U.S. Women's Update: Club Season Coming to End

April 29, 2014, 2:51 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 29, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has six Red-Blue matches scheduled from May 16 to July 25 in the Southern California area as the team prepares for various tournaments this summer.

The first USA Red-Blue match takes place May 16 at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The intrasquad scrimmage will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Team USA head coach Karch Kiraly, who grew up in Santa Barbara and attended Santa Barbara High School.

The tentative Red-Blue schedule:

  • May 16: at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, Calif., 6:30 p.m. PT
  • May 23: at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., 7 p.m. PT
  • June 5: at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., 7 p.m. PT
  • June 20: location TBA
  • July 18: at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., 7 p.m.
  • July 25: at Tustin High School in Tustin, Calif., 7 p.m.

For each Red-Blue match, select players and coaches will participate in a Q&A with fans starting one hour and 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Team USA’s season starts with the NORCECA qualification tournament into the 2014 FIVB World Championship held May 15-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (details below). The athletes not competing in this event will remain in California to train in preparation for the Montreux Volley Masters held May 27-June 1 in Montreux, Switzerland, and the Pan American Cup held June 10-21 in Mexico. The second-ranked U.S. will host top-ranked Brazil in a four-match series from July 3-13 with match dates and locations being announced soon.

In August, Team USA competes in the FIVB World Grand Prix with preliminary round weekends

  • Aug. 1-3: at Ankara, Turkey vs. Turkey, Japan and Russia
  • Aug. 8-10 at Sao Paulo, Brazil vs. Brazil vs. Brazil, Korea and Russia
  • Aug. 15-17 at Bangkok, Thailand vs. Thailand, Brazil and Dominican Republic

The top four teams in the World Grand Prix preliminary round will advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Aug. 20-24 in Tokyo and will be joined by Japan and the winner of the second tier Pool J-O eight-team group.

The season concludes with the FIVB World Championship held Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 in various cities in Italy. The U.S. still needs to qualify for this event through the NORCECA World Championship qualifier.

PATTI LUCAS-BRIGHT – 50 YEARS OF OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT: The late Patti Lucas-Bright, who passed away in 2004, was a key member on the first two U.S. Olympic Games rosters at the 1964 Tokyo Games and the 1968 Mexico City Games. She and her 1964 Olympic Games teammates will be honored May 21 during USA Volleyball’s Boyce Banquet in Phoenix as part of the 50 Years of Olympic Volleyball celebration. Volleyball made its debut at the 1964 Olympics and was the first Olympics featuring a women’s team sport. In addition to being a two-time Olympian, Lucas-Bright helped Team USA win the silver medal at the 1963 Pan American Games. Aside from her international experience, Lucas-Bright was dominant on the domestic scene for decades as she participated in 47 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in both Open and masters divisions. In her early years she played on eight Open National Championship teams and was a three-time All-America First-Team (1963, 1965 and 1968). Overall, she earned All-America accolades an amazing 26 times (22 first-team selections and four second-team selections in six different divisions of competition). She also captured most valuable player honors five times. Lucas-Bright was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996 after being selected a USA Volleyball All-Time Great Player in 1983. She was selected to USA Volleyball’s 75th Anniversary All-Era Team (1949-77) in 2003. Lucas-Bright and her husband Mike (a U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team member in 1964 and 1968) have the distinction of being the only husband and wife combo in USA Volleyball history who have both been selected as USA Volleyball All-Time Great Players and inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. For details on how to purchase Boyce Banquet tickets, click here.

SCHEDULE SET FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will host the 2014 FIVB World Championship NORCECA third round qualification tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs May 15-18. Team USA opens pool play on May 15 against Guatemala, followed by Panama on May 16 and Honduras on May 17. All three pool matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. MT. The medal round matches take place on May 18 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. MT. The tournament winner earns a berth into the 2014 FIVB World Championship that takes place Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 in Italy. All matches will be video streamed live. In addition, the U.S. Men will concurrently host its qualification tournament in Colorado Springs May 15-18. Daily passes for both the men’s and women’s tournaments are $10, while event passes for all four days is $30. To order tickets, click here. The Colorado Springs Sports Corp will serve as the local organizer. For more details on the qualifier, click here.

