COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 11 includes briefs on U.S. players.
HOOKER, LLOYD IN FINALS OF GLOBE AWARDS: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio) and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) have advanced to the final round of the 2012 Volleyball Globe Awards, a contest organized by Italian website Volleyball.it to promote the sport of volleyball. Hooker overwhelmed Russia’s Natalia Goncharova by of vote of 336-111 in the opposite position semifinal. Hooker will now face Brazil’s Sheilla Castro in the final round. Lloyd topped Japan’s Yoshie Takeshita 484-196 in the setter’s semifinal round. Lloyd will now face Thailand’s Nootsara Tomkom in the final round. The Volleyball Globe Award is an annual prize awarded to players who have stood out in the last calendar year playing in a club of any national championship in the world and with their national teams. The first phase of the voting process consists of a popular vote of the international volleyball.it readers through polls published in a dedicated section of the website with male and female players divided by positions. An enlarged jury comprised of more than 100 volleyball journalists from around the world takes place in the second phase of the voting.
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 CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku topped Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 on Feb. 7 to its Playoff 6 home-and-home series with Russia’s Dinamo Kazan. Akinradewo collected 13 points in the victory with 10 kills on 21 attacks and just two errors to go with two blocks and once ace. “We dismantled the great game of Dinamo,” Akinradewo is quoted as saying on azerisport.com. “We had a plan for the match, we watched a lot of games played by Kazan. Most importantly, we were aggressive most of the match, playing team volleyball although not always succeeding.” The two teams meet again on Feb. 14 with the right to advance to the CEV Champions League Final Four on March 9 at stake. To watch the match live online at 5 a.m. PT on Feb. 14, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku holds sole possession of first place with 28 points and a 9-2 record.
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 lost its Playoff 6 home-and-home series opener to Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-17, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-8 on Feb. 5. Hodge scored a match-high 24 points in the loss with 22 kills on 53 swings and just three errors and two blocks. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 35 chances. The series concludes on Feb. 13 with the right to the CEV Champions League semifinals at stake. To watch the match live online at 6 a.m. on Feb. 13, click here. 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.
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 defeated Lokomotiv Bileceri 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 on Feb. 6 to improve to 5-6 overall and remain in fifth place. Tamas was the subject of a question-and-answer feature on azerisport.com (need to translate from Russian to English such as Google translation) in which she discusses this being her last season of her career and the Azerbaijan Super League.
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) is in second place with 26 points and a 9-2 record.
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 Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv holds a 5-5 record and in fourth place with 16 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. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce defeated Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinaburg 25-18, 27-25, 25-23 in a tight three-set match on Feb. 6 in a CEV Cup semifinal round home-and-home series. Berg set her squad to a 47 kill percent and .369 hitting efficiency for the match. She added a block in the victory. The two teams conclude the series on Feb. 12 with the right to move on to the final round against either Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna or Omichka Omsk. To watch the match live online at 4 a.m. PT, click here. In the Turkish League, fourth-place Fenerbahce (10-4, 29 points) is idle until a Feb. 10 match against 12th-place IBA Kimya TED Kolejliler (1-13).
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 defeated Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku 25-17, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-8 on Feb. 5 to open its Playoff 6 home-and-home series. Faucette started the first three sets and subbed in the final two sets, racking up five points all on kills via 20 attacks. She added an 80 positive reception percent on five attempts. Lloyd did not suit for the match. The two teams close the series on Feb. 13 with a berth into the CEV Champions League Final Four at stake. To watch the match live online at 6 a.m. on Feb. 13, click here. In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Busto Arsizio (9-2, 28 points) resumed regular season action with a thrilling 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-27, 15-13 victory over KGS Robursport Pesaro on Feb. 9. Neither Faucette or Lloyd played in the match. Busto Arsizio (10-2, 30 points), which holds a five-point lead over second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo, takes on Chateau D’Ax Urbino (5-7, 14 points) on Feb. 17.
