COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 5, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 5 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
NEARLY 200 U.S. FEMALES HAVE PLAYED PROFESSIONALLY OVERSEAS IN 2011-2012: USA Volleyball has now processed 327 international transfers for U.S. volleyball players to compete in men's and women's professional clubs overseas for the 2011-2012 season. A total of 210 transfers have been processed for a combined 196 different female players from the United States, while 117 transfers have been processed for 103 different male players. All told, 299 volleyball players from the United States have competed overseas this season. For the complete story, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/46995. U.S. Women’s National Team players will begin to return to Anaheim, Calif., the official host city of the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams, in late April and early May in preparation for the FIVB World Grand Prix and Olympic Games.
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 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 to complete the home-and-home series sweep in the 4th Final Round. Tom scored four kills and two aces for six points in the victory, along with handling eight service receptions with a 50 positive percent. For a video replay of the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. With the victory, Fenerbahce advances to the CEV Champions League semifinal round for the third consecutive year. The squad will face Russia’s Dinamo Kazan in the semifinal round on March 24, while the opposite semifinal pits MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese against RC Cannes. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce Universal defeated Besiktas 25-19, 26-28, 25-17, 25-20 on March 4. Tom contributed 15 kills on 38 attacks, three aces and a block for 19 points. She added 21 service receptions with a 57 positive percent. Fenerbahce Universal, now 19-0 in the regular season with 57 points, returns to league action on March 7 against IBA Kimya TED Kolejliler and on March 10 against Pursaklar V.Ihtisas.
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 lost to Azerrail 25-21, 25-23, 25-11 on Feb. 28 in the second match of a home-and-home series in the 4th Final Round setting up a golden set to see which team advanced to the semifinal round. Larson charted five kills on 26 attacks and an ace for six points in the full match loss. Kazan quickly recovered from the match loss by winning 15-10 in golden set to secure a ticket to the semifinal round held March 24-25 at Baku, Azerbaijan. For a video replay of the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan’s semifinal match will be against Turkey’s Fenerbahce Universal, while the other semifinal match pits RC Cannes versus MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese. Kazan snapped a two-match losing streak in the Russia Super League with a 25-22, 25-10, 25-10 victory over New Urengoy on March 4. Larson tallied 13 points in the victory with nine kills on 19 attacks, two blocks and two aces. She added a 47 positive percent on 19 service receptions. Kazan, now 16-4 in the league and in first place with 46 points, faces 12th-place Avtodor-Metar on March 7 in the second-to-last regular season match. To read Larson’s blog, visit usavolleyball.org/blogs/blogs-for-jordan-larson.
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 topped Khabarovsk 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 on March 4 to improve to 12-8 on the season with 38 points. Akinradewo contributed five kills on eight attacks in the victory, along with two blocks for seven total points. Krasnodar, now in fifth place and just one point out of fourth place, will challenge sixth-place Proton on March 7 in the second-to-last regular season match. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar lost to 2004 Tomis Constanta 25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22 on March 1 in the second of a home-and-home Challenge Round series. Akinradewo tallied nine kills on 14 attacks, six blocks and an ace for 16 points in the loss. With the loss, Krasnodar drops out of the CEV Cup race following a series-opening five-set loss.
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 advanced to the semifinal round after winning a golden set over Italian rival Volley Bergamo on Feb. 29. Bergamo forced the golden set by claiming a hard-fought 26-24, 25-27, 25-18, 20-25, 18-16 victory to even the home-and-home series. However, Villa Cortese needed just 16 minutes to win the golden set 15-11. In the full match, Wilson contributed 25 points with 14 kills on 22 errorless attacks to go with 10 blocks and an ace. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 37 kill percent. Sarah Pavan, a Canadian who played collegiately at University of Nebraska, scored 23 points for Villa Cortese. For video replay of the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Villa Cortese will be making its first appearance in the Champions League semifinal round, which takes place March 24-25 at Baku, Azerbaijan. In the semifinal round, Villa Cortese will face RC Cannes, while the opposite semifinal match has Fenerbahce Universal challenging Dinamo Kazan. In the Italian Serie A1, second-place Villa Cortese edged sixth-place Asystel Volley Novara (11-7, 26 points) 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-17 on March 4. Wilson and Berg did not compete in the match. Villa Cortese, now 14-4 in the Serie A1 regular season and a near-lock to finish in second place with two matches remaining, returns to action on March 7 versus seventh-place LIU-JO Volley Modena (8-10, 26 points).
