COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Dec. 3 includes briefs on U.S. players.
FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX EXPANDS FOR 2013: The FIVB announced Sunday during the World Grand Prix Council Meeting that it will expand the FIVB World Grand Prix from 16 teams to a record 20 teams starting in 2013. The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has captured the last three titles of the annual premier international volleyball tournament. The 2013 event, which runs Aug. 2 to Sept. 1, will consist of three preliminary round weekends with five groups of four teams each. During the opening weekend, the U.S. will face two-time reigning Olympic Games champion Brazil, reigning FIVB World Champion Russia and Poland in Group A held Aug. 2-4. Team USA resumes action Aug. 9-11 in Group F against Serbia, Netherlands and a team to be determined from South Africa. The Americans conclude the preliminary round Aug. 16-18 in Group M against Czech Republic, Japan and Bulgaria. The FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will return to Japan for the first time since 2009 and take place in Sapporo from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Host Japan and the top five finishers in the preliminary round will advance to the six-team FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round. For the complete press release, click here.
BERG, KIRALY, McCUTCHEON PRESENTING AT AVCA CONVENTION: Two-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team silver medalist Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and past U.S. Olympic Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon will be presenting at the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Annual Convention set for Dec. 12-16 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Others presenting include 2000 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Mick Haley, three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Terry Liskevych and four-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team setter Lloy Ball. USA Volleyball will be providing a wide variety of Coaching Accreditation Program at the AVCA Convention, including IMPACT, CAP I, CAP II, BCAP and VCAP. To register for the USAV CAP courses and AVCA Convention, click here. For more information on CAP at the AVCA Convention, click here.
SKILLS CLINIC BENEFITS HAITI: Child in Hand and USA Volleyball are conducting a four-clinic series of skills training and real-life education about Haiti. Former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Assistant Coach Tom Hogan, two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and past U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Tracy Stalls conducted two clinics on Dec. 2 at the East Boulder Community Center and at the Front Range Volleyball Club. Two additional clinics will be hosted at Big House Sports in Colorado Springs on Dec. 9. Cost is $40 per player and individuals can register online by clicking here. All clinic proceeds and donations will go directly to Child in Hand for use in sustaining the non-profit’s integrated medical, psychological and sports programming efforts in Haiti, including distribution to the Haitian Volleyball Federation and the dozens of youth volleyball teams cropping up around the country following the devastating earthquake. The clinics are collecting donations of volleyball shoes, kneepads, jerseys, etc. to give to school volleyball teams in Haiti. For more information on Child in Hand, visit childinhand.org.
TOM WITH BRAZIL’S UNILEVER: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball selection with two silver medals, is playing this winter with Unilever in Brazil’s Superliga. Unilever improved to 2-0 with a 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15 victory over Volei Amil on Nov. 27 in Campinas, Brazil. Tom notched a team-high 16 points with 11 kills, three blocks and two aces. She added 13 excellent receptions on 29 attempts in the victory. To review the match video online, click here. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Unilever remained undefeated through the third round with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-19 victory over E.C. Pinheiros on Nov. 30. Tom was one of three Unilever players to score 11 points as she was credited with 10 kills on 31 attacks and a block. She added a match-high 20 digs in the victory. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Unilever returns to action on Dec. 4 against Usiminas/Minas, followed by a Dec. 7 match versus Banana Boat/Praia Clube in a battle of the only remaining undefeated teams.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for BakirkOy Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt produced a second consecutive win on Dec. 1 with a 25-11, 21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-9 victory over Sariyer Belediyesi (4-3). Richards pocketed 20 kills on 33 attacks, two aces and a block for a team-high 23 points. She handled 41 of her team’s 82 service receptions in the victory. Yesilyurt (3-4), now in eighth place but with an identical record as sixth-place Besiktas Bahcesehir, faces Bursa B. Sehir Bld on Dec. 8.
LARSON-BURBACH, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who have each won an Olympic silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. In the CEV Champions League, Kazan (3-1, 10 points) challenges Italy’s Robur Tiboni Urbino (1-3, three points) on Dec. 4 in the fifth leg of the opening round Pool E. To watch the live stream of the match at 11:30 a.m. PT, click here. Last week Kazan topped Dinamo Moscow (6-2) 25-22, 25-27, 25-17, 25-20 on Dec. 2 to improve to 8-0 in the Russia Super League. Stats are unavailable for the match. Kazan, the only undefeated team in the Russia Super League at 8-0, will face Severstal Cherepovets on Dec. 16 in its next Super League regular season match. Earlier the week Kazan won all three matches of the Russia Cup semifinal round group A. Kazan downed Ulan-Ude 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 to start the semifinal round on Nov. 26, followed by crushing Torch New Urengoy 25-6, 25-2, 25-5 on Nov. 27. Kazan finished the semifinal stage with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-16 victory over Tyumen on Nov. 28.
