COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 7, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Jan. 7 includes briefs on U.S. players.
UPDATED INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER LIST: USA Volleyball has released its updated international transfer list allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional leagues for the 2012-2013 club season. As of Jan. 7, USA Volleyball has processed 168 female and 94 male international transfer certificates with some additional transfers pending. A total of 262 total transfer certificates have been processed. For a full listing of the transfers, click here.
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 swept Sesi-Sao Paulo 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 on Dec. 21 to cap the 2012 portion of the schedule. Tom provided five points in the victory. Unilever, now 7-1, challenges Sollys/Nestle (7-1) on Jan. 11 in a battle of the top two teams in the final round of the first half.
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 blanked Volei Amil 30-28, 25-21, 25-18 on Dec. 21 as Scott-Arruda started her first match. She tallied nine points with seven kills and two blocks. Banana Boat/Praia Club, now 6-2 overall and in third place, resumes action on Jan. 11versus ninth-place Rio Do Sul (2-6, 6 points).
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 Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro rallied to defeat Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-9 on Jan. 6 to open the Italian Serie A1 second half of the season. Gibbemeyer contributed a match-high seven blocks to go with seven kills on 23 attacks for 14 points. The victory was the third straight for Pesaro as it closed out the first half with a five-set win over Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno on Dec. 22 and a sweep of Icos Crema on Dec. 26. Gibbemeyer totaled 15 points versus Giaveno with 13 kills on 26 attacks and two blocks. She added eight kills on 16 attacks in the win over Icos Crema. Pesaro (7-5, 17 points), now in seventh place in the Italian Serie A1 standings, resumes league action on Jan. 19 versus third-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (8-3, 24 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. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, topped Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 on Jan. 6 to open the second half of the Italian Serie A1 schedule and extend its winning streak to eight matches. Faucette contributed eight kills on 23 attacks in the victory, while Lloyd did not play. Busto Arsizio ended the first half with a sweep over Imoco Volley Conegliano on Dec. 22 and a five-set win over Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena on Dec. 26. Faucette scored 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points in the win over Conegliano. She tacked on 18 points with 14 kills and four blocks in the win over Modena. Lloyd did not play in either match. Busto Arsizio (10-2, 30 points) returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Jan. 20 against second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (10-2, 27 points) in a battle of the top two teams in the league. In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio has advanced to the Playoff 12 round to face Schweriner SC in a home-and-home series with matches on Jan. 16 and Jan. 24. Schweriner finished second in pool E.
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena opened the Italian Serie A1 second half with a tough-luck 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-9 loss to KGS Robursport Pesaro on Jan. 6. Glass tallied eight points with three kills on five attacks and a team-high five blocks. She also set the squad to a 41 kill percent for the match. Harmotto continued to be out of the lineup. Modena split its final two first-half matches with a sweep of Idea Volley 2002 Bologna on Dec. 22 and a tough five-set loss to league-leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Dec. 26. Glass led Modena to a 50 kill percent for the match victory over Bologna and added two kills. She scored four blocks and a kill in the loss to Busto Arsizio. Modena (6-6, 22 points), which is in fifth place, challenges Imoco Volley Conegliano on Jan. 20 in its next Italian Serie A1 match. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Modena has advanced to the 8th Final Round where it will face Ilbank Sports Club Ankara in a home-and-home series on Jan. 15 and Jan. 24.
