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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 30 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
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 13-0 record and 38 points. In a break from the regular season for the Italian Serie A1 Cup, Busto Arsizio continued to shine by capturing the title with three victories this past weekend starting with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 quarterfinal win over Asystel Volley Novara on Jan. 24. Lloyd set her squad to a 35 kill percent while adding three kills on five attacks and two blocks for five points. Busto Arsizio was pushed to five sets by LIU-JO Modena before prevailing 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 15-12 in the semifinal round. Lloyd contributed eight points with three kills on eight errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace to go with a 44 team kill percent. In the title match, Lloyd set the squad to a 25-13, 25-18, 25-17 victory over Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza on Jan. 29. She turned in six points with two kills, two blocks and two aces as the team hit 33 percent on the day. Busto Arsizio (13-0, 38 points) returns to Serie A1 regular season action on Feb. 5 against ninth-place LIU-JO Volley Modena (5-9, 17 points). 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. To read an Italian feature story on Lloyd, 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 A1 Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza squad in 2011-2012. Despite only a 7-7 record in the regular season Italian Serie A1, Piacenza nearly pulled off a remarkable feat in the Italian Serie A1 Cup tournament that concluded this past weekend. Piacenza started by rallying past MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese 19-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 19-17 on Jan. 24 in the quarterfinal round as Davis provided a 65 positive reception percent on 51 service receptions. Piacenza then knocked off Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 in the semifinal round in which Davis notched a 68 positive reception percent on 22 attempts. However, Piacenza came up short in the title match, falling to Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-13, 25-18, 25-17. Davis contributed a 62 positive percent on 42 service receptions. Richards did not play in the three matches as she traveled back to the United States for a family emergency. Piacenza resumes regular season play against 11th-place Riso Scotti Pavia (0-14, 1 point) on Feb. 5.
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. The Italian Serie A1 division took a break from action for the Italian Serie A1 Cup this past week. After advancing to the semifinal round with a bye, Modena lost a challenging 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 15-12 match to regular-season leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 28. Harmotto charted a whopping 24 points from her middle blocker position with 20 kills on 31 errorless attacks to go with four blocks. Barboza chipped in 12 points with 12 kills on 23 swings. Modena will play league-leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio (13-0, 38 points) in its very next match on Feb. 5 as the Serie A1 regular season resumes.
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. The Italian Serie A1 was off last week as the Italian Serie A1 Cup took place, which Pesaro did not qualify for the quarterfinal round. Pesaro (6-8, 18 points) resumes Serie A1 regular season in seventh place on Feb. 5 against third-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino (10-3, 30 points). Before its Italian League match, Pesaro starts its CEV Champions League 8th Finals Round home-and-home series with Italian rival Volley Bergamo on Feb. 2. The return match will be played on Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 2 match live online at 20:30 CET, click 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 was stunned in the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round with a 19-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 19-17 loss to Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (7-7 in Italian Serie A1 regular season) on Jan. 24. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 42 kill percent for the match, but it was not enough in the end. Wilson provided 13 points with seven kills and six blocks. Villa Cortese, now with 35 points and in second place in the Serie A, returns to Serie A1 regurla season action on Feb. 5 against ninth-place Cariparma SiGrade Parma (5-9, 16 points) after a weekend break for the Italian Serie A1 Cup. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese starts its 8th Final Round home-and-home series with Russia’s Dinamo Moscow on Feb. 1 with the return match on Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 20:30 CET, click here.
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 topped Rota Volley Mercato San Severino 25-23, 25-19, 25-13 on Jan. 29 as Paolini totaled seven kills on nine errorless attacks to go with a block in the three-set win. Icos Crema improved to 13-4 with 40 points in the Serie A2 standings for third place, four points behind the co-leaders of Esse-ti La Nef Loreto and Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno. The squad will face seventh-place Assitur Corriere Espresso Soverato (9-8, 27 points) on Feb. 5.
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 lost to league-leader Unilever 25-14, 25-19, 25-21 on Jan. 24 as Sykora was in the starting lineup as libero for the second match in a row providing nine digs. Volei Futuro rebounded to edge Sao Caetano 25-14, 24-26, 25-21, 25-11 on Jan. 27 as Sykora contributed eight excellent receptions on 25 attempts. Volei Futuro, which ended the first half in second place with a 9-2 record and 26 points, begins the second half of the Superliga season on Jan. 31 against Mackenzie Cia Do Terno followed by a Feb. 3 contest against Rio Do Sul. 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.
