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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 6 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
TOM WITH FENERBAHCE UNIVERSAL IN TURKEY: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) is competing for Fenerbahce Universal of the Turkish League in 2011-2012. Fenerbahce dominated Ankaragucu 25-14, 25-9, 25-13 on Feb. 4 as Tom did not compete in the match. Fenerbahce defeated Eregli Belediyesi 25-27, 25-8, 25-20, 25-20 on Feb. 5 to stay undefeated in the Turkish League. Tom notched eight kills on 25 attacks, four aces and a block for 13 points. She added a 58 positive reception percent on 24 chances. Fenerbahce, 16-0 on the regular season with 48 points, plays Iller Bankasi on Feb. 12 in its next Turkish League match. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce stopped VK Modranska Prostejov 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 on Feb. 1 in Czech Republic. Tom totaled 13 points with nine kills on 24 swings, three aces and a block in the victory. She added a 71 positive reception percent on a team-high 21 chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams meet again on Feb. 9 in Istanbul to conclude the home-and-home series. To watch the match live online, click here.click here. The teams will complete the home-and-home series on Feb. 9 in Azerbaijan. To watch the match live online, click here. To read Glass’ blog, click here.
HODGE, ALISHA GLASS WITH POLAND’S ATOM TREFL SOPOT: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both Penn State University products, are playing for Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot in 2011-2012. Sopot (13-3) edged KS Palac Bydgoszcz 23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-10 on Feb. 5 in PlusLiga regular season action. Hodge was a reserve in the first, fourth and fifth sets producing four kills on seven errorless attacks. Glass did not compete in the match. The PlusLiga completes the 18th and final regular season round next week as Sopot plays KPSK Stal Mielec on Feb. 12. In CEV Champions League action, Sopot topped 2011 CEV Champions League runnerup Rabita Baku 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24 on Feb. 1 to begin a home-and-home series in the 8th Final Round. Hodge scored a match-high 28 points with 26 kills on 54 swings and two blocks. She also handled 39 service receptions with a 56 positive percent. Glass set Sopot to a 43 kill percent for the match while providing two blocks. For a photo gallery of the match,
CRIMES, MIYASHIRO, LICHTMAN WITH POLAND’S BKS ALUPROF BIELSKO-BIALA: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), spiker Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and libero Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) are competing for BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala in the Poland Plus Liga. After a week hiatus for the Polish Cup, Bielsko-Biala returned to regular season action on Feb. 5, only to lose to Organika Budowlani Lodz 25-20, 25-18, 25-22. Miyashiro provided 15 service receptions with an 80 positive percent. Lichtman earn the match start and played the first two sets recording one kill on two attacks. Bielsko-Biala ends the regular season with the 18th Round match against KS Palac Bydgoszcz on Feb. 12. Bielsko-Biala edged Italian Serie A1 regular season leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio 26-24, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 15-7 on Jan. 31 to start their CEV Cup 4th Final Round home-and-home series. Bielsko-Biala saved a set point in the opening period to earn a 26-24 victory, then led by as many as nine points in the second set. Busto Arsizio controlled the third and fourth sets to send the match into a tie-breaker. Bielsko-Biala never trailed in the fifth set and were leading 8-3 at the court switch after earning four unanswered points. The teams will complete the series on Feb. 9.
DAVIS, RICHARDS WITH PIACENZA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) are part of the Italian Serie A1 Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza squad in 2011-2012. Piacenza defeated Riso Scotti Pavia 31-29, 25-18, 31-29 in an exciting three-set match on Feb. 5. Davis supplied 46 service receptions with a 59 positive percent. Richards did not compete in the match as she attended to personal matters back in the United States. Piacenza, now 8-7 with 22 points for fifth place in the Serie A1, challenges ninth-place Cariparma SiGrade Parma (5-10, 16 points) in its next Serie A1 match on Feb. 11.
BERG, WILSON WITH VILLA CORTESE IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and past U.S. National Team player Makare Wilson (Gardena, Calif.) are playing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A1 in 2011-2012. Villa Cortese defeated Cariparma SiGrade Parma 25-14, 26-24, 25-15 on Feb. 5. Wilson scored nine points with six kills on eight attacks and three blocks in the victory. Berg did not play in the match. Villa Cortese resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Feb. 12 against Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese edged Russia’s Dinamo Moscow 25-20, 25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 15-12 in a home win on Feb. 1 to start its 8th Final Round home-and-home series. Wilson was credited with 12 points via seven kills on 17 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Berg was not available to play in the match. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams conclude the home-and-home series on Feb. 9. To watch the match live online, click here.
