COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 18, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on March 18 includes briefs on U.S. players.
DESTINEE HOOKER SIGNS AUTOBIOGRAPHY DEAL: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who won the Best Spiker award at the 2012 Olympic Games and helped the U.S. to the silver medal, has signed a global book deal with VIP Ink Publishing for her autobiography. The book will cover her life from her humble beginnings to her meteoric rise as an international and Olympic star on the volleyball court. The autobiography will focus on her faith and determination as well as the struggles she has faced and overcome.
1964 OLYMPIANS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT BOYCE BANQUET: The 1964 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Women's and Men's Teams will be recognized during USA Volleyball’s Boyce Banquet on May 21 at the Sheraton Phoenix Hotel as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of volleyball being added to the Olympic Games. Women’s volleyball was the first team sport in the history of the Olympic Games. Nearly all the living 1964 Olympians are expected to be in attendance at the Boyce Banquet. Aside from this recognition, 1968 Olympian Miki McFadden and Alnet ‘Scotty’ Bailess will be honored during the banquet with the Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award. Linda Murphy, a 1964 Olympian, will be one of three individuals recognized with the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award. For more details, click here.
REVIEWING THIRD RED-BLUE MATCH: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) charted 23 points to lead all scorers and added seven digs in the third USA Red-Blue match hosted by Team Mizuno VBC on March 14 at Carson, Calif. Her former University of Texas teammate Haley Eckerman (Waterloo, Iowa) notched 19 points. Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) provided 15 points each. Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) tacked on 12 points and Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.) added 11 points with a match-high six blocks. Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) provided 37 assists to go with seven points that included a match-high five aces. Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) chipped in seven points. Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.), who plays for Tstreet Volleyball Club along with Hodson, was a last minute addition to the Red-Blue match and tallied six points. Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with four points to go with 31 assists. Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) was credited with 14 digs, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied 12 digs.
UPCOMING TRAINING GROUP RED-BLUE MATCH: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball Training Team plays its fourth and final USA Red-Blue matches on March 19 at the Coast Volleyball Club Facility in San Diego, Calif. A question and answer session with select athletes begins the evening at 5:15 p.m. PT and the match follows at 7 p.m. The contest, open and free to the public, will be hosted by Coast VBC. The Training Team concludes its eight-week Winter Training Block this week.The Red-Blue roster features these athletes: Setters – Sydney Gedryn (Cal St. Northridge – San Jose, Calif.), Molly Kreklow (Missouri, Delano, Minn.) and Lauren Plum (Oregon, Poway, Calif.); Outside Hitters –Hayley Hodson (Tstreet Volleyball Club, Newport Beach, Calif.), Kat Luft (Loyola Marymount, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Maddie Martin (Penn State, Tampa, Fla.) and Kelly Reeves (San Diego, UCLA); Liberos – Nicole Davis (Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.), Natalie Hagglund (Southern California, Encinitas, Calif.), Betsi Metter (Loyola Marymount, Phoenix); Opposites – Kylin Munoz (Washington, Monroe, Wash.) and Bailey Webster (Texas, Baltimore, Md.); Middle Blockers – Chloe Ferrari (San Diego, Clovis, Calif.), Alexis Mathews (Michigan State, Detroit, Mich.), Alexis Olgard (Southern California, Spokane, Wash.) and Katie Slay (Penn State, Raleigh, N.C.).
2014 SCHEDULE: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will have a busy summer starting with the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship NORCECA qualification tournament it hosts May 15-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The four-team tournament includes the USA, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras with the winner earning a ticket to their respective FIVB World Championship. For more details, click here. The full 2014 calendar is below:
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS UPDATE: USA Volleyball has processed 338 international transfer certificates (239 females) allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2013-2014 season, as of March 6. Additional transfers are expected to be processed over the course of the next few weeks. On the women's side, 31 transfers have been processed for athletes to play in France, while Switzerland has been involved in 28 transfers and Germany 26 transfers. USA Volleyball has also processed 19 transfers for players competing in Azerbaijan. As of March 6, USA Volley has processed transfers for female athletes to 33 different countries. For more information, 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. Larson-Burbach played a key factor in Dinamo Kazan capturing the coveted CEV Champions League title by defeating VakifBank Istanbul 25-23, 25-11, 25-23 in the gold-medal match on March 16. She tallied 13 kills on 25 attacks and three blocks for 16 points, while also providing a 71 positive reception percent on 14 attempts. Dinamo Kazan advanced to the title match by defeating host Rabita Baku 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 in the semifinals on March 15. Larson-Burbach totaled 12 points in the semifinal win with 10 kills and two blocks. She added a 67 positive reception percent on 18 chances. For her efforts, Larson-Burbach was named the Best Blocker of the CEV Champions League Final Round. For a photo gallery of the championship match, click here. As the CEV Champions League winner, Kazan will compete in the six-team FIVB Women’s Volleyball Club World Championship to be held May 7-11 in Zurich, Switzerland. In the Russia Super League, Kazan was idle due to its participation in the CEV Champions League Finals. Kazan is 14-0 in the league holding a two-win and seven-point advantage over second-place Omichka. The two teams face each other in a battle of No. 1 versus No. 2 on March 20 in the next league match for both teams.
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. Conegliano rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo 22-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-12 on March 16. Gibbemeyer contributed 13 points with 12 kills on 25 attacks and a block. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 35 kill percent for the match and added three individual kills on four attacks, three blocks and two aces for eight points. Conegliano, currently in second place with a 13-3 record and 38 points, challenges league-leader Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (14-2, 42 points) on March 23.