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 lost a tough-luck 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-27, 15-13 match to league-leader Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Feb. 9. Gibbemeyer pocketed 12 points with 10 kills on 27 attacks and two blocks. Pesaro (5-7, 14 points), now in eighth place, takes on fifth-place McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (6-6, 20 points) on Feb. 17 in its next league match.
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 handed a 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 loss by Imoco Volley Conegliano on Feb. 10. Klineman was credited with 19 points with 16 kills on 36 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She contributed a 64 positive reception percent on 22 chances. Villa Cortese (6-6, 20 points), now in fifth place, challenges eighth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (5-7, 14 points) on Feb. 17 in its next league match.
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 CEV Champions League, Kazan lost its Playoff 6 home-and-home series opener to Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, on Feb. 7. Larson-Burbach contributed 19 points with 17 kills on 36 attacks to go with two aces. She added a 53 positive reception percent on 19 chances. Bown came off the bench in the second set and started the final two sets in tallying three kills on seven attacks and three blocks for six points. The two teams conclude the series on Feb. 14 in Baku with the right to advance to the Final Four starting on March 9. To watch the match live online at 5 a.m. PT on Feb. 14, click here. Kazan, undefeated in the Russia Super League, is idle until Feb. 18 against Yenisei.
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. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Krasnodar defeated Ilbank Sports Club Ankara 25-16, 25-13, 25-23 in the 4th Final Round as Hooker powered her squad to the victory in her first CEV contest since returning from an injury. The two teams wrap up the home-and-home series on Feb. 14 with a spot in the Final Phase up for grabs. In the Russia Super League, fifth-place Krasnodar (10-5, 29 points) returns to Russia Super League action on Feb. 18 versus Odintsovo.
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 blanked Sao Bernardo 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 on Feb. 5 as Tom did not suit. Unilever, which remains in first place with a 15-1 record and 42 points, returns to action on Feb. 16 against fifth-place Sesi Sao Paulo (10-6, 31 points).
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 lost to Usiminas 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 15-13 on Feb. 4 in a closely contest match. Scott-Arruda started the first two sets, scoring seven points. Banana Boat/Praia Clube, now in fourth place with a 10-6 record and 32 points, looks to rebound versus third-place Volei Amil (12-4, 33 points) on Feb. 15.
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. On Feb. 6, Korea Expressway lost to Heungkook 18-25, 25-20, 33-31, 25-23. Fawcett scored a team-high 30 points with 26 kills on 65 attacks, three aces and a block. On the opposite side of the net, American Whitney Dosty scored a match-high 37 points for Heungkook. Korea Expressway bounced back to stop KGC Ginseng 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-12 on Feb. 9. Fawcett scored 21 points with 20 kills on 43 attacks and a block. Korea Expressway returns to action on Feb. 12 versus Industrial Bank of Korea, followed by a Feb. 16 match against GS Caltex.
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 broke a two-match losing streak with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-18 victory over USC Munster on Feb. 10. Davis held a 54 positive reception percent on 13 chances leading to Dresdner securing a 50 kill percent as a team with a .381 hitting efficiency. On the opposite side of the net, American Ashley Benson was named her team’s most valuable player with 10 points coming from eight kills on 13 attacks, one block and one ace. Dresdner, now in third place in the 12-team league, returns to action on Feb. 17 versus VT Aurubis Hamburg.
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 nearly upset Orlen Liga leader Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro before losing 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 15-11 on Feb. 10 to close out the regular season. Thompson set the squad to a 34 kill percent for the match and added one individual kill on one attack to go with an ace. Lodz, which had already secured the sixth seed into the playoffs regardless of the match outcome, finished the regular season with an 8-10 record and 24 points.
