U.S. Women's Update - March 23

March 23, 2009, 7:37 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 23, 2009) – The current edition of the U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 23 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.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Who was the first head coach to lead an American volleyball team into the Olympic Games? 2. Who scored the final point in the U.S. Women’s National Team victory over China in the 2008 Olympic Games to clinch the Americans a spot into the quarterfinals? Answers can be found on page two in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

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 defeated Balakoskaya 25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 on March 19. Richards, who has been playing opposite for her professional team this season, charted 23 kills on 44 attacks along with a block. Joines added six kills on 12 swings, two blocks and an ace in the victory. Fakel lost in three sets to Leningradka on March 23. Richards and Joines will return to the court of Fakel on April 2 against ninth-place Indesit.

GLASS UPDATE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is playing professionally in Russia with Universitet Belogorie. Her squad lost a marathon five-set match (20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11) on March 19 against Uralochka-NTMK. Universitet Belogorie was handed a 3-0 loss by Spartak on March 23. Without Glass in the lineup over the last several matches, Universitet has dropped from a tie for first place into a tie for fourth place with a 12-8 record. Prior to the Spartak match, Glass’ team was in a four-way tie for second place and now tied with Spartak. Universitet Belogorie will look to stop the skid on April 2 against 10th-place Leningradka.

BOWN UPDATE: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian and middle blocker on the silver-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, provided a big lift for her Italian Serie A professional team Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on March 22. Jesi rallied to defeat Solo Affitti Tradeco Cesena 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 15-12 as Bown scored a match-high 20 points. She collected 18 kills on 28 attacks with just three hitting errors for a .536 hitting efficiency and 64.3 kill percent. Bown added two blocks in the victory. Jesi, ranked fourth in the Italian Serie A standings with a 15-8 record and 43 points, plays seventh-ranked Zoppas Industries Conegliano on March 29.

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. Castellana Grotte lost to Perugia 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-10 on March 16 in a match originally scheduled for the weekend of March 29, but moved up due to Perugia hosting the CEV Indesit Champions League finals the same weekend. Scott-Arruda turned in 12 kills and four blocks for 16 points while hitting with a 43 percent success rate. In its regularly scheduled match on March 22, Castellana Grotte swept Riso Scotti Pavia 25-21, 25-22, 25-16. Scott-Arruda pocketed six kills on 12 attacks with just one error for a .417 hitting efficiency and 50.0 kill percent. She added two blocks and two aces for a total of 10 points. Castellana Grotte, which remains in ninth place with an 11-13 record but just one point out of eighth place, is idle this coming week.

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, which is hosting the CEV Indesit Champions League the weekend of March 28-29, moved its March 29 match against CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte to March 16 and held on to win 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-10. Willoughby scored a match-high 22 points with 15 kills on 41 attacks, six blocks and an ace. Perugia played fifth-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio in its regularly schedule match for the week on March 22 and lost 26-24, 25-22, 25-20. Willoughby, who played in all three sets but started just the second, charted eight kills, two blocks and an ace for 11 points in a reserve role. Perugia, now 12-12 on the season and in sixth place with 38 points, takes a break from the Italian Serie A schedule to host the CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four. Perugia faces Volley Bergamo in the semifinal round, while Turkey’s Eczacibasi Zentiva matches up against Russia’s Dinamo Moscow in the other semifinal.

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 won both its matches last week to end the regular season with a 19-8 overall record. Tom notched 25 points in a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Takefuji Bamboo on March 20. She tallied 19 kills on 37 attacks, match-high five blocks and an ace to go with a 68.2 service reception percent (15 of 22). In a battle to decide second place, Hisamitsu Springs blanked NEC 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 on March 21 in the regular season finale. Tom was credited with 11 kills on 21 attacks and just one error, while adding an ace for a 12-point performance. Hisamitsu Springs will be one of four teams competing in the round-robin Japanese V-League finals. Hisamitsu Springs has a rematch with NEC on April 3, followed by an April 4 contest against league-champion Toray and April 5 contest against fourth-place Denso.

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 played in two matches last week to conclude her team’s regular season. Haneef-Park scored 27 points, all on kills coming from 60 attacks, in a 25-21, 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13 loss to first-place Toray on March 20. In the season finale, Pioneer defeated ninth-place JT 22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 on March 21. Haneef-Park was credited with 29 kills on 60 swings and one ace on 11 serves. Pioneer ended the season in sixth place with a 13-14 record and a 1.02 set won-lost ratio, just 0.02 behind fifth-place Toyota Autobody’s 1.04 ratio and identical 13-14 record.

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 rallied to defeat Fenerbahce 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-10 on March 18 in the second match of the Teledunya Turkish Cup Final to win its sixth consecutive Turkish Cup trophy. Earlier, the Eczacibasi had won the first meeting in four sets. Metcalf scored eight kills on 29 attacks with a block for nine points in the victory. To view photos, click here. In its return to Turkish League play, Eczacibasi Zentiva defeated Karsiyaka 25-13, 25-13, 25-21 on March 21. Stalls chalked up six kills on 10 attacks with just one error in starting the match. Metcalf did not play in the victory.

NNAMANI UPDATE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), a two-time Olympian now playing professionally in Turkey for Galatasaray, led her team to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Nilufer Belediye Spor on March 21. She contributed 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace as Galatasaray limited its opponent to a 31 kill percent for the match. Nnamani also received 11 of her team’s 51 service receptions without an error in the victory.

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. Fenerbahce Acibadem got the best of Besiktas on March 21 with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 victory in Istanbul. McGinnis set Besiktas to a 32 kill percent for the match while posting one kill herself on five attempts. Hughes came off the bench to start the second and third sets and totaled four kills.

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 continued its win streak with a 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17 victory over San Sebastian on March 18. Crimes tallied 16 points with eight kills, six blocks and two aces in leading the way, while Pressey and Busse each contributed 14 points in the victory. In the loss, former U.S. National Team players Shonda Cole (17) and Jane Collymore (16) combined for 33 points while Allison Daley chipped in 11 points. In its second match of the week, Toa Baja topped Bayamon 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 15-12 on March 20. Pressey tallied a match-high 16 points while Crimes and Busse followed with 15 points apiece. Jordan Larson led Bayamon in the loss with 14 points, 13 digs and 14 service receptions. Toa Baja ended the week with its third victory, a 3-1 win over Guaynabo to stretch its win streak to 17 matches to start the season. Toa Baja has a three-match lead over second-place Corozal with five matches remaining in the regular season.

OTHER AMERICAN STANDOUTS IN PUERTO RICO LEAGUE: Jordan Larson compiled 16 points all on kills in leading Bayamon to a three-set victory over Ponce on March 18…Kelly Wing hammered out 20 points and Vicky Brown added 15 points as Juncos topped Ponce in four sets on March 20…Kristee Porter contributed 22 points to lead Corozal to a four-set victory over Caguas on March 20. Erin Moore tacked on 13 points in the victory…Nicole Fawcett provided 19 points in a five-set Carolina victory over San Sebastian on March 21. Kylie Atherstone and Erica Short added 13 points each. Jane Collymore scored a match-high 20 points in the loss for San Sebastian, while Jessica Jones added 17 points and Shonda Cole 16 points…Porter tacked on 17 points, all kills, in leading Corozal to a sweep over Juncos on March 22. Wing tallied 11 points in the loss…Mayaguez swept Ponce on March 22 as Jessica VanderKooi charted 14 points in the victory…Nicole Fawcett poured out 10 points in leading Carolina to a four-set victory over Caguas…For more highlights from the Puerto Rico Super League, 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.

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.

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.