U.S. Women's Update - Aug. 25

Aug. 25, 2009, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 25, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Aug. 25 includes briefs on upcoming U.S. events, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version that includes the trivia question answers, complete list of players training at the team’s facility at American Sports Center in Anaheim, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

HANEEF-PARK ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, announced her pregnancy through her Facebook page on Aug. 21. She is a two-time Olympian and helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Haneef-Park, who married U.S. Air Force pilot Anthony Park in May 2007, states that the baby is due sometime around March 14, 2010. She expects to resume training with the National Team next summer.

NNAMANI PART OF OPENING CEREMONY: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, will take part in the opening ceremonies at the 76-team Nike Classic being held at Pearland High School in Texas. The opening ceremony will take place on Aug. 27 at 1:45 p.m. at Pearland High School. The event, in its 12th consecutive edition, brings in the top volleyball talent across the state of Texas. For more information on the tournament, click here.

SYKORA ON UIL BALLOT: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) has been named to the ballot to represent the UIL All-Century Team for Volleyball. She is a three-time Olympian and was a two-time AVCA All-American at Texas A&M University after a standout prep career at Burleson High School. The UIL, which governs high school athletics in Texas, is celebrating its centennial this academic year by recognizing the top athletes to ever play high school athletics in the UIL. Online voting is open through Oct. 31, 2009. Click here to vote.

JOINES SAYS I DO: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team which captured the silver medal in Beijing, was married to college sweetheart Chris Tamas on Aug. 22 at Paso Robles, Calif. Both players played collegiately at University of the Pacific, where they were AVCA All-Americans. Joines, a four-time AVCA All-American, had her No. 6 jersey retired by Pacific on Sept. 27, 2008. She has played in 105 international matches with the U.S. Women’s National Team since joining the squad in June 2001. Tamas, currently and assistant coach with UC Riverside women’s volleyball program, represented the USA in 34 international matches with USA Volleyball and is Pacific’s current all-time leader in assists.

IN THE GYM: U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has 30 players training at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim. Out of the group, only five have yet to be named to a USA tournament final roster (O-2bis form) in 2009. For the complete training list, see the left column on the third page of the current Weekly Update issue (pdf version).

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. How many different players have played at least one set for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2009? 2. What kind of business does Nancy Metcalf and her husband Jason run outside of volleyball? Answers can be found on page four in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

STATS – THIS AND THAT: Through the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix, Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) is the USA’s leading scorer in 2009 with 178 points and a 4.45 points per set average … Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) averaged 0.86 blocks per set apiece. Akinradewo has a team-leading 31 blocks in 36 sets, while Scott-Arruda has 25 blocks in 29 sets … Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) has a team-leading 21 service aces during the 2009 season, resulting in a 0.37 ace average. She also averages a team-leading 4.75 assists per set … Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) has a team-leading .434 hitting efficiency for players with at least 10 sets played. Akinradewo holds a .404 hitting efficiency with 36 sets played … Among hitters with at least 10 sets played and 10 attempts, Jane Collymore (Seattle) has a 53.6 kill percent on 56 attacks to lead the team. Other top kill percentages include Haneef-Park’s 52.8 percent, Christa Harmotto’s (Aliquippa, Pa.) 51.3 percent and Scott-Arruda’s 50.0 … Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) has a team-leading 179 digs for the season, while Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) has added 113. Davis averages 2.59 digs per set, while Sykora averages 2.57 digs per set.

AH MOW-SANTOS BUSY SUMMER: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), along with Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), was one of four U.S. Women’s National Team members to take part in a University of Colorado high performance training camp in July 2009. They were part of the CU camp upon the invitation of current CU assistant coach Tom Hogan, who served as an assistant with the U.S. National Team program during the last Olympic quadrennial. For details of the camp, along with a camp Q&A video, visit by clicking here. In addition, the Honolulu Advertiser recently ran a feature on Ah Mow-Santos and her success at University of Hawaii and USA Volleyball as part of its “The Fab 50: Major Figures Who Transformed Sports in Hawaii.” According to the article, she is a “full-time mom” for the upcoming year and playing volleyball in the future is not out of the question. For the full article, visit by clicking here.

GLASS STARTS OWN WEB SITE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, has started her own official Web site, which can be found at http://www.kimglass10.com. The site contains contains galleries and a bio on Glasss, as well as her blog. Other sections of the Web site include a "Ask Kim" and shopping area.

FORMER HEAD COACH BACK IN CHINA: Lang Ping, who guided the U.S. Women’s National Team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in her host country, has returned to coaching in China, albeit not with its national team. After opting not to return to USA Volleyball following last summer’s runner-up finish, Lang Ping coached last winter in Turkey with Turk Telekom under a four-month contract that expired in April. Earlier this month, she accepted the head coach position with the Guangdong Hengda women’s volleyball club. A national hero for leading China to the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, she served as head coach of the Chinese National Team from 1995 to 1998 as it won the silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Now after 11 years, she is back coaching in China. Guangdong Hengda is the first privately funded volleyball club in China. For more details, visit China’s People Daily Online article by clicking here.

CATCHING UP WITH SUE WOODSTRA: Sue Woodstra took a hiatus from her head coach position with Humboldt State University in May 2007 when she accepted the position of assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She helped Team USA to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, matching her silver medal performance as a player and captain of the 1984 Olympic Games squad. Now, she is back in California preparing Humboldt State to another collegiate season. To read a recent article on Woodstra, visit the Eureka Times-Standard article by clicking here.

2010 FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION UPDATE: The 2010 FIVB World Championship, set for various cities in Japan between Oct. 29 and Nov. 14, 2010, has 20 of the 24 teams qualified for the event through zonal qualification tournaments being held in 2009. The U.S. qualified for the FIVB World Championship by winning the third-round NORCECA Pool G qualification tournament held last month at Orlando, Fla. Other NORCECA teams qualified for next year’s World Championship are Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The remaining two NORCECA teams will be granted to the top two teams in the four-team NORCECA Playoff that includes Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada. The Playoff Round is set for Aug. 28-30 at Tijuana, Mexico. All four playoff teams finished second in their respective third-round qualification events. Europe has finalized its nine entries into the World Championship through the CEV’s qualification process. Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Germany all won their third round CEV pools, while second-place finishers Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland and Netherlands also advanced to next year’s event. Russia, as the reigning World Championship winners, is automatically granted a spot to defend its title. In Africa, Kenya and Algeria won their third-round qualification tournaments to advance to the World Championship. The Asian Confederation (AVC) has qualified two teams through the third round as China won Pool D and Thailand advances as the group’s second-place finisher. The top-two teams among Pool E – including Korea, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand – will earn berths into the World Championship Final Round. Pool E starts Aug. 28 and ends Aug. 30. As the World Championship host, Japan will also take part in the event held every four years.

REPLICA JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME: Are you looking for a unique 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 by clicking here. 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. 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.

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.