U.S. Women's Update: Singing and Volleyball Stars

By Bill Kauffman | Oct. 21, 2013, 8:04 p.m. (ET)

Norisha Campbell (left) and Jane Collymore (right), past members of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, are creating names for themselves in the music industry.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 21, 2013) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 21 includes briefs on U.S. players.

FORMER NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER NORISHA CAMPBELL WOWS ON VOICE OF GERMANY: Norisha Campbell (Lakeland, Fla.), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as a middle blocker in search of a spot on the 2008 Olympic Games roster, has been a quick singing sensation on the German television show The Voice of Germany, which is a reality singing talent show. To check out her singing talent, click here. She has wowed show judges and assembled crowds alike with her passionate singing voice. "I decided to do the voice of Germany because two members of the church I attend came up to me every Sunday for three months and told me I should try out for the show," Campbell said. "I had no idea what the voice was until they told me about it. They told me that I had a nice voice and they believed that I could make it. My mom also told me that I should use the gift that God has given me. After hearing all of these things I knew I had to go so I went to the casting and I made it onto the show." Campbell, 33, has been residing in Germany for a couple years and is under contract to play club volleyball with Rote Raben Vilsbiburg this season in the German league. During her playing career at Florida State University, she was a two-time AVCA All-East Region selection and was selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team in 2002. Campbell was a member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that competed in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship in 1999 and later participated in the U.S. Women’s National A2 Training Program.

FORMER NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER JANE COLLYMORE RELEASES SECOND ALBUM: Jane Collymore (Seattle), an outside hitter who played with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team from May 2005 through the 2009 season, continues to build upon her music career. She released an album earlier this month called "Zion", a seven-track album. Collymore has written, performed, produced and engineered albums she has released. To learn more about Collymore or to purchase her album, visit janecollymore.com. Meanwhile, Collymore founded Collyball: a volleyball program in Washington State that seeks to empower students to achieve goals in and outside of the gym in a fun, structured, and safe environment - www.collyball.com. Collymore was a three-time AVCA All-American at the University of Florida before competing for the U.S. Women. She averaged 3.44 points per set during the 2010 FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament held in 2009 at Orlando, Fla.

MIYASHIRO, HAGGLUND 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 opened the regular season with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-16 victory over VT Aurubis Hamburg on Oct. 16. Hagglund was named the match most valuable player as she set the team to a 40 kill percent and .304 hitting efficiency (46-11-115). Miyashiro tallied a 67 positive reception percent on nine chances as the libero. In its second match of the regular season, Vilsbiburg stopped Schweriner SC 25-20, 25-17, 25-13 in a key early match on Oct. 19. Hasgglund set her team to a 42 kill percent and .330 hitting efficiency (37-8-88), while adding two kills on two attacks, one ace and one block for four individual points. Miyashiro was credited with a 38 positive reception percent on eight chances. Lamb was named team most valuable player of the match as she secured eight kills on 13 errorless attacks to go with three blocks and an ace for 12 points. Bartsch added 10 points in the victory. Vilsbiburg returns to Bundesliga action on Oct. 26 versus Aachen. Vilsbiburg starts its CEV Cup campaign on Oct. 23 with a home-and-home series versus ZOK Jednstvo Brcko.

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. Kazan topped Fakel 25-20, 16-25, 25-17, 25-19 on Oct. 15. Larson-Burbach totaled 11 points with 10 kills on 24 attacks and a block. She added a 72 positive reception percent on a team-high 25 chances. Kazan had a bye in the fifth round of the 11-team Russia Super League on Oct. 19. Kazan (4-0) resumes regular season action on Oct. 27 versus Omichka (4-0) in a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams. Kazan also will be competing in the CEV Champions League this winter, starting with a Pool F first-round match against Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Oct. 24.

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. Adams scored seven points with five kills, two blocks and an ace in Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gonicza’s 25-20, 25-13, 25-16 loss to KPS Chemik Police on Oct. 20. Tauron MKS Dabrowa opens CEV Champions League action on Oct. 23 versus Stiinta Bacau in Pool F. 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. Atom Trefl Sopot swept Polski Cukier Muszynianka Fakro Bank BPS 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 on Oct. 19. Hill pocketed 11 kills on 29 attacks to go with three aces for a match-high 14 points. She added a team-high 28 service receptions with a 43 positive percent. Atom Trefl Sopot begins CEV Champions League action on Oct. 23 versus Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti in Pool C.

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 was idle in the Brazilian Superliga last week and returns to action on Oct. 22 versus Rio Do Sul. In the Campeonato Paulista Cup, Amil defeated Sesi 21-26, 20-22, 21-19, 21-17 on Oct. 17. Hildebrand did not compete in the match. Amil lost to Pinheiros 21-17, 21-14, 21-14 on Oct. 18 in Hildebrand’s debut with the club. Amil rebounded on Oct. 19 by defeating second-place Molico in four sets to become the first team to qualify for the semifinals. Amil is in first-place in the Cup standings with 18 points, six more than second-place Molico/Nestle.

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/Praia Clube defeated Minas Tenis Clube 21-15, 21-17, 21-17 on Oct. 18. Glass contributed eight points in the victory. On the opposite side of the net, 2012 AVCA Division I Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.) tallied seven kills on 23 attacks and a block for a team-high eight points.