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 rallied past fourth-place Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo (9-9, 31 points) 17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 on March 3. Klineman totaled 26 points with 23 kills on 52 attacks and only three errors (.385 hitting efficiency), two blocks and an ace. She also passed 26 of her team’s 84 service receptions with a 46 positive percent. Pesaro, now in fifth place with a 10-9 record and 27 points, closes out the regular season on March 11 against 10th-place Chieri Torino Volley Club (3-15, 9 points) after being idle next week.
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 dominated Riso Scotti Pavia 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 on March 4 in Modena. Harmotto tallied four kills on seven errorless attacks to go with a block and ace in just the first two sets of action. Barboza charted four kills on 14 attacks and two blocks for six points. She also recorded a 50 positive percent on 10 reception chances. Modena, now 8-10 overall and in seventh place, challenges second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese (14-4, 42 points) on March 7 in the next regular season 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 A1 for the 2011-2012 season. In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio completed a home-and-home series sweep over Schweriner SC by winning 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20 on Feb. 28 in a Challenge Round. Busto Arsizio now advances to the CEV Cup semifinal round to play Robur Tiboni Urbino in a home-and-home series that starts on March 13. Busto Arsizio lost for the first time in 18 regular season Italian Serie A1 matches this season after falling to third-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino Volley (12-6, 36 points) 25-21, 25-21, 11-25, 16-25, 17-15 on March 4. Lloyd set her squad to a 37 kill percent for the match and provided three individual blocks. For Urbino, American Juliann Faucette tallied nine points as she started the fifth set after subbing in the first and fourth sets. She scored seven kills on 11 errorless attacks to go with two blocks off the bench. Busto Arsizio (17-1), already a lock for the regular season championship, looks to rebound from the first loss of the season against fourth-place Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo (9-9, 31 points) on March 7.
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 (9-9, 25 points), which is in eighth place in Serie A1, was idle this past week. The squad returns to the court on March 7 against third-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino Volley (12-6, 36 points) in the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.
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 defeated Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 in the Italian Cup Serie A2 semifinal round on March 3. Paolini notched five kills on eight attacks, along with a block for six points in the victory. Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno currently is atop the Serie A2 regular season standings. In the Serie A2 Cup championship match, Esse-ti La Nef Loreto rallied for a 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 victory on March 4. Paolini was credited with 16 points in the loss with 13 kills off 29 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Esse-ti La Nef Loreto is currently second in the Italian Serie A2 regular season. 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.
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 edged ninth-place Esporte Clube Pinheiros (5-15) 30-28, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20 on Feb. 28. Hooker did not suit for the match. Sollys/Nestle earned a key 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 victory over third-place Volei Futuro (15-5) on March 2. Hooker tallied 16 points with 15 kills on 35 attacks. Sollys/Nestle, now squarely in second place with a 17-3 record, closes out the regular season with matches against fourth-place Sesi Sao Paulo (12-8) on March 6 and league-leader Unilever (19-1) on March 9. 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 to compete in five Olympics, signed midway through the 2011-2012 season to play for Sao Bernardo in the Brazil Superliga. Sao Bernarado scored a 25-20, 28-30, 25-22, 25-18 victory over 10th-place Rio Do Sul (4-16) on Feb. 28. Scott-Arruda tallied 10 kills on 21 attacks, two blocks and two aces for 14 points. Sao Bernardo won its second straight match on March 2 with a 15-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9 victory over fourth-place Sesi Sao Paulo (12-8). Scott-Arruda pocketed 16 points with 11 kills and five blocks. Sao Bernardo, which improved to 7-13 and moved into eighth place, will seek a strong finish to the regular season with matches against seventh-place Banana Boat/Praia Clube (10-10) on March 6 and 12th-place Macae Sports (2-18) on March 9.
