COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 4, 2013) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Nov. 4 includes briefs on U.S. players.
LOGAN TOM HONORED BY STANFORD, FINISHING COLLEGE DEGREE: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) has taken a break from volleyball this summer and fall as she pursues the completion of her international business degree from Stanford University. Earlier this month Tom was honored with induction into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a four-time AVCA All-America First-Team and two-time AVCA Player of the Year. She went on to be the youngest U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team member at the age of 19 in the 2000 Sydney Games and played in three additional Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London to become a four-time Olympian. Tom has earned two Olympic Games silver medals in Beijing and London, earning the Best Scorer award in Beijing. To hear more about what Tom is doing these days since the 2012 Olympic Games, click here.
COURTNEY THOMPSON UNIQUELY HONORED BY WASHINGTON: Courtney Thompson, a setter on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team that won the silver medal in London, became the first University of Washington female athlete to have her jersey retired in a ceremony held on Nov. 3 during the Huskies’ match with University of Colorado. She was a three-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection and led Washington to three straight NCAA semifinal round appearances, including the 2005 NCAA Division I National Championship title. Thompson still holds the NCAA Division I record for career assists per set at 14.56. For more details on her career at Washington, read the article by clicking here.
U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN TRYOUTS: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 21-23, 2014, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout process will be used primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams). To be eligible for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team through this tryout, athletes must have concluded their collegiate eligibility. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2014, or when the athlete’s academic year or professional club season has concluded. Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility will be eligible for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, as well as the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program, which consists of two different options if selected. For the complete press release, click here.
U.S. WOMEN’S PRESS KIT FOR FIVB GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP: The 128-page U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team press kit for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup can be found by clicking here. The document is loaded with photos, player bios, tournament preview information, match and season recaps and much more.
LARSON-BURBACH WITH DINAMO KAZAN IN RUSSIA: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing once again for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. Kazan improved to 2-0 in the CEV Champions League with a 29-27, 22-25, 25-15, 25-13 victory over Poland’s Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Oct. 31 in a Pool F first-round match. Larson Burbach contributed 19 points with 13 kills on 34 attacks, three aces and three blocks. She added a 57 positive reception percent on a match-high 37 chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan takes on Stiinta Bacau in the third leg of Pool F on Nov. 26. Kazan is 5-0 in the Russia Super League, which resumes from hiatus on Nov. 23 with Kazan facing Tyumen (2-3).
MIYASHIRO, HAGGLUND WITH VILSBIBURG IN GERMANY: Libero Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a libero on the 2012 U.S. Olympic silver-medal team, and setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) are playing for Rote Raben Vilsbiburg in the German league this winter. In addition, Americans Dominique Lamb and Michelle Bartsch are competing on the squad. Vilsbiburg rallied to defeat VolleyStars Thuringen 25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11 on Nov. 2. Hagglund set Vilsbiburg to 40 kill percent and .239 hitting efficiency (62-25-155). She added two kills on five errorless attacks and three aces for five points. Miyashiro did not play in the match. Lamb, who was named most valuable player of the match, tallied 18 points with 13 kills on 21 attacks, three blocks and two aces. Bartsch added 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points. Both Hagglund and Miyashiro will miss matches on Nov. 9 against SC Potsdam, Nov. 13 versus USC Munster and on Nov. 16 versus Allianz MTV Stuttgart due to competing with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Nov. 12-17 in Japan. Vilsbiburg advanced to the CEV Cup 8th Final Round after defeating ZOK Jedinstvo BRCKO 25-16, 25-10, 25-17 in the second match of the 16th Final Round home-and-home. Vilsbiburg will challenge LP Salo in the 8th Final Round home-and-home series with dates to be determined.
LLOYD WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALY: Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) is competing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A league for this winter season. In CEV Champions League action Conegliano stopped Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-13, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17 on Oct. 29. Lloyd, who was part of the Busto Arsizio the previous two seasons, led Conegliano to a 42 kill percent and .318 hitting efficiency (55-13-132) while chipping in two individual kills on four errorless attacks, two blocks and an ace for five points. Conegliano (2-0) will face Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku on Nov. 28 in the third leg of Pool E. In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Conegliano (2-0) returns to action on Nov. 24 against Robur Tiboni Urbino after a bye week in the third round. In the meantime, Conegliano starts the Italian Serie A1 Cup on Nov. 10 against Ihf Volley Frosinone.
