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U.S. Women's Update for March 19

March 19, 2012, 4:04 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 19, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 19 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

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. As the top seed in the Superliga playoffs, Sollys/Nestle opened the best-of-three quarterfinal series with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Sao Bernardo on March 12. Hooker compiled 15 kills on 30 attacks as part of an 18-point performance. Sollys/Nestle closed out the series on March 16 with a 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-14 victory to advance to the semifinal round. Hooker pocketed 17 points with 14 kills on 25 swings. Sollys/Nestle has now advanced to the semifinal round following the quarterfinal round sweep of Sao Bernardo. 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. As the third seed in the Superliga playoffs, Volei Futuro opened its best-of-three quarterfinal series by edging sixth-seed Banana Boat/Praia Clube 32-30, 23-25, 25-16, 20-25, 16-14 in the thrilling match on March 13. As the starting libero, Sykora tallied a team-high 20 digs on 25 attempts, along with 20 excellent receptions on 51 attempts. For the second playoff match in a row against Banana Boat/Praia Clube, Volei Futuro walked away with a hard-fought five set win, this time coming back from two sets down to win 18-25, 20-25, 28-26, 25-16, 15-11 on March 17. Sykora started the first two sets of the match. With the victory, Volei Futuro has advanced to the semifinal round.

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 lost to top-seed Sollys/Nestle in the opening match of the Superliga best-of-three quarterfinal series on March 12. Scott-Arruda tallied four blocks and three kills in the loss. Sao Bernardo bowed out of the playoffs on March 16 with a 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-14 loss to Sollys/Nestle. Scott-Arruda compiled nine points in the loss.

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 concluded the Turkish League regular season undefeated (22-0) with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 victory over Yesilyurt on March 14. Tom tallied nine kills on 18 attacks, one block and one ace for 11 points. She added 13 service receptions with a 54 positive percent. Fenerbahche enters the Turkish League playoffs as the number-one seed and placed in Pool A with Galatarasay, IBA Kimya TED Kolejiler and Yesilyurt in matches played March 29 to April 2. 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.

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 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. After ending the Russia Super League regular season in first place with a 17-5 record and 49 points, Kazan will face fourth-seed Omichka on March 20 and March 31 to start the best-of-three semifinal round series. If necessary, the third match will be played April 4. To read Larson’s blog, visit usavolleyball.org/blogs/blog-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. Akinradewo ended the Russia Super League regular season as the top player in attack percent, compiling a 57 percent with 131 points on 231 attacks. Krasnodar, which ended the regular season in fifth place with a 14-8 record, will participate in the playoffs for fifth-eighth place that starts on March 23 with a round-robin format among the four teams. Krasnodar begins its playoff round against Odintsovo on March 23, followed by Proton on March 24 and then Torch on March 25. The second final round to determine places five through eight will take place April 5 and April 8.

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 finishing the Italian Serie A1 regular season with a 19-1 record and 57 points to claim the regular season title, playoff-top-seed Busto Arsizio defeated Asystel Volley Novara 29-31, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 on March 15 to open the best-of-three quarterfinal round. Lloyd set Busto Arsizio to a 45 kill percent and .324 hitting efficiency. She added three kills on seven errorless attacks to go with two blocks for five individual points. The two teams will meet again on March 19 with Novara needing a victory to force a deciding third match on March 21. In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio topped Robur Tiboni Urbino 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 in the first semifinal round home-and-home series match on March 13. Lloyd set Busto Arsizio to a 40 kill percent for the match. She added two kills on three attacks, along with three blocks for five points. On the opposite side of the net, Juliann Faucette, who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team, scored 19 points in a reserve role. Busto Arsizio concluded the semifinal series with a 25-19, 28-26, 25-20 victory over Urbino on March 17. Lloyd set her team to a .283 hitting efficiency and 43 kill percent while providing an individual kill in the victory. Faucette scored 14 points in the loss. For photo galleries of the two CEV Cup matches, click here. Busto Arsizio has now advanced to the CEV Cup championship round and will face Galatasary Istanbul, which won the second match of the home-and-home series to force Golden Set – a 15-11 victory.

