COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 14, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Jan. 14 includes briefs on U.S. players.
LICHTMAN CONNECTING VOLLEYBALL GENERATIONS WITH GREAT CAUSE: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is in the process of developing a series of “Play with a Purpose” volleyball clinics in California. But these clinics are more than just teaching volleyball skills. The clinics will serve as a way to connect the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to its junior membership. However, the clinics’ purpose goes beyond just that as Lichtman is giving back to the communities in which she lives and trains with all monies from “Play with a Purpose” clinics going to Ronald McDonald House. The first two clinics will be March 31 at San Diego’s Canyon Crest High School and on April 21 at a site to be determined in the Los Angeles area. To read her story, in her own words, as to why she is conducting the clinics, click here.
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 handled Telecom 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 on Jan. 8. Igtisadchi saved two match points in the fifth set to stop Rabita Baku 26-24, 25-18, 29-31, 20-25, 17-15 on Jan. 11 after having three match points of its own in the prolonged third set. Metcalf led all scorers with 27 points with 22 kills on 61 swings and five blocks. With the victory, Igtisadchi improves to 8-1 in the Azerbaijan Super League and moves into first place ahead of Rabita Baku (7-2).
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.To watch the first match of the series live online, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku rallied to post a 27-29, 25-13, 25-22, 26-24 victory over Azeryol Baki on Jan. 8 as Akinradewo contributed 13 points on a 47 kill percent. Rabita Baku overcame three match points in the third set to Igtisadchi on Jan. 11 and had two match points of its own, but could not come away with the win as Igtisadchi won 26-24, 25-18, 29-31, 20-25, 17-15. Akinradewo provided 18 points in the loss, including 14 kills on 26 attacks and just one error, three blocks and an ace. Rabita Baku falls to 7-2 in the league and now stands in 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.). 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. To watch the Jan. 16 match live online, click here. Lokomotiv Baku finished Pool F with a 5-1 record and in first place with 14 points. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail defeated Lokomotiv Balajary 25-15, 25-11, 25-13 on Jan. 8. Hodge scored six points in the victory. In the second match of the week, Azerrail handled Telekom 28-26, 25-19, 25-19 with Hodge scoring 12 points with 11 kills on 31 attacks and an ace. Azerrail Baku is now 7-1 in the league and in third place.
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 lost to Lokomotiv Baku 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18 on Jan. 11. Tamas tallied four kills on 11 attacks in the match. Baki Azeryolservis, now 3-5 in the league is in fifth place.
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. On Jan. 12, Davis helped Dresdner SC to a 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23 victory over SC Potsdam. She recorded a 69 positive reception percent (50 excellent percent) on 16 serve receptions. Dresdner SC, which is in second place with 22:6 points and an 11-3 record, returns to the court on Jan. 19 versus 12th-place VCO Berlin (2:24). Before Davis arrived with the team, Dresdner SC finished the CEV Champions League Pool D in fourth place with a 2-4 record.
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 stopped Shanghai 23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-19 on Jan. 8. Glass, who saw her most extensive playing time of the season by coming off the bench in the first two sets and starting the final two sets, scored 17 points with 17 kills on 22 attacks and just three errors for a 77.3 kill percent and .682 hitting efficiency. She added two digs in the victory. To open the semifinal round, Evergrande defeated Zhejiang KaiYuan 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22 on Jan. 12. Glass subbed into the match in the second set, but did not score a point. Evergrande will have a semifinal round rematch with Zhejiang on Jan. 15.
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 topped Ufimochka 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 on Jan. 8 as Larson-Burbach scored 14 points, all on kills coming from 27 attacks and just one error. Bown did not play in the match. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. With its undefeated season on the line, Kazan held off Uralochka 25-22, 28-26, 22-25, 17-25, 15-13 on Jan. 12. Larson-Burbach totaled 13 kills on 35 attacks, one ace and three blocks for 17 points to go with a 75 positive reception percent on 20 service receptions. Bown did not play in either match. Kazan, now 13-0 and a three-match lead over second-place Dinamo Moscow, returns to the Russia Super League schedule on Proton on Jan. 26. 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. To watch the first match live online, click here.
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 defeated Severstal 25-15, 25-12, 27-25 on Jan. 8 and Prton 20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18 on Jan. 12. Krasnodar (9-5, 26 points), now in fourth place, resumes league action on Feb. 2 versus Torch New Urengoy.