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 defeated Sesi Sao Paulo 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 on Jan. 24 without Hooker in the lineup. On Jan. 28, Hooker returned to the court and scored 11 points with nine kills on 23 attacks, one block and one ace, but Sollys/Nestle absorbed a 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23 loss to league-leader Unilever. In the contest, Hooker was a sub in the second set and started the final two sets. Sollys/Nestle, 8-3 with 25 points for a tie for third place through the end of the first half of the season, starts the second half of the Superliga season on Jan. 31 against Sao Caetano, followed by a Feb. 3 match against Mackenzie/Cia Do Terno. 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 player to compete in five Olympics, signed midway through the 2011-2012 season to play for Sao Bernardo in the Brazil Superliga. She scored 12 a team-high 12 points with seven kills on 15 attacks and five blocks in a 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 loss to Banana Boat/Praia Clube on Jan. 24. Scott-Arruda blasted 21 points in a 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Macae Sports on Jan. 27 as she netted 19 kills on 31 attacks to go with two blocks.
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. With the Turkish League in hiatus, Fenerbahce continued its winning ways in the Turkish Cup with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 sweep over Ted Ankara Koleji on Jan. 25. Tom netted five kills on 13 attacks, five aces and a block for 11 points in a quarterfinal match. The two teams have a rematch in the Turkish Cup on Feb. 14. Fenerbahce, 14-0 on the regular season with 42 points, plays MKE Ankaragucu on Feb. 4. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce plays Czech Republic’s VK Modranska Prostejov in a home-and-home Finals 8 Round series on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 17:00 CET, click here.
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 defeated Dinamo Moscow 25-23, 30-28, 25-23 on Jan. 26 as Larson scored 12 points with 11 kills on 32 attacks and a block. She added a 70 positive reception percent on 23 attempts. In a battle of the top two teams in the Russia Super League, Kazan topped Dinamo Krasnodar 25-21, 30-28, 25-18 on Jan. 29. Larson totaled 16 points with 12 kills on 22 swings, two blocks and two aces. She also produced a 73 positive reception percent on 22 attempts. Kazan now sits atop the league standings with a 12-2 record before heading into a Feb. 5 match with Uralochka-NTMK. In CEV Champions Cup action, Kazan moves into the 8th Final Round for a home-and-home series against Dresdner SC with matches on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 19:00 CET, 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 beat Severstal 25-13, 25-18, 25-21 on Jan. 26 as Akinradewo contributed four points with two kills and two blocks. On Jan. 29, Krasnodar lost its Super League leadership by falling to then-second-place Dinamo Kazan 25-21, 30-28, 25-18. Akinradewo tallied four kills and two aces for six points in the loss. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar has a home-and-home series with Austria’s SVS Post Schwechat in the 4th Final Round on Feb. 1 and 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. Rabita Baku improved to 5-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 victory over Azerrail on Jan. 25. After finishing the CEV Champions League first round Pool B with a 5-1 record, Rabita Baku is part of the 8th Final Round and will play Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot in a home-and-home series with matches on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 20:30 CET, 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 a match of undefeated teams in the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail Baku dropped a 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 match to Rabita Baku on Jan. 25. After finishing second in the CEV Champions League first round Pool D, Azerrail moves into the 8th Final Round with a home-and-home series against Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 20:15 CET, 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) moved above .500 in the Azerbaijan Super League with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 victory over Azeryolserviz on Jan. 25. In CEV Cup action, Lokomotiv will play its 8th Final Round home-and-home series against Vizura Beograd on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.
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 defeated Lokomotiv Bileceri 25-11, 25-20, 25-17 on Jan. 25 to improve to 2-2 in the Azerbaijan Super League. Haneef-Park scored five points on two kills and three blocks, while American Jen Doris chipped in four points off the bench.
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 (12-3) and the rest of the PlusLiga was idle for regular season matches this past week. Sopot faces KS Palac Bydgoszcz on Feb. 4 in its next PlusLiga match. While the regular season was on hold, eight teams competed in the Polish Cup including Sopot. In the quarterfinal round, Sopot topped KS Palace Bydgoszcz 25-22, 25-13, 25-21 on Jan. 24. Hodge was MVP of the semifinal match as her team defeated BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 on Jan. 27. However, Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza topped Sopot 20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 26-24 in the title match to win the Polish Cup. Despite the loss, Hodge was selected as the tournament’s Best Attacker. In CEV Champions League action, Sopot has advanced to the CEV Champions League 8th Final Round to face Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku in a home-and-home series with dates of Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. To watch the Feb. 1 match live online at 20:30 CET, 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. Bielsko-Biala (11-5), idle last week as the regular season took a break, returns to PlusLiga action on Feb. 5 against Budowlani Lodz. While the regular season was on hold, eight teams competed in the Polish Cup including Sopot. In the quarterfinal round, Bielsko-Biala defeated Budowlani Lodz 25-21, 28-26, 20-25, 25-19 on Jan. 24. However, Atom Trefl Sopot got the best of Bielsko-Biala in the semifinal with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 victory. In the CEV Cup 8th Final Round opener, Bielsko-Biala has advanced to the 4th Final Round to play Italy’s Yamamay Busto Arsizio in a home-and-home series on Jan. 31 and Feb. 9.
