U.S. Women's Update - May 27

May 27, 2009, 8:42 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 27, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on May 27 includes briefs on upcoming U.S. events, national team players competing overseas, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version that includes the trivia questions, 2009 season stats, international transfer list and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Which member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team has already been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame? 2. How many different countries could the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team compete in during the 2009 season? 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.

PAN AM CUP SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup schedule has been released and includes several quality matches throughout pool play leading into the classification rounds. The Pan American Cup, a 12-country event played over nine days, is being hosted by USA Volleyball and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission in Miami from June 26 to July 4 at the University of Miami and Florida International University. Each country will play five pool matches in a round-robin format from June 26 to July June 30, followed by an off-day on July 1. The winner of each pool advances to the semifinals on July 3, while the second- and third-place pool finishers play cross-pool quarterfinal matches on July 2. The championship match is schedule for July 4. All match times and pool schedules will be announced at a later time. The U.S. Women’s National Team, part of Pool A at University of Miami’s Bank United Center, starts competition on June 26 versus No. 30 Costa Rica. The Americans face No. 48 Guatemala on June 27, followed by a June 28 contest versus No. 26 Mexico. Team USA hosts No. 17 Peru on June 29 before concluding pool play on June 29 versus No. 19 Puerto Rico. The U.S. captured the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and is currently ranked second in the world. Brazil, the 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist and leader of the FIVB world ranking, headlines Pool B at Florida International (U.S. Century Bank Arena) where it will be part of a round-robin group of No. 13 Dominican Republic, No. 23 Canada, No. 31 Argentina, No. 43 Colombia and No. 53 Trinidad & Tobago. For the complete release, click here.

USAV HOSTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION EVENT: USA Volleyball is proud to announce University of Central Florida and UCF Arena, located in Orlando, Fla., as its host site for NORCECA’s FIVB Women’s World Championship Pool G qualification tournament set for July 6-8. The U.S. Women’s National Team is currently ranked second in the world by FIVB and captured the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Although the Team USA roster has not been determined at this time for the qualifier event, a handful of 2008 Olympians are likely to compete for the Americans as they attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIVB World Championship held Oct. 29 to Nov. 14 in various cities throughout Japan. Pool G is a four-team, round-robin event played over three consecutive days at UCF Arena. Along with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Costa Rica and two teams yet to advance will comprise the four-team pool. The pool winner will advance to the 2010 FIVB World Championship next fall. Match times will be 5 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, with the United States playing the second match each day. In addition to the matches, Team USA and UCF volleyball coaching staffs will hold a pre-match clinic involving chalk talk and skills demonstration. For the complete release, click here.

McCUTCHEON EARNS USOC NATIONAL HONOR: USA Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), who led the U.S. Men’s National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games before taking over the U.S. Women’s Team in December 2008, has been named the 2008 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. McCutcheon, 39, is the first volleyball coach to receive the award since the program was initiated in 1996. McCutcheon and the other honorees will be presented with their awards on June 13 during a luncheon at the 2009 National Coaching Educators' Conference in Pittsburgh. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Station Square and hosted by West Virginia University's Athletic Coaching Education Department. “It’s a wonderful honor,” McCutcheon said from his office at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. “I think in very large part it reflects the work and the success of the team and the staff. While it’s nice to get singled out for this individual award, I am certainly accepting it on behalf of everyone who was part of that program.” As head coach of the 2008 U.S. Men's Volleyball Team, McCutcheon guided the squad to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing - the first gold medal for the team since 1988. For the entire press release, click here.

JOINES IN A COACHING ROLE: Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, found a new role at the USA Adult Open Championships held in Minneapolis. During the Open Division flight held May 23-26, she held the clipboard and coached Trim Laguna Beach.

