COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 15, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Jan. 15 includes briefs on U.S. players.
WINTER TRAINING BLOCK: The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team will hold an eight-week winter training block starting Jan. 27 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The training block will include primarily athletes who recently completed their collegiate eligibility, though some athletes with will train part-time around their academic curriculum. 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 opposites are University of Washington's Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and University of Texas' Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.). 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 liberos are University of Southern California's Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) and Loyola Marymount University's Betsi Metter (Phoenix, Ariz.). 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.). Additions to the roster may occur during the training block.
OMAHA TO HOST 2015 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX FINAL ROUND: The City of Omaha has been selected to host the Final Round of the 2015 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix (WGP), which is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament run by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The Omaha Sports Commission will serve as the local organizing committee with the support of USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body for the sport. “This is huge for USA Volleyball and Team USA,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “Outside of the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1996, this will be the first major FIVB event USA has ever hosted. So this is awesome to be on home soil for an event of this magnitude. We loved playing in Omaha last fall at the NORCECA Championship, and we look forward to hosting the best teams the world has to offer in 2015.” The 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will take place July 22-26 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, which has become a mecca of top volleyball in the United States. The CenturyLink Center Omaha, which can seat 17,000 for volleyball, hosted the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships with sellout crowds. The CenturyLink Center Omaha also hosted the AVCA Showcase, one of the top regular season collegiate tournaments, five times in six years (2005, 2007-2010). For the full story, click here.
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 ended the first half of the season with a 21-15, 21-15, 21-18 victory over Brasilia Volei on Jan. 7. Hildebrand was the second-leading scorer with 11 points via nine kills on 22 attacks and two aces en route to being selected as the match most valuable player. She also contributed 10 digs in the victory. Amil opened the second half of the season on a high note following a 21-12, 21-14, 21-13 victory over Sao Bernardo on Jan. 10. Hildebrand scored a team-leading nine points with all coming on kills via 17 attacks. She added nine digs in the victory. Amil is in second place with a 12-2 record, trailing league-leader Molico/Nestle (14-0) by five points (40-35) in the standings.
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 won its third straight match on Jan. 7 with a 21-16, 21-10, 20-22, 24-22 victory over Maranhao to conclude the first half. Glass contributed eight points in the victory, including five aces before being removed after the second set. Banana Boat continued its winning ways on Jan. 10 with a 21-11, 21-12, 21-18 victory over Rio Do Sul to start the second half of the season. Glass scored 10 points and had a team-best four excellent receptions on 10 chances to earn the match MVP award. Banana Boat is in fourth place with a 10-4 record. To follow her blog, click here.
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 dropped a 21-18, 21-19, 21-15 match to Sao Caetano on Jan .7 to end the first half of the regular season. Bergsma scored three points in the loss. Minas snapped its losing streak with a 20-22, 21-14, 21-15, 21-16 victory over Pinheiros on Jan. 10 to open the second half of the season. Bergsma was named the match most valuable player after scoring 13 kills on 39 attacks, two blocks and two aces for a team-high 17 points. Minas is in 12th place with a 3-11 record.
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 to Amil Volei 21-15, 21-15, 21-18 on Jan. 7 to finish the first half of the regular season. Scott tallied four points in the loss. Brasilia came back to defeat Barueri 21-16, 21-19, 21-12 on Jan. 11 to open the second half of the season. Scott pocketed eight points, including four blocks. Brasilia is in eighth place with a 6-8 record.
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 Eregli Bld 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 on Jan. 11. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 44 kill percent as a team while adding two individual aces, one kill and one block for four points. Fenerbahce, now in second place with a 11-1 record and 32 points, takes on eighth-place Bakirkoy Yesilyurt (4-8, 13 points) on Jan. 19 in its next league match. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce will face LP Salo in the home-and-home series on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank edged Halkbank 26-28, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14 on Jan. 11. Hood collected 22 points with 18 kills on a team-high 45 attacks, three aces and a block. She added a 65 positive reception percent on a match-high 37 reception attempts. Ilbank, now in fifth place with a 7-5 record and 19 points, challenges BLD Canakkale on Jan. 18 in its next league 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 was upset by Besiktas 25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 15-25, 15-11 on Jan. 11 without the services of Harmotto. Eczacibasi, which remains in third place with an 8-4 record and 27 points, takes on 12th-place Eregli (0-12, 0 points) on Jan. 23 its next league match. In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi ended Pool D with a 6-0 record to advance to the Playoff 12 Round where it will face Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot in a home-and-home series on Jan. 15 and Jan. 21. Atom Trefl finished the League Round with a 4-2 record and in second place in Pool C.
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. In the Polish Orlen League, Sopot blanked BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 on Jan. 8. Hill provided eight kills on 21 attacks, two aces and a block for 11 points. She added a 79 positive reception percent (62 excellent percent) on 29 chances. Sopot won a close three-set match over Impel Wroclaw 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 on Jan. 12. Hill charted six kills and a block for seven points in the victory. She handled 33 of the team’s 60 service receptions with a 52 positive percent. Sopot, 10-3 overall and in second place, returns to Polish Orlen League action on Jan. 18 against ninth-place PGNIG Nafta Pila (4-9). In CEV Champions League, Atom Trefl will face Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in the Playoff 12 Round with home-and-home matches slated for Jan. 15 and Jan. 21. Atom Trefl secured its spot into the Playoff 12 Round by finishing Pool C with a 4-2 record for second place, while Eczacibasi went 6-0 in Pool D.
