U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for Jan. 21, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 21, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Jan. 21 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 S. Cristovao Saude 25-12, 25-14, 25-16 on Jan. 15 to start the second half of the regular season. Tom scored nine points in just the first two sets, tallying six kills on 10 attacks, two aces and a block. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here, while a second gallery is available by clicking here. Unilever needed to rally past Volei Amil 22-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-22 on Jan. 19. Tom sparked the team by subbing into the match in the second set and starting the final two sets. She accumulated 10 points and 13 digs in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here, while a second gallery is available by clicking here. Unilever challenges E.C. Pinheiros on Jan. 22, followed by Usiminas on Jan. 25.
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 commenced the second half of the season with a convincing 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Sao Bernardo Volei on Jan. 14. Scott-Arruda tallied a team-high 13 points with 11 kills on 17 attacks and two blocks. Banana Boat/Praia Clube picked up a key 25-16, 16-25, 25-21, 25-18 on Jan. 18 over E.C. Pinheiros. Scott-Arruda collected 14 points with 12 kills on 20 attacks in the victory. Banana Boat will look to continue its momentum on Jan. 22 with another key match versus Sesi Sao Paulo, followed by Sao Cristovao Saude on Jan. 25.
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 stopped country rival Dinamo Moscow 25-22, 25-21, 26-28, 25-21 in the Playoff 12 home-and-home series match on Jan. 16. Larson-Burbach contributed 17 kills on 44 attacks and a block for 18 points in the victory. She added a superlative 86 positive reception percent (57 excellent percent) on 21 service receptions. Bown did not compete in the match. The two teams conclude the home-and-home series on Jan. 23 with the right to advance to the Playoff 6 Round at stake. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. In the Russia Super League, Kazan is now 13-0 and a three-match lead over second-place Dinamo Moscow. Kazan returns to the Russia Super League schedule on Proton on Jan. 26 after a 14-day league hiatus.
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 (9-5, 26 points), now in fourth place, resumes league action on Feb. 2 versus Torch New Urengoy as most teams will have been inactive regulars season action since the 13th round ended on Jan. 12.
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 defeated RC Cannes 25-17, 15-25, 25-19, 25-19 on Jan. 16 in the first home-and-home Playoff 12 round match in Cannes, France. Akinradewo tallied 16 points with 15 kills on 18 errorless attacks for an .833 hitting efficiency. She added a block in the victory. The two teams will conclude the series on Jan. 24 in Azerbaijan. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku is 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 opened the Playoff 12 home-and-home round series with country rival Lokomotiv Baku with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 victory on Jan. 16 in Baku. Hodge was dominant in the sweep with 21 kills on 44 attacks, two blocks and two aces for a match-high 25 points. She also produced a 56 positive reception percent on a team-high 27 chances. The two teams conclude the series on Jan. 23 for the right to advance to the Playoff 6 round. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail is now 7-1 in the league and in third place.
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 is 8-1 and in first place ahead of Rabita Baku (7-2).
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 to Azerbaijan rival Azerrail Baku 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 on Jan. 16 to start the home-and-home series in the Playoff 12 round. She was a sub in the second and third sets compiling three serves off the bench. Spicer did not play in the match. The two teams conclude the series on Jan. 23 for the right to advance to the Playoff Round 6. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
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. Davis helped Dresdner SC to a 25-14, 25-11, 25-21 victory over 12th-place VCO Berlin on Jan. 19. She recorded 14 service receptions in the match. Dresdner SC, which is in second place with 24:6 points and an 11-3 record, returns to the court on Jan. 26 versus fourth-place Alliance MTV Stuttgart (18-12).
