COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 12, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Nov. 12 includes briefs on U.S. players.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM TRYOUT: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. This tryout is open to United States citizens who are current college-age athletes and older, and high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following two different programs: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their collegiate eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Teams is available to athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 collegiate season. This projected 48-athlete program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 with training and competition at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC). For additional details including tryout fees, click here.
DAVIS HONORED AT ALMA MATER: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist as a libero for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, was recognized by her college alma mater on Nov. 10. In front of 80,154 fans, Davis and other University of Southern California alumni who represented the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games were recognized at halftime of the Trojans’ 38-17 football victory over Arizona State University. In addition to Davis, beach volleyball silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross took part in the halftime ceremony. To view a picture of the three 2012 Olympic Games silver medalists, click here.
LARSON-BURBACH, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who have each won an Olympic silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. Kazan edged Yenisei 24-26, 25-17, 15-25, 25-14, 15-10 on Nov. 5. Larson-Burbach turned in 21 points with 16 kills on 29 attacks and just two errors, three aces and two blocks. She added a 51 positive reception percent while accepting 51 of the team’s 85 service receptions. Bown, who started the first three sets, tallied three kills on seven attacks along with four blocks for seven points. For the second consecutive match Kazan pulled out a hard-fought five-set victory on Nov. 9 with a 30-28, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25, 16-14 victory over Dinamo Krasnodar. Larson-Burbach pocketed 28 points in the victory with 23 kills on 49 attacks on a .306 hitting efficiency, three blocks and two aces. She added a 58 positive reception percent on a match-high 43 service receptions. Kazan, the only undefeated team in the league at 6-0, will face Tyumen (3-3) on Nov. 18. Kazan will seek its second straight CEV Champions League victory on Nov. 13 against undefeated 2004 Tomis Constanta. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. Ufimochka won its first Russia Super League match of the season on Nov. 5 with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 victory. Barboza notched six kills in her starting role and added a 47 excellent reception percent on a team-leading 17 chances. Ufimochka pulled off an upset on Nov. 9 as its defeated Odintsovo 27-29, 26-24, 25-16, 19-25, 15-12 to win its second straight match and improve to 2-4 on the young season. Barboza produced a team-high 20 points with 17 kills on 47 attacks, two blocks and an ace to go with a 69 positive reception percent. Ufimochka will seek a third straight win on Nov. 18 as it faces Dinamo Krasnodar.
HOOKER WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KRASNODAR: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who earned the Best Spiker Award at the 2012 Olympic Games while helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to the silver medal, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar in the Russia Super League this winter. After an eight-day break from the Russia Super League, Krasnodar lost its first match of the Super League season to undefeated Odintsovo with scores of 25-23, 30-32, 13-25, 25-22, 15-10 on Nov. 5. Hooker scored a team-high 21 points with 18 kills on 47 attacks and three blocks. Krasnodar lost a second consecutive five-set match later with a heartbreaking 30-28, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25, 16-14 setback to league-leader Dinamo Kazan on Nov. 9. Hooker scored a team-high 29 points with 26 kills on 55 attempts as part of a .364 hitting efficiency (six errors), two blocks and an ace. Krasnodar, 5-2 in the league, challenges Ufimochka-UGNTU on Nov. 18 in its next Russia Super League match. Krasnodar is also competing in the CEV Challenge Cup and will face Turkey’s TED Ankara Kolejliler in the 16th Final Round Main Phase home-and-home series. The two-match series has yet to be scheduled, but will start no earlier than Dec. 3. To read a Nov. 7 FIVB Heroes article on Hooker, click here.
KIM GLASS WITH CHINA’S EVERGRANDE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, has reunited with her 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver-medal winning coach, Jenny Lang Ping, with Evergrande Guangdong in the Chinese League this winter. In the season opener, Evergrande topped X.M.B. Fujian 16-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17 on Nov. 10. Glass, seeing time at opposite, came off the bench in the third set and started the fourth set en route to tallying four points with three kills on seven attacks and a block. She added one dig on six chances, along with one excellent reception attempt on one chance.
TOM WITH BRAZIL’S UNILEVER: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball selection with two silver medals, is playing this winter with Unilever in Brazil’s Super League, which begins Nov. 23. Unilever played three friendly matches against Banana Boat/Praia Clube on consecutive days between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9. In the first meeting, Banana Boat won 27-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-23. Unilever came back to win the second contest 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, then won the rubber match 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. Tom started in all three matches, though starters were limited to the first set in the final contest. For photos of the matches, click here. Unilever will play two additional training matches versus Sesi-Sao Paulo on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14.
