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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 26, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 26 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
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. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese started the 4th Final Round home-and-home series with Italian rival Volley Bergamo on a positive note by earning a 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-19 victory on Feb. 23. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 41 kill percent with only 13 attack errors for a .319 hitting efficiency. She chipped in an ace, block and kill for three points. Wilson secured a team-high 17 points with 10 kills on 17 errorless attacks to go with seven blocks. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 29 to conclude the series with the right to advance to the semifinals on the line. To watch the Feb. 29 match live online, click here for the 20:30 CET match start. In the Italian Serie A1, second-place Villa Cortese was idle this past week and will take its 13-4 record and 39 points into the 9th round of the second half against Asystel Volley Novara on March 4.
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. In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio slipped past Schweriner SC 23-25, 25-16, 25-11, 22-25, 15-7 on Feb. 23 in a Challenge Round home-and-home series opener played Feb. 23. Lloyd set the squad to a 44 kill percent while adding a remarkable seven blocks and two kills for nine individual points. The two teams will meet close out the series on Feb. 28. Yamamay Busto Arsizio remains undefeated in the Italian Serie A1 division with a 17-0 record and 50 points after sweeping fifth-place Asystel Volley Novara 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 on Feb. 26. Lloyd set Busto Arsizio to a 35 kill percent while chipping in one kill and one ace in the victory. Busto Arsizio returns to action on March 4 against third-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (10-6, 31 points).
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 overwhelmed Cariparma SiGrade Parma 25-23, 25-12, 25-15 on Feb. 26. Harmotto pocketed 15 points with 11 kills on 17 errorless attacks with four blocks. Barboza handled eight points all on kills while providing a 57 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Modena (7-10, 23 points), now in eighth place in Serie A1, returns to action on March 4 against 11th-place Riso Scotti Pavia (1-16, 4 points).
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 swept 10th-place Chieri Torino Volley Club (2-14, 6 points) 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 on Feb. 26. Davis handled 17 service receptions with a 41 positive percent. Richards did not compete in the match. Piacenza (9-9), which moved into a sixth-place tie in Serie A1, 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. Scavolini Pesaro topped Asystel Volley Novara 25-23, 25-18, 16-25, 34-32 on Feb. 22. Klineman notched a team-high 23 points with 21 kills on 56 attacks, one block and one ace. She also secured a 62 positive reception percent on a team-high 26 reception chances. Riso Scotti Pavia (1-16, 4 points) upset Pesaro 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23 for its first victory during the Italian Serie A1 regular season. Klineman scored 19 points in the loss with 16 kills on 41 attacks, two aces and a block. Pesaro (9-9, 25 points), which dropped to seventh place after the loss, returns to action on March 3 against Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo.
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 downed Lavoro.Doc Pontecagnano 25-15, 25-18, 25-12 on Feb. 26. Paolini contributed one kill on three attempts in limited action in the first two sets. Icos Crema (17-4, 51 points), which is third in the standings and only two points out of first place, challenges eighth-place A&P Olivieri Montichiari (9-11, 28 points) on March 11 in its next Serie A2 match after a week off from the regular season to compete in the Italian Serie A2 Cup. Icos Crema will face Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno on the March 3 semifinal, followed by the title match on March 4 against either Esse-ti La Nef Loreto or Biancoforno Santa Croce should it advance past the semifinal round.
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. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce defeated Rabita Baku 25-13, 26-24, 25-19 in the 4th Final Round, or quarterfinals. Tom provided three aces and two kills in the victory while contributed 11 service receptions with a 45 positive percent. For a short video clip of Tom’s performance during the match against Rabita Baku, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 29 to conclude the home-and-home series. To watch the Feb. 29 match live online, click here for the 18:30 CET match start. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce Universal topped Nilufer Belediye Sport 25-10, 25-12, 25-23 on Feb. 25. Tom chalked up nine kills on 22 attacks, two aces and a block for 12 points. Fenerbahce Universal is now 18-0 in the regular season with 54 points.
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 breezed past fifth-place Usiminas 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 on Feb. 25 as Hooker scored nine kills on 24 attacks and a block for 10 points. Sollys/Nestle, currently in second place, will look to continue its winning ways on Feb. 28 against eighth-place Pinheiros. To follow Hooker in social media platforms, visit destineehooker19.blogspot.com for her blog and click here for her Facebook athlete page.
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, currently in third place, defeated eighth-place Esporte Clube Pinheiros 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 on Feb. 24 as Sykora did not suit for the match. Volei Futuro returns to the court on Feb. 27 against fourth-place Sesi-Sao Paulo.
