U.S. Women's Update - March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 16, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on March 16 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 served as head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team the last time it appeared in the Montreux event in 2005? 2. Who served as the technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2004 Olympic Games? 3. Which NCAA school’s volleyball coaching staff includes an Olympic volleyball player, an Olympic volleyball coach and former USAV Technical Coordinator? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

McCUTCHEON ON OVERSEAS TRIP: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) headed to Europe on March 11 to visit with U.S. Women’s National Team players. He will take in Italian Serie A matches as Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and competing in the league. Berg plays for second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese, while Bown plays for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi and Tom suits up for Asystel Volley Novara. McCutcheon will also make a stop in Czech Republic to visit with Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.). Both Glass and Nnamani play for Prostejov, which captured the Czech League regular season without a loss, reach the CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff 12 Round and captured a few Cups along the way. After his stops in Italy and Czech Republic to watch the U.S. Olympians, McCutcheon will take part in a coaching clinic held March 19-21 in Finland.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball processed a handful of international transfer paperwork allowing Americans to compete in foreign professional leagues over the past week. Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), who has been training at the USA National Team Center in Anaheim, signed briefly with Caguas in the Puerto Rico Superliga before leaving and joining Corozal the same week. Marcie Hampton has joined Guaynabo of the Puerto Rico Superliga after leaving Lindesberg Volley BK in Sweden on March 9. Jamie Houston has signed to play in Puerto Rico for Caguas. 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.

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.

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 scored 17 points on March 14 as Jesi upset second-place MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese 25-21, 23-25, 15-25, 25-22, 16-14. Jesi improves to 13-7 on the season and is in fourth place with 38 points. She collected 14 kills on 23 swings to go with two blocks and an ace. In the second to last match of the regular season, Jesi takes on league-leader Scavolini Pesaro on March 21.

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. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 45 kill percent on 162 attacks, but Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi notched a 25-21, 23-25, 15-25, 25-22, 16-14 victory on March 14. Berg produced two aces, a kill on two swings and a block in the five-set heartbreaker. Villa Cortese, which remains in second place with a 15-5 record, takes on eighth-place Riso Scotti Pavia on March 21 in the second-to-last regular season match. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at blogspot.lindseyberg.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. In CEV Indesit Champions League Playoff Round 6, Novara swept the home-and-home series with Turkey’s VakifGunesTelekom to advance to the Champions League Final Four to be held April 3-4 at Cannes, France. On March 10, Novara topped the team from Istanbul 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 to win six of the seven sets played in the two matches. Tom scored nine points in the victory with seven kills and two aces. For video of the match, click here. Novara will play Volley Bergamo on April 3 in one Final Four semifinal. Volley Bergamo edged Scavolini Pesaro (5-4 in sets won) in the home-and-home Playoff 6 Round among Italian squads. The other semifinal will have host RC Cannes playing Turkey’s Fenerbahce Acibadem. During an Italian Serie A regular season match, Novara lost to Perugia 25-23, 25-19, 27-25 on March 14 to fall to 8-12 on the season and into a ninth-place tie with 22 points. Tom totaled eight kills and two aces for 10 points in the loss. Novara will look to move back into the top eight on March 21 against 12th-place Zoppas Industries Conegliano.

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 carried Usiminas to a 17-25, 25-17, 25-16, 17-25, 15-13 victory over 10th-place Sport/Banco BMG on March 11. She scored a match-high 24 points with 20 kills on 64 attacks, three aces and a block. Usiminas, who was idle during the next round of league action on March 13, improved to 15-6 on the season (8-1 in the second half) and is in a tie for fourth place with 36 points. 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 seventh-place Volei Futuro on March 16 and sixth-place Praia Clube/Banana Boat on March 18.

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 returned to the victory column on March 14 as it topped Leningradka 25-14, 25-16, 25-22 to improve to 14-6 on the season. Omichka, which remains in third place in the league standings, is idle in league play for nine day until it faces Nugget on March 23 in the next to last regular season match of the Russia Super League.

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 helped Dinamo Kazan trip Nugget 25-27, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 on March 13. Larson nailed 25 kills to go with four blocks for 29 points in the victory. She also had a 91 positive and 55 excellent percent on service receptions. Dinamo Kazan returns to the Russia Super League court on March 25 as it takes on Dinamo-Yantar in the next to last Russia Super League match. Kazan is now 10-10 overall and in a tie for sixth place in the league standings.

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 dropped a 25-20, 25-23, 25-8 match to league-leader Dinamo-Moscow on March 14. Fawcett recorded a team-high 10 points with eight kills on 28 attacks, one block and one ace. Dinamo-Yantar challenges Dinamo Kazan on March 25 in its next to last Russia Super League regular season match. Dinamo-Yantar is in eighth-place with a 9-11 record and 29 points.

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 scored 18 points with 15 kills and three blocks in helping the Llaneras to a hard-fought 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory over Bayamon on March 10 to move into sole possession of first place. Joines Tamas added 10 points – including six aces – in the victory while Canadian import Stacey Gordon chipped in 24 points. Toa Baja defeated Catano 25-19, 16-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-10 on March 13 to avenge its only loss of the season, which was the first match of 2010. Busse produced 15 points with 13 digs in the victory, while Joines added seven points. For the second straight match, Gordon had a match-high 24 points. Busse and Joines Tamas notched 13 points apiece to help the Llaneras to a 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Ponce on March 14. Gordon was credited with 27 points and 24 digs. Toa Baja now holds an 11-1 overall record and is three victories ahead of second-place Catano and Mayaguez in the league standings. The Llaneras will be busy in the next seven days as they play Guaynabo on March 16, Carolina on March 18 and Mayaguez, March 19 and Juncos on March 22.

