COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 14, 2013) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 14 includes briefs on U.S. players. Additional player news will be available as their club teams begin competition.
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 competed in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship last week and finished with the bronze medal. In the first pool match, Hodge tallied eight kills on 10 attacks and two blocks for 10 points in a three-set win over Kenya Prisons on Oct. 9. In its second pool match, Evergrande lost to host Volero Zurich in four sets as Hodge scored nine points on eight kills and a block. Faucette chipped in two points as a reserve in the second set. Evergrande lost to eventual-tournament champion VakifBank Istanbul in straight sets during the semifinals on Oct. 12. Hodge totaled three points in the loss. Evergrande gained a sense of revenge over host Volero during the bronze-medal match with a 24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 victory. Hodge claimed 11 points in the victory, while Faucette was a sub in the first set.
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 is 5-0 in the Russia Super Cup Zone 1 with sweeps over Polytech (Oct. 2), Tyumen (Oct. 3), Ufimochka (Oct. 4), Serpukhov (Oct. 6) and Sakhalin (Oct. 7). Larson-Burbach, who did not play in the opening match against Polytech, totaled eight points in the sweep over Tyumen. In its match versus Ufimochka, Larson-Burbach picked up 10 points. She scored 11 points in the win over Sakhalin. By winning all five matches, Dinamo Kazan has advanced to the finals of the Russia Super Cup. In Russia Super League action, Kazan stopped Odintsovo 27-25, 25-19, 25-13 on Oct. 11. Larson-Burbach picked up 12 kills on 21 attacks, two aces and a block for a team-high 15 points. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan (3-0, 9 points) resumes Russia Super League action on Oct. 15 versus New Urengoy. Kazan also will be competing in the CEV Champions League this winter, starting with a Pool F first-round match against Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Oct. 24.
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. In the team’s opening match of the regular season, Adams scored seven points in leading Tauron MKS Dabrowa to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Siodemka SK Bank Legionovia on Oct. 7. Tauron MKS Dabrowa lost its second match of the season 25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17 to Atom Trefl Sopot on Oct. 13. Adams was credited with four kills, three blocks and an ace for eight points. Tauron MKS Dabrowa opens CEV Champions League action on Oct. 23 versus Stiinta Bacau in Pool F. 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. To open the regular season, Atom Trefl Sopot dropped a 25-16, 25-21, 27-25 match to KPS Chemik Police on Oct. 5. Hill came off the bench in the opening set and started the final two sets. She tallied six kills and a block for seven points. Atom Trefl Sopot rebounded in its next match and earned a key early season 25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17 victory over Tauron MKS Dabrowa on Oct. 13. Hill produced 11 kills on 36 attacks and a block for 12 points while holding a 48 positive reception percent on a team-leading 29 chances. Atom Trefl Sopot begins CEV Champions League action on Oct. 23 versus Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti in Pool C.
SCOTT WITH BRASILIA IN BRAZIL: Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympian playing middle blocker, is competing in Brazil this club season with Brasilia Volei. On Oct. 3, she scored six points in a five-set loss to Uniara during the second round of the first phase. Scott was a starter in all five sets.
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. During the second round of the first phase, Amil defeated Sao Cristovao 21-19, 19-21, 21-14, 21-16 on Oct. 11. Hildebrand was not eligible to suit for the match.
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. In the second round of the regular season, Glass tallied 13 points with 12 kills on 25 attacks while adding five excellent receptions in a 22-20, 21-15, 21-16 victory over Rio Do Sul on Oct. 11.
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) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. On the opening day of a preseason tournament, Rabita defeated Azerrail 25-13, 25-23, 25-16. Banwarth was credited with a 58 excellent reception percent in the victory, while Jackson tallied four kills, two blocks and an ace for seven points. On Oct. 12, Rabita Baku fell to Azeryol Baku 25-23, 25-19, 25-13 in a friendly match. Banwarth was credited with a 77 excellent reception percent, while Jackson scored one kill. To complete the weekend of friendly matches, Rabita Baku rallied to defeat Bursa BB SK 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 15-10. Akinradewo was not available for the three matches. Rabita Baku opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 10 versus Omichka Omsk in Pool A.
WILSON 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. In a friendly match on Oct. 12, Igtisadchi defeated Bursa BB SK 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25. In a second friendly match on Oct. 13, Igtisadchi defeated Azerrail 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. No statistics were available for the matches. Igtisadchi will compete in the CEV Champions League the winter, starting with Crvena Zvezda Beograd on Oct. 22.
GIBBEMEYER WITH LOKOMOTIC BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Her squad will also compete in the CEV Cup, beginning with a 16th Final Round home-and-home series versus Kralovo Pole Brno starting on Oct. 23. To follow her blog throughout the year, click here.
LLOYD, KLINEMAN WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALY: Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and outside hitter Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) are on the Imoco Volley Conegliano roster in the Italian Serie A league for this winter season. The team opens the regular season schedule on Oct. 20 versus Ihf Volley Frosinone.
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. The squad, which also be competing in the CEV Cup this winter, opens the regular season at home on Oct. 16 versus VT Aurubis. Vilsbiburg won the four-team preseason Dippold Tournament held Oct. 4-5. Vilsbiburg topped SC Potsdam 25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 19-25, 15-9 to start the tournament, followed by a 25-13, 25-10, 29-27 victory over Dresdner SC. In the championship match, Vilsbiburg edged Dresdner SC 25-21, 17-25, 16-25, 28-26, 15-9. The CEV Cup starts on Oct. 23 with a home-and-home series versus ZOK Jednstvo Brcko.
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 opened the Romanian Division A1 league with a 25-22, 25-10, 25-15 victory over CS Rapid Bucuresti on Oct. 12. Dinamo opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 23 versus Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot in a Pool C match.
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 lost a close five-set match to VakifBank in the Super Cup on Oct. 2.Harmotto scored five points in the match. Eczacibasi opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 24 versus Czech Republic’s Agel Prostejov in a Pool D match.
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter in Turkey with Fenerbahce. The squad begins CEV Cup action on Oct. 23 with a home-and-home series with Bursa BBSK in the 16th Final Round.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS PROCESSED: USA Volleyball has processed 126 international transfer certificates for United States female athletes to compete in foreign professional clubs for the 2013-14 season. The total includes 22 transfers processed for athletes playing in Germany, while another 18 transfers have been processed for athletes heading to compete in France. USA Volleyball has also processed 13 transfers for players going to play in Switzerland and 11 in Azerbaijan this season. As of Oct. 11, USA Volley has processed transfers for female athletes to 22 different countries. For the full listing of athletes and their 2013-14 clubs, click here.
UPCOMING FIVB WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will have an immediate challenge to start the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup being held Nov. 12-17 in Japan. Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, will face top-ranked Brazil on the opening day in Nagoya, followed by a Nov. 13 match against host Japan. Following a travel day to Tokyo, the Americans will play Russia on Nov. 15, Thailand on Nov. 16 and a wild-card selection to be determined to close out the tournament on Nov. 17. The U.S. qualified for the tournament by winning the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship held Sept. 16-21 at Omaha, Neb. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup features a total of six teams per gender with host Japan being joined by the winners of the continental championships carried out in Asia, Europe, NORCECA and South America with an additional country selected by the FIVB, host broadcasters NTV and the host federation, Japan Volleyball Association. Africa does not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest ranked confederation among the five. For the full story, click here.