U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for Feb. 20

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 20, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 20, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Feb. 20 includes briefs on U.S. players.

SUNAHARA HIRED AS ASSISTANT COACH: Reed Sunahara has agreed to serve as the assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team during the 2013-2016 Olympic quadrennial, working together with head coach Karch Kiraly. Sunahara is not a stranger to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team program or the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. He led the U.S. Women to the 2012 Pan American Cup title last summer with a squad absent of any 2012 Olympians competing against the likes of Brazil and Dominican Republic with largely their Olympic roster. The Pan Am Cup gold medal qualified the Americans into the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix where they will attempt to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive title of the premier annual event for international volleyball. Sunahara gained a familiarity with the FIVB World Grand Prix as he served as the U.S. Women’s team leader during the 2010 World Grand Prix edition. Sunahara also mentored the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team that captured the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship and qualify for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship. To read the complete press release, click here.

OPEN TRYOUTS EXPECTS RECORD PARTICIPATION: USA Volleyball has a projected record 248 athletes signed up to participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. The tryouts will take place Feb. 22-24, 2013, in Sports Center II at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among the 248 tryout participants representing 90 different colleges are 60 outside hitters, 57 middle blockers, 56 liberos, 49 setters and 26 opposites. The 2012 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts attracted a then-record 207 participants. Although seating is very limited in Sports Center II, the tryouts are open and free to the public. Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following three different programs: first and foremost the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; those not selected to the National Team may also be considered for an invitation to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team; and/or U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team program and its various programs. To complete details, click here.

USA VOLLEYBALL PROCESSES 216 FEMALE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: USA Volleyball has released an updated list of international transfer certificates processed allowing for United States citizens to compete in leagues overseas. A total of 318 transfers have been finalized by USA Volleyball with the breakdown being 216 female athletes and 102 males athletes. Additional transfers are expected to be finalized in the near future. To view the full list of transfers, click here.

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. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku topped Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 25-18, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20 on Feb. 14 to sweep the home-and-home Playoff 6 series and advance to the semifinals. Akinradewo tallied 12 kills on 16 attacks, four blocks and an ace for 17 points in the victory. Rabita Baku, which will be making its second semifinal appearance, will face Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in the semifinals on March 9. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku holds sole possession of first place with 31 points and a 10-2 record after defeating Telekom 25-16, 25-14, 25-12 on Feb. 18.

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.). In CEV Champions League action, Azerrail evened its Playoff 6 home-and-home series on Feb. 13 with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio forcing a golden set to decide which team advanced to the semifinal round. In the full match, Hodge tallied 14 points with all coming on kills. She also took 26 of the team’s 70 service receptions with a 46 positive percent. However, Busto Arsizio took control of the golden set late with a 15-11 victory. In the Azerbaijan Super League, defeated Baki Azeryol 25-16, 29-27, 25-23 on Feb. 18 to remain in third place with 24 points. Azerrail returns to Super League action on Feb. 22 against Igtisadchi Baku.

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. In the Azerbaijan Super League, second-place Igtisadchi takes a 9-2 record into its Feb. 22 match with third-place Azerrail.

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 lost to Azerrail 25-16, 29-27, 25-23 on Feb. 18. Baki Azeryolservis, now in sixth place, challenges Lokomotiv Bileceri on Feb. 22 in its next Azerbaijan Super League match.

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. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Lokomotiv defeated Lokomotic Bileceri 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 on Feb. 18. Lokomotiv (6-5, 19 points), which is in fourth place, plays Telekom Baki on Feb. 22 in its next Super League match.

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 SC rallied to defeat VT Aurubis Hamburg 22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-16 on Feb. 17 as Davis was selected her team’s most valuable player for the match. She compiled a 65 positive reception percent on 17 attempts in helping Dresdner attack at a 44 percent clip. Dresdner, now in third place (30-10, 52-19), returns to action on Feb. 23 against Alemannia Aachen.

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. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Krasnodar swept its home-and-home 4th Final Round series with Ilbank Sports Club Ankara following a 25-20, 25-8, 20-25, 28-26 victory on Feb. 14. Hooker scored a match-high 23 points including 19 kills on 40 attacks and four blocks. Krasnodar will now face LP Salo in the semifinal home-and-home series beginning on Feb. 26. In the Russia Super League, Krasnodar (11-5, 32 points) defeated Odintsovo 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 on Feb. 18. Hooker produced 15 points with 13 kills on 29 attacks and two blocks. Krasnodar, now in fourth place, challenges league-leader Dinamo Kazan on Feb. 22.

