Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 16, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 16 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
REVISED FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE: Upon confirmation from the FIVB, the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix schedule has some pool adjustments from the initial announcement made in December. The U.S. opens the tournament in Pool B held June 8-10 in Dominican Republic. The U.S. will face No. 8 Germany, No. 9 Dominican Republic and either No. 15 Kenya or No. 28 Chinese Taipei (depends on outcome of World Grand Prix qualifying match). Team USA’s schedule does not get any easier the following week with a trip to Brazil to play the host country, No. 4 Italy and a rematch with Germany. During the final preliminary round weekend held June 22-24, the U.S. takes on No. 6 Serbia, No. 12 Thailand and either Kenya or Chinese Taipei in Thailand. For the complete press release, click here.
UPDATED INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER LIST: USA Volleyball has processed a total of 159 international transfer for U.S. female athletes with additional transfers expected to come. To view the latest list, click here.
2011 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM YEARBOOK: The 2011 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Yearbook includes detailed season recap, match-by-by recap capsules loaded with photos, updated player biographies and 2012 storylines as the U.S. Women head into the 2012 Olympic Games. To view the yearbook, click here.
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. Kazan improved to 9-2 by defeating Serverstal 25-21, 25-20, 25-12 on Jan. 14. Larson pitched in 14 kills on 24 swings and two blocks for 16 points. Kazan, now in second place with 25 points in the Russia Super League, plays Tyumen Tyumen (4-7) on Jan. 22 in its next Super League match. Kazan is also competing in the CEV Champions League and is currently in first place with a 5-0 record. Larson scored a team-high seven points with six kills and a block (through two sets, final stats not available) in a 3-0 Kazan victory over Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot on Jan. 11. Kazan concludes Pool C against Czech Republic’s VK Modranska Prostejov on Jan. 17. 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. Krasnador improved to 8-3 in the Super League following a 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Torch on Jan. 15. Akinradewo tallied eight points with four kills, two blocks and two aces. Krasnador returns to Super League action on Jan. 22 against Avtodor-Metar (1-10). Dinamo Krasnodar topped Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 21-25, 25-7, 25-14, 25-18 on Jan. 12 to start the CEV Cup 8th Final Round. The two teams meet again at Krasnodar on Jan. 19.
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 tallied nine points with eight kills and an ace in helping lead Fenerbahce to a 25-18, 21-25, 25-13, 25-13 victory over third-place VakifBank T.Telekom (9-4) on Jan. 14. Tom also provided a 54 positive service reception on 13 attempts. Fenerbahce, currently 13-0 in the league, takes on second-place Eczacibasi (12-1) on Jan. 21 in its next Turkish league match. Fenerbahce is tied for first place in the CEV Champions League first-round Pool B after defeating ASPTT Mulhouse on Jan. 11. Tom scored five points with four aces and a kill on eight swings in the victory. Fenerbahce, now 4-1 with 12 points in Pool B, concludes the main phase against Dresdner SC on Jan. 17. The match can be viewed online by clicking here.
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 Chieri Torino 25-19, 25-11, 19-25, 25-20 on Jan. 15. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 46 kills percent and .320 hitting efficiency in the victory, including a 64 kill percent in the second set. Wilson scored six points with three kills and three blocks. Villa Cortese improves to 11-2 on the season with 32 points, just three points behind league-leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio. Villa Cortese takes on third-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino (10-2, 30 points) on Jan. 22 in its next Italian Serie A1 match. Villa Cortese improved to 2-3 in CEV Champions League action in the first round Pool A after defeating Schweriner SC 25-21, 25-22, 25-17 on Jan. 10. Neither Berg nor Wilson competed in the match, although past NCAA stars Sarah Pavan from Canada scored 18 points and Aury Cruz from Puerto Rico added 15 points in the victory. Villa Cortese closes out Pool A with a Jan. 17 match against group-leader RC Cannes (5-0) needing to perform well. The match can be viewed online by clicking here. According to the CEV Champions League regulations, only the top two teams from each pool advance, along with the top two third-place teams. Villa Cortese faces Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza on Jan. 24 to start the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round.
