COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on May 6 includes briefs on U.S. players.
U.S. WOMEN OPEN SUMMER TRAINING BLOCK: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team officially opened its summer training block on May 6 at the USA National Team Center located in Anaheim, Calif. The outside hitter group includes Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas) , Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah). U.S. Women’s National Team middle blockers include Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Setters in camp include Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Opposites currently training are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.). Liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) are in camp training as members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Additional members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to training later this month and throughout the summer. Further, several athletes who completed their collegiate eligibility will be in the gym at various times during the summer as part of a tryout process to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, while a select group of college seniors-to-be will be in the gym on a short-term basis to help acclimate to the team for a possible return to the team following their college careers.
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. Mayaguez opened the best-of-seven final round series with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Corozal on May 1. Scott-Arruda notched 19 points with 16 kills to help Indias to the opening victory. Glass set Mayaguez with 20 assists to go with 20 digs. Shonda Cole, a past member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, was credited with a match-high 21 points to pace Mayaguez. On the opposite side of the net, 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball player Kim Willoughby led Corozal with 19 points. In the second match of the series, Mayaguez came back from a first-set loss to post a 19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 victory on May 3. Scott-Arruda turned in 13 points, while Cole charted a match-high 20 points. Glass was credited with 10 assists and three blocks in the victory. Willoughby paced Corozal with 17 points. Mayaguez moved to within one victory of the league title with a 25-17, 25-18, 26-28, 25-21 victory on May 5. Scott-Arruda posted 16 points lead the Indias to victory, while Glass produced 34 assists and 13 digs. Cole added 13 points in the win. Willoughby tallied 14 points for Corozal. The series continues on May 7, with matches five and six on May 9 and May 10, respectively, if needed. Should the series continue to a seventh match, it will be played on May 12 at a neutral site.
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, evened the best-of-five final round series with top-seed Schweriner SC with a 25-13, 17-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory on May 1. Davis charted 20 service receptions with a 55 positive percent in guiding Dresdner to a 44 kill percent for the match. However, Schweriner regained the series lead with a 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory on May 4. Davis contributed a 75 positive reception percent (55 excellent percent) on 20 service receptions to help her squad to an overall 36 kill percent. The series continues on May 8 with Dresdner as the home tie. Should the Dresdner win the fourth match, the tiebreaking fifth match will be played on May 11 in Schwerin.
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, which concluded the regular season in first place, was idle this past week as the squad wrapped up its best-of-five semifinal round series quickly with a series sweep over Omichka. In the best-of-five championship round series, Kazan lost the opening match to second-seed Dinamo Moscow 28-26, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21 on May 6. Larson-Burbach charted 21 points in the loss with 20 kills on 44 attacks and a block. She added a 91 positive reception percent on 11 chances. Bown started the first set, but did not score on three attacks. Kazan now prepares to face second-seed Dinamo Moscow in the best-of-five final round series. The next two matches are scheduled for May 7 and May 11.
FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Juliann Faucette (San Diego), a U.S. outside hitter/opposite, is competing for Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A1 for the 2012-13 season. Busto Arsizio (15-3, 46 points) finished the regular season in first place with an eight-point lead over second-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica. After starting its best-of-three semifinal round series with a 3-0 win over Imoco Volley Conegliano on April 26, defending champion Busto Arsizio found itself out of the playoffs with consecutive losses. Conegliano won the second contest 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 on April 29. Faucette was a sub in the first and third sets, scoring one kill on three errorless attacks. In the tiebreaking match on May 1, Conegliano easily won 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 with a road victory in Busto Arsizio. Faucette was a sub in the first and second sets. She scored three kills on eight attacks in her limited action.