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. In the CEV Champions League, Kazan was swept in the Playoff 6 home-and-home series by Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku with second match a 25-18, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20 loss on Feb. 14. Larson-Burbach collected 12 points with eight kills on 27 attacks and four blocks. Bown totaled 10 points with nine kills on 13 attacks and a block. The series loss eliminated Dinamo Kazan from the CEV Champions League. In the Russia Super League, Kazan remained undefeated following a 25-10, 25-15, 25-23 victory over Yenisei on Feb. 18. Bown notched 11 points with six kills on 13 attacks and five blocks. Larson-Burbach was credited with nine points via five kills, three blocks and an ace. She added a 43 positive reception percent on a team-high 23 service receptions.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA LEAGUE: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing with Korea Expressway in the Korean professional league. On Feb. 12, Fawcett established a new female international scoring record with 55 points in leading Korea Expressway to a five-set win over Industrial Bank of Korea. “This was a really big and important game for us, so I was never thinking about the points I was scoring,” Fawcett said. “The only thing that was going through my mind was making every point count so we could win the match. I was completely unaware of the points that I had until after the game when my interpreter came up to me and told me that I broke a record here for most points in a match.” For more details on the accomplishment, click here. Korea Expressway absorbed a 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 loss to GS Caltex on Feb. 16 as Fawcett tallied 26 points in the three sets, including 24 kills. Korea Expressway bounced back from the loss to take a 20-25, 17-25, 25-11, 25-18, 15-12 victory over Hyundai Engineering and Construction on Feb. 19. Fawcett tallied 36 points in the victory, including 27 kills on 64 attacks, six aces and three blocks. Korea Expressway returns to action on Feb. 24 against GS Caltex.

BERG WITH TURKEY’S FENERBAHCE: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. and three-time Olympian, signed to play with Fenerbahce in the Turkish League mid-way through the regular season. In CEV Cup action, Fenerbahce lost to Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg on Feb. 12 in a CEV Cup semifinal round home-and-home series. As the loss evened the series 1-1, the two teams moved into the golden set immediately after the Feb. 12 contest. After the teams were even 9-9 in the golden set, Fenerbahce reeled off six of the final eight points to advance to the CEV Cup finals against Bank BPS Fakro Muszyna starting on Feb. 27. In the golden set Berg set Fenerbahce to a 58 kill percent with 11 kills on 19 attacks and just two errors. In the Turkish League, fourth-place Fenerbahce (11-5, 32 points) lost to Eczacibasi VitrA 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 on Feb. 17. Berg started the first two sets record two blocks while helping the squad to a 38.5 kill percent. Fenerbahce returns to league action on Feb. 24 versus Nilufer Bld.

LLOYD, FAUCETTE 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. In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio lost to Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 on Feb. 13 in the second home-and-home match of the Playoff 6 Round series to even the series at one match each forcing a golden set. Busto Arsizio rebounded in the golden set with a 15-11 victory in which it never trailed after taking a 4-0 lead. However, Busto Arsizio needed to break a 9-all tie with another 4-0 run. Faucette was a sub only in the second set record one attack. Lloyd did not play. Busto Arsizio, which won the CEV Cup last year, will be making its first-ever trip to the CEV Champions League semifinals in its first year in the league. The squad will meet its second Azerbaijan team in a row, this time Rabita Baku on March 9. In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Busto Arsizio edged Chateau D’Ax Urbino 25-15, 15-25, 29-27, 25-20 on Feb. 17. Neither Faucette or Lloyd played in the match. Busto Arsizio (12-2, 33 points), which holds a five-point lead over second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo, takes on fourth-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica (7-5, 22 points) on Feb. 24.

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, which lost a tough five set match on Feb. 9, rebounded to win its own five-set match with a 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 15-7 victory over Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese on Feb. 17. Gibbemeyer pocketed 15 points with 10 kills on 21 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Pesaro (6-7, 16 points), now in eighth place, takes on second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (10-4, 27 points) on Feb. 24 in its next league match.

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. In the Italian Serie A1, Villa Cortese was dealt its second straight five-set loss, this time a 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 15-7 setback to KGS Robursport Pesaro on Feb. 17. Klineman scored 11 points in the match with nine kills on 31 attacks and two blocks. She also handled 24 service receptions with a 54 positive percent. Villa Cortese (6-7, 21 points), now in sixth place, challenges ninth-place Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (3-10, 11 points) on Feb. 24 in its next league match.

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 Superliga. Unilever scored a hard-fought 25-21, 26-24, 22-25, 24-26, 20-18 victory over Sesi Sao Paulo on Feb. 16 as Tom was not in the lineup due to an injury. Unilever, which is in first place with a 16-1 record, closes the regular season on Feb. 22 versus second-place Sollys/Nestle (14-3). Sollys/Nestle trails Unilever by two points in the standings.

