COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Jan. 28 includes briefs on U.S. players.
HANEEF-PARK INDUCTED INTO PREP HALL OF FAME: Tayyiba Haneef-Park was inducted into the Laguna Hills High School (Calif.) inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class on Jan. 24. She attended Laguna Hills from 1993-1997 where she led the Hawks to the 1997 DII volleyball title and was named the California Athlete of the Year. Haneef-Park also excelled in basketball and track and field, winning the 1997 CIF California State Meet in the high jump. Her volleyball career started as a one-match opportunity when the LHHS volleyball coach asked the 6-7 Haneef-Park to stand and block balls at the net because of her height. That one match turned into a full volleyball career with many accolades. After a standout career at LHHS, Haneef-Park went on to a stellar volleyball career at Long Beach State University and with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. She competed in three Olympic Games, earning silver medals at both the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games before retiring.
WINTER TRAINING BLOCK STARTS: 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 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.
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. Evergrande defeated league-leader Zheijang 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 on Jan. 23. Faucette carried her team with 19 kills on 51 attacks and two aces for a match-high 21 points. In the 15th round, Evergrande rallied past Liaoning 18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-10 on Jan. 26. Faucette scored a team-high 21 points with 19 kills on 56 attacks and two aces. Evergrande is in third place with a 7-4 record and 22 points. The 16th round is on Feb. 8 after the Chinese New Year.
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 battled past Liaoning 19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 on Jan. 23. Bown tallied 11 kills on 16 attacks with just one error to go with a block and ace for 13 points. Spicer started the entire match helped Shanghai convert 64 of 95 attacks into kills with 59 assists in the match. She added a kill and ace for two individual points. Shanghai was edged by Tianjin 25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-9 on Jan. 26 in the 15th round. Bown was credited with seven kills on 11 attacks and three blocks for 10 points. Spicer, with one ace during the match, set Shanghai to a 50 kill percent (44 of 88). Shanghai is in fifth place with a 4-7 record. The 16th round is on Feb. 8 after the Chinese New Year.
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 overwhelmed Budowlani Lodz 25-16, 25-23, 25-19 on Jan. 26. Hill scored eight points with six kills, one block and one ace. She also handled 28 of her team’s 52 service receptions. Sopot is now 12-3 overall and in second place behind league-leader KPS Chemik Police.
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 lost to KPS Chemik Police 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17 on Jan. 22 in a makeup match from earlier in the year. Adams chalked up 12 points with eight kills on 14 errorless attacks and four aces. Tauron recovered to defeat PGNiG Nafta Pila 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 on Jan. 25 in its regularly scheduled match. Adams produced seven kills on nine errorless attacks and a block for eight points. Tauron sits in fourth place in the regular league standings with an 8-8 record and 24 points. Adams is maintaining a blog during her travels, and is open to the public at rachadams.com.
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 rallied past Italy’s Rebecchi NordMeccanica Piacenza 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19 on Jan. 21 to advance to the Playoff 6 Round home-and-home series against Russia’s Dinamo Kazan. Thompson set Volero to a 38 kill percent in the second victory over Piacenza in the home-and-home series. The Volero-Kazan home-and-home series dates will be announced later. In the Swiss League, Volero blanked Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I 25-10, 25-19, 25-21 on Jan. 25 to improve to 15-0 overall with just two sets lost. Volero resumes Swiss League action on Feb. 1 against second-place Volley Koniz.
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 swept Russian rival Dinamo Moscow 25-15, 25-22, 25-23 on Jan. 22 to conclude the home-and-home Playoff 12 Round with a 2-0 record. Larson-Burbach notched 11 points with 10 kills on 32 attacks and a block while achieving a 56 positive reception percent on 16 errorless chances. Kazan now advances to the Playoff 6 Round home-and-home series versus Switzerland’s Volero Zurich with dates to be announced. 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.
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 Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 27-25 in the first of two Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round home-and-home matches on Jan. 26. Murphy subbed into the match in the first set and produced 15 points in the loss with 13 kills on 31 attacks, one block and one ace. The teams meet again on Jan. 29 to conclude the Italian Cup quarterfinal round. Sixth-place Novara (5-5, 15 points) opens the second half of the Italian Serie A1 regular season on Feb. 2 against third-place Bergamo (7-3, 22 points).
