U.S. Women's Update - Jan. 15

Jan. 15, 2010, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 15, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 15 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 member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is the daughter of two former BYU volleyball players? 2. Which current member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team was named to the UIL All-Century First Team? 3. Which member of the U.S. Women’s National Team helped her high school basketball team to a Colorado State Class 5A championship in 2002-2003? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

TRAINING TRIP TO CHINA: The U.S. Women’s National Training Team will travel to China Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 for an exhibition against Guangdong Evergrande Women’s Volleyball Team of the Chinese professional league. The Chinese team is coached by 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping and includes U.S. Women’s National Team players Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). The match is scheduled for Feb. 2 at the new Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou. An additional scrimmage may take place against Evergrande prior to the scheduled match. The American roster, led by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), includes Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio), Megan Hodge (Raleigh, N.C.), Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Katie Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.) and Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) as outside and opposite hitters. Middle blockers on the trip will be Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Tracy Stalls (Denver) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.). Setters are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio). All but Glass, Herman and Hodge are currently training with the U.S. Women’s National Team in Anaheim. Glass and Hodge, who recently helped Penn State win its third consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship last month, are seniors at Penn State and working to complete their degree requirements. Likewise, Herman is still senior at Ohio University. Collymore and Miyashiro finished their collegiate careers at the University of Washington last month. Liberos traveling to China will be Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). The U.S. Women’s National Training Team took a trip to China in spring of 2008 with Lang Ping leading a young group of American athletes playing against Chinese professional teams.

NEW INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: In the past week, USA Volleyball has process three international transfers allowing American citizens to play professionally overseas. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the spring of 2008, signed with GS Seoul Kixx in Korea. She was named the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Most Outstanding Player as she helped the University of Texas to a runner-up finish before falling to undefeated Penn State University in the title match. Hooker also is foregoing her final season of track and field eligibility at Texas as she is a four-time NCAA champion in the high jump. Other transfers are Jeanne Fairchild signing with ZOK Split 1700 in Croatia and Callie Miller with FKB Volley Dudingen in Switzerland. In addition, Katie Olsovsky was released from her contract with Habarovsk in Russia.

SECOND TRAINING SESSION STARTS: A total of 19 players began training with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its second winter training block that started Jan. 11 and will end April 9. Middle blockers include Jennifer Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), 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.), Jane Collymore (Seattle), 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.

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 played a key role in Jesi coming back from a two-set deficit to defeat CGF Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, 25-21, 20-18 on Jan. 10. She scored 16 of her 19 points on kills via 33 swings while adding three blocks. Bown converted 48 percent of her attacks into points and held a .303 hitting efficiency. Jesi improves to 8-4 on the season with 23 points to land in a four-way tie for second place. Jesi challenges Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley, also tied for second place with 23 points, on Jan. 16.

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. In Italian Serie A action, Novara lost a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 match to second-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley on Jan. 10. Tom provided 13 points in the contest with 11 kills on 21 attempts with only three errors to go with a block and ace. She converted 52 percent of her spikes into points while holding a .381 hitting efficiency. Novara, now in eighth place in the Serie A standings with 6-6 overall record and 16 points, returns to Italian league action on Jan. 17 against last place RebecchiLupa Piacenza. Novara rebounded with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Romania’s Metal Galati in CEV Indesit Champions League Pool D action on Jan. 13. Tom contributed 10 kills on 17 swings with just two errors to go with a match-high five aces for 15 points. Novara moves into first place in Pool D with a 4-1 record and has a two-match lead with only one remaining match against Russia’s Zarechie Odintsovo on Jan. 19.

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. Her squad dropped a 27-25, 25-17, 25-20 match to Despar Perugia on Jan. 10. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 34 kill percent, but Perugia’s 53 excellent service reception percent kept it in system most of the night yielding a 38 kill percent as a team. Villa Cortese, now 8-4 on the season with 23 points, is in a four-way tie for third place in the league standings. Berg and Villa Cortese return to action on Jan. 17 against Foppapedretti Bergamo, which is part of the four-way tie for second place. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at lindseyberg.blogspot.com.