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 swept Idea Volley 2002 Bologna 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 to start the second half of the Italian Serie A1 schedule on Jan. 6. Klineman charted nine kills on 23 swings, three aces and a block for 13 points. She added a 71 positive reception percent on 24 service receptions. Villa Cortese split its final two first-half season matches with a four-set win over Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza on Dec. 22 and a five-set loss to Foppapedretti Bergamo on Dec. 26. Klineman tallied 16 points versus Piacenza with 11 kills on 26 attacks and just one error, three blocks and two aces. She matched that total of 16 points in the loss to Bergamo, which included 14 kills, one block and one ace. Villa Cortese (7-5, 23 points), which is in fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Jan. 20 versus Duck Farm Chieri Torino. In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese has advanced to the Playoff 12 Round to challenge Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in a home-and-home series taking place Jan. 17 and Jan. 24. Eczacibasi VitrA finished atop Pool D, winning all six matches in the league round.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Division for 2012-2013. Icos Crema lost its final two first-half regular season matches to extend its losing streak to three matches. Foppapedretti Bergamo topped Icos Crema in three sets on Dec. 22 as Paolini scored eight kills on 14 errorless attacks. In its final match of the first half, KGS Robursport Pesaro won in three sets on Dec. 26 as Paolini did not play. Icos Crema (4-7, 11 points), which had its opening match of the Italian Serie A1 second half versus Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza moved to Jan. 29, faces eighth-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino (5-7, 15 points) on Jan. 20.
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno lost to defending Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 to open the second half of the regular season schedule. Murrey was held to three kills on 23 attacks in the match, while Engle did not play. Giaveno closed out the first half regular season with a five-set loss to KGS Robursport Pesaro on Dec. 22 and a four-set loss to Duck Farm Chieri Torino on Dec. 26. In the match versus Pesaro, Engle started the first two sets and compiled five points, while Murrey tallied one point as a sub in the fourth set. Murrey scored two points in reserve action versus Torino and Engle did not play. Giaveno (3-9, 10 points) will look to break the losing streak versus last-place Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-12, 1 point) on Jan. 20.
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 defeated Ibakimya Ted Ankara 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23 on Dec. 21 as Richards Hildebrand totaled a match-high 27 points with 25 kills on 48 attacks, one block and one ace. She added a 56 positive reception percent on 32 service receptions. Yesilyurt continued its winning ways in the first match of 2013 with a 25-11, 18-25, 25-12, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Eregli Belediyesi on Jan. 6. Richards Hildebrand netted 22 points with 18 kills on 39 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Yesilyurt (5-6, 14 points) has moved into sixth place and is idle until Jan. 20 when it will face second-place Eczacibasi (10-1).
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 came back to defeat Torch 23-25, 25-10, 26-24, 25-13 in the final match of 2012 on Dec. 29. Neither Larson or Bown played in the match. In the first round of the 2013 season, Kazan rallied to defeat Odintsovo 25-17, 23-25, 10-25, 25-11, 15-11 on Jan. 4. Larson contributed 25 points with 19 kills on 41 attacks, four blocks and two aces. Bown did not play in the match. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan (11-0, 29 points), the only undefeated team in the Russia Super League, faces Ufimochka (4-7) on Jan. 8 followed by Uralochka-NTMK (6-5) on Jan. 12. Between the two Super League matches, Kazan walked away with the Russia Cup that included a 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Dinamo Moscow in the championship match on Dec. 23. Kazan reached the finals with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 victory over Odintsovo in the semifinal round. In the CEV Champions League, Kazan will now face country rival Dinamo Moscow in the Playoff 12 home-and-home series with matches on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23.
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. Ufimochka rallied to defeat Proton 17-25, 26-28, 27-25, 25-19, 19-17 in a marathon win on Dec. 29. Barboza started the first two sets compiling two kills. Yenisei topped Ufimochka 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 on Jan. 4 in the first match of the new year as Barboza did not dress for the match. Ufimochka (4-7) takes to the court again on Jan. 8 versus league-leader Dinamo Kazan (11-0), followed by a Jan. 12 match versus Tyumen (5-6).
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. With Hooker out of the lineup, Krasnodar edged Dinamo Moswcow 27-25, 21-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12 on Dec. 29. However, the success did not follow to its first match of 2013 as Krasnodar fell to Omichka 25-19, 30-28, 21-25, 26-24 on Jan. 4 without Hooker in the lineup. Krasnodar (7-5, 20 points), now in fifth place, resumes league action on Jan. 8 versus Severstal (2-9), followed by Proton (3-8) on Jan. 12.
