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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 12, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 12 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
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 the best-of-five semifinal round tiebreaker, Sopot came out on top with a 25-13, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on March 10. Hodge scored a team-high 18 points, all on kills coming from 47 attacks. She added a 57 positive percent on 51 of the team’s 92 service receptions. Glass set the squad to a 36 kill percent while adding two kills, two blocks and an ace for five individual points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Sopot will now meet Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna in the best-of-five championship round. Muszyna finished the regular season atop the Plus Liga standings, while Sopot finished in second place. The teams will meet on March 19, March 20 and March 24. If necessary, matches numbers four and five will be on March 25 and April 3, respectively. 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 will face TAURON MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in a best-of-five series for third place. The matches will be on March 18, March 19 and March 24. If necessary, the final two matches will be played March 25 and March 31.
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 toppled fifth-place Sesi Sao Paulo (13-9) 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 on March 6 as Hooker downed a match-high 16 points with 12 kills on 26 attacks, three blocks and an ace. In a battle of the top two teams in the league, Sollys/Nestle battled past Unilever 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 on March 9 in the must-win situation to take the regular season title and number-one seed in to the playoffs. Hooker totaled 13 points and 14 digs in the victory. Sollys/Nestle ends the regular season with a 19-3 record and edged Unilever (19-3) in the tie-breaker (58-57 in standings points, the difference being one of Unilever’s victories coming in five sets) to earn the regular-season title. Sollys/Nestle will now face eighth-seed Sao Bernardo in the best-of-three quarterfinal round with matches on March 12, March 16, and if necessary, March 19. To follow Hooker in social media platforms, visit destineehooker19.blogspot.com 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. 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 then-league leader Unilever 21-25, 21-25, 25-20, 30-28, 15-12 on March 6. After sitting out a handful of matches, Sykora returned as the starting libero and provided 29 excellent receptions on 56 total chances. Volei Futuro concluded the regular season with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 victory over 12th-place Sao Caetano on March 9. Sykora was credited with a team-high 10 digs to go with eight excellent receptions on 24 chances. Volei Futuro ended the regular season in third place with a 17-5 record and 50 points in the standings. Volei Futuro will now challenge sixth-seed Banana Boat/Praia Clube in the quarterfinal round with matches on March 13, March 17, and if necessary, March 20.
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 dropped a 16-25, 25-19, 25-12, 26-24 match to sixth-place Banana Boat/Praia Clube on March 6. Scott-Arruda contributed 11 points in the loss. Sao Bernardo recovered on March 9 to defeat 11th-place Macae Sports 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 to end the regular season with three victories in its last final four matches. Scott-Arruda tallied 13 points. The final victory allowed Sao Bernardo to finish in eighth place with an 8-14 record and 24 points. Sao Bernardo will now face regular-season champion Sollys/Nestle in the best-of-three quarterfinal round with matches on March 12, March 16, and if necessary, March 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. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce Universal defeated Pursaklar Voleybol 25-19, 25-15, 25-12 on March 10. Tom notched seven kills on 16 attack, two blocks and an ace on nine serves for 10 points. She added a 73 positive reception percent on 15 chances. With the victory, Fenerbahce (21-0) clinched the Turkish League title outright with a two-match lead over second-place Eczacibasi (19-2) with one match remaining. Fenerbahce concludes the Turkish regular season on March 14 against Yesil Yurt. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce has advanced 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. To watch the Fenerbahce-Kazan match online at 16:30 CET on March 24, 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 held off Proton 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 on March 7 in a key Super League match. Akinradewo contributed nine kills on 16 attacks to go with a team-high five blocks and two aces for 16 total points. Krasnodar finished the Russia Super League regular season on March 11 with a 25-23, 17-25, 25-14, 25-17 victory against New Urengoy. Akinradewo tallied 11 points with seven kills on 12 atatcks, three blocks and an ace. Krasnodar finished the regular season in fifth place with a 14-8 record and 44 points. Krasnodar will participate in the playoffs for fifth-eighth place that starts on March 22 and concludes on April 8.