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 rallied to defeat fourth-place Sesi Sao Paulo (12-8) 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-3 on Feb. 27 as Sykora did not suit for the match. Sykora also did not compete in Volei Futuro’s 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 loss to second-place Sollys/Nestle (17-3) on March 2. Volei Futuro, now in third place with a 15-5 record, concludes the regular season with matches versus league-leader Unilever (19-1) on March 6 and 11th-place Sao Caetano (4-16) on March 9.
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 and 2011 FIVB World Club Champions, lost to Fenerbahce Universal 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 on Feb. 29 in the second of two home-and-home series matches in the CEV Champions League quarterfinal round. Glass was a sub in all three sets and scored on point on an ace. Spicer was a sub in the first and third sets. For a video replay of the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. With the loss, Rabita will not advance to the CEV Champions League semifinals played in its home city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Rabita Baku improved to 8-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League after defeating Lokomotiv 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 on March 3.
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 defeated Russia’s Kazan 25-21, 25-23, 25-11 on Feb. 28 to even the home-and-home 4th Final Round series and forcing a golden set immediately after the match. Bown notched four kills on 10 errorless attacks to go with three aces for seven points. Tamas did not compete in the match. However, Azerrail could not maintain the momentum as Kazan rallied to take the golden set 15-10 in 16 minutes to advance to the CEV Champions League semifinal round to be held March 24-25 in Baku, Azerbaijan. For a video replay of the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail defeated Igtisadchi 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 on March 3. Azerrail is currently 7-1 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 4-4 in the Azerbaijan Super League after losing to Rabita Baku 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 on March 3. In CEV Challenge Cup action, Lokomotiv overcame a 4th Final Round home-and-home series opening loss by defeating Kralovo Pole Brno 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 on Feb. 29. While full match stats are not available, Metcalf scored eight points alone in the first set of the second match. In the golden set, Lokomotiv held on for a 20-18 victory to advance to the semifinal round where it will face VDK GENT Dames in a home-and-home series that begins on March 14.
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 4-5 overall after falling to Azerrail 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 on March 3.
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 entered this past week with a 1-1 record in its semifinal round best-of-five series with TAURON MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. The two teams split a pair of matches this past week setting up a deciding fifth match on March 10 at Sopot. Dabrowa Gornicza won the March 3 home contest 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 to move ahead 2-1 in the series. Hodge scored 10 points with eight kills, one block and one ace, while tallying 35 service receptions with a 43 positive percent. Glass set her squad to a 31 kill percent for the match. For photos of the match, click here. Sopot rebounded the following day with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of the host team to set up the tiebreaking match. Glass set the squad to a 45 kill percent and a .350 hitting efficiency to go with two blocks and two aces for four individual points. She was selected as the match’s most valuable player. Hodge scored 12 points with 10 kills on 27 attacks, one block and one ace. 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 lost twice last week to Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna to get swept in the best-of-five semifinal series. On Feb. 27, Muszyna won 25-16, 25-17, 28-26. Miyashiro provided a 58 positive service reception percent on 12 attempts, while Lichtman was a sub in the first two sets recording one ace on a total of four serves. Muszyna closed out the series with a 25-12, 27-29, 25-23, 25-14 victory on March 4. Miyashiro was credited with a 71 positive reception percent on 14 attempts, while Lichtman was a sub in the first three sets.
