COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2015) – Even though the U.S. Women’s National Team members are not training at the moment, they are drawing media attention from around the world. For details, read the below Weekly Update.
- China has accepted to play the U.S. Women in this year's USA Volleyball Cup with two matches in Hawaii June 5-6 and two matches in Southern California between June 9-11. The USAV Cup, now in its third season, will have many interesting side stories to it, including a rematch of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship title match in which Team USA won 3-1 in Italy. For full details, click here.
- Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa.) has been selected the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year through the Dapper Dan Charities, which was founded by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is the oldest non-profit and fundraising community sports club in the world. She will be presented her award on Feb. 10 at the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction in Pittsburgh, Pa. To read the feature announcing her selection, click here.
- Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2011 and currently play professionally in the Italian Serie A1 with Pomi Casalmaggiore, was featured in the Italian magazine PallaVoliamo. The story talks about her affinity for Italy, her favorite color pink, her journey to a college scholarship at University of Minnesota, making the U.S. National Team and remaining proud of her teammates on winning the FIVB World Championship despite not making the roster to compete in the event. The 16-page spread includes images of Gibbemeyer modeling different outfits. To read the article, click here.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and the rest of his coaching staff will be part of a star-studded panel of speakers at the 2015 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic set for Feb. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. With this year’s theme as “Different Continents, Same Game: Volleyball Perspectives from Around the Globe,” Kiraly will be joined by Argentina Men’s National Team Head Coach Julio Velasco and France Men’s National Team Head Coach Laurent Tillie as keynote speakers. U.S. Women’s National Team players Christa Dietzen and Kayla Banwarth will be in attendance, as well as past National Team athletes Danielle Scott-Arruda (five-time Olympian), Stacy Sykora (three-time Olympian) and Tracy (Stalls) Insalaco who will share their experiences playing on the world stage.
- Rhamat Alhassan, who finished her freshman season at University of Florida after being named most valuable player at the 2014 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship last season, reflects on training under Karch Kiraly and competing in the USA Volleyball Collegiate All-Star Showcases in January. To view the article and video, click here.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Fawcett recorded an astonishing 53 points in a four-set Korea Expressway victory (25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 38-36) over GS Caltex on Jan. 29. She record 49 kills on 103 attacks in the four sets, or 12.25 kills per set. Fawcett added three blocks and an ace in the victory. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS) Her 53-point performance is nearly two years from the date she recorded a then-international record 55 points in a five-set Korea Expressway victory over IBK on Feb. 12, 2013. The record has since been tied by Dominican Republic’s Bethania De La Cruz while also playing in the Korea V-League during the 2013-14 season. Unofficially, the single-match scoring record is 57 points by Bulgaria’s Elisa Vasileva in a 2014 Korea V-League match. However, the FIVB has not been able to confirm that as the record. In her next Korea V-League match against IBK on Feb. 2, Fawcett scored 43 points but wasn’t enough in a closely contested 3-1 loss (25-17, 10-25, 25-23, 25-23). She totaled 40 kills on 96 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Korea Expressway (15-7), which has a three-point lead for first place, returns to action on Feb. 5 against the Pink Spiders.
THOMPSON, NATALIE HAGGLUND WITH VOLERO ZURICH: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash., Twitter, Instagram) and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Volero Zurich of the Swiss League this winter. In CEV Champions League action, Volero concluded Pool D with a 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15 victory over winless Impel Wroclaw on Jan. 28. Thompson set Volero to a 42 kill percent for the match while having three aces on 28 serves – double that of any her teammates. Volero (5-1, 14 points) ends the League Round in second place, one point behind top-seed Eczacibasi (5-1, 15 points). Volero moves into the Playoffs 12 Round to play France’s RC Cannes, Pool E’s second-place team with a 4-2 record in the League Round, in a home-and-home series with the first match on Feb. 11, followed by a return match the following week.Volero picked up two more wins last week to remain undefeated in the Swiss League at 17-0. Volero defeated TS Volley Dudingen 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 on Jan. 31, followed by stopping FC Luzern I 29-27, 25-23, 25-20 on Feb. 1. Volero meets third-place Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen (10-7, 30 points) on Feb. 7 in its next match.