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 its second match of the season in a 25-22, 25-19, 18-25, 17-25, 15-10 setback to Caguas on March 10. Thompson totaled 13 assists, three aces and a block in the loss. Salvo slammed 16 kills and three blocks for 19 points in the defeat. Catano was handed a 25-19, 16-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-10 loss to league-leader Toa Baja on March 13. Salvo turned in 16 points and 15 digs in the loss. Thompson added eight assists, 10 digs and two blocks. Catano suffered its second consecutive five-set loss with a 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 19-25, 16-14 setback to Mayaguez on March 14. Thompson charted 13 assists, 13 digs, two aces and a kill. Salvo tallied 17 points and 21 digs. Catano is now 8-4 on the season and tied for second place in the league standings. The Llancheras play Ponce on March 17 in their only match of the week.

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. Spicer led Ponce to a 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 26-24 victory over Corozal on March 10. She turned in 11 assists, 19 digs, two kills and three aces for a five-point night. Spicer was credited with 13 assists, four kills, one block, one ace and eight digs as Ponce rallied to defeat Guaynabo 17-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13, 15-11 on March 12. In a 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21 loss to league-leader Toa Baja on March 14, she scored two aces, a kill, 11 digs and seven assists for Ponce. The Leonas, now 6-6 on the year and in fourth place, challenge Catano on March 17, Caguas on March 19 and Bayamon on March 20.

HUGHES WITH COROZAL: Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Team, was picked up in mid-season by Corozal of the Puerto Rico Super League. She scored 18 points with 13 service receptions in 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 26-24 loss to Bayamon on March 14. Hughes was credited with 15 kills, two blocks and an ace to go with 19 digs. Corozal is now 5-7 on the season and in fifth place. The Pinkin play Mayaguez on March 16 and Caguas on March 20.

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 scored a team-high 19 points with 17 kills and two aces on March 12, but her Mets squad dropped a 17-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13, 15-11 contest to Ponce. She tallied a team-high 14 points and 11 receptions for Guaynabo on March 13, but Corozal came out in front with a three-set victory. Guaynabo is 4-8 on the season and in ninth place. The Mets challenge league-leader Toa Baja on March 16, Juncos on March 18 and Carolina on March 20.

OTHER AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS IN PUERTO RICO: Jessica Jones notched 24 points for Carolina on March 10, but her squad lost a heart-breaking five-set match to Mayaguez. Katie Olsovsky added 16 points for Carolina…Sonja Newcombe posted a match-high 18 points and Sarah Ammerman pocketed 16 kills in helping Ponce to a four-set victory over Corozal on March 10…Caguas’ Shonda Cole produced a team-high 20 points in helping the Criollas upset then-league-leader Catano in five sets on March 10…Christal Morrison and Erin Moore scored matching 14 points as they nearly helped Bayamon to a five-set upset over league-leader Toa Baja on March 10…Kelly Wing carried Juncos to a five-set win over Mayaguez on March 12 as she turned in 22 points and American teammate Erica Lott added 12 points…Sonja Newcombe registered 20 points and Sarah Ammerman added 17 points as Ponce delivered a five-set victory over Guaynabo on March 12…Kristee Porter and Kaitlin Sather had matching 11-point performances as Corozal defeated Guaynabo in straight sets on March 13…Shonda Cole slammed 17 kills in helping Caguas to a slim five-set victory over Carolina on March 13. On the opposite side of the net, Jessica Jones totaled 18 points and Katie Olsovsky added 16 points for Carolina in the five-set loss…Shonda Cole scored 24 points leading Juncos to a five-set victory over Caguas on March 14. In her pro debut, Jamie Houston added three points in the victory coming off the bench. In the loss, Kelly Wing scored a match-high 28 points and added 15 digs while teammate Erica Lott chipped in 16 points…Sonja Newcombe produced 18 points for Ponce in a four-set loss to league-leader Toa Baja on March 14, while teammate Sarah Ammerman added 17 points…Christal Morrison chipped in 16 kills, 10 digs and 20 receptions in pacing Corozal to a four-set victory over Bayamon on March 14…Kristee Porter nailed a team-high 19 points for Bayamon in a four-set loss to Corozal on March 14…Kelly Wing notched a match-high 14 points and Erica Lott added 10 in helping Juncos to a sweep of Carolina on March 15.

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 picked up 14 points in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 sweep of fourth-place Denso on March 13. She scored 12 kills on 26 attacks without an error while including two aces. Toray edged Okayama 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 on March 14 as Barboza turned in nine kills on 29 errorless attacks and a block for 10 points. Toray, which improved to 19-7 on the season and is in second place in the V-League standings, travels to Mie on March 20 and Gifu on March 21 for matches against league-leader JT (25-1) and sixth-place NEC (10-16), respectively. JT absorbed its first loss of the season on March 14 as Hisamitsu won in five sets.

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 dominated Brno 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 in the Czech Extraliga on March 11. Nnamani and Glass each totaled 15 points in the victory. Glass, who recently returned from a brief vacation in the United States, scored nine kills on 17 swings with only two errors to go with an ace and five blocks. Nnamani added 13 kills on 29 attacks and two blocks. Prostejov swept Frydek-Mistek 25-6, 25-14, 25-16 on March 13. Glass scored eight points with seven kills coming off 12 attacks with only one error. She added an ace in the victory. Nnamani, who started and played in just the first two sets, scored four kills on nine swings with one error.

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. To start the Azerbaijan second half of the season, Lokomotiv lost to Rabita and Igtisadchi before topping Azerreyl last week. For an azerisport.com article translated into English on Davis, click here.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Paula Weishoff; 2. Robyn Romansky; 3. Texas A&M (Laurie Corbelli played in 1984 Olympic Games, John Corbelli was assistant coach at 1984 Olympic Games and Robyn Romansky was 2004 technical coordinator)