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 14-0 start. Nnamani carded 21 points with 17 kills and four blocks in a 25-15, 25-9, 21-25, 25-15 victory over Brno in Czech Republic league action on Jan. 9. Glass chipped in 13 points with 10 kills and three blocks. Prostejov will attempt to win its 15th consecutive match to start the Czech season on Jan. 16 against Olomouc. During CEV Indesit Champions League Pool C action, Prostejov rallied past Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-7 on Jan. 12. Glass paced Prostejov with a team-high 20 points on 14 kills, three blocks and three aces. She converted 45 percent of her attacks into points. Nnamani started the first two sets and contributed sxi points with five kills and a block. Prostejov improves to 2-3 in the pool and finishes out the first round with a Dec. 19 match against undefeated Fenerbahce Acebadem of Turkey.

FAWCETT VERSUS LARSON IN RUSSIA: Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, met on opposite sides of net playing for different teams in the Russian Superliga on Jan. 10. Larson competes for Dinamo-Kazan, while Fawcett recently signed to play for Dinamo-Yantar. Larson tallied 15 points the match for second high on her team as Kazan won 25-20, 25-23, 30-28. Fawcett, playing in her debut match, charted a match-high 20 points including five blocks despite having very little training time with her new teammates. After the 10th round of the Russia Superliga, Kazan, which improves to 4-6 and is in eighth place with 14 points, plays Indesit on Jan. 16. Yantar holds an identical 4-6 mark and 14 points, but is in ninth place based on the set ratio. Yantar plays Omichka on Jan. 16 as Fawcett will have another American reunion with Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah).

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 defeated Samorodok 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20 on Jan. 10 to improve to 8-2 on the season and is currently tied for second place with 18 points behind undefeated Dinamo Moscow. Omichka faces Dinamo Yantar on Jan. 16 in a match with American Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio).

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. As a sub on Jan. 9, Barboza helped Toray to a 25-15, 25-21, 25-23 victory over Hisamitsu Springs in the first match of the new year. Toray improved to 5-3 on the season with a 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 win over Pioneer on Jan. 10 as Barboza was a sub in the match. Next weekend, Toray takes on Toyota on Jan. 16 and JT on Jan. 17. JT is in first place with an 8-0 record, while Toray is tied for second place with Hisamitsu and Denso.

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. Usiminia was edged by Pinheiros/Mackenzie 25-19, 25-19, 26-24 on Jan. 9. In the setback, Metcalf totaled 14 points with 12 kills on 31 swings and two blocks. Usiminia lost a tough four-set match (25-18, 22-25, 31-29, 28-26) to Blausiegel/Sao Caetano on Jan. 14. Metcalf was held to nine points in the match with six kills and three blocks. Usiminia is now 4-4 on the season after its third consecutive loss. It will look to return to the win column on Jan. 16 against Sao Bernardo.

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 Evergrande Volleyball Club 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. The squad continues to be undefeated in league action in the seven-team division. League action concludes on Jan. 26, just in time to reunite with members of the U.S. Women’s National Training Team. Team USA travel to China to train and face Evergrande in a Feb. 2 exhibition match in Guangzhou. Davis was part of a similar U.S. training trip to China in the spring of 2008 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

HODGE NAMED HONDA RECIPIENT: Megan Hodge (Raleigh, N.C.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer and has experience in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline, was named the 2010 Honda Sports Award winner in volleyball designating her as the top collegiate female athlete in the sport. She earned the honor based on results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Program, now in its 34th year. She averaged 4.67 kills per set as a senior in leading Penn State to its third straight NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Hodge, who was named AVCA Division I National Player of the Year and the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, is a four-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection. While at Penn State, she amassed a career win-loss record of 141-5 as she totaled 2,142-career kills.

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. In addition, U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coaches Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) will give presentations during the event that will draw over 100 coaches from across the world. 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.

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. 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. Kristin Richards’ father and mother both played volleyball at BYU. 2. Stacy Sykora. 3. Mekana Barnes