COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 26, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Nov. 26 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 Superliga. Unilever defeated S. Cristovao Saude 25-13, 25-20, 25-18 on Nov. 23 to open the Superliga regular season. Tom came off the bench to start the third set and provided seven points. Unilever returns to action versus Volei Amil on Nov. 27 in a match that can be watched on SporTV in Brazil. Unilever competes in its third regular season match on Nov. 30 versus Pinheiros.
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 Korea Expressway in the Korean professional league. Fawcett scored a match-high 40 points to rally her team past Heungkuk (1-4) 19-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-8 on Nov. 22 and improve to 3-1 on the season. She scored a team-leading 31 kills on 66 attacks for a 47.0 kill percent. She added five aces on 18 serves and four blocks. Korea Expressway faces Heungkuk again on Nov. 28 in its next match.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for BakirkOy Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt edged Ilbank Spor Kulubu (2-4) 25-22, 29-31, 25-23, 25-16 on Nov. 25. Richards collected 17 points with 14 kills on 31 attacks, two aces and a block. She chipped in a 56 positive reception percent on 16 attempts. Yesilyurt (2-4), now in ninth place, returns to action on Dec. 1 versus fourth-place Sariyer Bld. (4-2).
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. In CEV Champions League action, Kazan blanked 2004 Tomis Constanta 26-24, 25-19, 25-17 on Nov. 21 to remain in first place in Pool E with a 3-1 record and 10 points. Bown connected for seven points with four kills on 11 attacks and three blocks. Larson-Burbach chipped in eight points with seven kills on 22 attacks and a block. She turned in a 41 positive reception percent on 22 attempts. Kazan challenges Italy’s Robur Tiboni Urbino (1-3, three points) on Dec. 4 in the fifth leg of the opening round. The teams will face each other again on Nov. 21 at 7 a.m. PT in a battle of the group’s top two teams. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan, the only undefeated team in the Russia Super League at 7-0, will face Dinamo Moscow (6-1) on Dec. 12 in its next Super League regular season match. However, Kazan moves into the Russia Cup semifinal stage next week and faces Ulan-Ude on Nov. 26, followed by Torch on Nov. 27 and Tyumen on Nov. 28.
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 (3-4, 13 points) will seek a fourth straight win on Dec. 2 as it faces Uralochka-NTMK (4-3). Prior to the Russia Super League resuming, Ufimochka will play in the Russia Cup semifinal stage group D. Ufimochka opens versus Dinamo Krasnodar on Nov. 26, followed by Yenisei on Nov. 27 and Omichka on Nov. 28.
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. Before returning to the Russia Super League regular season, Krasnodar will compete in the Russia Cup semifinal stage Pool D. Krasnodar has a match with Ufimochka on Nov. 26, followed by a Nov. 27 match versus Omichka before concluding the stage on Nov. 28 against Yenisei. Krasnodar looks to break its Super League losing streak on Dec. 2 as it faces Tyumen (3-4). 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.
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. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku (4-0) remained undefeated in Pool B with a 25-11, 23-25, 27-25, 25-21 victory over Poland’s Atom Trefl SOPOT (1-2) on Nov. 22 in the fourth leg of the Champions League. Akinradewo tallied a team-high 19 points with 16 kills on 28 attacks and three blocks. As a squad, Rabita had five players in double-figure scoring producing a 52 kill percent and .429 hitting efficiency. Rabita Baku travels to Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-1) on Dec. 5 for the fifth leg of Pool B, a match that could decide the pool winner with one leg remaining. The Azerbaijan Super League is on hiatus until Nov. 27 when Rabita Baku meets up with Azerrail Baku.
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.). Azerrail suffered a heartbreaking 18-25, 20-25, 25-10, 25-23, 15-13 setback to Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (1-3) on Nov. 20. Hodge contributed a match-high 26 points with 23 kills on 54 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She added a 53 positive reception percent on 34 chances. Wilson was a sub in the third and fourth sets. Azerrail, now in second place in Pool D with a 2-2 record and seven points, returns to CEV Champions League action on Dec. 5 with a pivotal match against Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (4-0). In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail is now 2-1 with six points 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.
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. In the CEV Cup playoffs, Baki Azeryolservis rallied from an opening loss to Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsiburg on Nov. 14 to defeat its home-and-home opponent 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 16-25, 15-7 on Nov. 20 to force a deciding golden set to see which team advanced to the 4th Final Round. Baki Azeryolservis used a 5-0 run to take a 7-3 margin in the golden set en route to a 15-10 victory to continue on in the playoffs to face Russia’s Omichka Omsk in the 4th Final Round. Dates for the home-and-home have not been announced, but must be finished by Dec. 14. Baki Azeryolservis, 2-2 in the Azerbaijan Super League, faces Igtisadchi on Nov. 30 in its next league match.
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 CEV Cup action, Igtisadchi Baku opened with a four-set win over Russia’s Omichka Omsk on Nov. 13, but dropped the return match of the home-and-home series 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-13 on Nov. 21 to force a golden set to decide which team advanced to the 4th Final Round. In the golden set, Omichka never trailed in a 15-8 victory. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Igtisadchi takes a 3-1 record into its next Super League regular season match on Nov. 27 against Lokomotiv.