HOOKER WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KRASNODAR: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who earned the Best Spiker Award at the 2012 Olympic Games while helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to the silver medal, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar in the Russia Super League this winter. Krasnodar picked up three wins in the Russia Cup semifinal round group D to advance to the final round. Krasnodar defeated Ufimochka 26-24, 25-18, 26-24 on Nov. 26, followed by a 25-15, 24-26, 25-17, 26-24 victory over Omichka on Nov. 27. Krasnodar concluded the semifinal round with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-15 victory over Yenisei on Nov. 28. Krasnodar returned to Russia Super League action on Dec. 2 by edging Tyumen (3-5, 11 points) 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-8. Hooker did not compete in the match. Krasnodar (6-3, 18) resumes Super League action on Dec. 16 versus Uralochka (5-3, 16 points).
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. During the Russia Cup semifinal round group D, Ufimochka lost two of three matches in a round-robin format. Dinamo Krasnodar topped Ufimochka 26-24, 25-18, 26-24 in a close three-set match on Nov. 26. Ufimochka bounced back to stop Yenisei 25-18, 30-28, 25-16 on Nov. 27 before falling to Omichka in a heartbreaking 17-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-11 setback on Nov. 28. Ufimochka resumed the Russia Super League on Dec. 2, but was handed a 25-14, 25-21, 25-15 loss by Uralochka-NTMK (5-3, 16 points) to snap its three-match win streak. Stats are not available for the match. Ufimochka (3-5, 8 points) resumes Russia Super League action on Dec. 16 versus Omichka (4-4, 13 points).
HODGE, WILSON WITH AZERBAIJAN’S AZERRAIL BAKU: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in 2012-2013 along with fellow Penn State University alum Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.). Azerrail upset Rabita Baku 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23 on Nov. 27 to improve to 3-1 with nine points and in a tie for second place. Azerrail, now in second place in CEV Champions League Pool D with a 2-2 record and seven points, returns to CEV action on Dec. 5 with a pivotal match against Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (4-0). To watch the match live at 5 a.m. PT, click here.
METCALF WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Igtisadchi defeated Lokomotiv 25-22, 17-25, 25-10, 25-20 on Nov. 27. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Igtisadchi continued its stellar play on Nov. 30 with a 25-15, 27-25, 25-12 victory over Baki Azeryolservis to improve to 5-1 and atop the league standings with 15 points. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here.
AKINRADEWO WITH AZERBAIJAN’S RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku (4-0) travels to Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-1) on Dec. 5 for the fifth leg of Pool B, a match that could decide the pool winner with one leg remaining. To watch the match live at 10 a.m. PT, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku lost its first match of the regular season with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23 setback to Azerrail Baku. Rabita Baku bounced back to defeat Lokomotiv Bileceri 25-9, 25-15, 25-12 on Nov. 30 to improve to 4-1.
TAMAS WITH AZERBAIJAN’S BAKI AZERYOLSERVIS: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Baki Azeryolservis of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Baki Azeryolservis, 2-3 in the Azerbaijan Super League, lost to Igtisadchi 25-15, 27-25, 25-12 on Nov. 30. In the CEV Cup playoffs, Baki Azeryolservis faces Russia’s Omichka Omsk in the 4th Final Round. Dates for the home-and-home series are Dec. 6 and Dec. 12.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA LEAGUE: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing with Korea Expressway in the Korean professional league. Korea Expressway defeated Heungkuk for the second match in a row with a 25-21, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24 battle on Nov. 28. Fawcett started the first set and subbed in the final two sets, compiling four points. American Whitney Dosty tallied 34 points for Heungkuk in the loss. Korea Expressway improved to 5-1 on the season with a 25-15, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19 victory over KGC Ginseng on Dec. 2. Fawcett started all four sets racking up 28 points including 25 kills on 37 attacks, two aces and a block. Korea Expressway looks to extend its win streak on Dec. 5 versus Hyundai, followed by a Dec. 9 match versus GS Caltex.
KLINEMAN WITH ITALY’S ASYSTEL McCARNAGHI VILLA CORTESE: Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese in 2012-2013. In Italian Serie A1 action, Villa Cortese defeated Chateaux D’Ax Urbino 29-27, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18 on Dec. 1. Klineman scored a match-high 27 points with 21 kills on 39 attacks and six blocks. She added a 78 positive reception percent on 18 chances. Villa Cortese (4-3, 13 points), which jumped two spots into a fourth-place tie, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 9 versus first-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (5-2, 16 points) in a match that will air on Sportube 2. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese (3-1) plays its fifth leg match versus undefeated Rabita Baku on Dec. 5. To watch the match live at 10 a.m. PT, click here.
