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U.S. Women's Update - March 9

March 09, 2010, 7:58 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 9, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 9 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. Who was the assistant coach for the 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team which did not compete due to the boycott? 2. Who were the assistant coaches for the 2000 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team? 3. Which U.S. Olympian turned to coaching to serve as an assistant for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version (click here) the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

HANEEF-PARK GIVES BIRTH TO FIRST CHILD: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), a two-time U.S. Olympian, gave birth to Ajani Jamal Park at 12:45 a.m. on March 7. Ajani, the first baby for Haneef-Park and her husband Anthony, was born weighing 9.1 pounds and 21 ½ inches with a full head of jet black hair. “Mom, dad and baby are all healthy and in good spirits,” Haneef-Park said. “Labor was actually one of the easier things I have done in life thankfully. I was able to do it all naturally and had apparently been having contractions all day and didn't know it. My mom convinced me to go to the hospital and I was already 7-centimeters dilated. We checked in around 9 p.m. and with two pushes through contractions, he came to this world.” Haneef-Park played in both the 2009 Pan American Cup and the 2009 FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament-NORCECA Pool G.

UPDATE TO SECOND TRAINING SESSION ROSTER: A total of 14 players are currently training with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its second winter training block that ends April 9. 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 Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Brittnee Cooper (Houston). Outside hitters/opposite include 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. Some players could leave for pro opportunities or other circumstances.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball processed a handful of international transfer paperwork allowing Americans to compete in foreign professional leagues over the past week. Christina Houghtelling, who has spent some time with the U.S. Women’s National Team, has signed with Oriveden Ponnistus in Finland. Alesha Deesing has signed to played for Club Voleibol Ciutadella in Spain. Ashley Genslak will play in Austria for UVC Graz AG. For a full listing of the 149 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.

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 helped Villa Cortese to an upset of league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on March 7 with a 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-18 victory. Berg set Villa Cortese to a sizzling 50 kill percent with 60 kills on 120 attempts with only 16 errors (.367 hitting efficiency). She helped four different players reach double-figure scoring in attacks. With the win, Villa Cortese solidifies its second-place rank in the Italian Serie A standings with a 44 points and a 15-4 record, which matches first-place Pesaro season record (46 points). Villa Cortese plays fourth-place Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi on March 14. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at

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 lost a 25-21, 25-23, 27-25, 25-20 match to third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo on March 7. Bown tallied eight kills on 17 swings for a 47 kill percent with only two errors for a .353 hitting efficiency. She added two blocks to reach 10 points on the night. The loss prevented Jesi to move into third place and remains in fourth with a 12-7 record and 36 points. Jesi schedule does not get any easier next week as it looks to rebound against second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese on March 14.

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 was handed a 25-22, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 loss on March 7 by Yamamay Busto Arsizio. Tom contributed 18 kills on 46 swings, two blocks and an ace for a match-high 21 points in the contest. Novara dropped to 8-11 on the season and in eighth place with 22 points in the Serie A standings. Tom and Novara return to the Serie A court on March 14 against seventh-place Despar Perugia. Novara finishes its CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff Round 6 home-and-home series with Turkey’s VakifGunesTelekom on March 10. Novara won the earlier meeting in four sets on March 2. The series winner advances to the Champions League Final Four April 3-4 at Cannes, France.

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 19 points as Usiminas topped Blausiegel 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 on March 4. She was credited with 17 kills on 34 swings to go with two blocks. For the second match of the week, Metcalf had a match-high 19 points in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Sao Bernardo on March 6. As the only player in double-figure scoring for the match, she tallied 16 kills on 28 swings, two blocks and an ace. Usiminas moved up one spot in the league standings to third place with a 14-6 overall record (7-1 in the second half. Usiminas challenges 10th-place Sport/Banco BMG on March 11and sixth-place Volei Futuro on March 16 in its next two league matches.

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 notched 20 kills and Sykora produced 18 digs on March 9, but Dinamo Kazan came away with a four-set upset. Omichka falls to 13-6 on the season and is in third place. With three Russia Super League regular season matches left on the schedule against bottom half of the standings, Omichka faces Leningradka on March 14 in its next 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. She had 19 kills in leading Kazan to a four-set upset of Omichka on March 9. Dinamo Kazan improves to 9-10 on the season and is in a tie for sixth place. Kazan faces ninth-place Nugget on March 13 in its next Russian Super League match. The league has three remaining regular season matches on the schedule before the postseason tournament begins April 8.

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. Dinamo-Yantar topped Dinamo-Krasnodar 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17 on March 9. Match statistics unavailable at this time. Dinamo-Yantar improves to 9-10 on the season with 28 points, which keeps it in a tie for seventh place with Dinamo-Kazan. Dinamo-Yantar plays league-leader Dinamo Moscow on March 14 in its next Russian Super League 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 contributed a match-high 15 points with 12 kills and three blocks in leading Toa Baja to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 victory on March 7. Joines Tamas added eight points in the victory with seven kills without an attack error and a block. Toa Baja is currently tied for first place with an 8-1 record after a season-opening loss to Catano, which sports an identical 8-1 record. The Llaneras play fifth-place Bayamon on March 10 and have a rematch with Catano on March 12 before finishing the week’s schedule against fifth-place Ponce on March 14.

