U.S. Women's Update - Feb. 11

Feb. 11, 2010, 3:15 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 11 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, Volley-Tweets, 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, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Who was Karch Kiraly’s beach partner when he won the 1996 Olympic Games beach volleyball gold medal? 2. Which school is sending the most athletes to the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts? 3. Which U.S. Women’s National Team player holds citizenship with three countries? 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.

COLLEGE COACH DAY IN ANAHEIM: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team coaching staff has initiated a new program called Coaching Outreach Program (COP) to promote the exchange of coaching ideas between the U.S. Women’s National Team and college community. The U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff of head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), assistant coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and assistant coach/technical coordinator Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) developed the foundation of the COP program last summer with several goals in mind. The intentions of the program are three-fold: 1. Develop professionally as a group; 2. Build bridges and improve lines of communication between the U.S. National Team staff and the college coaching community; and 3. Catalyze discussion about best practices in teaching and learning. The first COP session, with 20 coaches in attendance, was held Feb. 9-10 at the USA National Team Center located inside the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The second session will take place Feb. 15-16 with an additional 10 coaches participating in the COP program. For more information on the COP program, click here.

U.S. WOMEN PART OF MONTREUX VOLLEY MASTERS: The U.S. Women’s National Team will participate in the 26th Montreux Volley Masters, which will take place June 8-13 in Montreux, Switzerland. Team USA is part of Group A with Russia, Japan and Germany. Group B includes China, Cuba, Netherlands and Poland. The U.S. will face Japan on June 8, Germany on June 9 and Russia on June 11. Pool cross-over matches take place on June 12, while the medal matches take place on June 13.

UPDATE TO SECOND TRAINING SESSION ROSTER: A total of 16 players are currently training with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its second winter training block that ends April 9. The team training sessions, held at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., are open to the public. Training times are generally Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Fridays often vary on times. Middle blockers include Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Brittnee Cooper (Houston). Outside hitters/opposite include Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), Katie Wilkins Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.), Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.) and Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.). The setters training include Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) and Nicole Vargas (Seal Beach, Calif.). The libero position has Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) training with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), who played for Evergrande in the Chinese professional league, will resume training in Anaheim on Feb. 15. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio), who were part of the U.S. trip to China at the beginning of February, have return to Penn State and Ohio University to continue their educations. Some players could leave for pro opportunities or other circumstances, while the training group could expand at the end February following the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts set for Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS ROSTER: USA Volleyball will hold its largest-ever single tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Open Tryout has 47 middle blockers, 42 outside hitters, 41 liberos, 30 setters and 15 opposites for a total of 175 athletes participating. A total of 80 colleges are represented among the tryout participants. Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout. Karch Kiraly (U.S. Women’s National Team) and Jamie Morrison (U.S. Women’s National Team) will also take part in the player evaluations. As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women’s National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends. Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women’s National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States. The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout is the only path for a collegiate volleyball player with remaining eligibility to access the U.S. National Team and have an opportunity to be named to the 2010 FIVB World Championship to be played Oct. 29-Nov. 14. For the complete press release, click here.

BARBOZA WITH TORAY IN JAPAN: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team and alternate on both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games rosters, is playing in her first professional volleyball season in Japan V-League with Toray. Barboza collected 11 kills on 40 attempts to go with one block in a heart-breaking 25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 26-24 loss to first-place JT on Feb. 6. She posted 15 points in a 25-18, 25-16, 27-25 victory over Toyota on Feb. 7. In the victory, Barboza was credited with 11 kills on 24 attempts, including three kills on four back-row attempts, three blocks and an ace. Toray, now 10-6 on the season and in a tie for third place with Denso, travels to Saga on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 for matches against second-place Hisamitsu and third-place Denso.

BERG PUSHING ITALIAN TEAM TO TOP: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team which won the silver medal in Beijing, is playing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese of the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Villa Cortese started the with a 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Asystel Volley Novara on Feb. 3 to win both matches of the Italian Serie A Cup quarterfinal home-and-home series. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 42 kill percent for the match, along with a .265 hitting efficiency. Villa Cortese advances to the Italian Cup Serie A semifinals to play Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on April 17. Jesi swept Yamamay Busto Arsizio on in both of its quarterfinal matches. The other Italian Cup Serie A semifinal round will have Scavolini Pesaro playing Foppapedretti Bergamo. During the regular Serie A season schedule, Villa Cortese handled CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-11 on Feb. 7. Berg came off the bench in the first set and started the final three sets to help with the comeback. Villa Cortese had kill percents of 48, 52 and 57 in the final three sets in which she started. Villa Cortese, now with an 11-4 record and in second place, plays seventh-place Asystel Volley Novara on Feb. 14 in its next match. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at lindseyberg.blogspot.com.

