U.S. Women's National Team Update for March 21
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 21, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 21 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING GROUP SCHEDULES INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGE: The U.S. Women’s National Training Team split into two squads for back-to-back intrasquad scrimmages on March 16 and March 17 in Irvine, Calif. USA Blue won the first scrimmage 20-25, 25-19, 32-30, 16-25, 15-13 as Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) secured a match-high 24 points. For full details of the scrimmage, click here. On the following night, USA Red reversed the result with a 25-17, 27-29, 21-25, 26-24, 15-13 five-set victory as Juliann Faucette (San Diego) scored a match-high 20 points in the win. For the full second match recap, click here. The U.S. Women’s National Training Team has been taking part in the Winter Training Block that started Jan. 17.
2011 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL A2 PROGRAM ROSTER NAMED:. USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the 2011 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program roster, which is 36 players with remaining collegiate eligibility. The U.S. Women’s National A2 Program will take place in Dallas from May 23 through June 1. The program includes training and competition in the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in the Open Division from May 28-31. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Athletes selected to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program were selected from the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 25-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record 204 athletes participated in the three-day tryouts, representing 81 different college programs. For the full story and who made the 2011 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program roster, click here.
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 addition, Rabita competed in the CEV Champions League and was one match away from winning the prestigious European title. Rabita upset Pesaro 25-23, 25-16, 13-25, 25-14 on March 19 in the semifinal round. Glass scored 12 kills on 25 attacks with just two errors for a 48 kill percent and .400 hitting efficiency. She added 28 service receptions with a 50 positive percent. However, the dream of a title faded as Turkey’s VakifGunes Telekom captured the gold-medal with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-18 victory in the final. Glass contributed 10 points in the loss with nine kills on 18 attacks and a block. She also handled 34 of the team’s 67 service receptions with a 62 positive percent. For the photo galleries of the CEV Champions League semifinal and final match, click here. By finishing first in the Azerbaijan Super League regular season, Rabita received a quarterfinal round bye in the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs.
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 needed the Golden Set to advance to the final round. In its first semifinal round match against Igtisdchi on March 16, Lokomotiv walked away with an easy 25-21, 25-20, 28-26 victory. However, Igtisdchi forced the Golden Set with a 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 14-25, 15-8 victory on March 20. Lokomotiv prevailed 15-13 in the Golden Set and will now face Azerbaijan rival Azerrail in the final round on March 29 or March 30 and April 2 or April 3. For a photo gallery of images from the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, click here. Lokomotiv, as the fourth seed in the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs, defeated Baki 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 in the first of a best-of-three series in the quarterfinal round. The second match will be played on March 24.
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 defeated Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK twice last week to reach the championship round. In the first semifinal match, Azerrail held on for a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 29-31, 15-13 victory on March 15. Azerrail then secured its spot in the finals with a 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19 win on March 19. Azerrail will face Lokomotiv Baku in an all-Azerbaijan CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup final on March 29 or March 30 and April 2 or April 3. For a photo gallery of images from the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs, third-seeded Azerrail defeated Shirvan 25-11, 25-13, 25-14 in the first match of the best-of-three quarterfinal round. The second match will take place on March 24.
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 split a pair of matches with Lokomotiv Baku in the semifinal round, then lost the Golden Set 15-13 for the right to advance to the finals. In the first match, Lokomotiv won 25-21, 25-20, 28-26 on March 16. However, Igtisadchi forced the Golden Set with a 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 14-25, 15-8 victory in the second match of the semifinal series. For a photo gallery of images from the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, click here. By finishing second in the Azerbaijan Super League regular season, Igtisadchi received a quarterfinal round bye of the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs and awaits its semifinal opponent.
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 swept IBA Kimya Ted Kolejliler 25-8, 25-8, 25-18 on March 19. Bown tallied nine kills on 10 attacks to go with a match-high six blocks for 15 points. Eczacibasi is now 17-1 on the season and a half-match ahead of Fenerbahce Acibadem (16-1) in the league standings.
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 (12-4, 34 points) swept eighth-place Florens Castellana Grotte 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 on March 19 to move into second place in the Italian Serie A standings. Berg set the squad to a 47 kill percent for the match with only 13 errors on 106 attacks. She added one kill and an ace for two individual points. Hodge, who had been playing opposite, moved back to the outside hitter position with the return of Taismary Aguero. In the process, Hodge tallied six kills on 15 attacks and a block for seven points. She added two excellent receptions on her only two chances. Villa Cortese challenges ninth-place LIU-JO Volley Modena (5-11) on March 27 in its next match.