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 dropped a 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 match to NEC on March 3. Gibbemeyer contributed 12 kills on 29 attacks to go with two blocks for 14 points. On the following day, Toyota lost to Okayama 16-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 to conclude the regular season with a 5-16 record and in seventh place. Gibbemeyer collected 18 kills on 39 attacks with just one attack error, along with four blocks and one ace for 23 points in the match.
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. Catano edged league-leader Caguas 29-27, 18-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12 on Feb. 27. Forsett scored a match-high 25 points with 19 kills and six blocks, while Jones added 18 points via 10 kills and match-high eight blocks. Thompson provided 19 assists in the victory. Catano could not pull off a second-straight five-set victory as Juncos skipped past them 32-30, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-12 on March 1. Forsett notched 23 points with 19 kills, three blocks and an ace. Jones totaled 12 points with eight kills, three blocks and an ace, while Thompson charted 30 assists, 17 digs, two aces and a kill. Catano bounced back with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 victory over Guaynabo on March 4. Forsett contributed 11 kills and three blocks for 14 points, while Thompson tallied 14 assists and 14 digs. Jones charted six blocks, four kills and an ace for 11 points.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Erin Moore scored 23 points and 19 digs to help Bayamon to a five-set victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 27, including a 23-21 score in the deciding fifth set. Brianne Barker added 14 assists, 15 digs, six kills, one block and one ace for eight points in the victory, while Kelly Wing charged seven kills. Kelly Murphy and Kristy Jaeckel each contributed 16 points in the loss…Blair Brown pocketed 22 points all on kills and Kim Willoughby added 17 kills in leading Juncos to a five-set win over Ponce on Feb. 28. Kelly Fidero added 12 points in the victory. Airial Salvo and Meagan Ganzer each collected 19 points in the loss, while teammate Kelsey Black charted 18 points…Mayaguez topped Toa Baja in four sets on Feb. 28 as Stephanie Niemer tallied 24 points and Sydney Anderson provided nine points, 14 digs and five assists. Nicole Branagh and Jessica Swarbrick each scored 14 points in the loss, while Michelle Bartsch tallied nine points…Shonda Cole scored 10 points for Corozal in its three-set loss to Caguas on Feb. 29. Julie Bennett added eight points and Ashley Benson tacked on five points…Erin Moore collected 21 points and Kelly Wing added 11 points as Bayamon dropped Carolina in four sets. Brianne Barker added 21 assists, 13 digs and seven points in the victory. In the loss, Morgan Beck was credited with 24 points followed by Emily Brown’s 15 points and Diane Copenhagen’s 14 points…Kim Willoughby hammered out 32 kills and Blair Brown added 22 kills and seven blocks for 29 points in leading Juncos to a five-set win over Catano on March 1. Kelly Fidero added 14 points in the victory…Airial Salvo tallied 16 points and Meagan Ganzer scored 14 points in a three-set loss to Caguas on March 2. Kelsey Black added five points in the loss…Morgan Beck provided Guaynabo with 14 points in leading it to a three-set win over Toa Baja on March 2. Kelly Murphy added 11 points and Kristy Jaeckel added six points. Jessica Swarbrick totaled 14 points in the loss for Toa Baja, while teammates Michelle Bartsch and Nicole Branagh added eight and five points, respectively…For the second time in two days, Kim Willoughby scored 32 points in pacing Juncos to a five-set win over Carolina on March 3. Blair Brown added 18 points in the victory, while Kelly Fidero provided 11 points. Emily Brown and Diane Copenhagen contributed 24 and 23 points, respectively, in the loss…Ashley Benson scored 16 points, including seven blocks, in lifting Corozal to a four-set win over Ponce on March 4. Julie Bennett added 14 points and Shonda Cole provided 13 points in the victory. Meagan Ganzer charted 17 points in the loss, while teammates Airial Salvo and Kelsey Black tallied 16 and 11 points apiece…Kristy Jaeckel scored a team-high 11 points in Guaynabo’s three-set loss to Catano on March 4. Kelly Murphy and Morgan Beck each tallied seven points in the loss.