COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 11, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on March 11 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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. During the CEV Champions League semifinal round on March 9 at Istanbul, Turkey, Rabita Baku edged Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-14, 25-16, 27-29, 19-25, 15-6. Akinradewo collected 13 kills on 21 attacks as part of a 62 kill percent, in addition to four blocks and an ace for 18 total points. In the title match, Rabita Baku lost to VakifBank Istanbul 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 on March 10. Akinradewo contributed nine points, all coming on kills via 16 attacks. Rabita Baku has reached the CEV Champions League title match twice (2011 and 2013), and both times have lost to VakifBank. To view a photo gallery of the CEV Champions League Final Four, click here. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku remains in first place with 37 points, or two points more than Igtisadchi despite playing one less match during the regular season.
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 continues to hold third place in the league standings with 30 points, or five points behind second-place Igtisadchi and seven points behind league-leader Rabita Baku.
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 in second place with 35 points, two behind league-leader Rabita as the league has been on a short hiatus with the CEV Champions League Finals taking 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 is in fifth place with 20 points, two points behind fourth-place Lokomotiv, as the league is on a short hiatus with the CEV Champions League this past weekend.
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 dropped a 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 match to second-place Igtisadachi on March 3. Lokomotiv remains in fourth place in the league standings with 22 points through the 17th stop.
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. During the CEV Champions League semifinal round on March 9 at Istanbul, Turkey, Busto Arsizio nearly came back from a two-set deficit before falling 25-14, 25-16, 27-29, 19-25, 15-6 to Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku. Busto Arsizio was provided a lift off the bench from Lloyd, who had missed much of the season due to injury. She entered as a sub in the second set, helping to even up the match two sets apiece. Lloyd set the squad to a 45.3 percent in the three middle sets after the dismal start. Faucette was a reserve in the second and third sets, recording one kill one three attacks. In the CEV Champions League bronze-medal match, Busto Arsizio had the two set lead over Turkey’s Galatsaray before claiming a hard-fought 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11 victory. On the strength of her semifinal performance, Lloyd started the bronze medal match and helped Busto Arsizio to a 40 kill percent for the match. She added a kill and ace for two individual points. Faucette was a sub in the first and fifth sets, but did not score a point. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. To view a photo gallery of the awarding ceremony, click here. With the CEV Champions League complete, Busto Arsizio now moves on to the Italian Cup semifinal match versus McCarnaghi Villa Cortese on March 16. The gold match will be played March 17 against the winner of semifinalists Foppapedretti Bergamo and Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza. Busto Arsizio (12-3, 37 points), which holds a seven-point lead over second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on March 21 versus third-place McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (8-7, 26 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 the Italian Serie A1, third-place Villa Cortese (8-7, 26 points) challenges league-leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (12-3, 37 points) on March 21 in its next league match which is delayed due to its opponent’s participation in the CEV Champions League final round March 9-10. Prior to the resumption of the regular season action, Villa Cortese meets Busto Arsizio in the Italian Cup semifinals on March 16 with the gold match March 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 edged Volley 2002 Forli Bologna 23-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 16-14 on March 10. Gibbemeyer recorded four kills on 18 attacks and four blocks in the victory. Pesaro (7-9, 18 points), which moved up to seventh place, challenges eighth-place Chateau D’Ax Urbino (6-9, 18 points) on March 23 in its next regular season match.
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, Fenerbahce swept Nilufer Belediye Sport 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 on March 6 in a match that was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 but delayed due to the CEV Cup. Berg did not play in the match. Fenerbahce holds a makeup match with Galatasaray still on the schedule back from March 3, plus its March 10 match versus Sanyer Bld due to the CEV Champions League competition that took place in Turkey over the weekend.
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 was set to place Bursa B Sehir Bld on March 10, but the match was postponed with the CEV Champions League semifinals and finals taking place last weekend in Turkey.
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, the top seed in the playoffs, started its best-of-three semifinal round series with fifth-seed Sesi-Sao Paulo with a 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 victory on March 8. Tom remained out of the lineup with an injury. The second match of the semifinals takes place on March 16 at Rio De Janeiro’s famed Maracanazinho Hall. If necessary, the teams will meet again on March 22 in the tiebreaking match.
