U.S. Women's Update: Larson-Burbach to CEV Final 4
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 12, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 12 includes briefs on U.S. players.
USAV PROCESSES 229 FEMALE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed 327 international transfer certificates (229 female, 98 male) allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2013-2014 season, as of Feb. 7. USAV has processed 14 transfers for athletes to compete in the Puerto Rico Women's Super League within the last couple weeks. Additional transfers are expected to be processed over the course of the next few weeks. As of Feb. 7, USA Volley has processed transfers for female athletes to 32 different countries with France and Switzerland being the leading destinations with 28 athletes each. To read where each athlete is playing, click here.
LIFE OVERSEAS: PHOTO EDITION: Several members of the U.S. Womens' and Men's National Volleyball Team, along with other Americans competing in overseas professional leagues, took part in an Athletes Abroad photo blog describing what it is like to live, train and play away from home. Nicole Fawcett shows how to get her "beauty on." Rachael Adams pictures how she stays up on the juicy American gossip. Kristen Dozier has a wintry photo of Poland, but says how it is still warmer there than in the States. Kelly Murphy finally saw the breath-taking mountain views in Italy. Jenna Hagglund submitted a photo with the caption "Touching the sky at the highest point of Germany #heavenly #stairsuckataltitude." Kim Hill shows off one her photos as a tourist in Istanbul, and another with birthday presents from home. Kristin Hildebrand shows what she does in her off-time, "Skyping with her favorite littles." To view the photo blog, click here.
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, Kazan won both matches over Volero Zurich in the home-and-home Playoff 6 round series to advance to the Final Four round. Kazan rallied past Volero 20-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-22 on Feb. 6 in Switzerland to start the series. Larson-Burbach notched 15 points with 12 kills and three blocks in the victory. She added a 72 positive reception percent on 18 chances. Kazan won the rematch in similar fashion coming back from a first-set loss to win 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 on Jan. 11 in Russia. Larson-Burbach contributed 14 points with nine kills, three aces and two blocks. She added a 41 positive reception percent in the second meeting. With the series sweep, Kazan will make its second appearance in the Final Four Tournament of the CEV Champions League. Kazan will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan for the Final Four scheduled for March 15-16. In the Russia Super League, Kazan resumes its league schedule on Feb. 16 match versus Proton. Kazan is two victories ahead of second-place Omichka (9-2) and three points in the standings with 10 rounds remaining in the regular season.
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 CEV Champions League, Volero dropped both matches of the home-and-home series to Russia’s Dinamo Kazan in the Playoff 6 Round (quarterfinals). In the first meeting on Feb. 6 in Zurich, Volero lost 20-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-22. Thompson set her squad to a 38 kill percent in the match. Volero opened the second match in Russia strong, but could not extend the series to the golden set in falling 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21. Thompson started the first three sets and helped Volero to a 33 kill percent as a team while adding two aces. With the two losses, Volero was eliminated from the CEV Champions League race. In the Swiss League, Volero eased past seventh-place VBC Cheseaux 25-23, 25-16, 25-16 on Feb. 8. Volero is now 18-0 in the league with 53 points.
GIBBEMEYER, 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, while middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) transferred to Conegliano in February. In the Italian Serie A1, Conegliano blanked Igor Gorgonzola Volley Novara 25-23, 26-24, 31-29 in a tightly contested three-set match on Feb. 9 with all frames decided by the minimum two points. Gibbemeyer scored 10 points with seven kills on 11 attacks and three blocks. Lloyd set her squad to a 45 kill percent while chipping in on kill, one block and one ace for three individual points. Conegliano, now in second place with a 9-3 record and 27 points, is idle this coming weekend.
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 was handed a tough-luck 25-23, 26-24, 31-29 loss to Imoco Volley Conegliano on Feb. 9. Novara held the lead at the 21-point mark in all three sets (21-20 in first, 21-17 in second and 21-19 in the third). Murphy charted 22 points in the loss with 19 kills on 38 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Novara, 6-6 overall and in sixth place with 18 points, faces eighth-place Robur Tiboni Urbino (5-6, 14 points) on Feb. 16 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce defeated Czech Republic’s Agel Prostejov 25-11, 25-21, 25-15 on Feb. 4 to open the Challenge Round. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 56 kills percent (40 kills on 72 attacks) while adding two individual blocks. Fenerbahce concluded the home-and-home Challenge Series sweep with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-15 victory on Feb. 12. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 45 kill percent while chipping in four individual points with three blocks and a kill. Fenerbahce has now advanced to the semifinal round home-and-home series where it will play Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce topped Bursa B. Sehir Bld. 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 on Feb. 8 as Glass did not suit. Fenebahce is now 15-1 in the league and atop the league standings.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank was swept by Eczacibasi Vitra 25-9, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24 on Feb. 9. Hood tallied eight points with seven kills on 20 attacks and a block. She added a 44 positive reception percent on a team-leading 34 chances. Hood ranks as the 10th-best scorer in the Turkish League with 202 points. Ilbank, 8-8 overall with 23 points, is in seventh place in the league standings.