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 swept Siodemka Legionovia Legionowo (3-12, 10 points) 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 on Jan. 21. Thompson set her squad to a 40 kill percent with a .264 hitting efficiency. She added an individual kill on three attacks and an ace for two points. 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 (7-8, 20 points), now in sixth place, returns to action on Jan. 26 versus last-place AZS Metal-Fach Bialystok (1-13, 6 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 CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese lost to Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul 25-23, 21-25, 31-29, 25-17 on Jan. 17 in the first match of a Playoff Round 12 home-and-home series. Klineman scored a team-high 23 points with 17 kills on 35 attacks, three blocks and three aces in the loss. Villa Cortese will now need to defeat Eczacibasi on Jan. 24 and capture a golden set to advance to the Playoff 6 Round. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. In the Italian Serie A1, Villa Cortese rallied to defeat Duck Farm Chieri Torino 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9 on Jan. 20. Klineman pocketed 19 points in the win with 17 kills on 36 attacks, one blocks and one ace. She also handled 21 service receptions in the victory. Villa Cortese (7-5, 22 points), now in fourth place, takes on third-place Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (6-6, 23 points) on Feb. 3 in the next regular season match.
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 stopped Imoco Volley Conegliano 25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16 on Jan. 20. Glass set the squad to a 46 kill percent and .325 hitting efficiency to go with two individual kills on as many attacks and a block for three points. Harmotto notched six kills on 11 errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace for 11 points. Modena, now in (6-6, 23 points), now in third place, resumes the Italian regular season on Feb. 3 versus fourth-place Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (7-5, 22 points). In the CEV Challenge Cup, Modena lost to Ilbank Sports Club Ankara 25-18, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20 on Jan. 15 to start the home-and-home 8th Final Round. Modena will need to win at home on Jan. 24 and capture the golden set to advance to the next stage.
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. Busto Arsizio (11-2, 33 points) defeated second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (10-3, 27 points) 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19 on Jan. 20 in a battle of the top two teams in the league. Faucette contributed 12 kills on 36 attacks and a block for 13 points in the victory. She added a 46 positive reception percent on 13 chances. Lloyd did not compete in the match. On the opposite side of the net, past U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes tallied eight points in the loss. Busto Arsizio returns to Italian League action on Feb. 10 versus sixth-place KGS Robursport Pesaro (7-5, 17 points). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio outscored Germany’s Schweriner SC 102-89, but lost 11-25, 25-22, 25-17, 13-25, 15-13 on Jan .16 in the first of a home-and-home Playoff 12 Round match in Schwerin, Germany. Faucette started the first three sets and subbed in the final set, compiling five kills on 13 attacks. Lloyd continued to be out of the lineup. The two teams conclude the home-and-home series on Jan. 24 with the right to advance to the Playoff 6 Round at stake. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here.
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 handled Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 on Jan. 19. Gibbemeyer started the first two sets and tallied two blocks and a kill. Pesaro (7-5, 17 points), now in sixth place, resumes league action on Feb. 3 versus seventh-place Duck Farm Chieri Torino (6-6, 16 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 withdrew from the Italian Serie A1 championship on Jan. 10.
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 rallied past Zhejiang KaiYuan 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-22 on Jan. 15 in the Chinese Women’s Volleyball League semifinals. Glass was a sub in the first and fourth sets compiling one kill on four attacks, in addition to one dig on her only chance. In the opposite semifinal, Tianjin Bridgestone defeated BAIC Motors Beijing 25-22, 25-13, 25-19. Tianjin walked away with a hard-fought 20-25, 26-24, 30-28, 25-22 victory on Jan. 19 in the first final round match. Glass was a sub in the final three sets turning in two kills on three attacks and a block for three points. The teams will meet again on Jan. 26 as part of the best-of-three championship series with the deciding match on Jan. 27 if needed.
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 lost to GS Galtex 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-10 on Jan. 15.
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 Hildbrand out of the lineup with an injury, Yesilyurt (5-7, 14 points) lost to second-place Eczacibasi VitrA 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 on Jan. 20. Richards Hildebrand is expected to miss Yesilyurt’s next match on Jan. 27 versus Besiktas Bahcesehir.
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 VC Kanti Schaffhausen 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 on Jan. 19 to fall to 0-3 in the five-team double round-robin playoffs.
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.