U.S. Women's Update for Feb. 21

Feb. 21, 2011, 3:56 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 21 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball has a record 208 athletes signed up to participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. The tryouts will take place Feb. 25-27, 2011, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff – including head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and assistant coaches Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.) – will take part in the evaluation oversight process. Among the 208 tryout participants representing 81 different colleges are 57 outside hitters, 52 middle blockers, 46 liberos, 27 setters and 26 opposites. A total of 65 athletes are also eligible to be evaluated as U.S. Women’s Junior National Team prospects. The 2010 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 174 participants. For the complete press release, click here.

U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING GROUP SCHEDULES TWO EXHIBITIONS: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Team will participate in two friendly exhibition matches versus Japan’s Girls’ Youth National Team on March 1 and March 2 in the Southern California area. The March 1 exhibition will take place at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The March 2 exhibition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. Admission to either event will be $5 per person with all tickets purchased at the door. In addition, the Japan Girls’ Youth National Team is scheduled to train several times in Anaheim, Calif., at the American Sports Centers, the training headquarters for both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The U.S. training squad is in the middle of its Winter Training block that started on Jan. 17 and will last through mid-April. Tentatively, 14 of the 16 players on the training roster will compete in the two scrimmages. For the full press release, click here.

BOWN WITH TURKEY’S ECZACIBASI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympic Games middle blocker for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in Turkey for Eczacibasi during the 2010-11 professional club season. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi topped Iller Bankasi SK 25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-23 on Feb. 18. Bown notched 11 kills on 15 attacks, along with two blocks and two aces for 15 points. In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi has advanced to the Playoff 6 Round after sweeping through France’s RC Cannes. Eczacibasi will face VakifGunes Telekom in an all-Turkey home-and-home series set for Feb. 23 and March 3.

KIM GLASS WITH RABITA BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Rabita Baku of the Azerbaijan professional league in 2010-11. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita topped Lokomotiv 25-14, 13-25, 25-17, 27-25 in Round VIII. Rabita continued its winning ways on Feb. 17 with a 25-18, 25-18, 24-14 victory over Baki in Round IX. Rabita is now 7-2 in the league. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku advanced to the Playoff 6 Round after winning the Golden Set over VK Mondranska Prostejov in the Playoff 12 Round. Rabita will meet Poland’s Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna in the Playoff 6 Round home-and-home scheduled for Feb. 24 and March 3.

TAMAS WITH AZERRAIL BAKU: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist playing middle blocker for Team USA, is playing for Azerrail Baku of the Azerbaijan Super during the 2010-11 professional club season. Azerrail continues to be in second place in the Azerbaijan Super League following a 25-21, 25-11, 25-12 victory over Shirvan on Feb. 15 in Round VIII action, and a 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 win over Lokomotiv on Feb. 17. Azerrail holds a 7-2 record in the league and tied with Igtisadchi. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Azerrail will face the Playoff 8 winner LP Salo of Finland in the Playoff 4 Round with home-and-home matches held on Feb. 23 and March 2.

IGTISADCHI LOADED WITH AMERICANS IN AZERBAIJAN: Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) is playing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League. Igtisadchi swept Baki 25-19, 25-14, 25-20 on Feb. 15 in Round VIII. Igtisadchi won its second straight match of the week on Feb. 17 in Round IX with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-6 victory over Shirvan. Igtisadchi is 7-2 in the leage and tied for second place. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Igtisadchi will face Playoff 8 winner Kralovo Polo Brno of Czech Republic in a home-and-home series in the Playoff 4 Round held on Feb. 23 and March 2.

DAVIS, METCALF, RICHARDS HEADLINE LOKOMOTIV BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Olympians Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), along with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), are playing for Lokomotiv Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League. On Feb. 15, Lokomotiv lost to league-leader Rabita Baku 25-14, 13-25, 25-17, 27-25. Lokomotiv lost again to second-place Azerrail on Feb. 17 in a 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 match in Round IX. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Lokomotiv has advanced to the Playoff 4 Round to face the Playoff 8 winner Schweriner SC of Germany in a home-and-home series held on Feb. 22 and March 1.

