U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for Dec. 10

By Bill Kauffman | Dec. 10, 2012, 8:30 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Dec. 10 includes briefs on U.S. players.

HOOKER, RICHARDS HILDEBRAND EARN USA VOLLEYBALL AWARDS: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for 2012, while Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) has been selected as USA Volleyball’s Most Improved Player in the indoor female athlete category. Hooker helped the U.S. secure its second consecutive Olympic Games silver medal at the 2012 London Games. The U.S. finished the Olympic Games with a 7-1 record, losing only to Brazil in the gold-medal match. Hooker earned the Olympic Games Best Spiker award with a .379 hitting efficiency (.385 unofficial DataVolley hitting efficiency). Hooker also ranked second in Best Scorer at the Olympics with 161 points, averaging 5.96 points per set in starting all 27 sets. She added 0.78 blocks per set at the Olympics to finish fourth in Best Blocker. Hooker concluded the 2012 season with a 5.31 scoring average that included 4.36 kills per set on a .345 hitting efficiency. She added averages of 0.80 blocks and 1.81 digs per set. Richards Hildebrand started 12 matches and played in 50 sets during the 2012 season, compiling averages of 4.24 points, 3.62 kills, 0.40 blocks, 0.22 aces and 2.24 digs per set. During the FIVB World Grand Prix, she started four of the five Final Round matches in addition to two of the three matches in the third preliminary round weekend. Richards Hildebrand averaged 3.57 points per set during the World Grand Prix. Richards Hildebrand was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Pan American Cup after helping the U.S. claim the gold medal for the first time since 2003. She averaged 4.81 points, 4.30 kills, 0.41 blocks and 2.26 digs per set during the tournament. Richards Hildebrand added a .312 hitting efficiency that included a 48.9 kill percent. In the gold-medal match against Brazil’s Olympic-laden team, Richards Hildebrand scored a season-high 35 points with 32 kills, two aces and a block to finish the tournament as the Best Scorer with 128 points. For the complete press release, click here.

FIVB FIRMS UP 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION PROCESS: The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) firmed up the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games during the organization’s Sports Events Council two-day meeting that concluded Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 12 countries participating at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games will qualify via the following criteria as per the FIVB Board of Administration decision earlier this year: 1) Two teams from the 2015 FIVB World Cup; 2) One team from each Confederation (coming from the 2015 Continental Championships or a Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament to be played after the 2015 FIVB World Cup); 3) One team from each of four World Olympic Qualification Tournaments due to take place in 2016; 4) Host country (Brazil). The Sports Event Council finalized the individual qualification criteria to these events, which will be proposed to the FIVB Board of Administration in 2013 for final approval. The 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup is proposed to be the first Olympic qualification event, taking place between Aug. 22 and Sept. 22. The proposed participants for the FIVB World Cup - which will feature 12 teams - is the host country, the 2014 FIVB World Champion and two countries per Confederation either via a continental tournament or the two highest ranked countries from the continental or FIVB ranking as of Jan. 1, 2015. The four 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournaments will each feature a host country plus three other countries coming from the top two teams not yet qualified per Confederation (decided either by the 2015 Continental Championships or other Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament plus two teams who, not yet qualified, are the highest ranked teams on the world rankings (not from the same continent).

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.

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 Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese 23-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-20 in a home match on Dec. 9. Faucette piled up 16 kills on 42 attacks with a block for 17 points. She added a 50 excellent reception percent on 10 chances. Lloyd set the team to a 42 kill percent while chipping in two kills on four attacks and two aces for four points. Busto Arsizio (6-2, 19 points), now in sole possession of first-place in the Italian Serie A1, returns to league action on Dec. 16 versus last-place Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-8, 1 point). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio (3-2) lost to Pool C leader Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul (4-1, 12 points) 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 15-13 on Dec. 6. Faucette, who started just the first two sets and subbed the final three sets, tallied 13 points with 12 kills on 22 attacks and a block. She added a 50 positive reception percent. Lloyd, who also only started the first two sets and subbed the final three sets, helped her squad to a 36 kill percent and tallied one block in the match. Busto Arsizio (3-2, 10 points), assured of at least finishing in second place, ends Pool C on Dec. 11 versus third-place Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti (2-3, 5 points). To watch the match live online at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, 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. After losing a five-set match last week with the deciding set score of 23-21, Modena came back to win a five-set match over eighth-place Icos Crema (4-4, 11 points), 24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 15-6 on Dec. 9. Glass set Modena to a 47 kill percent for the match while adding a kill and block. Harmotto did not suit. Modena (4-4, 14 points), now in a tie for fourth place, resumes the Italian League schedule on Dec. 16 versus sixth-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (5-3, 13 points). Modena, which advanced directly to the main phase of the CEV Challenge Cup, defeated Nova KBM Branik Maribor 25-12, 25-22, 25-15 on Dec. 5 in Modena to start its 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Modena never trailed by more than one point in the opening set, then came back from a 17-12 deficit in the second set to win. Modena never trailed in the third set. The two teams meet again in the second home-and-home match on Dec. 12.

