U.S. Women's Update - Feb. 2

Feb. 02, 2009, 7:21 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 2 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, trivia questions, 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 that includes the international transfer list, trivia questions and other fan interaction sections, click here. Below are selected sections from the update.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has processed 136 current international transfers for United States women athletes competing overseas in professional volleyball leagues. To see a complete list, visit page four of the complete PDF document by click here.

McGINNIS, HUGHES UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), a setter and alternate to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, paced her Turkish professional team Besiktas to a 25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18 victory over Dyo Karsiyaka on Jan. 31. She set Besiktas to a 40 kill percent and .257 attack efficiency in the victory. In addition, McGinnis chipped in four kills on eight errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace for nine points. Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), an alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, recently joined Besiktas and faired well in the match against Dyo Karsiyaka. She was credited with 11 kills on 27 attacks and ace for 12 points. Besiktas returns to the action on Feb. 7 in a meeting with Galatasaray, which includes U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian, contributed heavily to two Turkish professional league victories last week for Galatasaray. She scored 15 points in a 25-23, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19 victory over Karsiyaka on Jan. 28. Nnamani totaled 12 kills, two blocks and an ace in the victory. Nnamani charted a match-high 20 points in a 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20 win over Gazi Universitesi on Jan. 31. She recorded 17 kills on 50 attacks, two blocks and an ace during the contest. Galatasaray returns to the court on Feb. 7 as it plays Besiktas, which has U.S. Olympic alternate Angie McGinnis as the starting setter.

UPDATE ON TOM: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian, helped Hisamitsu Springs to two more Japan V-League five-set victories. On Jan. 31, Hisamitsu topped first-place NEC 25-23, 25-19, 13-25, 31-33, 15-9. Tom scored 28 kills on 58 attacks, including six kills on nine back-row swings. She added three aces on 17 serves and two blocks for 33 total points against NEC. Tom scored 22 points in a 22-25, 12-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13 victory over Denso, which is tied for first place, on Feb. 1. She scored all her points on kills while adding an 83.3 positive reception percent on 36 attempts. Hisamitsu now has played in five consecutive five-set matches, and has won the last four contests. Hisamitsu faces Pioneer, which has two-time U.S. Olympian Tayyiba Haneef-Park, on Feb. 7 at Gifu, followed by a Feb. 8 match against JT.

UPDATE ON HANEEF-PARK: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, outscored the competition as her Japanese V-League team Pioneer was narrowly defeated by Okayama 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-13 on Feb. 1. She was credited with 24 kills on 77 attempts along with one block for 25 points. Pioneer, 7-7 in the league and in sixth place, Logan Tom and Hisamitsu Springs on Feb. 7 at Gifu, followed by a Feb. 8 match against Toyota at Aichi.

BOWN AND WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, was one of five Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi players to score in double digits in a 25-19, 25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Despar Perugia in an Italian Serie A match on Feb. 2. Bown scored 15 points with nine kills, match-high five blocks and an ace in the victory. Meanwhile, Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.) came off the bench for Perugia and played a large role in her team’s near comeback victory. She totaled 10 kills on 23 attacks, a team-high three blocks and two aces for 15 points. Jesi (12-5) takes on third-place Asystel Volley Novara on Feb. 15 after a bye week in the Italian Serie A schedule. Both Jesi and Novara have identical records, but Novara is one point ahead in the standings. Perugia (9-8), ranked seventh in the league standings, takes on Riso Scotti Pavia on Feb. 14 after an idle week of the Italian Serie A schedule.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, provided a stellar match for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Feb. 1 only to come up short against Minetti Vicenza 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22. Scott-Arruda charted nine kills, a match-high six blocks and an ace to be one of three teammates to have 16 points in the contest. Castellana Grotte, 8-9 on the season and in ninth place in the Italian Serie A league, challenges eighth-place Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Feb. 15 after a bye week in the schedule.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie, paced her team to its sixth consecutive victory with a hard-fought 26-28, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23, 16-14 win over Dinamo-Yantar on Jan. 31. Glass contributed 16 kills, a block and ace for 18 points in the victory. She added a match-best 59 positive percent on 32 service reception attempts. Universitet Belogorie, 10-2 on the season and tied for first place in the league standings, returns to action on Feb. 4 against Samorodok.

JOINES, RICHARDS UPDATE: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, are competing for Fakel in the Russian professional league this winter. In a 25-9, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21 loss to Odintsovo on Jan. 31, Richards collected a team-high 13 points, all via kills on 36 attacks. Joines added three kills on 12 attacks along with a block for four points. Fakel looks to get back in the win column on Feb. 4 against Dinamo-Yantar.

PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: The Puerto Rico Super League started its season Jan. 30, and many United States citizens are sprinkled on the 10 teams competing for the title. After the first weekend, Toa Baja, Caguas and Mayaguez are in first place as the only teams winning two matches. Four teams split a pair of matches, while three teams lost both matches to start the season.

TOA BAJA FEATURES THREE AMERICANS: Toa Baja, competing in the Puerto Rico Super League, features three players who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team during 2008. Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) all are sharing a heavy offensive load for Toa Baja. The trio scored 30 combined points in a 26-24, 25-22, 25-17 win over Pinkins on Jan. 30. Busse tallied 12 points, while Crimes added 10 points and Pressey eight. During the second match of the week on Feb. 1, Pressey scored 21 points in leading Toa Baja to a 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13 victory over Vaqueras. Busse added 16 points in the victory, while Crimes tallied 12. In the loss, American Jordan Larson scored a match-high 34 points.

OTHER PUERTO RICO LEAGUE STANDOUTS: Therese Crawford (Kalamazoo, Mich.), a member of the U.S. Women’s National Training Team since May 2001, has scored 27 points in two victories for Mayaguez to start the 2009 season. She scored 12 points in a five-set victory over San Sebastian, followed by 15 points in a four-set win over Guaynabo. Shonda Cole (Kings Mountain, N.C.), who saw action with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2005, has been off to a rock-solid start in the Puerto Rico with San Sebastian. She totaled 30 points in a five-set loss to Mayaguez, followed by a 24-point match in a four-set victory against Ponce. Jane Collymore, who competed with the U.S. Women’s National Team early in the recent Olympic quadrennial, tallied 17 points for de Juncos in a four-set loss to Caguas. For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, click here.

OLYMPIC LIBEROS TO HOST CAMP: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), who have occupied the libero position for the last three Olympic Games for Team USA, will host a one-day clinic on ball control and defense for all positions on March 8. The clinic will be held at Grand Canyon University, located at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The session runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost for the clinic is $160 per athlete with a cap of 60 participants. Athletes will be broken down into two age groups – 12-14 and 15-18. Sykora served as the U.S. libero at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, then earned a silver medal at her third Olympic Games in 2008 as a defensive specialist. Meanwhile, Davis was the 2008 Olympic Games libero. For more information or to register, click 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 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.

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).