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Apr 25 U.S. Women's Update for April 25

April 25, 2011, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 25, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on April 25 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

SYKORA INJURED IN BUS ACCIDENT IN BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist, continues to recover from injuries sustained in a bus accident on April 12 as her Brazilian professional volleyball team Volei Futuro was traveling to the gymnasium to start the best-of-three semifinal round Superliga playoff. For the USA Volleyball statement, click here.

FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX POOLS CONFIRMED: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, will travel to China, Japan and Chinese Taipei for the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round in August. Team USA is the defending champion of the premier annual women’s global volleyball tournament. In Pool D Aug. 5-7 at Luohe, China, the U.S. Women will face China, Serbia and the winner of World Grand Prix play-in spot between Kazakhstan and Algeria being held May 12-14. Team USA meets Japan, Serbia and Dominican Republic Aug. 12-14 in Pool H in a Japanese city to be determined next month. The Americans conclude the World Grand Prix preliminary round Aug. 19-21 in Chinese Taipei with matches against Italy, Germany and Peru in Pool J. For the full press release, click here.

LARSON WITH KAZAN IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League during the 2010-2011 pro club season. Kazan, which won the Russian Super League regular season with a 20-2 record, started off the playoffs in style with consecutive sweeps of eighth-seed Proton in the quarterfinal round. Kazan won the first match 25-19, 25-13, 25-16 on April 19. Larson compiled 11 points with eight kills on 16 attacks and three blocks. She added a 73 positive reception percent on 11 attempts. Kazan closed out the best-of-three series with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 victory over Proton on April 22. Larson chipped in eight kills on 17 attacks and four aces for 12 points. She was nearly perfect on serve receptions with a 90 percent positive reception on 10 attempts as part of a 60 excellent percent. Kazan will face fifth-seed Uralochka-NTMK, which defeated fourth-seed Odintsovo in three matches in the best-of-three quarterfinal round.

TAMAS WITH AZERRAIL BAKU: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist playing middle blocker for Team USA, is playing for Azerrail Baku of the Azerbaijan Super during the 2010-11 professional club season. In the Azerbaijan Super League Final Four First Round, Azerrail defeated Igtisadchi 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22 on April 18 to open the round-robin series. Tamas was credited with three kills and a block in the victory. Azerrail improved to 2-0 in the Final Four First Round with an 18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Lokomotiv on April 19. Tamas scored five kills on 12 errorless attacks, along with a team-high three aces in the victory. Azerrail dropped the final match of the Final Four First Round with a 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 16-14 setback to regular-season champion Rabita on April 20. Tamas pocketed six kills on nine errorless attempts to go with three blocks in the loss. Both Azerrail and Rabita finished with 2-1 records in the round-robin, but Azerrail held a better set ratio (8-5 to 8-6). The second Final Four round takes place April 27-29 at the Massali Olympic Centre. Azerrail will take on Igtisadchi on April 27, followed by Lokomotiv on April 28 and Rabita on April 29. All matches will be broadcasted by Idman Azerbaijan TV at click here.

KIM GLASS WITH RABITA BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Rabita Baku of the Azerbaijan professional league in 2010-11. By finishing first in the Azerbaijan Super League regular season, Rabita received a quarterfinal round bye in the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs. During the Final Four First Round, Rabita was upset by Lokomotiv 22-25, 16-15, 25-21, 25-22, 19-17 on April 18. Glass scored five kills on 12 attempts and added a team-high 33 service receptions with a 55 positive percent. Rabita bounced back to defeat Igtisadchi 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18 on April 19 as Glass was used only as a reserve in the third set. Rabita finished the round robin with a 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 16-14 victory over Azerrail on April 20. Glass was a sub in the third and fourth sets, then started the fifth set turning in four kills on eight errorless attempts and two blocks for six points in the match. Both Rabita and Azerrail finished the round robin with 2-1 records, but Azerrail held a better set ratio (8-5 to 8-6) over Rabita. The second Final Four round takes place April 27-29 at the Massali Olympic Centre. Rabita will take on Lokomotiv on April 27, followed by Igtisadchi on April 28 and Azerrail on April 29. All matches will be broadcasted by Idman Azerbaijan TV at click here.

DAVIS, METCALF, RICHARDS HEADLINE LOKOMOTIV BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Olympians Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), along with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), are playing for Lokomotiv Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League. By defeating Baki in the quarterfinal round, Lokomotiv advanced to play in the Azerbaijan Final Four First Round. Lokomotiv upset regular season champion and CEV Champions League runner-up Rabita 22-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 19-17 on April 18 to open the first Final Four Round. Metcalf scored a team-high 20 points with 19 kills and a block, while Richards added 13 kills, two blocks and an ace for 16 points. Davis handled 16 service receptions with a 62 positive percent in the victory. Lokomotiv dropped the second match in the round-robin playoff series with an 18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 loss to Azerrail on April 19. Metcalf led Lokomotiv with 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks, while Richards added nine points on seven kills and two blocks. Davis held a 67 positive reception mark on 18 attempts. Lokomotiv ended the Final Four First Round with a 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-23 loss to Igtisadchi on April 20. Metcalf recorded 17 kills and two blocks for 19 points, while Richards chalked up eight kills and three blocks for 11 points. Davis held a 67 positive reception percent on 18 chances. To read an article about Davis in a local Azerbaijan blog, click here. The second Final Four round takes place April 27-29 at the Massali Olympic Centre. Lokomotiv will take on Rabita on April 27, followed by Azerrail on April 28 and Igtisadchi on April 29. All matches will be broadcasted by Idman Azerbaijan TV at click here.