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 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Jan. 28 as Gibbemeyer scored 18 kills on 36 attacks to with three blocks and an ace for 22 points. She contributed 11 kills on 22 attacks and a block in a 27-25, 25-18, 25-17 loss to Pioneer on Jan. 29. Toyota, 3-8 overall and in sixth place, returns to V-League action on Feb. 4 against JT, followed by a Feb. 5 match with NEC. Both matches will be played at the Ishikawa Sports Center.
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. The trio helped Catano to their fourth straight victory to open the season with a 25-16, 25-15, 26-24 win over Carolina on Jan. 24. Forsett scored 13 points with 12 kills and a block, while Jones added three kills, three blocks and two aces for eight points. Thompson set the team with 10 assists to go with 12 digs. However, Catano dropped its first match of the season with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 loss to Caguas on Jan. 26. Forsett notched eight kills and three blocks for 11 points, while Jones added four kills and three blocks for seven points. Thompson was credited with 12 assists and nine digs. Catano regrouped to defeat Bayamon 25-22, 27-25, 25-14 on Jan. 28 as Forsett scored a match-high 18 points with 14 kills and four blocks. Thompson contributed 17 assists and eight digs, while Jones scored four blocks and two kills for six points.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Brooke Delano scored 11 points in helping Caguas to a four-set win over Toa Baja, which was led by Michelle Bartsch’s 11 points…Diane Copenhagen totaled a team-high 10 points and teammates Morgan Beck and Kristen Dozier each tallied six points in a three-set loss to Catano on Jan. 24…Kelly Wing scored a match-high 22 points in leading Bayamon to a five-set win over Guaynabo on Jan. 24. Erin Moore added 11 points in the victory, while Kylie Atherstone chipped in 10 points. In the loss, Kelly Murphy tallied a team-high 15 points while former University of Florida teammate Kristy Jaeckel added 14 points…Kim Willoughby pounded out 19 kills and a block in leading Juncos to a three-set win over Ponce on Jan. 25. Alex Zimmerman set Juncos with four assists to go with two kills and a block. Meagan Ganzer led Ponce with 15 points, while Airal Salvo added eight points and Kelsey Black charted seven points in the loss…Mayaguez’s Blair Brown scored 11 points and Stephanie Niemer added 10 points in a three-set win over Corozal. Sydney Anderson set Mayaguez with 18 assists to go with two kills. Ashley Benson led Corozal with 12 points, while Julie Bennett added nine points and Shonda Cole earned eight points…Brooke Delano tallied five points in helping her squad give Catano its first loss of the season on Jan. 26…Morgan Beck hammered out 19 kills, five aces and two blocks for 26 points in pacing Carolina to a four-set win over Guaynabo on Jan. 26. Kristen Dozier added 22 points in the victory, while teammate Diane Copenhagen chipped in 13 points. In the loss, Kelly Murphy tallied 12 points and Kristy Jaeckel added nine points…Airial Salvo was credited with 22 points and Meagan Ganzer added 21 in leading Ponce to a four-set win over Toa Baja. Kelsey Black tacked on 16 points in the victory. Michelle Bartsch tallied seven points in the loss, while teammate Jessica Swarbrick added five points…Sydney Anderson handed out 20 assists and 10 added 10 digs in leading Mayaguez to a three-set win over Juncos on Jan. 27. Stephanie Niemer and Blair Brown each added 12 points in the victory. Kim Willoughby notched 17 points in the loss, while Alex Zimmerman provided eight assists and two kills…Brooke Delano was one of four double-figure scorers for Caguas with 11 points in a three-set win over Guaynabo on Jan. 28. Kristy Jaeckel scored nine points in the loss, while Kelly Murphy provided nine assists and two kills…Kelly Wing scored 12 points and Erin Moore added 10 points in a three-set loss to Catano on Jan. 28…Ashley Benson powered home 17 kills and three blocks for 20 points in pacing Corozal to a four-set win over Ponce. Shonda Cole added nine points in the victory and Julie Bennett added six points. Meagan Ganzer scored a match-high 27 points in the loss, while Airial Salvo and Kelsey Black added 10 and eight points, respectively…Stephanie Niemer contributed 24 points and Blair Brown added 16 in a Mayaguez four-set win over Toa Baja on Jan. 29. Sydney Anderson provided 16 assists and four kills in the victory. Michelle Bartsch charted 18 points and Jessica Swarbrick reached 10 points in the loss…Morgan Beck secured 17 points and Diane Copenhagen added 12 points in a Carolina three-set win over Juncos on Jan. 29. Kristen Dozier added nine points in the victory. Kim Willoughby tallied 12 points in the loss, while Alex Zimmerman was credited with three assists, three kills and an ace for four points.