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 quarterfinal round, second-seed Villa Cortese blanked Scavolini Pesaro 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 on March 14 to gain a quick advantage in the best-of-three series. After missing the regular-season finale, Berg returned to the starting lineup to lead her team to a 37 kill percent for the match. Wilson did not play in the match. In the second match of the best-of-three series, Pesaro evened the quarterfinal series by holding back Villa Cortese with a 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory on March 17. Villa Cortese nearly pulled off the rally by leading 10-8 in the fifth set, only to have Pesaro score four of the next five points to take a 12-11 advantage en route to the 15-13 victory. Berg led Villa Cortese to a 40 kill percent, while scoring two individual points with an ace and kill on two swings. Wilson contributed 10 points with seven kills on 15 attacks, two aces and a block. The two teams will meet on March 20 in the series tiebreaker to determine which team advances to the semifinal round. 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.

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 started the Italian Serie A1 best-of-three quarterfinal round series with a 25-10, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20 loss to fifth-seed LIU-JO Modena on March 14. Although only a sub in the first and fourth sets, Richards pocketed six kills on 13 attacks with an ace for seven points. Davis secured a 71 positive reception percent on 24 errorless chances. Piacenza evened the series on March 17 with a 25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Modena. Davis provided a 75 positive reception percent (56 excellent percent) on 16 reception chances. Richards was a sub in the second set and provided one kill on two swings, along with a 100 positive percent on three reception chances. The two teams will meet again on March 20 in the best-of-three quarterfinal series tiebreaker to determine which team advances to the semifinal 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, the fifth seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, defeated Rebecchi Nordmecanica Piacenza 25-10, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20 to open the best-of-three quarterfinal round series on March 14. Harmotto tallied 13 kills on 24 attacks along with six blocks for 19 points. Barboza added 12 points in the loss with nine kills on 35 swings, two blocks and an ace. She chipped in a 67 positive reception percent with no errors on 30 chances. However, Modena lost to Piacenza 25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22 on March 17. Harmotto collected 14 kills on 21 attacks with just one error to go with four blocks for a total of 18 points. Barboza chipped in 13 kills on 29 attacks and two blocks for 15 points. She added a 49 positive reception percent on 35 of her team’s 84 service receptions. The two teams will meet again on March 20 in the best-of-three quarterfinal series tiebreaker to determine which team advances to the semifinal round.

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. As the seventh-seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, Pesaro dropped the opening match of the best-of-three quarterfinal series to MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese by scores 25-20, 25-17, 25-20. Klineman collected nine kills on 33 attacks along with a block for 10 points. She also contributed 16 service receptions. In the second match of the series, Pesaro edged Villa Cortese 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 on March 17. In the fifth set, Pesaro rallied from a 10-8 deficit to take a 12-11 advantage en route to the victory. Klineman scored 23 points in the victory with 21 kills on 44 attacks and two blocks. She also handled 32 service receptions. The two teams meet again on March 20 in the series tiebreaker to determine which team will advance to the semifinal 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. Icos Crema (18-5, 53 points) lost to fifth-place Biancoforno Santa Croce (16-7, 47 points) 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 on March 18. Paolini performed well in the loss with 14 kills on 22 attacks and two blocks for a team-high 16 points. Icos Crema, now in third place following the loss, will face 13th-place Cedat 85 San Vito (6-17, 22 points) on March 25 in its next Serie A2 match.