LLOYD WITH BUSTO ARSIZIO IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) is playing for Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A1 for the 2011-2012 season. Yamamay Busto Arsizio remains undefeated in the Italian Serie A1 division with a 14-0 record and 40 points after topping LIU-JO Modena 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 on Feb. 4. Lloyd set her squad to a 43 kill percent while adding three individual kills on nine attacks, two blocks and an ace for six points. Busto Arsizio returns to Serie A1 regular season action on Feb. 11 against 11th-place Riso Scotti Pavia (0-15, 1 point). In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio enters the 4th Final Round with a home-and-home series against Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko Biala on Jan. 31 and Feb. 9.
BARBOZA, HARMOTTO WITH MODENA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) are competing for LIU-JO Modena of the Italian Serie A1 in 2011-2012. Modena lost to league leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 on Feb. 4. Harmotto scored a team-high 13 points with nine kills on 22 attacks and four blocks. Barboza added two kills and a block in a starting role. Modena, ranked eighth in the Serie A1 Division with a 5-10 record and 17 points, is idle this coming week.
KLINEMAN WITH PESARO IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) is competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A1 in the 2011-2012 club season. In CEV Champions League action, Pesaro lost 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 to Volley Bergamo to open the 8th Final Round home-and-home series. Klineman scored seven kills on 18 attacks, one block and one ace as she started the first two sets and came off the bench in the third set. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams complete the series on Feb. 9. To watch the match live online, click here. Pesaro’s regularly scheduled fifth round match versus third-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (10-3, 30 points) was pushed to Feb. 15. Pesaro’s next Italian Serie A1 match will take place on Feb. 12 against fourth-place Asystel Volley Novara (10-4, 23 points). Pesaro currently sits in seventh place with a 6-8 record and 18 points.
PAOLINI WITH ICOS CREMA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) is playing for Icos Crema Volley in the Italian Serie A2 Division for 2011-2012. Icos Crema held off seventh-place Assistur Corriere Espresso Soverato 25-17, 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 15-7 on Feb. 5. Paolina tallied 15 kills on 30 attacks and seven blocks for a match-high 22 points. She also provided three service receptions with a 67 positive percent. Icos Crema improved to 14-4 with 42 points in the Serie A2 standings for third place. Icos Crema will face 16th-place Time Volley Matera in its next Serie A2 match on Feb. 12.
SYKORA WITH VOLEI FUTURO IN BRAZIL: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) has returned to Brazil to compete with her club team Volei Futuro in the Brazil Superliga. Sykora returned to the court for her first official appearance on Jan. 20 after suffering serious injuries in an April 2011 bus accident as Volei Futuro was traveling to a post-season match in the Brazil Superliga. Volei Futuro handled Mackenzie 25-20, 25-14, 25-15 on Jan. 31 as Sykora continued to serve as the team’s libero. Volei Futuro out-lasted Rio Do Sul 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 3. Volei Futuro, ranked second in the league with 30 points and a 9-2 record, plays Sao Bernardo on Feb. 7 live on SporTV, followed by a Feb. 10 match with Banana Boat.
HOOKER WITH SOLLYS/NESTLE IN BRAZIL: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is competing for Sollys/Nestle in the Brazil Superliga during the 2011-2012 club season. Sollys/Nestle topped Sao Caetano 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 on Jan. 31 as Hooker scored eight points in the victory to open the second half of the season. Hooker notched seven points as Sollys/Nestle recorded a 25-22, 24-26, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Mackenzie on Feb. 3. Sollys/Nestle, now in fourth place with an 8-3 record and 25 points, plays Rio Do Sul on Feb. 7 followed by a Feb. 10 match with Sao Bernardo live on Esporte Interctive. To follow Hooker in social media platforms, visit destineehooker19.blogspot.com for her blog and click here for her Facebook athlete page.
