Women's Update: Karch Promotes NCAA Tourney

By Bill Kauffman | Dec. 10, 2013, 12:59 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2013) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Dec. 10 includes briefs on U.S. players.

KARCH PROMOTING NCAA DIVISION I VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly was in Seattle last week promoting the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship that will culminate in the Emerald City with the semifinals on Dec. 19 and the championship on Dec. 21. He will be part of the television broadcast team for the Lincoln Regional (Lincoln, Neb.) being held Dec. 13-14, as well as the color analyst for the national semifinals and finals in Seattle. In an interview with Seattle NBC affiliate King 5 and its New Day Northwest program (click here to view interview), Kiraly talks about the current National Team as well as the NCAA Tournament. Further, Kiraly took part in two Twitter takeovers last week, one for the NCAA and one for the Seattle Times. Follow the tournament results on www.usavolleyball.org and on ncaa.com, or through the individual school twitter feeds (click here).

LICHTMAN FEATURED SPEAKER AT CLINIC SERIES, PROCEEDS TO CHARITY: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), a U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team outside hitter, will be the featured speaker in a three-day traveling clinic in the Garden Empire Volleyball Association, one of 40 Regional Volleyball Associations within USA Volleyball. The clinic opens Dec. 12 at the Apex Volleyball Training and Rehearsal Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., followed by a Dec. 13 clinic at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J. The clinic concludes on Dec. 14 at Queens College in Queens, N.Y. Lichtman will discuss her experience with Team USA, what it takes to advance to that level and building culture within the team and gym. She will also teach the current training techniques that Team USA uses in its gym at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. The clinic is open to all coaches, players and parents with all proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House. A contribution of $30 per adult and $10 per player is suggested. Apex Volleyball is sponsoring the clinics in conjunction with Atlantic Valley Volleyball and Creole Volleyball. For more details, click here.

SWEET TWEETS: Have you ever wondered what it is like for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to compete overseas in the club season where they may be the only American on the team and away from family and friends for months at a time? You can get that inside peek into the players’ lives by checking out the USA Volleyball’s social media page at click here. Below are some sweet tweets from the week.

FAWCETT WITH EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA: Opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who was part of two medal-winning U.S. teams this past summer, is playing for Korea Expressway in the Korean Volleyball League for the second consecutive year. Fawcett scored 46 points in an intense five-set match against KGC Ginseng (25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 19-25, 15-13) on Dec. 7.

LARSON-BURBACH WITH DINAMO KAZAN IN RUSSIA: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing once again for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. In CEV Champions League, Kazan (4-0) remained undefeated with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-10 victory over Romania’s Stiinta Bacau in Russia. Larson-Burbach pocketed a match-high 17 points with 13 kills on 29 attacks, three blocks and an ace. She added a team-leading 18 reception attempts with a 50 positive percent result. “We are trying to keep up the quality of our performances and are very motivated to achieve a good result in this year’s CEV Volleyball Champions League,” Larson-Burbach said after the match. Kazan (4-0, 12 points), with a two-match and six-point lead in Pool F, challenges Poland’s Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Dec. 11 in the fifth leg of Pool F. In the Russia Super League, Kazan (7-0) is idle until Dec. 20 when it challenges Hara Maureen on Dec. 20.

HODGE, FAUCETTE WITH EVERGRANDE IN CHINA: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and Juliann Faucette (San Diego) are playing in China this winter with Guangdong Evergrande, which is under the direction of 2008 U.S. Olympic head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping. Evergrande picked up a 27-25, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Beijing Automotive on Dec. 3. Hodge tallied 19 kills on 31 attacks with a block for a match-high 20 points. She added five digs and seven excellent receptions on 14 attempts without an error in the victory. Faucette added 12 points with 10 kills on 17 attacks, two blocks and team-high six digs. Evergrande continued its winning ways with a key 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20 victory over Shanghai on Dec. 8. Hodge collected a match-high 22 points with 17 kills on 40 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Hodge added 26 excellent reception attempts on 34 chances. Faucette added 16 points via 13 kills on 25 attacks and three aces. Evergrande is the only undefeated team in Pool B through three matches.

BOWN, SPICER WITH SHANGHAI IN CHINA: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team selection and silver medalist in 2008, and former U.S. National Team member Nellie Spicer are competing for Shanghai in the Chinese League this winter. Shanghai topped Shandong 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 on Dec. 3. Bown scored 16 points with an impressive 12 kills on 12 attacks, two aces and two blocks. Spicer started the opening set. Shanghai dropped a 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20 match to league-leader Evergrande on Dec. 8. Bown notched 12 points with seven kills on 14 attacks, three blocks and two aces. Spicer was a sub in three of the four sets. Shanghai is now 2-1 with five points in Pool B.

