U.S. Women's Update - Nov. 17

Nov. 17, 2009, 7:28 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 17, 2009) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Nov. 17 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version including a complete list of players training at the team’s facility at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, the U.S. international transfer list, current “They Said It” feature, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Who served as the beach coach at the 2008 Olympic Games and also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team during part of 2009? 2. How much does it cost to attend a U.S. Women’s National Team training session at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.? 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.

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: The U.S. Women’s National Team currently has 11 players who have completed transfer paperwork to play on overseas professional teams. Team USA players in Italy include Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) with GSO Pall Femm Villa Cortese SSDRL, Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) with Giannino Pieralisi Volley and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) with Asystel Volley S.P.A. The Russia Super League has Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) playing for VC Dinamo Kazan, Katie Olsovsky (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) with Khabarovsk and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) with Spartak Omsk. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) are playing in China for Evergrande Volleyball Club under the direction of 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) is playing for Toray Women’s Volleyball Club in Japan’s V-League. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) will compete for Minas Tenis Club in the Brazil Superliga. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) is playing in Czech Republic for VK Prostejov.

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: A total of 107 transfers have been processed through USA Volleyball allowing women’s volleyball players from the United States to compete in international professional leagues for the 2009-2010 season. The group will be playing in 22 different countries throughout the world. Switzerland will have 21 Americans competing in its professional league, while 16 U.S. players will play in Spain. For the entire list of U.S. transfers to play internationally, visit page two of the full PDF version (click here) of this U.S. Women’s National Team Update.

RICHARDS HELPING OMICHKA TO RUSSIAN LEAD: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) has played a starting role in the first three matches of the 2010 Russia Super League professional season with Omichka, which is one of only two teams undefeated. Richards, playing as an outside hitter as opposed to last season competing as an opposite in the Russian League with Fakel, totaled nine points in a sweep of Indesit to start the season on Oct. 17. She compiled seven kills and two blocks in the season opener. Richards followed with 11 points in a five-set win over Zarechie-Odintsovo on Oct. 21. She contributed eight kills, two aces and a block in the victory. Omichka defeated Avtodor-Metar in three sets on Oct. 25 before the league went on hiatus until this coming weekend. Omichka puts its undefeated record to the test on Nov. 22 against Uralochka-NTMK, which is 1-2 on the young season.

NNAMANI PACING PROSTEJOV IN CZECH REPUBLIC, GLASS JOINS TEAM: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) has helped her Czech Republic professional team Prostejov to a 7-0 start to the season and a second-place ranking in the league standings. Nnamani tallied 13 points versus Ostrava on Nov. 14 as she compiled nine kills on 16 attempts with just one error to go with three aces and a block. She joined the team while the season was in progress and has played in five of the seven matches with a season-high 19 points coming on Oct. 24 versus Slavia Praha. Recently, Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) has joined Nnamani on the Prostejov, but has yet to play a match.

ITALIAN LEAGUE ENDS HIATUS SUNDAY: U.S. Women’s National Team players competing in the Italian Serie A professional league have been on hiatus since Nov. 1. Middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) return to action this weekend. Berg’s MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese squad matches up against Tom’s Asystel Volley Novara on Nov. 22. Bown and her league-leading Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi squad challenge RebecchiLupa Piacenza on Nov. 22. Bown currently ranks third among all middle blockers in scoring with 49 total points. Jesi is currently 4-0 on the season with 11 points, just one point ahead of second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese with a 3-1 record. Novara has won three of its first four matches and has seven points to rank in a tie for fifth in the league.

2009 U.S. NATIONAL TEAM STAT LEADERS: A total of 30 different players – 16 of which were still playing college volleyball during the 2008 season – suited up in the red, white and blue for the U.S. Women’s National Team for at least one event during the 2009 season, and all but one player scored at least one point during the year. A total of nine players reached at least 100 points scored during the campaign, which saw 16 different players average at least two points scored per set. Opposite Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) notched the most points during 2009 with 301 scores coming from 268 kills (3.39 kills per set), 26 blocks (0.33 average) and seven aces as part of a 3.81 scoring average in 79 sets. Outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) charted the second most points for Team USA this year with 234 points in a team-leading 94 sets. She averaged 2.49 points with a .281 hitting efficiency as part of a 2.10 kill average. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), in her first year with the U.S. Women’s National Team, tallied a team-leading 47 blocks during the year as part 156 total points and a 2.26 scoring average. She held a .389 hitting efficiency and 52.3 kill percent. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) added 35 blocks in just 48 sets for a 0.73 block average as part of a 2.23 scoring average. In the block average department, she trailed only Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), who posted a 0.86 block average as part of a 2.75 overall scoring average. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), playing her first year with the U.S. Women’s National Team, tallied 2.29 kills per set as part of a 2.73 scoring average, while Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) averaged 2.32 kills per set as part of a 3.00 scoring average. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) shared duties at libero with Davis tallying 229 digs as part of a 2.66 set average. Sykora averaged 2.47 with 217 total digs. The U.S. Women’s National Team used five different setters during the 2009 season – Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Nicole Vargas (Seal Beach, Calif.). Thompson played in the most sets with 82 entries, while Spicer and Berg played in 39 sets apiece. For a complete breakdown on the 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team statistics, visit page five of the full PDF version (click here) of this U.S. Women’s National Team Update.