U.S. Women's Update - Dec. 8

Dec. 08, 2009, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Dec. 8 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, Volley-Tweets, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version including a complete list of players training at the team’s facility at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Volley-Tweets, the U.S. international transfer list, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. For what organization did U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator Jamie Morrison intern for in its public relations office? 2. Which current U.S. Women’s National Team player earned Best Attacker at the 2005 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship? Which U.S. Women’s National Team player was honored as the 2002 AVCA Division I National Freshman of the Year? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

U.S. WOMEN NEARING END OF FALL TRAINING SESSION: The U.S. Women’s National Team has 17 players taking part in the fall training session and continue to show improvements as they are being put to the test by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and his coaching staff. The session started on Oct. 12 and will go through December at the team’s training headquarters – the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Training sessions, generally starting at 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, are open to the public at no cost. On Fridays, the team has weights and either an indoor or beach training session. Middle blockers training include Jen Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Tracy Stalls (Denver), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.). The outside hitter group includes Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) and Katie Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.), who previously played for Team USA as Katie Wilkins. Setters in the fall training session are Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio). Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) are taking training reps at opposite during the fall training period. The libero position has Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.), Holly Benson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jaimi Gregory (Westminster, Calif.) working out at American Sports Centers. McCutcheon is hopeful the current training group will expand during the second phase of the off-season training period starting in mid-January with the addition of current collegiate seniors.

TOM, ASYSTEL VOLLEY NOVARA: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time Olympian and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medal roster, is competing for Asystel Volley Novara in the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Novara picked up two five-set victories this past week in two separate events. Novara opened CEV Indesit Champions League play with a 25-17, 25-27, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10 victory over Russia’s Zarechie Odintsovo on Dec. 3. Tom notched 23 points in the victory as she collected 21 kills on 46 attempts and two blocks. Novara attempts to go 2-0 in Champions League first-round pool play on Dec. 10 against Romania’s Metal Galati. The Champions League pool play is a home-and-home round robin format among the four teams in each pool. Novara returned to the court on Dec. 6 in Italian Serie A League competition and needed to overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat 25-17, 19-25, 19-25, 29-27, 15-11 Yamamay Busto Arsizio. Tom charted a match-high 30 points in the victory as she pocketed 22 kills on 55 attempts, a match-high six blocks and two aces. Further, she had a 74 percent positive service reception. The victory evened Novara’s record to 4-4 on the season with 10 points for ninth place. Novara’s next Italian Serie A match is on Dec. 13 against Perugia, which is one point ahead in the standings and tied for sixth place.

BERG PUSHING ITALIAN TEAM: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team which won the silver medal in Beijing, is playing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese of the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Cortese came through with a big win on Dec. 6 as it defeated Scavolini Pesaro 25-22, 14-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-12 to improve to 6-2 on the season. Berg set Cortese to a 40 percent kill ratio for the match while adding a block as her only individual point. Cortese won despite its 35 hitting errors and Pesaro in system most of the match as it had a 52 excellent reception percent (71 positive percent). The victory enabled Cortese to move into third place with 17 points, just one point out of a tie for first place. Cortese faces Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi, one of the two teams tied for first place, on Dec. 13 in another big test of the early Italian Serie A schedule. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at http://lindseyberg.blogspot.com/.

BOWN, JESI ON TOP OF ITALIAN LEAGUE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda,Calif.), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in the Italian Serie A professional league. Over the past weekend, Jesi entered its Dec. 3 match against second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo as the top team in the Italian Serie A standings. Bown scored 12 kills on 23 attempts with just one error for a .478 hitting efficiency and 52 kill percent. However, Bergamo topped Jesi 26-24, 25-20, 25-22 to bring both teams into a tie for first place with 18 points. Jesi, which lost for the first time this season in eight contests, returns to the court against third-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Dec. 13.

RICHARDS HELPING OMICHKA TO RUSSIAN LEAD: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, is playing in the Russia Super League for a third year in a row – this time with Omichka in Omsk. On Dec. 5, Richards helped her team to a hard-fought 26-28, 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory over Universitet-Tekhnolog. Richards produced 16 points in the victory with 13 kills on 38 attempts and three aces. She added a 28 service receptions with a 64 percent positive and 39 percent excellent on reception. Omichka takes on Dinamo Krasnodar on Dec. 12 in its next Russia Super League match.

