COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 4, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 4 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 the Russia Super League, Kazan defeated Omichka 25-21, 25-14, 25-12 on Feb. 2 to improve to 15-0 on the season. Larson-Burbach contributed five kills, two aces and a block in the victory. Bown, who subbed in the second and third sets, scored three kills on three attacks. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan is idle in the Russia Super League until Feb. 18 against Yenisei. In the CEV Champions League, Kazan opens its Playoff 6 home-and-home series with Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku on Feb. 7, followed a return date on Feb. 14 for the right to advance to the Final Four starting on March 9. The first match can be viewed live online by clicking here with match time at 7 a.m. PT on Feb. 7.
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 (10-5, 29 points), now in fifth place, defeated Torch 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 on Feb. 2. Krasnodar returns to Russia Super League action on Feb. 18 versus Odintsovo. In the meantime, Krasnodar resumes the CEV Challenge Cup playoffs with a Feb. 7 match against Ilbank Sports Club of Turkey to start a home-and-home series that concludes on Feb. 14. The winner advances to the semifinals.
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 the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku overwhelmed Lokomotiv Bileciri 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 on Feb. 1 to assume sole possession of first place with 28 points. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku opens the Playoff 6 home-and-home series with Russia’s Dinamo Kazan on Feb. 7, followed by the return date on Feb. 14. The first match can be viewed live online by clicking here with match time at 7 a.m. PT on Feb. 7. The winner advances to the Final Four starting on March 9.
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.). In CEV Champions League action, Azerrail will face Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in the Playoff 6 home-and-home round starting on Feb. 5 and concluding on Feb. 13. The first match can be viewed live online by clicking here starting at 11:30 a.m. PT on Feb. 5. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail held off Igtisadchi 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 on Feb. 1 to remain in third place with 21 points.
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 Azerbaijan Super League, Igtisadchi (9-2) had its rally fall just short in a 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 loss to Azerrail on Feb. 1. Igtisadchi remains in second place with 26 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 is now 3-5 in the league and in fifth place.
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. In the CEV Champions League, Lokomotiv lost 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 to country rival Azerrail Baku on Jan. 23 for its second match of the home-and-home Playoff 12 Round. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv topped Telecom 25-14, 25-16, 25-21 on Feb. 1 to hold firm in fourth place with 16 points.
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 edged fifth-place Banana Boat/Praia Clube (10-5) 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10 on Jan. 29. Tom scored two points while starting the first two sets. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Unilever controlled its second match of the week with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 victory over eighth-place Rio Do Sul (4-11) as Tom did not play. Unilever, currently in first place with a 14-1 record and 39 points, resumes action on Feb. 5 against 10th-place Sao Bernardo Volei (1-15).
SCOTT-ARRUDA WITH BRAZIL’S BANANA BOAT: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), the only five-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection and a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist, joined Banana Boat/Praia Clube in mid-season of the Brazil Superliga. Banana Boat/Praia Clube took league-leader Unilever to five sets before losing 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10 on Jan. 29. Scott-Arruda scored four points while starting the first, second and fifth sets. In its second match of the week, Banana Boat/Praia lost to second-place Sollys/Nestle (12-3) 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 on Feb. 1. Scott-Arruda contributed seven points with six kills on 17 attacks and an ace in the loss. Banana Boat/Praia will look to break the losing streak on Feb. 4 versus seventh-place Usiminas (5-10).
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 (5-6, 13 points points) lost to fourth-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (7-5, 19 points) 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, 26-24 on Feb. 3 after a week break due to the All-Star weekend. Gibbemyer tallied six points with three kills, two blocks and an ace. Pesaro, currently in eighth place, returns to action on Feb. 9 versus league-leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (9-2, 28 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. In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio opens its Playoff 6 home-and-home series with Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku on Feb. 5. The first match can be viewed live online by clicking here starting at 11:30 a.m. PT on Feb. 5. In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Busto Arsizio (9-2, 28 points) was idle this past week and returns to action on Feb. 9 versus eighth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (5-6, 13 points points).
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 the Italian Serie A1, Villa Cortese was idle this past week with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena dropping out of the league forcing the bye week. Villa Cortese, in fifth-place with a 6-5 record and 19 points, returns to action on Feb. 10 versus seventh-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (5-6, 17 points).
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 stopped 10th-place BursaBuyuksehir (5-9) 25-13, 25-18, 27-25 on Feb. 3 without Berg in the lineup. Fenerbahce, now 10-4 and in fourth place, returns to Turkish League action on Feb. 10 against 12th-place IBA Kimya TED Kolejliler (1-13). In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce has advanced to the semifinal home-and-home round and will face Russia’s Uralochka NTMK Ekaterinburg on Feb. 6.
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. With Richards Hildebrand out of the lineup with an injury, Yesilyurt (5-9, 14 points) lost to Nilüfer 36-34, 25-17, 25-23 on Feb. 3. Richards Hildebrand is expected to miss Yesilyurt’s next match on Feb. 10 versus Vakifbank.
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 SC lost to Wiesbaden 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-13 on Jan. 30. Davis held a 62 positive reception percent in the loss on 24 service receptions, helping the team to a 38 kill percent. In the second match of the week, Dresdner won the first two sets over Vilsbiburg, but could not come out with the win in a 19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-9 loss. Davis was credited with 20 service receptions and a 45 positive percent. Dresdner returns to action on Feb. 10 versus USC Munster.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012 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 came out strong against Atom Trefl Sopot on Feb. 4, but lost 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 27-25. Thompson started all four sets and pocketed five points with four aces and one kill on three attacks. She helped her squad to a 32 kill percent for the match, including a 41 percent in the nail-biting fourth set. Lodz (8-9, 23 points), which remains in sixth place, closes out the regular season on Feb. 9 against Bank league-leader BPS Muszynianka Fakro (15-2, 44 points). Lodz will finish the regular season in sixth place and qualify for the playoffs regardless of the match outcome.
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.
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 is 0-4 in the five-team double round-robin playoffs. Hotel Cristal VFM starts the second round of the round robin on Feb. 3 versus VC Kanti Schaffhausen I.
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.