SCOTT WITH BRASILIA IN BRAZIL: Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), a five-time U.S. Olympian playing middle blocker, is competing in Brazil this club season with Brasilia Volei. The team was idle during the regular season schedule last week and will next play on Oct. 22 versus Maranhao Volei.

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) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. Rabita Baku opened the Azerbaijan Super League with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Telekom Baku on Oct. 17. Banwarth was credited with a 67 excellent reception percent and Jackson scored two kills. Akinradewo was not available for the match. Rabita Baku opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 24 versus Omichka Omsk in Pool A.

WILSON WITH IGTISADCHI IN AZERBAIJAN: Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2013-14. Igtisadchi defeated Lokomotiv Baku 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 on Oct. 17. Match statistics are not available at this time. Igtisadchi will compete in the CEV Champions League the winter, starting with Crvena Zvezda Beograd on Oct. 22.

GIBBEMEYER WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku lost its regular season opener 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 to Igtisadchi on Oct. 17. Match statistics are not available at this time. Her squad will also compete in the CEV Cup, beginning with a 16th Final Round home-and-home series versus Kralovo Pole Brno starting on Oct. 23. To follow her blog throughout the year, click here.

ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter in Turkey with Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce opened the regular season with a 25-10, 25-9, 25-16 victory over Eregli Bld on Oct. 20. With Glass as the starting setter, Fenerbahce converted 59 percent of its attacks into points with a .522 hitting efficiency (51-5-69). Glass added three blocks in the victory. The squad begins CEV Cup action on Oct. 23 with a home-and-home series with Bursa BBSK in the 16th Final Round.

HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank opened the Turkish regular season with a 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18 victory over Halkbank. Hood notched 12 kills on 33 attacks for all 12 of her points in the match. She added a 61 positive reception percent on a team-high 28 chances. Ilbank continues the regular season on Oct. 27 against Canakkale.

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. Eczacibasi started the 2013-14 Turkish regular season with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 victory over Besiktas on Oct. 20. Harmotto was not on the active roster for the match. Eczacibasi continues the regular season versus Eregli on Oct. 27. Eczacibasi opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 24 versus Czech Republic’s Agel Prostejov in a Pool D match.

LLOYD, KLINEMAN WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALY: Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and outside hitter Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) are on the Imoco Volley Conegliano roster in the Italian Serie A league for this winter season. Conegliano opened the regular season with a 25-9, 22-25, 25-10, 25-12 victory over IHF Volley Frosinone on Oct. 20. Lloyd started the match after missing much of last season’s club season and summer training with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team due to injury. She led Conegliano to a 49 kill percent with a .421 hitting efficiency (56-8-114) as she added two kills on two attacks and two aces for four total individual points. Klineman did not suit for the match. Conegliano resumes action on Oct. 27 versus Igor Gongonzola Volley Novara, which dropped a three-set match to Foppapedretti Bergamo in its season opener.

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. Dinamo Romprest stopped VC Unic LPS Piatra Neamt 25-19, 25-9, 25-19 on Oct. 13. Dinamo won its third straight league match to start the season on Oct. 19 by handling CSM Targoviste 25-18, 25-18, 25-20. Dinamo opens the CEV Champions League on Oct. 23 versus Poland’s Atom Trefl Sopot in a Pool C match.

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, which finished with the bronze medal at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship on Oct. 12, does not start its China National League regular season until Nov. 30. Evergrande is in Pool II with Beijing BAIC Motors, Shanghai Guohua Life, Jiangsu ECE, Shandong Laishang Bank and Henan.

KEMNER ENSHRINED INTO VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME: Three-time U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team player Caren Kemner (Quincy, Ill.) was one of three legendary individuals enshrined into the Volleyball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013 on Friday evening Holyoke, Mass., the sport's birthplace. The Volleyball Hall of Fame also recognized the 14 founding National Federations of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) as its Court of Honor during the gala event. Kemner, a dominating outside hitter on both offense and defense, competed in three consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1988 and helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She was selected to the “All Spectacular Team” following the 1992 Olympics. Kemner led the United States to its first FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal in 1995. She was enshrined as part of the Class of 2013 that included women’s beach volleyball player Natalie Cook of Australia and men’s indoor volleyball player Vyacheslav Zaytsev of Russia. The Volleyball Hall of Fame now has a total of 115 inductees representing 21 different countries. To view the detailed article on Kemner’s induction with photos and video interview, click here.

UPCOMING FIVB WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will have an immediate challenge to start the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup being held Nov. 12-17 in Japan. Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, will face top-ranked Brazil on the opening day in Nagoya, followed by a Nov. 13 match against host Japan. Following a travel day to Tokyo, the Americans will play Russia on Nov. 15, Thailand on Nov. 16 and wild-card selection Dominican Republic to close out the tournament on Nov. 17. The U.S. qualified for the tournament by winning the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship held Sept. 16-21 at Omaha, Neb. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup features a total of six teams per gender with host Japan being joined by the winners of the continental championships carried out in Asia, Europe, NORCECA and South America with an additional country selected by the FIVB, host broadcasters NTV and the host federation, Japan Volleyball Association. Africa does not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest ranked confederation among the five. For the full story, click here.