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U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for Oct. 29

By Bill Kauffman | Oct. 29, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 29, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 29 includes briefs on U.S. players.

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. Villa Cortese opened the CEV Champions League with a 25-16, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Poland’s Atom Trefl SOPOT on Oct. 24. Klineman collected a team-high 17 points with 13 kills on 34 attacks, three aces and a block. She also added a 52 positive reception percent on 23 attempts. Villa Cortese plays its second Pool B match on Nov. 1 versus Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku. The match can be seen live online by clicking here. In Italian Serie A1 action, Villa Cortese swept Duck Farm Chieri Torino Volley Club 25-15, 25-22, 25-21 on Oct. 28 to move to 2-0. Klineman totaled eight kills on 23 attacks and an ace for nine points in the victory. Villa Cortese, one of two undefeated teams through the first two matches of the 12-team Italian Serie A1 regular season, resumes action on Nov. 4 against Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (1-1).

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 moved to 1-1 in the Italian Serie A1 with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Imoco Volley Conegliano on Oct. 28. Glass set the squad to a 44 kill percent for the match and .317 hitting efficiency. She added a block in the victory, while Harmotto did not play. Modena returns to the court on Nov. 4 against Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (2-0).

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 evened its Italian Serie A1 record at 1-1 following a 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 victory over Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley on Oct. 27. Paolini tallied 14 kills on 25 attacks and just two hitting errors. Icos Crema will try to extend its win streak against defending Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Nov. 4.

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 evened its regular season record at 1-1 after topping Idea Volley 2002 Bologna 25-22, 25-20, 25-13 on Oct. 28. Murrey scored a match-high 15 points with 11 kills on 28 attacks with just one error, three blocks and an ace. She chipped in a 55 positive reception percent on 11 chances. Engle contributed six kills on 28 errorless attacks, four blocks and two aces for 12 points. Giaveno resumes action on Nov. 4 versus Chateau D’Ax Urbino.

LLOYD 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 opened CEV Champions League with a 25-23, 25-15, 14-25, 25-22 victory over Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti on Oct. 24 in a first round Pool C match. Lloyd started the third and fourth sets providing a 32.4 kill percent in the final two sets. Faucette tallied 10 kills on 31 attacks and two blocks for 12 points in her first CEV Champions League match. Yamamay Busto Arsizio returns to Champions League first-round action on Nov. 1 against Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul. The match can be viewed online by clicking here. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, lost a heart-breaking 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13 match to Foppapedretti Bergamo on Oct. 28. Faucette tallied a team-tying high 21 points with 20 kills on 33 attacks and a block. Lloyd returned to the starting lineup and pushed Yamamay Busto Arsizio to a 44 kill percent as a team, along with a .248 hitting efficiency. She added three kills on six errorless swings and a block for four points. Yamamay Busto Arsizio will look to get back in the win column on Nov. 4 against Icos Crema (1-1).

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 tallied 10 points with nine kills on 16 attacks and ace in Pesaro’s 25-13, 25-21, 25-23 loss to Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza on Oct. 28. Pesaro (1-1) will try to push above .500 on Nov. 4 against Duck Farm Chieri Torino.

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. Chateau D’Ax Urbino lost to Icos Crema Volley 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 on Oct. 27 for its second straight setback to open the regular season. Sykora played in the second and third sets as a sub, serving twice. Urbino challenges Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno in its next Italian Serie A1 match on Nov. 4.

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 evened its record in the Turkish League at 1-1 following a 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 victory over Besiktas Bau A Bayan on Oct. 26. Richards collected 12 points, all on kills via 22 attacks. She added a 90 positive reception percent (50 percent excellent) on 10 chances. The squad returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 3 against Nilufer Bld (1-1).

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 Plus Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (1-3) won its first Plus Liga match of the season with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-21 victory over PTPS Pita on Oct. 29. Thompson lifted her squad to a 33 kill percent as a team while adding three kills on four errorless attacks in the victory. Lodz plays its fifth round match on Nov. 2 against KS Palac Bydgoszcz (1-2).

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. Krasnodar improved to 4-0 to start the Russia Super League after defeating Yenisei Krasnoyarsk 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 on Oct. 28. Hooker scored nine kills on 18 attacks, two aces and a block for 12 points. Krasnodar challenges Odintsovo (4-0) in a battle of two of the three undefeated Russia Super League teams on Nov. 5.

LARSON, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson (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. Dinamo Kazan opened CEV Champions League with a 21-25, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 loss to Schweriner SC in a Pool E first round match on Oct. 24. Bown tallied seven kills on 11 attacks, along with three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Larson did not dress for the match. Kazan will look to get on the winning track on Oct. 31 as it faces Robur Tiboni Urbino in its next CEV Champions League first-round match. To watch the match online, click here. Kazan downed Proton 25-11, 25-17, 25-14 on Oct. 28 to improve to 4-0 in the Russia Supper League. Larson totaled nine kills on 26 attacks and a block for 10 points in her first action following an injury. Bown did not compete in the match. Kazan, one of three undefeated teams in the Russia Super League, returns to league action on Nov. 5 against Yenisei Krasnoyarsk (0-4).

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. Ufi lost to Severstal Cherepovets 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14 on Oct. 28. Match statistics were not available at the time of this update. Ufi (0-4) challenges Torch New Urengoy (1-3) on Nov. 5 in its next Russia Super League match.

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 got off to a great start in the CEV Champions League Pool B with a 25-21, 25-23, 25-13 victory over Agel Prostejov on Oct. 24. Akinradewo was one of three Rabita Baku players with a team-high 14 points as she tallied 10 kills on 13 attacks with just one error to go with three blocks and an ace. Rabita Baku will attempt to move to 2-0 in the first round with a Nov. 1 clash with Asystel Carnaghi Villa Cortese. The match can be seen live online by clicking here. Rabita Baku opens its Azerbaijan Super League schedule on Nov. 3 with a match against Lokomotiv.

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 opened Pool D of the CEV Champions League with a 23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 victory over Dresdner SC on Oct. 24. Hodge pocketed 11 points with eight kills on 34 swings, two blocks and an ace while adding a 59 positive reception percent on 17 chances. Wilson did not play in the match. Azerrail returns to CEV Champions League action on Oct. 31 with a second leg match versus Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, which is the CEV Match of the Week being broadcast online and can be viewed by clicking here. Azerrail is idle for the Nov. 3 round of the Azerbaijan Super League and will next play on Nov. 7 versus Lokomotiv Bilejeri.

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. Igtisadchi Baku swept Sliedrecht Sport 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 on Oct. 23 to open the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. The two teams meet again on Oct. 30 and Igtisadchi only needs to one set to move on to the 8th Final Round without being forced into a Golden Set tiebreaker. Igtisadchi will play Lokomotiv Bilejeri on Nov. 3 in its next Azerbaijan Super League match.

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 earned a 25-22, 25-22, 28-26 victory over Nova KBM Branik Maribor on Oct. 25 to open the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. The two teams complete the series on Oct. 31 with Baki Azeryolservis needing just one set to advance to the next round without having to play a deciding Golden Set. Baki Azeryolservis looks to improve to 2-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League as it meets Telekom on Nov. 3.

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 lost to Swiss Volley League leader Volero Zurich 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 on Oct. 28 to fall from second place to third place in the league standings. Hotel Cristal VFM challenges VBC Cossonay on Nov. 4 in its next league match.

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. In preparation for the regular season, Unilever will host Usiminas/Minas in two friendly matches played on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

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