LLOYD, FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in the Italian Serie A1 league with Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in 2012-2013 along with American Juliann Faucette (San Diego). Both athletes played for Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego as juniors before going separate ways at the collegiate level. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, defeated Duck Farm Chieri Torino 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19 on Dec. 2. Lloyd set Busto Arsizio to a stellar 46 kill percent for the match to go with three individual kills on three attacks and a block for four points. Faucette, who started the first three sets, totaled eight points in the victory with five kills, two blocks and an ace. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Yamamay Busto Arsizio (5-2, 16 points), which moved into sole possession of first place, will seek its fourth straight win on Dec. 9 against fourth-place Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (4-3, 13 points). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio (3-1) returns to CEV action on Dec. 6 versus Pool C leader Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul (3-1, 10 points). To watch the match live at 10 a.m. PT, click here.
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena lost a heartbreaking 22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 23-21 match to then-league leader Foppapedretti Bergamo on Dec. 2. Glass set the squad to a 37 kill percent while tallying three kills on five errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace for eight points. Harmotto did not compete. On the opposite site of the net, former Penn State teammate Blair Brown contributed a team-high 22 points with 19 kills on 50 attacks and three blocks. Alexis Crimes, who has spent time with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, added 16 points with 14 kills on 24 errorless attacks and two blocks. Modena (3-4, 12 points), now in sixth place, resumes the Italian League schedule on Dec. 9 versus eighth-place Icos Crema (4-3, 10 points). Modena is also competing the CEV Challenge Cup and advanced directly into the Main Phase as it will face Nova KBM Branik Maribor in a home-and-home 16th Final Round series on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Division for 2012-2013. For the second week in a row Icos Crema rallied to win in five sets, this time a 25-16, 16-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-6 victory over Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno on Dec. 2. Paolini secured 16 points with eight kills on 16 attacks, six blocks and two aces. She added two excellent receptions on as many attempts. Icos Crema (4-3, 10 points), now in eighth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 9 versus fourth-place Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (4-3, 13 points).
GIBBEMEYER WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY PESARO: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro lost to Imoco Volley Conegliano 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 on Dec. 2. Gibbemeyer turned in 11 points with nine kills on 20 attacks and two blocks. Pesaro (3-4, 7 points), now in 10th place in the standings, will seek to snap its two-match losing streak on Dec. 9 as it faces last place Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-7, 1 point).
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno lost a tight five-set match 25-16, 26-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-6 to eighth-place Icos Crema (4-3, 10 points) on Dec. 2. Murrey was credited with 12 points with 11 kills on 39 attacks and a block, while producing a 60 positive reception percent on 20 attempts. Engle, who was a sub in the third set and starter in the fourth set, tallied three kills on eight attacks and a block for four points. Giaveno (3-4, 9 points) plays second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (6-1, 15 points) on Dec. 9 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
SYKORA WITH ITALY’S CHATEAU D’AX URBINO VOLLEY: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, is competing with Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley in the Italian Serie A1 League for 2012-2013. Urbino lost to Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese 29-27, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18 on Dec. 1 as Sykora did not play. Urbino (1-6, 4 points) will try to halt the losing streak on Dec. 8 versus second-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (5-2, 15 points). In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino returns to CEV Champions League action with a 1-3 record on Dec. 4 against Russia’s Dinamo Kazan. To watch the live stream of the match at 11:30 a.m. PT, click here.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012s silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Orlen Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (3-6) lost to Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro (7-2) 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 on Nov. 30. Thompson started all three sets and helping Lodz to a 27 kill percent for the match. Budowlani Lodz, which dropped to seventh place in the 10-team league following the loss, faces third-place Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (7-2, 21 points) on Dec. 8 in its next match.
KIM GLASS WITH CHINA’S EVERGRANDE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, has reunited with her 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver-medal winning coach, Jenny Lang Ping, with Evergrande Guangdong in the Chinese League this winter. Evergrande defeated XMB Fujian 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 on Nov. 27. In the seventh round, Evergrande stopped Kemen Ind. Army 25-9, 25-17, 25-19 on Dec. 1. Glass did not play in either victory. Evergrande is now 5-2 on the season and in second place behind Beijing Automotive.
LICHTMAN WITH SWITZERLAND’S HOTEL CRISTAL VFM I: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Hotel Cristal VFM I in the Swiss Volley League along with Americans Bianca Rowland, Brianna Barry, Michelle Kocher, Lise Muhlemann and Amber Roberson. Hotel Cristal VFM lost to third-place Volley Koniz (8-5, 24 points) 25-18, 25-16, 25-15 on Nov. 25. Hotel Cristal VFM, now 7-5 with 22 points, faces seventh-place TSV Dudingen (5-9, 16 points) on Dec. 8 in its next Swiss League match.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM TRYOUT: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. This tryout is open to United States citizens who are current college-age athletes and older, and high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following two different programs: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their collegiate eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Teams is available to athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 collegiate season. This projected 48-athlete program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 with training and competition at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC). For additional details including tryout fees, click here.