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 edged Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-16, 25-19, 20-25, 10-25, 15-12 on Jan. 15 to improve to 7-6 on the season with 19 points. Davis provided a 65 positive service reception on 26 attempts, while Richards came off the bench in the third and fourth sets to provide a 50 positive reception percent on four chances. Piacenza, now in fifth place, plays LIU-JO Volley Modena (4-9, 14 points) on Jan. 22 in its next Serie A1 match. The match can be watched live on Diretta Sportube.tv. Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza faces MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Jan. 24 to start the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round.
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 third-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 on Jan. 15 to fall to 4-9 on the season. Harmotto charted seven kills on 13 swings, three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Barboza contributed five kills on 10 errorless attacks in the loss to go with a block for six points. Juliann Faucette, a past U.S. Women’s National A2 member, was a sub for Urbino in the second set. Modena, now in ninth place with 14 points, challenges Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza on Jan. 22 in its next Italian Serie A1 match. The match can be watched live on Diretta Sportube.tv. In the Italian Serie A1 Cup, Modena has already advanced to the semifinal round with a quarterfinal round bye. They will face the winner of Yamamay Busto Arsizio and Asystel Volley Novara’s quarterfinal round challenge.
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. Klineman scored a team-high 23 points on Jan. 15, but it was not enough to defeat Yamamay Busto Arsizio in a tough-five set match (25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 15-9). Klineman totaled 18 kills on 41 attacks, three aces and two blocks while taking 25 of the team’s 93 service receptions with a 40 positive percent. Pesaro, now 5-8 in the Serie A1 Division and in seventh-place with 16 points, challenges eighth-place Cariparma SiGrade Parma (5-8, 15 points) on Jan. 21 in a match that can be seen on Rai Sport 1 television. Pesaro is also competing in the CEV Champions League in which the team sits atop Pool E with a 4-1 record and 12 points in Pool E. Klineman chalked up 11 kills on 32 attacks, four blocks and an ace for a team-high 16 points in leading Scavolini to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-22 victory over Crvena Zvezda Beograd on Jan. 12. Pesaro plays Russia powerhouse Dinamo Moscow on Jan. 17 in its next Champions League match. The contest will be the CEV Match of the Week and can be viewed live on the Internet by clicking 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. Lloyd continues to push Yamamay Busto Arsizio to the top of the Serie A1 standings as she helped her team battle to a 25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 15-9 victory over Scavolini Pesaro on Jan. 15. She set her squad to a 41 kill percent and .266 hitting efficiency while chipping in three individual kills on seven attacks with two blocks for five points. Busto Arsizio remains undefeated with a 12-0 record and leads second-place MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese by three points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Busto Arsizio looks to stay unbeaten on Jan. 22 as it plays 10th-place Chieri Torino (2-11, 6 points). In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio topped Azerbaijan’s Igtisadchi Baku 26-24, 25-17, 27-25 in a hard-fought 85-minute home match on Jan. 11. Busto Arsizio came back from a 23-22 deficit in the first set and a 22-20 deficit in the third set. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams complete the 8th Final Round phase on Jan. 19 in Baku. In the Italian Serie A1 Cup, Busto Arsizio will face Asystel Volley Novara on Jan. 24 to start the quarterfinal round.
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. For the second consecutive week, Icos Crema lost in five sets, this time a 25-22, 15-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-12 match to first-place Esse-Ti Nef Loreto (13-2, 38 points). Paolini totaled 17 points with 11 kills on 18 attacks, five blocks and an ace. Icos Crema falls to 11-4 to conclude the first half of the season with 34 points for third place in Serie A2. The squad returns to action on Jan. 22 to open the second half against Infotel Forli (4-11, 7 points), which finished 15th in the first half of the season.
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 tied for first place in Pool B with Fenerbahce Universal. Rabita Baku defeated Dresdner SC 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 on Jan. 10. Glass started the first two sets compiling three aces and a kill as part of a four-point performance. Spicer was a sub in the third set. Rabita Baku finished Pool B against ASPTT Mulhouse on Jan. 17. The match can be viewed online by clicking here. Rabita resumes the Azerbaijan Super League on Jan. 22 versus Azeryolservis. The squad will take a 3-0 record in to the match.
