COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 28, 2013) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Oct. 28 includes briefs on U.S. players.
FOLLOW THE USA PLAYERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 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 by clicking here. As U.S. middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) writes in her blog (laurengibby.blogspot.com), “Living abroad in an unfamiliar country can be really fun and exciting, but it can also take its toll on a person.” Find out what she does to make herself feel more comfortable and happy when overseas by reading her blog. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), another U.S. middle blocker, has a blog that touches on subjects such as driving in a foreign country, favorite things to feel at home, cuisine in other countries, and of course, how her season is going in Poland. To catch up on her blog, visit rachadams.com. Many of the players go to Instagram and Twitter to post images and 140 characters of their life overseas, such as how they are getting ready for Halloween in countries all over the world or their personal motivational statements.
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 a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the Russia Super League, Dinamo Kazan defeated Omichka 26-24, 25-15, 27-25 on Oct. 27 in the sixth round of the regular season. Larson-Burbach turned in seven kills on 19 attacks and a block for eight points. She added a 67 positive percent and 47 excellent percent on 15 reception chances. Kazan started the CEV Champions League Pool F with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 victory over Volero Zurich on Oct. 24. Larson-Burbach totaled a match-high 16 points that included 13 kills on 23 attacks and just one error, two aces and a block. She scored the match winner with a kill off the Volero block. Larson-Burbach contributed a 59 positive reception percent on 17 attempts. Dinamo Kazan returns to CEV Champions League action on Oct. 31 versus Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gonicza, which includes U.S. middle blocker Rachael Adams.
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 toped Eregli Bld 25-10, 25-16, 25-16 on Oct. 27. Hamotto was near perfect offensively with nine kills on 12 errorless attacks and six blocks for a match-high 15 points. Eczacibasi (2-0), one of four undefeated teams through the first two weekends, will challenge Bakirkoy Bld Yesilyurt on Nov. 3 in its next match. In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi defeated Agel Prostejov 25-15, 25-14, 25-21 on Oct. 24 in the opening match of the first round. Harmotto started the match and produced six points with a team-high four blocks and two kills on eight errorless attacks. Eczacibasi continues Pool D action on Oct. 30 against Schweriner SC.
HOOD WITH ILBANK IN TURKEY: Outside hitter Regan Hood (Dallas) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League this winter. Ilbank blanked Canakkale Bld 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21 on Oct. 27. Hood scored 10 points with eight kills on 20 attacks and two blocks. She added a 61 positive reception percent with a team-high 36 reception attempts. Ilbank, now 2-0 to start the season, returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 11 versus Galatsaray (1-1).
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. Fenerbahce (2-0) was idle this past weekend. Fenebache returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 3 versus VakifBank (2-0) in a battle of undefeated teams.The squad opened CEV Cup action on Oct. 23 with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-13 victory over Bursa BBSK. Match statistics are unavailable. The two teams will meet again on Oct. 29 to conclude the home-and-home series with the winner advancing to the 8th Final Round.
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 cruised past Aachen 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 on Oct. 26 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Hagglund set Vilsbiburg to a 41 kill percent and a .291 hitting efficiency (35-10-86) while adding an ace and block for two individual points. Miyashiro handled nine receptions with a 67 positive percent. Bartsch tallied 10 points with nine kills on 25 attacks and an ace. Vilsbiburg, which has not lost a set in three regular season contests, takes on Thuringen on Nov. 2 in its next German league match. Vilsbiburg opened CEV Cup action with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-18 victory over ZOK Jedinstvo Brcko on Oct. 23. The two teams conclude the home-and-home series on Oct. 30 with the winner advancing to the 8th Final Round.
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. Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza was on the wrong side of a thrilling five-set match with Polski Cukier Muszynianka Fakro Bank BPS, which won 29-31, 25-21, 27-25, 16-25, 16-14 on Oct. 27. Adams started and played in just the opening set, contributing one kill on six attacks. Her squad resumes national league action on Nov. 3 versus BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biala. Tauron MKS Dabrowa defeated Stiinta Bacau 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 in its CEV Champions League Pool F opening match on Oct. 23. Adams contributed four kills on eight attacks, two blocks and an ace for seven points. Tauron MKS Dabrowa challenges Dinamo Kazan, which includes Adams’ U.S. teammate Jordan Larson-Burbach, in the second leg of the CEV Champions League first round on Oct. 31. 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 blanked BKS Alurpof Bielsko Biala 25-20, 25-20, 28-26 on Oct. 26. Hill, who came off the bench in the opening set and started the final two sets, pocketed seven points with six kills on 19 attempts and one ace. She added a 57 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Atom Sopot resumes league action on Nov. 3 versus Imprel Wroclaw. Atom Trefl Sopot opened the CEV Champions League with a 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23 victory over Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti on Oct. 23. Hill started the match and provided three kills on 10 attacks and a 50 positive reception percent on 12 attempts. Atom Trefl Sopot challenges Gent Dames on Oct. 29 in the second leg of the first round.
