U.S. Women's National Team Update for June 6

June 06, 2011, 5:50 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on June 6 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

BARBOZA, FAWCETT PARTICIPATE IN ANAHEIM UNION EVENT: U.S. Women’s National Team players Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) joined U.S. Men’s National Team players Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) and Robert Tarr (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) as award presenters at the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Scholar Athlete Awards on June 2. The event recognized high school athletes for their excellence in academics and sports. The four National Team athletes posed for pictures with each award recipient. The City of Anaheim is the headquarters training city for both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams, which trains at the American Sports Centers. Both National Teams have participated in several community service projects in Anaheim and around Orange County since moving their training locations from Colorado Springs to the southern California city (U.S. Men moved in 2006, U.S. Women moved in 2009).

MONTREUX VOLLEY MASTERS ON DECK: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team announced its 14-player roster on Monday that will be used at the Montreux Volley Masters event held June 7-12 at Montreux, Switzerland. Middle blockers are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters on the roster are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Pa.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah). Opposites competing at Montreux are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.). The two setters running the offense are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). The liberos are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). The U.S., which won the silver medal at last year’s Montreux event, opens the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters on June 7 versus Peru at 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Pacific Time). After its off-day in pool play, Team USA faces Germany on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Pacific Time) followed by a June 10 match against China at 9 p.m. (noon Pacific Time). Semifinal round matches will take place on June 11, followed by the classification matches on June 12. In the opposite Montreux Volley Masters pool, the four teams competing for the title are Cuba, Italy, Japan and Netherlands. For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/42666.

MONTREUX PRESS KIT: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters set for June 7-12 in Montreux, Switzerland. To view the press kit with bios on the preliminary roster selections, notes on the tournament recap of 2010, click here.

BERG, HODGE WITH VILLA CORTESE ADVANCE TO ITALIAN FINALS: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), who are competing for MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A league during the 2010-11 season, led their team to the Italian Serie A Cup championship best-of-five round against Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo. Villa Cortese, the regular season champion, lost a 25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17 match to open the championship series against Bergamo on May 29. Berg set the squad to a 39 kill percent, while Hodge tallied five kills and an ace in the loss. In the second match, Villa Cortese recovered from a two set deficit to win 24-26, 25-27, 25-20, 25-17, 15-13 on May 31. Hodge provided 24 points with 23 kills on a team-high 52 attacks to go with a block. Berg set the team to a 47 kill percent for the match, including a 55.2 percent in the final three sets. Bergamo took the series lead 2-1 with a 25-21, 25-20, 32-30 victory on June 2. Hodge totaled eight kills on 23 swings and four blocks for 12 points, while adding a 60 percent positive reception mark on five attempts. Berg added a kill and set the team to a 41 kill percent. Villa Cortese evened the series at 2-all and forced a deciding fifth set with a 25-18, 25-18, 28-26 victory on June 4. Hodge scored a match-high 19 points with 17 kills on 28 attacks for a 61 kill percent and .500 hitting efficiency (three errors). She added a block and ace in the victory. Berg set the squad to a remarkable 57 kill percent with 47 kills on 83 attacks and just nine errors for a .458 hitting efficiency. Bergamo won the deciding fifth match 19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 on June 6 to claim the Italian Serie A championship. Hodge tallied 13 kills on 43 attempts in the final match, along with two blocks and an ace for 16 total points. She added a 67 positive reception percent on six attempts. Berg added a kill on two swings while adding an ace for two points. She led the team to a 36 kill percent.

MURREY LEADS USA A2 BLUE TO OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD: The USA A2 Blue squad defeated USA A2 Red 26-24 in the double final title match of the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships Women's Open Division to complete a comeback through the consolation round on Tuesday evening at the Dallas Convention Center. USA A2 Blue, who lost to USA A2 Red earlier on Tuesday in semifinal round, gained revenge in the first title match with a 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 victory to force the Golden Set playoff in the double-elimination format. In the do-or-die set, USA A2 Blue came back from a 24-22 deficit to win 26-24 on four unanswered points. In the full Women’s Open title match, Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif., California) scored a match-high 20 points with 14 kills, four aces and two blocks while holding a 59 positive reception on 17 attempts. Ashley Bannister (Sugar Land, Texas, Texas) knocked down 14 points, while Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill., Illinois) matched her 14 points that included five blocks to go with a 62 positive reception percent on 13 attempts. During the Golden Set, Murrey scored six kills, a block and an ace for eight of her team’s 26 points. Ashley Rhoades (Rio Rancho, N.M.) added six points in the set, while Gwen Rucker (Lexington, Ky., Louisville), Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) and Bannister each collected four points in the deciding set. Murrey was named the tournament’s Open Division Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-Tournament by Barker and Bannister on the USA A2 Blue Team, Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif., Southern California) and Madison Kingdon (Phoenix) on USA A2 Red, and USA A2 White’s Colleen Ward (Naperville, Ill., Illinois). USA A2 White captured the bronze medal for the complete podium sweep in the Women’s Open Division. For the complete story, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/42591.

SUMMER TRAINING BLOCK ROSTER: The U.S. Women’s National Team summer training block started May 2 at the team’s training headquarters at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. As of May 23, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and his staff are training 24 players with additional athletes to join the group upon completion of their overseas club seasons. The U.S. Women’s National Team training sessions, generally held 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays, are open to the public free of charge. The current group includes setters Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Liberos currently training are Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). Opposites currently training are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas). The middle blocker group includes Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters in the gym are Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Keao Burdine (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah).

NATIONAL TEAM NEWS CLIPPINGS: To read some of the recent printed material on the U.S. Women’s National Team Program, click here.