U.S. Women's Update for Jan. 31

Jan. 31, 2011, 6:33 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 31 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK ADDS PLAYERS: 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. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), a setter/hitter for Stanford University the past four seasons and two-time AVCA All-American, will begin training with the U.S. Women’s National Training Team part-time during the current training block as she continues toward her college degree. Further, Dominique Olowolafe (Lansing, Mich.) has begun to the train with the squad as a middle blocker. The training roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Lichtman and Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) and Olowolafe; 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 libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa). Pestolesi will also see training time at libero. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block.

COLLYMORE RELEASES THIRD DISC: Jane Collymore (Seattle), a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and currently playing for Carolina in the Puerto Rico Super League, has released her third CD to the public. “Flavor of the Week” will be available free to the public for download for a limited time through her Web site www.janecollymore.com. The disc has eight tracks including “Red Moon,” “Absurd,” “The Invisible,” “LoveSicko,” “Litmus Test,” “Elastic,” “The Silver Months” and “Gangbuster Slim.” As described on her Web site, Collymore’s style is a playful, quirky cross between Alanis and Michael Jackson who writes, sings and produces her own songs with her own instrumentation. She has opened for Sir-Mix-A Lot and The Presidents of the USA. Collymore has won awards for her songs “Red Moon” and “Tale of a Boy.”

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. In a break from the Russian Super League, Kazan competed in the Russia Cup Final Four this past weekend and won the tournament to secure a spot into the 2012 CEV Champions League. Kazan defeated Krasnador 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 in the title match on Jan. 29 with U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon watching in the stands. In the semifinal match, Kazan topped Zarechie Odintsovo 25-13, 25-15, 25-23 in which Larson had a match-high 16 points. At the conclusion of the Russia Cup, Larson was named the event’s Best Server. Kazan is now 9-1 on the season in the Russia Super League and resumes action on Feb. 6 against Omichka.

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. In a break from Super League action, Krasnador reached the Russia Cup Final Four title match this past weekend before falling to Dinamo Kazan 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 on Jan. 29. In the semifinals, Krasnador swept Uralochka-NTMK 25-10, 25-13, 25-18 in which Barboza compiled 13 points. Krasnador resumes Super League action on Feb. 5 against Nugget. Krasnador will play against Switzerland’s Sagres Neuchatel Universite in a home-and-home CEV Cup 4th Final Round series on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. According to Barboza, she is enjoying her time in Russia. “Things here in Krasnodar have been hectic but great,” Barboza said in an e-mail quote on Jan. 24. “The team is playing well and we're advancing in the Russian Cup and CEV Cup. CEV Cup has been a great way to see more of Europe, so it's exciting to keep advancing so we can see more of the world. I'm lucky to be in a great situation, wonderful teammates, wonderful coach, and the weather is actually pretty warm compared to the rest of Russia -- we've only had snow a couple times. Travel is great within Russia. I got the chance to see Jordan (Larson), Reid (Priddy) and Lloy (Ball) in Kazan, and then played Morgan (Beck) and saw Kevin (Hansen) in Moscow. It's always a nice breath of fresh air to see some familiar faces.”

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. Pesaro continued its remarkable climb up the standings and is now in first place with 20 points and a 6-3 record, one point ahead of second-place Spes Conegliano (7-1). Pesaro stopped LIU-JO Volley Modena 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 on Jan. 30. Hooker provided her side 12 points with eight kills on 20 swings, three blocks and an ace. She also handled 27 of the team’s 54 service receptions with a 48 positive percent. Pesaro looks to remain atop the Serie A standings with a Feb. 6 match against Spes Conegliano. In CEV Champions League action, Pesaro challenges Russia powerhouse Dinamo Moscow in a home-and-home series on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

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. Villa Cortese (6-3) returned to the win column with a hard-fought 25-20, 26-28, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11 victory over Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 30. Hodge turned in her top performance of the international season with 28 kills on 74 swings and just six errors (38 kill percent) to go with four blocks and an ace for a match-high 33 points. For the match, Hodge played the opposite position instead of her customary outside hitter position. Berg returned to the lineup after missing three straight Serie A matches and five overall contests counting the CEV Champions League. She set the team to a 37 kill percent for the match while adding three individual kills on as many attempts. Villa Cortese is now tied for fifth place with 16 points, but just four points out of first place in the Serie A standings. The side takes on Riso Scotti Pavia (0-9) on Feb. 6 in the next Serie A match. Villa Cortese has advanced to the CEV Champions League Playoff 12 Round and will face Poland’s Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna in a home-and-home on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.

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 Jan. 30, Novara lost to third-place Norda Foppapredretti Bergamo 25-23, 25-21, 25-17. Paolini started the first two sets and chipped in three kills on eight errorless attacks. Novara, in seventh place with 14 points and a 4-5 record, plays Florens Castellana Grotte (4-5) on Feb. 6 in the 10th Round of the Serie A schedule.

