U.S. Women's Update - Jan. 7

Jan. 07, 2010, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 7, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 7 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, Volley-Tweets, the U.S. international transfer list, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Which player with U.S. Women’s National Team experience won the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Most Outstanding Player for 2009? 2. Which player who begins training with the U.S. Women’s National Team next week has a sister who also competes on the team? 3. What university did U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) play and coach at? 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.

SECOND TRAINING SESSION STARTS NEXT WEEK: A total of 18 players are scheduled to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its second winter training block starting Jan. 11 and ending April 9. Middle blockers include Jennifer Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Tracy Stalls (Denver), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.), 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.), Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.) and Airial Salvo (Farmington, Utah). The three setters training include Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio). The libero position has Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.), Jaimi Gregory (Westminster, 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.) will join the training team in February. 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 PLAYERS AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: Several U.S. Women’s National Team players will take part in the upcoming USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic set for Jan. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Middle blockers Jennifer Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) and Tracy Stalls (Denver), outsides Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), and setters Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) will serve as demonstrators for the clinic. The theme for the clinic is “Getting Up to Speed for London” in reference to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The clinic is limited to the first 100 coaches who complete the registration process. For more details, click here.

DAVIS PART OF FUND DRIVE: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), an Olympic silver medalist with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team, is one of 55 athletes participating in “Who Cares? Racing for a Cause.” The not-for-profit fundraising campaign, developed by Athletes for Hope, has 60 athletes competing against each other while raising money for their respective charities. Davis has selected to represent Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin’s Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) in California. “I can't imagine that I would be as successful as I am today if I had grown up in an environment where just surviving was my biggest challenge,” Davis wrote on the fundraising project’s Web site. “Every child deserves the chance to become something bigger than they alone can dream.” CASA gives foster children the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to focus their energies on achieving their dreams. The fundraiser began on Dec. 16 and goes through Jan. 15. Donations start at $10, and can be sent via Davis’ project page by clicking here. Through Jan. 6, a total of 229 individuals have donated a total of $4,525 for Davis’ project. She currently ranks fourth in the race among the athletes, led by Kristine Lilly. Other notable athletes participating are beach volleyball Olympians Eric Fonoimoana and Nicole Branagh, NBA’s Steve Nash, baseball’s Cal Ripken, Jr., boxing legend Muhammad Ali, skateboarder Tony Hawk, women’s golfer Annika Sorenstam, women’s soccer players Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Heather Mitts.

NEW OVERSEAS SIGNINGS: Several players of U.S. Women’s National Team experience have recently signed professional contracts in overseas volleyball leagues. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, signed a contract with Omichka of the Russian Superliga and joins a squad that includes Team USA teammate Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah). Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who competed for the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, also signed a contract within the Russian Superliga, joining VC Dinamo-Yntar Kaliningrad. Meanwhile, Therese Crawford (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was added to the Volero Zurich roster of the Switzerland professional league. Norisha Campbell (Lakeland, Fla.) signed to play for TSV Sonthafen in Germany. Other recent USA signees include Stephanie Lynch with Nuechatel Universite in Switzerland and Erica Moore with Bayamon of the Puerto Rican Superliga. To view the entire international transfer list of United States players, see pages two and three of this Weekly Update’s PDF version.

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 ended the first half in second place with an 8-3 overall record and 23 points after splitting a pair of five-set matches. Berg helped her squad to a 23-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 15-7 come-from-behind victory over Riso Scotti Pavia on Dec. 20 as she tallied three kills on four attempts. She set the team to a 47 kill percent .351 hitting efficiency for the match. In the first half finale against Yamamay Busto Arsizio, Villa Cortese again lost the first two sets and rallied to send the match to a tiebreaking fifth set on Dec. 27. However, the comeback was stopped short in a 28-26, 29-27, 20-25, 21-25, 16-14 thrilling marathon. Berg helped her squad to a 37 kill percent in the match and added three individual points (one kill, one block, one ace). Villa Cortese resumes Italian Serie A second half action on Jan. 10 against Despar Perugia. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at lindseyberg.blogspot.com.

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. Playing in the CEV Indesit Champions League first round, Asystel Novara improved to 3-1 in Pool D following a 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-22 victory over Poland’s BPS Fakro Muszynianka on Jan. 6. At the time of this release, statistics of the match were unavailable. Before the 2009 season closed, Asystel Novara dropped a 25-15, 25-14, 25-9 Champions League match to BPS Fakro Musynianka in which Tom was withheld from the Dec. 17 match. Asystel Novara competes against Romania’s Metal Galati in its next Champions League match on Jan. 13. During Italian Serie A competition, Asystel Novara won its final two matches of the 2009 calendar year. Tom totaled a match-high 21 points on 15 kills, four blocks and two aces in a 25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25 victory over Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Dec. 20. She added 11 points on nine kills and two blocks in a 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19 win over Foppapedretti Bergamo on Dec. 27. Asystel Novara finished the league’s first half with a 6-5 record and 16 points for a sixth-place tie in the standings. Tom’s team returns to the court for Italian Serie A second half action on Jan. 10 against Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley.