HARMOTTO WITH ECZACIBASI IN TURKEY: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, is competing for Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in the Turkish professional league. Eczacibasi defeated Schweriner SC 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 on Oct. 30 in the second leg of CEV Champions League Pool D. Harmotto did not play in the match. Eczacibasi (2-0) is off in CEV Champions League action until Nov. 28 when it faces France’s RC Cannes. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi defeated Bakirkoy Bld. Yesilyurt 25-6, 25-11, 25-10 on Nov. 3 to remain undefeated at 3-0. Stats are unavailable at this time.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank lost to Galatasaray 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 on Nov. 3 for its first loss of the regular season in three contests. Stats are not available at this time.
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. In a battle of undefeated teams in the Turkish League, Fenerbahce lost to VakifBank 25-10, 25-19, 25-21 on Nov. 3 Glass scored one kill on one attempt while aiding Fenerbahce to a 29 kill percent for the match. Fenerbahce completed its home-and-home series sweep over Bursa BBSK in the CEV Cup 16th Final Round by winning the second match 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 on Oct. 29 in Istanbul. Fenerbahce advances to the 8th Final Round and will play Orbita-ZTMC-ZNU ZAPOROZHYE in a home-and-home series with dates to be determined.
ADAMS WITH TAURON MKS DABROWA IN POLAND: Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing in Poland this winter with Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza edged BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 on Nov. 3 in Bielsko-Biala. Adams secured 13 points in the victory with eight kills on 13 attacks, four blocks and one ace. Adams’ squad returns to the Orlen Liga on Nov. 11 against Impel Wroclaw. In CEV Champions League, Tauron MKS Dabrowa lost to Dinamo Kazan 29-27, 22-25, 25-15, 25-13 on Oct. 31 in the second leg of Pool F first round in Russia. Adams did not play in the match. Tauron MKS Dabrowa (1-1) returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 28 against Switzerland’s Volero Zurich. Adams is maintaining a blog during her travels, and is open to the public at rachadams.com.
HILL WITH ATOM TREFL SOPOT IN POLAND: Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing this winter with Atom Trefl Sopot in the Polish Oren Liga. Atom Trefl Sopot lost its first match of the Orlen Liga to Impel Wroclaw 25-16, 28-26, 25-18 on Nov. 3 as Hill started and played in just the opening set compiling one kill on seven attacks. Atom Trefl Sopot, now 2-1 in the Polish League, will miss Hill in the next regular season matches on Nov. 9 against PGNIG Nafta Pila and on Nov. 17 against Beef Master Budowlani Lodz. She will be competing for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup held Nov. 12-17 in Japan. Sopot resumes Champions League action Pool C on Nov. 26 against Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul.
KIM GLASS WITH BANANA BOAT/PRAIA CLUBE IN BRAZIL: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, is playing in the Brazilian Super League this winter with Banana Boat/Praia Clube. Banana Boat/Praia Clube beat Sesi Sao Paulo 18-21, 21-15, 22-20, 21-12 on Oct. 28. Glass turned in 15 points with 11 kills on 27 attacks, two blocks and two aces. She added 11 digs on 18 chances in the victory. To follow her blog, visit thekimglassblog.blogspot.com.
HILDEBRAND WITH AMIL IN BRAZIL: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing this winter with Volei Amil in the Brazil Super League. Amil dropped a heart-breaking 16-21, 12-21, 21-17, 24-22, 15-11 match to Pinheiros on Oct. 28. Hildebrand notched 13 kills on 43 attacks in the loss.
SCOTT WITH BRASILIA IN BRAZIL: Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympian playing middle blocker and two-time Olympic silver medalist, is competing in Brazil this club season with Brasilia Volei. Brasilia was edged 21-16, 21-16, 19-21, 19-21, 16-14 in a fight-set battle against Sao Caetano on Oct. 29. Scott tallied seven kills, three blocks and the squad’s only ace for 11 points. Brasilia recovered in its next match on Nov. 1 to defeat Rio Do Sul 21-16, 21-17, 17-21, 21-16. Scott charted nine kills on 22 attacks and four blocks for 13 points.
BERGSMA WITH MINAS IN BRAZIL: Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in the summer of 2013 after winning the 2012 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, is playing for Minas Tenis Clube in Brazil this season. Minas lost to Molico/Nestle 21-12, 21-9, 21-17 on Oct. 28. Bergsma contributed seven kills on 15 attacks and a block for a team-high eight points.
DONAHUE WITH SM’AESCH PFEFFINGEN IN SWITZERLAND: Caitlyn Donahue (Kansas City, Kan.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team this past summer, is playing for Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I in the first division of the Swiss League. Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I was edged by FC Luzern Volleyball 28-26, 13-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-7 on Nov. 3 in Aesch, Switzerland. As the starting setter, Donahue led her team to a 35 kill percent and .239 hitting efficiency (64-20-184) with 62 assists. She added two kills on seven errorless attacks and two aces for four points. Fellow American Kayla Neto scored a match-high 24 points in the loss and moved into a tie for the league’s top scorer for the season with 59 points (tied with American Katie Fuller). Sm’Aesch Pfeffingin, now 1-2 in the top Swiss League and in fifth place, returns to action on Nov. 10 against third-place Schaffhausen.