SCOTT-ARRUDA WITH BRAZIL’S BANANA BOAT: Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), the only five-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection and a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist, joined Banana Boat/Praia Clube in mid-season of the Brazil Superliga. Banana Boat/Praia Clube was dealt a 27-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-18 loss by Volei Amil on Feb. 19. Scott-Arruda scored a match-high 19 points with 14 kills on 23 attacks and five blocks. Banana Boat/Praia Clube, currently in fifth place with a 10-7 record, closes out the regular season on Feb. 22 versus eighth-place Rio Do Sul (6-11).

THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012 silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Orlen Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz finished sixth in the Orlen Liga regular season and will face BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala in the quarterfinal round starting on March 16. Budowlani opened the Polish Cup 6th Round with a 25-14, 25-21, 27-25 loss to Eliteski AZS UEK Krakow on Feb. 13, then bounced back to win 26-24, 25-21, 25-16. However, AZS advanced to the quarterfinal.

ALISHA GLASS WITH PUERTO RICO’S CAGUAS: Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team, has transferred to compete in the Puerto Rico Super League with Caguas after playing earlier this year for Modena of Italy’s Serie A1 division before it ceased competition this season. She helped Caguas to a 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, 15-8 victory over Carolina on Feb. 12. Glass scored 12 assists, 15 digs and three points in the victory. Caguas defeated Corozal 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-20 on Feb. 14 as Glass handed out 26 assists to go with 12 digs and two points.

JONES WITH PUERTO RICO’S CATANO: Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Catano in the Puerto Rico Super League this season. Jones scored 20 points in leading Catano to a 28-30, 25-22, 25-11, 19-25, 15-11 victory over Mayaguez on Feb. 14. Catano picked up a 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 31-29 victory over Corozal on Feb. 16 as Jones secured 18 points in the victory. Catano earned a 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 victory over Juncos on Feb. 19 as Jones pocketed 16 points in the victory.

OTHER AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO: Tabi Love tallied 21 points in a Caguas five-set win over Carolina on Feb. 12, while Erin Moore chipped in 17 points. Becky Perry led Carolina with 20 points in the loss, while Monique Mead added 18 points and Lindsey Fletemier totaled 11 points…Julie Bennett contributed 29 points in a four-set Guaynabo win over Juncos on Feb. 13. Alaina Bergsma pocketed 17 points and Caitlyn Donahue provided 11 assists, 16 digs and three points in the victory. Rachael Kidder paced Juncos with 16 points…Erin Moore collected 25 points for Caguas in a four-set win over Corozal on Feb. 14, while Tabi Love tacked on eight points. Kim Willoughby led Corozal with 24 points in the loss…Stephanie Neimer tallied 23 points and Shonda Cole added 17 in Mayaguez’s five-set loss to Catano on Feb. 14…Rachael Kidder contributed a team-high 22 points in leading Juncos to a four-set win over Humacao on Feb. 15, while Falyn Fonoimoana led her squad with 26 points in the loss and Emily Brown followed with 18 points. Kelly Murphy and Hannah Werth scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in leading Bayamon to a three-set win over Ponce on Feb. 15. Lauren Cook set the squad with 12 assists in the victory. Gina Mancuso led Ponce with 10 points…Monique Mead led Carolina to a five-set win over Mayaguez with 25 points, followed by Becky Perry with 20 points and Lindsay Fletemier with 12 points. Shonda Cole notched 36 points in the loss, while Stephanie Neimer added 28 points…Kim Willoughby contributed 22 points in Corozal’s four-set loss to Catano on Feb. 16…Julie Bennett collected 19 points and Alaina Bergsma added 15 points as Caitlyn Donahue provided 16 assists, 18 digs and three points in Guaynabo’s five-set win over Bayamon. Kelly Murphy led Bayamon with 22 points, while Hannah Werth added 15 points. Lauren Cook set Bayamon with 21 assists…Kim Willoughby totaled 18 points in helping Corozal to a five-set win over Carolina on Feb. 19. Becky Perry led Carolina with 20 points, followed by Monique Mead’s 18 points. Lindsay Fletemier chipped in 15 points in the loss…Rachael Kidder scored 15 points in Juncos’ three-set loss to Catano on Feb. 19.

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, 1-6 in the double-round-robin five-team playoffs, closes the playoffs on Feb. 24 against fourth-place Volley Koniz.

RICHARDS HILDEBRAND WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for Bakirkoy Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Richards Hildebrand has been out of the lineup for the last handful of matches.