NNAMANI, GLASS PACING PROSTEJOV IN CZECH REPUBLIC: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) continue to lead their Czech Republic professional team Prostejov to an 11-0 start. Prostejov defeated second-place Sokol Frydek Mistek 25-21, 22-25, 25-11, 25-17 on Dec. 5. Nnamani scored a team-high 20 points with 17 kills on 34 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Glass chipped in 11 points with eight kills and three aces. Up next for Prostejov in the Czech Republic league is SCM-CVS-JYK on Dec. 13. The Champions League pool play is a home-and-home round robin format among the four teams in each pool. Earlier in the week, Prostejov lost to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Acibadem 25-18, 25-11, 25-21 on Dec. 3 to start CEV Indesit Champions league competition. Nnamani was credited with 10 points in the loss, while Glass added five points. Prostejov takes on Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko-Biala on Dec. 9 in its second match of Pool C Champions League play.

BARBOZA STARTS PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team and alternate on both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games rosters, helped her Japan V-League professional team Toray to a split of matches this past weekend. On Dec. 5, Barboza came off the bench in the second set and started in the third set as she tallied eight kills on 14 errorless attempts in a 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Pioneer. Barboza scored 15 kills on 36 attempts with only two errors in a starting role against NEC, but the effort came up short as NEC came back from a two-set deficit to win 15-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11. Toray, now 2-2 on the season and in third place in the eight-team Japan V-League, faces Toyota on Dec. 12 and Denso on Dec. 13 at Shiga, Japan.

METCALF GEARING UP FOR BRAZIL START: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Games roster, is in Brazil getting ready for the start of the Brazilian Superliga. Metcalf is playing for Usiminia/Minas in 2009-2010. Her squad starts league action on Dec. 10 against Macae Sports, followed by a Dec. 12 match against Unilever. Metcalf was the leading scorer for the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer with 301 points in 79 sets played. Last year, Metcalf was a key member of Eczacibasi Zentiva in the Turkish professional league which finished as the runner-up in the postseason tournament.

DAVIS, HARMOTTO WITH LANG PING: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the libero on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal, and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) are playing for Guangdong Hengda in the Chinese Professional League under the direction of “Jenny” Lang Ping, who served as head coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. The squad moved to 3-0 on the young season as it swept Yun Nan. Although statistics for the match are unavailable, Davis reported that both she and Harmotto played well in the victory. The squad plays its first home match of the season on Dec. 12.

NATIONAL TEAM AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: Join Mizuno and USA Volleyball for a free autograph session on Saturday, Dec. 12, with the nation’s best volleyball players – members of both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams. The autograph session takes place at the Team Sports Superstore located inside the American Sports Centers (1500 S. Anaheim, Blvd., Anaheim, Calif. 92805) from noon to 1 p.m. The first 250 autograph seekers will receive a free Mizuno gift (limit one per person). This event is co-presented by Mizuno, USA Volleyball, Southern California Volleyball Association, American Sports Centers and Team Sports Superstore. The SCVA will be hosting its Boys’ Classic Tournament during the weekend of Dec. 12 at the American Sports Centers, the training headquarters for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 19-21, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout. The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 14, 2010, can be found by clicking here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in the tryout. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women’s National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends. For the full press release, click here.

McCUTCHEON AMONG SPEAKERS AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will serve as one of the featured speakers at USA Volleyball’s Seventh Annual High Performance Coaches’ Clinic held Jan. 21-23, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The clinic theme is “Getting Up to Speed for London” in reference to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic costs $425 for United States citizens and $520 for non-United States citizens. The clinic cost 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 CAP Level II on Jan. 20-21 and CAP Level III on Jan. 21-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The clinic is open to the first 100 coaches who complete the registration process, which can be started by clicking here.

AH MOW-SANTOS PART OF CLINIC: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), a three-time U.S. Olympian and part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be part of clinic coaching girls ages 9-18. She along with three-time AVCA All-American Tanya Fuamatu are hosting Advanced Girls’ Setters and Hitters Sessions from Dec. 2-30. For additional information, contact Melissa Lum at info@efchawaii.com or click here.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL); 2. Alexis Crimes; 3. Kim Glass