US Olympic Womens Volleyball Team Nominated
USA Volleyball Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 3, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s
National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the International
Volleyball Federation (FIVB), has nominated its 12-player Olympic Games Team to
the United States Olympic Committee.
Pending approval from the USOC, U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Head Coach
Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has selected setters Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) for the
Olympic Games Team. Middle blockers chosen for the squad are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and
Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.).
Outside hitters earning a spot on the Olympic Games nomination roster are Megan
Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Logan
Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah).
Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) are
opposites selected to the U.S. Olympic Games Team. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) are
liberos being nominated to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.
“We’ve developed a lot of depth in this program over the course of the
Olympic quadrennial and, as you would expect, it was very difficult to determine
the final composition of this team,” McCutcheon said. “However, after a lot of
time and deliberation, we all believe that the group we've selected gives our
program the best possible chance of being successful in London.”
Replacement athletes for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team are setters
Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Carli
Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), middle blockers Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), outside
hitters Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), and opposites
Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio).
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, which holds its training
headquarters at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., includes five
Olympic Games veterans and seven players making their Olympic Games debuts.
Scott-Arruda, 39, becomes the first U.S. volleyball player – male or female – to
compete in five Olympic Games. She becomes just the third female volleyball
player worldwide to compete in five Olympic Games, matching the feat of
Brazilian setter Hélia Rogério de Souza (Fofão) and Russia’s Yevgeniya
Tom, who earned Best Scorer at the 2008 Olympic Games and helping the squad
to the silver medal, becomes just the third four-time Olympian for the U.S. in
women’s volleyball. Haneef-Park and Berg will be appearing in their third
Olympic Games. Davis returns as the libero from the 2008 Olympic Games.
Short player biographies on each of the 12 players can be found at the end of
this press release. Further, quotes from selected players will be added to this
release above the roster graph as received.
The 12-team women’s volleyball Olympic Games competition will take place on
alternating days at Earls Court starting July 28. The preliminary round consists
of two pools of six teams playing a round-robin format with the top four teams
in each pool advancing to the quarterfinal round. The U.S. is part of Pool B
with No. 2 Brazil, No. 5 China, No. 6 Serbia, No. 11 Turkey and No. 15 Korea.
The top pool finisher crosses over to play the fourth place team in the
quarterfinals, while a drawing of lot decides the crossover matches for second-
and third-place finishers. Semifinals are on Aug. 9 with the medal-round matches
on Aug. 11.
The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball
Federation (FIVB) since November 2011, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in
the first qualification tournament by claiming silver at the 2011 FIVB World Cup
held in November.
Team USA has continued its winning momentum into the 2012 season with a 14-0
record after capturing the FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual
international volleyball tournament for women, for the third consecutive year.
During the World Grand Prix, the U.S. produced victories over Olympic Games
bound Brazil twice (No. 2 in the world), Italy (No. 4), China (No. 5), Serbia
(No. 6), Dominican Republic (No. 9) and Turkey (No. 11.). The U.S. has now
defeated reigning Olympic champion Brazil and Italy in each of the last four
meetings, along with three straight wins over China.
McCutcheon has mentored the U.S. program to a 99-37 record in his four years
after leading the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team program to the 2008
Olympic Games gold medal. The U.S. holds a 71-23 record in the past three years
with podium finishes in nine of 11 tournaments. During the quadrennial
McCutcheon has brought in over 70 players to train at the U.S. National Team
Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team has medaled at the Olympic Games
three times, earning the silver medal at the most recent edition at the Beijing
Games. The U.S. women also earned the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in
Los Angeles, as well as the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
The U.S. seeks its first gold medal in any of the major tournaments – Olympic
Games, FIVB World Championships, FIVB World Cup – that happen every four
In its final preparations for the Olympic Games, the U.S. Women’s National
Volleyball Team and the City of Anaheim will host Bulgaria in a three-match
Challenge Series. The first match will be held July 14 at Canyon High School in
Anaheim, Calif. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Seating is
limited, so it advised to arrive early. The second and third matches of the
series will be played July 16 and July 18 at University of Southern California’s
Galen Center. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for children 12-and-under or groups of
10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.usctrojans.com/usa. All three matches
will be played at 7 p.m. PT.