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. Salvo scored a match-high 21 points in leading Catano to a 25-27, 25-17, 25-17, 25-11 rally over Bayamon on March 2. Thompson added 14 assists and three kills in the victory. Salvo charted 18 points for Catano on March 4 as it dropped Carolina 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22. Thompson helped the Lancheras to 53 kills during the match with seven assists, 11 digs and two points. Thompson set Catano to a 25-12, 25-13, 21-25, 25-19 victory over Guaynabo on March 6 with 16 assists, 10 digs, a kill, a block and an ace. Salvo scored 17 points with 12 on kills, four aces and a block. As a team, Thompson helped the Lancheras to 50 kills with only seven attack errors. Catano is tied for first in the Puerto Rican Superliga standings with an 8-1 record, including a victory over defending champion Toa Baja (8-1). Catano plays ninth-place Caguas on March 10, followed by a key rematch against Toa Baja on March 12. The Lancheras end the week against third-place Mayaguez on March 14.

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 tallied nine assists, 10 digs, one kill and an ace in a 28-26, 26-24, 25-16, 25-20 loss to Mayaguez on March 5. Ponce is currently in a tie for fourth place with a 4-5 record. The Leonas play eighth-place Corozal on March 9, followed by matches against seventh-place Guaynabo on March 11 and league-leader Toa Baja on March 14.

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 tallied a match-high 23 points with 18 kills, two blocks and three aces in leading Guaynabo to a 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Carolina on March 2. Kimmich carded a team-high 16 points with 14 kills, a block and ace as Guaynabo fell to league-leader Catano 25-12, 25-13, 21-25, 25-19 on March 6. She pocketed 20 points with 14 kills, three blocks and three aces in leading Guaynabo to a 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 victory over Caguas on March 8. Guaynabo holds a 4-6 record and is in seventh place in the 10-team league. The Mets challenge fifth-place Ponce on March 11 and eighth-place Corozal on March 12.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Erin Moore scored 19 points and Christal Morrison added 12 points as Bayamon lost in four sets to Catano on March 2…Jessica Jones notched 19 points for Carolina on March 2, but the Las Gigantes lost to Guaynabo in five sets. Katie Olsovsky chipped in 15 points for Carolina in the match…Jessica Jones collected 18 points in Carolina’s four-set loss to Catano on March 4, while teammate Katie Olsovsky added six points…Sonja Newcombe totaled 19 points and Sarah Ammerman added 13 points for Ponce on March 5, but the Leonas’ opponent Mayaguez came away with a four-set victory…Kristee Porter notched 15 points and Kaitlin Sather added 13 points to lead Corozal to a three-set victory over Caguas on March 6. Caguas was led by Shonda Cole’s 18 points in the loss…Kristee Porter scored 10 points in Corozal’s three-set loss to league-leader Toa Baja on March 7…Jessica Jones charted a team-high 18 points in helping Carolina to a four-set victory over Bayamon on March 7. Katie Olsovsky added 16 points on 10 kills and six blocks for Carolina. In the loss, Erin Moore hammered 14 kills for Bayamon…Greichaly Cepero, a past member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, tallied 11 points in helping Guaynabo to a four-set victory over Caguas on March 8. Shonda Cole was credited with 16 points to lead Caguas in the loss.

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 charted nine kills on 19 swings with only one error as Toray swept seventh-place Pioneer 25-21, 28-26, 25-21 on March 6. She helped Toray to a key sweep over second-place Hisamitsu with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 victory. Toray, which improved to 17-7 on the season and moved up a spot to second place, travels to Okayama on March 13 and March 14 for matches against fourth-place Denso (12-12) and fifth-place Okayama (10-14), respectively.

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. Prostejov toppled UP Olomouc 25-13, 25-16, 25-12 on March 4 in an Extraliga Round 26 match. Prostejov led 6-1 in the opening set and later went up 21-9. The second and third sets were close early, but Prostejov overcame the challenges. Leading 15-13 in the second set, Prostejov scored 10 of the final 13 points of the middle frame. In the third set, Prostejov rattled off the final 15 of 18 points after holding a slim 10-9 advantage. Nnamani and Glass performed well according to Prostejov Head Coach Miroslav Cada in the post-match press conference (no stats available). Prostejov plays KP Brno on March 11 in its next Extraliga match, followed by a March 13 contest against Frydek-Mistek.

DAVIS PICKS UP AZERBAIJAN: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the U.S. Women’s National Team libero during the 2008 Olympic Games, has shifted her professional season from China to Azerbaijan. After helping the Evergrande Volleyball Club to a perfect 12-0 season in the Chinese club season, she is now part of Lokomotiv of the Azerbaijan Super League. The second half of the Azerbaijan season starts on March 10 as Lokomotiv plays Rabita, followed by matches against Igtisadchi on March 11 and Azerreyl on March 12. Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team last summer, plays for Azerreyl. Other U.S. Women’s National Team members may be added to Azerbaijan Super League teams in the near future pending official international transfer paperwork being completed.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Toshi Yoshida; 2. Toshi Yoshida and Jeri Estes; 3. Debbie Landreth Brown