COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 8 includes briefs on U.S. players.
SCOTT-ARRUDA OPENING UP LATER CAREER OPTIONS: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection who has earned the silver medal in the two most recent Olympics, opened up a new career path this past weekend. She provided match commentary for the San Diego State versus UNLV contest at San Diego on Oct. 7 that was broadcast on CBS Sports. After her first opportunity to provide color commentary for a televised match, Scott-Arruda tweeted “What an experience announcing today. I had fun, definitely learned a lot while doing analysis of an exciting 5 gamer!” On a side note, San Diego State is coached by Deitre Collins-Parker, the starting middle blocker for the U.S. at the 1988 Olympic Games.
DAVIS HONORED AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team silver medalist, was honored by her alma mater, University of Southern California, in a ceremony on Oct. 5 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. On “Nicole Davis Banner Night”, Davis had her No. 4 USC jersey hung from the rafters of the Galen Center during the intermission commemorating her accomplishments with USA Volleyball. Along with two Olympic Games silver medals, she helped the USC Trojans to two NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship titles in 2002 and 2003. Two days later, USC honored alumni Jen Kessy and April Ross, who also earned silver medals in beach volleyball at the 2012 Olympic Games.
BERG HONORED AT MINNESOTA: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball player who has earned two Olympic silver medals, was recently inducted into the University of Minnesota M Club Hall of Fame. Since leaving Minnesota, she has been named USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Athlete of the Year twice (2008 and 2011). Berg still ranks second all-time in Big Ten history for both service aces (283) and assists (5,913) while playing for Minnesota. Berg is also an inductee into the Hawaii Hall of Fame. “Being inducted into both the Hawaii Hall of Fame and this is an honor," Berg was quoted in a University of Minnesota release. "Any time you're recognized with a group like this is humbling and amazing. The fact that I'm getting recognized with athletes that have accomplished as much or more in life is an incredible honor and there's not much more you can compare it with.” While in Minnesota, Berg provided her powerful story on her personal life to the nearby Chanhassen volleyball club. To read the story, click here.
USA VOLLEYBALL PROCESSES 108 WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed 171 international transfers allowing 108 women’s athletes and 63 men’s athletes to compete in professional volleyball leagues around the world through Oct. 8. Additional international transfers, including U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team athletes, will be processed throughout the year and an updated list will be periodically announced by USA Volleyball. On the women’s side, USA Volleyball has processed a country-high 23 transfers to Switzerland followed by Germany with 16, France with 15, Austria with 10, Sweden with 10, Italy with eight and Azerbaijan with five. Among notable women’s transfers who trained and/or competed for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team over the past year include: Foluke Akinradewo (Rabita Baku, Azerbaijan), Heather Bown (Dinamo Kazan, Russia), Keao Burdine (Khara Morin Ulan-Ude, Russia), Alisha Glass (ASD Universal Volley Modena, Italy), Christa Harmotto (ASD Universal Volley Modena, Italy), Megan Hodge (Azerrail Baku, Azerbaijan), Regan Hood (Clubul Sportiv Dinamo, Romania), Destinee Hooker (Dinamo Krasnador, Russia), Alix Klineman (Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese, Italy), Jordan Larson (Dinamo Kazan, Russia), Cassidy Lichtman (VFM-Volleyball Franches-Montagnes, Switzerland), Carli Lloyd (Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio, Italy), Nancy Metcalf (Igtisadchi Baku, Azerbaijan), Kristin Richards (Yesilyurt, Turkey), Stacy Sykora (Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley, Italy) and Jennifer Tamas (Baki-Azeryol Baku, Azerbaijan). For the complete story, click here.
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. During the International Value Eraybar Tournament hosted by Galatasaray in Istanbul, Yesilyurt finished with a 2-1 record with victories over Galatasary on Oct. 4 and CVM Tomis Costanta Oct. 5. Richards tallied 15 points with a 48 kill percent against Galatasaray, while adding 25 points with 22 kills and three aces with a 45 kill percent against Costanta. Yesilyurt’s upset win over Galatasaray, a CEV Champions League participant, came in three sets. Yesilyurt’s only loss was to Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in a five-set match to open the tournament on Oct. 3. Richards scored 14 points in the loss. Azerrail, which went on to win the tournament, features 2012 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team silver medalist Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.). Richards capped the tournament by being named most valuable player. Off the court, Richards exchanged wedding vows with past U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team player Tyler Hildebrand on Sept. 8.
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. Tom scored 13 points including three first-set aces to lead Unilever to a 25-14, 25-19, 25-11 victory over Fluminense on Oct. 7 to capture the Carioca Championship for the ninth consecutive year. For a Brazil SportTV video interview regarding Tom, click here.
LARSON, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson and Heather Bown, 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 finished 2-1 during the Zone 2 preliminary stage of the Russia Super Cup, which started with three-set wins over Sparta Nizhny Novgorod on Sept. 27 and Proton Saratov on Sept. 28. However, Torch New Urengoy upset Kazan in four sets to conclude the stage on Sept. 29. Kazan starts the Russia Super League on Oct. 11 against Ufimochka-UGNTU Ufa before challenging Uralochka-NTMK on Oct. 15.
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. During the preliminary stage of the Russia Super Cup, Krasnodar won all four matches in the Zone 3 round robin held Sept. 26 to Sept. 30. Krasnador swept Lipetsk to start the zone on Sept. 27 before holding off Voronezh in four sets on Sept. 28. Krasnodar finished the stage with sweeps over Volgodonsk on Sept. 29 and Primorye on Sept. 30. The Russia Super League regular season begins on Oct. 11 as Krasnodar takes on Cherepovets followed by an Oct. 15 match with Saratov.
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. The squad is one of six clubs competing in the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships at Doha, Qatar, held Oct. 14-19. In a friendly four-team scrimmage weekend hosted by Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı VitrA scrimmage, Rabita Baku lost two of three matches. Rabita Baku defeated Ankara TED Kolejliler 25-7, 25-9, 25-15 on Oct. 5 after falling in a heartbreaking five-set match (30-28, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 15-11) to Russia’s Dinamo Moscow. In the final match on Oct. 6, Rabita Baku lost 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 to the tournament host as Akinradewo scored two points.