MORRISON, SIX AMERICANS ON ONE AUSTRIAN TEAM: U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) is serving as head coach of the Austrian Post Schwechat team during the 2010-11 season. The team has six American players including Jill Collymore (Seattle), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Post Schwechat competes in the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (teams from Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). In CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat will face Serbia’s Crvena Zvezda Beograd in the Challenge Round with home-and-home matches taking place between on Feb. 23 and March 3 after advancing out of the Playoff 4 Round. Post Schwechat improved to 15-2 in the MEVZA following a 25-10, 25-17, 25-15 victory over Croatia’s Zok Split 1700 on Feb. 17. Pressey turned in 10 kills on 18 errorless swings to go with a block for 11 points. Jones added 10 points with four kills, three blocks and three aces. Thompson set Post Schwechat to a 47 kill percent while adding three aces. Miyashiro handled 15 service receptions with a 47 positive percent. Crimes added three aces, a kill and a block for five points.

SYKORA, ALISHA GLASS SETTING TABLES FOR VOLEI FUTURO IN BRAZIL: Three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and U.S. Women’s National Team setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) are competing for Volei Futuro in the Brazilian Superliga during the 2010-11 professional club season. Volei Futuro improved to 5-0 in the second half of the league with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Brusque on Feb. 17. Volei Futuro continued its winning ways with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-12 victory over Pauta/Sao Jose on Feb. 19. Sykora was the libero in both victories, while Glass continues to miss action due to an injury. Volei Futuro is a combined 13-3 on the season and in third place.

FAWCETT IN BRAZIL WITH USIMINAS MINAS: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), a U.S. Women’s National Team opposite, is playing the 2010-11 professional club season in Brazil with Usiminas Minas. Usiminas fell to league-leader Unilever 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 on Feb. 17 as Fawcett tallied 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace. Usiminas rebounded with a 28-26, 27-25, 25-23 hard-fought three-set win over Macae Sports on Feb. 19. Fawcett pocketed a match-high 25 points with 21 kills on 43 attacks and four blocks. Fawcett currently ranks fifth among all scorers in the Brazilian Superliga with 264 points (217 kills, 33 blocks, 14 aces).

SCOTT-ARRUDA IN BRAZIL WITH SAO BERNARDO: Four-time U.S. Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) is back on the volleyball court after giving birth last spring and is playing for BMG Sao Bernardo in the Brazilian Superliga. Scott scored seven points in a 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 loss to fourth-place Pinheiros/Mackenzie on Feb. 15. Two days late, Sao Bernardo dropped a 21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19 match to second-place Sollys/Osasco on Feb. 19. Scott-Arruda was credited with 10 kills on 22 attacks and a block for 11 points.

TOM WITH GUANGDONG HENGDA IN CHINA UNDER FORMER U.S. HEAD COACH: Three-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) is playing for Guangdong Hengda (also known as Evergrande) in the Chinese club league’s top division. Evergrande, led by 2008 U.S. Olympic Games head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping, is on a three-match win streak with victories over Jiangsu East China on Feb. 15 and Zhejiang New Century on Feb. 20. Tom scored eight kills and a block in a 25-18, 25-13, 17-25, 25-16 win over Jiangsu East, then charted 16 points with 11 kills, four blocks and an ace in a 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Zhejiang. The squad, 11-2 and in second place, takes on Brilliance China Automotive Liaoning on Feb. 26 in its next match.

BERG, HODGE WITH VILLA CORTESE IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) are competing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A league during the 2010-11 professional club season. In Italian Serie A action, Villa Cortese (8-4) held off seventh-place Chateaux d’Ax Urbino Volley (8-4, 21 points) 25-19, 13-25, 26-24, 26-24 on Feb. 20. Berg set her team to a 43 kill percent, despite a 28 kill percent in the losing second set. Hodge, continuing her play at the opposite position, connected for 16 kills on 36 attacks for all her points. Villa Cortese opens the Italian Serie A second half on Feb. 20 against Chateaux d’Ax Urbino Volley. Villa Cortese, now tied for fourth place in the Italian Serie A standings, challenges eighth-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piancenza (6-6, 15 points) on Feb. 27 in its next match.

