U.S. Women’s Weekly Update for Jan. 9, 2012

Jan. 09, 2012, 6:35 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games with its silver-medal performance at the 2011 FIVB World Cup in November, has its players spread throughout the world competing in their club seasons.

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 A in 2011-2012. The pair helped Villa Cortese to a 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 28-26 victory over Rebecchi Nordmecanica Piacenza on Jan. 8. Wilson scored nine kills on 10 attacks, along with three blocks. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 47 kill percent for the match, including 24 kills on 41 attempts in the fourth set. Villa Cortese, now in second place with 29 points and a 10-2 overall record, challenges Chieri Torino on Jan. 15 and the match will be aired on Diretta Sportube.tv. Villa Cortese is also competing in the CEV Champions League and is currently in third place in the Pool A first round with a 1-3 record after falling to Turkey’s Eczacibasi in four sets. Villa Cortese returns to action on Jan. 10 against Schweriner. To watch the match online, click here.

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 A Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza squad in 2011-2012. Richards joined the squad in early 2012 after her Conegliano squad folded in the Serie A. Piacenza took a four-set loss to MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Jan. 8. Davis held a 68 positive percent and 50 excellent percent on 40 service receptions in the match. Richards did not suit for the match. Piancenza ranks sixth in the league standings with 17 points and a 6-6 record. Piacenza returns to the court on Jan. 15 against Norda Foppapedretti. To read about how Richards transitioned from Conegliano to Piancenza, click here.

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 A in 2011-2012. Modena dropped a heart-breaking 21-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-21, 15-7 match to Scavolini Pesaro on Jan. 8. Barboza notched 17 points with 14 kills on 49 attacks, two blocks and an ace while providing a 65 positive percent on 17 service receptions. Harmotto pocketed six kills on 18 swings and two blocks for eight points in the match. Modena is currently 4-8 on the season with 14 points for eighth place. Modena faces Chateau d’Ax Urbino on Jan. 15 in its next Serie A match.

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 A in the 2011-2012 club season. On Jan. 8, Klineman scored a match-high 28 points in leading Pesaro to a 21-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-21, 15-7 victory over LIU-JO Modena. She totaled 24 kills on 57 attacks with only five errors to go with three blocks and an ace. Further, she handled 40 of the team’s 73 service receptions with a 60 positive percent. Pesaro improved to 5-7 on the season with 15 points to move into seventh place. Pesaro takes on Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 15 in its next Serie a match. Pesaro is also competing in the CEV Champions League in which the team sits atop Pool E with a 3-1 record and nine points. Klineman notched 20 points with 16 kills on 31 attacks with just one error to go with four aces in a three-set win over Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna in the most recent Champions League match on Dec. 21. Pesaro plays Crvena Zvezda Beograd on Jan. 12 in its next Champions League match.

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 A for the 2011-2012 season. She set Busto Arsizio to a 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21 victory over CariParma SiGrade Parma on Jan. 8. Lloyd led her squad to a 50 kill percent with only 10 attack errors on 129 swings. She added three individual kills on five errorless swings to go with three blocks for a total of six points. Busto Arsizio, which improved to 11-0 on the season and is in first place with 33 points, returns to action on Jan. 15 against Scavolini Pesaro. Busto Arsizio is also taking part in the CEV Cup and has advanced to the 8th Final Round in which it will face Azerbaijan’s Igtisadchi Baku starting on Jan. 11.

PAOLINI WITH ICOS CREMA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) is playing for Iocs Crema Volley in the Italian Serie A2 Division for 2011-2012. In a heart-breaking five-set loss on Jan. 8 to Acqua Pardiso Busnago, Paolini tallied 18 points with 15 kills on 20 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Icos Crema, now 11-3 and in third place with 33 points in A2, returns to the court on Jan. 15 against A2 leader Esse-ti La Nef Loreto.

LARSON WITH DINAMO KAZAN IN RUSSIA: For the second year in a row, U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is competing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League. In a 3-0 victory over Avtodor on Jan. 8, Larson scored eight points with six kills on 20 attacks and one block and one ace. Kazan, in third place with an 8-2 record and 22 points, takes on Severstal on Jan. 14 in its next Russia Super League contest. Kazan is also competing in the CEV Champions League and is currently in first place with a 4-0 record. Larson scored 10 points with eight kills and two blocks in a 3-1 Kazan victory over Switzerland’s Volero Zurich in the most recent Champions League victory on Dec. 21. The squad plays Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot on Jan. 11 in its fifth leg of the double round robin first round. To view the match 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. She scored 18 points with 16 kills on 21 attacks (76 kill percent) with two blocks in a near-comeback in a 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 24-26, 15-12 loss to Proton. Krasnodar, ranked second in the league standings with 23 points and a 7-3 record, faces Torch on Jan. 15 in its next match. Dinamo Krasnodar is also taking part in the CEV Cup and has advanced to the 8th Final Round in which it will face Rote Raben Vilsbiburg starting on Jan. 12.

