COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 2, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on April 2 includes briefs on U.S. players.
U.S. WOMEN TO HOST NORCECA CHAMPIONSHIP: USA Volleyball announced April 2 that the Omaha Sports Commission has been selected to host the 2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship held Sept. 16-21. The Omaha Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will serve as the title sponsor and Pharmaceutical Technologies Inc. (PTI) will be presenting sponsor for the event, which will be held at the Ralston Arena. The event, which will be played at Ralston Arena, is expected to bring up to 10 teams from the North America, Central America and Caribbean region. Among the top women’s teams in NORCECA are the United States (#1 FIVB, #1 NORCECA), Dominican Republic (#10, #2), Cuba (#13, #3), Puerto Rico (#18, #4), Canada (#22, #5) and Mexico (#25, #6). The 2013 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold-medal team qualifies for the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup to be played Nov. 12-17 in Japan. The NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship is held every other year. Team USA is the defending champion after winning the event in 2011 at Caguas, Puerto Rico, without dropping a set in five matches. For more information, click here.
BERG WITH TURKEY’S FENERBAHCE: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. and three-time Olympian, signed to play with Fenerbahce in the Turkish League mid-way through the regular season. Fenerbahce swept Besiktas 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 on March 31 to conclude the regular season. Berg helped Fenerbahce to a 49 kill percent for the match and a .372 hitting efficiency (42-10-86). Fenerbahce (15-7, 47.3 points) enters the playoffs as the fourth seed and will face fifth-place Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyesi in the best-of-three quarterfinal round series starting with an April 5 contest.
RICHARDS HILDEBRAND WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards Hildebrand (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 ended the regular season with a tough 25-20, 18-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-13 loss to Eregli Bld on March 31. Richards turned a team-high high and match-tying high 23 points with 21 kills on 47 attacks, one block and one ace. She added a 55 positive reception percent on 20 chances. Yesilyurt ended the regular season with a 7-15 record and 24 points, one point of qualifying for the playoffs behind Sanyer Bld (9-13, 25 points).
DAVIS WITH GERMANY’S DRESDNER SC: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist as a libero with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, joined Dresdner SC late in the 2012-13 season. Dresdner, as the third seed, opened the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff round with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 victory over sixth-seed Munster on March 30. Davis handled 17 service receptions with a 65 positive percent and 47 excellent percent in the victory. The series continues on April 7 with the tiebreaker slated for April 10 if Munster forces the third match.
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 rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Uralochka-NTMK 18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-12 on March 28. Krasnodar topped second-place Dinamo Moscow () 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19 in a key battle for playoff seeding. Statistics for the match are not available at this time. Krasnodar (14-6, 39 points), now in fifth place concludes the regular season on April 5 versus fourth-place Omichka (13-8, 40 points). Krasnodar is one point behind both Omichka and third-place Odintsovo.
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 (19-2, 52 points) swept 10th-place Severstal (5-15, 16 points) 25-15, 25-11, 25-11 on March 26 to rebound from its first loss of the season. Kazan suffered its second loss of the season on April 1 in a 25-10, 25-12, 25-17 setback to seventh-place Torch New Urengoy (9-12, 27 points). Match statistics are not available for either contest. Kazan, which already earned the top seed in the playoffs prior to the April 1 match, concludes the regular season versus third-place Odintsovo (15-6, 44 points) on April 5.
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 KGS Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro blanked ninth-place Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (8-10, 21 points) 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 on March 30. Gibbemeyer contributed 10 points with nine kills on 12 attacks and an ace. Pesaro (9-9, 24 points), which is in seventh place, has concluded the regular season and is one of two teams with a bye the final weekend of April 6.
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 suffered a tough 25-16, 19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 17-15 loss to second-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (12-5, 35 points) on March 30. Klineman produced 17 points with 13 kills on 37 attacks and four blocks. She also supplied a 60 positive reception percent on a team-high 43 chances. Villa Cortese (8-9, 27 points), now in fifth place and one point out of fourth place, concludes the regular season on April 6 versus third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (11-6, 31 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. Busto Arsizio claimed a 25-19, 27-25, 22-25, 29-27 victory over fourth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (9-8, 28 points) on March 30. Faucette was a sub in the first two sets and started the final two sets in racking up nine points with seven kills and two blocks. Lloyd did not suit. Busto Arsizio (15-3, 46 points), which is in first place by 11 points, has concluded its regular season schedule while eight of the 10 teams have matches on April 6.
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 swept Telecom25-16, 25-14, 25-11 on March 28. Akinradewo and many of the normal starters did not play in the victory. Rabita Baku is in first place with 46 points, eight points more than second-place Igtisadchi.
MIYASHIRO, SPICER WITH AZERBAIJAN’S LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a silver medalist with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, signed mid-season with Azerbaijan’s Lokomotiv Baku. Lokomotiv dropped a 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 match to Azerrail on March 31. Lokomotiv now has 30 points and in fourth place.
