COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 18, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on March 18 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 upset regular season leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 in the Italian Serie A1 Cup semifinal round on March 16. Klineman notched 17 kills on 48 attacks and just one error, along with one block and one ace for 19 points. She also provided a 60 positive reception percent on 20 attempts. In the Italian Cup title match on March 17, Villa Cortese dropped a 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 match to Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza. Klineman tallied 11 points with 10 kills on 26 attacks and one block. She produced a 61 positive reception percent on 18 chances. In its next Italian Serie A1 regular season match, third-place Villa Cortese (8-7, 26 points) has a quick rematch with first-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (12-3, 37 points) on March 21.
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. The Italian Serie A1 regular season continued its hiatus as the Italian Serie A1 Cup took center stage this past weekend. Busto Arsizio lost to McCarnaghi Villa Cortese 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 on March 16. Lloyd started the first four sets, recording two kills and a block while helping Busto Arsizio to a 42.3 kill percent during her four sets of action. Faucette was a sub in the fifth set, but did not record a statistic. 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).
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 (7-9, 18 points), which is in seventh place, challenges eighth-place Chateau D’Ax Urbino (6-9, 18 points) on March 23 in its next regular season match.
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 upset Fenerbahce 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16 on March 17. Richards Hildebrand contributed a match-high 19 points with 15 kills on 36 attacks, three aces and a block. She added a 50 positive reception percent on 22 chances. Yesilyurt challenges IBA Kimya TED Kolejliler on March 24 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 was upset by Bakirkoy Bld. Yesilyurt 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16 on March 17. Berg came off the bench in the second set and started the third and fourth sets, but could not rally her squad to the victory. She provided two aces and a kill on one attack for three points. Fenerbahce faces Galatasaray on March 20, followed by a March 24 contest against Ereğli Bld.
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 has improved to fourth place in the Russia Super League after back-to-back wins last week. On March 12, Krasnodar dropped Ufimochka 25-17, 25-17, 25-12 as Hooker totaled 15 points with 12 kills, two blocks and an ace. Krasnodar clipped Tyumen Tyuemen 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-10 on March 16. Krasnodar (13-6, 37 points) is idle in the Russia Super League until a March 28 contest with fifth-place Uralochka-NTMK (11-7, 36 points).
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 (18-0, 44 points) swept seventh-place Tyumen (7-11, 24 points) 25-20, 29-27, 25-22 on March 14 after a 20-day break from the regular-season schedule. Larson-Burbach charted 18 kills on 40 attacks, two blocks and an ace for a match-high 21 points. Bown turned in eight points with seven kills on 18 attacks and a block. Kazan returns to action on March 18 versus second-place Dinamo Moscow (14-4, 42 points).
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, swept its best-of-three semifinal round series with fifth-seed Sesi-Sao Paulo following a 25-18, 25-21, 25-23 victory on March 16. Tom continues to be out of the lineup due to injury. Unilever will now face Sollys/Nestle in the final match on April 7.
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 concluded the regular season with a 27-29, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 victory over Hyundai on March 13. Fawcett collected a match-high 40 points with 34 kills, three aces and three blocks. Despite the victory, Korea Expressway did not advance to the three-team playoff round ending its season.
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 remained in first place after sweeping second-place Igtisadchi Baki 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 on March 18. Akinradewo collected eight points with six kills on 10 errorless attacks and two blocks.
METCALF, PAOLINI WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team with experience at the 2004 Olympic Games, and U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Igtisadchi faced league-leader Rabita Baku on March 18 and could not take advantage of the chance to move into first place after falling 25-14, 25-21, 25-23. Metcalf recorded nine points, all kills coming on 27 attacks. Paolini contributed four kills and an ace for five points in the loss. Despite the loss, Igtisadchi remains in second place with 32 points, two points ahead of third-place Azerrail.
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 defeated Telecom 25-9, 25-19, 25-23 on March 18 in the 17th round. Azerrail now has 30 points and is 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 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 on March 18, but held steady in fifth place with 20 points.
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 held firm in fourth place after defeating Baki Azeryolservis 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 on March 18.
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, the sixth seed in the Polish Orlen Liga playoffs, dropped the first match of a best-of-five quarterfinal round series to Aluprof BKS Bielsko-Biala, 30-28, 25-16, 19-25, 25-13, on March 15. Thompson set Lodz to a 30 kill percent for the match. Lodz lost the second match of the series 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 on March 16. Thompson started the first two sets, providing a 28 kill percent to go with two individual kills on three attacks. Lodz must win the third match on March 22, followed by contests on March 23 and March 27 in elimination matches.
SCOTT-ARRUDA, ALISHA GLASS WITH PUERTO RICO’S MAYAGUEZ: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team selection and two-time Olympic silver medalist, and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team, are competing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico Super League. Scott-Arruda recently finished her season in the Brazil Superliga and was picked up by Mayaguez. Glass 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. Mayaguez scored a four-set win over Guaynabo as Glass registered eight assists, 16 digs and eight points, including five blocks. Scott-Arruda quickly made a difference for Mayaguez by scoring 20 points in a five-set win over Bayamon on March 17. Glass provided 27 assists, 13 digs and five points.
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.
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 lost a four-set contest to Bayamon on March 12 as Jones provided 10 points in the loss. Catano lost a five-set match to Corozal on March 16. Jones scored 15 points in the loss, including eight of team’s 23 blocks.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Kelly Murphy notched 28 points in a four-set Bayamon win over Catano on March 12, while American teammate Tarah Murrey added 11 points and Lauren Cook provided 27 assists...Tabi Loved scored 15 points and Erin Moore added 10 in leading Caguas to a three-set win over Humacao on March 12. Falyn Fonoimoana led Humacao with 15 points, while Emily Brown turned in 13 points in the loss…Lindsay Fletemier contributed a match-high 22 points in pacing Carolina to a four-set win over Ponce on March 13. Becky Perry and Monique Mead chipped in 16 points each in the victory. Gina Mancuso totaled 20 points and Jasmine Norton was credited with 13 points in the Ponce loss…Shonda Cole collected a match-high 26 points in pacing Mayaguez to a four-set win over Guaynabo on March 13. Julie Bennett and Alaina Bergsma scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss as Caitlin Donahue provided 21 assists and 14 digs for Guaynabo…Kim Willoughby pocketed a match-high 22 points in leading Corozal to a four-set win over Humacao on March 14. Falyn Fonoimoana tallied 15 points, while Emily Brown scored 14 points and Jessica Swarbrick 10 points in the loss…Tabi Love tagged Juncos for 25 points in Cagaus’ four-set victory that also had Erin Moore scoring eight points. Rachael Kidder led Juncos with 19 points…Kelly Murphy recorded 24 points and Tarrah Murrey tossed in 14 points in helping Bayamon to a four-set win over Ponce on March 15. Cook provided 13 assists, 12 digs and four points in the victory. Gina Mancuso led Ponce with 20 points…Kim Willoughby contributed 20 points in Corozal’s five-set win over Catano on March 16…Falyn Fonoimoana collected 18 points to lead Humacao to a three-set win over Juncos on March 17. Teammates Emily Brown and Jessica Swarbrick added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Rachael Kidder scored 14 points in the loss, while Tara Mueller added 19 digs and five points…Shonda Cole tallied 21 points in helping Mayaguez to a five-set win over Bayamon on March 17. Kelly Murphy totaled 19 points and Tarah Murrey added 15 points in the loss, while Lauren Cook tallied 16 assists and 13 digs.
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, as the third seed, will meet sixth-seed Munster in the playoffs.