COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 4, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Nov. 4 includes briefs on U.S. players.
METCALF WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Igtisadchi Baku swept the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series against Sliedrecth Sport following a 25-12, 25-21, 25-20 victory on Oct. 30 in the second match of the series. Metcalf turned in a match-high 12 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and an ace. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Igtisadchi Baku moves on to the CEV 8th Final Round to face Russia’s Omichka Omsk in a home-and-home series. In the Azerbaijan Super Leauge, Igtisadchi defeated Lokomotiv Bilejeri 25-13, 25-11, 25-16 on Nov. 3. Metcalf scored 10 points with eight kills on 11 attacks and two aces in just the first two sets. Igtisadchi will face Telekom on Nov. 7 and Rabita Baku on Nov. 10.
AKINRADEWO WITH AZERBAIJAN’S RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita Baku improved to 2-0 in the CEV Champions League Pool B after downing Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese 25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 1 in a second-leg match. Akinradewo scored 12 kills on 21 attacks, three blocks and an ace for 16 points. Rabita Baku meets Poland’s Atom Trefl SOPOT (1-1) on Nov. 13 in the third leg of the Champions League. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. Rabita Baku won its Azerbaijan Super League opener on Nov. 3 by defeating Lokomotiv 25-19, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21. Akinradewo scored a match-high 23 points in the victory. Rabita Baku returns to Super League action on Nov. 7 versus Baki Azeryolservis, followed by Igtisadchi on Nov. 10.
HODGE, WILSON WITH AZERBAIJAN’S AZERRAIL BAKU: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in 2012-2013 along with fellow Penn State University alum Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.). Azerrail lost its first CEV Champions League match on Oct. 31 with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-12 setback to Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul. Hodge contributed a team-high 11 points with 10 kills on 29 attacks and an ace. She handled 17 service receptions with a 35 positive percent. Wilson was a sub in the second and third sets, scoring one kill on one attack. Azerrail (1-1) returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 14 with a third leg match versus Tauron MKS Dabrowa (0-2). The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. Azerrail is idle for the Nov. 3 round of the Azerbaijan Super League and will next play on Nov. 7 versus Lokomotiv Bilejeri.
TAMAS WITH AZERBAIJAN’S BAKI AZERYOLSERVIS: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Baki Azeryolservis of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Baki Azeryolservis lost to Nova KBM Branik Maribor 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23 on Oct. 31 to split the home-and-home CEV Cup 16th Final Round series. However, Baki Azeryolservis came back from a 4-2 deficit in the deciding golden set to win 15-9 thanks to a 5-0 scoring spurt and advance to the 8th Final Round home-and-home series versus Rote Raben Vilsiburg. Baki Azeryolservis improved to 3-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League after defeating Telekom 25-22, 25-10, 25-14 on Nov. 3. Baki faces Rabita Baku on Nov. 7 and Lokomotiv on Nov. 10 in two Azerbaijan Super League matches in the coming week.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012s silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Plus Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (2-3) won its second consecutive Plus Liga match of the season with a hard-fought 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15 victory over KS Palac Bydgoszcz on Nov. 2. Thompson started the first two sets and subbed in the final three sets. Budowlani Lodz seeks its third straight win on Nov. 12 against Siodemka Legiionovia Legionowo (1-4). To read a three-part article on Thompson, click here for part one, click here for part two and click here for part three.
LICHTMAN WITH SWITZERLAND’S HOTEL CRISTAL VFM I: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Hotel Cristal VFM I in the Swiss Volley League along with Americans Bianca Rowland, Brianna Barry, Michelle Kocher, Lise Muhlemann and Amber Roberson. After losing to league-leader Volero Zurich last week, Hotel Cristal VFM rebounded to defeat VBC Cossonay 22-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 on Nov. 4. Hotel Cristal VFM, 6-4 and in second place, challenges Volley Toggenburg on Nov. 11 in its next league match.
SYKORA WITH ITALY’S CHATEAU D’AX URBINO VOLLEY: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, is competing with Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley in the Italian Serie A1 League for 2012-2013. In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino dropped a 25-19, 25-13, 25-14 match to Russian power Dinamo Kazan on Oct. 31. Sykora was the starting libero and tallied 10 reception attempts. “We tried hard, but Dinamo has a very good roster that includes very strong players,” Sykora said after the match. “I played against them many times as a member of the national team. While the season is still not going well for us, I always say that no matter how you start, a good finish is important.” Urbino returns to Champions League action for the third leg against Schweriner SC (1-1, splitting two five-set matches) on Nov. 13. The match can viewed live online by clicking here. Urbino won its first Italian Serie A1 match with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (1-2, 3 points) on Nov. 4. Sykora did not play in the match. Urbino resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 10 versus Foppapedretti Bergamo, a match that will air on Rai Sport 1.
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena fell below .500 with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 loss to undefeated Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese on Nov. 4. Glass set Modena to a 35 kill percent and added a block and ace in the loss. Harmotto was a sub in the second set. Modena returns to the court on Nov. 11 against Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (1-2, 3 points). Modena is also competing the CEV Challenge Cup and advanced directly into the Main Phase as it will face Nova KBM Branik Maribor in a home-and-home 16th Final Round series starting no earlier than Dec. 3.
