U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update for Feb. 9

Feb. 09, 2009, 6:40 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 9, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 9 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.

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. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team program, USA Women’s Junior National Team or the USA Women’s Senior A2 Teams. The tentative roster, which could change depending on late adds or drops due to injury, includes 44 outside hitters, 41 middle blockers, 36 liberos, 29 setters and 13 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges are represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions. For the complete press release, visit click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Name the only country to have participated in more Olympic Games in the women’s indoor volleyball discipline; 2. Name the three future Olympians who played on the Minnesota Chill of the USPV in 2001. Answers can be found on page four in the complete U.S. Women's National Team Weekly Update (PDF) by clicking here.

TOM UPDATE: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time U.S. Olympian and Best Scorer of the 2008 Olympic Games, is playing with Hisamitsu Springs in the Japanese V-League. On Feb. 7, Hisamitsu Springs played against Pioneer with two-time U.S. Olympian Tayyiba Haneef and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach Toshi Yoshida. The fans enjoyed watching a 20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10 five-set match ultimately won by Tom’s squad. She scored 24 kills, two blocks and two aces as Hisamitsu Springs played in its sixth straight five-set match with the final five being victories. Hisamitsu put an end to its five-set match streak with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 victory over JT on Feb. 18. Tom came away from the abbreviated match with 11 points via 10 kills and a block. Hisamitsu is now 12-6 overall and in a four-way tie for first place in the V-League. Hisamitsu Springs and Pioneer have a rematch on Feb. 14 at Hyogo, while Hisamitsu Springs has a Feb. 15 match against Toray, which is one of four teams tied for first.

HANEEF-PARK UPDATE: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, is competing for the Pioneer Red Wings of the Japanese V-League. On Feb. 7, she and Pioneer faced Hisamitsu Springs, which is led by three-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom. Haneef-Park led all scorers, but Hisamitsu came away with a 20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory. She scored 32 kills on 67 attacks and just four errors. Haneef-Park added four blocks for a total of 36 points in the match. On the following day, Pioneer dropped a 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 match to Toyota. Haneef-Park provided 10 kills and four blocks for 16 points in the loss. Pioneer is currently tied for sixth place with an 8-10 overall record. Pioneer and Hisamitsu Springs meet again on Feb. 14 at Hyogo, while Pioneer finishes the week against Okayama on Feb. 15.

AH MOW-SANTOS UPDATE: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu), a three-time Olympian for Team USA, has returned to her professional team in Switzerland as Volero heads into the playoffs. Ah Mow-Santos led Volero to a 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 victory in the first match of the quarterfinals against Tech laser VBC Cheseaux on Feb. 7. The two teams meet again on Feb. 14, with a tiebreaking match on Feb. 15 if needed.

BUSSE, CRIMES, PRESSEY UPDATE: 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. Toa Baja won its third straight match to open the season on Feb. 5 with a 25-14, 25-21, 26-24 victory over Guaynabo. Busse scored a match-high 17 points with 13 kills without an error, two blocks and two aces. Crimes added six kills, three blocks and an ace for 10 points. Pressey was held to three kills and an ace. For Guaynabo, past U.S. Women’s National Team member Patrice Arrington scored 13 points in the loss. Toa Baja captured its fourth straight victory by rallying past Juncos 18-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 15-11 on Feb. 7. Crimes scored a team-high 18 points, followed by Busse with 17 points. Pressey added nine points against Juncos. Toa Baja and Mayaguez are tied for first in the Puerto Rico Super League with 4-0 records. Busse is eighth overall in points scored.

OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Shonda Cole (San Sebastian) is the leading scorer in the Puerto Rico Super League with 109 points. Jordan Larson (Bayamon) is ranked second in scoring with 98 points…Jessica Jones (San Sebastian) leads all players in blocks with 26, while Alexis Crimes (Toa Baja) is ranked sixth overall…Kristie Porter tallied 27 points as Corozal defeated San Sebastian 25-18, 23-25, 25-18, 25-14 on Feb. 4. Erin Moore added 13 points in the victory. For San Sebastian, Shonda Cole tallied 13 points, while Lily Kahumoku charted 12 points…Erica Short (13) and Kylie Atherstone (10) combined for 23 points as Carolina topped Ponce 25-22, 26-24, 25-13 on Feb. 6….Jeanne Fairchild scored a team-high 18 points and Therese Crawford added 10 points for Mayaguez in a 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12 victory over Ponce on Feb. 8. Karen Lawrence tallied 20 points in the loss…Chelsea Goodman turned in a match-high 21 points while Jordan Larson added 17 points in leading Bayamon to a 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-23 victory over San Sebastian on Feb. 7. Shonda Cole produced a team-high 19 points in the loss, while Jessica Jones recorded 14 points…Jeanne Fairchild totaled 11 points and Therese Crawford was one of three players with 10 points as Mayaguez topped Caguas 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 on Feb. 7…For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, click here.

