COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 4, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 4 includes briefs on U.S. players.
ROOKIE HAGGLUND INTERVIEWS VETERAN DAVIS: Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.), who is part of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Group participating in the Winter Block, is embarking on her post-collegiate career. She is getting to train alongside two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Nicole Davis (Stockton) at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Both players had spectacular careers as liberos at the University of Southern California. In a blog for Athletes Abroad, Hagglund recently asked Davis several questions on what it is like to be play overseas as a professional athlete. Among the questions Davis responds to are: “How do you decide on what team to play for?”; “What is a typical day like in an overseas league and often do you compete?”; “if you were to tell your 21-year-old self one thing before leaving to play overseas for the first time, what would you tell her?”; “How are the living arrangements?”; “If you are slow at learning the language, what is the most effective way to communicate?”; “What is the best way to stay in touch with people at home?”; “How much time do you get to travel around and really see the area you are playing in?” To read Davis’ responses, click here. For more on Athletes Abroad, which is run by U.S. Women’s middle blocker Rachael Adams and Geena Urango, click here.
NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS SHARE WINTER OLYMPIC MEMORIES: Liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), outside hitter Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), middle blockers Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly share their favorite memories of the Winter Olympic Games and which sport they would like to compete in if given the chance. Find out which would like to play hockey or ski jump or figure skate. Learn which one was cheering for Apolo Anton Ohno because they trained alongside each other at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, or who loved the thrill of the 2002 Winter Olympics being in her own backyard in Utah. click here for the article, which includes memories and sports of other USA Volleyball athletes. The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 7 at Sochi, Russia, and the Winter Paralympics start March 7.
CAMPBELL TO SING IN FRONT OF VOLLEYBALL CROWD: Former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Norisha Campbell (Lakeland, Fla.) will sing before and during the CEV Champions League quarterfinal match in Zurich, Switzerland, as her former club team Volero Zurich hosts Dinamo Kazan on Feb. 6. “I’m really excited about this opportunity to sing at this fantastic event in this beautiful city,” Campbell said. Last season she took part in the third season of the German television show “The Voice of Germany.” To watch a sampling of her music from The Voice of Germany, click here and click here.
NATIONAL TEAM STAFF, TRAINING GROUP HEADLINES HP COACHES’ CLINIC: Six members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Group will serve as demonstrators for the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic (HPCC) held Feb. 6-8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Headline speakers include U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly along with assistants Jamie Morrison and Joe Trinsey. The demonstrators include setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.), outside hitter Kelly Reeves (San Diego), middle blockers Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.) and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.), and opposites Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.). Since 2004, the USA Volleyball High Performance Department has featured the annual HPCC as a way to bring together great coaching minds to network and share the most current, pertinent and critical issues in the sport. Topics vary annually and have covered ideas such as the men’s versus women’s game, sports psychology, uses of technology and drill ideas. The six Women’s Training Group athletes, who will be joined by four players from the Air Force Academy as demonstrators, are taking part in the Winter Training Block that started Jan. 27 and runs for eight weeks at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Training sessions, typically held weekdays 8:30-11 a.m. PT, are open to the public.
USAV PROCESSES 202 FEMALE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed 300 international transfer certificates (202 female, 98 male) allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2013-2014 season, as of Jan. 30. Additional transfers are expected to be processed over the course of the next few weeks to include athletes competing in Puerto Rico’s Super League. On the women's side, 27 transfers have been processed for athletes to play in Switzerland, while Germany has 26 transfers and France 23. USA Volleyball has also processed 17 transfers for players going to play in Azerbaijan and 12 in Sweden this season. To read where each athlete is playing, click here.
PAOLINI WITH HITACHI IN JAPAN: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Hitachi Rivale in the Japanese V-League top division. Hitachi won its second straight match with a 25-12, 17-25, 25-17, 25-15 victory over Toray on Feb. 1. Paolini notched 11 kills on 19 attacks with a 57.9 kill percent to go with a match-high five blocks and an ace for 17 points. Hitachi extended its win streak to three matches by rallying past NEC 20-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13 on Feb. 2. She contributed 20 kills on 30 attacks and six blocks for 26 points. Hitachi improved to 8-6 with the two weekend victories in Tokyo. Hitachi challenges Pioneer on Feb. 8 and Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical on Feb. 9 in its next two matches.