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, defeated then-league leader Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (4-2, 12 points) with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 home victory on Nov. 25. Lloyd set the squad to a 43 kill percent and .287 hitting efficiency, in addition to providing three blocks of her own. Faucette chipped in nine kills on 30 attacks and a block for 10 points. Yamamay Busto Arsizio (4-2, 13 points), which moved into a first-place tie with Foppapedretti Bergamo, will seek its third straight win on Dec. 2 against fourth-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (4-2, 11 points). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1) defeated ASPTT Mulhouse 25-13, 25-20, 25-17 on Nov. 22 for the second time in as many matches. Faucette totaled 10 points with nine kills on 23 attacks and one block. Lloyd picked up three blocks, two kills on six errorless attacks and an ace for six points. She set Busto Arsizio to a 41 kill percent and .268 hitting efficiency. Busto Arsizio, which improved to 3-1 with nine points for second place in Pool C, returns to CEV Champions League action on Dec. 6 versus Pool C leader Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul (3-1, 10 point).
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 evened its record to 3-3 with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Chateau D’Ax Urbino on Nov. 24. Glass set her squad to a 46 kill percent and .383 hitting efficiency. She scored seven points with three individual kills on three attacks, three blocks and an ace. Harmotto did not compete in the match. Modena (3-3, 11 points), now in fourth place but only three points out of first place, will face league-leader Foppapedretti Bergamo (5-1, 13 points) on Dec. 2. 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.
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. Pesaro lost to current league-leader Foppapedretti Bergamo (5-1, 13 points) 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 on Nov. 23. Gibbemeyer collected 13 points with 12 kills on 18 attacks and a block in the loss. On the opposite side of the net, past U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes tallied 10 points with seven kills on 12 attacks and three blocks, while past Penn State University AVCA All-American Blair Brown tallied a match-high 24 points with 18 kills on 33 attacks and six blocks despite not starting the match. Pesaro (3-3, 7 points), now in 10th place in the standings, will seek to avoid a losing streak on Dec. 2 as it faces sixth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (3-3, 10 points).
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 rallied to defeat Imoco Volley Conegliano 22-25, 25-21, 26-28, 25-23, 15-12 on Nov. 25. Paolini totaled 14 kills on 25 attacks and three blocks. Teammate Tereza Rossi Matuskova scored a match-high 40 points. Icos Crema (3-3, 8 points) returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 2 versus Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (3-3, 8 points) as both teams are tied for eighth place.
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 rallied past Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-3, 10 points) 19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 on Nov. 25. Engle was a reserve in the first and third sets, then started the fourth and fifth sets to accumulate seven kills on 18 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 10 points in her reserve role. Murrey started the first two sets and tallied three kills on 12 attacks. Giaveno (3-3, 8 points) plays Icos Crema (3-3, eight points), both in a tie for eighth place, on Dec. 2 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
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 lost to Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (3-3, 8 points) 19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 on Nov. 25. Klineman contributed a match-high 18 points with 13 kills on 40 attacks, three aces and two blocks. She added a 65 positive reception percent on 20 attempts. Villa Cortese (3-3, 10 points), now tied for sixth place, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 2 versus 11th-place Chateau D’Ax Urbino (1-5, 4 points). In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese (3-1) defeated Agel Prostejov 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 on Nov. 21 for the second time in eight days. Klineman completed the match with 11 kills on 24 attacks and just one error to go with two blocks for 13 points. She add 17 receptions with a 59 positive percent. Villa Cortese takes its 3-1 record in CEV Champions League Pool B into its fifth leg match versus undefeated Rabita Baku on Dec. 12.
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 lost to Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 on Nov. 24 without competing in the match. Urbino (1-5, 4 points) will try to halt the losing streak on Dec. 2 versus Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese on Dec. 1 in a match to be televised on Rai Sport 1. In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino lost Schweriner SC 25-21, 25-6, 25-19 on Nov. 21 to fall to 1-3 in Pool E. Urbino returns to CEV Champions League action on Dec. 4 against Russia’s Dinamo Kazan.
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 (3-5) lost to Atom Trefl Soppot (6-2) 25-20, 27-25, 27-25 in a hard-fought three set match on Nov. 25. Thompson started all three sets and helping Lodz to a 36 kill percent for the match. She scored one block in the contest. Budowlani Lodz, which remains in sixth place in the 10-team league, faces second-place Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro (6-2) on Nov. 30 in its next match.
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. Evergrande lost to undefeated Beijing Automotive (5-0) 25-19, 15-25, 26-24, 25-17 on Nov. 20 in Guangzhou. Glass was a sub in all but the second set scoring four points with three kills on seven errorless attacks and one ace on six serves. In the first round, Evergrande came back to defeat Henan Xinyuan 25-14, 25-8, 25-17 on Nov. 24 to improve to 3-2 on the season. Glass, who started the third set in her only match action, provided three kills on seven errorless attacks. Evergrande is currently in second place.
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, 7-4 with 21 points and in fourth place, challenges second-place Volley Koniz (7-5, 22 points) on Nov. 25 in its next league match. In CEV Challenge Cup action, the squad lost to Calcit Kamnik 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 on Nov. 21, suffering its second loss in the home-and-home second round qualification stage to be eliminated from the tournament.
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.