U.S. Women's Update for May 9
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 9, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on May 9 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
SUMMER TRAINING BLOCK STARTS: The U.S. Women’s National Team summer training block started May 2 at the team’s training headquarters at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. As of May 4, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and his staff are training 19 players with additional athletes to join the group upon completion of their overseas club seasons. The U.S. Women’s National Team training sessions, generally held 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays, are open to the public free of charge. The current group includes setters Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Liberos currently training are Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). Opposites currently training are Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.) and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas). The middle blocker group includes Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.) and Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.). Outside hitters in the gym are Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Becky Perry (Austin, Texas).
FORMER NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER WINS AMAZING RACE: Jennifer Hoffman (Chicago), a former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team member, and her sister LaKisha captured the 18th Edition of the “Amazing Race,” a CBS-TV reality series. The pair won the reality series’ $1 million grand prize despite not winning a single leg of the event until the final round aired on CBS on May 8. Hoffman, a middle blocker, competed for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2005 Montreux Volley Masters event in Montreux, Switzerland, along with the 2005 Front Range Tour against Brazil. In college, Hoffman was an AVCA All-American in 2005 while leading the University of Louisville Cardinal to a 31-3 record and spot in the NCAA Division I National Tournament regional semifinal round. For more information on the Amazing Race, visit cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race.
AKINRADEWO’S TEAM FINISHES THIRD: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), who has been playing with Toyota Autobody of the Japanese V-League during the 2010-11 club season, helped her team to a third-place finish in the 60th Kurowashiki Tournament that ended on May 5 at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. JT won the women’s side of the tournament, while NEC finished with the silver medal. Toyota won four consecutive matches in the tournament before falling to eventual champion JT 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 in the semifinal round. In the quarterfinal round victory over Denso, Akinradewo scored 18 kills on 28 errorless attempts to go with two aces and a block for 21 points. In the semifinal loss to JT, she tallied 21 kills on 44 errorless attacks, along with a block for 22 points. Akinradewo produced a combined .542 hitting efficiency (39 kills, 0 errors, 72 attempts) in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Akinradewo elected to stay in Japan to compete in the final tournament despite the V-League suspending the season before the playoffs.
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, the top seed in the Russia Super League playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 20-2, topped Uralochka-NTMK 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 27-25 on May 3 to win the Russia Super League best-of-three semifinal round series. Larson collected 19 kills on 46 attacks to go with two aces for a total of 21 points in the victory. She added a 48 positive percent on 27 service receptions. Kazan will now face Dinamo Moscow in a best-of-five championship series for the league playoff title. The first three matches will be played May 10, May 11 and May 15. If necessary, the series will continue on May 16 and May 19. During the regular season, the teams split a pair of four-set matches. Dinamo Moscow won the first meeting on Jan. 16, while Kazan won the rematch on March 25 to help capture the regular-season title.
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 captured the Azerbaijan Final Four playoff title by finishing with a 7-2 record through the three round-robin playoff weekends. Rabita started the third Final Four playoff round with a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Lokomotiv on May 5. Glass contributed eight kills on 23 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 11 points. She also added a team-high 41 service receptions out of a possible 74 attempts for the entire team, compiling a 54 positive percent. After winning six consecutive matches in the playoffs, Rabita hit a snag in falling to Igtisadchi 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 25-23 on May 6. Glass was a sub in only the third set and provided just two attack attempts. In the finale, Rabita rallied to defeat Azerrail 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-9 on May 7. Glass was credited with four kills, one block and one ace for six points while totaling a team-high 39 service receptions.
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. Heading into the third Final Four round with a 3-3 record, Azerrail was still in the hunt for a possible gold medal in the Azerbaijan playoffs. The squad defeated Igtisadchi 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21 to open the third round on May 5. Tamas tallied two kills on five attempts with two aces for four total points. However, Azerrail lost to Lokomotiv 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-12 on May 6. Tamas was credited with two kills, two aces and a block for five points. In the final match of the playoffs, Azerrail won the first two sets over champion Rabita, but fell in five sets 15-24, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-9. Tamas was credited with two blocks, an ace and a kill for four points. Azerrail finished the Final Four playoffs with a 4-5 record and the silver medal.
HANEEF-PARK LEADING IGTISADCHI 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. Igtisadchi entered the third Final Four Round with a 2-4 record and still within reach of a medal in the Azerbaijan playoffs. However, Igtisadchi dropped the first match of the third Final Four to Azerrail 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21 on May 5. Haneef-Park charted a team-high 16 points with 13 kills on 30 attacks and three aces. Igtisadchi bounced back with a 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 25-23 victory over regular-season champion Rabita on May 6. Haneef-Park recorded 17 kills on 48 attacks and an ace for 18 points in the upset victory to stay within medal contention. On the final day, Igtisadchi downed Lokomotiv 20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 on May 7 to earn the bronze medal with a 4-5 record in the Final Four playoffs. Haneef-Park scored a match-high 27 points with 22 kills on 55 attacks, three blocks and two aces.
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 finished the three rounds of Final Four playoffs with a 3-6 record for fourth place. Lokomotiv opened the third stage with a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 loss to regular-season and playoff-champion Rabita on May 5. Metcalf contributed 17 points, all on kills coming from 46 attacks. Richards downed seven kills, a block and ace for nine points to go with a 52 positive reception percent on 33 chances in the loss. Davis handled 20 reception attempts with a 65 positive percent. Lokomotiv bounced back to defeat Azerrail 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-12 on May 6. Metcalf collected 24 kills on 55 attacks, two blocks and an ace for a match-high 27points. Richards added eight kills and two blocks for 10 points, while handling 33 service receptions with a 48 positive percent. Davis provided a 76 positive reception percent on 29 chances. Lokomotiv ended the playoffs with a 20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 loss to Igtisadchi on May 7. Metcalf scored 22 points with 20 kills on 48 attacks and two blocks. Richards charted 10 kills and an ace for 11 points to go with a 64 positive reception percent on 25 chances. Davis, who was named the Best Libero of the Azerbaijan playoffs, handled a team-high 28 service receptions with a 61 positive percent.
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. Modena, which finished the Italian Serie A regular season in eighth place, defeated Florens Castellana Grotte on May 4 and May 6 in the knock-out best-of-three playoff round. Harmotto scored 17 points with 11 kills on 22 attacks and a match-high six blocks in helping Modena to a 22-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 15-12 come-from-behind victory over Castellana Grotte on May 4. For a photo gallery of the contest, click here. Modena picked up where it left off at the end of the first match with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 victory in the second contest on May 6 to advance to the next round. Harmotto did not play in the second contest.
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 (17-5, 47 points), which captured the Italian Serie A regular season title, will face eighth-seed LIU-JO Volley Modena in best-of-three quarterfinal matches contested May 10, May 12, and if necessary, May 14.
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. Novara (12-9, 38 points), which finished sixth in the Italian Serie A regular season, will play Scavolini Pesaro (14-8, 46 points) on May 9, May 11, and if necessary, May 13 during the best-of-three quarterfinal round.