KLINEMAN WITH ITALY’S ASYSTEL McCARNAGHI VILLA CORTESE: Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese in 2012-2013. Villa Cortese had its CEV Champions League record evened at 1-1 after losing to Rabita Baku 25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 1 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Klineman started all but the third set, pulling in eight kills on 17 attacks with just one error. She added a 33 positive reception percent on 18 attempts. Villa Cortese looks to rebound against Agel Prostejov (0-2) on Nov. 14 in the third leg of the Champions League. The match can be viewed live online at clicking here. In Italian Serie A1 action, Villa Cortese swept Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (1-2, 4 points) 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 on Nov. 4 to move to 3-0. Klineman did not play in the match. Villa Cortese, the only undefeated team in the 12-team Italian Serie A1 division with a league-leading eight points in three matches, resumes action on Nov. 11 against Imoco Volley Conegliano (2-1, 6 points).
LLOYD WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in the Italian Serie A1 league with Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in 2012-2013 along with American Juliann Faucette (San Diego). Both athletes played for Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego as juniors before going separate ways at the collegiate level. Yamamay Busto Arsizio lost to Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Nov. 1 to have its record evened at 1-1 in the CEV Champions League Pool C. Lloyd started all four sets leading Yamamay Busto Arsizio to a 34 kill percent for the match, along with three individual kills on seven attacks. Faucette did not compete in the contest. Yamamay Busto Arsizio will face ASPTT Mulhouse on Nov. 13 as it tries to avoid the losing streak in CEV Champions League action. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, defeated Icos Crema (1-2, 3 points) 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 on Nov. 4. Lloyd set the squad to a 38 kill percent while adding two kills and two blocks four individual points. Faucette did not compete in the match. Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1, 7 points) will seek to extend the win streak on Nov. 10 against Kgs Robursport Pesaro (1-2, 2 points).
GIBBEMEYER WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY PESARO: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro lost to Duck Farm Chieri Torino (2-1, 5 points) 26-24, 27-29, 25-20, 25-21 on Nov. 4. Gibbemeyer notched seven kills on 19 attacks with only one error to go with a match-high four blocks for 11 points. Pesaro (1-2, 2 points) will try to rebound against defending Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1, 7 points) on Nov. 11.
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno dropped a 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 match to Chateau D’Ax Urbino (1-2, 3 points) on Nov. 4. Murrey tallied nine points with seven kills on 19 attacks and two blocks. Engle, who started the first two sets and subbed in the third set, provided eight kills on 28 attacks and a block for nine points. Giaveno (1-2, 3 points) plays Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (1-2, 4 points) on Nov. 11 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Divisision for 2012-2013. Icos Crema dropped a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 match to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1, 7 points) on Nov. 4. Paolini scored 10 points with nine kills on 22 attacks and a block in the loss. Icos Crema (1-2, 3 points) returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 11 versus Idea Volley 2002 Bologna (0-3, 1 point).
LARSON-BURBACH, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who have each won an Olympic silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. After being stunned by Schweriner SC to open CEV Champions League Pool E action on Oct. 24, Kazan rebounded to defeat Italy’s Robur Tiboni Urbino 25-19, 25-13, 25-14 on Oct. 31 to even its record to 1-1. Larson-Burbach contributed 11 points with seven kills on 27 attacks and four blocks. She added a 56 positive reception percent on nine chances. Bown was a sub in the third set. Kazan will seek its second straight CEV Champions League victory on Nov. 13 against undefeated 2004 Tomis Constanta. The match can be viewed live online by clicking here. Kazan (4-0), one of three undefeated teams in the Russia Super League, returns to league action on Nov. 5 against Yenisei Krasnoyarsk (0-4). Kazan plays a second Russia Super League match during the week versus Dinamo Krasnodar (4-0) on Nov. 9, a match that could pit undefeated teams against one another.
HOOKER WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KRASNODAR: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who earned the Best Spiker Award at the 2012 Olympic Games while helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to the silver medal, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar in the Russia Super League this winter. After an eight-day break from the Russia Super League, Krasnodar has two key matches in four days against undefeated opponents. Krasnodar challenges Odintsovo (4-0) in a battle of two of the three undefeated teams on Nov. 5, followed by a Nov. 9 battle against defending Russia Super League champion Dinamo Kazan (4-0). Krasnodar is also competing in the CEV Challenge Cup and will face Turkey’s TED Ankara Kolejliler in the 16th Final Round Main Phase home-and-home series. The two-match series has yet to be scheduled, but will start no earlier than Dec. 3.
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. Ufi (0-4) challenges Torch New Urengoy (1-3) on Nov. 5 in its next Russia Super League match.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKEY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for Bakirkey Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt lost to Nilufer Belediye Sport Club 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23 on Nov. 3 to fall to 1-2 in the league. Richards pocketed a match-high 19 points with 14 kills on 31 attacks and five blocks, while adding a 32 excellent reception percent on a match-high 34 service receptions. The squad returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 10 against VakifBank (2-0).
TOM WITH BRAZIL’S UNILEVER: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball selection with two silver medals, is playing this winter with Unilever in Brazil’s Super League, which begins Nov. 23. Unilver won two training matches with Usiminas/Minas last week in matches closed to the public. In the first meeting, Unilever won all four sets - 25-21, 25-13, 25-22, 25-18 – on Oct. 31. On the following day, Unilever won 25-14, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 in another 4-0 victory. According to published reports, Tom provided a service advantage for Unilever as the starters were the main fixtures in the opening three sets of each match. Unilever will play four additional training matches, including Banana Boat/Beach Club on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, followed by Sesi-Sao Paulo on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14.