HILL, KLINEMAN WITH NOVARA: Kim Hill (Portland, Ore., Twitter, Instagram), the most valuable player of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Igor Gorgonzola Novara of the Italian Serie A1 this winter. In a break from the regular season action, Novara opened the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari on Feb. 1. Klineman notched 19 points with 16 kills on 32 attacks and just one error to go with two aces and a block. Hill added 16 kills on 26 attacks and a block for 17 points. She added a 68 positive reception percent on a team-leading 19 reception attempts. Novara hosts Montichiari on Feb. 4 in the second home-and-home match to determine which team advances to the semifinals. If Novara wins one set in the match it will automatically move onto the next round. Following the Italian Cup quarterfinals, Novara (13-2, 39 points), now with a five-point cushion over second-place LIU JO Modena, challenges sixth-place Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza (9-6, 26 points) on Feb. 7 in the next Italian Serie A1 regular season league match. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Novara will face Germany’s Schweriner in the quarterfinal round with matches scheduled for March 4 and the second match prior to March 12.
GLASS, ADAMS WITH CONEGLIANO: Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich., Twitter, Instagram), the best setter of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano of the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.), the 2014 AVCA Division I Player of the Year, was signed in mid-January as Glass recovers from an injury. Conegliano lost the first match of the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round home-and-home series with Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-13, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17 on Feb. 1. Adams scored seven points, including a team-high four blocks. Hancock was a sub in the first set. Bergamo held a dominating 19-7 block advantage as a key to match. The teams meet again on Feb. 4 at Conegliano’s home court to decide which team advances to the semifinals. Afterwards, Conegliano (10-5, 29 points), which is in fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 regular season action on Feb. 8 against ninth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (6-9, 19 points points).
GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore lost a heartbreaking 23-25, 25-19, 27-29, 25-21, 15-12 match to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio to start the home-and-home Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round on Feb. 1. Gibbemeyer pocketed nine points in the loss with seven kills on 24 attacks and two blocks, along with a 75 positive reception percent on four chances as a middle blocker. The series shifts to Casalmaggiore’s home court on Feb. 4 and will advance to the semifinals automatically with either a 3-0 or 3-1 victory. After the quarterfinal concludes, third-place Casalmaggiore (11-4, 31 points) resumes the Italian Serie A1 regular season against 11th-place Volley 2002 Forli (1-14, 4 points) on Feb. 8.
LARSON-BURBACH WITH ECZACIBASI: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb., Twitter, Instagram), a 2012 U.S. Olympian and starting outside hitters, is playing for Eczacibasi Vitra of the Turkish League this winter. In CEV Champions League Pool D, Eczacibasi concluded the League Round with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Russia’s Omichka Omsk in Pool D action. Larson-Burbach turned in 13 points with 11 kills on 32 attacks, one ace and one block. She added a 77 positive reception percent on 13 chances without an error. With the victory Eczacibasi won the top seed out of Pool D with a 5-1 record and 15 points. They will move on to Playoffs 12 round to face Agel Prostejov, which finished 3-3 and in third place in Pool A, in a home-and-home series on Feb. 10 and a match the following week. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi closed out Ilbank 25-10, 25-14, 25-12 on Jan. 25. Larson-Burbach did not play in the match. Eczacibasi remains in second place with 40 points, one point behind league-leader VakifBank.
HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce finished Pool B with an undefeated record after defeating Stiinta Bacau 25-16, 25-11, 25-13 on Jan. 28. Hildebrand pocketed 11 points with eight kills on 19 attacks and three blocks. She added 15 receptions with a 53 positive percent. Fenerbahce (6-0, 18 points) was the only team in the 20-team League round to go 6-0 to move on to the playoffs. Fenerbahce will face Germany’s Dresdner SC (3-3 in third-place in Pool C) in the Playoff 12 Round will the home-and-home series on Feb. 11 and a match the following week. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce overwhelmed Bakirkoy BLD Yesilyurt 25-12, 25-17, 25-19 on Feb. 1 without Larson-Burbach playing. Fenerbahce is in third place in the league standings with 38 points, but only three points behind league-leader VakifBank (41 points).
