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U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for Feb. 25

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 25, 2013, 7:25 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 25, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 25 includes briefs on U.S. players.

HODGE EARNS AWARD: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, was selected as the Greater Raleigh Sports Council’s (N.C.) 2012 Amateur Athletics Award recipient. The announcement was made on Feb. 20 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Hodge, who also earned the most valuable player award at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix as the U.S. won its third straight gold medal in the event, was selected for the award via a public vote over Nick McCrory, who won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in synchronized diving, and Connor Mitch, a quarterback at Wakefield High School in Raleigh.

OPEN TRYOUTS PICK UP RECORD PARTICIPATION: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts attracted a record 240 athletes (the tryout originally expected 248 athletes, but weather-related travel cancelled some commitments) to the three-day event held Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Throughout the tryout process, U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his evaluation staff were identifying prospective athletes for the following three different programs: first and foremost the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; those not selected to the National Team may also be considered for an invitation to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team; and/or U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team program and its various programs. To view the Feb. 22 photo gallery, click here. To view the Feb. 23 morning photo gallery that included physical testing, click here. To view the Feb. 23 early afternoon photo gallery that included evaluations for U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team program eligible athletes, click here. To view the Feb. 23 evening session, click here. To view the Feb. 24 session that included a tournament format for all participating athletes, click here. For additional information on the tryout and the roster, click here.

FAUCETTE TO GUEST ON INTERACTIVE STREAMING PROGRAM: Juliann Faucette (San Diego), who is competing for Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in the Italian Serie A1 this winter, will be a guest on the Italian program “Torcida Biancorossa” on March 1 starting at 11:45 a.m. PT. Send your questions to diretta@bustolive.it and info@vivovolley.net and write “Question for Juliann Faucette” in the subject line. For further details, click here.

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 edged Lokomotiv Baku 25-20, 21-25, 25-14, 31-29 on Feb. 25. Akinradewo totaled 18 points with 12 kills on 19 errorless attacks, four blocks and two aces. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku has advanced to its second CEV Champions League semifinal and will face Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 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 the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail lost a chance to move up the standings on Feb. 22 by falling to second-place Igtsadchi 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15.

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 maintained second-place with a 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Azerrail in a key round 15 match on Feb. 22. Igtisadchi produced a 25-17, 25-11, 25-18 victory over Lokomotiv Baladzhary on Feb. 25.

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 Baladzhary 22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 on Feb. 22 in round 15. Baki Azeryolservis continued its win streak on Feb. 25 with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-11 victory over Telekom.

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 Baku lost to league-leader Rabita Baku 25-20, 21-25, 25-14, 31-29 on Feb. 25 in the Azerbaijan Super League Round 16. Spicer started at setter all four sets and helped Lokomotiv to a 40 kill percent for the match while adding two individual kills on two attacks and a block for three points. Miyashiro was a defensive replace in all four sets.

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 remained undefeated by defeating Dinamo Krasnodar 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-18 on Feb. 22. Larson-Burbach produced 19 points with 15 kills on 38 attacks, three blocks and an ace. She chipped in a 64 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Bown secured three kills and two blocks in playing just the first two sets. Kazan (17-0, 45 points) takes on seventh-place Tyumen (7-10, 24 points) on March 14 in its next Russia Super League 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. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Krasnodar will now face LP Salo in the semifinal home-and-home series beginning on Feb. 26. In the Russia Super League, Krasnodar (11-6, 32 points) lost to league-leader Dinamo Kazan 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-18 on Feb. 22. Hooker charted 11 kills on 42 attacks and two aces for 13 points in the loss. Krasnodar, now in fifth place in the league standings, looks to bounced back on March 12 against 10th-place Ufimochka-UGNTU (4-13, 12 points) in its next Russia Super 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 broke a two-match five-set losing streak by defeating Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno 21-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 on Feb. 24. Klineman totaled 13 points with 12 kills on 28 attacks and a block. She added a 57 positive reception percent on 23 attempts. Villa Cortese (7-7, 24 points), which moved up two spots to fourth place following the victory, takes on seventh-place Chateaux D’Ax Urbino (6-7, 17 points) on March 3 in its next league match.

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 to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (11-4, 30 points) 25-21, 28-26, 25-22 on Feb. 24. Gibbemeyer charted 10 kills on 17 attacks with just one error to go with a block for 11 points. On the opposite side of the net, American Blair Brown scored nine points in just the first two sets and Alexis Crimes added five kills in the victory. Pesaro (6-8, 16 points), now in eighth place, takes on sixth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (7-6, 22 points) on March 3.

