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US Womens Volleyball Update for March 26

March 26, 2012, 10:01 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2012) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 26 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

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 captured the CEV Champions League title with two victories over the weekend. Fenerbahce rallied past Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 on March 24. Tom scored nine kills on 29 attacks to go with a block for 10 points. She handled 43 of the team’s 79 service receptions with a 77 positive percent. To watch a video replay of the semifinal match, click here. In the gold-medal match, Fenerbahce overwhelmed RC Cannes 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 in 76 minutes. Tom contributed five kills on 17 attacks and four aces for nine total points. She added a 75 positive reception percent on eight chances. To watch a replay of the title match, click here. For photo galleries of the CEV Champions League Final Four, click here. In the Turkish League, 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.

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 continues to feast on wins as it topped Usiminas 25-7, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18 on March 24 to open the best-of-three semifinal round. Hooker tallied 17 points with 12 kills on 32 attacks and five blocks. The two teams will meet again on March 30 and televised on Brazil’s SporTV, with the tiebreaker scheduled for April 6 on SporTV. 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 advanced to the best-of-three semifinal round where it will face second-seed Unilever on March 27 and televised on Brazil’s SporTV, followed by a March 31 match. If needed, the third match will be on April 6 and televised on SporTV.

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 its Final Four semifinal match 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Universal on March 24. Larson scored a team-high 20 points with 14 kills on 34 attacks, along with four blocks and two aces. She contributed a 100 positive percent on 12 reception chances. To watch a video replay of the semifinal match, click here. Dinamo Kazan rebounded in the bronze-medal match for a 25-13, 25-17, 24-26, 25-23 victory over MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese. For the second match in a row, Larson scored 20 points including 16 kills on 38 swings and four blocks. She held a 67 positive percent on nine reception chances. For a video replay of the bronze-medal match, click here. During the CEV Champions League award ceremony, Larson was presented with the Best Receiver award. After ending the Russia Super League regular season in first place with a 17-5 record and 49 points, Kazan opened the Russia playoffs with a 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-14 comeback victory over fourth-seed Omichka in the best-of-three semifinal round. The teams will meet again on March 31, and if necessary, match three will be played April 4. 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, which ended the regular season in fifth place with a 14-8 record, opened the Russia Super League 5-8 Playoff first final round robin with a 13-25, 19-25, 25-23, 35-33, 15-12 loss to Odintsovo on March 23. However, Krasnodar bounced back to defeat Proton 17-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 on March 24 and Torch 17-25, 25-9, 26-24, 25-18 on March 25. The second final round will take place April 5-8 in Saratov.

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 swept eighth-seeded Asystel Volley Novara in the best-of-three quarterfinal round series. Busto Arsizio captured the second match 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 on March 19 to advance to the semifinal round. Lloyd set her squad to a 42 kill percent while adding two blocks, an ace and a kill on two attacks for four points. To open the best-of-three semifinal round series, Busto Arsizio topped Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16 on March 24. Lloyd led her team to a 39 kill percent while chipping in five individual points with four blocks and a kill. Busto Arsizio will look to close out the series on April 2, while an April 4 match will take place if Piacenza evens the series. In CEV Cup action, Busto Arsizio has now advanced to the CEV Cup championship round and will face Galatasary Istanbul on March 27 and March 31 as part of a home-and-home series. If both teams win one match, a golden set will take place immediately after the March 31 match.

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 lost to RC Cannes 25-17, 26-24, 27-29, 25-15 in the Final Four semifinal on March 24. Berg set her squad to a 40 kill percent for the match while serving an ace. Wilson collected eight points with four blocks, two aces and two kills. In the bronze medal match, Villa Cortese lost to Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 25-13, 25-17, 24-26, 25-23 on March 25. Wilson tallied nine kills on 16 attacks, two blocks and two aces for 13 points. Berg started the first two sets. For the tournament, Wilson was named as the Best Server. In the Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round, second-seed Villa Cortese needed a deciding third match to advance to the semifinal round after topping seventh-seed Scavolini Pesaro 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 on March 20. Wilson tallied 15 points with nine kills on 16 attacks with just one error, along with four blocks and two aces. Berg set the team to a 38 kill percent. Villa Cortese faces Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo in a best-of-three semifinal series with matches on March 29, April 1, and if necessary, April 4.

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 won its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round best-of-three series over fifth-seed LIU-JO Modena with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 victory on March 20. Davis secured a 69 positive reception percent on 26 chances, while Richards turned in a kill as a sub in the fourth set. In the best-of-three semifinal round series with top-seed Yamamay Busto Arsizio, Piacenza lost 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16 on March 24. Davis provided 35 reception attempts with a 77 positive percent. Richards was a sub in the fourth set. The teams will meet again on April 2, along with April 4 if necessary.

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, lost its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round playoff to fourth-seed Rebecchi Nordmecaanica Piacenza with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 setback in the deciding third match on March 20. Harmotto contributed a team-high 24 points with 17 kills on 30 attacks, along with a team-high seven blocks. Barboza collected 16 points with 12 kills on 32 attacks and four blocks. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 52 of her team’s 91 service receptions.

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 lost its quarterfinal round best-of-three series to second-seed MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese after falling 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 on March 20. Klineman notched 19 points with 11 kills on 34 swings, five blocks and three aces. She added a 47 positive reception percent on 32 chances.

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 (19-5, 56 points) defeated Cedat 85 San Vito (6-18, 22 points) 18-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20 on March 25. Paolini charted 13 points with 10 kills on 20 attacks, two aces and a block. Icos Crema, which moved into second place with the victory, returns to the court on April 1 against league-leader Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (21-3, 62 points).