HANEEF-PARK LEADING IGTISADCHI IN AZERBAIJAN: Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) is playing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League. During the Final Four First Round playoffs, Igtisadchi dropped the opening round-robin match 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22 to Azerrail on April 18. Haneef-Park scored 18 kills on 44 swings, two blocks and an ace in the contest. Fellow American Kelly Wing scored five points. Igtisadchi lost its second consecutive match in the Final Four First Round, this time to Rabita with scores of 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18 on April 19. Haneef-Park collected 11 kills and two aces for 13 points, while Wing added two points. Igtisadchi won its final match of the Final Four First Round with a 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-23 victory over Lokomotiv on April 20. Haneef-Park scored a team-high 19 points with 17 kills on 42 attacks and two aces, while Wing added six points. The second Final Four round takes place April 27-29 at the Massali Olympic Centre. Igtisasdchi will take on Azerrail on April 27, followed by Rabita on April 28 and Lokomotiv on April 29. All matches will be broadcasted by Idman Azerbaijan TV at click here.

BERG, HODGE WITH VILLA CORTESE IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) are competing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A league during the 2010-11 professional club season. Second-place Villa Cortese lost to third-place Yamamay Busto Arsizio (13-7, 40 points) 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 on April 23, just one week after it had won the Italian Cup. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 31 kill percent while adding two individual kills on three attacks and an ace. Hodge was credited with five kills on 27 attacks and a match-high four blocks. Villa Cortese, 15-5 in the Italian Serie A regular season and in second place with 41 points, will take on 12th-place Riso Scotti Pavia (1-19, 5 points) on April 27 and seventh-place Spes Conegliano (11-9, 31 points) on April 30 in the 11th and final round of the second half.

HARMOTTO WITH LIU-JO VOLLEY MODENA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) is playing for LIU-JO Volley Modena in Italy’s Serie A League during the 2010-11 professional club season. After a weekend off from the Italian Serie A regular season due to the Italian Cup, Modena (7-13, 22 points) lost to third-place Scavolini Pesaro (12-8, 40 points) 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19 on April 23. Harmotto netted 12 kills on 19 errorless attempts for a 63 kill percent, along with added two blocks for 14 total points in the loss. Modena, tied for eighth place, finishes out the regular season with matches against eight-place Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (8-12, 22 points) on April 27 and sixth-place Asystel Volley Novara (11-9, 35 points) on April 30. Only the top eight teams advance to the Italian Serie A playoffs.

PAOLINI WITH NOVARA IN ITALY: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing this professional season in Italy with Asystel Volley Novara of the Italian Serie A Division. Novara (11-9, 35 points), now in sixth place, lost to top-ranked Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo (15-5, 46 points) 25-21, 25-11, 19-25, 25-19 on April 23. Paolini did not play in the match. Novara finishes out the Italian Serie A regular season against 10th-place Florens Castellana Grotte (7-13, 21 points) on April 27 and eighth-place LIU-JO Volley Modena (7-13, 22 points).

BOWN WITH TURKEY’S ECZACIBASI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympic Games middle blocker for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in Turkey for Eczacibasi during the 2010-11 professional club season. Eczacibasi defeated Nilufer Belediye Spor 25-22, 25-15, 25-18 on April 22 in the Turkish Cup playoffs. Eczacibasi topped Nilufer Belediye Spor 25-17, 25-16, 18-25, 25-22 on April 25 in the second match of the playoff series. Bown subbed into the match in the second set and started the third set. She compiled four kills on eight attacks to go with a block for five points in her limited action. With the victory, Eczacibasi advances in the playoffs and will meet Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta Turk Telekom in the next round.

SPICER WITH POLAND’S GCB CENTROSTAL BYDGOSZCZ: Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in the Polish professional league this winter for GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz. In the best-of-five Polish League quarterfinal round, GCB Centrostal Bygoszcz has split the first two matches of the quarterfinal round playoffs against BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biała. The series continues on April 30, May and if necessary, May 4.

MONTREUX VOLLEY MASTERS POOLS DETERMINED: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the Montreux Volley Masters event held June 7-12 in Montreux, Switzerland. The U.S. opens the tournament on June 7 versus Peru. After its off-day in pool play, Team USA faces Germany on June 9 followed by a June 10 match against China. Semifinal round matches will take place on June 11, followed by the classification matches on June 12. In the opposite Montreux Volley Masters Pool, the four teams competing for the title are Cuba, Italy, Japan and Netherlands.

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