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. Fawcett was credited with 13 points with 11 kills on 33 swings and two aces in a 25-11, 26-28, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Pauta/Sao Jose on Jan. 27. Usiminas continued its winning ways to conclude the first half with a 23-25, 25-20, 16-25, 25-17, 15-13 victory over Brusque on Jan. 29. Fawcett scored a match-high 27 points with 25 kills on 59 swings, one block and one ace. Fawcett ranks sixth in the Brazil Superliga in scoring with 162 points (134 kills, 18 blocks, 10 aces). Usiminas will end the first half with an 8-3 record and tied for third. Usiminas starts the second half with a Feb. 6 contest against BMG Mackenzie.

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 defeated Sao Caetano 25-20, 28-26, 25-16 on Jan. 27. Sykora was the designated libero for her squad. Volei Futoro rallied from two sets down to defeat BMG/Sao Bernardo 18-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-12, 15-13 on Jan. 29 in the 11th and final round for the opening phase of the Superliga. Sykora was the libero once again in the victory. Despite Glass missing several matches due to an injury, Volei Futuro finished the first half 8-3 in the league and tied for third place. Volei Futuro starts the second half with a Feb. 5 match against Banana Boat/Praia Clube.

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 chalked up 11 points in a starting role helping her squad to a 24-26, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11 rally over Banana Boat/Praia Clube on Jan. 27. However, the results were not the same on Jan. 29 as Bernardo won the first two sets over Volei Futuro (25-18, 25-19), but faltered down the stretch in a five-set loss. Scott-Arruda provided 10 points in the match, including seven kills and three blocks. Sao Bernardo is currently in seventh place with 13 points and a 5-6 record. Sao Bernardo starts the second half of the season with a Feb. 4 contest against Sao Caetano.

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 suffered its first setback with a 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 23-25, 17-15 loss to V. Gunes Sig. T. Telekom on Jan. 29. Bown contributed eight kills on 17 swings, two blocks and an ace for 11 points in the loss. Eczacibasi is now 10-1 in the league and even with Fenerbahce (10-1). In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi has advanced into the Playoff 12 Round and will play France’s RC Cannes in a home-and-home series on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9.

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 squad held off Sandeco EC Wybrzeze TPS Rumia 25-17, 20-25, 25-10, 20-25, 15-12 on Jan. 26 in a five-set thriller in round 9. Spicer set her team to a 38 kill percent and added three kills on five errorless attacks, two aces and a block for six points. She and her teammates return to action on Feb. 5 versus ATOM Trefi Sopot in Round 10.

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). Post Schwechat lost to league-leader VK Modranska Prostejov (Czech Republic) 25-21, 25-21, 27-29, 36-34 on Jan. 28 in a battle of the league’s top two teams. Pressey led the American contingent with 17 points with 14 kills on 41 swings and three blocks. Crimes added nine kills on 18 attacks, four blocks and an ace for 13 points. Jones chipped in four blocks and a kill for five points. Thompson set her team to a 36 kill percent for the match while adding a block. Miyashiro held a 53 positive percent on 38 service receptions. Post Schwechat dropped to 12-2 on the season and into second place. In CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat will now face Turkey’s Galatasaray in a home-and-home series in the 4th Final Round of the CEV Cup. The first match will be Feb. 3, while the return match on Feb. 9. Post Schwechat does not return to MEVZA action until Feb. 12 against A. Linz Steg.

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, dropped its second consecutive match after starting the season 8-0 with a 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 loss to Shanghai Dunlop on Jan. 29. Tom charted 11 kills and two aces for 13 points in the loss. Evergrande, now 8-2 and still in second place, looks to regroup on Feb. 12 against August Keming.

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. For photos of the Round VII action, click here. In the CEV Champions League, Rabita Baku will challenge Czech Republic’s VK Modranska Prostejov in the Playoff 12 Round in a home-and-home series played Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Glass played for Prostejov last year.

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 League with Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.) during the 2010-11 professional club season. For photos of the Round VII action, click here. In CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup action, Azerrail will face Ukraine’s Khimik Yuzhny Odessa in a home-and-home Playoff 8th Final Round series contested on Feb. 1 with the return match contested on Feb. 8.

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 with fellow American Kelly Wing. For photos of the Round VII action, click here. Igtisadchi has advanced to the Round of 8 of the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup and will play Romania’s Stinta Bacau in a home-and-home series played on Feb. 2 with the return match on Feb. 8.

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. For photos of the Round VII action, click here. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Lokomotiv has advance to the Round of 8 where it will face Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in a home-and-home on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.

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 fell to 6-10 on the season after losing both its matches this past weekend. On Jan. 29, Toyota lost to Toray 25-12, 25-23, 27-25. Akinradewo charted eight kills on 25 attacks and one ace for nine points. On the following day, Toyota fell to Pioneer 19-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 19-17 as Akinradewo turned in 24 kills on 48 attacks, four blocks and an ace for 29 points. Toyota will look to snap a six-match losing streak with matches against Okayama on Feb. 5 and NEC on Feb. 6 in Hyougo.

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. 25-27, 2011, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead the evaluation process for the tryout, which is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. All tryout participants must be U.S. citizens and are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout. For the complete details on the tryout, click here.