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 was dealt a 23-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-20 loss by league-leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (6-2, 19 points) on Dec. 9. Klineman tallied 15 kills on 38 attacks, one block and an ace for 17 points while adding a 50 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Villa Cortese (4-4, 13 points), which dropped from fourth to seventh place, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 16 versus eighth-place Icos Crema (4-4, 11 points). In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese (3-2) lost to Rabita Baku 25-20, 25-13, 15-25, 25-20 on Dec. 5 in a first-round Pool B match. Klineman tallied a team-high 16 points with 12 kills on 29 attacks with just errors and four blocks. She added a 47 positive reception percent on a team-high 30 chances. Villa Cortese, now in second place with a 3-2 record and nine points ends Pool B with a Dec. 11 match against third-place Atom Trefl Sopot (2-3, 6 points). To watch the match live online at 11 a.m. PT on Dec. 11, click here.

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 third straight week, Icos Crema went to five sets in an Italian Serie A1 match. Unlike the first two matches, Icos Crema lost the match 24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 15-6 to fourth-place Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (4-4, 14 points) on Dec. 9. Paolini was credited with five kills on 18 attacks and a block for six points while starting all five sets. Icos Crema (4-4, 11 points), now in eighth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 16 versus seventh-place Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (4-4, 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 swept Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-8, 1 point) 25-23, 25-15, 25-14 on Dec. 9 to snap a two-match losing streak. Gibbemeyer contributed seven kills on 16 errorless attacks, two aces and a block for 10 points. Pesaro (4-4, 10 points), now in ninth place in the standings, will try for a two-match win streak on Dec. 16 as it faces 11th-place Chateau D’Ax Urbino (1-7, 4 points).

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 dropped a 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 match to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (7-1, 18 points) on Dec. 9. Both Engle and Murrey scored three points in the match. On the opposite side of the net, former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes scored nine kills on 13 attacks and three blocks for 12 points, while Penn State grad Blair Brown totaled two kills in starting the first two sets. Giaveno (3-5, 9 points), now in 10th-place, plays third-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (6-2, 18 points) on Dec. 15 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 Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (6-2, 18 points) 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 on Dec. 8 as Sykora did not play. Urbino (1-7, 4 points) will try to halt the losing streak on Dec. 16 versus ninth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (4-4, 10 points). In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino lost to Dinamo Kazan 28-26, 25-21, 25-17 on Dec. 4as Sykora did not suit. Urbino (1-4) concludes Pool E with a Dec. 12 match with 2004 Tomis Constanta.

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 lost for the first time in three regular season Superliga matches with a tight 29-27, 25-21, 26-24 setback to Usiminas (3-2) on Dec. 4. Tom scored 11 points with nine kills on 30 attacks and two blocks. She added a team-high 14 digs and chipped in 12 excellent receptions on 19 attempts. Unilever rebounded in the next match with a 25-17, 26-28, 15-25, 25-23, 15-7 come-from-behind victory over Banana Boat/Praia Clube on Dec. 7. Tom notched 13 kills on 37 attacks and two aces for 15 points. Unilever (4-1) resumes action on Dec. 11 versus Rio Do Sul (1-4), followed by a Dec. 13 match against Sao Bernardo (0-5) that can be seen on SporTv.

SCOTT-ARRUDA WITH BRAZIL’S BANANA BOAT: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), the only five-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, joined Banana Boat/Praia Clube in mid-season of the Brazil Superliga. In her first match on Dec. 7 versus Unilever, she came off the bench in the second set and started the final three sets in a 25-17, 26-28, 25-15, 23-25, 15-7 loss. Scott-Arruda tallied three points in the setback. Banana Boat (4-1), which absorbed its first loss in five matches, resumes action on Dec. 10 versus Sollys/Nestle (4-1) in a battle of one-loss teams, followed by a seventh-round contest against Usiminas (3-2) on Dec. 15. Both matches can be watched on SporTv.

