U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for April 22

By Bill Kauffman | April 22, 2013, 6:14 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 22, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on April 22 includes briefs on U.S. players.

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 rallied past Igtisadchi 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-28, 15-10 on April 17 to claim its sixth consecutive Azerbaijan Super League title. Rabita continued its league dominance on April 20 with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-11 victory over Telekom to push to 60 points, 11 more than second-place Azerrail. Rabita Baku closes out the season on April 23 versus Lokomotiv Baladzhary and on April 26 versus Azerrail.

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 blanked Baki Azeryolservis 25-17, 25-18, 31-29 on April 20 to move into second place of the league standings with a three-point margin on over third-place Igtisadchi, which idle for the day. Azerrail has matches against Lokomotiv Baku on April 23 and league champion Rabita Baku on April 26 to close out the regular season.

MIYASHIRO, SPICER WITH AZERBAIJAN’S LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a silver medalist with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, signed mid-season with Azerbaijan’s Lokomotiv Baku. Lokomotiv stopped Baki Azeryolservis 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 on April 17. Lokomotiv Baku concludes the season with match on April 23 versus Azerrail and on April 26 versus Igtisadchi.

METCALF, PAOLINI WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team with experience at the 2004 Olympic Games, and U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. Igtisadchi nearly upset league-leader Rabita Baku on April 17 before falling 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-28, 15-10. Igtisadchi faces Baki Azeryolservis on April 23 before close the season on April 26 versus Lokomotiv Baku.

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 opened strong against Lokomotiv on April 17 before falling 18-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16. Baki Azeryolservis lost its second match of the week to Azerrail 25-17, 25-18, 31-29 on April 20. Baki Azeryolservis concludes the season on April 23 versus Igtisadchi.

DAVIS WITH GERMANY’S DRESDNER SC: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist as a libero with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, joined Dresdner SC late in the 2012-13 season. Dresdner, as the third seed, lost a heart-breaking 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 17-15 match to Rote Raben Vilsbiburg on April 20 in Dresden, Germany. Dresdner led 10-7 in the fifth set before Vilsbiburg rallied for the victory. Davis produced a 76 positive reception percent on 21 chances as the team connected for a 37 kill percent for the match. With both teams holding one victory in the best-of-three semifinal round series, the teams square off on April 24 to decide who advances to the championship round.

LARSON-BURBACH, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson-Burbach (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, which concluded the regular season in first place, was idle last week after having swept its quarterfinal best-of-three series with Tyumen. To open the best-of-five semifinal round series, Kazan defeated Omichka 22-25, 25-21, 25-19,2 5-22 on April 22. Larson netted 14 points in the victory, while Bown added five points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The two teams will meet again on April 23 and April 27. If necessary, the series will be extended on April 28 and May 1.

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. With its best-of-three quarterfinal series tied at 1-1 with Omichka, Krasnodar’s season came to an end on April 17 with Omichka claiming a 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 victory. Hooker scored a team-high 21 points with 20 kills on 41 attacks and one block in the loss.

FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Juliann Faucette (San Diego), a U.S. outside hitter/opposite, is competing for Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A1 for the 2012-13 season. Busto Arsizio (15-3, 46 points) finished the regular season in first place with an eight-point lead over second-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica. Busto Arsizio won its best-of-three quarterfinal series with Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno in two matches. Busto Arsizio swept the first match 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 on April 17 as Faucette was a sub in the third set, racking up two kills on five attacks. In the second match, Busto Arsizio won 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 on April 20. Faucette was a sub in the first two sets, scoring one kill on two attacks. Busto Arsizio now advances to the best-of-three semifinal round to face Imoco Volley Conegliano. The series takes place on April 26, April 29, and if needed May 1.

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, the fourth seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, has split its first two matches of the best-of-three quarterfinal series with Imoco Volley Conegliano. On April 16, Villa Cortese chalked up a 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22 victory as Klineman scored 15 kills on 33 attacks, one ace and one block for 17 points. She added a 66 positive reception percent on a team-high 32 chances. Conegliano evened the series with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-16 victory on April 19. Klineman was held to eight points with seven kills and an ace. She provided a 61 positive reception percent on 18 chances. In the tiebreaking match on April 22, Conegliano came out on top with a 25-22, 15-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory to advance to the semifinal round. Klineman scored 12 points in the match.

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 KGS Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro (9-9, 24 points), seeded seventh in the Italian League playoffs, lost its best-of-three quarterfinal round series with second-seed Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza in two matches. Piacenza rallied to win the opening match 25-15, 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9 on April 16. Gibbemeyer turned in a match-high 17 points with 15 kills on 34 attacks and two blocks. Piacenza won the second match 25-19, 25-22, 25-15 without Gibbemeyer in the lineup, closing out Pesaro’s season.

SCOTT-ARRUDA, ALISHA GLASS WITH PUERTO RICO’S MAYAGUEZ: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team selection and two-time Olympic silver medalist, and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team, are competing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico Super League. Mayaguez concluded the double round-robin quarterfinal round Group A with victories over Corozal on April 15 and Bayamon on April 17 to finish with a pool-best 5-1 record to advance to the semifinals. Mayaguez opened the semifinals with a 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 victory over Caguas on April 19. Glass set the squad with 21 assists and 10 digs, while Scott-Arruda added nine kills and two blocks for nine points. In addition, American Shonda Cole scored 17 in the victory. Caguas evened the best-of-seven series on April 21 with a 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-12 victory. Scott-Arruda contributed 15 points with 12 kills and three blocks, while Glass set 25 assists to go with 16 digs. The series continues on April 23, April 25, April 27 and April 28.