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, the top seed in the Russia Super League playoffs, ended its home-and-home quarterfinal playoff series with a 25-21, 25-22, 27-25 victory over No. 8 seed Fakel on April 23. Larson-Burbach totaled 14 points in the match with 10 kills on 23 attacks, two aces and two blocks. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. In the best-of-five semifinals, Kazan opened with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-15 victory over No. 4 seed Dinamo Krasnodar. Larson-Burbach pocketed 15 points with 11 kills on 32 attacks, three blocks and an ace. She added a 68 positive reception percent (53 excellent percent) on 19 chances. Kazan downed Krasnodar 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13 on April 28 to move one win away from the Championship round. Larson-Burbach collected 14 points in the match, including a match-high five aces to go with a 73 positive reception percent. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan can clinch its spot in the finals on May 1. Dates for matches four and five, if necessary, have not been posted.

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. Ponce took a 3-0 advantage in its best-of-seven semifinal round series with Mayaguez following a 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12 victory on April 23. Fawcett pounded out 23 kills, three aces and three blocks for a match-high 29 points to go with 16 digs. American teammate Airal Salvo added 19 points, 22 digs and 10 receptions in the victory. On the opposite side of the net, Americans Diane Copenhagen and Shonda Cole scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, to lead Mayaguez. The series was extended to a fifth match after Mayaguez won the fourth contest 26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12 on April 25. Fawcett led Ponce with 27 points, while Salvo contributed 19 points. Mayaguez was led by Cole’s 25 points, while Copenhagen added 11 points. Despite the loss, Ponce came back to end the series on April 27 with a 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 27-25 victory over Mayaguez to advance to the finals to play Caguas. In the semifinal round series finale, Fawcett charted 16 kills, three blocks and an ace for 20 points to go with 17 digs. Salvo produced a match-high 30 points with 18 digs and 30 pass receptions. To view a photo gallery of the final match, click here. Ponce’s best-of-seven final round series against Caguas has matches scheduled on May 1, May 4, May 6 and May 8. If necessary, matches five through seven take place on May 10, May 13 and May 15.

HAGGLUND WITH VILSBIBURG IN GERMANY: Setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) is playing for Rote Raben Vilsbiburg in the German league this winter. In addition, Americans Dominique Lamb, Michelle Bartsch and Norisha Campbell are competing on the squad. Vilsbiburg, the third seed in the playoffs, defeated VC Wiesbaden 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 26-28, 15-9 on April 23 to win the German League best-of-three semifinal round playoffs to advance to the finals. Hagglund, who missed much of the second half of the regular season and only returned to the lineup in the second match of the semifinals, started the match and helped the squad to a 40 kill percent. Bartsch, who was the named the match most valuable player, recorded a match-high 29 points with 22 kills on 43 attacks, four aces and three blocks while added 43 of the team’s 95 service receptions. Lamb chipped in nine points with four kills, three blocks and two aces. Campbell, who subbed into the match in the fourth set and started the deciding fifth set, tallied a kill in the victory. In the best-of-five final round series, Vilsbiburg lost the opener to Dresden 25-19, 25-22, 29-27 on April 26. Bartsch led Vilsbiburg with 13 points, including 11 kills on 32 attacks and a 58 positive reception percent on 19 chances. Hagglund was a sub in the first set and started the third set, but was unable to turn the tide. The second match takes place on April 29. The series continues on May 3, followed by May 6 and May 10 if necessary.

ALISHA GLASS WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKEY: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) is competing this winter with Fenerbahce in Turkey. VakifBank defeated Fenerbahce twice to open the Turkish League Final Round. In the best-of-five series opener, VakifBank won 25-13, 27-25, 25-16 with Glass held out due to foreigner restrictions in the league. In the second match, Glass started at setter and nearly led Fenerbahce to a win in a heartbreaking 31-29, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-13 loss on April 28. Glass set the squad to a 36 kill percent while adding four individual kills on four attacks, one block and one ace for six points. The series continues on April 30.

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, the No. 7 seed in the Russia Super League playoffs, was eliminated from the playoffs following a 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 loss to No. 2 Omichka on April 23 in the second match of the home-and-home quarterfinals. Newcombe collected four points in starting the first two sets while adding a 45 positive reception percent on 11 chances.