U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Weekly Update for May 14

By Bill Kauffman | May 14, 2013, 5:11 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USAV Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 14, 2013) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on May 14 includes briefs on U.S. players.

WIN A COACHING SESSION WITH U.S. WOMEN’S STAFF AND PLAYERS: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, including head coach Karch Kiraly and several members of the squad, will hold a special instruction event at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim on Sept. 7 from 1-3 p.m. The clinic, open to girls ages 13-18, will randomly select 18 individuals to attend the coaching session through an online contest. To enter for the chance to attend, click here.

WOMEN’S TEAM SERVING AS COACHING STAFF FOR STARLINGS ANAHEIM: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team (WNT), which trains in Anaheim, Calif., as the official host city of USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams, is giving back to its ‘home’ community by being involved in the creation of the Starlings Anaheim program. The program commenced on May 6 as 69 wide-eyed youngsters from the Anaheim Union High School District came into the American Sports Centers to receive training from the U.S. Women’s National Team players and coaching staff. The program will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. Each player on the WNT is assigned to coach the 12-14 year-old-girls on either the Monday or Wednesday session to not only give back to the Anaheim community, but to teach the sport of volleyball to an eager group of young athletes who may not otherwise have the chance to be involved in club volleyball. “Anaheim Starlings has provided a special opportunity for myself and my teammates to share our skill set and experience with young girls in the surrounding area,” Christa Harmotto, a middle blocker on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team that won silver at the London Games, said. “It is a privilege to be a part of this USA program and the opportunity to be a part of this team is so much bigger than ourselves. Starlings has given us a way to share the gifts we have been given and platform they have provided. It is a blast seeing their faces light up after finally conquering something and fills my heart with joy. Thank you to the city of Anaheim for connecting us to the faces of Starlings.” To read the full release, click here.

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, helped lead Dinamo Kazan to its third consecutive Russia Super League title last week. After losing the opening match of the best-of-five final round series against second-seed Dinamo Moscow, top-seed Dinamo Kazan rebounded to win three consecutive matches in straight sets to win the league championship. On May 7, Kazan won 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 to even the series 1-1. Larson-Burbach contributed 17 points with 14 kills on 31 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Bown produced seven kills on 11 swings with three blocks for 10 points in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan took the series lead on May 11 with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-21 victory. Larson-Burbach turned in 11 points, while Bown added nine points in the victory. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan did not let up in the fourth match of the series by posting a 25-14, 25-19, 25-21 victory to clinch the title on May 12. Larson-Burbach collected nine points in the three-set victory, while Bown chipped in six points. Larson added an 80 positive reception percent on 10 chances. To view the photo gallery from the final match, click here. “I feel very blessed to be a part of such a great club and so honored to be able to share the court with all my wonderful teammates!!” Larson-Burbach said. “Winning three championships in three years reflects both on our hard work our staff’s hard work and the team unity we have built over the last three seasons. I could not be happier with my decision to stay next year and to hopefully continue this success and bring a champions league title back to Kazan!!”

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, were mid-season acquisitions of Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico Super League and the moves paid off with a league championship after winning the best-of-seven final round series 4-0 over Corozal. After holding a 2-0 lead in the series, Mayaguez won the third match 25-17, 25-18, 26-28, 25-21 on May 5 to move to within one match of the league title. Scott-Arruda scored 16 points in the match, while Glass provided 34 assists and 13 digs. Shonda Cole, a past member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, added 13 points in the win. Kim Willoughby, who was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team silver medalist, tallied 14 points for Corozal in the loss. Mayaguez ended the series on May 7 by edging Corozal 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-12 in a battle to the end. Scott-Arruda pocketed 14 points, while Glass was credited with 11 assists and 12 digs. Cole scored a match-high 26 points. Willoughby tallied 25 points in the loss. Cole was selected as the most valuable player for the final round of the playoffs. The championship marked Mayaguez’s first league title since its formation 13 years ago. For a photo gallery of the title celebration, click here.