AKINRADEWO, BANWARTH, JACKSON WITH RABITA IN AZERBAIJAN: Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Brittnee Cooper are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. Rabita Baku handled Beziers Volley 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 on Oct. 29 in the second leg of the CEV Champions League Pool A. Jackson scored three kills on three attacks as a sub in the third set. Cooper started the first two sets and scored three kills on three attacks. Banwarth did not play and Akinradewo did not suit. After a short hiatus, Rabita Baku (2-0) resumes CEV Champions League action on Nov. 27 against Germany’s Dresdner SC.
WILSON, WILLOUGHBY WITH IGTISADCHI IN AZERBAIJAN: Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2013-14, along with 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.). Igtisadchi edged Russian power Dinamo Moscow 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13 on Oct. 29 in the second leg of CEV Champions League Pool B. Willoughby subbed into the match during the fourth set and started the fifth en route to scoring three kills and providing a 56 positive reception percent on nine chances. Wilson did not play in the match. Igtisadchi resumes Pool B action against Rebecchi Meccanica Piacenza on Nov. 27 in the third leg.
GIBBEMEYER WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku completed its CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series sweep with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Kralovo Pole BRNO on Oct. 29. Lokomotiv Baku now faces Hapoel KFAR SABA in the 8th Final Round home-and-home series with dates to be announced. To follow her blog throughout the year, visit laurengibby.blogspot.com.
DAVIS WITH DINAMO ROMPREST IN ROMANIA: Libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S., is playing for Dinamo Romprest Bucharest in Romania this winter. Dinamo Romprest had its work cut out on Nov. 3 as it needed five sets to rally from two sets down to defeat third-place CSV Alba Blaj 16-25, 12-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-10 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Dinamo Romprest dropped its second CEV Champions League Pool C match on Oct. 31, falling to VakifBank Istanbul 25-20, 25-7, 25-11. Davis was credited with 12 service receptions and a 42 positive percent as the libero. Dinamo Romprest will look for its first CEV Champions League win on Nov. 27 as it faces Gent Dames.
HODGE, FAUCETTE WITH EVERGRANDE IN CHINA: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and Juliann Faucette (San Diego) are playing in China this winter with Guangdong Evergrande, which is under the direction of 2008 U.S. Olympic head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Evergrande, which finished with the bronze medal at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship on Oct. 12, does not start its China National League regular season until Nov. 30. Evergrande is in Pool II with Beijing BAIC Motors, Shanghai Guohua Life, Jiangsu ECE, Shandong Laishang Bank and Henan.
USA VOLLEYBALL PROCESSES 173 FEMALE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed 251 international transfer certificates, which allows 173 female and 78 male United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2013-2014 season, as of Oct. 31, an increase of 66 transfers since the updated list from Oct. 11. Additional transfers are expected to be processed over the course of the next few months as professional leagues begin. On the women's side, 24 transfers have been processed for athletes playing in Switzerland, while another 23 transfers have been processed for athletes heading to compete in Germany. USA Volleyball has also processed 18 transfers for players going to play in France and 14 in Azerbaijan this season. As of Oct. 31, USA Volley has processed transfers for female athletes to 30 different countries. For a complete list of athletes and their professional clubs, click here.
U.S. PRELIM ROSTER SET FOR FIVB WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has set its 14-player roster for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup, which is a uniquely challenging six country event taking place Nov. 12-17 in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly mentioned that the FIVB Grand Champions Cup presents a unique challenge to all six teams participating in the event as it is well after the normal National Team season. For most athletes in the competition, they have been in their professional club leagues around the world since late September. “We have to quickly re-assemble and hope the teamwork that we were working so hard to build in this summer season of 2013, that we can remember all that quickly and get back to playing USA Volleyball,” Kiraly said. He went on to say that most teams will have just 7-10 days of training prior to the first match on Nov. 12. For this season-ending event, Kiraly has selected four outside hitters, four middle blockers, two setters, two opposites and two liberos to fill out the 14-player roster for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Outside hitters are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.). The middle blockers on the roster are Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The opposites are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.). The setters are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio). The liberos are Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). All but Larson-Burbach and Jackson were part of the FIVB World Grand Champions Final Round squad that competed in Sapporo, Japan, and finished in sixth place. For the complete press release, click here.
FOLLOW THE USA PLAYERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Have you ever wondered what it is like for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to compete overseas in the club season where they may be the only American on the team and away from family and friends for months at a time? You can get that inside peek into the players’ lives by checking out the USA Volleyball’s social media page by clicking here.