HILDEBRAND WITH AMIL IN BRAZIL: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing this winter with Volei Amil in the Brazil Super League. Amil earned a big win over Sesi-Sao Paulo 25-23, 12-21, 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 on Dec. 3. Hildebrand started all five sets and scored eight points in the victory. Hildebrand scored 15 points, including 13 kills on 28 attacks, in leading Amil to a 19-21, 21-12, 21-10, 21-13 victory over Barueri on Dec. 6. Amil dropped a 21-14, 20-22, 21-18, 19-21, 17-15 match to Molico/Nestle on Dec. 9. Hildebrand tallied seven points while adding 17 digs in the match.

SCOTT WITH BRASILIA IN BRAZIL: Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympian playing middle blocker and two-time Olympic silver medalist, is competing in Brazil this club season with Brasilia Volei. Despite being idle in league play since Nov. 1, Brasilia looked in solid form on Dec. 3 as it defeated Minas Tenis Clube 21-18, 21-16, 21-19. Scott turned in six points in the victory. Brasilia continued its winning ways on Dec. 7 as it edged Pinheiros 20-22, 21-14, 13-21, 21-17, 15-10. Scott notched 13 points with seven kills, a team-leading five blocks and an ace. Brasilia will seek to continue its win streak on Dec. 10 with a ninth-round match against Banana Boat/Praia Clube.

KIM GLASS WITH BANANA BOAT/PRAIA CLUBE IN BRAZIL: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, is playing in the Brazilian Super League this winter with Banana Boat/Praia Clube. Banana Boat lost to Molico/Nestle 21-16, 21-15, 21-18 on Dec. 3. Glass was held to three points in the loss. Banana Boat nearly pulled off an upset on Dec. 6 before losing to Unilever 17-21, 16-21, 21-19, 21-18, 15-11. After missing the third set against Nestle, Glass did not suite in the match against Unilever. Banana Boat looks to right the ship on Dec. 10 against Brasilia in its next league match. To follow her blog, click here.

BERGSMA WITH MINAS IN BRAZIL: Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in the summer of 2013 after winning the 2012 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, is playing for Minas Tenis Clube in Brazil this season. Minas dropped a 21-18, 21-16, 21-19 match to Brasilia Volei on Dec. 3. Bergsma contributed nine points in the loss with seven kills on 21 attacks and two aces. Minas was edged by Uniara/Afav 21-18, 9-21, 21-19, 20-22, 15-12 on Dec. 6. Bergsma scored a team-high 13 points with 10 kills. Minas returns to action on Dec. 10 with a ninth-round match against Maranhao Volei.

THOMPSON WITH VOLERO ZURICH IN SWITZERLAND: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a silver medal-winning setter on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, arrived in mid-November to play for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League. Volero Zurich edged Tauron MKS Dawbrowa Gornicza 28-26, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9 on Dec. 4 in Poland during the fourth leg of Pool F of the CEV Champions League. Thompson set Volero Zurich to a 39 kill percent while adding three aces and a block for four points. Volero (2-2, 6 points), currently in second place in Pool F, meets fourth-place Stiinta Bacau (1-3, 2 points) on Dec. 12 in the fifth leg of CEV Champions League Pool F. In the Swiss League, Thompson helped Volero Zurich to a 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 victory over third-place VC Kanti Schaffhausen I on Dec. 7. Volero Zurich, now 8-0 with a 24-1 set ratio, takes on eighth-place VBC Cheseaux (2-6) on Dec. 14. Thompson is the subject of a volleyball documentary entitled “Court & Spark”, which will debut during the week of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship held in Seattle Dec. 19-21. The documentary explores who Courtney Thompson is, how it is to live a life as a professional American Volleyball star overseas, how she has overcome staggering odds and mixed in with experts of the game speaking about her. The one-hour documentary is aimed at players, parents, coaches, fans, media and policymakers who can support the creation and maintenance of sports facilities and opportunities for our youth. To view the documentary preview, click here.

DONAHUE WITH SM’AESCH PFEFFINGEN IN SWITZERLAND: Caitlyn Donahue (Kansas City, Kan.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team this past summer, is playing for Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I in the first division of the Swiss League. Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen lost to TSV Dudingen 9-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 on Dec. 7. Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen, currently seventh in the top Swiss League with a 2-6 record with three of its matches going five sets, resumes action on Dec. 14 against fifth-place Hotel Cristal VFM (5-3).