METCALF UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian, was one of four players in double-figuring scoring has her Turkish professional team Eczacibasi Zentiva defeated Eregli Belediyea 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-11 on Feb. 7. Metcalf scored 12 kills on 23 attacks with just three errors to go with two blocks for 14 overall points in the victory. In a break from league action, Eczacibasi Zentiva plays Vakifbank Guenes on Feb. 11 in the first of a home-and-home series in the Playoff 12 Round of the CEV Indesit Champions League. Metcalf and Eczacibasi Zentiva return to Turkish League action on Feb. 14 against Turk Telekom, which 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping leads.

McGINNIS, HUGHES UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), both alternates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, did not compete for their Turkish professional team Beiktas last week. Both return to action on Feb. 10 as Besiktas takes on Galatasaray, which two-time U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani competes for in the Turkish league. Besiktas also has a second match this week against Gazi Universitesi on Feb. 14.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian, and her Turkish professional team Galatasaray was idle this past week. She returns to the court on Feb. 10 as Galatasaray plays Besiktas, which sets up a reunion of American players as 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternates Angie McGinnis and Heather Hughes compete for Besiktas.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, and her Italian Serie A professional team Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi competed in the quarterfinal round of the Italian Cup A1 on Feb. 6. She scored 14 points with 13 coming off kills to go with one block, but Yamamay Busto Arsizio came away with a hard-fought 26-28, 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 18-16 victory to advance to the semifinals. Jesi will play the first match of the home-and-home series of the GM Capital Challenge Cup on Feb. 12 against France’s USSP Albi. Bown leads all Italian Serie A middle blockers in scoring with 248 points – 30 more points than second place (Danielle Scott-Arruda with 218 points). She leads the league in both kill percent (57 percent) and attack efficiency (.50). Bown and Jesi return to Italian Serie A action on Feb. 15 against Asystel Volley Novara. Both teams are 12-5 on the year, but third-place Novara is ahead in points 36-35 over fourth-place Jesi.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, and her Italian Serie A professional team Despar Perugia were idle last week as it did not compete in the final rounds of the Italian Cup. Perugia plays Riso Scotti Pavia on Feb. 14 in its return to Italian Serie A action. Perugia is ranked seventh in the league standings, but trailing fifth-place by only one point in the standing as three teams are all at 9-8.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, did not play for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in its Italian Cup A quarterfinal loss to Foppapedretti Bergamo on Feb. 6. Scott-Arruda ranks second overall among all Italian Serie A middle blockers in scoring with 218 points on the season. She also ranks sixth in block average among players having played three quarters of the matches. Castellana Grotte, currently ninth in the Italian Serie A standings, faces Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Feb. 15 in the return to the regular season action.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie, has been a key player in her team’s current seven-match win streak. She contributed 20 points as Universitet Belogorie defeated third-place Samorodok 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22. Glass tallied 15 kills on 36 attacks with only four offense errors. She added four blocks and an ace to reach 20 points. She added a 68 positive service reception percent on 41 attempts. Universitet Belogorie had its seven-match win streak snapped on Feb. 8 in a 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 loss to Avtodor-Metar. Glass was held to two points in the match. Universitet Belogorie, now in second place, plays Balakovskaya on Feb. 15.

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 their latest match, Fakel dropped a 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 decision to Dinamo-Yantar. Richards posted six kills and a block for seven points, while Joines added five kills on 18 attacks and a block. Fakel faced first-place Dinamo Moscow on Feb. 8 and lost 25-20, 25-18, 25-14. According to the match statistics, Richards and Joines did not play in the match. Fakel returns to action on Feb. 15 against Samorodok.

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.

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).

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.