HOOD WITH ILBANK: Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas, Instagram) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League in 2014-15, as well as the CEV Challenge Cup. In Turkish League action, Ilbank stretched league-leader VakifBank to four sets before falling 23-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 on Feb. 1. Hood totaled 16 points with 14 kills on 42 attacks and two blocks. She was credited with a 67 positive reception percent on a match-high 39 reception chances. Ilbank falls to 11th place in the league with eight points.
NEWCOMBE WITH IDMAN OCAGI: Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Trabzon Idman Ocagi of the Turkish League this winter. Idman Ocagi fell to Besiktas 25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9 in a heartbreaking match on Jan. 31. Newcombe scored a team-leading 20 points with 17 kills on 39 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She added a 65 positive reception percent on 31 reception chances. Idman Ocagi is in sixth place with 23 points.
FAUCETTE WITH RC CANNES: U.S. Women’s National Team opposite Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is playing with RC Cannes in France this winter, along with four-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom and Carly Wopat. In CEV Champions League, RC Cannes ended the League Round on a sour note after falling to Italy’s Nordmeccanica Piacenza 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 on Jan. 28. Faucette scored eight kills on 28 attacks. Wopat added four kills on 10 attacks and a block for five points. Tom did not enter the match. Despite the loss, RC Cannes (4-2, 9 points), which finished pool E in second place, moves to the Playoffs 12 Round to face Switzerland’s Volero Zurich (5-1 and in second place in Pool D) in a home-and-home series starting Feb. 11 with the second match the following week. RC Cannes held off Nantes 25-13, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 on Feb. 1. Faucette notched three kills and three aces for six points in her starting role. Tom and Wopat did not play. RC Cannes (13-1, 40 points), which remains in first place, takes on fourth-place Beziers (9-5, 28 points) on Feb. 7 in the next league match.
DAVIS, LICHTMAN WITH Le CANNET: Two-time U.S. Olympic libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) and outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif., Twitter) are competing for Le Cannet in the French LAF this winter. Le Cannet came back against SF Paris-St. Cloud 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 on Jan. 30 to win its latest French League match. Lichtman tallied 13 points with 12 kills on 40 attacks and an ace. Davis held a 65 positive reception percent on 17 chances in the victory. Le Cannet (12-2, 34 points), in second place and six points behind league-leader RC Cannes, resumes the French League on Feb. 7 against eighth-place Vannes (5-9, 15 points).
KREKLOW, JACKSON WITH DRESDNER: Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn., Twitter, Instagram), who was in her first year with the U.S. National Team this past summer, and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga and in the European (CEV) Champions League. In CEV Champions League, Dresdner was unable to win consecutive Pool C matches as it concluded the League Round with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-18 loss to Russia’s Dinamo Moscow, which finished the pool in first place. Jackson secured six kills on 12 errorless attacks in the loss, while Kreklow set the team to a 35 kill percent while adding one block. American teammate Michelle Bartsch contributed seven points. Dresdner ended the first round with a 3-3 record and in third place. Dresdner, despite the loss, advances to the CEV Champions League Playoff 12 Round with a home-and-home series against Turkey’s Fenerbahce on Feb. 11 and a match the following week. Fenerbahce was the only team in the League Round to go 6-0. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner blanked Kopenicker 25-12, 25-21, 25-17 on Jan. 31, Kreklow set the offense to a 45 kill percent for the match while adding three aces and a kill for four individual points. Jackson added four kills, one block and one ace for six points. American Michelle Bartsch recorded a match-high 15 points with 12 kills on 20 attacks, two blocks and an ace in the victory. On the opposite side of the net, American Kindra Carlson scored 12 points, while Erica Wilson and Lauren Barfield each tallied six points. Dresdner remains undefeated on the season at 17-0 and four-point lead over second-place Stuttgart (14-4, 44 points). Dresdner takes on sixth-place Munster (9-8, 28 points) on Feb. 4 and 11th-place Thuringen (3-16, 11 points) on Feb. 7.