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 lost to Avtodor 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 on March 7 in a Russia Super League match as most of the regular starters did not compete including Larson. Kazan concluded the Russia Super League on March 11 with a 25-18, 25-11, 25-21 victory over Severstal. Larson charted nine kills on 18 attacks, five aces and a block for 15 points. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 10 chances. Kazan ended the regular season with a 17-5 record and 49 points to earn top seed in the Russia Super League playoffs. Kazan will begin the best-of-three semifinals on March 20 against the fourth-seed Omichka. In CEV Champions League action, Kazan has advanced to the semifinal round and will challenge Turkey’s Fenerbahce Universal, while the other semifinal match pits RC Cannes versus MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese. To watch the Kazan-Fenerbahce match online at 16:30 CET on March 24, click here. To read Larson’s blog, click 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. After absorbing its first loss of the Italian Serie A1 regular season on March 4, Busto Arsizio came back to defeat MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 on March 10. Lloyd started the first three sets leading her squad to an overall 43 kill percent for the match while providing three individual kills on four attacks and a block for four points. Busto Arsizio finished the regular season with a 19-1 record and 57 points to claim the title and enters the Italian Serie A1 playoffs as the top seed. Busto Arsizio will face Asystel Volley Novara in the best-of-three playoff quarterfinal round with matches on March 15, March 19 and if necessary March 21. In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio has advanced to the CEV Cup semifinal round to play Robur Tiboni Urbino in a home-and-home series with matches on March 13 and March 17.
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 the Italian Serie A1, Villa Cortese concluded the regular season with an 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 loss on March 10. With the match having no bearing on the final standings, Villa Cortese did not play either Berg or Wilson and rested other normal starters. Villa Cortese enters the Italian Serie A1 playoffs as the second seed after finishing with a 14-6 record and 43 points. The squad will face seventh-seed Scavolini Pesaro in the best-of-three quarterfinal round playoff with matches on March 14, March 17 and if necessary March 20. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese has advanced to the semifinal round and will face RC Cannes on March 24, while the opposite semifinal match has Fenerbahce Universal challenging Dinamo Kazan. To watch the 13:30 CET match online, click here.
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. After losing the first set to Chieri Torino in the regular season Serie A1 finale, Pesaro rallied to win 22-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-12 on March 11. Klineman notched 17 points with 13 kills on 35 swings, two aces and two blocks. She added 24 service receptions with a 50 positive percent. Pesaro will enter the playoffs as the seventh seed after finishing the regular season with an 11-9 record and 30 points. Pesaro will challenge second-seed MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the best-of-three quarterfinal round playoff series with matches on March 14, March 17 and if necessary March 20.
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 closed out the Serie A1 regular season with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 victory over Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo on March 11. Harmotto scored a match-high 14 points with 11 kills on 16 attacks and three blocks. Barboza started the first two sets compiling a 54 positive reception percent on 13 attempts to go with one kill. Modena moved into a tie for fourth place in the final regular season standings with a 10-10 record and 31 points, but will enter the playoffs as the fifth seed due to Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza holding the tiebreaker. Regardless of the position, Modena and Piacenza will face each other in the best-of-three quarterfinal round playoff series with matches on March 14, March 17 and March 20.
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 ended the Serie A1 regular season with a 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-11 victory over Asystel Volley Novara on March 11. Davis compiled a 72 positive reception percent on 39 of her team’s 71 service receptions. Richards did not play in the match. Piacenza ended the regular season in fourth place with an 11-9 record and 31 points. They will face fifth-seed LIU JO Modena in the best-of-three quarterfinal round playoff series with matches on March 14, March 17 and March 20.
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 (18-4, 53 points) needed five sets to defeat eighth-place A&P Olivieri Montichiari (10-12, 32 points) 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-12, 15-11 on March 11. Paolini tallied six kills on 17 attacks with three blocks for nine points. Icos Crema, which moved up one spot in the rankings to second place, will face fifth-place Biancoforno Santa Croce (15-7, 44 points) on March 18 in its next Serie A2 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 scored a 25-21, 25-20, 26-24 victory over Toa Baja on March 9. Forsett contributed 10 kills and 14 digs for Catano, while Thompson totaled 11 digs, nine assists, two aces and a kill. Jones tossed in three blocks and two kills in the victory. Forsett pocketed 19 points and 20 digs in leading Catano to a 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Guaynabo on March 11. Jones added eight points, while Thompson set 28 assists to go with 13 digs and three points.
OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Diane Copenhagen hammered out 22 points and teammate Emily Brown scored nine points in leading Carolina to a three-set win over Toa Baja on March 5. Nicole Branagh led Toa Baja with 13 points, while Michelle Bartsch and Jessica Swarbrick contributed nine and eight points, respectively…Julie Bennett tallied 25 points for Corozal on March 6, but it was not enough as Caguas won in five sets including a 20-18 fifth-set score. Ashley Benson added 17 points and Shonda Cole scored 11 points in the loss…Airial Salvo and Meagan Ganzer scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, in leading Ponce to a three-set win over Juncos on March 6. Kelsey Black added seven points in the victory. Kim Willoughby collected 15 points and Blair Brown added 15 points in the loss…Morgan Beck led Guaynabo to a sweep of Toa Baja on March 7 as she pocketed 14 points. Kristy Jaeckel added eight points and Kelly Murphy totaled seven points and 14 digs. Jessica Swarbrick led Toa Baja with 12 points in the loss…Sonja Newcombe, a late addition to the Caguas squad, scored four points in one set in helping her squad to a four-set win over Mayaguez on March 8. Stephanie Niemer paced Mayaguez with 17 points, while teammate Becky Perry, a late addition to the Mayaguez roster, scored 16 points. Sydney Anderson provided 16 assists in the loss…Shonda Cole totaled 13 points and Julie Bennett added 12 points in leading Corozal to a sweep over Juncos on March 8. Ashley Benson added nine points in the victory. Kim Willoughby provide Juncos with 20 points in the loss, while Blair Brown chipped in 10 points and Kelly Fidero five points…Jessica Swarbrick scored a team-high 11 points in Toa Baja’s three-set loss to Catano on March 9…Bayamon swept Guaynabo on March 9 as Erin Moore scored a match-high 23 points and Kelly Wing added 12 points. Brianne Barker contributed 17 assists, 10 digs and five kills in the victory. Kristy Jaeckel tallied 14 points in leading Guaynabo, while Morgan Beck scored nine points. Kelly Murphy added nine assists, five kills, two blocks and seven digs in the loss…Becky Perry totaled 15 points and Stephanie Neimer added 14 points in leading Mayaguez to a three-set win over Juncos on March 10. Sydney Anderson added 24 assists and two kills in the victory. Blair Brown notched 15 points for Juncos in the loss, while Kim Willoughby chipped in 10 kills and Kelly Fidero added seven points…Airial Salvo and Meagan Ganzer each scored 30 points in leading Ponce to a five-set win over Corozal on March 10. Kelsey Black added 18 digs and four points in the victory. Julie Bennett led Corozal with 23 points, while Shonda Cole added 18 points and Ashley Benson 10 points…Morgan Beck scored a Guaynabo team-high 16 points in a four-set loss to Catano on March 11. Kristy Jaeckel added 13 points in the loss, while Kelly Murphy tallied eight assists, nine points and nine digs.
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 9-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League after rallying to defeat Baki 19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-23 on March 7. Rabita continued its undefeated Super League record with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Azeryolservice on March 10 to improve to 10-0 and move into first place.
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 the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail edged Lokomotiv 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13 on March 7. Azerrail won its second match of the week with a 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Baki on March 10. Azerrail is currently 9-1 and in second place 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 lost a five-set heartbreaker 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18,15-13 to Azerrail on March 7. Lokomotiv balanced its Super League record to 5-5 with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Igtisadchi on March 10. In CEV Challenge Cup action, Lokomotiv has advanced to the semifinal round where it will face VDK GENT Dames in a home-and-home series on March 14 and March 18. The winner will advance to the championship round to face the winner between Azerbaijan rival Baki Baku and VfB 91 Suhl.
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 dropped to 4-6 overall after falling to Lokomotiv Baku 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 on March 10.
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 will be competing in the Challenge playoff matches to maintain its status in the top V-League division at the end of the month. Toyota, the seventh-place team in the top division, will face Ageo, the second-place finish team in the second division, on March 31. The winner will face either NEC, the eighth-place team in the top division, or Hitachi, the champion of the second division, on April 1.