AKINRADEWO WITH AZERBAIJAN’S RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita Baku topped Baki Azeryolservis 25-17, 32-34, 25-17, 25-21 on Nov. 7 as Akinradewo tallied 15 points with a 47 kill percent on nine kills, four blocks and two aces. Rabita Baku won its third straight Azerbaijan Super League match to open the regular season with a 25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 27-25 victory over Igtisadchi Baku on Nov. 10. The Azerbaijan Super League will be on hiatus until Nov. 27 when Rabita Baku meets up with Azerrail Baku. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku (2-0) meets Poland’s Atom Trefl SOPOT (1-1) on Nov. 13 in the third leg of the Champions League. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
HODGE, WILSON WITH AZERBAIJAN’S AZERRAIL BAKU: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in 2012-2013 along with fellow Penn State University alum Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.). In its first Azerbaijan Super League match of the week, Azerrail swept Lokomotiv Biliceri 25-11, 25-10, 25-12 on Nov. 7 followed by a 25-17, 25-19, 25-12 win over Telekom on Nov. 10 in an Azerbaijan Super League. Hodge scored 11 points in the victory over Lokomotiv Biliceri. Azerrail is now 2-1 with six points in the Azerbaijan Super League as part of a three-way tie for third, but can make up ground in its next match against undefeated Rabita Baku on Nov. 27. Azerrail (1-1) returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 14 with a third leg match versus Tauron MKS Dabrowa (0-2). The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
METCALF WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Igtisadchi handled Telekom 25-22, 25-9, 25-21 on Nov. 7 as Metcalf compiled nine points. Igtisadchi lost to Rabita Baku (3-0) 25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 27-25 in a tight four-set match on Nov. 10. Based on points, Igtisadchi (3-1) remains in a tie for first place with Rabita Baku with nine points. Igtisadchi returns to the Super League regular season on Nov. 27 against Lokomotiv. In the CEV Cup action, Igtisadchi Baku has advanced to the CEV 8th Final Round to face Russia’s Omichka Omsk in a home-and-home series on Nov. 13 and Nov. 21.
TAMAS WITH AZERBAIJAN’S BAKI AZERYOLSERVIS: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Baki Azeryolservis of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Baki Azeryolservis lost to Rabita Baku 25-17, 32-34, 25-17, 25-21 in a Nov. 7 Azerbaijan Super League match. Tamas scored six kills on 12 attacks with just one error to go with one block and one ace for eight points. Baki Azeryolservis dropped a 25-14, 26-28, 25-15, 25-19 match to Lokomotiv on Nov. 10 to fall to 2-2 with six points. Baki Azeryolservis faces Igtisadchi on Nov. 30 in its next league match. In the CEV playoffs, Baki Azeryolservis has advanced to the CEV Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series versus Rote Raben Vilsiburg on Nov. 14 and Nov. 20.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012s silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Orlen Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (2-4) had its two-match win streak snapped on Nov. 12 with its 25-23, 13-25, 25-16, 25-18 loss to Siodemka Legionovia Legionowo (2-4). Thompson set her squad to a 31 kill percent for the match while adding a block. Budowlani Lodz, now in sixth place in the 10-team league, faces AZS Bialystok (0-6) on Nov. 19 in its next match.
GIBBEMEYER WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY PESARO: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Gibbemeyer was clicking on all cylinders in helping Pesaro to a 25-20, 25-21, 28-26 victory over defending Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-2, 7 points) on Nov. 10. She tallied 10 kills on 24 attacks and just one attack error, three blocks and one ace. Pesaro (2-2, 5 points), tied for eighth place and one of five teams at 2-2 in the regular season, will look to stretch the win streak on Nov. 18 against third-place Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-1, eight points).