ADAMS WITH TAURON MKS DABROWA IN POLAND: Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing in Poland this winter with Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. In CEV Champions League action, Tauron MKS Dabrowa (1-3, 4 points) lost a heart-breaking 28-26, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9 match to Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Dec. 4 in Poland. Adams produced one of her top games as an international player with 11 kills on 20 attacks, three blocks and a three aces for 17 points. Tauron, now in third place in Pool F, meets pool leader Dinamo Kazan (4-0, 12 points) in the fifth leg of Pool F on Dec. 11. In the Polish Orlen League, Tauron beat Siodemka SK Bank Legionovia 25-23, 16-25, 30-28, 25-16 on Dec. 8. Adams contributed 11 points with eight kills on 12 attacks with one error to go with two blocks and an ace. Fourth-place Tauron (5-5, 16 points) faces third-place Atom Trefl Sopot (8-2, 23 points) on Dec. 14 in the 11th round of the Polish League. Adams is maintaining a blog during her travels, and is open to the public at rachadams.com.

HILL WITH ATOM TREFL SOPOT IN POLAND: Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing this winter with Atom Trefl Sopot in the Polish Oren Liga. In CEV Champions League, Sopot dropped a 25-22, 25-20, 25-12 match to Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul (4-0, 12 points) on Dec. 4. Hill started the match and was held to four kills and an ace. Sopot (2-2, 6 points), tied for second in Pool C, seeks to break its two-match CEV Champions League losing streak on Dec. 11 against winless GENT Dames (0-4, 0 points) in the fifth leg. In the Polish Orlen League, Sopot rallied to upset league-leader KPS Chemik Police 21-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11 on Dec. 8. Hill scored two points in the match with a 57 positive reception percent. Third-place Sopot (8-2, 23 points) meets fourth-place Tauron MKS Dabrowa (5-5, 16 points) in the 11th round of the Polish League on Dec. 14.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI IN JAPAN: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Hitachi Rivale in the Japanese V-League top division. Hitachi lost its first match of the V-League with a 27-25, 25-20, 25-22 setback to Toyota on Dec. 7. Paolini was credited with 10 points with nine kills on 18 attacks and a block. For Toyota, American Kanani Danielson turned in 14 points with 12 kills and two blocks in the victory. In its second match of the weekend, Hitachi lost a heart-breaking 25-21. 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11 match to JT Marvelous on Dec. 8. Paolini turned in 16 points with 14 kills on 35 attacks and two blocks. Through the first four matches, Paolini is the leader in Best Spiker with a 52.1 kill percent. Hitachi will play Hisamitsu on Dec. 21 and Okayama on Dec. 22 in the upcoming V-League matches.

HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank dropped a 26-24, 25-13, 22-25, 25-22 decision to Bursa B.S. Bld on Dec. 7. Hood scored 12 points with seven kills on 32 attacks, three blocks and two aces. She contributed a 65 positive reception percent on 23 reception chances. Ilbank (5-5, 14 points), which is in sixth place, resumes action on Dec. 15 against eighth-place Sariyer (4-6, 11 points).

ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce stopped Besiktas 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 as Glass was not in the starting lineup. Third-place Fenerbahce (8-1, 24 points) takes on second-place Eczacibasi (8-2, 25 points) on Dec. 14 in the next round of the Turkish League. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce opened the 8th Final Round with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-16 victory over Orbita-ZTMC-ZNU Zaporozhye on Dec. 5. The two teams meet again on Dec. 11 to conclude the home-and-home series. The series winner advances to the 4th Final Round.

HARMOTTO WITH ECZACIBASI IN TURKEY: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, is competing for Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in the Turkish professional league. In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi swept RC Cannes 25-18, 25-21, 25-20 on Dec. 5 without Harmotto available. Eczacibasi (4-0, 12 points), with a two-match lead in Pool D, challenges fourth-place Schweriner SC (0-4, 0 points) on Dec. 11 in the fifth leg of Pool D. Eczacibasi (8-2, 25 points) lost to Galatasaray 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-8 in the Turkish League as Harmotto did not suit. Eczacibasi, now in second place, challenges third-place Fenerbahce (8-1, 24 points) on Dec. 14.

