U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Dec. 1

Dec. 01, 2008, 7:52 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2008) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 1 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, former head coach Lang Ping's contract status with a professional club team in Europe, trivia questions, U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, how to purchase replica national team jerseys, updated list of United States players competing professionally overseas (including non-National Team members) and much more.

For the complete PDF document, click here. Below is selected sections from the update.

SCOTT-ARRUDA DEALT 21 IN WIN: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008, tallied a match-high 21 points in pacing her Italian Serie A professional team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte to a 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 15-25, 15-12 victory over Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Nov. 30. She knocked down 17 kills on 26 attempts with only three errors in compiling a 65.4 kill percent and .538 attack efficiency. Scott-Arruda added four of her team’s 13 blocks in the match. The victory evened her squad’s record to 4-4, while Arisizio dropped to 4-4. Scott-Arruda and her team take the court next on Dec. 4 against Lines Ecocapitanata Cesena (1-6).

BOWN LEADS JESI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a middle blocker for the U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal at Beijing in August 2008, helped lead her Italian Serie A professional team Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in two matches last week. In the second match of the Italian Cup playoff with Asystel Volley Novara on Nov. 26, Bown started the match and totaled three kills and an ace in a 26-24 victory in the opening set. After sweeping Novara a week earlier in the first of the two-match playoff, all Jesi needed was the first set victory to advance in the Italian Cup playoff and it rested many of its starters the rest of the match as Novara came back to win the final three sets 25-22, 25-18, 25-15. Jesi advances to play Scavolini Pesaro, which swept Lines Ecocapitanata Cesena in both quarterfinal matches, in the semifinals. During the regular Italian Serie A competition, Bown secured 20 points in a 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10 victory over Riso Scotti Pavia (3-5) on Nov. 30 to improve to 7-1 on the season. She tallied 16 kills on 27 swings, three blocks and an ace. Jesi will have the chance to knock-off league-leader Scavolini Pesaro (8-0) in its next match on Dec. 4.

WILLOUGHBY SHINES IN LOSS: Kim Willoughby, a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team, played well for Despar Perugia in a heartbreaking five-set loss (21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 13-25, 15-7) to Asystel Volley Novara on Nov. 30. She collected 13 kills on 42 swings to go with a block for 14 total points. Willoughby was credited with an 83 positive percent on 12 service receptions, including a 42 percent excellent rating. Despar Perugia, which dropped to 3-5 on the year, faces undefeated Foppapedretti Bergamo (8-0) in its next match on Dec. 4.

LANG PING SIGNS TURKISH PRO COACHING CONTRACT: “Jenny” Lang Ping, who announced her intention last week not to seek a contract extension with USA Volleyball as its head women’s volleyball coach, has signed a contract to serve as head coach of Turk Telekom of Ankara in the Turkish professional volleyball league. Lang Ping guided the U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing this summer, despite being under intense media scrutiny and other distractions in her hometown. Team USA had not reached the Olympic Games podium since a bronze finish at the 1992 Olympic Games. The silver medal matched its best performance reached at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which ironically, China won with Lang Ping starring on the opposite side of the net of the Americans. However, Lang Ping cited the desire for a coaching position that offers more flexibility to spend time with her family as a major factor in her decision in not staying with USA Volleyball. “I think this situation is a fit for my schedule,” Lang Ping said. “The league will finish in May 2009, and I can have a lot of time with my family and daughter this summer.” According to Lang Ping, her new team finished third in the league last season. Turk Telekom is currently in first place this year with a 6-2 record and will face Galatasary, with U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani, on Dec. 6 in its next match. However, Lang Ping may not be on the bench for the match. “I think the league this season is very, very strong because a lot of great international players are playing here,” Lang Ping said. “This will be another challenge for me, and I will do my best to work with the team.”

NNAMANI, GALATASARAY FALL SHORT: Ogonna Nnamani, a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team, contributed a match-high 29 points on Nov. 30, but her Turkish professional team Galatasaray could not hold off Eregli Belediye in a 20-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-16, 15-13 loss. Nnamani provided 25 kills on 56 attempts in the match, in addition to three aces on 14 serves and a block. She compiled a 73 percent positive service reception on 30 attempts, including a 50 percent excellent rating. Galatasaray will next take the court on Dec. 6 against Turk Telekom, which just signed former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping as its head coach.

TOM NETS 58POINTS IN TWO MATCHES: Logan Tom, 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with Team USA, tallied a total of 58 points in two four-set matches this past weekend. She provided 27 points in a 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Takefuji Bambo on Nov. 29. Tom scored 24 kills on 52 attempts with just three errors in the victory, along with two blocks and an ace. She was seven-of-10 hitting from the back row and provided a 71.9 percent on 32 service receptions versus Takefuji. Tom contributed 31 points in 23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 loss to NEC on Nov. 30. She charted 28 kills on 78 attempts, along with three blocks. Tom held a 70.6 percent on service reception in the match.