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 Bernarado lost to seventh-place MacKenzie 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 on Feb. 24 as Scott-Arruda scored a team-high 11 points with nine kills on 16 attacks and two blocks. Sao Bernardo, currently in ninth-place, faces 10th-place Rio Do Sul in its next Brazil Superliga match on March 28.
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. Rabita, the 2011 CEV Champions League runner-up, lost to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Universal Istanbul 25-13, 26-24, 25-19 in the CEV Champions League quarterfinal home-and-home series opener on Feb. 22. Spicer set Rabita Baku to a 47 kill percent for the match, but it was not enough as her team committed 21 hitting miscues and 10 service errors. Glass was a sub in the second set. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 29. To watch the Feb. 29 match live online, click here for the 18:30 CET match start. Rabita is 7-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League, but trails Baki 15-14 in points due to Baki (6-3) having played two more matches.
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. In CEV Champions League action, Azerrail dropped the first match of a home-and-series 4th Final Round playoff contest to Russia’s Dinamo Kazan with scores of 22-52, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 on Feb. 22. Bown collected eight kills on 14 errorless attacks to go with a block and ace for 10 points. Tamas was a sub in the second set. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams will meet again Feb. 28 with Azerrail needing a win to force a golden set to see which team advances to the semifinals. To watch the Feb. 28 match live online, click here for the 15:00 CET match start. Azerrail is currently 6-1 in the Azerbaijan Super League, one loss more than undefeated Rabita Baku.
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 is 4-3 in the Azerbaijan Super League. In CEV Challenge Cup action, Lokomotiv has reached the 4th Final Round and lost to Kralovo Pole Brno 30-28, 16-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12 in the home-and-home series opener on Feb. 22. Metcalf led all scorers with 26 points, including 21 kills and five blocks. Thomas added nine blocks as part of her 12-point performance in the five-set loss. Lokomotiv Baku will need to win the Feb. 29 match to force a golden set to determine which team advances to the semifinals.
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 is now 4-4 overall and in fourth place.
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. In CEV Champions League action, Kazan topped Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in the first match of a home-and-home 4th Final Round series played on Feb. 22. Larson scored 17 points with 14 kills on 31 attacks, two aces and a block. She added a 66 positive reception percent on 35 total chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams will meet again on Feb. 28. To watch the Feb. 28 match live online, click here for the 15:00 CET match start. Kazan lost for the second straight time in Russia’s Super League with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 17-15 five-set setback to Proton on Feb. 25. Statistics for the match are unavailable at this time. Despite the loss, Kazan remains in first place with a 15-4 record and 43 points, one point in front of second-place Uralochka-NTMK. Kazan will look to snap its Super League losing streak on March 4 against New Urengoy. 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 lost to Omichka 25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Feb. 26. Statistics for the match are unavailable at this time. Krasnodar , now in fifth place with an 11-8 record and 35 points, will face Khabarovsk on March 4 in the next round of the Russia Super League. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar was edged by 2004 Tomis Constanta 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 in the first match of the Challenge Round home-and-home series on Feb. 21. Akinradewo scored a team-high 17 points with 12 kills, four blocks and an ace. The two teams will meet again on March 1 with Krasnodar needing a win to force a golden set to advance to the Final Phase.
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. In the semifinal round of the PlusLiga playoffs, Sopot opened with a 25-11, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22 loss to Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Feb. 25. Hodge tallied 17 points with 16 kills on 48 swings and an ace. She added 39 service receptions with a 41 positive percent. Glass started the first three sets compiling two kills on two attacks to go with two blocks for four points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Sopot rallied to defeat Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 25-20, 25-27, 25-27, 25-13, 15-12 on Feb. 26 to even the best-of-five semifinal series. Hodge contributed 23 points with 20 kills on 45 attacks, two aces and a block. Glass set the squad to a 40 kill percent and .298 hitting efficiency as she added two blocks, an ace and kill for four points. The teams will meet again for the third semifinal match on March 3 in the best-of-five series. If necessary, the series will continue on March 4 and March 7. To read Glass’ blog, visit usavolleyball.org/blogs/blog-for-alisha-glass.
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. Bielsko-Biala was edged by Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 27-29, 15-13 in a tight semifinal round opener on Feb. 26. Miyashiro provided a 64 positive reception percent on 22 attempts. Lichtman was a sub in the second, fourth and five sets registering one ace on five serves. The teams will play second semifinal match of the best-of-five series on Feb. 27, while the series will continue on March 4. If necessary, matches will continue on March 5 and March 7.