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 lost the best-of-five championship series opener 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 to regular season champion Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna on March 19. Hodge scored 10 points with nine kills on 27 attacks and a block. Glass set her squad to a 33 kill percent while adding four individual points with two blocks, an ace and one kill. Sopot evened the series with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 road victory on March 20. Glass set the squad to a 45 kill percent while tallying a block and kill of her own. Hodge charted 18 points with 15 kills on 35 swings, two aces and a block. She also contributed a 52 positive reception percent on 23 chances. The series will continue in Sopot with matches on March 26 and March 27. If necessary, a deciding fifth match will be played April 3. 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 finished in fourth place after being closed out 3-0 by TAURON MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in the best-of-five third-place series. In the second match of the series, Dabrowa came away with a thrilling 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13, 15-12 come-from-behind victory. Crimes started the first set without scoring a point. Lichtman was a sub in all five sets, but did not score. Bielsko Biala lost a second straight five-set match – 13-25, 25-23, 25-13, 18-25, 15-7 – to Dabrowa on March 24 to close out the series. Miyashiro held a 38 positive reception percent on 29 chances as the starting libero, while Lichtman was a sub in the first and fourth sets before starting the fifth set.

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 has advanced to the championship round to face Azerbaijan rival Baki Baku with a home-and-home final round series on March 28 and April 1. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv defeated Azeryolservisin five sets on March 21. Lokomotiv finished the season 6-6 after a 29-31, 25-11, 25-20, 25-13 loss to regular season champion Rabita Baku on March 23.

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 defeated Azerrail 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 on March 21, then followed with a 29-31, 25-11, 25-20, 25-13 victory over Lokomotiv Baku on March 23 to finish the regular season 12-0.

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 regular-season champion Rabita Baku 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 on March 21 to finish 9-3 in the regular season.

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 6-6 during the regular season after topping Bilejeri 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 on March 21.

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 was edged by Ponce 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 29-31, 16-14 on March 20 in the second match of the group round robin. Forsett tallied 32 points, while Jones chipped in 16 points. Thompson provided 38 assists and 14 digs in the loss. Catano lost its second straight match with a 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17 loss on March 22. Jones notched 14 points, while Forsett added 13 points. Thompson recorded 33 assists, 11 digs and four points. Catano scored a 25-12, 25-13, 25-21 victory over Juncos on March 24 as Forsett scored 15 points, while Jones added nine points. Thompson contributed eight assists and six points, including three aces. Through March 24, Catano is 2-2 and tied for second place in the double-round robin quarterfinal round playoff.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Stephanie Neimer tallied 16 points and Becky Perry scored 13 in Mayaguez’s four-set win over Bayamon on March 19. Sydney Anderson contributed 28 assists and seven points in the victory. Kelly Wing notched 22 points for Bayamon, while Erin Moore added 12 points. Brianne Barker totaled 14 assists and six points…Morgan Beck scored 15 points in leading Guaynabo to a four-set win over Corozal on March 19. Kristy Jaeckel added 14 points and Kelly Murphy charted 12 points. Julie Bennett led Corozal with 23 points, while Shonda Cole and Ashley Benson pocketed seven and six points, respectively…Sonja Newcombe scored two points in Caguas’ sweep of Juncos on March 20. Kim Willoughby tallied a Juncos-high 15 points, while Blair Brown added 12 points…Meagan Ganzer pocketed 29 points in Ponce’s five-set win over Catano on March 20, while Airial Salvo added 26 points. Kelsey Black added 13 points…Corozal stopped Bayamon in three sets on March 21 as Shonda Cole tallied 13 points and Ashley Benson added 10 points. Julie Bennett scored eight points in the victory. Kelly Wing led Bayamon with 15 points, while Erin Moore tacked on 12 points. Brianne Barker tallied 13 assists and four points…Stephanie Neimer charted 14 points in leading Mayaguez to a four-set win over Guaynabo on March 21. Becky Perry added nine points, while Sydney Anderson handed out 16 assists to go with four points. Kelly Murphy scored 17 points, while Morgan Beck and Kristy Jaeckel each produced 11 points in the loss…Airial Salvo scored 21 points and Meagan Ganzer added 12 points in leading Ponce to a three-set win over Juncos on March 22. Kelsey Black added five points in the victory. Kim Willoughby led Juncos with 14 points, while Blair Brown added nine points and Kelly Fidero eight points…Stephanie Neimer collected 19 points in Mayaguez’s three-set win over Bayamon, while Becky Perry added nine points. Sydney Anderson totaled 25 assists. Erin Moore led Bayamon with 15 points, while Kelly Wing collected eight points. Brianne Barker handed out 15 assists…Julie Bennet tallied 17 points and Shonda Cole added 11 points in Corozal’s four-set win over Guaynabo on March 23. Ashley Benson added six points in the victory. Morgan Beck led Guaynabo with 18 points, followed by Kristy Jaeckel with 11 points and Kelly Murphy with nine points…Sonja Newcombe contributed three points in Caguas’ sweep of Ponce on March 24. Meagan Ganzer led Ponce with 11 points, while Arial Salvo and Kelsey Black collected eight and seven points, respectively…Blair Brown scored 20 points in a three-set Juncos loss to Catano on March 24, while Kelly Fidero added five points…Stephanie Neimer charted 12 points and Becky Perry added 10 points in Mayaguez’s four-set win over Corozal on March 24. Sydney Anderson tallied 12 assists, 15 digs and six points in the victory. Julie Bennett led Corozal with 24 points, while Shonda Cole added 21 points…Kristy Jaeckel charted 14 points in Guaynabo’s three-set win over Bayamon on March 24. Morgan Beck added 11 points, while Kelly Murphy handed out 15 assists with five points. Kelly Wing and Erin Moore scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss. Brianne Barker provided 14 assists in the loss.

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, 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.

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