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. Trailing its best-of-five championship series with Schweriner SC 2-1 after the first three matches, Dresdner lost the fourth match 25-14, 19-25, 33-31, 25-22 on May 8 as Schweriner won the title. Davis provided a 68 positive reception percent on 19 chances as Dresdner recorded a 41 kill percent as a team.

FAUCETTE RECORDS FIRST MUSICAL SINGLE: Juliann Faucette (San Diego), a U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team opposite, recorded her first musical single titled “What I Need” while in Italy playing for Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A league. She co-wrote the electro-house song that was produced by The Italian Job. “I am really excited to announce the release of my first recorded song,” Faucette said through a web posting on her club team’s web site. “Working with the music group The Italian Job has been such a pleasure and wonderful experience. To me, this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so humbled that the group chose me to be their vocalist on the song “What I Need.” In a few days I will start training with my National Team and this song will give me energy and enthusiasm on and off the court.” To purchase the song on iTunes, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-i-need-single/id646541006. Faucette had inspired volleyball crowds with her singing during the Italian Serie A season, highlighted by a rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” during a break in the league’s all-star match. To view a video of her performance, click here.

THREE RED-BLUE SCRIMMAGES SET FOR MAY: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will compete in three Red-Blue intra-squad scrimmages on consecutive Friday nights in May. All three contests will be open to the public free of charge. The first scrimmage will take place May 17 at Santa Monica High School’s North Gym in Santa Monica, Calif. The Red-Blue scrimmage series moves to Los Angeles where Windward School will host the match on May 24. Irvine Valley College will host the May 31 match in Irvine, Calif. All three matches will begin at 7 p.m. PT. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly plans to incorporate additional Red-Blue intra-squad scrimmages during the summer as a means to provide match-like competition for all athletes training and to build community relations with the Southern California area. The City of Anaheim serves as the official host city of the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

U.S. WOMEN’S A2 PROGRAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED: USA Volleyball has announced its 48-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Program that will train and compete this summer in Dallas. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships. The program roster has athlete representation from 29 different universities with 12 schools having multiple selections. To read the full press release with the roster, click here.

USA VOLLEYBALL CUP BRINGS IN JAPAN TO FACE U.S WOMEN: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will renew a long-standing series with Japan this summer as the two teams take part in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup with three matches scheduled for the Southern California market in July. The USA Volleyball Cup series opens July 10 in San Diego on the campus of UC San Diego, followed by a July 12 contest at the Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State University in Long Beach. The two teams conclude the series on July 13 at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano. All three matches have start times of 7 p.m. PT. “The USA Volleyball Cup is a fantastic event connecting our Women’s National Team with the Southern California community in which we’re based, and of course providing competition against one of the world’s great teams,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “To inaugurate this Cup, it is an honor that Japan has accepted to compete and renew a storied rivalry of tours across the United States and in Japan.” General admission ticket prices are $20 for adults and $5 for youth ages 18-and-under for each match, online or at the door. Children 3-and-under will be admitted free. VIP tickets, which include pre- and post-match hospitality, VIP parking, special court-side reserved seating and a chance to meet Coach Kiraly and some of the U.S. Women, will be sold for $150. Tickets for all three events, which go on sale May 8 at 10 a.m. PT, can be purchased by going to www.usavolleyballcup.com. For the complete release, click here.

U.S. WOMEN OPEN SUMMER TRAINING BLOCK: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team officially opened its summer training block on May 6 at the USA National Team Center located in Anaheim, Calif. The outside hitter group includes Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas) , Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah). U.S. Women’s National Team middle blockers include Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Setters in camp include Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Opposites currently training are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.). Liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) are in camp training as members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Additional members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to training later this month and throughout the summer. Further, several athletes who completed their collegiate eligibility will be in the gym at various times during the summer as part of a tryout process to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, while a select group of college seniors-to-be will be in the gym on a short-term basis to help acclimate to the team for a possible return to the team following their college careers.