U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly Update

Oct. 23, 2008, 2:29 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGs, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2008) - The U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Oct. 23 includes briefs on several U.S. Olympians competing professionally overseas, player stats, trivia questions and a list of all players competing overseas.

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BOWN ON TARGET IN ITALY: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time U.S. indoor volleyball Olympian, continues to shine for her Italian professional team during the early season matches. She tallied eight kills on 11 swings to go with a block in leading Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 victory over Tena Santeramo on Oct. 19. Jesi currently is 2-0 in the Italian Serie A standings after two weekends. Bown's Jesi squad next plays undefeated Bergamo on Oct. 26.

SCOTT-ARRUDA DOUBLE-DIGITS: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. indoor volleyball Olympian, tallied 10 points for CGF Recyle Florens Castellana Grotte in a 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 29-27 loss to undefeated Foppapedretti Bergamo on Oct. 19. She scored her double-digits via six kills, three blocks and an ace. CGF Recyle Florens Castellana Grotte is now 1-1 over the first two weekends of the Italian Serie A season. Scott's team challenges undefeated Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo on Oct. 26.

WILLOUGHBY BOASTS 19: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), who competed on the U.S. Olympic silver medal team at the 2008 Olympic Games, came off the Despar Perugia bench to score a match-high 19 points, but it was not enough as it lost to Unicom Starker Kerakoll Sassuolo 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15 on Oct. 19. She tallied 18 kills on 39 attacks with a block to reach her 19 points. Perugia is still in search of its first victory through the first two matches of its Italian Serie A season. Perugia battles Zoppas Industries Conegliano (1-1) on Oct. 26 for Willoughby's next match.

HANEEF-PARK PREPARING FOR V-LEAGUE: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, has returned to Japan to compete for the Pioneer Red Wings in the Japan V-League. Haneef-Park, who competed last year in Turkey, last competed professional in Japan for Takefuji Bamboo in 2004. During that season, she was the league's leading scorer and scored most the kills. Pioneer, coached by 2004 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Team Head Coach Toshi Yoshida, opens its 2008-2009 season on Nov. 1 versus Densoearibizu.

TOM TAKES ON JAPAN: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be competing for Japan V-League member Hisamitsu Springs in 2008-2009, in her sixth different country professional league since 2003. Tom's previous professional seasons have included stops in Brazil's Superliga (MRV/Minas in 2003), Italian Serie A Jesi in 2003-2004 and Chieri in 2004-2005), Switzerland (Volero in 2005-2006), Spain Superliga (Spar Tenerife Marichal in 2006-2007), Russia Super League (Dinamo Moscow in 2007-2008) and Japan's V-League (Hisamitsu Springs in 2008-2009). At the 2008 Olympic Games, Tom was the elite tournament's Best Scorer in leading the Americans to the silver medal. Hisamitsu opens the season on Nov. 1 against Hitachi Sawa.

KAWAKITA WORKING IN V-LEAGUE: Gen Kawakita, who has served as a volunteer coach with the U.S. Women's National Team including at the 2008 Olympic Games scouting opponents, is now working for Hisamitsu Springs in Japan's V-League. He is serving as an assistant coach and English interpreter for Logan Tom, a three-time U.S. Olympian and silver medalist in the 2008 Olympic Games. Among his other top assignments with the U.S. Women's National Team, Kawakita served as the lead assistant coach at both the 2008 Pan American Cup and the 2007 Pan American Games.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed eight 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.

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).

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 on the commemorative apparel link on www.usavolleyball.org. 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.