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 blanked KS Palac Bydgoszcz 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 on Feb. 8. Adams recorded 10 points with eight kills on 15 attacks, one block and one ace in the regular season final match. Tauron ended the regular season in fourth place with a 10-8 record and 30 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 topped Siodemka SK Bank Legionova 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-12 on Feb. 8 to conclude the regular season. Hill came off the bench in the first and started the final three sets in recording 10 kills on 28 attacks and two blocks for 12 points. Sopot ended the regular season in second place with a 14-4 record and 42 points.
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 overcame USC Munster 25-18, 18-25, 27-25, 28-26 on Feb. 8. Hagglund set Vilsbiburg to a 32 kill percent while adding an ace and block. Lamb notched 12 kills on 19 attacks, three blocks and an ace for a team-high 16 points. Bartsch added 10 points, including three blocks and two aces.
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 edged Banana Boat Praia Clube 23-25, 22-20, 21-15, 20-22, 15-9 on Feb. 11. Hildebrand charted 13 points in the victory. Amil remains in second place with a 17-2 record and 49 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 rallied past Rio Do Sul 16-21, 22-20, 21-16, 21-19 on Feb. 10. Scott recorded 11 points, including six kills, three blocks and two aces. Brasilia improved to 10-9 on the season and in sixth place with 33 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 Unilever 21-15, 21-12, 21-13 on Feb. 11. Bergsma provided five kills in the loss. Minas is now 3-16 on the season and in 12th-place in the 14-team league.
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, which is still missing an injured Kim Glass, lost to Amil Volei 23-25, 22-20, 21-15, 20-22, 15-9 on Feb. 11. Banana Boat is in fourth place with a 12-7 record and 34 points. To follow her blog, click here.
FAWCETT WITH EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA: Opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who was part of two medal-winning U.S. teams this past summer, is playing for Korea Expressway in the Korean Volleyball League for the second consecutive year. Korea Expressway lost to IBK Industrial Bank 19-25, 25-20, 27-25, 27-25 on Feb. 9 as Fawcett scored a match-leading 44 points with 41 kill and three blocks. She added 12 digs in the match.
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 extended its win streak to four matches with a 25-20, 25-22, 31-29 victory over Pioneer on Feb. 8. Paolini captured four kills, two blocks and one ace for seven points. However, Hitachi was unable to win its fifth match in a row with a 33-31, 25-20, 25-15 setback to league-leader Hisamitsu Springs on Feb. 9. Paolini notched seven kills and two blocks for nine points in the loss. Hitachi remains in fourth place with a 9-7 record, but just two losses behind Hisamitsu.
HODGE, FAUCETTE WITH EVERGRANDE IN CHINA: Juliann Faucette (San Diego) is playing in China this winter with Guangdong Evergrande, which is under the direction of 2008 U.S. Olympic head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, has been out since late December with an injury. Evergrande lost to Tianjin 25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21 on Feb. 8 as the league resumed after the Chinese New Year Celebration. Faucette cranked out 26 points with 25 kills on 67 attacks. Evergrande also lost to second-place Bayi 24-26, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-12 on Feb. 11. Faucette totaled 29 points with 26 kills on 70 attacks and three blocks. She has 301 points on the season for fourth-best overall in the league. Evergrande, 7-6 overall with 23 points for fourth place, has advanced to the semifinal round.
BOWN, SPICER WITH SHANGHAI IN CHINA: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team selection and silver medalist in 2008, and former U.S. National Team member Nellie Spicer are competing for Shanghai in the Chinese League this winter. Shanghai was handed a 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 loss by second-place Bayi on Feb. 8 as the league resumed following the Chinese New Year holiday celebration. Bown scored nine kills on 12 attacks, while Spicer recorded 51 running sets in the loss. In the 17th round, Shanghai nearly rallied from two sets down to league-leader Zheijiang but lost 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 15-7 on Feb. 11. Bown recorded 16 kills on 21 attacks, three blocks and two aces in the loss. Spicer added two kills on two attacks and one ace for three points to go with 78 running sets. Shanghai is 4-9 with 16 points through the 17th round. Bown ranks second in Best Spiker during the season.
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.