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. Jesi split a pair of matches to conclude the league’s first half. Bown scored eight points, including match-high five blocks, in a three-set loss to first-half winner Scavolini Pesaro on Dec. 20. Jesi rebounded with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Despar Perugia on Dec. 27 as Bown collected seven kills on 12 kills and three blocks for 10 points. Jesi finished the first half in third place with a 7-4 record and 21 points. Jesi starts the second half on Dec. 10 against Cgf Recycle Flores Castellana Grotte, which finished the first half in 10th place of the 12-team Serie A division.

RICHARDS, SYKORA HELPING OMICHKA TO RUSSIAN LEAD: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, is playing in the Russia Super League for a third year in a row – this time with Omichka in Omsk. During December, she was joined by three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) as the team’s libero. Both helped Omichka defeat Uralochka in the third-place match in the Russian Cup in which her team hosted Dec. 21-22. After a day break, Richards and Sykora played in a Russia All-Star match on Dec. 24 representing the foreign-player team coached by 2009 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee Nikolai Karpol. Without much rest, Omichka faced undefeated Dinamo Moscow and lost 25-23, 26-24, 25-22 in a close match on Dec. 26. Omichka rebounded to take a 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 victory over Dinamo Kazan on Dec. 30. U.S. Women’s National Team member Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is on the Kazan roster. To start the new year, Richards tallied 20 points with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks in a four-set victory over Leningradka, while Sykora passed well in setting up the offense. Omichka, now 7-2 in league play and in third place, plays Khabarovsk on Jan. 10 before traveling to play Dinamo Yantar, which recently signed U.S. Women’s National Team player Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio).

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 to a 13-0 start. Glass scored eight points with seven kills on 16 swings in leading Prostejov to a 25-15, 25-6, 25-17 victory over Slavia Praha on Dec. 19. Nnamani did not play in the match. Prostejov returns to Czech Republic league action on Jan. 9 against Brno, which is 9-4 on the season. In CEV Indesit Champions League action, Prostejov dropped to 1-3 in Pool C after consecutive four-set losses to Dinamo Moscow. Nnamani and Glass combined for 37 points in a 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 29-27 loss to Dinamo on Dec. 15. Nnamani poured in a team-high 20 points with 16 kills and four blocks, while Glass added 13 kills, three aces and a block for 17 points. On Jan. 6, Glass paced Prostejov with 14 points and Nnamani added seven points in a 27-25, 19-25, 25-13, 25-19 loss. Prostejov’s next Champions League match is set for Jan. 12 against Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko-Biala, which is 0-4 in the pool.

BARBOZA STARTS PROFESSIONAL CAREER: 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. Her squad defeated JT 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 on Dec. 18 during the Empress Cup, marking the first loss of the season of any kind for JT. However, Toray was unable to defeat Denso in the finals as it lost 16-25, 25-23, 35-33, 28-26 in a close four-set battle. Toray returns to V-League action on Jan. 9 against Hisamitsu at Ishikawa, followed by a Jan. 10 match against Pioneer. Toray currently is 3-3 during league play and in third place.

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 Usiminia of the Brazilian Superliga. She led Usiminas to two victories prior to the Christmas break and improve to 4-1 on the season. On Dec. 17, Metcalf tallied eight kills on 30 attempts as part of a team-high 10 points in a 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 victory over Pauta/Sao Jose. She contributed a team-high 22 points in a 25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-4 victory over Cativa/Oppnus on Dec. 19. She totaled 18 kills on 54 swings to go with four blocks in the victory. Usimina returns to the court on Jan. 7 against Osasco.

DAVIS, HARMOTTO WITH LANG PING: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the libero on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal, and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) are playing for Guangdong Hengda in the Chinese Professional League under the direction of “Jenny” Lang Ping, who served as head coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. Currently, the squad is 8-0 on the season with four matches remaining in the regular season.

McCUTCHEON AMONG SPEAKERS AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will serve as one of the featured speakers at USA Volleyball’s Seventh Annual High Performance Coaches’ Clinic held Jan. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The clinic theme is “Getting Up to Speed for London” in reference to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic costs $425 for United States citizens and $520 for non-United States citizens. The clinic cost includes instruction, material and room and board at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. In conjunction with the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic, the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) will have additional CAP Level II on Jan. 20-21 and CAP Level III on Jan. 21-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The clinic is open to the first 100 coaches who complete the registration process, which can be started by clicking here.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 19-21, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout. The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 14, 2010, can be found by clicking here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in the tryout. 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. For the full press release, click here.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Destinee Hooker of University of Texas won the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Most Outstanding Player; 2. Jill Collymore, the sister of Jane Collymore, will begin training with the U.S. Women’s National Team this month 3. Hugh McCutcheon played and coached men’s volleyball at Brigham Young University.