U.S. Women's Update - Feb. 23

Feb. 23, 2010, 6:02 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 23, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 23 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. Which current member of the U.S. Women’s National Team earned Best Receiver at the 2002 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Championship and played in the 2002 NORCECA Women’s Junior Championship the same year? 2. Which member of the U.S. Women’s National Team earned Best Server at the 2004 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship? 3. Which player was part of both the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team? Answers can be found on page four in the full PDF version of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS A SUCCESS: For three days this past weekend, nearly 175 athletes were put to the test by U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) at the squad’s open tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. At the end of the weekend, McCutcheon was happy with what he saw on the court after each player had four different training sessions. “I thought the tryout was successful,” McCutcheon said. “It was wonderfully well-attended. There were a lot of great volleyball players in the gym all at the same time for us to evaluate. The tryout involved 174 athletes – the most ever at the annual open tryout – being evaluated by McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and assistant coaches Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.). The coaching staff was able evaluate 46 middle blockers, 41 outside hitters, 38 liberos, 30 setters and 19 opposites representing 81 different colleges. Athletes were competing 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 amount of talent and support that the colleges have provided bodes well for the U.S. Women’s National Team program,” McCutcheon said. According to Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball’s managing director of Indoor High Performance Program, the U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams will be announced in mid-March once all confirmations to participate have been secured. For the tryout roster and full press release, click here.

NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS PHOTO GALLERIES: Three photo galleries – 476 images – of the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts can be found online. For the Feb. 19 gallery of 144 images, click here. For the Feb. 20 gallery of 223 images, click here. For the Feb. 21 gallery of 109 images, click here.

OTHER STORIES FROM THE OPEN TRYOUTS: Read two other stories posted to USAVolleyball.org in relation to the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21. Blair Brown (Purcellville, Va.), a rising senior opposite hitter at Penn State University, has helped the Nittany Lions to an unprecedented three consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship titles. Yet, she is not resting on those laurels while attending the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team open tryouts being held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. For the full story, click here. Growing up in Colorado Springs in the hometown of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Rachael Broerman dreamed of the opportunity to play on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Despite a microfracture of her left knee last fall and two ACL surgeries before graduating from high school, Broerman continues to defy the odds. For the full feature, click here.

U.S. WOMEN SHOW SUPPORT FOR TEAM USA AT WINTER OLYMPICS: Members of the U.S. Women’s National Team wore their red, white and blue at the OC Sports Grill in Anaheim on Feb. 21 in support of Team USA hockey players as it defeated Team Canada 5-3 during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team trains at the USA National Team Center located within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim. The City of Anaheim is also home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League, which has several players representing the two Olympic hockey teams. Members of the Anaheim-based U.S. National Volleyball Teams scheduled to be in attendance at the OC Sports Grill included: Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). In addition, several players training with the U.S. Men’s National Team attended the event, including Hudson Bates (Richmond, Va.), Matt Werle,(Meadville, Pa.), Jake Schkud (Santa Monica, Calif.), Mark Ribeiro II (New York, N.Y.) and Jonathan Charette (Fullerton, Calif.).

UPDATE TO SECOND TRAINING SESSION ROSTER: A total of 17 players are currently training with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its second winter training block that ends April 9. Neticia Enesi, a middle blocker who completed her collegiate career last fall at the University of Oregon, started training at the USA National Team Center on Feb. 22. 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.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brittnee Cooper (Houston) and Neticia Enesi (The Dallas, Ore.). Outside hitters/opposite include Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), 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. Further, Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) have joined the training session. 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.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: For a full listing of the 146 international transfers for American female players to other countries to play professional volleyball, visit the full PDF version of the U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update.

METCALF PROVIDING OFFENSE IN BRAZIL: 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. Metcalf totaled 18 points in pacing Usiminas to a 25-8, 25-13, 25-20 victory over Pauta on Feb. 17. She tallied 13 kills on 25 attempts, two blocks and an ace in the victory. Against Cativa on Feb. 19, Metcalf was credited with a match-high 26 points via 23 kills on 44 swings and an ace. Now 4-0 in the second phase and 11-5 overall in the Brazilian Superliga, Usiminas plays Sollys on Feb. 25 and Pinheiros on Feb. 27 in its next league matches.