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. In CEV Champions League action, Conegliano lost out on a chance to advance to the Playoff 6 Round after being swept 25-20, 25-19, 29-27 by Russia’s Omichka Omsk in the second of a home-and-home match, followed by a 15-10 setback in the Golden Set on Jan. 23. Conegliano needed to win just one set in the second match to advance, but could not push through to the end. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 32 kill percent while adding five blocks, one kill and one ace for seven points from her setter position. In a break of the Italian Serie A1 for the Italian Cup, Conegliano handled Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in the first of two quarterfinal round home-and-home matches on Jan. 26. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 38 kill percent as a team while adding two individual kills on four attacks, two blocks and an ace for five points. The teams meet again to conclude the quarterfinal round on Jan. 29. In the Italian Serie A1, fourth-place Conegliano (7-3, 21 points) starts the second half on Feb. 2 against 10th-place Ihf Volley Frosinone (2-8, 6 points).
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 had its two-match win streak snapped by Toyota with a 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21 setback on Jan. 25. Paolini tallied 12 kills on 35 attacks with just one error to go with three blocks for 15 points. Hitachi rebounded from the loss by defeating JT Marvelous 25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-9 on Jan. 26. Paolini scored 12 kills on 24 attacks to go with two blocks for 14 points. Hitachi is in fourth place with a 6-6 record.
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 lost to Aachen 25-19, 25-22, 25-14 on Jan .25. Hagglund set the team to a 39 kill percent for the match, but Aachen succeeded on 48 percent of its attacks. Bartsch secured seven points in the setback. Vilsbiburg is in third place with a 26-20 set ratio and 24 points. Vilsbiburg returns to action on Jan. 29 against VolleyStars Thuringen.
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 swept Rio Do Sul 28-26, 21-13, 21-15 on Jan. 24. Hildebrand notched 10 points including eight kills and two blocks. Amil resumes action on Jan. 28 against Minas.
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 Sesi Sao Paulo 21-14, 21-12, 21-11 on Jan. 24. Bergsma scored a team-high eight points, all on kills via 23 attacks. Minas looks to recover from loss on Jan. 28 against Amil.
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 pushed past Maranhao 21-18, 21-11, 21-10 on Jan. 25 as Scott scored five points in her starting role. Brasilia looks to continue its win streak on Jan. 28 against Sao Bernardo.
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 edged Pinheiros 21-12, 22-24, 19-21, 21-19, 15-6 on Jan. 24 as Glass was not on the roster due to injury. Banana Boat resumes league action on Jan. 28 versus Barueri. To follow her blog, click here.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank lost a heart-breaking 19-25, 26-24, 27-25, 18-25, 15-10 match to Galatasaray on Jan. 25. Hood scored a match-high 25 points with 20 kills on 46 attacks, three blocks and two aces. She added a 71 positive reception percent on 51 chances. Ilbank, 8-6 overall with 23 points, is in sixth 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 CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce dominated LP Salo 25-21, 27-25, 25-14 on Jan. 22 to close out the 4th Final Round home-and-home series with a 2-0 record. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 40 kill percent, adding five individual points via three blocks, one ace and one kill. With the series victory, Fenerbahce advances to the CEV Cup Challenge round against Czech Republic’s Prostejov with home-and-home matches on Feb. 4 and Feb. 12. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce blanked VakifBank 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 on Jan. 25 to snap VakifBank’s 73-match win streak. Glass did not play in the match. Fenebahce is now 13-1 in the league and atop the league standings with VakifBank (13-1).
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 Baku was unable to advance to the Challenge Round after falling to Poland’s Polski Cukier Fakro Muszyna 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 on Jan. 23. In Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv was set to play Igtisadchi on Jan. 28, followed by Telecom on Feb. 8. To follow her blog throughout the year, click here.
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 defeated Telecom 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 on Jan. 25 in its return to the Azerbaijan Super League schedule. Rabita, now with 15 points and 5-0 in the standings, plays Igtisadchi on Jan. 31 followed by 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.
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.