U.S. Women's Update - March 16

March 16, 2009, 12:51 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 16, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 16 includes briefs on national team players competing overseas, 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.

USAV, ANAHEIM MOVE FORWARD ON WOMEN’S TEAM RELOCATION: The Anaheim City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize City staff to negotiate an agreement with USA Volleyball that would relocate the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to train in Anaheim at the American Sports Centers as early as this spring. The vote is a step forward in the process that would move the U.S. Women’s National Team to Anaheim from its current home at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Once the agreement is finalized, Anaheim would be designated the Official Host City for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams through the 2016 Olympic Games. The American Sports Centers, which has been the training site of the U.S. Men’s National Team since it moved to Anaheim in 2006, has agreed to host the U.S. Women’s National Team as well. The facility, which opened in March of 2004, is the largest indoor court facility in the United States featuring 22 volleyball courts, 16 basketball courts and nine indoor soccer courts. Among the ASC’s other tenants is the Southern California Volleyball Association, one of 40 regions within USA Volleyball. For the complete story, click here. For player reactions to Anaheim City Council’s vote, click here. To read an Orange County Register article on Hugh McCutcheon, 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 Championships 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. A total of 12 teams are scheduled to compete in the event, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top three teams from NORCECA in the Women’s Pan American Cup and the highest placing South American country will earn berths to next year’s premier annual event. “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.” The tournament schedule and competing teams should be available soon once teams have confirmed participation. Ticket prices and online purchasing will be available at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/572 once determined. For the full story, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Where did the U.S. Women’s National Team train prior to moving to Colorado Springs? 2. Who scored the final three points in the U.S. Women’s National Team victory over Cuba in the 2008 Olympic Games semifinal match sending the Americans to the gold-medal match? 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.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, helped her Italian professional team Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi to the title of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup last weekend. Jesi, which hosted the semifinals and final, defeated the Russian team of Leningradka St. Petersburg 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 27-25 in the semifinals on March 14. Bown scored 11 points in the 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 title match victory over Greece’s Panathinaikos on March 15. At the conclusion of the tournament, Bown was named the event’s Best Blocker. Bown and Jesi return to Italian Serie A action on March 17 with a match against league-leader Scavolini Pesaro, followed by a March 22 contest against SoloAffitti Tradeco Cesena. Jesi is currently in fourth place in the league standings with 42 points and a 14-7 record.

SCOTT-ARRUDA UPDATE: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a four-time U.S. Olympian middle blocker, is playing for CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in the Italian Serie A league. She charted 13 points in a five-set 19-25, 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 15-9 victory over Solo Affitti Tradeco Cesena on March 14 at Cesena. Scott-Arruda provided nine kills on 25 attacks while adding four blocks in the victory. Castellana Grotte, 10-12 on the season and in ninth place in the league standings, hosts 10th-place Riso Scotti Pavia on March 22.

WILLOUGHBY UPDATE: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, is now playing for Despar Perugia in the Italian Serie A league. Perugia dropped a 25-21, 28-26, 25-23 decision to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo on March 15. Willoughby returned to the starting lineup and provided eight points in the match. She tallied seven kills on 15 attacks with just two errors while adding a block. Perugia, 11-11 on the season and in sixth place, takes on Yamamay Busto Arsizio on March 22 in its next Italian Serie A 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.). Eczacibasi Zentiva blanked Fakro Muszynianka 25-17, 25-16, 25-22 on March 11 to sweep its two-match home-and-home series in the CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 6 Round. Stalls scored 10 points with three kills, four blocks and three aces. Metcalf added nine kills on 14 errorless attacks as Eczacibasi Zentiva advances to the semifinal round of the tournament hosted by Perugia March 28-29. Eczacibasi Zentiva returned to its Turkish League schedule on March 14 and claimed a 25-13, 25-22, 25-17 victory over Iller Bankasi GSK. Stalls scored 17 points with 11 kills on 14 errorless attacks while adding four blocks and two aces in the sweep. Metcalf chipped in six kills in the victory.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian now playing professionally in Turkey for Galatasaray, played well in a losing effort against Fenerbahce Acibadem on March 11. She scored 22 kills on 56 attacks to go with one block for 23 points in the 25-23, 26-28, 25-19, 26-24 loss. Nnamani also compiled a 73 positive percent on 15 service reception attempts. Galatasaray is currently 9-9 on the season with 25 points.

McGINNIS, HUGHES UPDATE: Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), both alternates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, are now competing for Besiktas JK Bayan of the Turkish professional volleyball league. On March 15, McGinnis and Hughes reunited with former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping, who now leads Turk Telekom. Lang Ping and her club won the match 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 as Turk Telekom converted on 52 percent of its attacks. McGinnis came off the bench to set in the first stanza and played the rest of the match as she provided a kill and block while setting Besiktas to a 33 kill percent. Hughes started the second set and chipped in three kills on seven attacks in limited action. Besiktas is now 9-10 on the season and in sixth place in the Turkish League standings. Meanwhile, Turk Telekom edged into first place with a 16-4 record and 48 points, while second-place V. Gunes Sigorta has 46 points and a 16-2 record.