PAOLINI WITH NOVARA IN ITALY: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing this professional season in Italy with Asystel Volley Novara of the Italian Serie A Division. On Feb. 20, Novara defeated eighth-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (6-6, 15 points) 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 open the second half of the season and to improve to 7-5 overall on the season. Paolini totaled five points with four kills on seven attacks along with a block. Novara, now in third place in the Italian Serie A with 23 points, plays seventh-place Chateau d’Ax Urbino Volley (8-4, 21 points) on Feb. 27 in its next match.

HOOKER WITH ITALY’S PESARO: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2010, is currently competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A League. In the Italian Serie A league, Pesaro opened the second half of the season with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 victory over last-place Riso Scotti Pavia (1-11, 4 points) on Feb. 20 as Hooker missed her second consecutive Serie A match. Pesaro, now 8-4 overall and in first place with 27 total points, challenges fourth-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio (7-5, 22 points) on Feb. 27 in its next league match. In CEV Champions League action, Pesaro has advanced to the Playoff 6 Round and will challenge Switzerland’s Volero Zurich in a home-and-home series set for Feb. 23 and March 3.

LARSON WITH KAZAN IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League during the 2010-2011 pro club season. She helped Kazan to two victories last week, including a 25-16, 25-14, 25-14 win over Torch and a 25-20, 23-25, 25-12, 25-11 win over Dinamo-Yantar. Larson picked up eight kills on 14 swings to go with four blocks and an ace for 12 points in the win over Torch. She added 21 service receptions with a 62 positive percent. Kazan, now 13-1 on the season and in second place in the Russia Super League, resumes action on Feb. 16 against Torch and on Feb. 20 against Dinamo-Yantar.

BARBOZA IN RUSSIA WITH KRASNODAR: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in the 2010-11 professional club season. Krasnador topped Proton 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 on Feb. 16, but lost a 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 match to Odintsovo on Feb. 20 to fall to 11-3 on the season and remain in third place in the league standings. Barboza, who has been in the starting lineup much of the season, was absent from the active roster for the third and fourth consecutive match. Krasnador resumes Super League action on Feb. 27 against league-leader Dinamo Moscow. In CEV Cup action on Feb. 10, Krasnador advances to the Challenge Round to face Italy’s Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo in a home-and-home series played on Feb. 23 and March 3.

SPICER WITH POLAND’S GCB CENTROSTAL BYDGOSZCZ: Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in the Polish professional league this winter for GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz. Spicer’s side started strong against Impel Gwardia Wroclaw on Feb. 18, but lost a heart-breaking five-set match 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 15-10. Spicer set her club to 48 kills on 173 attacks. GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz will challenge KPSK Stal Mielec on Feb. 27 in the 13th round of the Polish league.

AKINRADEWO WITH TOYOTA IN JAPAN: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is currently playing for Toyota Autobody in Japan’s V-League for the 2010-11 professional season. Toyota dropped to 9-13 on the season after losing both its matches this past weekend. Akinradewo collected 12 kills on 24 attacks with four blocks for 16 points in a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 loss to Hisamitsu Springs on Feb. 19. Toyota won the first set 25-23 versus JT on Feb. 20, but dropped the next three sets 27-25, 25-16, 25-16 as Akinradewo was credited with 13 kills on 31 attacks, one block and one ace for 15 points. Toyota looks to rebound from its three-match losing streak with a Feb. 26 contest versus Denso and a Feb. 27 match versus NEC. Both matches will be held at Kanagawa.

U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK ADDS PLAYER: The U.S. Women’s National Team is holding its winter training block from Jan. 17 to mid-April at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. Women’s National Training Team roster currently has numbers 15 players training. The training roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) and Dominique Olowolafe (Lansing, Mich.); outside hitters Becky Perry (Austin, Texas), Kari Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Julianne Piggott (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kaitlin Sather (Santa Rosa, Calif.); opposite Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.); and liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Ellie Blankenship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Cami Croteau (Orange, Calif.). Pestolesi will also see training time at libero. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block.