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. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 27-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on Feb. 21. She tallied a kills on three attempts to go with a block for two points. Berg helped Villa Cortese to a 52 kill percent and .417 hitting efficiency for the match with only 12 errors. Villa Cortese, now 13-4 on the season and in second place with 38 points, challenges RebecchiLupa Piacenza on Feb. 27 in its next Serie A 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 turned in nine kills on 15 errorless swings in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-15 Jesi victory over Asystel Volley Novara on Feb. 21. She added a match-high five blocks – more than Novara as a team – for a total of 14 points in the match. With the victory, Jesi improves to 11-6 on the season and is in fourth place with 33 points, just one point out of third place. Jesi returns to the court on Feb. 28 against Riso Scotti Pavia.

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 a match-high 21 points in leading Novara to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Poland’s Enion Energia Dabrowa Gornicza on Feb. 16 in the second match of the CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 12 round. She tallied 18 kills on 31 swings with three blocks. With the victory, Novara swept the home-and-home series to advance to the Playoff 6 round against Turkey’s VakifGunes Telekom Istanbul. The Playoff 6 round starts the first week of March with Novara playing its Playoff 6 opponent on March 2. Later in the week, Novara dropped a 25-22, 25-20, 25-15 match to Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on Feb. 21. Tom scored 10 kills and a block in the loss. Novara, which is currently in eighth place in the Serie A division with 22 points and an 8-9 record, will play Scavolini Pesaro on Feb. 28.

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. Richards scored 24 points for Omichka on Feb. 21 in a 25-22, 25-18, 27-29, 25-20 victory over Dinamo-Krasnodar. She tallied 22 kills on 48 swings, along with two aces and 15 errorless service receptions. Sykora handled 40 of the team’s 81 service receptions with a 68 positive reception percent. Omichka, in second place with a 13-4 record and 30 points, takes on Russia Super League leader and undefeated Dinamo-Moscow (16-0) on Feb. 26 in its next league match.

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. Larson helped Kazan to a near upset of undefeated Dinamo Moscow on Feb. 21. Dinamo Moscow, now 16-0 with a four-match lead over second-place Omichka, prevailed 27-25, 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 15-13. Kazan, which dropped to 8-9 on the season with 25 points for sixth place, takes on 11th-place Leningradka on Feb. 28 in its next match.

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. Fawcett produced 22 kills on 38 swings, two aces and a block for Yantar on Feb. 20, but it was not enough as Uralochka battled to a 25-23, 25-18, 32-34, 25-22 victory. Yantar is now 7-10 on the season with 24 points for eighth place. Fawcett’s team hits the court again on March 1 against 10th-place University-Technolog of Belgorod.

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 contributed seven kills on 23 swings in Toray’s 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 loss to NEC on Feb. 20. Toray bounced back to sweep Okayama 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 on Feb. 21 as Barboza chipped in eight kills on 21 swings and two blocks for 10 points. Toray, now 13-7 on the season and in third place, travels to Aichi on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 for matches against seventh-place Pioneer and eighth-place Toyota Auto Body. To read her most recent blog, click here.

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. In its CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 12 round match against Italy’s Scavolini Pesaro on Feb. 18, Prostejov lost 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 in the second match of the home-and-home series. Nnamani led her squad with 18 points with 17 kills on 33 swings with just two errors. She added a block in the loss. Glass scored seven kills on 13 swings while adding a block and a service reception of 56 percent excellent on a team-high 32 attempts. Last week, Prostejov defeated Brno to capture the Czech Cup. Starting on Feb. 24, Prostejov begins the Slovakian-Czech Cup with each round being best of five and the finals held in April.

JOINES TAMAS, BUSSE WITH TOA BAJA: Jen Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) and Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, are playing for 2009 Puerto Rico League champion Toa Baja in 2010. Busse scored 11 points with seven kills, three blocks and an ace in helping the Llaneras to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-20 victory over Carolina on Feb. 17. Jennifer Tamas added nine points in the victory. Four days later, Toa Baja held off Mayaguez 25-16, 18-25, 25-18, 18-25, 19-17. Tamas tallied 10 points with six kills, two blocks and two aces. Busse pocketed six kills in the victory, while 2004 AVCA Division I Co-Player of the Year Stacey Gordon of Canada tallied 19 points in the win. Toa Baja is currently in second place with a 3-1 record with its only loss to Catano, the only undefeated team in the league.