METCALF, PAOLINI WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team with experience at the 2004 Olympic Games, and U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Igtisadchi stopped Baki Azeryolservis 25-19, 25-15, 25-15 on April 1. Second-place Igtisadachi improved to 38 points and holds a slim one-point advantage over third-place Azerrail.
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 lost to Baki Azeryolservis 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19 on March 28. Hodge tallied 13 points, all coming from kills on 32 attacks. She added a 54 positive reception percent on a match-high 41 chances. Wilson started the entire match providing three points. Azerrail bounced back to defeat Lokomotiv 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 on March 31. Azerrail, now in third place, trails second-place Igtisadchi 38-37 in points.
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 upset Azerrail 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19 on March 28. Tamas scored seven points with six kills on 11 errorless attacks to go with an ace.
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, the top seed in the playoffs, swept its best-of-three semifinal round series with fifth-seed Sesi-Sao Paulo to reach the final match. Tom continues to be out of the lineup due to injury. Unilever will now face Sollys/Nestle in the final match on April 7.
SCOTT-ARRUDA, ALISHA GLASS WITH PUERTO RICO’S MAYAGUEZ: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team selection and two-time Olympic silver medalist, and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team, are competing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico Super League. Mayaguez swept Juncos 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 on March 28 as Scott-Arruda totaled nine points. Glass added 23 assists and 17 digs in the victory. Mayaguez stopped Caguas 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 on March 30 to continue its win streak. Scott-Arruda scored a team-high 16 points, while Glass chipped in 17 assists and seven points. Mayaguez swept Carolina 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 on April 1. Glass was credited with nine assists, 12 digs and five points in the victory. Scott-Arruda produced six points. Mayaguez is now in fourth place with a 12-9 record.
JONES WITH PUERTO RICO’S CATANO: Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Catano in the Puerto Rico Super League this season. Catano notched a four-set win over Corozal on March 28 as Jones provided 15 points. Catano added a second victory in the week with a sweep over Guaynabo on March 30. Jones contributed 10 points in the victory. On April 1, Catano rallied to defeat Bayamon in five sets. Jones totaled 18 points, including a match-high five blocks. Catano is in second place with a 15-7 record, one match behind league-leader Ponce.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Erin Moore totaled 16 points and Tabi Love added 11 points in helping Caguas to a four-set win over Humacao on March 26. Falyn Fonoimoana led Humacao with 19 points in the loss, while Stephanie Niemer added 15 points…Kim Willoughby contributed 19 points in Corozal’s four-set win over Bayamon on March 26. Kelly Murphy notched 22 points and Tarah Murrey added 20 points for Bayamon in the loss, while Lauren Cook collected 23 assists, 13 digs and five points…Julie Bennett pocketed 13 points and Alaina Bergsma added nine points in helping Guaynabo to a three-set win over Carolina on March 27. Caitlyn Donahue tallied four assists and 15 digs in the victory. Becky Perry led Carolina with 18 points, while Lindsay Fletmier reached 10 points…Gina Mancuso scored a match-high 23 points and Jasmine Norton tossed in 14 points in leading Ponce to a four-set win over Humacao on March 28. Falyn Fonoimoana paced Humacao with 23 points, while Emily Brown totaled 13 points and Stephanie Niemer 10 points…Shonda Cole scored 16 points in helping Mayaguez to a three-set win over Juncos on March 28. Rachael Kidder and Tara Mueller tallied eight points each in the loss…Shannon Wingate collected 12 points and Lauren Van Orden added 22 assists, nine digs and four points in helping Catano to a four-set win over Corozal on March 28. Kim Willoughby led Corozal with 19 points in the loss…Shonda Cole pocketed 12 points in helping Mayaguez to a key four-set win over Caguas on March 30. Tabi Love led Caguas with 17 points, while Erin Moore added 16 points…Gina Mancuso recorded a match-high 21 points in pacing league-leader Ponce (14-6) to a four-set win over Juncos on March 30. Jasmin Norton added 10 points in the victory. Rachael Kidder tallied 14 points for Juncos, while Tara Mueller added 11 points…Becky Perry totaled 14 points in leading Carolina to a three-set win over Bayamon on March 30. Monique Mead added eight points and Lindsay Fletemier tallied six points in the victory. Kelly Murphy led Bayamon with 14 points, while Tarah Murrey added five points. Lauren Cook recorded 14 assists and nine digs in the loss…Shannon Wingate recorded nine points and Lauren Van Orden added eight assists, seven digs and seven points in helping Catano to a three-set win over Guaynabo on March 30. Alaina Bergsma paced Guaynabo with 16 points, while Caitlyn Donahue turned in 15 assists and nine digs in the loss…Shannon Wingate tallied 15 points in helping Catano to a five-set win over Bayamon on April 1. Kelly Murphy notched 21 points in the loss, while Tarah Murrey added 14 points. Lauren Cook handed out 23 assists to go with 14 digs and six points for Bayamon…Shonda Cole chalked up a match-high 18 points in leading Mayaguez to a sweep over Carolina on April 1. Becky Perry led Carolina with 15 points, while Monique Mead and Lindsay Fletemier each totaled five points.