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 lost a five-set thriller to JT 27-25, 25-20, 25-27, 11-25, 15-11 on Feb. 25. Gibbemeyer netted 21 kills on 42 attacks along with four blocks for 25 points. Toyota overcame the loss with a 25-21, 25-13, 25-23 victory over Denson on Feb. 26. Gibbemeyer contributed eight kills on 22 attacks to go with two blocks and two aces for 12 points. Toyota (5-14), now in seventh places, closes out the regular season on March 3 against eighth-place NEC (2-17) and on March 4 against fifth-place Okayama (10-9) in Aichi.
THOMPSON, FORSETT, JONES, 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. Forsett tallied 17 points in pacing Catano to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Toa Baja on Feb. 21. Jones added 10 points, including four blocks. Thompson chipped in seven assists, 13 digs and five points. Catano opened with two early set wins over Ponce on Feb. 23, but could not hang on in an 18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-7 loss. Forsett provided 19 points, while Jones was held to five points. Thompson tallied 26 assists, 12 digs and an ace. Catano recovered two days later in rallying for its own 18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13 five-set victory over Bayamon. Forsett collected 26 points, while Jones picked up 14 points with seven blocks. Thompson amassed 27 assists, 15 digs and an ace.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Julie Bennett scored 22 points and Corozal teammate Shonda Cole added 16 points in a four-set win over Juncos on Feb. 20. In the loss, Kim Willoughby tallied 15 points and Mekana Barnes added 12 points…Ponce’s three U.S. citizens scored 20-plus points each in a five-set win over Carolina on Feb. 21. Airial Salvo totaled a team-high 26 points, while Meagan Ganzer scored 21 points and Kelsey Black added 20 points. Morgan Beck scored a match-high 32 points in the loss, while Diane Copenhagen chipped in 16 points…Kelly Fidero collected 17 points and Michelle Bartsch added 12 points in Toa Baja’s three-set loss to Catano on Feb. 21. Jessica Swarbrick added five points for Toa Baja…Shonda Cole tallied 19 points in leading Corozal to a three-set win over Guaynabo as teammates Ashley Benson and Julie Bennett each added eight and six points, respectively. Kristy Jaeckel scored 13 points in the loss, while Nicole Branagh contributed four points and Kelly Murphy added three points and six assists…Sydney Anderson provided 10 assists and four points in leading Mayaguez to a three-set win over Juncos on Feb. 22. Stephanie Neimer tallied 12 points in the victory and Blair Brown notched eight points. Kim Willoughby collected eight points in the loss, while Mekana Barnes added five points…Kelly Wing pounded out 23 points in leading Bayamon to a four-set win over Toa Baja on Feb. 23. Erin Moore added 18 points in the victory, while Brianne Barker set 11 assists to go with 15 digs and two points. Jessica Swarbrick scored 14 points in the loss, while Kelly Fidero and Michelle Bartsch added 11 and six points, respectively…Kelsey Black scored a match-high 24 points, including five blocks, in leading Ponce to a five-set win over Catano on Feb. 23. Meagan Ganzer and Airial Salvo each scored 18 points in the victory…Kristen Dozier helped Caguas to a three-set win over Carolina on Feb. 23 with seven points. In the loss, Diane Copenhagen tallied 16 points and Morgan Beck chipped in 14 points…Blair Brown pulled in 15 points and Stephanie Neimer added 14 points in Mayaguez’s four-set win over Corozal on Feb. 24. Sydney Anderson provided 16 assists in the victory. Both Shonda Cole and Julie Bennett scored 20 points in the loss, while Ashley Benson added six points…Kristen Dozier helped Caguas to a three-set win over Juncos on Feb. 25 with five points. Kim Willoughby scored 11 points in the loss, while Mekana Barnes was held to two points…Kelly Murphy tallied 17 points with 14 kills, 21 digs and five assists in pacing Guaynabo to a five-set win over Ponce on Feb. 25. Kristy Jaeckel added 14 points in the victory. Meagan Ganzer and Airial Salvo notched 19 and 18 points, respectively, while Kelsey Black chipped in 12 points in the loss…Erin Moore pocketed 23 points and Kelly Wing added 22 points for Bayamon in a five-set loss to Catano on Feb. 25. Brianne Barker added 17 assists, 15 digs and six points…Stephanie Neimer scored 20 points and Sydney Anderson set 14 assists to go with 13 digs and eight points as Mayaguez topped Carolina in four sets on Feb. 26. Morgan Beck led Carolina with 21 points, while Diane Copenhagen charted 15 points in the loss…Corozal defeat Toa Baja in four sets on Feb. 26 as both Julie Bennett and Shonda Cole provided 17 points in the victory. Ashley Benson added eight points for Corozal. Toa Baja was led by Jessica Swarbrick’s 18 points, while Michelle Bartsch contributed seven points Kelly Fidero added two points.