THOMPSON, SALVO WITH CATANO: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Airial Salvo (Farmington, Utah) are playing for Catano de Lancheras of the Puerto Rico Superliga. Thompson tallied nine assists, 12 digs and two points in leading the Lancheras to a 25-14, 25-22, 25-12 victory over Ponce on Feb. 17. Salvo scored a match-high 19 points for Catano against Ponce. Thompson set Catano to its fourth straight victory to open the season with a 25-19, 25-15, 38-36 victory over Juncos on Feb. 21. Thompson had two aces and a block in the victory. Salvo was credited with 16 points and 16 digs in the victory. Catano extended its win streak to five matches with a hard-fought 26-24, 25-23, 26-24 victory over Corozal on Feb. 22. Thompson had 10 assists, 10 digs and two aces in the victory. Salvo added eight kills, 19 digs and 12 receptions.

SPICER WITH PONCE: Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Ponce of the Puerto Rico Superliga in 2010. Spicer totaled 15 assists and 12 digs on Feb. 17 against Catano, but it was not enough in a three-set loss. She helped Leonas to a 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 21. Spicer scored three kills and three aces in the victory while adding 18 digs and 10 assists. She set Sonja Newcombe to a massive 38-point performance in the win.

KIMMICH WITH GUAYNABO: Katie Wilkins Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for the Mets of Guaynabo in the Puerto Rico Superliga. She scored a team-high 15 points with 14 kills and 17 digs in Guaynabo’s four-set loss to Juncos on Feb. 17. Kimmich scored 20 points with 18 kills and two blocks on Feb. 21, but it was not enough as Ponce earned a 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 victory. One day later, she put up impressive numbers again versus Mayaguez in an 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25, 15-10 loss. Kimmich tallied 21 points with 19 kills and 13 receptions in the contest.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Caguas’ Shonda Cole scored 27 points in a five-set loss to Mayaguez on Feb. 16…Erin Moore tallied 16 points and Christal Morrison added 12 in Bayamon’s sweep of Corozal on Feb. 16. Corozal was led by Kaitlin Sather’s 14 points…Erica Lott charted 29 points and 16 digs for Juncos in its four-set win over Guaynabo on Feb. 17. Kelly Wing added 16 points and 12 digs in the victory. Aneli Cubi-Otineru recorded 10 points for Guaynabo…Jessica Jones produced 10 points in Carolina’s three-set loss to defending champion Toa Baja on Feb. 17, while former U.S. Women’s National Team member Katie Olsovsky charted seven points for Carolina…Sarah Ammerman scored six points for Ponce in a three-set loss to Catano on Feb. 17. Shonda Cole hammered out 23 points with 19 kills, three blocks and an ace to lead Caguas to a four-set victory over Bayamon on Feb. 21. Christal Morrison and Erin Moore each scored 11 points in the loss…Katie Olsovsky tallied 14 points and Jessica Jones added 13 in leading Carolina to a four-set victory over Corozal on Feb. 21. Kristee Porter notched a match-high 19 points in the loss, while Kaitlin Sather added 17 points…Kelly Wing collected 15 points and Erica Lott added nine points in a three-set Juncos loss to undefeated Catano on Feb. 21…Sonja Newcombe provided Ponce 38 points by herself in leading the Leonas to a four-set victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 21. Sarah Ammerman added 12 points in the victory…Katie Olsovsky, a past U.S. National Team member, and Jessica Jones provided a balanced offensive Carolina team with 14 points apiece as the Las Gigantes edged Caguas in five sets on Feb. 22. On the other side of the net, Shonda Cole tallied 18 kills and five blocks for 23 points to go with 12 digs in the loss…Kristee Porter scored a match-high 18 points for Corozal on Feb. 22, but league-leader Catano edged the visitors in three straight deuce sets (26-24, 25-23, 26-24). Kaitlin Sather added 14 points in the loss...Aneli Cubi-Otineru provided 14 points in Guaynabo’s five-set loss to Mayaguez on Feb. 22.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Cynthia Barboza; 2. Alisha Glass; Kim Glass