Foluke Akinradewo: “I can't believe my Olympic dream is
finally coming true. I'm so excited to represent the USA in London. I'd like to
thank my family, coaches of the past and present, and friends who have supported
Tayyiba Haneef-Park: "I am honored to be a member of this
Olympic Team and represent our country. I feel we have a chance to do something
amazing in London and can't wait to contribute to the process."
Christa Harmotto: "I'm thrilled and feel so blessed to be
chosen. This journey has been incredible and everyone who has been through this
program has made an impact on this team. It's been a dream of mine for years and
I feel so honored to represent the red, white and blue. This experience is so
much bigger than anything I could ever imagine and I have God to thank for that.
Without my faith, this moment would not be possible, so all the glory goes
above. Thank you to all my coaches, past and present, family and friends, and
teammates. Your support means the world to me."
Jordan Larson: “Words cannot express my excitement to be a
part of this team. It has been something I have dreamed about for a very long
time. I would like to thank all my family, friends, coaches and teammates who
have helped me along the way to be the player and person I am today. I couldn't
have done it without you all.”
Danielle Scott-Arruda: "I am so ecstatic to have made the
2012 Olympic Team. I am truly overjoyed and praise God for blessing me
physically, emotionally and spiritually. I am ready to help the team in whatever
my role is be the best that we can be."
2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Tamari
Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole
Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
10 - Jordan
Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
11 - Megan
Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
13 - Christa
Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
15 - Logan Tom
(OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke
Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
19 - Destinee
Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente,
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine,
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie
Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Giuseppe Vinci (Casteggio, Italy)
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan
(Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill
Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Doctor: Dr. William Stetson
Replacement Players for U.S. Olympic Games Women’s Volleyball Team
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown,
1 - Alisha
Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
7 - Heather
Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 – Cynthia
Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
12 - Nancy
Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 - Nicole
Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
18 – Carli
Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)
20 – Kristin
Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
2012 Olympic Games Women’s Volleyball Schedule
Pool A (World Ranking): Japan (3), Italy (4), Russia (7),
Dominican Republic (9), Algeria (16), Great Britain (69)
(World Ranking): USA (1), Brazil (2), China (5), Serbia (6), Turkey
(11), Korea (15)
July 28: Algeria vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
July 28: China vs. Serbia, 11:30
July 28: Great Britain vs. Russia, 2:45 p.m.
July 28: Italy vs.
Dominican Republic, 4:45 p.m.
July 28: USA vs. Korea, 8 p.m. (noon
July 28: Brazil vs. Turkey, 10 p.m.
July 30: China vs. Turkey, 9:30 a.m.
July 30: Serbia vs. Korea, 11:30
July 30: Dominican Republic vs. Russia, 2:45 p.m.
July 30: USA vs.
Brazil, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 30: Italy vs. Japan, 8 p.m.
Great Britain vs. Algeria, 10 p.m.
Aug. 1: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: Algeria vs.
Russia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: Serbia vs. Turkey, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 1: Great
Britain vs. Italy, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 1: USA vs. China, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
1: Brazil vs. Korea, 10 p.m.
Aug. 3: Brazil vs. China, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 3: Japan vs. Russia, 11:30
Aug. 3: Turkey vs. Korea, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 3: Great Britain vs.
Dominican Republic, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 3: USA vs. Serbia, 8 p.m. (noon
Aug. 3: Algeria vs. Italy, 10 p.m.
Aug. 5: Algeria vs. Dominican Republic, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 5: China vs. Korea,
Aug. 5: Great Britain vs. Japan, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 5: Italy vs.
Russia, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 5: USA vs. Turkey, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 5: Brazil
vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.
Aug. 7: Quarterfinal Matches at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 9: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Women’s Bronze Medal Match, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 11: Women’s Gold
Medal Match, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Women’s Gold Medal Ceremony, 8:20 p.m.
