U.S. Women's Update - Jan. 19

Jan. 19, 2010, 5:20 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2010) - The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 19 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 three-time U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team member played her first collegiate season at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to her graduating college? 2. Which U.S. Women's National Team member earned class valedictorian at Kentlake High School? 3. Who became a part of the USA Volleyball National Developmental Program after becoming the first program's participant in May 2002? 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 7:30 p.m. on 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. The Chinese and American National Volleyball Teams have a healthy rivalry dating back 30 years, and the upcoming Feb. 2 match celebrates those 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

SECOND TRAINING SESSION STARTS: A total of 18 players are currently training with the U.S. Women's National Team during its second winter training block that ends 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.) 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. 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 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. For more details, visit http://www.usavolleyball.org/volleyball-disciplines/high-performance-indoor/coaches-clinic.html.

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. In a battle of two of the four teams tied for second place in the Serie A standings, Jesi defeated Chateau d'Ax Urbino Volley 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 on Jan. 16. Bown contributed a match-high 15 points as she was nearly unstable at the net, both on offense and defense. She compiled 10 kills on 17 attempts with only one error for a .529 hitting efficiency and 59 kill percent. Bown added five of her team's seven blocks in the victory. Jesi improves to 9-4 on the season and is in a tie for second place with MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese as both teams have 26 points. Jesi faces sixth-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 31 in its next Serie A 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. In Italian Serie A action, Novara topped RebecchliLupa Piacenza 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 on Jan. 17. Tom posted a match-high 24 points as she knocked down 23 kills on 56 attempts to go with one block. She held a 63 positive serve reception percent on 24 attempts. Novara improves to 7-6 on the season and is in eighth place with 19 points. Novara takes on Cfg Recycle Florens Castellana Grotte on Jan. 31 in its next Serie A match. Novara concluded its CEV Indesit Champions League Pool D on Jan. 19 with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, 15-9 loss to Russia's Zarechie Odintsovo. Despite the loss, Novara will advance to the next round as it won the pool with a 4-2 record, one match ahead of Odinstovo and Bank BPS Fakro Muszynianka of Poland.

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. Cortese swept Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-20, 32-30, 25-22 on Jan. 17 in a match of second-place teams. Berg did not play in the contest. Cortese improves to 9-4 on the season and maintains its second-place ranking with Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. Cortese will play Zoppas Industries Conegliano on Jan. 31 in its next Serie A match. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at http://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 15-0 start. Glass scored a match-high 16 points with 14 kills coming off 22 attempts with just one error to go with two blocks. She added a 55 excellent reception percent on a team-high 20 attempts. Nnamani came off the bench as a reserve in the third set and contributed two attack attempts. Glass and Nnamani's team will return to Czech Republic League action on Jan. 23 with a match against Liberec, which is in last place. Prostejov concluded its CEV Indesit Champions League Pool C first round schedule on Jan. 19 with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 loss to Fenerbahce Acebadem of Turkey. Both Glass and Nnamani scored nine points in the match as Prostejov ended the first round with a 2-4 record.

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 Dinamo-Yantar 25-27, 25-21, 25-13, 17-25, 15-12 on Jan. 16 to improve to 9-2 on the season and is currently tied for first place with Dinamo Moscow as both teams have 20 points (although Dinamo Russia has played one less match). Richards, who started the first two sets and came off the bench in the fourth set and started the tiebreaker, tallied seven points with four kills, one block and two aces. Sykora, the libero for Omichka, handled 38 of the team's 89 service receptions with a 50 percent positive rating. On the other side of the net, Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored 14 points in a starting role with 12 kills and two blocks. Fawcett recently joined Yantar after her first season with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Omichka faces Indesit on Jan. 23 as it attempts to earn its 10th victory of the season. Fawcett and Yantar look to get back in the win column on Jan. 23 against Khabarovsk.

LARSON HELPS DINAMO KAZAN TO WIN: Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing in her first professional season of her career in the Russia Superliga with Dinamo Kazan. On Jan. 16, she helped her squad to a 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 17-15 victory over Indesit. Statistics for the match are unavailable at this time. Kazan improves to 5-6 on the season and is in a fifth-place tie with 16 points. Dinamo Kazan returns to action on Jan. 23 against Zarechie-Odintsovo.

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. After a four-set victory over Hu Jin on Jan. 13, Guangdong remains undefeated through the first 10 rounds of the regular season. The team has secured its spot in next year's A Division with two matches remaining. Established in 2009, the Evergrande team is the first of its kind in the Anta China Women's Volleyball League as it is the only non-provincial/city-run team. Despite being in the B Division of the league, the squad has received unprecedented media coverage as Central Chinese Television (CCTV) has rebroadcast all of the team's home matches. 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. For a recent news article on the team's success, visit http://www.evergrande.com/EN/news/newsinfo.aspx?ID=555.

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 blanked Sao Bernardo 25-19, 25-17, 25-12 on Jan. 16 to improve to 5-4 on the season. Metcalf charted a match-high 20 points, double the next closest scorer on the evening. She tallied 15 kills on 27 attacks to go with a team-high five blocks. Usiminas challenges Sport/Banco BMG on Jan. 21 in its next match.

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. 16 against Toyota, Barboza entered as a sub in the third set and scored one point as her team won 25-14, 25-22, 25-18. Barboza subbed into a Jan. 17 five-set loss (23-25, 17-25, 25-16, 26-24, 15-12) to undefeated JT and provided one kill on four attempts in the third set alone. Toray, now 6-4 on the season and in fourth place, travels to Ibaraki on Jan. 23 and 24 for matches against Okayama and Hisamitsu.

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 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. For more information on the clinic, click 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. 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. Heather Bown; 2. Courtney Thompson; Tracy Stalls