SCOTT-ARRUDA WITH SAO BERNARDO IN BRAZIL: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time Olympian for the U.S. Women’s National Team and attempting to become just the third women’s volleyball to compete in five Olympics, signed midway through the 2011-2012 season to play for Sao Bernardo in the Brazil Superliga. Sao Bernardo dropped a 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 match to Usiminas on Jan. 31. Scott-Arruda scored six points in the match with five kills and one block while adding nine digs. Sao Bernardo pushed Pinheiros to five sets before losing 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-8 on Feb. 3. Scott-Arruda contributed a team-high 15 points with 11 kills on 22 attacks and four blocks. Sao Bernardo, now 4-7 overall with 12 points for eight place, plays second-place Volei Futuro on Feb. 7 live on SporTV followed by a Feb. 10 match against Sollys/Nestle live on Esporte Interactive.
LARSON WITH DINAMO KAZAN IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is competing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League. Kazan topped second-place Uralochka-NTMK 25-19, 25-20, 35-33 on Feb. 5 to improve to 13-2 overall with 37 points in the Russia Super League. Kazan, which is in first place with a two-match lead over Uralochka, returns for action on Feb. 12 against eighth-place Odintsovo (6-9). In CEV Champions Cup action, Kazan dominated Dresdner SC 25-12, 25-20, 25-13 on Feb. 1 on the road. Larson charted seven kills on 21 attacks, two blocks and two aces for 11 points in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams meet again on Feb. 9 to conclude the series. To watch the match live online, click here. To read Larson’s blog, click here.
AKINRADEWO WITH DINAMO KRASNODAR IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in 2011-2012. Krasnodar (10-5, 32 points) lost for the second consecutive time in the Russia Super League with a 25-16, 15-25, 25-23, 30-28 setback to fourth-place Dinamo Moscow on Feb. 5. Akinradewo tallied five kills on 13 errorless attacks to go with two blocks for seven points. Krasnodar, now in third place, looks to break its two-match losing streak on Feb. 12 against Tyumen. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar handled SVS Post Schwechat 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 on Feb. 1 to start its 4th Final Round home-and-home series. The two teams meet again on Feb. 7.
KIM GLASS, SPICER WITH RABITA BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and setter Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) are competing for Rabita Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku lost the opening match of the 8th Final Round home-and-home series with Atom Trefl Sopot on Feb. 1. Glass was a sub in the second set, while Spicer was a reserve in the second and third sets before starting the fourth set helping the team to a 39 kill percent the last period. The teams will meet again on Feb. 9 for the return match in Azerbaijan. To watch the match live online, click here.
BOWN, TAMAS WITH AZERRAIL BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blockers Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) are playing for Azerrail Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League in 2011-2012. Azerrail will face Lokomotiv Bilejeri tentatively on Feb. 12 in its next Super League match after a winter European storm canceled last week’s matches. Azerrail defeated Volero Zurich 25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16 on Feb. 1 to open the CEV Champions League 8th Final Round home-and-home series. Bown contributed 19 points with 12 kills on 21 swings, five blocks and two aces. Tamas was a sub in the third set. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams meet again on Feb. 8 to conclude the series in Azerbaijan. To watch the match live online, click here.
METCALF, THOMAS WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Women’s National Team opposite Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and middle blocker Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.) are playing for Lokomotiv Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2011-2012. Lokomotiv Baku (3-2) will play Baki tentatively on Feb. 12 in its next Super League round after matches this past week were canceled due to the European winter weather and travel problems. In CEV Cup action, Lokomotiv opened its CEV Challenge Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series with a 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18 victory over Vizura Beograd on Feb. 1. The two teams meet again on Feb. 8 to cap the series.
HANEEF-PARK WITH IGTISADCHI BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Women’s National Team opposite Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) is playing in the Azerbaijan Super League with Igtisadchi Baku in 2011-2012. Igtisadchi will face Azeryolservis on Feb. 12 in the next Azerbaijan Super League round after winter weather and travel canceled this past week’s league schedule.
GIBBEMEYER WITH TOYOTA AUTO BODY IN JAPAN: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer is playing for Toyota Auto Body of the Japan V-League during the 2011-2012 club season. Toyota dropped a 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21 match to fourth-place JT on Feb. 4 as Gibbemeyer scored 13 kills on 26 attacks without an error to go with one block for 14 points. Toyota bounced back to top eighth-place NEC 27-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-18 on Feb. 5 as Gibbemeyer contributed 17 kills on 38 swings with one block for 18 points. Toyota, now 4-9 on the season and in sixth place, continues its schedule with matches against second-place Toray (11-2) on Feb. 11 and third-place Hisamitsu (8-5) on Feb. 12 at Gifu.
