COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on March 26 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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 captured the gold medal over Italy’s Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza. In the opening match of the home-and-home series, Krasnodar edged Piacenza 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 13-25, 15-10 on March 20 in Italy. Hooker dominated the fifth set with eight of her match-high 25 points. She collected 22 kills on 53 attacks and three blocks in the victory. In the rematch held at Krasnodar, Piacenza forced a golden set to decide the title following a 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24 hard-fought victory to level the series. However, the golden set was all Krasnodar as it used a 5-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage. Hooker tallied 27 points with 22 kills on 53 attacks, three aces and two blocks in the victory. The CEV Challenge Cup title represents Krasnodar’s first European trophy of any kind. In the Russia Super League, fifth-place Krasnodar (13-6, 37 points) was idle last week due to its CEV Challenge Cup matches. It will face third-place Uralochka-NTMK (12-7, 39 points) on March 28 in its next 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. Kazan (18-1, 44 points) dropped its first Russia Super League match of the 2012-2013 season with a tough 25-21, 12-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12 loss to second-place Dinamo Moscow (15-4, 45 points). Statistics for the match are not available yet. Dinamo Kazan rebounded to defeat 10th-place Severstal (5-15, 16 points) 25-15, 25-11, 25-11 on March 26. Match statistics are not available. Kazan (19-1, 52 points) faces eighth-place Torch New Urengoy (7-12, 21 points) on April 1 in the second to last regular season match.
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 handled Chateaux D’Ax Urbino 25-23, 26-24, 19-25, 25-18 on March 23. Gibbemeyer claimed 14 points with seven kills and match-high seven blocks, which matched Urbino’s total team block production. Pesaro (8-9, 21 points), which is in seventh place, challenges ninth-place Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (4-11, 13 points) on March 30 in its next regular season match.
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 lost to league-leader Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-22, 10-25, 25-23, 26-24 on March 21 in a match regularly scheduled for March 10. Klineman totaled a team-high 19 points with 16 kills on 35 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She added a 47 positive reception percent on 19 chances. In its next Italian Serie A1 regular season match, fifth-place Villa Cortese (8-8, 26 points) challenges third-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (10-5, 30 points) on March 30.
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 topped McCarnaghi Villa Cortese 25-22, 10-25, 25-23, 26-24 on March 21 in a match regularly scheduled for March 10. Faucette was a sub in all four sets but did not record a point. Lloyd did not suit for the match. Busto Arsizio (14-3, 43 points), which is in first place by 12 points, resumes league action on March 30 against fourth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (9-7, 28 points).
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 continues to trend upwards with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-23 victory over IBA Kimya Ted Kolejliler on March 23. Richards Hildebrand charted a team-high 14 points with 12 kills on 25 attacks, one block and one ace. Yesilyurt, now in ninth place with a 7-14 record and 21 points, challenges 11th-place Ereğli Bld. (6-14, 18 points) on March 31 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 edged by Galatasaray 25-23, 28-30, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12 on March 20. Berg set her squad to a remarkable 47 kill percent for the match with 73 kills on 154 attacks. Fenerbahce (13-7, 39 points), which remains in fourth place, resumes league action on March 27 against eighth-place Sanyer Bld. (9-11, 25 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 the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku remained in first place after sweeping Lokomotiv Baladzhary 25-10, 25-3, 25-14 on March 25. Akinradewo scored eight points with five kills on six errorless attacks to go with three blocks. Rabita Baku (43 points) now holds an 11-point margin over second-place Igtisadchi (32 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 edged third-place Azerrail 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-7 on March 25. Lokomotiv, now in fourth place, moved to within three points of Azerrail in the league standings.
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 remains in second place with 32 points, one point 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 was edged by Lokomotiv Baku 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-7 on March 25. Azerrail now has 31 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 holds steady in fifth place with 20 points.
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, lost to Aluprof BKS Bielsko-Biala 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 on March 20 to fall 3-0 in the best-of-five quarterfinal round. Thompson was a sub in the second and third sets only. The loss concludes the season for Lodz.
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 charted 13 points and Glass provided 24 assists and 21 digs in helping Mayaguez to a five-set win over Catano on March 20. Scott-Arruda collected 15 points in pacing Mayaguez to a four-set win over Humacao on March 23. Glass added 22 assists and four points in the victory. 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.
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 its second straight five-set match, this time to Mayaguez on March 20. Jones record 19 points in the loss. Catano finally got off the losing streak, but needed an extended 21-19 score in the fifth set to defeat Juncos on March 22 for its third consecutive five-set match. Jones was credited with 18 points. Jones turned in seven blocks as part of a 14-point effort in leading Catano to a four-set win over Carolina on March 24.
OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Julie Bennett scored 24 points and Alaina Bergsma added 15 points in leading Guaynabo to a four-set win over Juncos on March 19. Caitlyn Donahue added eight assists and seven digs in the victory. Tara Mueller led Juncos with 15 points and Rachael Kidder chipped in 13 points in the loss…Erin Moore totaled 17 points and Tabi Love added 12 points in leading Caguas to a five-set win over Corozal on March 20. Kim Willoughby led Corozal with 24 points. Shannon Wingate chalked up 11 points and Lauren Van Orden turned in 25 assists as Catano lost to Mayaguez in five sets on March 20…Gina Mancuso poured on a match-high 22 points and Jasmine Norton added 19 points in leading Ponce to a four-set win over Humacao on March 21. Falyn Fonoimoana and Emily Brown led Humacao with 14 points each…Shannon Wingate tallied 14 points and Lauren Van Orden provided 21 assists and seven points in helping Catano to a five-set win over Juncos on March 22. Rachael Kidder scored a match-high 23 points in the loss, while Tara Mueller pocketed 19 points…Tabi Love recorded nine points and Alexandra Jupiter tallied seven points in leading Caguas to a sweep over Carolina on March 22. Lindsay Fletemier led Carolina with six points, while Becky Perry added five points…Shonda Cole totaled 21 points in leading Mayaguez to a four-set win over Humacao on March 23. Stephanie Niemer and Falyn Fonoimoana scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, for Humacao in the loss. Emily Brown added 14 points…Tabie Love scored 18 points and Erin Moore added 12 points as Caguas defeated Juncos in four sets on March 24. Rachael Kidder was credited with 19 points for Juncos…Shannon Wingate recorded 16 points and Lauren Van Orden tallied 13 assists in helping Catano to a four-set win over Carolina on March 24. Becky Perry scored 19 points and Monique Mead added 18 points in the Carolina loss…Kim Willoughby charted 15 points in assisting Corozal to a four-set win over Guaynabo on March 24. Alaina Bergsma and Julie Bennett scored 12 and 11 points, respectively in the loss as Caitlyn Donahue recorded nine assists.
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 to reach the final match. Tom continues to be out of the lineup due to injury. Unilever will now face Sollys/Nestle in the final match on April 7.
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 quarterfinal playoffs that start on March 30, followed by April 7 and April 10.