U.S. Women's Update - Nov. 3

Nov. 03, 2009, 6:37 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Nov. 3 includes briefs on upcoming U.S. players competing abroad, player information, trivia questions and much more.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Which two U.S. Women’s National Team players were married this past summer? 2. Where will the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round be held? Answers can be found at the bottom of this update.

BOWN ON FIRST-PLACE JESI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker, has helped Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi to a 4-0 start in the Italian Serie A professional league. Jesi has a league-leading 11 points and is the only undefeated team through the first four rounds of competition. To open the season, Bown scored 11 points with eight kills on 25 attempts and three blocks in rallying Jesi to a five-set victory over CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Oct. 18. During the following week, Jesi swept Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on Oct. 25 as Bown was credited with 10 kills on 13 attempts with just one hitting error. Bown charted 14 points, all on spikes from 28 attempts, in a four-set victory over Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Oct. 28. Bown provided 12 kills on 23 attacks with only two errors to go with two blocks for 14 points in a four-set win over Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Nov. 1 after Jesi dropped the first set.

BERG’S RETURN TO ITALY: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a U.S. Women’s National Team setter, took the 2008-09 professional season off to rehabilitate. However, she has returned to the Italian Serie A professional league and picked up where she left off. After playing for perennial contender Asystel Volley Novara in 2007-08, Berg has moved on to MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese for the current season and lifted the squad to a second-place standing with a 3-1 record and one point behind league-leader Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. Berg set Cortese to a four-set victory over Despar Perugia on Oct. 18 as the team converted 40 percent of its attacks. Cortese lost a hard-fought five-set match to Foppapedretti Bergamo on Oct. 25. Although Berg tallied a kill and ace while leading Cortese to a 44 kill percent for the match, Bergamo converted on 55 percent of its attempts and won the offensive battle. Cortese bounced back to sweep Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Oct. 28 as Berg tallied three kills on four errorless attacks and a block for four points. She set Cortese to a 46 kill percent in the victory. Berg set Cortese to a 56 kill percent in a sweep of CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Nov. 1. She added two kills on four errorless attacks in the win.

TOM WITH ASYSTEL VOLLEY NOVARA: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and her Italian Serie A professional team Asystel Volley Novara have bounced back from a regular season opening loss to record three straight victories and are in a tie for fifth place in the league standings with seven points. Tom scored seven kills and an ace in a three-set loss to Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on Oct. 18 as the winner won the final two sets 28-26 and 27-25 in a close battle. Novara recovered to win its next match on Oct. 25 in five sets over Rebecchilupa Piacenza. Tom was credited with 10 kills, one block and one ace for 12 points in the victory. Novara downed CFG Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte in four sets on Oct. 28 as Tom totaled 17 points with 14 kills on 41 attempts with just three errors to go with two blocks and an ace. Tom notched 20 points on 18 kills, one block and one ace as Novara rallied for a five-set victory over Riso Scotti Pavia on Nov. 1.

COLLEGIATE PLAYER UPDATES: Over the past couple summers, the U.S. Women’s National Team had several collegiate players training in either Colorado Springs or Anaheim. Some of those players are still competing in the NCAA Division I ranks and doing well. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), who trained in Anaheim this summer, have helped Penn State to a 24-0 record in 2009 and first-place ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Hodge, who earned her third AVCA National Player of the Week honor and second of the year on Nov. 3, averages 4.80 kills per set with a .439 attack efficiency as an outside hitter. She adds 0.64 blocks and 2.54 digs this season. Glass has set Penn State to a .412 team attack efficiency while adding individual averages of 0.80 kills and 0.83 blocks per set. Both Hodge and Glass have been instrumental in leading the Nittany Lions to 88 consecutive victories, which ranks tied for fourth with the UCLA men’s basketball team for the longest win streak all-time in any NCAA Division I sport. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio), who attempted to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team by taking the 2008 spring semester off, has led the University of Texas to an 18-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the AVCA Poll. She averages 4.78 kills per set with a .353 hitting efficiency while adding 0.73 blocks and 0.39 aces per set for a 5.70 scoring average. Longhorn teammate Juliann Faucette (San Diego), who also trained in Colorado Springs in spring 2008, has added 3.97 points per set this year. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a senior libero who trained in Anaheim this past summer, has helped University of Washington to a 19-2 overall record and No. 4 ranking in the AVCA Poll. She averages 5.26 digs per set and has only six reception errors through the first 21 Husky matches (70 sets). Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio), a senior outside hitter for Ohio University, trained in Anaheim this past summer. She is a two-time member of the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team and won the Open Division most valuable player award at the 2008 USA Adult Open Championships. Herman, who now has 2,004.5 points in her career at Ohio, is averaging 5.19 points per set for the 19-5 Bobcats in 2009.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Jennifer Joines Tamas and Jordan Larson; 2. Ningbo, China.