BOWN COMPETING FOR JESI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda,Calif.), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in the Italian Serie A professional league. Bown scored six points in just one set on Feb. 3 as Jesi overwhelmed Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-9, 25-23, 25-16 in the second home-and-home match of the Italian Cup quarterfinal round to advance into the semifinals. Bown tallied four kills on five errorless attacks to go with a block and ace. Jesi now faces MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Cup semifinals on April 17. Jesi scored a 25-12, 28-26, 25-22 victory over Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Feb. 7 as Bown contributed nine kills on 16 attempts with just one error, three blocks and an ace for 13 points. Jesi improves to 10-5 on the season and is in third place with 30 points. Bown’s squad plays last-place RebecchiLupa Piacenza on Feb. 14 in its next Italian Serie A regular season match.

TOM, ASYSTEL VOLLEY NOVARA: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a three-time Olympian and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medal roster, is competing for Asystel Volley Novara in the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Tom scored 11 points in Novara’s 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 loss to MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the second match of the Italian Cup to fall out of the competition. She scored nine kills with two blocks in the loss. Novara was upset by Riso Scotti Pavia 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 on Feb. 7. Tom scored eight points, all on kills from 21 attempts with just two errors. Novara is now 8-7 in the regular season and in seventh place. Novara’s next Italian Serie A regular season match is against second-place MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Feb. 14. In CEV Indesit Champions League action, Novara held off Poland’s Enion Energia Darbrowa Gornicza 25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 23-25, 15-13 on Feb. 9 to win its first Playoff 12 Round match. Tom scored 18 points via 14 kills on 42 swings and four blocks. She also received 21 receptions with a 62 positive percent. The home-and-home series concludes on Feb. 16 with a spot into Playoff 6 Round at stake.

NNAMANI, GLASS PACING PROSTEJOV IN CZECH REPUBLIC: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) continue to lead their Czech Republic professional team Prostejov. The squad concluded its regular season with a 20-0 record with two victories last week and won the title with a four-match lead over second-place Frydek-Mistek. Prostejov topped PVK Olymp Praha 25-6, 25-14, 25-15 on Feb. 4. Nnamani tallied nine kills on 13 attempts to go with three blocks in the dominating sweep. Glass did not play in the match. On Feb. 6, Prostejov defeated Sternberk 23-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-7 (statistics not available). In CEV Indesit Champions League action, Prostejov plays Italy’s Scavolini Pesaro on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 in a home-and-home series during the Playoff 12 round.

FAWCETT SCORING IN RUSSIA: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), a U.S. Women’s National Team player, continues to pay dividends for Dinamo-Yantar after joining the team in mid-season. She produced a team-high 28 points in a 25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 21-25, 15-11 victory over Zarechie-Odintsovo on Feb. 5. She charted 22 kills on 44 swings to go with three blocks and three aces. She added a 50 percent positive service reception on 20 attempts, second most on the team. Dinamo-Yantar, now in a seventh-place tie with a 7-8 record and 22 points, returns to the court on Feb. 14 against Avtodor-Metar.

LARSON PUSHING DINAMO KAZAN TO NEW HEIGHTS: Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing in her first professional season of her career in the Russia Superliga with Dinamo Kazan. She tallied 16 kills on 28 attempts with only two errors in Kazan’s 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 victory over University-Technolog on Feb. 7. Larson added two aces for a total of 18 points and a 56 excellent reception percent on a team-leading 16 attempts. Kazan, tied for fifth in the league standings with an 8-7 record and 23 points, challenges Dinamo Krasnodar on Feb. 14 in its next match.

RICHARDS, SYKORA HELPING OMICHKA TO RUSSIAN FOREFRONT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, and three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) are playing in the Russia Super League with Omichka in Omsk. Omichka swept Uralochka-NTMK 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 on Feb. 7 to improve to 11-4 on the season. The victory also puts Omichka in second place with 26 points. Omichka faces ninth-place University-Technolog on Feb. 15 in its next Russian League match.

METCALF GEARING UP FOR BRAZIL START: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Games roster, is in Brazil playing for Usiminas/Minas of the Brazilian Superliga. Usiminas did not have a match last week as it finished the first half of the season with a 7-5 record and in a tie for fifth place in the league standings. To start the second half, Usiminas swept Macae Sports 25-10, 25-19, 25-15 on Feb. 9. Metcalf scored a match-high 17 points with 13 kills coming on 23 swings and four blocks. Usiminas meets Unilever on Feb. 11 in its next match.

PUERTO RICO LEAGUE FILLED WITH AMERICANS: The Puerto Rican Superliga will have some of the top American players competing in its 2010 season, which begins on Feb. 12. A full listing of U.S. National Team players and Americans competing in the Puerto Rican Superliga will be detailed in next week’s U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update as several international transfers have not been completed all paperwork allowing USA Volleyball to announce the transfer. In 2009, Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) – all members of the U.S. Women’s National Team – helped Toa Baja to the league championship.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Kent Steffes; 2. University of Texas is sending nine athletes to the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts; 3. Foluke Akinradewo holds tri-citizenship in the United States, Canada and Nigeria.