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. After splitting the first two matches of the best-of-three quarterfinal round series with Sesi Sao Paulo, fourth-seed Banana Boat/Praia Clube dropped a 25-19, 25-17, 28-26 match to the fifth-seeded Sesi squad on March 4 to fall out of the playoffs. Scott-Arruda pocketed seven points in the match with five kills and two blocks.
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 IBK 18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 on March 5 as Fawcett scored 13 kills on 36 attacks and one ace. Korea Expressway concludes the regular season on March 13 versus Hyundai.
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 defeated Kopenicker SC Berlin 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 on March 9. Davis was the libero for the first two sets and provided a 100 positive reception percent. Dresdner, as the third seed, will meet sixth-seed Munster in the playoffs.
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 faces Italy’s Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza in the home-and-home series finals on March 20 and March 24. Krasnodar, now in fifth place in the league standings, faces 10th-place Ufimochka-UGNTU (4-13, 12 points) in its next Russia Super 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 Russia Super League, league-leader Kazan (17-0, 45 points) takes on seventh-place Tyumen (7-10, 24 points) on March 14 in its next Russia Super League match after a 20-day break from the regular-season schedule. During the hiatus Dinamo Kazan was scheduled to play Odintsovo in a friendly match on either March 6 or March 7 in Odintsovo.
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 MAYAGUEZ: 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 Mayaguez following a stint with Caguas and after playing earlier this year for Modena of Italy’s Serie A1 division before it ceased competition this season. She notched 24 assists, 17 digs and six points in leading Mayaguez to a hard-fought five-set win over her former Caguas squad on March 6. Glass tallied 20 assists, 20 digs and five points in helping Mayaguez to a five-set win over Juncos on March 8.
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. Catano dropped a five-set match to Guaynabo on March 5 as Jones notched a team-high 17 points. She contributed 11 points in Catano’s four-set loss to Caguas on March 9.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Monique Mead totaled 24 points and Becky Perry added 19 points in helping Carolina to a four-set win over Juncos on March 5. Lindsay Fletemier added nine points in the victory. Rachael Kidder totaled 14 points in the loss, while Amanda Dowdy chipped in seven points…Julie Bennett pocketed 18 points and Caitlyn Donahue provided 24 assists and 10 digs as Guaynabo pulled out a five-set win over Catano on March 5. Shannon Wingate scored 13 points for Catano in the loss…Shonda Cole lifted Mayaguez to a five-set win over Caguas on March 6 with 19 points. Tabi Love tallied 15 points and Erin Moore added 12 points for Caguas in the loss…Julie Bennett tallied a team-high 23 points and Caitlyn Donahue contributed 11 assists and 18 digs to lead Guaynabo to a five-set win over Humacao on March 7. Falyn Fonoimoana led Humacao with 29 points, while Jessica Swarbrick and Emily Brown each totaled 11 points…Shonda Cole scored a match-tying high 26 points to pace Mayaguez to a five-set win over Juncos on March 8. Rachael Kidder tallied 26 points and Amanda Dowdy 11 points in the loss for Juncos…Kim Willoughby contributed 12 points in aiding Corozal to a three-set win over Bayamon on March 8. Tarah Murrey, who played in the Italian Serie A1 earlier this year, tallied 12 points for Bayamon in the loss, while Lauren Cook provided 13 assists…Tabi Love tallied 21 points to help Caguas to a four-set win over Catano on March 9. Shannon Wingate totaled 12 points for Catano in the loss…Gina Mancuso contributed a match-high 28 points in helping Ponce to a four-set win over Guaynabo on March 9. Jasmine Norton added 20 points in the victory. Alaina Bergsma led Guaynabo with 16 points, while Julie Bennett added 12 points and Caitlyn Donahue handed out 20 assists and 11 digs to go with six points…Monique Mead collected a match-high 22 points in aiding Carolina to a four-set win over Humacao on March 10 as Becky Perry added 12 points and Lindsay Fletemier nine points. Falyn Fonoimoana and Emily Brown scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, for Humacao in the loss…Kelly Murphy charted 15 points and Tarah Murrey added 12 points in leading Bayamon to a three-set win over Juncos on March 10. Lauren Cook totaled 16 assists in the victory. Rachael Kidder led Juncos with 13 points in the loss.