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. In CEV Challenge Cup action, Lokomotiv defeated VDK GENT Dames 27-25, 26-24, 25-21 in the first home-and-home match of the semifinal round series on March 14. Metcalf contributed 18 points with 13 kills 34 attacks, two aces and three blocks. Thomas chipped in seven kills on 15 swings, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. In the return match of the home-and-home series, Lokomotiv earned a 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 sweep to advance to the final round. Metcalf tallied a match-high 18 points with 13 kills on 26 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Thomas added four kills on six swings and one block for five points. Lokomotiv will advance to the championship round to face Azerbaijan rival Baki Baku. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv has 15 points with a 5-5 record.

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 10-0 and in first place of the Azerbaijan Super League.

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 lost to Igtisadchi 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 on March 13 to fall to 9-2 in the regular season. Tamas started the match and scored two points, while Bown came off the bench in the first two sets and started the third set to gain one point.

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 improved to 5-6 during the regular season after topping Azerrail 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 on March 13. Haneef-Park did not play in the match.

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. After a grueling semifinal round series, Sopot meets Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna in the best-of-five championship round with matches on March 19, March 20 and March 24. If necessary, matches four and five will be played on March 25 and April 3, respectively. Muszyna finished the regular season atop the Plus Liga standings, while Sopot finished in second place. To read Glass’ blog, visit usavolleyball.org/blogs/blog-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 to TAURON MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 on March 18 in the best-of-five series opener for third place. Lichtman was a sub in the first three sets, while Miyashiro did not play as Bielsko-Biala competed without a libero. The two teams meet again on March 29 and March 24. If necessary, the final two matches will be played March 25 and March 31.

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. At the end of the regular season, she was named the Best Spiker with a 46.43 success rate on her attacks. 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.

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 swept Bayamon 25-13, 26-24, 25-23 on March 13. Forsett tallied 13 points, while Jones tallied eight points. Thompson provided 16 assists in the victory. Catano continued its winning ways on March 15 with a 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-15 victory to close the regular season. Jones scored 16 points with six blocks to lead Catano, while Forsett chipped in 15 points. Thompson provided 18 assists and 15 digs in the victory. Catano, which finished fourth in the regular season with a 15-7 record, is grouped in Pool A of the playoffs with top-ranked Caguas, fifth-seed Ponce and eighth-seed Juncos. Catano will face Juncos on March 18, Ponce on March 20, Caguas on March 22, Juncos on March 24, Ponce on March 25 and Caguas on March 27 in double-round-robin system.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Sonja Newcombe scored eight points in helping Caguas to a sweep over Ponce on March 12. Ponce was led by Meagan Ganzer’s 12 points, followed by Airial Salvo’s 10 points…Corozal’s Julie Bennett scored 25 points and Shonda Cole added 20 points in a four-set win over Mayaguez on March 12. Ashley Benson added seven points in the victory. Stephanie Neimer tallied 14 points in the loss, while Becky Perry chipped in nine points…Morgan Beck hammered out 20 points in leading Guaynabo to a three-set win over Carolina on March 13. Kristy Jaeckel added nine points, while Kelly Murphy scred five points in the victory. Diane Copenhagen led Carolina with 18 points, while Emily Brown contributed eight points…Kelly Wing provided 18 points in Bayamon’s three-set loss to Catano on March 13. Brianne Barker contributed four points to go with 16 assists in the loss, while Erin Moore scored six points…Sonja Newcombe charted six points in Caguas’ three-set victory over Juncos on March 14. Juncos was led by Blair Brown’s nine points, followed by Kim Willoughby’s eight points…Becky Perry and Stephanie Neimer scored 10 points each to help Mayaguez to a three-set win over Ponce on March 14. Sydney Anderson provided 15 assists and 10 digs in the victory. Meagan Ganzer tallied 17 points and Airial Salvo added 10 points in the loss…Emily Brown contributed 21 points and Diane Copenhagen added 17 points in Carolina’s four-set loss to Catano on March 15…Erin Moore collected 15 points to lead Bayamon to a three-set win over Toa Baja on March 15. Kelly Wing added eight points, while Brianne Barker scored three points to go with eight assists and 17 digs. Jessica Swarbrick led Toa Baja with six points.

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