COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 18, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 18 includes briefs on U.S. players.
FOLLOW WOMEN’S OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball has a projected record 248 athletes participating in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams). The tryouts will take place Feb. 21-23, 2014, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among the 248 tryout participants representing 106 different colleges are 63 liberos, 61 middle blockers, 61 outside hitters, 36 setters and 27 opposites. As a new feature to this year’s tryout, all sessions will be video streamed live and can be accessed by clicking here. For exclusive content, follow USA Volleyball’s social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Colleges are encouraged to hashtag their content related to the tryout with #usavtryout. For the complete press release, click here.
UPCOMING TRAINING GROUP MATCH SHOWCASES: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball Training Block Group will participate in four intrasquad College All-Star Showcase matches in the Southern California area to complement their on-going training sessions.
For each Showcase event hosted by a local club volleyball program, a Question and Answer session with the athletes will take place at 5:15 p.m. PT and the match follows at 7 p.m. PT. All four Showcases are free and open to the public.
LICHTMAN RAISES $10K FOR RONALD McDONALD HOUSE: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) has raised over $10,000 for the Ronald McDonald House through her Play With A Purpose Clinics, which teaches middle school and high school players the same training techniques as the National Team players use in the USA gym while raising funds for a worthy charity. Lichtman’s clinics donate 100 percent of the proceeds directly to the Ronald McDonald House. “I believe in finding a way to be about something bigger than yourself,” Lichtman said. “If you have the opportunity to help someone, then you should do it.” To hear Lichtman discuss why she started Play With A Purpose Clinics and thanking all those who have helped the program in the first year, 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 the Russia Super League, Kazan Swept Proton 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 on Feb. 16. Larson-Burbach contributed 14 points in the victory and was named the fans’ most valuable player in the match. To watch video highlights of the match, click here, while a photo gallery is available by clicking here. Kazan, 12-0 with 35 points, is two matches ahead of second-place Omichka in the standings. In CEV Champions League, 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.
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 defeated KGC Ginseng 27-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14 on Feb. 13. Fawcett tallied 36 kills, three aces and a block for 40 points. She added nine digs in the victory. On Feb. 16, Korea Expressway defeated GS Caltex 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 as Fawcett scored 40 points for the second consecutive match with 34 kills, three aces and three blocks.
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 defeated eighth-place Robur Tiboni Urbino 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 on Feb. 16. Murphy collected a match-high 17 points with 15 kills on 29 attacks, one block and one ace in the victory. Novara, 7-6 overall and in sixth place with 21 points, is idle until March 2 as the league takes a brief hiatus for the Italian Cup.
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 was idle this past weekend. Conegliano, which dropped to third place with a 9-3 record and 27 points following the week off, continues to be idle until March 2 as the league resumes from a brief hiatus for the Italian Cup.
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 lost to third-place Okayama 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, 15-13 on Feb. 15 for its second consecutive loss. Paolini notched 24 kills on 43 attacks and five blocks for 29 total points. Hitachi recovered by defeating seventh-place JT Marvelous 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 on Feb. 16. Paolini was credited with three kills and two blocks for five points. Hitachi remains in fourth place with a 10-8 record and holds a slim advantage over fifth-place Toyota (10-8).
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank blanked Eregli Bld 25-15, 25-21, 25-23 on Feb. 15. Hood tallied four kills on 10 attacks while starting the first two sets as she compiled an 80 positive reception percent on 10 chances. Ilbank, 9-8 overall with 26 points, is in fifth 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 defeated Sariyer Bld 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 on Feb. 15 as Glass did not suit. Fenebahce is now 16-1 in the league and atop the league standings. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce has advanced to the semifinal round home-and-home series where it will play Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku on Feb. 25 and March 2.
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 was edged by Sesi Sao Paulo 21-17, 17-21, 21-19, 17-21, 15-7 on Feb. 14. Hildebrand contributed 14 kills on 29 attacks. Amil bounced back to defeat Barueri 21-11, 21-7, 21-16 on Feb. 18. Hildebrand tallied six kills and a block for seven points in the victory.
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 lost a hard-fought five-set match 10-21, 16-21, 21-19, 21-14, 15-12 on Feb. 14 to Minas. Scott chipped in 12 points with eight kills and four blocks. Brasilia held match points in the fifth set before Pinheiros rallied to win 21-15, 18-25, 20-22, 21-11, 17-15 on Feb. 18. Scott contributed 10 points with six kills and four blocks.
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 rallied to defeat Brasilia 10-21, 16-21, 21-19, 21-14, 15-12 on Feb. 14. Bergsma collected 16 points with 13 kills on 44 attacks, two aces and a block.
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 Allianz MTV Stuttgart 25-23, 25-22, 25-12 on Feb. 15 as it played without the services of Hagglund at setter. Bartsch was named player of the match after scoring nine kills, one block and an ace for 11 points. She added a 59 positive reception percent on a team-high 22 receptions. Lamb added six kills on 10 attacks in the victory.
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 Tori Dixon are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. Rabita topped Azeryol 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 on Feb. 15. Dixon totaled six points with four kills on 11 attacks and two blocks. Jackson added an ace as a reserve in the second set. 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.
HODGE, FAUCETTE WITH EVERGRANDE IN CHINA: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a 2012 U.S. 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 lost to Zhejiang 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22 on Feb. 15. Faucette scored a team-high 23 points. Hodge, who had been out since a December injury, returned to action and scored one point as she started the second set and was a sub in the other three sets. Evergrande, 7-7 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 lost to Liaoning 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-7 on Feb. 15. Bown notched a match-high 20 points in the loss, while Spicer added one point in starting the first four sets.
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.) – first two weeks, will return the last week, Tstreet Volleyball Club’s Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Loyola Marymount University's Kat Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Penn State’s Maddie Martin (Tampa, Fla.) and UCLA's Kelly Reeves (San Diego, 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.