COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 8, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on April 8 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 opened the best-of-three quarterfinal playoffs with a 28-26, 25-14, 25-23 victory over Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyesi on April 5. Berg led Fenerbahce to a 53 kill percent for the match and a .425 hitting efficiency (46-9-87). She also tallied a kill on one attack and a block. Fenerbahce, the fourth seed in the playoffs, resumes its playoff series on April 8. If necessary, the deciding match will be played April 9.
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, ended its best-of-three quarterfinal series with sixth-seed Munster with a 25-14, 26-24, 25-19 victory on April 7 in the second match to advance to the semifinals. Davis handled 20 of the team’s 47 service receptions leading to a 43 kill percent.
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 ended the regular season with a 25-19, 29-31, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Omichka on April 5. The match victory allowed Krasnodar to move ahead of Omichka for fourth place in the final regular season standings. Hooker notched a team-high 16 points via 13 kills on 32 attacks, two aces and a block. Krasnodar, which ended the season with a 16-6 record, will continue playing fifth-seed Omichka in the best-of-three quarterfinal round series with matches on April 10 and April 14. The tiebreaking match has not been scheduled.
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 ended the regular season with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 loss to Odintsovo on April 5. For the second straight match, many of the Kazan starters were withheld from action with the league title already wrapped up. Bown tallied nine points with five kills on eight attacks and four blocks. Larson-Burbach did not dress for the match. Kazan, which ended the regular season with a 19-3 record and 52 points, begins the best-of-three quarterfinal phase on April 10 versus eighth-seed Tyumen. The second match is scheduled for April 14, while the deciding tiebreaking match if needed has not been scheduled.
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 stopped third-place Azerrail 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 on April 4 to maintain its stronghold on first place. Akinradewo notched 10 points with eight kills on 14 attacks and two aces. Rabita Baku now has a 10-point lead over second-place Igtisadchi in the regular season standings.
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 edged Igtisadchi 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15 in a hard-fought match on April 4. Spicer started the entire match leading Lokomotiv to a 41 kill percent and .301 hitting efficiency (67-18-163). She added two kills on three errorless attacks and a block. Miyashiro was a sub in all five sets producing a 72 positive reception percent on 18 attempts. Lokomotiv improved to 32 points in the regular season and are in fourth place. Lokomotiv faces Telekom on April 8 in its next match.
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 lost to Lokomotiv Baku 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15 on April 4. Metcalf tallied a match-high 28 points with 25 kills on 50 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Paolini contributed 16 points with 12 kills on 18 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Despite the loss, Igtisadchi continues to sit in second place with 39 points as third-place Azerrail also suffered a loss in the 19th round of the regular season. Igtisadchi challenges Azerrail on April 8 as both teams are battling for second place.
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 league-leader Rabita Baku 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 on April 4. Hodge scored three points in the loss, all on kills via 16 attacks. Wilson contributed six kills on 12 attacks. Azerrail remains in third place with 37 points after round 19 of the Super League. Azerrail will have a chance to gain ground on second place with a head-to-head match with Igtisadchi on April 8.
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. The squad will meet Lokomotiv Baladzhary in the 22nd round on April 8.
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 bounced back from a tough five-set loss the previous week to stop third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 on April 6. Klineman pocketed 15 points with 12 kills on 28 attacks and three blocks. She added a 44 percent positive reception on 18 chances in helping Villa Cortese to a 47 kill percent for the match. On the opposite side of the net, past U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes tallied eight kills on 13 attacks and a block for 13 Bergamo points. Villa Cortese ended the regular season with a 9-9 record and with 30 points for fourth place. Villa Cortese received a bye in the Eighth Round home-and-home as one of the top four teams and will play fifth-seed Imoco Volley Conegliano in the best-of-three quarterfinal round that begins on April 16, followed by April 19 and April 22 if necessary.
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 (9-9, 24 points) was one of two teams idle in the final weekend of the regular season. Pesaro ended the regular season in seventh place and will face 10th-seed Volley 2002 Forli Bologna on April 10 and April 13 in the Eighth Round home-and-home series for the right to advance to the quarterfinal round.
FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Juliann Faucette (San Diego), a U.S. outside hitter/opposite, is competing for Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A1 for the 2012-13 season. Busto Arsizio (15-3, 46 points) was idle in the final weekend of the regular season and finished in first place with an eight-point lead over second-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica. For finishing first in the regular season, Busto Arsizio receives an Eighth Round home-and-home series bye and advances directly to the quarterfinal round to play the winner of the eighth and ninth-place Eighth Round series.
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 rallied past Ponce 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-20 on April 4. Scott-Arruda scored 14 points, while Glass set Mayaguez with 35 assists, 22 digs and three points. Mayaguez, which finished the regular season in fourth place with a 13-9 record, opened the double-round robin quarterfinal round Pool A on April 7 with a four-set loss to Corozal. Scott-Arruda recorded 17 points and seven digs in the loss, while Glass charted 20 assists, 15 digs and two points. Mayaguez continues the playoffs on April 9 versus Catano, followed by April 11 against Bayamon, April 13 against Catano, April 15 versus Mayaguez and April 17 versus Bayamon.
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. Catano, the regular season winners with a 15-7 record, opened the quarterfinal double-round robin Pool A on April 7 with a four-set win over Bayamon. Jones was credited with 14 points in the victory, including six blocks. Catano continues the playoffs on April 9 against Mayaguez, April 11 versus Corozal, April 13 against Mayaguez, April 15 versus Bayamon and April 17 against Corozal.
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, rallied from two sets down to defeat second-seed Sollys/Nestle 22-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-9 in the title match on April 7. Tom remained out of the lineup as she could not recover in time from her injury suffered in February.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Erin Moore tallied 11 points for Caguas in a five-set win over Ponce on April 2. Gina Mancuso led Ponce with 24 points, while Jasmine Norton chipped in 17 points…Stephanie Niemer paced Humacao with 20 points in a four-set win over Juncos on April 2. Falyn Fonoimoana chipped in 12 points in the victory. Rachael Kidder charted 18 points in leading Juncos, while Tara Mueller added six points in the loss…Kim Willoughby pocketed 22 points in leading Corozal to a four-set win over Carolina on April 3. Carolina was led by Monique Mead’s 23 points, while Becky Perry collected 17 points and Lindsay Fletemier nine points…Tarah Murrey totaled a match-high 17 points in pacing Bayamon to a three-set win over Guaynabo on April 3. Kelly Murphy added 16 points in the victory and Lauren Cook handed out 13 assists. Alaina Bergsma led Guaynabo with 14 points and Julie Bennett added 10 points, while Caitlyn Donahue recorded nine assists and 11 digs in the loss…Shonda Cole scored a Mayaguez team-high 24 points in leading it to a four-set win over Ponce on April 4. Gina Mancuso led Ponce with 24 points, while Jasmine Norton provided 16 points…Falyn Fonoimoana and Stephanie Niemer each scored 15 points in leading Humacao to a sweep over Caguas on April 4. Emily Brown added five points in the victory. Rachael Kidder and Erin Moore scored seven and six points, respectively, for Caguas in the loss…Humacao opened the quarterfinal playoffs with a sweep over Ponce on April 6 as Falyn Fonoimoana scored a match-high 21 points and Stephanie Niemer added 11 points. Gina Mancuso led Ponce with 16 points and Jasmine Norton added 11 points…Alaina Bergsma scored 18 points and Julie Bennett added 16 points in leading Guaynabo to a sweep over Caguas to open the playoffs on April 6…Shannon Wingate amassed eight points in helping Catano to a four-set win over Bayamon to open the quarterfinal round on April 7. Tarah Murrey tallied 17 points and Kelly Murphy 13 points in the loss…Kim Willoughby scored a match-high 21 points in leading Corozal to a quarterfinal round opening, four-set win over Mayaguez on April 7. Shonda Cole netted 17 points in the loss for Mayaguez.