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 held off seventh-place KS Palac Bydgoszcz 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 on Jan. 12. Thompson set her squad to a 42 kill percent in her starting role. Lodz (6-8, 17 points), now in sixth place, returns to action on Jan. 21 versus ninth-place Siodemka Legionaovia (3-11, 10 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. With the Italian Serie A1 regular season on hiatus for the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round, Yamamay Busto Arsizio split its home-and-home series with Imoco Volley Conegliano, which is in ninth place in the regular season. In the first match on Jan. 9, Conegliano edged Busto Arsizio 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 21-25, 21-19 with a prolonged fifth-set victory. Lloyd did not play in the match, while Faucette was only a late sub in the fifth set. Busto Arsizio regrouped in its home match with a 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory to advance to the semifinal round. Faucette racked up 13 points with 12 kills on 33 attacks and a block. Lloyd did not suit for the match. Busto Arsizio now advances to the Italian Serie A1 Cup semifinal round on March 16 to face Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese. Busto Arsizio (10-2, 30 points) returns to Italian Serie A1 regular season 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. To watch the first match series live online, click here.
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 entered its Italian Serie A1 Cup home-and-home quarterfinal round series as a slight favorite over Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena, and it came down to point ratio to determine which team would advance to the semifinal round as the regular season took a break. Villa Cortese captured the first match 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 on Jan. 9 as Klineman scored a team-high 17 points with 12 kills on 25 attacks, three blocks and two aces. She added a 65 positive reception percent (50 excellent percent) on a team-high 20 service receptions. In the second meeting, Modena came back to sweep Villa Cortese 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 on Jan. 13. Klineman notched a team-high 15 points with 13 kills on 28 attacks and two aces. With the teams splitting the home-and-home series, Villa Cortese advanced after winning the golden set 15-4. Villa Cortese will meet Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in the semifinal round on March 16, while Foppapedretti Bergamo and Rebecchi Nordmeccania Piacenza face off in the opposite semifinal. 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. To watch the first match live online, click here.
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 met Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese, currently fourth in the regular season, in a home-and-home Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round matchup as the regular season took a hiatus. Villa Cortese swept the first match 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 on Jan. 9. Glass set her squad to a 34 kill percent, but Villa Cortese converted on 46 percent of its attacks. Harmotto returned to the lineup and was inserted as a sub in the second set without scoring a point. Modena answered the loss with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 home victory on Jan. 13. Harmotto, who returned to the starting lineup, provided 12 kills on 21 errorless attacks with one block and one ace in the victory. Glass set the squad to a 47 kill percent and .330 hitting efficiency. However, Villa Cortese advanced to the semifinal round after winning the golden set 15-4. Modena (6-6, 22 points), which is in fifth place, challenges Imoco Volley Conegliano on Jan. 20 in its next Italian Serie A1 regular season 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.
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. The Italian Serie A1 regular season was idle this past weekend with the running of the Italian Cup. Pesaro met regular-season second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo in the Italian Cup Serie A1 quarterfinals, and lost both matches of the home-and-home series. On Jan. 9, Bergamo won 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 at Pesaro. Gibbemeyer started the first two sets and subbed in the third set, compiling four points all on kills via 10 attacks. In the Dec. 13 rematch, Bergamo completed the series sweep with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19 victory at Bergamo. Gibbemeyer contributed nine points with seven kills on 17 attacks and two blocks. Pesaro (7-5, 17 points), now in seventh place in the Italian Serie A1 regular season standings, resumes league action on Jan. 19 versus third-place Rebecchi Nordmecannica Piacenza (8-3, 24 points).
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 was idle this week as the regular season halted for the Italian Serie A1 Cup in which it did not qualify to compete. 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 was idle this week as the regular season halted for the Italian Serie A1 Cup in which it did not qualify to compete. 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.
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 (8-1) completed the first half of the Brazilian Superliga with an 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 14-25, 15-8 victory over Sollys/Nestle (7-2) on Jan. 11 in a battle of the top two teams. Tom started only the first two sets and scored two points. Unilever begins the second half on Jan. 15 versus Sao Cristovao Saude, followed by Volei Amil on Jan. 19.
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 held off Rio Do Sul 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22 on Jan. 11 to end the first half of the Brazilian Superliga with a 7-2 record. Scott-Arruda tallied 12 points in the match as all five starting hitters reached double-figure scoring. Banana Boat/Praia Clube starts the second half on Jan. 15 with a match against Sao Bernardo, which Scott-Arruda played for last season. Banana Boat/Praia Clube continues the second half on Jan. 18 versus E.C. Pinheiros.
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 (5-6, 14 points) has moved into sixth place and is idle until Jan. 20 when it will face second-place Eczacibasi (10-1).
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. The Korean League fourth round starts on Jan. 15 with Korea Expressway playing GS Caltex.
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 Sagres NUC I 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 on Jan. 12 in the five-team, double-round round-robin playoffs. Hotel Cristal VFM, now 0-2 in the playoffs, faces VC Kanti Schaffhausen I (0-2) on Jan. 19 in its next 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.