COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2014) – The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on April 1 includes briefs on U.S. players.
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LINDA MURPHY – 50 YEARS OF OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT: Linda Murphy has been a pioneering force throughout the ’50 Years of Olympic Volleyball.’ She and her 1964 Olympic Games teammates, who were part of the first-ever Olympics with volleyball, will be honored May 21 during USA Volleyball’s Boyce Banquet in Phoenix as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. Team USA placed fifth in the inaugural Olympic volleyball competition held at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Outside the Olympics, she also played a key role in the U.S. Women capturing the silver medal at the 1967 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Tokyo. Murphy also helped Team USA win the Pan American Games silver medal in 1963 and the gold medal in 1967. Domestically, Murphy was a key force in the 1960s in USA Volleyball Open National Championship competitions as she helped Long Beach Shamrocks accumulate eight titles from 1962 through 1970, leaving just her thumbs without championship rings. Murphy received the prestigious USA Volleyball All-Time Great Player award in 1971 and has served as the committee’s chair since 2007, ensuring that players from past generations are recognized for their contributions to the sport. Murphy has assisted the Pioneers of Women’s Volleyball in creating a newsletter chronicling the activities of players from that generation. To date, the group has contact with over 175 players during that era. With the extensive network of National Team alumni at her disposal, Murphy has been able to forward information about today’s National Team and events to past players to keep them informed. Murphy will also be presented with the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award during the Boyce Banquet. For more details and to purchase banquet tickets, click here.
ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. Fenerbahce captured the CEV Cup title with back-to-back wins over Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg. Fenerbahce earned a tough 25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 23-25, 15-9 victory on March 26 open the home-and-home series in Russia. Glass set Fenerbahce to a 46 kill percent for the match and added one individual kill and an ace for two points. In the return match played in Istanbul, Fenerbahce eased to a 25-11, 28-26, 25-22 victory in 80 minutes. Glass set the squad to a 53 kill percent and a .383 hitting efficiency (43-12-81), including an eye-opening 63 kill percent in the opening set. She added one kill and one block for two points in the victory. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce (21-1) and Vakifbank own 21-1 records to lead the league. The league was idle this past week.
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, seeded second in the Super League playoffs, won its best-of-three quarterfinal series with seventh-seed Sao Caetano by capturing match two 21-19, 21-13, 21-16 on March 28. Hildebrand notched a team-high 17 points with 12 kills on 20 attacks with just two errors to go with three blocks and two aces on eight serves. She added a 67 positive reception percent in the victory. Amil will face Unilever in the semifinals after the second-seed swept its quarterfinal series over Pinheiros.
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. Brasilia, the No. 8 seed in the best-of-three quarterfinals, was knocked out of the playoffs following a 19-21, 21-14, 21-8, 21-10 loss to top-seed and regular season champion Molico/Nestle on March 27 in the second match of the series. Scott scored three points in the loss, including two blocks.
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, the fifth seed in the Brazilian Super League playoffs, evened its best-of-three quarterfinal round playoff series with No. 4 Sesi Sao Paulo by winning the second match 21-19, 21-17, 17-21, 21-18 on March 29. Glass, who was injured most of the the second half of the season, was a sub in the second set. The deciding match will take place April 5 with the winner advancing to the semifinals to face top-seed Molico/Nestle.
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. Sopot split its opening two matches in the best-of-five semifinal round series with Impel Wroclaw. In the first match, Impel Wroclaw won 25-23, 28-26, 25-17 in a tough battle in Sopot. Hill was limited to one kill in the first set. On the opposite side of the net, American Makare Wilson notched 11 points with four kills on eight errorless attacks, five blocks and two aces. Atom Sopot evened the series with a 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 16-14 victory. Hill came off the bench in the opening set and started the final four sets to provide 11 points with eight kills on 33 attacks and three aces. She also produced a 59 positive reception percent on a team-high 34 reception chances. Wilson tallied 13 points for Impel Wroclaw. The two teams meet again on April 4 and April 5 in Wroclaw. If necessary, the fifth match will be played April 10 in Sopot.
