U.S. Women's Update - March 2

March 02, 2010, 5:43 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 2, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 2 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, a thumbnail gallery of the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts with full gallery links, the U.S. international transfer list, 2009 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What members of the 2003 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program are current members of the U.S. Women’s National Team? 2. Who comprised the coaching staff of the 2003 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program? 3. Who led the U.S. Women’s National Team in scoring in nine of the 11 matches at the 2006 FIVB World Championship? Answers can be found on page four in the full PDF version click here the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

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. Neticia Enesi (The Dalles, Ore.), 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.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Brittnee Cooper (Houston). 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.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) has completed her international transfer paperwork to compete in Azerbaijan’s professional league with Baku during the second half of the season. She joins Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.) as U.S. National Team players competing in Azerbaijan who have completed transfer paperwork. 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.

GLASS PROVIDING INSPIRATIONAL PRESENTATION: Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team which played in China last month, will take a break from her studies at Penn State University to give an inspiration speech in her hometown of Leland, Mich. On March 11 at 7 p.m., she will present “Setting in Pursuit of a Dream” at the Leland Public High School Gym. Glass will share her dream journey as a youth in Leland, Mich., to a position on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She will touch on leadership skills and commitment in attaining future goals without forgetting the past influences. The presentation is open to all individuals and tickets cost $10 at the door or in advance at the Leland Public School office. Student admission is $5 at the door or $4 in advance.

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 scored a match-high 21 points on Feb. 25 as Usiminas won a tight three-set match 29-27, 26-24, 30-28 over second-place Sollys. She earned all her points on kills via 52 attacks. Two days later, Metcalf collected 22 points, but it was not enough as league-leader Pinheiros rallied to win 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10 on Feb. 27. She scored 17 points with a match-high 59 swings to go with five of her team’s 22 blocks in the match. Metcalf is currently the leading scorer in the Brazilian Superliga with 294 points scored (251 kills, 36 blocks, 7 aces), while ranking third in the Best Spiker category with a 23.91 hitting efficiency (251 kills, 92 errors, 665 attempts). Now 12-6 overall (5-1 in second round) and in fourth place in the Brazilian Superliga, Usiminas plays Blausiegel on March 4 and Sao Bernardo on March 6 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. She set Villa Cortese to a 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 victory over 11th-place RebecchiLupa Piacenza on Feb. 28. As a team, Villa Cortese converted 42 percent of its attacks into kills, despite Berg setting with only a 29 percent excellent service reception by her team. Villa Cortese, now 14-4 on the year and in second place with 41 points, challenges league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on March 7 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 tallied nine kills on 12 attacks to go with three aces and two blocks for 14 points as Jesi defeated ninth-place Riso Scotti Pavia 25-10, 25-21, 25-20 on Feb. 28. She converted 75 percent of her attacks into kills with just one error for a .667 hitting efficiency. Jesi, now 12-6 on the season with 36 points and in fourth place, plays third-place Fappapedretti Bergamo on March 7 in a key 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. Novara dropped a 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 match to league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on Feb. 28. Tom scored a match-high 24 points for Novara with 17 kills on 44 swings, four blocks and three blocks. She added a 76 positive service reception percent on 17 attempts. Novara, now 8-10 on the season and in eighth place with 22 points, faces sixth-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio on March 7 in its next Serie A match. On March 2, Novara started off the CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 6 round with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 25-16 victory over Turkey’s VakifGunesTelekom. Tom scored a team-high 21 points with 19 kills on 34 swings with just two errors to go with two aces. The two teams meet again on March 10 with the winner of the home-and-series advancing to the Final Four April 3-4.

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 hammered 15 kills and added a block and ace on Feb. 26, but it was not enough as league leader Dinamo-Moscow came away with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 victory. She also had 22 of the team’s service reception attempts and had a percents of 68 positive and 50 excellent. Dinamo Moscow elected to serve away from libero Sykora, as she handled just 11 of the team’s 69 service receptions on the night. Omichka falls to 13-5 on the season, but still resides in second place in the league standings. Richards and Sykora will face U.S. Women’s National Team teammate Jordan Larson and Dinamo-Kazan on March 9.

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. In its match last week, Dinamo Kazan lost 25-23, 13-25, 25-17, 25-17 to 10th-place Leningradka on Feb. 28. Larson tallied a team-high 20 points with 14 kills on 28 swings, four blocks and two aces. Dinamo Kazan, now 8-10 on the season and in seventh-place, plays second-place Omichka with U.S. National Team members Kristin Richards and Stacy Sykora on March 9 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. She helped her squad rally from a first-set loss to defeat University-Technolog 19-25, 25-12, 27-25, 25-17 on March 1. Fawcett scored 19 points with nine kills on 26 swings, but added eight aces and two blocks in the victory. The victory improved Dinamo-Yantar to 8-10 and is in a tie for seventh-place with Dinamo-Kazan with both teams having 26 points. Dinamo-Yantar faces fifth-place Dinamo-Krasnodar on March 9 in its next league match.