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 (5-0) clinched the top spot in Pool B following a 25-20, 25-13, 15-25, 25-20 victory over Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-2, 9 points) on Dec. 5. Akinradewo contributed 12 points with 10 kills on 16 attacks and two blocks. Rabita Baku concludes Pool B with a Dec. 11 match against Agel Prostejov (0-5, 0 points). To watch the match live online at 5 a.m. PT on Tuesday, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku is 4-1.

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.). In CEV Champions League action, Azerrail lost to Pool D leader Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (5-0) 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Dec. 5. Hodge tallied a team-high 15 points, all kills coming off 40 attacks. She added a 46 positive reception percent on 41 chances. Azerrail, now 2-3 with seven points in Pool D, concludes the first round on Dec. 11 versus last-place Dresdner SC (1-4, 3 points). To watch the match live online at 10 a.m. PT on Dec. 11, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail is 3-1 with nine points and in a tie for second place.

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 is 5-1 and atop the league standings with 15 points.

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. In the CEV Cup playoffs, Baki Azeryolservis lost to Russia’s Omichka 25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 25-12 on Dec. 6 in the opening match of the 4th Final Round home-and-home series. Baki Azeryolservis will now need to defeat Omichka in the second match on Dec. 12, then win the golden set to advance to the next stage. Baki Azeryolservis is 2-3 in the Azerbaijan Super League.

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 (4-1, 13 points) dominated Italy’s Robur Tiboni Urbino (1-4, three points) 28-26, 25-21, 25-17 on Dec. 4 in the fifth leg of the opening round Pool E. Larson-Burbach tallied nine points with eight kills on 23 attacks and a block for nine points. She added a 79 positive reception percent (58 excellent reception percent) on 19 chances. Bown did not play in the match. With one match remaining in the opening round, Kazan has already captured the top spot in Pool E with a 4-1 record and 13 points heading into its Dec. 11 match against second-place Schweriner SC. To watch the match live online at 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday, click here. 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.

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 (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. Ufimochka (3-5, 8 points) resumes Russia Super League action on Dec. 16 versus Omichka (4-4, 13 points).

RICHARDS HILDEBRAND WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards Hildebrand (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 had its two-match win streak snapped with a 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 loss to Bursa Buyuksehir on Dec. 8. Richards Hildebrand contributed 26 points with 24 kills on 51 attacks, one block and an ace. She added a 56 positive reception percent on 25 attempts. Yesilyurt (3-5), now in tie for seventh place, challenges third-place Fenerbahce (5-3) on Dec. 15.

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 had its win streak snapped on Dec. 5 with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 loss to Hyundai Engineering and Construction. Fawcett recorded a match-high 35 points with 27 kills on 57 attacks, three aces and five blocks. Korea Expressway bounced back with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory over GS Caltrex on Dec. 9. Fawcett pocketed 28 points with 25 kills on 42 attacks and just one error (.571 hitting efficiency), two blocks and an ace. Korea Expressway, now 6-2 on the season, looks to create another win streak when it faces IBK Industrial Bank on Dec. 12, followed by a rematch against Hyundai on Dec. 15.

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 (3-7, 9 points) lost to a heart-breaking 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-6 match to third-place Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (8-2, 23 points) after winning the first two sets on Dec. 8. Thompson set her squad to a 34 kill percent for the match while adding one kill and one ace for two points. Budowlani Lodz, which moved into sixth place in the 10-team league following the loss, faces first-place BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala (9-1, 26 points) on Dec. 16 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 lost to ECE Jiangsu 20-25, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22, 15-11 on Dec. 4 in the eighth round. Glass tallied two aces on eight serves as she started only the fifth set. She added one kill and one block for four points. In the ninth round, Evergrande played its second straight five-set match on Dec. 8, but came out a winner with a 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-9 score. Glass was a sub in the third set and started the fourth set, compiling three points with three kills on four attacks. Evergrande is 6-3 and one match out of first place in Group A behind Beijing Automotive and Jiangsu.

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 topped TSV Dudingen (5-9, 16 points) 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 on Dec. 8. Hotel Cristal VFM, now 8-5 with 25 points, faces fifth-place Sagres NUC (8-5, 24 points) on Dec. 15 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.

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