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. In the Polish Orlen League, Tauron downed Polski Cukier Muszynianka Fakro Bank 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19 on Jan. 8. Hill totaled and eye-popping eight blocks to go with five kills on 13 errorless attacks and an ace for 14 points in the victory. However, Tauron suffered a setback on Jan. 11 as it lost to BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 31-29, 19-25, 25-17, 25-7. Hill scored five points in the loss. Tauron, now 7-6 and in fifth-place in Polish Orlen League, faces third-place Impel Wroclaw (10-4) on Jan. 19. Adams is maintaining a blog during her travels, and is open to the public at rachadams.com.
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 dominated Ufimochka 26-24, 25-15, 25-13 after a slow start on Jan. 8. Larson-Burbach picked up five points with four kills and 13 service receptions. For a video clip of the match, click here. Kazan improved to 10-0 overall on Jan. 11 following a 32-30, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Uralochka. Larson-Burbach chipped in 10 points with seven kills, two blocks and an ace. She also handled 18 service receptions with a 50 positive percent and 44 excellent percent. To view a video highlights clip from the match, click here. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan is now two matches ahead of second-place Omichka (8-2) and six points in the standings. In CEV Champions League, Kazan advanced to the Playoff 12 Round where it will face Russian rival Dinamo Moscow in a home-and-home series on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22. Kazan concluded the League stage atop Pool F with a 5-1 record, while Moscow finished 4-2 in Pool B for second place.
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 topped Liaoning Jinzhou 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 on Jan. 10. Faucette scored a match-high 23 points with 23 kills on 30 attacks with only three errors. She added three digs and was perfect on four reception attempts. Evergrande was edged by Tianjin 20-25, 25-16, 28-30, 25-13, 15-9 on Jan. 14. Faucette turned in a match-high 19 points with 15 kills on 45 attacks, three aces and a block. Hodge did not play in either contest. Faucette now ranks as the 10th-best scorer in the league, despite not starting in the league’s early matches. Evergrande is now 5-3 in the first group and in second place.
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 Tianjin 25-17, 25-17, 17-25, 24-26, 16-14 after nearly rallying from a two-set deficit on Jan. 11. Bown was one of the Shanghai players to collect 16 points as she scored 12 kills on 21 attacks to go with three blocks and an ace. Spicer started the first two sets with 15 running sets. Shanghai lost its next match to China Army 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 on Jan. 14. Bown secured a team-high 11 points with 10 kills on 12 attacks and a block. Spicer subbed in to the match in the second set and started the third set, compiling 14 assists. Shanghai is now 3-5 overall in the top group and in fourth place.
HAGGLUND, MIYASHIRO 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 defeated Kopenicker SC Berlin 25-23, 25-14, 17-25, 25-23 on Jan. 8 to conclude the first half. Hagglund set her team to a 44 kill percent while adding an ace. Bartsch collected 13 points with nine kills, two blocks and two aces. Vilsbiburg continued its hot streak by handing VT Aurubis Hamburg a 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 loss on Jan. 11. Hagglund set Vilsbiburg to a 37 kill percent and scored two aces and a block for three individual points. Bartsch tallied 10 points with seven kills, two blocks and an ace, while Lamb started the first two sets scoring three points. Vilsbiburg has improved the third place with a 23-16 set ratio and 21 points. Vilsbiburg returns to action on Jan. 18 against fifth-place Schweriner SC.
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 defeated Pomi Casalmaggiore 25-21, 28-26, 25-20 on Jan. 12 for its second straight Italian Serie A1 win. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 39 kill percent while adding one individual kill on three attacks. In CEV Champions League action Conegliano has advanced to the Playoff 12 round where it will take on Russia’s Omichka Omsk in a home-and-home series with matches on Jan. 15 and Jan. 23. Conegliano ended the League phase with a 4-2 record and in second place in Pool E. Omichka concluded Pool A with a 4-2 record and in second place.
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. Volero swept Volley Toggenburg 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 on Jan. 8. Volero continued its unbeaten streak in the Swiss League with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 victory over sixth-place TSV Dudingen. Volero, now 13-0 overall, will face 10th-place FC Luzern on Jan .18 in its next Swiss match. In the CEV Champions League, Volero meets Italy’s Rebecchi Meccanica Piacenza in a home-and-home Playoff 12 round with matches on Jan. 16 and Jan. 21. Volero finished the League round with a 4-2 record and in second place in Pool F, while Piacenza led Pool B with a 5-1 record.
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 Toray 25-18, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19 on Jan. 11. Paolini scored 13 kills on 25 attacks with one error to go with two blocks and one ace for 16 points. Hitachi lost its second match of the weekend on Jan. 12 with 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 setback to Okayama. Paolini compiled 11 kills on 25 attacks with one error to go with two blocks for 13 points. Hitachi looks to break its three-match losing streak next weekend with contests against Pioneer on Jan. 18 and Hisamitsu Springs on Jan. 19.
GIBBEMEYER, CRIMES WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. In addition, former National Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is playing for Lokomotiv. In CEV Cup action, Lokomotiv lost to Polski Cukier Fakro Muzyna 25-15, 25-23, 26-24 in the first match of a home-and-home 4th Final Round series on Jan. 14 in Poland. Gibbemeyer totaled seven points with four kills on 11 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Crimes added a team-high 11 points, converting five of 10 attacks without an error to go with five blocks and an ace. The two teams meet again in Azerbaijan on Jan. 21 to decide which team advances to the next round. To follow her blog throughout the year, laurengibby.blogspot.com.
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 stopped Azerreyl 25-12, 29-27, 25-15 on Jan. 13 to improve to 4-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita Baku was selected to host the CEV Champions League Final Four scheduled for March 15-16. Baku had concluded the League Round with a 6-0 record to lead Pool A.
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.