A2 TEAMS SILVER AND BRONZE AT OPEN: The U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams picked up the silver and bronze medals at the 80th USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships held at Minneapolis, which started May 23 and continues through May 30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The University of Washington, playing under its club name of Huskies VBC, captured the gold medal with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 victory over USA A2 Red in the title match on Tuesday. UW went through the tournament without a set loss in eight matches. Ironically, USA A2 Red defeated Huskies VBC in last year’s gold-medal match. USA A2 Blue lost to USA A2 Red in the playoff to advance to the title match and settled for the bronze medal. For the complete press release with A2 Rosters, click here.

OLYMPIANS TO TAKE PART IN BOYCE BANQUET: Four-time USA Volleyball Olympians Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Lloy Ball (Fort Wayne, Ind.) took part in festivities surrounding the 64th Annual Dorothy C. Boyce Awards and Recognitions Banquet held May 21 at the Hilton Minneapolis. The banquet, which recognized achievements across the sport of volleyball, is presented annually by Molten and co-sponsored by Mizuno. The Boyce Banquet, using the theme “Beijing Glory,” celebrated accomplishments at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as other annual awards presentations. Scott-Arruda and Ball represented their respective U.S. Olympic Teams, while the head coaches for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Teams – Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and “Jenny” Lang Ping (Beijing, China) – were part of the Boyce Moment highlighting Team USA accomplishments at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A pre-banquet social and USA Volleyball Foundation Silent Auction included autographed Olympic Games memorabilia and USA Volleyball apparel available to the highest bidder. For a photo gallery of the Boyce Banquet, click here.

BUSSE, CRIMES, UPDATE: Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) , both members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, played important roles for Toa Baja Llaneras as it captured the Puerto Rico Super League championship title. The Llaneras defeated Corozal Pinkin in five matches of the best-of-seven series. Busse scored 12 points in the series-opening five-set victory on May 10, while Crimes added 10 points. Former University of Florida All-American Aury Cruz hammered a match-high 23 points in the victory. In the loss, American Kristee Porter scored 21 points. Pinkin bounced back to even the series with a five-set victory on May 13. Busse contributed a match-high 25 points in the loss, while Crimes chipped in nine points. Busse scored 17 points in the third straight five-set match on May 15, which was a Llaneras victory. Crimes and Cruz added 14 points apiece in the victory, while Porter recorded 18 points in the loss. Busse provided 12 points in a Toa Baja sweep on May 17, while Cruz added 16 points and Crimes six points. The Llaneras capped the playoff series with another sweep on May 17 as Busse tacked on 13 points, while Cruz charted 12 points. Crimes tallied seven points in the series finale.

FIVB ANNOUNCES WORLD GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE: The FIVB has announced the competition schedule for its 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix, which begins July 31 with three consecutive weekends of preliminary rounds concluding with the Finals Aug. 19-23 at Tokyo. The 2009 edition involves 12 national teams playing a total of 69 matches over four consecutive weekends in 10 cities. The preliminary rounds are set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kielce, Poland and Ningbo, China, on the first weekend, Miao Li, Chinese Taipei, Macau, China, and Osaka, Japan, the second weekend and Hong Kong, Mokpo, Korea and Bangkok, Thailand, the third weekend. The U.S. Women’s National Team opens the premier annual women’s international tournament at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of Pool A. The Americans begin the tournament versus Germany on July 31, followed by NORCECA rival Puerto Rico on Aug. 1. On Aug. 2, the FIVB will have its featured match of the preliminary round as top-ranked and 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Brazil hosts second-ranked and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Team USA. The U.S. Women travel from Rio de Janeiro to Miao Li, Chinese Taipei, the following weekend for Pool D action. Team USA plays NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 7, Netherlands on Aug. 8 and Germany on Aug. 9. The Americans conclude the preliminary action in Pool I Aug. 14-16 at Bangkok, Thailand. The U.S. Women face Russia on Aug. 14, Puerto Rico on Aug. 15 and host Thailand on Aug. 16. For further details, 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 click 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 click 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.