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena returned to .500 with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 victory over Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno on Nov. 11. Glass set her squad to a scintillating 49 kill percent and .423 hitting efficiency throughout the match while adding a kill on three errorless attacks, one ace and one block for three individual points. Harmotto did not compete in the match. Modena (2-2, 7 points), tied for fourth place as nine of the 12 teams are either 3-1 or 2-2, will face league-leader Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (3-1, 10 points) on Nov. 17 in a match to be seen on Rai Sport 1. Modena is also competing the CEV Challenge Cup and advanced directly into the Main Phase as it will face Nova KBM Branik Maribor in a home-and-home 16th Final Round series starting no earlier than Dec. 3.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Divisision for 2012-2013. Icos Crema scored a 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 come-from-behind victory over last-place Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-4, 1 point) on Nov. 11. Paolini contributed five points, all on kills from nine attacks while starting and competing in just the first three sets. Icos Crema (2-2, 6 points), in seventh place but only one loss behind in the loss column of the league-leader, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 18 versus eighth-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (2-2, 5 points).
LLOYD, FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in the Italian Serie A1 league with Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in 2012-2013 along with American Juliann Faucette (San Diego). Both athletes played for Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego as juniors before going separate ways at the collegiate level. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, was dealt a 25-20, 25-21, 28-26 loss to eighth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (2-2, 5 points) on Nov. 10. Lloyd set the squad to a 30 kill percent for the match with an .081 hitting efficiency as 24 errors limited the offense’s effectiveness. She tallied one kill on three errorless attacks and a block for two points. Faucette was a sub in the second set and started the third set in compiling three kills on nine attacks. Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-2, 7 points), now in a tie for fourth place, will search to regain its form on Nov. 18 against 10th-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino (1-3, 4 points). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio (1-1) will face ASPTT Mulhouse on Nov. 13 after an idle week on the schedule. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. To read an English-language article on Faucette placed in vivolley.net, click here.
KLINEMAN WITH ITALY’S ASYSTEL McCARNAGHI VILLA CORTESE: Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese in 2012-2013. In Italian Serie A1 action, Villa Cortese dropped a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 match on Nov. 11 to Imoco Volley Conegliano. Klineman came off the bench in the second set and started the third set in compiling five kills on 14 attacks and one block in her reserve role. She added eight reception attempts with a 50 excellent percent. Villa Cortese (3-1, 8 points), now in third place by itself, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 18 versus eighth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (2-2, 5 points). In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese (1-1) looks to rebound against Agel Prostejov (0-2) on Nov. 14 in the third leg of the Champions League. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno lost to Assicuratrice Milanese Modena (2-2, 7 points) 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 on Nov. 11. Murrey totaled five points, all on kills coming off 19 attacks while adding a 58 positive reception percent. Engle started the first set without registering a point on six attacks. Giaveno (1-3, 3 points), in 11th place, plays second-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (3-1, 9 points) on Nov. 18 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
SYKORA WITH ITALY’S CHATEAU D’AX URBINO VOLLEY: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, is competing with Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley in the Italian Serie A1 League for 2012-2013. Urbino put up a five-set fight against Foppapedretti Bergamo on Nov. 10, but lost 22-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11. Sykora did not compete in the match. On the opposite side of the net, American and past U.S. National Team player Alexis Crimes scored 13 points with 12 kills on 17 attacks and a block for Bergamo. Blair Brown also scored nine points for Bergamo after coming off the bench in the third set and starting the final two sets. Urbino (1-3, 4 points) will try to rebound into the win column on Nov. 18 against defending Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-2, 7 points). In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino returns to Champions League action for the third leg against Schweriner SC (1-1, splitting two five-set matches) on Nov. Nov. 13. The match can viewed live online by clicking here.
LICHTMAN WITH SWITZERLAND’S HOTEL CRISTAL VFM I: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Hotel Cristal VFM I in the Swiss Volley League along with Americans Bianca Rowland, Brianna Barry, Michelle Kocher, Lise Muhlemann and Amber Roberson. Hotel Cristal VFM topped Volley Toggenburg 25-16, 25-14, 26-24 on Nov. 11 for its second straight victory. Hotel Cristal VFM, 7-4 with 21 points and in third place, challenges second-place Volley Koniz (7-5, 22 points) on Nov. 25 in its next league match.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA LEAGUE: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing with the Korea Expressway team in the Korean professional league. Fawcett’s team lost to IBK 25-14, 25-23, 25-18 on Nov. 7 as she tallied 20 points in the contest. Korea Expressway (0-1) will seek to win its first match of the season on Nov. 15 versus Hyundai.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKEY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for Bakirkey Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt dropped a 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 match to undefeated VakifBank (3-0) on Nov. 10. Richards did not compete in the match. Yesilyurt (1-3) returns to action on Nov. 18 versus Galatasaray.