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. She tallied seven points – all on kills from 15 errorless swings, in a 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Pioneer on Feb. 27. Barboza converted 46.7 percent of her attacks into kills, including all three from the back row. On Feb. 28, she contributed eight points with six kills on 17 errorless attacks and two blocks in a 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Toyota Autobody. In the process, Toray qualified for the V-League playoffs with at least a top-four finish. Toray, which improved to 15-7 on the season and in third place, travels to Saitama on March 6 and March 7 for matches against seventh-place Pioneer and second-place Hisamitsu, respectively. To read Barboza’s 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, while also winning the Czech Cup and Czech-Slovakian Cup. In a Feb. 27 Extraliga match with Olymp Praha, Prostejov handily won 25-13, 25-20, 25-15. Prostejov plays kolo Olomouc on March 4 in its next Extraliga match.

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 notched a team-high 17 points with 12 kills, three blocks and two aces in leading the Llaneras to a 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20 victory over Caguas on Feb. 24. Joines Tamas added 13 points in the victory. Joines scored seven points to help the Llaneras to a 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 victory over Guaynabo on Feb. 26. Busse added three points in the victory. Joines Tamas dominated in Toa Baja’s 25-23, 25-12, 25-11 victory over Juncos on March 1 as she tallied nine kills without an error, six aces and three blocks for a match-high 18 points. Busse added eight points in the victory. Toa Baja is currently leading the Puerto Rico league with a 7-1 record, two more wins than second-place Catano (5-1).

THOMPSON, SALVO WITH CATANO: Setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and outside hitter Airial Salvo (Farmington, Utah), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and products of University of Washington, are playing for Catano de Lancheras of the Puerto Rico Superliga. Catano lost for the first time in 2010 as Mayaguez won a 25-18, 26-28, 25-23, 13-25, 15-10 marathon on Feb. 26. Thompson had 10 assists, two aces, one kill and one block for four points. Salvo had 14 points in the loss. Catano, now 5-1 overall and in second place, trails only league-leader and defending champions Toa Baja (7-1), which it defeated to open the season.

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. She scored three kills and a block for Ponce on Feb. 26, but Carolina came away with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13 victory. She set three teammates to at least 20 points in the match. Spicer helped Ponce rebound to a 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Corozal on Feb. 28. She scored 12 assists, 10 digs and eight points with six aces as part of a near triple-double. Spicer contributed 12 assists, nine digs, two kills and three aces in helping Ponce to a 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11 victory over Caguas on March 1. Ponce holds a 4-4 overall record and is in sixth place in the league standings.

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. Kimmich notched a match-high 17 points in pacing Guaynabo to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 victory over Bayamon on Feb. 24. She scored nine points in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 loss to defending league champion Toa Baja on Feb. 26. Guaynabo is currently 2-5 on the season and tied for eighth place in the league.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Shonda Cole scored 20 points for Caguas on Feb. 24, but her team lost in four sets to defending league champion Toa Baja…Aneli Cubi-Otineru scored eight points with 10 digs in helping Guaynabo to a sweep of Bayamon on Feb. 24. On the other side of the net, Christal Morrison scored 14 points and Erin Moore added 10 points in the loss…Jessica Jones tallied 22 points, including eight blocks, in leading Carolina to a five-set victory over Ponce on Feb. 26. Katie Olsovsky, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, added 18 points in the victory. Sonja Newcombe contributed 21 points for Ponce in the loss…Kristee Porter counted out a match-high 19 points in helping Corozal to a four-set victory over Juncos on Feb. 26. Kaitlin Sather added 15 points in the victory. For Juncos, Kelly Wing scored 19 points in the loss to Corozal and Erica Lott added 15 points, including five aces…Kelly Wing notched 18 points in leading Juncos to a four-set victory over Caguas on Feb. 28. Shonda Cole matched her point total with 18 for Caguas in the loss, while Christine Tan tallied 11 digs and 16 service receptions…Sonja Newcombe contributed a match-high 27 points in helping Ponce to a four-set victory over Corozal on Feb. 28, while teammate Sarah Ammerman added 11 points. Kristee Porter scored 21 points for Corozal in the loss, while Kaitlin Sather added 10 points…Christal Morrison hammered out 20 kills for all her points in leading Bayamon to a five-set win over Mayaguez on Feb. 28. Erin Moore added 18 points in the victory…Sonja Newcombe scored 23 points, 15 digs and 17 service receptions in Ponce’s five-set victory over Caguas on March 1. Teammate Sarah Ammerman added 17 points in the victory.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Jane Collymore, Nicole Davis, Angie McGinnis and Kristin Richards; 2. Paula Weishoff was the head coach of the first U.S. Women’s National A2 Team and was assisted by Anne Kordes and Robby Pulliza; 3. Nancy Metcalf