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 (17-8), currently in third place in the V-League standings, was idle this past week and will finish the regular season against Takefuji Bamboo on March 20 and top-ranked NEC on March 21.

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. She tallied 32 points in a marathon 25-14, 20-25, 23-25, 25-20, 23-21 loss to Toyota on March 14. Haneef-Park contributed 28 kills on 70 attacks with just four errors for a 40 kill percent. A total of eight of her kills came from 20 back-row attacks. Haneef-Park added three blocks and an ace in the loss. Pioneer closes its regular season against Toray on March 20 and JT on March 21.

PUERTO RICO ALL-STAR MATCH: The Puerto Rico Super League All-Star match was held on March 15 with the non-Puerto Rican All-Star team defeating the locals 25-22, 126-25, 25-22, 25-18. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) attended the match as a guest of the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation. Jordan Larson, with 14 points in the match, was named the most valuable player by the media and received $100, round-trip flight to New York courtesy of Delta Airlines, a free-month’s pass at Gold’s Gym, Dasani products and a $25 gift card to Sports Connection. As part of the skills test, Alexis Crimes won the speed test with a time of 8.34 seconds.

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 won two matches last week to extend their win streak to 14 matches to begin the season. Toa Baja blanked Juncos on March 12 as Busse and Pressey each totaled 11 points and Crimes added seven points. Kelly Wing scored 10 points for Juncos in the loss. Busse collected 21 points with 20 kills to lead Toa Baja to a four-set victory over second-place Corozal on March 13. Pressey added 15 points with 13 digs and 14 service receptions, while Crimes touched Pinkin for nine points. Kristee Porter led Pinkin with 21 points in the loss. The Llaneras now have a 2.5 match lead over Corozal in the standings.

OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Nicole Fawcett scored 27 points as Carolina defeated Bayamon in four sets on March 11. Atherstone added 14 points in the victory and Erica Short chipped in 12 points. In the loss, Jordan Larson hammered 27 kills as part of a 30-point performance. Kristee Porter notched 12 points and Erin Moore added 10 points as Corozal defeated Mayaguez in three sets on March 12…Jessica Jones tallied nine blocks as part of a 20-point night in leading San Sebastian to a four-set win over Caguas on March 12. Jane Collymore scored 21 points and Shonda Cole pitched in 13 points in the victory for San Sebastian…Fawcett notched 15 points in leading Carolina to a three-set victory over Ponce on March 15…Collymore hammered out 25 points in pacing San Sebastian to a five-set victory over Juncos on March 15. Cole added 18 points in the victory, while Jessica Jones added 15. Wing led Juncos in the loss with 18 points, while Sarah Kirkwood was credited with 14 points…Larson collected 17 points as Bayamon swept Guaynabo on March 15. Patrice Arrington scored 14 points in the loss…For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, click here.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie. The Russian Super League was idle this past week and Glass’ team returns to the court on March 19 against Uralochka-NTMK.

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. The Russian Super League was idle this past week and Fakel returns to the court on March 19 against Balakovskaya.

HOGAN SELECTED AS COLORADO ASSISTANT: Tom Hogan, an assistant women’s volleyball coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-2008, was named March 10 as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at the University of Colorado. While with Team USA, he assisted the Americans to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. Hogan assumes his duties at Colorado on March 16. For the full Colorado press release, click here.

BARBOZA SELECTED AAU SULLIVAN AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an alternate for both the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball teams, has been selected as a one of 12 semifinalists for the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award. The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is based on the qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. The award goes far beyond athletic accomplishment and honors those who have leadership skills and strong character which is evident in the nominee’s lifestyle as a whole. The Sullivan Award Reception and Presentation will take place April 15 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City. The night’s activities start with an athlete autograph session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m. To cast your vote for the award on USA Today’s fan poll, click here.

DESTINEE HOOKER WINS NCAA TITLE: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team last spring in hopes of making a spot on the 2008 Olympic Games team, has been busy this spring in another sport that she excels in at the University of Texas. At the NCAA Indoor Championships at College Station, Texas, Hooker cleared 6-6 in the high jump to win her first career NCAA indoor title. In the process, the junior broke a nine-year old collegiate indoor record of 6-5.5 in the high jump, which also represented an 11-year-old University of Texas record. To view a photo gallery that includes Hooker’s record high jump, click here.

REPLICA JERSEY AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME: Are you looking for a unique 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.