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 the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Busto Arsizio lost to third-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (8-5, 24 points) 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-12 on Feb. 23. Faucette was a sub in the final four sets recording one kill on two attacks. Lloyd suited for the match, but did not play. Busto Arsizio (11-3, 34 points), which still is in first place after the loss, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Feb. 3 versus fifth-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (8-6, 22 points). Busto Arsizio, which won the CEV Cup last year, will be making its first-ever trip to the CEV Champions League semifinals in its first year in the league. The squad will meet its second Azerbaijan team in a row, this time Rabita Baku on March 9.

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, who missed several weeks with an injury, returned to the lineup on Feb. 24 as her team nearly upset Iller Bankasi 22-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 16-14. Richards Hildebrand started all five sets scoring 14 kills on 33 attacks and two blocks for 16 points. She added a 49 positive reception percent on a team-high 43 chances. Yesilyurt (5-12) returns to league action on March 3 against Sanyer Bld.

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 the Turkish League, fourth-place Fenerbahce (11-5) was scheduled to play Nilufer Bld on Feb. 24, but the match was delayed. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce has advanced to the CEV Cup final round where it will play Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna starting on Feb. 27 with the return date on March 2.

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 ended the second half regular season with a tough 27-25, 25-23, 30-32, 23-25, 17-15 loss to Sollys/Nestle on Feb. 22. Tom did not dress for the match. Despite the loss, Unilever (16-2) edged out second-place Sollys/Nestle (15-3) by a single point (45-44) in the final regular season standings to take the top seed into the playoffs and will face eighth-seed Rio Do Sul on Feb. 26 to start the quarterfinals. The best-of-three series resumes on March 2, followed by a March 5 contest if needed.

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 ended the second half of the regular season with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-11 victory over Rio Do Sul on Feb. 22. Scott-Arruda notched 10 points in the victory with eight kills on 13 attacks. Banana Boat/Praia Clube (11-7, 35 points) ended the regular season in fourth place edging out Sesi-Sao Paulo (11-7, 34 points) by a single point in the standings. Banana Boat/Praia Clube starts the best-of-three quarterfinal series at Sesi-Sao Paulo on Feb. 25, followed a March 1 contest at Uberlandia. If necessary, match three will take place on March 4 at Uberlandia.

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. Korea Expressway dropped a 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 match to GS Caltex on Feb. 24. Fawcett tallied a match-high 30 points with 27 kills on 54 attacks and three aces. Korea Expressway resumes league action on Feb. 27 versus Heungkuk, followed by a March 1 contest against KGC Ginseng.

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 VF concluded the double round-robin five-team playoffs on Feb. 24 with a 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 25-19 loss to Volley Koniz on Feb. 24. Hotel Cristal VF ended the playoffs with a 1-7 record.

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 stopped Alemannia Aachen 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 on Feb. 23 as Davis did not make the trip. Dresdner, now in third place (32-10, 55-20), returns to action on March 9 against Kopenicker SC Berlin.

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 finished sixth in the Orlen Liga regular season and will face BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala in the quarterfinal round starting on March 16.

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. Caguas lost to Guaynabo in four sets on Feb. 22. Glass tallied nine assists, 14 digs and two blocks in the match, her first loss while setting Caguas in the Puerto Rican league.

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 pocketed 22 points in pushing Catano to a four-set win over Ponce on Feb. 22.

OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Kelly Murphy scored 39 points for Bayamon on Feb. 20 in a five-set win over Mayaguez. Lauren Cook added 27 assists and four kills in the victory. Shonda Cole paced Mayaguez with 35 points, while Kendall Bateman tallied 13 assists and 14 digs in the loss…Kim Willoughby collected nine points in Corozal’s three-set win over Juncos on Feb. 21. Rachael Kidder tallied six points in the loss…Gina Mancuso recorded 19 points in Ponce’s four-set loss to Catano on Feb. 22…Julie Bennett notched 18 points and Alaina Bergsma tacked on 14 points in leading Guaynabo to a four-set win over Caguas on Feb. 22. Caitlyn Donahue added 13 assists, 12 digs and four points in the victory. Tabi Love scored 17 points in pacing Caguas in the loss…Falyn Fonoimoana charted a match-high 23 points in leading Humacao to a three-set win over Mayaguez on Feb. 23. Jessica Swarbrick chipped in 11 points in the victory. Shonda Cole paced Mayaguez with 18 points in the loss…Kelly Murphy contributed 32 points and 11 digs in helping Bayamon to a five-set win over Carolina on Feb. 23. Hannah Werth added 14 points and Lauren Cook was credited with 18 assists and 15 digs in the victory. Monique Mead led Carolina with 24 points and Becky Perry added 16 points…Kim Willoughby provided 14 points in Corozal’s three-set win over Guaynabo on Feb. 24. Julie Bennett topped Guaynabo with 11 points.

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