2012 Olympic Games Player Notes
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach
Five-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) having
played making Olympic Games debut in 1996…Will turn 40 on Oct. 1…U.S. Women’s
National Team career has spanned 18 years with first international appearances
in 1994 at the Goodwill Games, FIVB World Grand Prix and FIVB World
Championship…Has been on U.S. roster for 410 international matches…Will become
just the third women’s volleyball player to compete in five Olympic Games…Named
MVP, Best Scorer and Best Blocker at the 2001 FIVB World Grand Prix…Earned
silver medal at the 2002 FIVB World Championship, 2008 Olympic Games and 2011
FIVB World Cup…Selected to USA Volleyball’s 75th Anniversary Women’s 1978-2003
All-Era Team in 2003…Served as the U.S. delegation flag bearer at the 2007 Pan
American Games…Gave birth to daughter Julianne Arruda in April 2010…Speaks
fluent Portuguese and some Italian.
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach
Three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) and was part of 2008
Olympic Games silver-medal team…Made U.S. international debut in 2001 at
Montreux Volley Masters with 263 international matches to date…Earned Best
Scorer at the NORCECA Continental Championship in 2005…Was second leading scorer
for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games…Selected as Best Server at the 2007 Pan
American Games…Earned silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup and 2002 FIVB
World Championship…Played as an outside hitter early in her career with the
U.S…Gave birth to son Ajani in 2010...Competed in 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and
Field Trials finishing 10th…Tallest player on the team at 200cm.
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii,
Three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) and was part of
2008 Olympic Games silver-medal team…Shared the setting duties at the 2008
Olympic Games and sparked the team in wins over Italy in the quarterfinals…Named
USA Volleyball Female Indoor Volleyball Player of the Year in 2008 and
2011…Selected Best Setter at the 2005 and 2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental
Championship, along with the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Pan American Cup …Missed much
of the 2009 season after post-2008 Olympic Games surgery…Made U.S. international
debut in 2003 at the Montreux Volley Masters and now has 208 international
matches…Berg was never selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii,
Making first appearance in Olympic Games…Made U.S.
international debut in 2010 on a tour of China and now has been on U.S. roster
for 61 international matches…Starting libero at the 2011 Pan American Games in
which the U.S. captured the bronze medal with a young lineup… Played in 43 of a
possible 48 sets in the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix…As a serving sub in 35 sets
at 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, served 60 times with two aces averaging 1.71
serves per substitution… Reserve libero on the 2011 FIVB World Cup silver-medal
team…Three-time AVCA All-American at University of Washington.
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern
Two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012) after holding the
starting libero role at the 2008 Olympic Games in which the U.S. finished with
the silver medal…Joined the U.S. National Team in 2004 and made international
debut in 2005 against Brazil in the Front Range Tour…Now has 209 international
matches…as starting libero at 2008 Olympic Games helped the U.S. to a .302
hitting efficiency and finished sixth in Best Digger…Named Best Digger at 2009
Pan American Cup and Best Libero at 2010 Montreux Volley Masters…Helped
University of Southern California to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2002 and
10 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb.,
Making first appearance in Olympic Games…Made U.S. senior
team international debut in 2009 at the Pan American Cup after being a member of
the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in 2004 and the U.S. Girls’ Youth National
Team in 2003…Since joining the U.S. team has primarily been a starter…Has been
starting outside hitter on three straight FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal
teams, along with silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup…Has played in 118
international matches for the U.S…Will be making the switch to jersey No. 10 for
the Olympic Games, which was her college number at University of Nebraska where
she was a three-time AVCA All-American.
11 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn
Making first appearance in Olympic Games…Made U.S. senior
team international debut in 2010 on a tour of China followed by 2010 Montreux
Volley Masters…Selected MVP and Best Scorer of 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix in
which the U.S. the event for the third straight time…Helped U.S. to the silver
medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup…Will be making the switch to jersey No. 11 for
the Olympic Games, which was her college number at Penn State
University…Selected co-Honda Broderick Cup Award winner for the best female
collegiate athlete in all NCAA sports for 2009-2010…Led Penn State to three
consecutive NCAA Division I volleyball titles from 2007 to 2009 …Named American
Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2009 as well as ESPN The
Magazine/CoSID Academic All-American of the Year…Four-time AVCA
All-American…Member of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and the 2004
and 2005 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team…Born in U.S. Virgin Islands
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn
Making first appearance in Olympic Games…Made first U.S.