HAGGLUND, MIYASHIRO WITH VILSBIBURG IN GERMANY: Libero Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a libero on the 2012 U.S. Olympic silver-medal team, and setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) are playing for Rote Raben Vilsbiburg in the German league this winter. In addition, Americans Dominique Lamb and Michelle Bartsch are competing on the squad. Vilsbiburg lost to league-leader VC Wiesbaden 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 on Dec. 7 after a week being idle in the league schedule. Hagglund set her squad to a 40 kill percent. Lamb turned in 10 points with six kills on 13 errorless attacks, two aces and two blocks. Bartsch added six points in the loss. Vilsbiburg now has 15 points with a 17-14 set record in nine matches for sixth place. Vilsbiburg will face Dresdner in the DVV Cup semifinals on Dec. 14. In CEV Cup action, Vilsbiburg lost the opening 8th Final Round home-and-home series match with LP Salo by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14 on Dec. 4 in Finland. Vilsbiburg will now need to win the rematch in Germany on Dec. 11, along with the golden set to advance to the 4th Final Round.

LLOYD WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALY: Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) is competing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A league for this winter season. In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, In CEV Champions League action Conegliano lost for the first time in four matches as host Azeryol Baku won 25-23, 30-32, 25-22, 25-23 on Dec. 3. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 37 kill percent of the match while adding two blocks and an ace. Conegliano (3-1, 7 points), which is in second place in Pool E but with the same record as leader Galatasaray (3-1, 10 points), will look to get back in the win column on Dec. 11 against Italian league rival Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (0-4, 1 point), which Lloyd played for the previous two seasons. In Italian Serie A1 action, Conegliano rebounded from its first league loss by stopping Banca Di Forli 25-13, 25-19, 25-22 on Dec. 8. Lloyd did not play in the match. Conegliano (4-1, 12 points), which is in second place, moves into the Italian Serie A1 Seventh Round on Dec. 15 as it faces third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (4-2, 12 points).

AKINRADEWO, BANWARTH, JACKSON WITH RABITA IN AZERBAIJAN: Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Brittnee Cooper are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. For the second week in a row in CEV Champions League play, Rabita Baku defeated Dresdner SC in straight sets with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 victory on Dec. 5. Jackson scored 11 points with seven kills on 11 attacks and a team-high four blocks. On the opposite side of the net American Becky Perry led Dresdner with 11 points. Rabita Baku (4-0, 11 points) faces Pool A’s fourth-place Beziers Volley (0-4, 0 points) in the fifth leg of the CEV Champions League on Dec. 11. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku swept Lokomotiv Baku 25-13, 25-13, 25-20 on Dec. 8.

WILLOUGHBY WITH IGTISADCHI IN AZERBAIJAN: Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.), a 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist, is competing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2013-14. In CEV Champions League action, Igtisadchi dropped a 25-17, 25-20, 26-24 match to Italy’s Rebecchi Meccanica Piacenza on Dec. 5. Igtisadchi (2-2, 5 points), in third place in Pool B, will look to bounce back on Dec. 10 against Pool B leader Dinamo Moscow (3-1, 10 points).

GIBBEMEYER, CRIMES AND DOSTY WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. In addition, former National Team middle blocker Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and American Whitney Dosty are playing for Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv lost to league-leader Rabita Baku 25-13, 25-13, 25-20 on Dec. 8. In CEV Cup action, Lokomotiv Baku downed Hapoel Kfar Saba 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 in the opening match of the 8th Final Round home-and-home series on Dec. 5. The teams complete the series on Dec. 11 with the winner (Hapoel also needs to win a golden set) advancing to the 4th Final Round. To follow her blog throughout the year, click here.

DAVIS WITH DINAMO ROMPREST IN ROMANIA: Libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S., is playing for Dinamo Romprest Bucharest in Romania this winter. In the CEV Champions League, Dinamo Romprest defeated Belgium’s GENT Dames 25-17, 25-12, 25-20 for its second straight victory. Davis was credited with a 50 positive reception percent on 10 chances to help Dinamo Romprest to a 59 kill percent as a team. Dinamo Romprest (2-2, 6 points), now in a second-place tie in Pool C, challenges pool leader VakifBank Istanbul (4-0, 12 points) on Dec. 11. Dinamo Romprest rebounded from its first Romanian League loss of the season by sweeping CSM Bucuresti 25-19, 25-18, 25-8 on Dec. 7.

OPEN TRYOUTS: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 21-23, 2014, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout process will be used primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women’s Senior A2 Teams). To be eligible for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team through this tryout, athletes must have concluded their collegiate eligibility. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2014, or when the athlete’s academic year or professional club season has concluded. Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility will be eligible for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, as well as the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program, which consists of two different options if selected. For the complete press release, click here.