U.S. Women's Update for May 2
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 2, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on May 2 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
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, the top seed in the Russia Super League playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 20-2, started the best-of-three semifinal round in style by defeating fifth-seed Uralochka-NTMK 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 on April 29. Larson contributed 13 points with nine kills on 17 attacks with just two attack errors. She added two blocks and two aces in the victory, while also receiving 11 of Kazan’s 37 service receptions. The series continues on May 3, and if necessary, on May 6.
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. After finishing the First Final Four Round with a 2-1 record, Rabita won all three of its matches in the Second Final Four Round to take a playoff-best 5-1 record through the six total matches. Rabita defeated Lokomotiv Baku 25-21, 25-16, 26-24 on April 27 to open the Second Final Four Round. Glass was a reserve in the third set. Rabita rallied to defeat Igtisadchi 27-25, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22, 18-16 on April 28. Glass started the second and fifth sets, while subbing in the first and fourth sets. She compiled four kills on 14 attacks and two blocks in the limited action. Rabita closed out the Second Final Four on April 29 with a 23-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-10 victory over Azerrail. Glass subbed into the match in the first set and started the final three sets. She compiled nine kills on 17 attacks with just one error, along with a match-high four aces and a block for 14 total points.
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. After winning the First Final Four Round with a 2-1 record a earning the tiebreaker, Azerrail lost two of three matches in the Second Final Four Round. Azerrail lost to Igtisadchi 25-14, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 on April 27 as Tamas was held to three kills on 12 attacks. Azerrail recovered the following day to defeat Lokomotiv 25-16, 25-22, 25-20. Tamas tallied two kills on four attacks while adding two aces for four total points. Tamas provided one ace and six attacks in a 23-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-10 loss to Rabita to conclude the Second Final Four round on April 29.
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. After a 1-2 record in the First Final Four playoff round, Igtisadchi ended the Second Final Four Round at 2-4 after winning one of three matches last week. Igtisadchi defeated Azerrail 25-14, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 on April 27 as Haneef-Park scored a team-high 17 points with 15 kills on 33 attempts and two aces. American Kelly Wing added 12 points in the win. On April 28, Igtisadchi nearly upset regular season champion Rabita before losing 27-25, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22, 18-16. Haneef-Park scored a team-high 25 points with 19 attacks on 51 swings, five aces and a block. Igtisadchi dropped a 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-13 match to Lokomotiv on the final day of the Second Final Four round on April 29. Haneef-Park tallied a team-high 18 points with 17 kills coming off 50 attacks, along with an ace.
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. Lokomotiv started the First Final Four playoff round with an upset of Rabita. However, the squad won just one match in the round and finished 1-2 in the Second Final Four playoff round and 2-4 overall. Lokomotiv lost to Rabita 25-21, 25-16, 26-24 in the playoff rematch. Metcalf scored a team-high 13 points with 11 kills on 30 attacks, one block and an ace. Richards added 11 kills on 30 attempts, while Davis held a 93 positive percent on 15 service receptions. Lokomotiv lost to Azerrail 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 on the middle day of the Second Final Four round. Metcalf charted a team-high 14 points, all coming on kills via 29 attacks. Richards added nine points with seven kills on 17 attacks and two blocks. Davis handled 11 reception attempts with a 55 positive percent. Lokomotiv bounced back into the win column with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-13 victory over Igtisadchi to conclude the Second Final Four round on April 29. Metcalf scored 31 points with 27 kills on 54 attacks, three blocks and an ace in being named the match’s most valuable player. Richards contributed 10 kills on 31 swings and a block during the victory. Davis produced a 62 positive service reception on 24 attempts.
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. Villa Cortese (17-5, 47 points) finished the regular season with a 25-18, 28-26, 25-13 victory over Spes Conegliano on April 30. Berg set her team to a 39 kill percent while adding two kills on four errorless attacks. Hodge was a sub in all three sets, registering one block. With the victory and Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo’s (15-7, 46 points) loss in the final weekend, Villa Cortese ended the regular season in first place one point ahead of Bergamo and Scavolini Pesaro (14-8, 46 points). In its best-of-three quarterfinal playoff round, Villa Cortese will face the winner of the knockout round between eighth-seed LIU-JO Volley Modena and ninth-seed Florens Castellana Grotte (8-14, 25 points) in matches contested May 10, May 12, and if necessary, May 14.
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. Modena lost its final regular season match to Asystel Volley Novara 24-26, 25-21, 29-27, 25-20 on April 30. Harmotto started and played just the first two sets, compiling seven kills on nine attacks to go with three blocks for a total of 10 points. Despite the loss, Modena (8-14, 25 points) ended the season tied for eighth with Florens Castellana Grotte (8-14, 25 points). Modena will take the eighth seed into its first-ever playoff scudetto and will face ninth-seeded Castellana Grotte in the first knockout round to be played May 4, May 6, and if necessary, May 8.
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 (12-9, 38 points), now in sixth place, defeated LIU-JO Volley Modena 24-26, 25-21, 29-27, 25-20 on April 30 to close out the regular season in sixth place. Paolini was a sub in the first three sets registering two service attempts. Novara will play Scavolini Pesaro (14-8, 46 points) on May 9, May 11, and if necessary, May 13 during the best-of-three quarterfinal 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. After evening up the best-of-five series with BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biała, GCB Centrostal Bydgoszcz dropped the next two matches to lose the series 3-1. On April 30, GCB Centrostal Bydogszcz lost a heart-breaking five-set match 23-25, 14-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12. Spicer set her squad to a 43 kill percent while providing two individual kills on three attempts. BKS Aluprof Bielsko Biała finished the series with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-21 victory on May 1. Spicer tallied a kill on three attempts and a block as her team converted 33 percent of its attacks for 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 lost a close first match to Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 17-15during the Turkish League playoff semifinal round on April 29. In the second match, Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta edged Eczacibasi 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-8 on May 2. Bown was not on the active roster in either match.