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 blanked Minas 21-17, 21-17, 21-19 on Jan. 28. Hildebrand pocketed 12 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and a block. Amil edged Pinheiros 26-24, 21-18, 21-19 on Jan. 31. Hildebrand scored eight points and added 13 digs in the victory. She passed at a 78 positive percent against Pinheiros. Amil remains in second place with a 16-2 record and 47 points.
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 overwhelmed Sao Bernardo 21-14, 21-11, 21-17 on Jan. 28 as Scott scored a match-high 10 points with eight kills on nine attacks and two blocks. Brasilia could not extend the win streak on Feb. 1 as Sao Cristovao won 21-17, 12-21, 21-11, 21-15. Scott collected five kills on 15 attacks in the loss. Brasilia falls to 9-9 on the season and in sixth place with 30 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 was defeated by Volei Amil 21-17, 21-17, 21-19 on Jan. 28 in a match that Bergsma notched seven points on five kills and two blocks. Minas lost to league-leader Molico/Nestle 19-21, 21-19, 21-17, 21-17 on Jan. 31. Bergsma collected eight points in the loss. Minas is in 12th place in the 14-team league with a 3-15 record and 11 points.
ADAMS WITH TAURON BANIMEX 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 Banimex Dabrowa Gornicza. In the Polish Orlen League, Tauron swept Beef Master Budowlani Lodz 27-25, 25-17, 25-14 on Feb. 3. Adams totaled 14 points with a match-high eight blocks to go with six kills on 12 attacks and just one error. Fourth-place Tauron (9-8, 27 points) closes out the regular season on Feb. 8 against 10th-place KS Palac Bydgoszcz (1-16, 3 points). 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. Sopot lost to Polski Cukier Muszynianka Fakro Bank BPS 25-23, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18 on Jan. 30 in a match that was originally scheduled in December. Hill started the first and fourth sets in compiling five points to go with 21 service receptions. Sopot bounced back to defeat KS Palac Bydgoszcz 25-16, 25-14, 20-25, 25-13 on Feb. 3. Hill was a sub in the four set scoring two kills on four errorless attacks. Sopot, now 13-4 overall with 39 points and in second place behind league-leader KPS Chemik Police, finishes the regular season on Feb. 8 against eighth-place Siodemka SK Bank Legionova (4-13, 17 points).
THOMPSON WITH VOLERO ZURICH IN SWITZERLAND: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a silver medal-winning setter on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, arrived in mid-November to play for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League. In the Swiss League, Volero was extended to five sets for the first time all season but hung on for a 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 29-27, 23-21 over second-place Volley Koniz on Feb. 1. Volero turned back third-place VC Kanti Schaffhausen I 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 25-15 on Feb. 2 to improve to 17-0 on the season with 50 points. Volero challenges seventh-place VBC Cheseaux I (5-11, 17 points) on Feb. 8 in its next Swiss League match. In the CEV Champions League, Volero will face Russia’s Dinamo Kazan in a home-and-home Playoff 6 Round (quarterfinals) on Feb. 6 and Feb. 11.
MURPHY WITH NOVARA IN ITALY: Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) joined Igo Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 league midway through the league schedule. Novara lost to Bergamo 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19 on Jan. 29 as Bergamo swept the Italian Cup Quarterfinal Round home-and-home series. Murphy scored a team-high 14 points with 13 kills on 39 attacks and one block. Ironically, the two teams met again for a third straight match in resuming the Italian Serie A1 regular season on Feb. 2 and Novara walked away with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 victory at home. Murphy posted 12 points, all on kills via 30 attacks. Novara, 6-5 overall and in fifth place with 18 points, faces third-place Conegliano (8-3, 24 points) on Feb. 9.
