COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 22, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 22 includes briefs on U.S. players.
HOOKER WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KRASNODAR: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who earned the Best Spiker Award at the 2012 Olympic Games while helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to the silver medal, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar in the Russia Super League this winter. Krasnodar improved to 3-0 to start the Russia Super League following a 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-11 victory over Torch New Urengoy on Oct. 19. Hooker scored a match-high 26 points with 21 kills coming on 54 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Krasnodar challenges Yenisei Krasnoyarsk (0-3) on Oct. 28 in its next Russia Super League match.
AKINRADEWO WITH AZERBAIJAN’S RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita Baku finished the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships with the silver medal after falling to Brazil’s Sollys Nestle in straight sets during the title match. Akinradewo finished the tournament as the 10th-best scorer with 36 points on 23 kills, 12 blocks and one ace. She finished second in the best blocker category, averaging 0.86 per set. Rabita Baku opens the CEV Champions League with an opening round Pool B match versus Agel Prostejov on Oct. 24.
JONES WITH PUERTO RICO’S LANCHERAS de CATANO: Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Lancheras de Catanos of the Puerto Rico Super League. She earned the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships Best Blocker Award last week as she averaged 0.92 blocks per set to edge out American Foluke Akinradewo’s 0.86 average. Jones finished the tournament with 31 points as Catano ended in fourth place after falling to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in the bronze-medal match.
LICHTMAN WITH SWITZERLAND’S HOTEL CRISTAL VFM I: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Hotel Cristal VFM I in the Swiss Volley League along with Americans Bianca Rowland, Brianna Barry, Michelle Kocher, Lise Muhlemann and Amber Roberson. Hotel Cristal VFM remained in second place in the league standings with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 victory over TSV Dudingen on Oct. 21. Hotel Cristal VFM challenges league-leader Volero Zurich on Oct. 28 in its next league match.
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. In her first match of the season, Barboza scored a team-high 14 points, all on kills via 29 attacks, in a 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 loss to Dinamo Moscow on Oct. 19. She handled 20 of the team’s 68 service receptions. Ufimochka (0-3) returns to action on Oct. 28 against Severstal (0-3).
LARSON, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who have each won an Olympic silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. Kazan defeated Omichka 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 on Oct. 19 to improve to 3-0. Larson started the match and scored one kill on four attacks before leaving the match in the first set. Bown came in as a sub in the third set. Dinamo Kazan starts CEV Champions League action on Oct. 24 with a Pool E first-round match against Schweriner SC. After its first Champions League match, Kazan returns to the Russia Super League with an Oct. 28 match against Proton (1-2).
GIBBEMEYER WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY PESARO: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Gibbemeyer scored 14 points in her Italian Serie A1 debut as Pesaro came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena 20-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-11 on Oct. 21 in both team’s season openers. Gibbemeyer notched 11 kills on 25 attacks with just one error to go with two blocks and an ace. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Pesaro looks to remain undefeated on Oct. 28 as it faces Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza, which swept rising Italian Serie A1 opponent Icos Crema on Oct. 21.
LLOYD WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in the Italian Serie A1 league with Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in 2012-2013 along with American Juliann Faucette (San Diego). Both athletes played for Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego as juniors before going separate ways at the collegiate level. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, dealt rising Italian Serie A1 Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno a 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-13 loss to open the circuit’s regular season without Lloyd in the lineup. Faucette picked up 19 points in her first Italian Serie A1 start with 15 kills on 41 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Yamamay Busto Arsizio opens CEV Champions League first round action with a Pool C match against Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti on Oct. 24. After starting its CEV Champions League schedule, Busto Arsizio returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Oct. 28 against Foppapedretti Bergamo, a five-set loser to Duck Farm Chieri Torino in the season opener on Oct. 21.
