a victory in the series, Krasnador won the golden set 15-13 to advance to the semifinal round. Barboza was not available for the match. Krasnador will take on Poland’s Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on March 15 or March 16 and March 19 or March 20 in a home-and-home semifinal round series.
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 lost its second match to Turkey’s VakifGunes Telekom 21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-10, 15-13 of the Playoff 6 home-and-home series on March 3. Bown scored six kills on 12 attacks to go with two blocks for eight points. Telekom earned both victories in the series to advance to the semifinal round. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi handled Besiktas 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 on March 6 as Bown pocketed seven kills on 11 swings, a team-high five blocks and an ace for 13 points. Eczacibasi is tied for first place in the Turkish league standings with Fenerbache, both holding 15-1 records through 16 matches.
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 CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat lost its second home-and-home series match to Serbia’s Crvena Zvezda Beograd 25-17, 25-23, 16-25, 25-20 in the Challenge Round on March 3 to fall out of the tournament. Post Schwechat needed to win the second match, along with the golden set to advance to the semifinal round. In MEVZA Final Four action, Post Schwechat crushed Nova KBM Branik Maribor 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 on March 6. Crimes scored 13 points in the semifinal victory with five kills, five blocks and three aces, while Pressey added 11 points on eight kills and three blocks. Thompson set the squad to a 35 kill percent. However, Post Schwechat lost to regular-season champion VK Mondranska Prostejov 18-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 on March 7 in the championship match. Pressey scored 10 kills and two blocks to lead Post Schwechat in the finals, while Jones added five kills, four blocks and two aces for 11 points. Thompson set the squad to a 34 kill percent, while Crimes tallied seven kills on 12 attacks.
U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK ROSTER: The U.S. Women’s National Team is holding its winter training block from Jan. 17 to mid-April at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. Women’s National Training Team roster currently has numbers 15 players training. The training roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) and Dominique Olowolafe (Lansing, Mich.); 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 liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Ellie Blankenship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Cami Croteau (Orange, Calif.). Pestolesi will also see training time at libero. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block.