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 20, Novara (10-6) claimed a 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 victory over sixth-place Spes Conegliano (9-7). Paolini scored three kills on seven attacks while starting just the first set. Novara, now tied for third place in the Italian Serie A with 32 points, third-place Scavolini Pesaro (10-5, 32 points) on March 27 in its next match.
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 missed Modena’s March 20 five-set loss to Yamamay Busto Arsizio. Modena (5-11, 16 points), now in ninth place with the one point gained in the five-set loss, will play second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese (12-4, 34 points) on March 27 in its next Serie A match.
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). Post Schwechat is nearing the completion of its 2010-11 season and is taking part in the Austrian Bundesliga semifinal round versus Tirol. In the second match of the best-of-five semifinals, Post Schwechat logged a 25-20, 25-12, 25-17 victory over Tirol on March 19. Crimes contributed seven kills on seven attacks to go with a block for eight points. Jones notched six kills on six attacks, while Pressey scored four kills on six attacks to with a block for five points. Thompson set the squad to an 83 kill percent with 38 kills on 46 swings and just seven errors. Miyashiro held a 75 positive percent on eight reception attempts. The teams will meet again on March 23.
SYKORA 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 Futoro stopped Sao Caetano 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17 after a slow start on March 17. Volei Futuro downed Sao Bernardo 25-14, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 on March 19. Sykora served as the libero in both victories, while Glass has been absent much of the second half with an injury. Volei Futuro ended the regular season in third place with a 17-5 record. Volei Futuro enters the Brazilian Superliga best-of-three quarterfinal series as the No. 3 seed and will face sixth-seed Macae Sports. Matches are scheduled for March 27, March 31, and if necessary, April 3.
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. Usiminas dominated Pauta/Sao Jose 25-9, 25-17, 25-23 on March 17. Fawcett recorded seven points in the victory, including five kills on 14 attacks and two blocks. Usiminas ended the regular season with a 15-7 record and in fifth place. Through the end of the regular season, Fawcett ranks fourth in the league for hitting efficiency at 23.56 and fifth in overall points with 358 (300 kills, 44 blocks, 14 aces). Usiminas will play Pinheiros/Mackenzie in a best-of-three quarterfinal series with matches on March 26, March 29, and if necessary, April 2.
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 Bernado dropped a 25-14, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12 match to Banana Boat/Praia Clube on March 17. Scott-Arruda notched nine points with eight kills on 16 attacks and a block. Sao Bernardo lost to Volei Futuro 25-14, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 on March 19 as Scott-Arruda notched seven points all on kills. Sao Bernardo dropped to eighth place in the regular season with an 8-14 record. However, Sao Bernardo picked up the final playoff spot with the eighth-place finish. Its reward…a best-of-three quarterfinal series against regular season champion Unilever. Matches are set for March 26 and March 29, and if necessary, April 2.
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, finished the regular season with an eight-match win streak following a 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 victory over second-place Tianjin on March 15. Tom scored nine kills, one block and one ace for 11 points. For a photo gallery of Evergrande's match with Tianjian, click here. Evergrande finished the season with a 16-2 record, while Tianjin completed the season at 15-3. However, Evergrande dropped its first semifinal round match to Shanghai 25-17, 15-25, 25-14, 25-19 as Tom earned 13 kills, two blocks and an ace for 16 points in the March 20 match. The teams meet again on March 22. In the other semifinal, Tianjin also lost its first semifinal match 23-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 15-7 to Zhejiang New Century on March 20.
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 lost to third-place Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 on March 18. Bydgosrzcz, now 9-7 on the season and in a fourth-place tie, out-blocked its opponent 9-6, but 11 service errors hurt the final effort. Spicer set the team to a 37 kill percent, but 21 attack errors (six blocked) hindered the ability to score consistently. Bydgosrzcz returns to action on March 26 against eighth-place Organika Budowlani Lodz (7-9). The league has just two rounds remaining in the regular season.
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 is 17-1 on the season and a half-match ahead of Dinamo Moscow in the league standings with four matches left. However, Kazan’s next match is against Dinamo Moscow on March 25.