KLINEMAN WITH ITALY’S ASYSTEL McCARNAGHI VILLA CORTESE: Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese in 2012-2013. Villa Cortese edged Idea Volley 2002 Bologna 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11 on Oct. 21 in the Italian Serie A1 opener for both teams. After subbing into the match in the first, second and fourth sets, Klineman started the pivotal fifth set and finished the match with five kills on 16 attacks and two blocks for seven points. She added a 67 excellent reception percent on nine attempts. Villa Cortese opens the CEV Champions League with a Pool B match against Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot on Oct. 24. Villa Cortese returns to the Italian Serie A1 schedule on Oct. 28 with a match against Duck Farm Chieri Torino, which will be broadcast on Sportube 2.
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena dropped its Italian Serie A1 opener 20-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-11 on Oct. 21. Harmotto scored nine points with seven kills on 20 attacks and two blocks. Glass set Modena to a 42 kill percent for the match (50 percent in the first two sets) to go with three blocks and a kill. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Modena returns to the court on Oct. 28 against Imoco Volley Conegliano, which was a four-set winner of Chateau D’Ax Urbino in its season opener.
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno lost its season-opener to Italian Serie A1 defending champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-13 on Oct. 20. Murrey started in her Italian Serie A1 debut and picked up 10 kills on 32 attacks and a block for 11 points. Engle, who subbed in the first and third sets and started the fourth set, contributed nine kills on 15 attacks in the loss.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Divisision for 2012-2013. Icos Crema lost to Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza 25-20, 28-26, 25-13 on Oct. 21 in the Italian Serie A1 opener for both teams. Paolini notched eight kills on 15 attacks and two blocks for 10 points. Icos Crema will look to rebound on Oct. 28 against Chateau D’Ax Urbino, which lost its season opener in four sets to Imoco Volley Conegliano.
SYKORA WITH ITALY’S CHATEAU D’AX URBINO VOLLEY: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, is competing with Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley in the Italian Serie A1 League for 2012-2013. Chateau D’Ax Urbino lost its regular season opener 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16 to Imoco Volley Conegliano on Oct. 20. Sykora did not play in the match. Urbino challenges Icos Crema in its next Italian Serie A1 match on Oct. 27, which will be broadcast on Rai Sport 1.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012s silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Plus Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (0-3) came up a few points short in a 29-27, 25-17, 21-25, 28-30, 15-11 loss to Impel Gwardia Wroclaw (1-2) on Oct. 21 in a battle of both teams searching for their first win the Plus Liga. Thompson started the first two sets gaining both a block and ace, then came off the bench in the fifth set. Lodz plays its fourth round match on Oct. 29 against PTPS Pila (2-0 prior to Oct. 22 match).
HODGE, WILSON WITH AZERBAIJAN’S AZERRAIL BAKU: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in 2012-2013 along with fellow Penn State University alum Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.). Azerrail Baku was edged 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 27-25 by Igtisadchi Baku on Oct. 18 in the Azerbaijan Super League opener for both teams. Hodge scored 21 points in the loss. Outside of the Azerbaijan Super League, Azerrail opens the CEV Champions League schedule with a Pool D first round match against Dresdner SC on Oct. 24.
METCALF WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Igtisadchi defeated Azerrail Baku 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 27-25 in a thrilling four-set match to open the Azerbaijan Super League season on Oct. 18. The squad opens the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series on Oct. 23 against Slidrecht Sport. Igtisadchi returns to action in Azerbaijan Super League on Nov. 3 against Lokomotiv Bilejeri.
TAMAS WITH AZERBAIJAN’S BAKI AZERYOLSERVIS: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Baki Azeryolservis of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Baki Azeryolservis toped Lokomotic Biledjeri 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14 on Oct. 18 in the Azerbaijan Super League opener. Her squad will be competing in the CEV Cup this year, starting with a 16th Final Round opening series against Nova KBM Branink Maribor starting on Oct. 25. Baki Azeryolservis looks to improve to 2-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League as it meets Telekom on Nov. 3.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKEY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for Bakirkey Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt lost to Eczacibasi VitrA 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 to open the Turkish League on Oct. 20. Richards scored nine points in the loss with seven kills and two blocks, while handling 18 of the team’s 59 service receptions. Yesilyurt returns to action on Oct. 26 against University Besiktas Bahcesehir.
TOM WITH BRAZIL’S UNILEVER: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball selection with two silver medals, is playing this winter with Unilever in Brazil’s Super League, which begins Nov. 23.