GLASS TURNS 18 IN RUSSIA: Kim Glass, a silver medalist with Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, piled up 18 points for her Russian professional team Universitet Belgorod, but it was not quite enough as Zarechie Odintsovo won 19-25, 26-24, 25-17, 20-25, 15-10 on Nov. 28. Glass recorded 12 kills on 27 attempts for a 44 percent conversion rate. She added six of her team’s seven aces in the match on 19 total serves. Glass held a 61 percent positive reception, including a 48 percent excellent rate.

JOINES DOING WELL, FAKEL STILL SEARCHING: Jennifer Joines, a middle blocker and silver medalist for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, is doing well in her first season in the Russia Super League with Fakel N-Urengoy. However, it has not been quite enough as Fakel is still in search of its first win of the season after falling to Avtodor-Metar 25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 26-24 on Nov. 28. Joines reached 10 kills on 19 swings with only three errors, corresponding to a 53 kill percent and .368 attack efficiency. She added a team-high four blocks and two aces in the loss.

OPEN TRYOUTS FOR U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 20-22, 2009, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout registration and application form, which must be returned by Jan. 12, 2009, can be downloaded by clicking here. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team program, USA Women’s World University Games Team or the USA Women’s Senior A2 Teams. For the complete press release, click here.

USA VOLLEYBALL HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHES’ CLINIC: USA Volleyball will host its Sixth Annual High Performance Coaches Clinic Jan. 22-24, 2009, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Clinic costs $400, which includes instruction, material and room and board at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. In conjunction with the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Clinic, the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) will have additional modules available at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25, 2009. Clinic registration opens Nov. 25, 2008, and can be accessed online by clicking here.

REPLICA JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME: Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for your volleyball loved ones? USA Volleyball has the answer with replica jerseys from its 2008 Olympic Games indoor teams being made available for a limited time at http://usavolleyball2008.com/store/. The U.S. Olympic Women’s Team replica jerseys, priced at $65 apiece, are available in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. Replica jerseys are available for all 12 U.S. players who participated in the 2008 Olympic Games. Each replica jersey will have the Olympian’s name on the back with their jersey number on both the front and back. Jerseys pre-ordered by Dec. 17 will be shipped in time for the holidays. In addition, USA Volleyball has several other 2008 Olympic Games apparel items commemorating the unprecedented indoor and beach volleyball success obtained in Beijing. Products available on the online store include short and long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in multiple designs.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed nine transfers of U.S. Women’s National Team members to compete for foreign volleyball clubs during the 2008-2009 season. Setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) will return to VBC Volero in Switzerland. Middle blockers Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) will compete in Italy’s Serie A League. Bown competes for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi, while Scott-Arruda plays for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte. Japan’s V-League has secured the talents of outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and opposite Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.). Tom competes for Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs, while Haneef-Park is on the Pioneer Red Wings roster playing for former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Toshi Yoshida. Middle blocker Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) and outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) play for Russia’s Fakel Novyi Urengoi club, while outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) also will compete in Russia with Universitet Belogorie. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) signed a contract to compete in the Turkish professional league with Galatasaray.

OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE APPRAREL ON SALE: USA Volleyball has unveiled five commemorative logo designs to appear on apparel saluting USA Volleyball’s medal successes at the recent Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Beijing. Apparel can be purchased by clicking here. Men’s and ladies’ T-shirt designs are $15, while the youth T-shirt size is $13. Long sleeve t-shirts are $18, crew sweatshirts are $23 and hoodies are $30. Sizes XXL and larger have a slightly higher price. USA Volleyball’s success on the Olympic grand stage in Beijing has never been achieved by any other nation since volleyball was added to the Olympics in 1964. The U.S. Olympic Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team, which was named the United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month for August 2008, captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games without losing a single match. Women’s Beach Volleyball (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh) and Men’s Beach Volleyball (Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers) both came back from Beijing with Olympic Games gold medals. The U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team captured the silver medal in Beijing, as did the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team during the Paralympic Games. No other country has ever participated in the gold-medal match of all four Olympic Games volleyball disciplines during the same year. Team USA added a fifth gold-medal appearance at the Paralympic Games.

2009 PAN AMERICAN CUP COMING TO MIAMI: USA Volleyball will host the Eighth Annual Women’s Pan American Cup June 26-July 4 in conjunction with the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship in the Miami area. The nine-day Pan American Cup, which will tentatively have three of the four 2008 Olympic Games semifinalists (Brazil, USA and Cuba), will be played on the campuses of the University of Miami and Florida International University. “USA Volleyball is extremely excited about the opportunity to host one of the largest international volleyball events in Miami and to pair it with the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships,” USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. “It will provide a unique opportunity for our developing young volleyball players to be exposed to elite international volleyball teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean. The two events will also generate terrific excitement in the community and lead to greater popularity for the sport.” USA Volleyball is hosting its first-ever Women’s Pan American Cup, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The event is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation. Team USA has not hosted a women’s senior-level international tournament since the 1998 FIVB World Championship Qualifier tournament in 1998. Due to international scheduling and professional league commitments, matches on domestic soil have become a rarity with only seven contests against foreign teams in the most recent Olympic quadrennial (2005-2008).