U.S. Women's Update - Feb. 24

Feb. 24, 2009, 10:12 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 24, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 24 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.

OPEN TRYOUTS FOR U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: USA Volleyball conducted its three-day U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted a record 160 athletes seeking spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team, the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team or the USA Women’s Senior A2 Team. “I was very impressed with the talent and depth of the players who participated in the tryout this past weekend,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “The athletes worked very hard to be evaluated by our tryout coaching staff, who put in many hours over the weekend to make for a successful tryout. Overall, this was a very positive experience for our program.” The 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout roster included 39 outside hitters, 39 middle blockers, 37 liberos, 28 setters and 17 opposites. A total of 64 different colleges were represented on the roster, including four non-NCAA Division I institutions. A total of 33 athletes were competing for roster spots for U.S. Women’s Junior National Team inclusion, as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team and its A2 program. For the full story, click here.

CLIMBING THE WORLD RANKINGS: The U.S. Women’s National Team has moved into second place in the FIVB World Ranking released on Jan. 15, which aligns with the 2008 Olympic Games silver-medal finish. Team USA was ranked third in the world at the end of 2008 before the ranking formula adjusted based on past performances. Brazil is currently leading the world ranking with 255 points, followed by the Americans with 198 points. Cuba is ranked third with 190 points, closely followed by Italy with 185 points. China ranks fifth followed by Japan in sixth place.

FORMER NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER ON AMAZING RACE: Jennifer Hoffman, who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2004 and was part of the 2004 Montreux roster, is part of the current season of the CBS series Amazing Race. She is taking part in the series with her sister LaKisha Hoffman. Jennifer was an All-American volleyball player at the University of Louisville. For more details on the pair, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTION: How many 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Players are playing professionally overseas? Answer can be found on page four in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

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 continues into the playoffs. With Ah Mow-Santos, Volero defeated Tech-Laser VBC Cheseaux in the Playoff 1/4 Final with a three-set and four-set victory to advance to the finals. Volero takes on VC Kanti Schaffhausen on Feb. 28, followed by a March 4 home contest. The third match of the best-of-five is scheduled for March 3. If needed, the final two matches will be played on March 11 and March 14.

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. She aided her Japanese team to two victories this past weekend. Tom scored 20 points in a 25-15, 21-25, 28-26, 17-25, 15-10 victory over Okayama on Feb. 21. During the match, she tallied 17 kills, one block and two aces while recording an 83.3 percent on serve receive. One day later, Tom scored 16 kills, two blocks and three aces for 21 points in a 25-21, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17 victory over Toyota. Hisamitsu Springs is currently fourth in the league standings and will play the league’s bottom two opponents next weekend: Hitachi (0-21) on Feb. 28 and JT (8-13) on March 1.

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. Pioneer dropped a 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 match to league-leading NEC on Feb. 21. Haneef-Park tallied 14 kills and two aces in the loss for 16 points. Pioneer came back the following day to take a 25-23, 25-23, 27-25 victory over second-place Denso. In the victory, Haneef-Park contributed 17 kills on 31 attacks without an error to go with a block for 18 points. Pioneer, at 11-11 during the league and in sixth place, plays Hitachi (0-21) on March 1.

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.). Eczacibasi won a five-set match over Vakibank Gunes S. Istanbul on Feb. 18 in the CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 12 Round. Metcalf, who started and played only the first four sets, tallied 10 points with nine kills and a block. Stalls, who started the entire match, added a match-high five blocks to go with a kill and ace for seven points. Eczacibasi now advances to the Champions League Playoff 6 Round and will face Poland’s Fakro Muszynianka Muszyna on March 4 or 5 to start the home-and-home series which concludes the following week. In Turkish League action on Feb. 21, Eczacibasi dropped a 25-23, 25-18, 26-24 match to rival Fenerbahce Acibadem. Stalls started her second straight match and tallied three kills on seven errorless attacks to go with a block and ace for five points. Metcalf did not play in the match.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian now playing professionally in Turkey for Galatasaray, was idle in competition last week. Galatasaray returns to the court on Feb. 25 against V. Gunes Sigorta.

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, did not have a match last week.