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. Azerrail dropped its second match in Pool D, a 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21 setback to Volley Bergamo on Jan. 12. Bown notched 13 points with five kills on 10 errorless attacks to go with an impressive seven blocks and an ace. Tamas was a sub in all four sets totaling one kill and one ace for two points. Azerrail Baku, which is still in second place in Pool D with 10 points and one point out of first place, concludes the main phase against 2004 Tomis Constanta on Jan. 17. The match can be viewed online by clicking here. Azerrail Baku will take its 3-0 Super League record into the next round on Jan. 22 against Baki.
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 began its CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series with Zok Split 1700 with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 victory on Jan. 11. The two teams complete the series on Jan. 18 at Baku. Lokomotiv resumes Super League action on Jan. 22 against Igtisadchi.
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 the first match of a home-and-home series with Yamamay Busto Arsizio, Igtisadchi Baku was edged 26-24, 25-17, 27-25 on Jan. 15. Baku led late in both the first and third sets (23-22 in the first, 22-20 in the third), but could not hold on to the leads. The two teams complete the 8th Final Round phase on Jan. 19 in Baku. Igtisadchi resumes Super League action on Jan. 22 against Lokomotiv Baku.
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 (11-3) triumphed over Impel Gwardia Wroclaw 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22 in a tightly contest four set match on Jan. 14. Hodge scored 12 points with 11 kills on 39 attacks and a block. Glass started the first, third and fourth sets in setting Sopot to a 33 team kill percent. She added three kills on four errors attacks, along with a block for four individual points. In CEV Champions League action, Sopot is in second place with a 3-2 record in Pool C. Hodge tallied a match-high nine points (through the first two sets as final stats not available) in a three-set loss to Dinamo Kazan on Jan. 11, all on kills via 21 attacks. She added a 76 positive reception percent on 17 chances. Glass set Sopot to a 34 team kill percent through the first two sets. Sopot takes on Pool C’s third-place team Volero Zurich on Jan. 17 and the match can be viewed online by clicking 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. Bielsko-Biala (10-5) lost to Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 28-26, 25-23, 25-19 on Jan. 15. Crimes notched four points with two kills and two blocks. Lichtman was a sub in the third set. Bielsko-Biala faces Impel Gwardia Wroclaw in its next Plus Liga on Jan. 21. In the CEV Cup 8th Final Round opener, Bielsko-Biala lost to Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg 25-9, 25-15, 27-25 on Jan. 11. The two teams complete the home-and-home series on Jan. 18 at Bielsko Biala.
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. Hooker tallied 12 points in sparking Sollys/Nestle to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Macae Sports on Jan. 10. She was credited with seven kills, four blocks and an ace in the victory. Sollys/Nestle lost for the first time during the season in seven matches after falling to Usiminas/Minas 25-21, 15-25, 26-24, 25-17 on Jan. 13. Hooker charted 12 kills on 42 swings as part of a 13-point night. Sollys/Nestle takes its 6-1 record into the eighth round against Pinheiros on Jan. 16, followed by a key match against Volei Futuro on Jan. 20. To follow Hooker in social media platforms, visit destineehooker19.blogspot.com/ for her blog and by clicking 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 defeated Usiminas/Minas 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 on Jan. 10 and Esporte Clube Pinheiros 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-13 on Jan. 13 to improve to 7-0 in the league. Sykora did not suit for either of the two victories. Volei Futuro returns to action on Jan. 17 against Sesi Sao Paulo on Jan. 17, followed by a key match against Sollys/Nestle (6-1) on Jan. 20. 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 defeated NEC Red Rockets 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 on Jan. 14 as Gibbemeyer carried eight kills on 23 attacks and two blocks for 10 points in the victory. However, Toyota could not pull the upset over Toray (6-1) the following day in a 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 loss. Gibbemeyer provided her team with 13 kills on 24 attacks with just one error to go with a block for 14 total points. Toyota (3-4) returns to action on Jan. 21 against Hisamitsu, followed by a Jan. 22 contest versus league-leader Denso (6-1). Both matches will be played at Hyogo’s Himeji Municipal Central Gymnasium.