senior team international debut in 2009 on tour of Egypt…Has made 90 appearances
in U.S. international matches…Helped the U.S. to the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix
title…Led all blockers through the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round
phase and finished the tournament with averages of 3.23 points, 1.31 blocks and
1.74 kills per set with a 55.5 kill percent and .482 hitting
efficiency…Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American as
she led Penn State to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008…Named 2008 ESPN
The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year…Selected for the 2004 and
2005 U.S. Women’s Junior National Teams.
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah,
Four-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) with first
Olympics coming at the age of 19…Becomes just the third U.S. women’s volleyball
player to compete in four Olympic Games…Made U.S. senior national team
international debut in 1998 at age 16 as part of the NORCECA World Champions
Qualification Tournament…Has now made 221 international appearances with the
U..S…Earned Best Scorer at the 2008 Olympic Games with 124 points and a 3.76
scoring average per set...Chosen MVP, Best Scorer and Best Server of the 2004
FIVB World Grand Prix…Earned Best Receiver at the 2003 Montreux Volley
Masters…Selected Best Server at 2003 Yeltsin Cup and the 2011 NORCECA
Continental Championship…Sat out all of the 2005 and 2006 seasons before
rejoining the team late in 2007 to help the team win the silver medal at the
FIVB World Cup to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games…Sat out the 2009 season and
returned in July 2010 to help the U.S. win the first of three consecutive FIVB
World Grand Prix titles…Helped the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2011 FIVB
World Cup…Became just the third player to earn four consecutive American
Volleyball Coaches Association All-American First-Team honors (1999-2002) while
playing at Stanford University, which won the 2001 NCAA title…Named AVCA Player
of the Year in 2001 and 2002…Father Melvin Tom played in the National Football
League with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla.,
Making her first appearance in the Olympic Games…Made
first appearance with the U.S. senior team at 2005 Pan American Cup and now has
127 international matches…Joined the U.S. National Team full-time in 2009 after
spending summers with the team in 2007 and 2008 while still competing at
Stanford University…Helped U.S. to bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American
Games…Named MVP and Best Block at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix in which the
U.S. captured the first of three straight titles…Starter 2011 FIVB World Cup
silver medal team…Named either American Volleyball Coaches Association or
Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while at
Stanford where she concluded her career as a four-time AVCA
All-American…Finished Stanford career with then-NCAA record .446 hitting
efficiency…Starting middle blocker for the 2005 U.S. Women’s Junior National
Team that competed in FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship…Did not play club
volleyball…Holds tri-citizenship with USA, Canada and Nigeria.
17 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash.,
Making her first appearance in the Olympic Games…Made
first appearance with the U.S. senior team at 2007 Pan American Cup and now has
74 international appearances…Helped the U.S. win the bronze medal at the 2007
and 2011 Pan American Games…Named Best Setter and Best Server at the FIVB World
Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G in 2009…Three-time
American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American while at University of
Washington…Helped lead Washington to the 2005 NCAA Division I title…Set the NCAA
Division I record for career assist average (14.56).
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas,
Making her first appearance in the Olympic Games…Made first
appearance with the U.S. senior team on a tour of Chinese club teams in 2008
followed by the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and now has 65 international
matches…In her first official tournament with the U.S., averaged 4.76 points and
2.46 digs in helping the U.S. win the first of three consecutive FIVB World
Grand Prix titles…Ranked fourth in Best Scorer in 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix
Final Round…Started all 11 matches of 2010 FIVB World Championships and finished
as fifth in scoring…Named MVP of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix and ranked
second in scoring in the Final Round with 101 points…In 2011 selected as one of
13 FIVB Heroes for women’s volleyball…Helped the U.S. to the gold medal at the
2011 NORCECA Continental Championship and the silver medal at the 2011 FIVB
World Cup…Selected Best Spiker at the FIVB World Cup with a 49.5 kill percent to
go with a 5.91 points scored average…Scored U.S. career-high 39 points against
China on Nov. 16, 2011…Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association
All-American while at University of Texas…Won the 2009 NCAA Indoor High Jump
championship and the 2009 NCAA Outdoor High Jump championship, becoming just the
second female in NCAA history to win three NCAA Outdoor High Jump titles and the
first female high jumper to sweep the indoor and outdoor crowns since 2004.