ALISHA GLASS WITH PUERTO RICO’S CAGUAS: Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team, has transferred to compete in the Puerto Rico Super League with Caguas after playing earlier this year for Modena of Italy’s Serie A1 division before it ceased competition this season. She helped Caguas to a 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16 victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 6 as she provided 15 assists, 16 digs, two blocks. Glass used 14 assists, 10 digs and one kill to help Caguas to a 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 victory over Bayamon on Feb. 9. Caguas returns to the court on Feb. 12 versus Carolina, followed by a Feb. 14 match against Corozal.
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. Jones tallied 19 points in a four-set win over Humacao on Feb. 8, including five blocks. Catano returns to action on Feb. 14 versus Mayaguez.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Gina Mancuso scored 26 points in helping Ponce to a four-set win over Carolina on Feb. 5. Ponce was led by Monique Mead’s 21 points, while Becky Perry added 11 points and Lindsay Fletemeier chipped in nine points…Tabi Love collected 25 points and Erin Moore added seven points in Caguas’ four-set win over Guaynabo on Feb. 6. Guaynabo was led by Julie Bennett’s 19 points, followed by Alaina Bergsma’s 10 points as Caitlyn Donahue provided 22 assists and four points…Rachel Kidder tallied 18 points in pacing Juncos to a three-set win over Corozal on Feb. 7. Kim Willoughby notched 14 points in the loss…Hannah Werth pocketed a team-high 20 points for Bayamon as it outlasted Carolina in five sets. Kelly Murphy chipped in 18 points in the victory and Lauren Cook provided 15 assists and 14 digs. Monique Mead led Carolina with 28 points in the loss, as both Lindsay Fletemeier and Becky Perry added 10 points…Gina Mancuso recorded 18 points and Jasmine Norton chipped in 11 points in aiding Ponce to a four-set win over Mayaguez on Feb. 8. Stephanie Neimer led Mayaguez with 18 points in the loss, while Shonda Cole provided 13 points and Kendall Bateman tallied 14 assists and 11 digs…Julie Bennett chalked up 23 points in leading Guaynabo to a four-set win over Corozal on Feb. 8. Alaina Bergsma added nine points and Caitlyn Donahue was credited with 16 assists, 14 digs and four points. Kim Willoughby paced Corozal with 17 points…Shannon Wingate tallied 10 points for Catano in a four-set win over Humacao on Feb. 8. Falyn Fonoaimoana notched 27 points for Humacao in the loss, while Emily Brown reached nine points and Jessica Swarbrick scored eight points…Tabi Love pocketed 16 points and Erin Moore added 10 points in Caguas’ three-set win over Bayamon on Feb. 9. Hannah Werth tallied 13 points for Bayamon in the loss, while Kelly Murphy scored five points and Lauren Cook handed out eight assists…Falyn Fonoimoana lit the scoreboard for 33 points in leading Humacao to a five-set win over Mayaguez on Feb. 10. Jessica Swarbrick added 13 points and Emily Brown turned in 12 points. Stephanie Neimer tallied 24 points in the loss, followed by Shonda Cole with 15 points and Kendall Bateman providing eight assists…Julie Bennett collected 20 points and Alaina Bergsma added 16 points in leading Guaynabo to a five-set win over Carolina on Feb. 10. Caitlyn Donahue added 21 assists, 14 digs and four points. Monique Mead led Carolina with 22 points in the loss, while Lindsay Fletemier added 13 points and Becky Perry 11 points…Gina Mancuso tallied 20 points and Jasmine Norton collected eight points in leading Ponce to a four-set win over Juncos. Rachel Kidder produced 16 points for Juncos in the loss.
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 defeated Sagres NUC 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9 for its first victory in the five-team double, round robin playoffs on Feb. 9. However, Hotel Cristal VFM lost to playoff leader Volero Zurich 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 on Feb. 10 to drop to 1-6 in the playoffs. Hotel Cristal VFM closes the playoffs on Feb. 24 against fourth-place Volley Koniz.
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. Richards Hildebrand has been out of the lineup for the last handful of matches.
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.