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. The Llaneras are now 8-0 to start the season after picking up two wins last week. Toa Baja defeated Carolina 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19 on Feb. 21. Pressey tallied 16 points, 10 digs and 11 successful service receptions in the victory. Busse added 15 points, while Crimes chipped in 11 points. Playing against Toa Baja, Kylie Atherstone charted 16 points for Carolina in the loss. In Toa Baja’s Feb. 22 five-set victory over San Sebastian, it seemed like a reunion of U.S. Women’s National Team players. Busse led Toa Baja with 18 points, while Pressey contributed 16 points and 20 digs followed by Crimes’ 10 points. In defeat, former U.S. National Team player Jane Collymore racked up a match-high 26 points in her first match with new team San Sebastian. Shonda Cole added 21 points, followed by 12 points by Allison Daley and 11 points by Jessica Jones. Toa Baja has a 2.5 match lead over Corozal in the league standings.

OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Vicky Brown scored 11 points in Juncos’ 25-18, 25-18, 25-12 victory over Ponce on Feb. 17…Kylie Atherstone compiled 20 points for Carolina as it defeated San Sebastian 25-20, 19-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-3 on Feb. 19. Rachel Hartman added 15 assists in the victory. For San Sebastian, Lily Kahumoku recorded a team-high 14 points, while Allison Daley added 13 points and 19 digs and Jessica Jones followed with 10 points…Lindsay Phillips tallied a double-double of 15 points and 11 digs as Guaynabo defeated Caguas 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 on Feb. 19. Patrice Arrington added 13 points and 20 digs in the victory…Jordan Larson chalked up 19 points in a 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 Bayamon victory over Juncos…Arrington totaled 18 points on Feb. 21 as Guaynabo lost to Ponce 25-19, 22-25, 28-26, 25-22…Jeanne Fairchild ripped 19 points for Mayaguez in a 25-23, 25-19, 25-12 victory over Bayamon. Larson was credited with 11 points in the loss…Kristee Porter scored 18 points and Erin Moore added 15 points and 16 digs as Corozal defeated Caguas 25-15, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16 on Feb. 21…Lindsey Phillips tallied 13 points as Guaynabo topped Juncos 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 on Feb. 22…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, did not compete her Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi’s loss to Famila Chieri on Feb. 21. With the loss, Jesi falls to 12-7 on the year and holds a slim one-point lead over fifth-place Despar Perugia. Jesi resumes Italian Serie A action on March 1 versus CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte, which has four-time U.S. Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda on the roster. As part of the CEV Challenge Cup, Jesi defeated France’s Albi 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 on Feb. 18 without Bown competing. Jesi, which did not drop a set in the home-and-home quarterfinals, advances to the Challenge Cup semifinals on March 14 and will play Russia’s Lenigradka St. Petersburg.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, came off the bench in Despar Perugia’s 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Minetti Vicenza in an Italian Serie A match on Feb. 22. Willoughby subbed into the contest during the third set and provided two kills on eight attacks to help Perugia improve to 11-8 on the season and move into fifth place. Perugia takes on Famila Chieri, tied for last place with Minetti Vicenza, on March 1.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, provided 10 points for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Feb. 22. However, her Italian Serie A team lost 25-11, 25-20, 25-14 to league-leader Pesaro. Scott-Arruda tallied all her points via kills. Castellana Grotte returns to action on March 1 against fourth-place Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. The contest will match-up both Team USA starting middle blockers from the past three Olympic Games as Heather Bown competes for Jesi.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie, was part of a four-set loss to Indesit on Feb. 22. No statistics of the match are available at press time. Universitet Belogorie falls to 12-7 on the season and to fifth place by points, but only one match victory out of second place in a close league standings. Universitet Belogorie challenges Zarechie-Odintsovo, 6-10 on the season and in 10th place, on Feb. 28.

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 nearly upset Uralochka-NTMK on Feb. 22, but walked away with a 20-25, 28-26, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10 loss. Richards scored a match-high 27 points with 22 kills on 49 attacks and five aces on 22 serves. Joines added five kills on 12 attacks and three blocks for eight points. Fakel (1-15) plays Avtodor-Metar (7-9) on Feb. 28 in its next match.

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).

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.

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.

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.