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 defeated Rio Do Sul 21-14, 21-19, 21-13 on Oct. 22 as Hildebrand did not suit. Amil won its second match of the week with a 21-9, 21-10, 21-9 victory over Minas Tenis Clube on Oct. 25. Hildebrand started and provided eight points via six kills on 11 attacks while adding nine digs. Amil faces E.C. Pinheiros on Oct. 28 in its next league match.
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 was edged by E.C. Pinheiros 21-18, 21-18, 17-21, 21-10 on Oct. 22. Glass scored a match-high 18 points with 16 kills on 36 attacks and two blocks. Banana Boat Praia Clube won a thrilling 21-17, 18-21, 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 victory over Barueri on Oct. 25. Glass contributed 19 points with 15 kills on 40 attacks, in addition to 15 digs and nine excellent receptions on 24 chances. Banana Boat moves into the fifth round to play Sesi Sao Paulo on Oct. 28. To follow her blog, click here.
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. Brasilia captured a 21-19, 14-21, 21-19, 21-14 victory over Maranhao Volei on Oct. 22 as Scott totaled nine points. Brasilia lost to Sao Bernardo Volei 21-18, 15-21, 21-16, 17-21, 15-12 on Oct. 26. Scott was credited with nine kills and a match-high six blocks in the loss. Brasilia looks to return to the win column on Oct. 29 as it takes on Sao Cristovao Saude.
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 in Brazil this season with Minas Tenis Clube. She tallied five points in a 21-15, 21-14, 21-18 loss to Sesi Sao Paul on Oct. 22. Bergsma did not play in a 21-9, 21-10, 21-9 loss to Amil Volei on Oct. 25. Minas Tenis Clube returns to action on Oct. 28 versus Molico/Nestle.
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. Rabita Baku held off Omichka Omsk 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13 in the opening match of the CEV Champions League Pool A on Oct. 24. Match statistics are not available. Rabita Baku plays its second leg of the first round on Oct. 29 versus Beziers Volley.
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 handled Crvena Zvezda Beograd 25-15, 25-16, 25-23 on Oct. 22 to open CEV Champions League Pool B. Wilson did not play in the match, while 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Kim Willoughby subbed into the match in the third set and provided one kill. Igtisadchi resumes Pool B action in CEV Champions League on Oct. 29 versus Dinamo Moscow.
GIBBEMEYER WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) is playing for Lokomotiv Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku started CEV Cup action with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-17 victory over Kralovo Pole Brrno in the 16th Final Round home-and-home series. The series concludes on Oct. 29 with the winner advancing to the 8th Final Round. To follow her blog throughout the year, visit laurengibby.blogspot.com.
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. Conegliano topped Igor Gorgonzola Novara 25-17, 25-18, 25-13 on Oct. 27 to improve to 2-0 during the regular season. Lloyd set Conegliano to a 49 kill percent and .372 hitting efficiency (42-10-86) in the match. She notched one ace and one block for two individual points scored. Conegliano returns to action on Nov. 24 against Robur Tiboni Urbino after a bye week in the third round. In the meantime, Conegliano starts the Italian Serie A1 Cup on Nov. 10 against Ihf Volley Frosinone.
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 swept CSV 2004 Tomis Constanta 25-12, 25-10, 25-8 on Oct. 26 to improve to 4-0 on the season. Dinamo Romprest started strong versus Atom Trefl Sopot in the first CEV Champions League match on Oct. 23, but could not maintain the momentum in a 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23 loss. Davis was credited with an 83 positive reception percent (75 excellent percent) on 12 reception chances. Dinamo Romprest will seek its first Champions League victory on Oct. 31 versus VakifBank Istanbul.
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.
U.S. PRELIM ROSTER SET FOR FIVB WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has announced its 20-player preliminary roster for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup that will take place Nov. 12-17 in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. The U.S. has selected six outside hitters, five middle blockers, three setters, three opposites and three liberos to fill out its 20-player preliminary roster for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Outside hitters are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Regan Hood (Dallas), Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.). The middle blockers on the roster are Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.). The opposites are Juliann Faucette (San Diego), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.). The setters are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). The liberos are Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). The 20-player roster will be reduced to a 14-player competition roster prior to the start of the tournament. Each team can only suit 12 players for each match, but the roster composition can change each day as long as the players were submitted on the 14-player competition roster. To read the team’s press kit with photos, tournament preview, player information, season review, click here. For the full story, click here.