MIYASHIRO WITH ALLIANZ MTV STUTTGART: Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii, Twitter), a 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, joined Allianz MTV Stuttgart of the German Bundesliga in mid-November. Stuttgart swept two matches last week in the German Bundesliga, starting with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 victory over fifth-place SC Potsdam on Jan. 28. Miyashiro was 75 percent positive on eight receptions as the team’s libero. American Nichole Lindow added 10 points in the victory, while Katherine Harms chipped in eight points. Stuttgart handled eighth-place Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 on Jan. 31. Miyashiro handled seven receptions with a 43 positive percent. Harms scored 15 points and Lindow added nine points in the victory. Stuttgart (14-4, 44 points) remains in second place prior to challenging sixth-place Munster (9-8, 28 points) on Feb. 8.
JENNA HAGGLUND WITH IMPEL WROCLAW: U.S. setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) signed with Impel Wroclaw of Poland’s Orlen Liga late in 2014 and has started to competition. Impel Wroclaw upset then-second-place Polski Cukier Muszynianka 11-25, 26-24, 25-18, 26-24 on Feb. 1 in the Polish Orlen Liga. Hagglund started the first set and was a sub in the second set, recording one ace on three serves. Impel Wroclaw (13-5, 39 points), now in fourth place, resumes league action on Feb. 8 against seventh-place Budowlani Lodz (8-10, 25 points). In CEV Champions League action, Impel Wroclaw took a set off Volero Zurich on Jan. 28, but lost the match 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15 to end the League Round 0-6. Hagglund did not suit for the match.
AKINRADEWO, DIXON WITH RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla., Twitter, Instagram), a 2012 U.S. Olympic Games starter at middle blocker, and Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) are competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League and the CEV Champions League this club season. Rabita Baku concluded the League Round of the CEV Champions League with a 27-25, 18-25, 25-16, 16-25, 15-10 loss to Pool A winner Chemik Police of Poland. Akinradewo contributed nine kills on 15 attacks, four blocks and an ace for 16 points. Dixon added seven kills on 16 errorless swings and a team-high five blocks for 12 points. Rabita Baku finished the four-team Pool A in fourth place with a 2-4 record and six points. Rabita now falls to the CEV Cup and the Challenge Round where it will face Beziers VB in a home-and-home series between March 3-12 with dates to be announced. In the Azerbaijan Super League, Rabita Baku had its Jan. 31 match against Telekom postponed to a later date, which has not been announced.
LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv swept Azerreyl 25-8, 25-17, 25-20 on Jan. 31 in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lloyd set her team to a 42 kill percent while adding two individual kills on three attacks, two blocks and an ace for five points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here.
MURPHY WITH AGEO MEDICS: Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing in Japan this winter for Ageo Medics in the V-League’s top division. Ageo lost to fifth-place Toray 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 on Jan. 31 to snap its win streak. Murphy pounded out 22 kills on 63 attacks to go with two aces and a block for 25 points. Ageo rebounded with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 victory over seventh-place Toyota on Feb. 1. Murphy secured 21 kills on 46 attacks with just one error, one block and one ace for 23 points. Ageo remains in fourth place in the league with an 8-7 record and 24 points.
PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi fell to second-place Okayama 25-21, 13-25, 25-22, 25-15 on Jan. 31. Paolini turned in 22 kills on 32 attacks and one ace for 23 points. Hitachi’s losing streak continued the following day with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 loss to eighth-place Denso. Paolini notched eight kills on 19 attacks in the loss. Hitachi is in sixth place with a 5-10 record and 16 points.
WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube swept Sao Bernardo Volei 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 on Jan. 27. Webster was a sub in the first two sets, but did not score a point. Praia Clube defeated Brasilia Volei 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21 on Jan. 30. Webster did not play in the match.
OPEN TRYOUTS: The annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts will be held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A record 245 athletes participated in last year’s tryout, and a similar number is expected in 2015. Athletes eligible to participate are those who have concluded college eligibility, current collegiate athletes born in the years 1987-1997 inclusive and high school athletes born in 1997 or earlier. The tryout will be identifying athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team Program, the U.S. Collegiate National Team and the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (athletes born in 1996 and 1997). The tryout fee is $225, which includes housing, meals, local transportation and tryout expenses. For athletes not staying at the OTC, the fee is $150. For additional details and how to register for the tryout, click here.