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. Tom scored six points coming off the bench on Jan. 3 in a 25-15, 25-9, 25-21 victory over Yesilyurt A TKM. She totaled four kills on nine errorless attacks, one ace and one block despite only starting the third set. On Jan .7, Tom came off the bench in the fourth set as part of a four-set win over Galatasaray. Fenerbahce, currently 12-0 in the league and one match ahead of Eczacibasi (11-1), takes on third-place VakifBank TTelekom (9-3) on Jan. 14. Fenerbahce is also competing in the CEV Champions League. Tom scored 10 points after not starting against Rabita Baku in the most recent contest on Dec. 20, but Fenerbahce still fell in four sets to lose its first match of Pool B in four contests. Fenerbahce returns to CEV Champions League action on Jan. 11 against ASPTT Mulhouse.

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 Baku is also competing in the CEV Champions League and is currently in second place in first round Pool B action with a 3-1 record. Rabita Baku defeated Turkey’s Fenerbahce Universal 25-27, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 in the most recent Champions League match on Dec. 20. Glass started the match and scored six points, while Spicer was a sub in the first two sets before starting the final two sets in sparking her team. Rabita Baku, now 3-1 in Pool B, returns to action on Jan. 10 against Dresdner SC. To watch the match 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. In addition, Azerrail Baku is competing in the CEV Champions League in which it currently holds a 3-1 record and in first place in Pool D. Azerrail Baku dropped its most recent Champions League match, a hard-fought five-set loss to VakifBank TTelekom on Dec. 20. Bown charted seven kills on 11 attacks and four blocks for 11 points. Tamas was a reserve in middle three sets. Azerrail Baku returns to CEV Champions League action on Jan. 12 against Italy’s Volley Bergamo.

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 begins CEV Challenge Cup action on Jan. 11 against Zok Split 1700 in the 16th Final Round.

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 Baku is also taking part in the CEV Cup and has advanced to the 8th Final Round in which it will face Italy’s Yamamay Busto Arsizio starting on Jan. 11.

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 a Jan. 4 match, Sopot dropped a 26-24, 25-20, 25-22 match to BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala. Hodge scored 13 points with 10 kills on 26 attacks, two aces and a block to go with a 48 positive reception percent on 25 attempts. Glass set her squad to a 34 kill percent while adding two blocks, a kill and ace for four individual points. Sopot rebounded on Jan. 8 with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Hodge totaled 20 points with 17 kills on 32 swings with just two errors to go with three aces and a 46 positive service reception on 24 attempts. Glass set her squad to a 40 kill percent. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Sopot (11-3) plays Impel Gwardia Wroclaw on Jan. 14 in its next match. In CEV Champions League action, Sopot is in second place with a 3-1 record in Pool C. Hodge tallied 11 kills with eight kills, two blocks and an ace in Sopot’s most recent Champions League victory over Czech Republic’s Mondranska Prostejov. The squad takes on pool leader Dinamo Kazan on Jan. 11 in the next CEV Champions League match. To view the match online, click here. To read Glass’ blog, click here.

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. On Jan. 8, their team blanked Atom Trefl Sopot 26-24, 25-20, 25-22. Crimes collected four blocks and one kill for five points. Miyashiro served as the libero with a 46 positive service reception on 13 attempts, while Lichtman did not see action. The Bielsko-Biala squad held off PTPS Pila 28-26, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-12 on Jan. 7. Crimes scored 10 points with six kills and four blocks, while Miyashiro handled 21 service receptions with a 57 positive percent. Bielsko-Biala (10-4) challenges Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Jan .15 in its next match. Bielsko-Biala is also taking part in the CEV Cup and has advanced to the 8th Final Round in which it will face Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinbug starting on Jan. 11.

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. Through the first five rounds that concluded Dec. 22, Sollys/Nestle is 5-0 having been pushed to four sets just twice. Hooker played as a reserve in the second match of the season on Dec. 13, scoring two points in a three-set win over Mackenzie in her only match played for Sollys/Nestle. After the Dec. 13 match, she returned to the United States to take care of previous engagements, but will be ready for the sixth round against Macae Sports on Jan. 10. To follow Hooker in social media platforms, click here 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. Volei Futuro is currently 5-0 in the league with four sweeps in the five matches. Volei Futuro returns to action on Jan. 10 against Usiminas/Minas and Pinheiros on Jan. 13. Sykora, who was seriously injured in a bus accident during last spring’s Brazil Superliga playoffs, suited up for the season-opening match on Dec. 9 against Mackenzie. However, she has not suited in the past four matches.

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 to Okayama 25-22, 27-25, 25-12 on Jan. 7 in which Gibbemeyer scored 11 kills on 26 attacks, one block and one ace. Toyota recovered the following day to defeat JT Marvelous 25-18, 25-21, 25-20. Gibbemeyer notched 12 kills on 25 attacks, two blocks and four aces for 18 points in the sweep. Toyota is currently in sixth place with a 7-10 record.

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