THOMPSON, JONES, FORSETT WITH CATANO IN PUERTO RICO: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), outside hitter Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) and middle blocker Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.) are playing for Catano in the Puerto Rico Super League. Catano topped Juncos 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 on Jan. 31 as Forsett scored a team-high 14 points – all on kills – to lead the squad. She added 13 digs for a double-double. Jones was credited with five kills and three blocks for eight points, while Thompson provided 20 assists, one kill and one ace. However, Catano fell to Corozal 1-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 on Feb. 3. Forsett notched 13 kills, two blocks and two aces for 17 points to go with 13 digs. Thompson charted 10 assists and 13 digs to go with two kills and a block. Jones chipped in six kills and four blocks for 10 points. Catano, currently in fourth place with a 5-2 record, plays Ponce on Feb. 6, Guaynabo on Feb. 8, and Corozal on Feb. 10.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Caguas is the only undefeated team in the Puerto Rico Super League with a7-0 record, followed by Mayaguez with a 6-2 record. Corozal and Catano are both 5-2 in the league…Julie Bennett tallied a team-high 27 points while Shonda Cole added 17 points and Ashley Benson notched 11 points in Corozal’s five-set win over Bayamon on Jan. 30. In the loss, Kelly Wing recorded a match-high 28 points and Erin Moore added 19 points for Bayamon. Brianne Barker provided 18 assists, 15 digs and two kills in the loss…Juncos’ Kim Willoughby scored 12 points in a three-set loss to Catano on Feb. 31…Blair Brown scored 13 points to propel Mayaguez to a three-set win over Ponce on Jan. 31 as her American teammates Stephanie Niemer added 11 points and Sydney Anderson provided 10 assists and six kills. Ponce was led by Airial Salvo’s 12 points, followed by Meagan Ganzer’s 11 points and Kelsey Black’s four points…Michelle Bartsch totaled 18 points and 14 digs in leading Toa Baja to a five-set victory over Corozal on Feb. 1. Julie Bennett tallied a match-high 26 points in the loss, while Shonda Cole added 15 points and Ashley Benson nine points…Cagaus defeated Bayamon in three sets on Feb. 1 as Brooke Delano tallied five points in the victory. Erin Moore scored a team-high 10 points in the loss, while Kelly Wing added six points and Brianne Barker handed out four assists and two points…Blair Brown notched 14 points and Stephanie Niemer added 10 points in Mayaguez’ four-set win over Guaynabo on Feb. 2. Sydney Anderson added 19 assists and five points in the victory. In the loss, Kelly Murphy scored a triple-double with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 digs, while Kristy Jaeckel tallied 12 points…Corozal’s Shonda Cole hammered 23 points and Julie Bennett added 17 points in leading their team to a four-set win over Catano on Feb. 3. Ashley Benson added eight points in the victory…Michelle Bartsch scored 13 points and Jessica Swarbrick added 10 points in leading Toa Baja to a three-set win over Bayamon on Feb. 3. Kelly Wing and Erin Moore scored 17 points in the loss, while Brianne Barker provided five assists, 10 digs and three points…Megan Ganzer scored 22 points to lead Ponce to a four-set win over Carolina on Feb. 4. Kelsey Black added 19 points and 14 digs in the victory, while teammate Airial Salvo tacked on 15 points. Kristen Dozier scored 19 points for Carolina in the loss, followed by Morgan Beck’s 16 points and Diane Copenhagen’s 12 points…Brooke Delano scored nine points in Caguas’ four-set win over Mayaguez on Feb. 4. In the loss, Stephanie Niemer charted a team-high 17 points while Blair Brown added 12 points. Sydney Anderson contributed 17 assists in the loss…Kristy Jaeckel collected 18 points in Guaynabo’s four-set win over Juncos on Feb. 4, while Kelly Murphy added 16 assists, eight kills, two aces and nine digs in the victory. Kim Willoughby pocketed 22 points in the loss and Mekana Barnes scored five points.