U.S. Women's Update - Feb. 15

Feb. 15, 2009, 7:07 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 15, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 15 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.

McCUTCHEON IN STAR-STUDDED CLINIC LINEUP: U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), who led the U.S. Olympic Men’s Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games before switching roles in December of 2008, is one of seven speakers at the 2009 Nebraska Volleyball Coaches Clinic set for March 27-28 at Lincoln, Neb. Cost for the clinic is $100 per person. McCutcheon will be joined by former UCLA softball coach Sue Enquist. She coached UCLA for 27 years guiding the Bruins to an 887-171-1 record with 11 national titles. Other presenters will be Nebraska Head Coach John Cook, Nebraska Assistant Coach and former Olympian Erik Sullivan, Nebraska Assistant Coach Lizzy Stemke, Papillion LaVista South High School Head Coach Gwen Egbert and Piux X High School Head Coach Jake Moore as presenters. For more information, contact the NU Volleyball Office at (402) 472-2399 or click here for the clinic brochure.

BERG LAUNCHES PERSONAL WEB SITE: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a two-time U.S. Women’s National Team setter and the 2008 U.S. Women’s Female Player of the Year, has launched her own Web site found at clicking here. The site introduces readers to both of her worlds – on and off the court. Browsers can read up on her volleyball career, learn about her camps and private lessons, sponsorship and speaking engagement opportunities and her lifestyle section.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. In addition to volleyball, what other sports did Stacy Sykora letter in while attending Texas A&M University? 2. Which U.S. Women’s National Team player was her school’s first-ever player to reach 1,000 digs and 300 blocks in a career? 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.

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, 30 setters and 12 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges are represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions. For the complete press release, click here.

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 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 victory in the second match of the quarterfinals against Tech laser VBC Cheseaux on Feb. 14. The victory allows Volero to advance to the league’s semifinal round as it will play a best-of-five series against VC Kanti Schaffhausen. The series begins Feb. 28.

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. One week after Pioneer lost to Hisamitsu with three-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom, it answered with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 win of its own on Feb. 14. Haneef-Park played a different role in the match, that as a substitute in all three sets compiling four kills on 14 attacks and an ace. She stepped up her play on Feb. 15 as Pioneer captured a 22-25, 25-23, 25-10, 25-19 victory over Okayama. Haneef-Park scored 18 kills on 46 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 21 points. Pioneer, currently in sixth-place in the Japan V-League standings with a 10-10 record, plays top-ranked NEC on Feb. 21 and second-place Denso on Feb. 22 at Yamagata.

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. Hisamitsu Springs had its six-match win streak snapped by Pioneer 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 on Feb. 14, just one week after it had defeated the same team in five sets. Tom scored 13 points in the loss via 11 kills and two blocks. One day later, Hisamitsu Springs lost its second consecutive match 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24 to Toray. Tom collected 10 kills, one block and one ace for 12 points in the loss. Hisamitsu Springs, currently in fourth place with a 12-8 record, plays fifth-place Okayama on Feb. 21 and eighth-place Toyota on Feb. 22 at Saga.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian now playing professionally in Turkey for Galatasaray, played one of her best matches of the season in Turkey on Feb. 10 as she competed against Americans Angie McGinnis and Heather Hughes, both U.S. Olympic Team alternates in 2008. Nnamani tallied 24 kills on 42 attacks with just three errors for a .500 hitting efficiency and 57 percent kill ratio as Galatasaray defeated Belisktas JK Bayan 25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-22. She posted a block and ace to increase her total points to 26 for the match.

METCALF, STALLS UPDATE: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a 2004 Olympian, is playing for Eczacibasi Zentiva of the Turkish professional league along with 2008 Olympic Games alternate Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.). Both players competed for the University of Nebraska during their collegiate careers. On Feb. 14, Eczacibasi Zentiva met Turk Telekom, which is coached by 2008 U.S. Olympic head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Metcalf scored 22 points with 19 kills on 43 attacks, two blocks and an ace, only to have Turk Telekom squeak out a five-set victory 19-25, 27-25, 25-17, 10-25, 15-9. Stalls did not compete in the match. Earlier in the week, Eczacibasi Zentiva defeated Turkey’s Vakifbank Gunes 25-21, 25-16, 17-25, 25-16 in the Indesit Champions League Playoff 12 Round on Feb. 11. Metcalf tallied 21 kills on 36 swings, one block and an ace for 23 points. Stalls subbed into the third set and started the fourth set tallying an ace and one attack. The two teams meet again on Feb. 18 to conclude its home-and-home playoff series to determine who advances to the Playoff 6 Round that starts the first week of March.