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. Conegliano lost its Italian Cup Quarterfinal Round series to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 29 after losing the second home-and-home match 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22 to even the series. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 38 kill percent as a team while adding three individual kills on fie attacks and a block. Busto Arsizio won the Golden Set 19-17 to advance to the semifinals. In the Italian Serie A1, Conegliano swept IHF Volley Frosinone 25-15, 26-24, 25-7 on Feb. 2 without Lloyd stepping onto the court. Conegliano, now in third place with an 8-3 record and 24 points, challenges fifth-place Novara (6-5, 18 points) on Feb. 9.
HAGGLUND, MIYASHIRO WITH VILSBIBURG IN GERMANY: 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 downed VolleyStars Thuringen 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Jan. 29. Hagglund set the team to a 45 kill percent for the match and scored two individual blocks. Bartsch was named the match most valuable player after securing a match-best 25 points with 20 kills on 38 attacks, three aces and two blocks. Lamb added 10 kills on 22 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 13 points. In its second match of the week, Vilsbiburg dropped a 15-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 15-13 match to SC Potsdam on Feb. 1 as Hagglund set the squad to a 38 kill percent for the match. She added six individual points with two kills on nine attacks, three aces and a block. Bartsch scored 22 points with 16 kills on 49 attacks, four blocks and two aces. Lamb added 16 points with 12 kills on 22 attacks and four blocks.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank was swept by league-leader Fenerbahce 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 on Feb. 1. Hood scored a team-high 13 points with 11 kills on 21 attacks and two blocks. She added an 81 positive reception percent on 21 receptions chances. Ilbank, 8-7 overall with 23 points, is in seventh place in the league standings.
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce swept Ilbank 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 on Feb. 1 as Glass did not suit. Fenebahce is now 14-1 in the league and atop the league standings with VakifBank (14-1). In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce stopped Czech Republic's Agel Prostejov 25-11, 25-21, 25-15 on Feb. 4 to open the Challenge Round home-and-home series. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 56 kill percent, including 40 kills on 72 attacks and just 12 errors for a .389 hitting efficiency. She added two individual blocks in the victory. The teams conclude the home-and-home series on Feb. 12 with the winner advancing to the semifinals starting Feb. 25.
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 lost for the first time in six Azerbaijan Super League matches on Jan. 31 after falling to Igtisadchi 13-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-17. Rabita is now with 15 points and 5-1 in the standings, plays Azeryol on Feb. 8. Rabita Baku was selected to host the CEV Champions League Final Four scheduled for March 15-16 and has a direct spot in the semifinals.
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. In CEV Champions League, has advanced to the Playoff 6 Round (quarterfinals) home-and-home series versus Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Feb. 6 and Feb. 11. In the Russia Super League, Kazan is idle until a Feb. 16 match versus Proton. Kazan is two victories ahead of second-place Omichka (9-2) and three points in the standings.
WINTER TRAINING BLOCK CONTINUES: The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team opened its eight-week winter training block on Jan. 27 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The training block includes primarily athletes who recently completed their collegiate eligibility, though some athletes with remaining eligibility will train part-time around their academic curriculum and sand schedules. The outside hitters are University of Hawaii's Emily Hartong (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Loyola Marymount University's Kat Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and UCLA's Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) and University of Washington's Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.). The middle blockers are University of San Diego's Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.), Michigan State University's Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.), University of Southern California's Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) and Penn State University's Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.). The setters are Cal State Northridge’s Sydney Gedryn (San Jose, Calif.), University of Missouri's Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and University of Oregon's Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.). The liberos are two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), University of Southern California's Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) and Loyola Marymount University's Betsi Metter (Phoenix, Ariz.). The opposites are University of Washington's Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and University of Texas' Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.). Additions to the roster may occur during the training block. The group will train Monday through Friday from 8:30-11 a.m. except on Feb. 7 and Feb. 20. All training sessions during the Winter Block are open to the public without charge, though it is recommended to confirm training dates and times as they may change.
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.