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 held off eighth-place Openjobmetis Ornavasso 25-22, 17-25, 25-13, 15-25, 15-10 on March 16. Murphy pocketed 11 points while only starting the first, second and fifth sets. Novara, currently in a tie for fifth place with a 10-7 record and 29 points, is idle next week in the 11-team league.
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 Playoffs, Tauron defeated BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala on March 16 to start the best-of-five quarterfinals. Adams charted nine kills on 20 attacks with just one error to go with an ace for 10 points. Tauron won the second match of the series 25-14, 25-15, 25-23 on March 17. Adams scored 10 points with five kills on eight errorless attacks, a match-high four blocks and an ace. The series moves to BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala’s home site for the next two matches on March 23 and March 24 (if necessary). The series tiebreaker will be at Dabrowa if needed. 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 opened the Polish Orlen League playoffs with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 victory over Beef Master Budowlani Lodz on March 15 in the first best-of-five quarterfinal round match. Hill subbed into the match in the third set and scored four kills on five errorless attacks. Sopot went up 2-0 in the series with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 victory on March 16. Hill scored seven kills on 16 attacks with just one error while starting just the third set. The series moves to Lodz on March 19 and March 20 (if necessary).
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 downed Brasilia 22-20, 21-14, 15-21, 21-14 on March 14 in the regular season final match on March 14. Hildebrand notched seven points as Amil had balanced scoring throughout the match. Amil ended the regular season with a 22-4 record and in second place behind undefeated Molico/Nestle. Amil opens the best-of-three quarterfinals on March 20 against seventh-seed Sao Cristovao Saude.
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 its regular season finale 22-20, 21-14, 15-21, 21-14 to Amil Volei on March 14. Scott chalked up a team-high eight points with four kills, three blocks and an ace. Brasilia finished the regular season with a 10-16 record and in eighth place. Brasilia faces regular season champion and undefeated Molico/Nestle on March 20 to open the best-of-three quarterfinal round.
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 swept Maranhao Volei 21-11, 21-15, 21-17 in the regular season finale on March 14. Glass did not play in the match. Banana Boat, which missed Glass most of the season due to injury, finished the regular season in fifth place with a 17-9 record. Banana Boat starts the best-of-three quarterfinal round on March 23 versus fourth-seed Sesi Sao Paulo.
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 Sao Cristovao Saude 19-21, 21-17, 23-21, 21-16 on March 14. Bergsma tallied four points in the regular season finale. Minas did not qualify for the quarterfinal playoffs after ending the regular season in 12th place with a 5-21 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 (19-1) stopped Besiktas 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 19-17 on March 15. Glass did not play. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce will face Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg in the home-and-home final round on March 26 and March 29 for the CEV Cup title.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank lost to Bursa B.Sehir Bld 25-19, 19-25, 25-14, 25-15 on March 15. Hood totaled 11 points with seven kills, three blocks and an ace. She also handled 37 of the team’s 79 receptions with a 54 positive percent. Ilbank remains in sixth place with a 10-11 record.
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 double round-robin playoffs, Volero swept Sagres NUC I 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 on March 13, then blanked VC Kanti Schaffhausen 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 on March 15 to remain undefeated at 8-0. Volero challenges fourth-place Hotel Cristal VFM (2-6) on March 19 and second-place Volley Koniz (7-1) on March 22 to wrap up the playoff round.
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 24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 on March 15. Paolini was credited with 11 kills on 24 attacks, five blocks and an ace for 17 points. In its second match of the weekend, Hitachi lost to league-leader Hisamitsu Springs 25-22, 25-16, 30-28 on March 16. Paolini was held to seven points in the loss. Hitachi is now 11-15 overall and in a tie for fifth place with NEC. Hitachi is three losses behind fourth-place Toyota.
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 Baku hosted the CEV Champions League Final Four and ended the tournament with the bronze medal. Rabita lost to eventual champion Dinamo Kazan 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 on March 15 in the semifinal round. Dixon tallied seven points with four kills on nine attacks, two blocks and an ace. Banwarth was a sub in the second set. Rabita Baku came back to win the bronze-medal match 25-21, 25-12, 27-25 on March 16. Dixon totaled eight points with four kills, a team-high three blocks and an ace. Banwarth was a sub in the first two sets. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku, 9-1, was idle due to its participation in the CEV Champions League Final Round.
LICHTMAN WITH LOKOMOTIV IN AZERBAIJAN: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, joined Lokomotiv Baku late in the 2013-14 season to compete in Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv defeated Telekom 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 on March 12. Lichtman is also involved in a charity campgain that will give away a signed, match-worn jersey from the 2013 NORCECA Women's Continental Championship. The jersey potentially has several 2016 Olympians with their autographs on it. For more details, visit her blog at cassidylichtman.blogspot.com/.
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. With both Hagglund and Miyashiro out of the lineup, Vilsbiburg held on to defeat VC Wiesbaden 25-22, 25-17, 29-31, 23-25, 15-13 on March 12. Bartsch scored a match-high 26 points with 23 kills, two aces and a block. Lamb added eight points in the victory. Vilsbiburg ended the regular season with 42 points and tied with Dresdner SC and VC Wiesbaden; however, it dropped to third place for the playoffs based on tiebreakers. Vilsbiburg will challenge sixth-place Potsdam in the quarterfinal round. On a side note, American Becky Perry led the league in points per set with 5.48 average and was fifth overall in scoring with 285 points despite playing just 14 matches. She converted 48 percent of her attacks.
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 KGC Ginseng 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 on March 13. Fawcett charted 23 kills, one block and one ace for 25 points in the loss. In the regular season finale, Korea Expressway dropped a 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 match to Hyundai on March 16. Fawcett recorded 10 points in the match. Korea Expressway finished fourth in the regular season with a 13-17 record and did not qualify for the playoffs.