McGINNIS, HUGHES UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), both alternates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and now competing for Besiktas JK Bayan of the Turkish professional volleyball league, put up decent numbers against Galatasaray on Feb. 10. However, it Galatasaray and two-time U.S. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani proved too much in a 25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-22 victory on Feb. 10. Hughes scored 16 points in the loss as she compiled 12 kills on 35 attacks, three aces and a block for 16 points. McGinnis set Besiktas to a 36 percent kill ratio as a team while adding three aces and a block of her own to the stat sheet. Besiktas came back to defeat Gazi Universitesi 25-18, 25-20, 25-11 on Feb. 14. Hughes tallied a team-high 12 points as she scored 12 kills on 29 attacks with just one error. McGinnis set Besiktas to a 49 percent kill ratio and .375 hitting efficiency.

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. Through the first six matches of the season, Toa Baja has yet to lose and holds a two-match lead in the standings. Busse and Pressey each scored 11 points on Feb. 11 as Toa Baja posted a 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Mayaguez. Crimes added eight points in the match. On the other side of the court, American Jeanne Fairchild scored 12 points in the loss, while U.S. Women’s National Team member Therese Crawford added eight points. Toa Baja ran its record to 6-0 on the year with a 25-18, 25-18, 26-24 victory over Ponce on Feb. 13. Crimes tallied a match-high 18 points with five blocks, while Busse chipped in seven points and Pressey added six. Karen Lawrence scored 12 points for Ponce in the loss.

OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Americans Shonda Cole, Lily Kahumoku, Jessica Jones and Allison Daley combined for 71 of San Sebastian’s 90 points in a five-set victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 13. Cole led the way with 34 points, while Kahumoku added 21 points, Jones 16 and Daley 12. In the loss, Arrington scored 24 points and Lindsay Phillips added 14… Jordan Larson collected 27 points in Bayamon’s four-set victory over Ponce on Feb. 11…Patrice Arrington was credited with 23 points in a three-set victory over Corozal on Feb. 10…Erin Moore tallied 17 points as her Corozal team topped Juncos in three sets. Vicky Brown contributed 12 points for Juncos in the loss… Kylie Atherstone pocketed 16 kills and Erica Short added 13 points in a Carolina four-set win over Caguas on Feb. 13…Brown scored 15 points as Junco defeated Mayaguez in four sets on Feb. 15. Fairchild tallied a team-high 18 points in the loss…For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, click here.

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 dropped a heart-breaking 26-28, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-12 match to Asystel Volley Novara on Feb. 15 after winning the first two sets. Bown did not play in the match. Jesi falls out of a tie for third place with Novara and is now in fourth place with a 12-5 record. In its next Serie A match, Jesi faces Famila Chieri on Feb. 21.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, and her Italian Serie A professional team Despar Perugia defeated Riso Scotti Pavia 25-21, 25-21, 10-25, 25-21 on Feb. 14. However, Willoughby saw limited action on the court as she subbed into the match in the third set compiling only two attacks and one serve. Perugia, currently in fifth place with a 10-8 record, takes on 13th-place Minetti Vicenza (2-15) on Feb. 22 in its next Serie A match.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, and her Italian Serie A professional team CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte lost to Zoppas Industries Conegliano 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11 on Feb. 15. Scott-Arruda tallied 19 points in the loss as she compiled 16 kills on 36 attacks to go with three blocks. Castellana Grotte, now in ninth place with an 8-9 overall record and one point out of eighth place (Conegliano), challenges Scavolini Pesaro on Feb. 22.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie, did not compete in her team’s most recent match on Feb. 15. Universitet Belogorie defeated Balakovskaya AES 27-25, 25-15, 26-24. Glass currently ranks 14th overall in scoring with 178 points. Universitet Belogorie, currently in second place in the Russian Super League with a 12-3 record, plays Indesit in its next match on Feb. 22.

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. Fakel lost to Samorodok 25-22, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 on Feb. 15. Joines scored 11 points in the match with five kills on 11 swings, three blocks and three aces. Richards added seven points, all on kills. Joines ranks 19th in blocking the Russian Super League with 28 blocks. Fakel returns to action on Feb. 22 against Uralochka.

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).