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 has been busy through the holiday season with four matches, starting with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 victory over Heungkook on Dec. 20. Fawcett tallied 25 points with 22 kills on 32 attacks and three aces. However, GS Caltex topped Korea Expressway 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 on Dec. 23. Fawcett scored 18 points in the loss. Korea Expressway bounced back to stop IBK 25-23, 23-25, 13-25, 25-16, 20-18 on Dec. 27. Fawcett produced a career night with 44 points via 42 kills on 81 swings and two blocks. On Jan. 1, Fawcett led Korea Expressway to a 25-19, 29-27, 23-25, 19-25, 15-8 victory over KGC Ginseng. For the second match in a row she compiled 44 points with 39 kills on 69 attacks, three blocks and two aces. The Korean League fourth round starts on Jan. 15 with Korea Expressway playing GS Caltex.
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 rallied to defeat eighth-place Impel Wroclaw 25-22, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 16-14 on Dec. 22 for its last match in 2012. Thompson started all five sets and leading the team to a 32 kill percent. She added two blocks and an ace for three points in the victory. To start the 2013 year, Budowlani Lodz went five sets again only to lose 17-25, 25-18, 11-25, 25-21, 15-11 to fifth-place PTPS Pila (8-5, 23 points) on Jan. 5. Thompson led Lodz to a 34 kill percent for the match. Lodz (5-8, 14 points), now in sixth place, returns to action on Jan. 12 versus seventh-place KS Palac Bydgoszcz (4-9, 14 points).
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 will face RC Cannes in a home-and-home Playoff 12 round with matches on Jan. 16 and Jan. 24. While Rabita Baku went 6-0 in the first round, RC Cannes ended Pool A in second place with a 3-3 record. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku downed Lokomotiv Baku 27-29, 25-15, 25-17, 25-10 on Dec. 23. Akinradewo produced seven points with three blocks. Rabita Baku has 18 in the Azerbaijan standings for a tie for first place with Igtisadchi.
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 (2-4, 7 points) has advanced to the Playoff 12 round to challenge country rival Lokomotiv Baku in a home-and-home series on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23. Lokomotiv Baku finished Pool F with a 5-1 record and in first place with 14 points. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail ranks third with 15 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 improved to 6-2 after defeating Lokomotiv Bileceri 25-21, 25-16, 25-10 on Jan. 23. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Igtisadchi is tied for the league-lead with Rabita Baku.
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 Telekom 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 on Dec. 23 to improve to nine points in the league standings for fifth place.
KIM GLASS WITH CHINA’S EVERGRANDE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, has reunited with her 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver-medal winning coach, Jenny Lang Ping, with Evergrande Guangdong in the Chinese League this winter. Evergrande edged Zhejiang KaiYuan 28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15 on Dec. 18. Glass was a sub in the first three sets, but did not score a point. Evergrande is now 8-3 on the season. Evergrande rallied to defeat Bohai Bank Tianjin 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13 on Dec. 22. Glass, a sub in the second and third sets, scored four points, all coming on kills via nine attacks. Evergrande swept Shanghai 25-10, 25-23, 25-21 on Dec. 25 as Glass did not play. Evergrande finished the first phase with a 7-3 record and in second place to advance to the Final 8. Evergrande opened the Final 8 with a 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21 victory over Liaoning Dalian Jinzhou on Dec. 29. Glass, who was a sub in the second and fourth sets, totaled two kills on two attacks in the match. However, Evergrande lost a tight 25-16, 29-27, 21-25, 27-25 match to Zheijang KaiYuan on Jan. 1. Glass was a sub in the first set and did not score a point. Despite the loss, Evergrande assured itself of a spot into the semifinals. In the 17th round, Bohai Bank Tianjin avenged its earlier loss to Evergrande (8-5) with a 19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 victory on Jan. 5. Glass was a sub in the fourth set and did not score.
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 lost to Volero Zurich 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 on Jan. 5 in the opening round of the five-team championship phase. Hotel Cristal VFM faces Sagres NUC I on Jan. 12 in its next match. Sagres NUC lost to VC Kanti Schaffhausen in its first match.
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.