ADAMS WITH TAURON BANIMEX 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 Banimex Dabrowa Gornicza. In the Polish Orlen League Playoffs, Tauron lost the opening match of the best-of-five semifinal round series to KPS Chemik Police by scores of 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24. Adams contributed seven kills on 11 attacks and three blocks for 10 points in the loss. KPS Chemik Police won the second match 25-15, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22 on March 31 to go up 2-0 in the series. Adams totaled 11 points with seven kills on 22 attacks, a team-high three blocks and an ace. Tauron hosts KPS Chemik Police April 4 and April 5 in Dabrowa. Adams is maintaining a blog during her travels, and is open to the public at rachadams.com.
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, which is 16-0 with 47 points in the Russia Super League, was idle this past week. Kazan, with an 11-point lead over second-place Omichka, challenges fourth-place Dinamo Moscow (11-5) on April 2, followed by ninth-place Hara (4-12) on April 6.
NEWCOMBE WITH TYUMEN IN RUSSIA: Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.), an outside hitter on the U.S. Women’s National Team, is playing for Tyumen in the Russia Super League. Tyumen lost to league-leader Dinamo Kazan 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 on March 24 in the 18th round of the Super League as Newcombe scored five kills on 21 attacks. Tyumen, which is in sixth place with a 7-9 record, returns to action on April 2 versus 10th-place Proton (4-13), followed by an April 6 contest against fourth-place Dinamo Moscow (11-5).
GIBBEMEYER, 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, while middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) transferred to Conegliano in February. Conegliano was upset by then-eighth-place Openjobmetis Ornavasso 21-25, 15-25, 25-23, 29-27, 15-10 on March 30. Gibbemeyer scored nine points with four kills and a team-high five blocks. Lloyd set the squad to a 47 kill percent and added two aces, one kill and one block for four points. Conegliano, currently in second place with a 14-4 record and 41 points, challenges sixth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (10-8, 30 points) on April 2 and fifth-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (11-7, 33 points) on April 5 to conclude the regular season.
MURPHY WITH NOVARA IN ITALY: Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) joined Igo Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 league midway through the league schedule. Novara lost to league-leader Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13 on March 29. Murphy recorded 13 kills on 44 attacks, one ace and one block for 15 points. Novara, which is 10-8 overall with 29 points for seventh place, plays last-place Banca Di Forli (1-18, 5 points) on April 2 and sixth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (10-8, 30 points) on April 5 to conclude the regular season.
FAWCETT WITH PONCE IN PUERTO RICO: Opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who was part of two gold medal-winning U.S. teams this past summer, transferred to Ponce of the Puerto Rico Super League after the completion of her Korea Volleyball League season. She made her 2013 Puerto Rico Super League debut on March 28 as Ponce lost to Carolina 18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 15-10. Fawcett notched 20 points with 16 kills and four aces. She added 13 digs. Her American teammate Airial Salvo, who also briefly spent time with the U.S. National Team, scored 25 points in the loss. Ponce recovered in its second match with Fawcett as it swept Mayaguez 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 on March 30. Fawcett scored a match-high 19 points with 10 16 kills, two aces and a block to go with 10 digs. Salvo chipped in 15 kills and 13 digs in the victory.
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. After winning the Swiss League double-round robin playoffs with a 10-0 record, Volero will face Volley Koniz in the finals starting on April 5.
BANWARTH, JACKSON WITH RABITA IN AZERBAIJAN: Libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Tori Dixon are part of Rabita Baku for the 2013-14 club season. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku edged Igtisadchi 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13 on March 26. Dixon scored 12 points with nine kills, two blocks and an ace. American Brittnee Cooper added five kills and four blocks for nine points. Rabita swept Lokomotiv 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 on March 28. Rabita won its third match in the week by handling Telekom Baku 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 25-18 on March 30. Rabita is 12-1 on the season with 35 points and a 37-8 set record.
LICHTMAN WITH LOKOMOTIV IN AZERBAIJAN: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, joined Lokomotiv Baku late in the 2013-14 season to compete in Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv lost to Azerrail Baku 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 on March 26, then could not overcome league-leader Rabita Baku with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 loss on March 28. Lokomotiv is in fifth place with 14 points and a 22-32 set record.