COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2012) - The current U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Weekly update released on Nov. 19 includes briefs on U.S. players.
DAVIS HONORED IN HOMETOWN, GIVES CLINIC IN MAUI: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, received the Jack O'Keefe Memorial Award as athlete of the year by the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 14. Afterwards, Davis spoke to about 60 volleyball players during a clinic for Lankakila Volleyball on Nov. 16 at Kamehameha Schools Maui middle school gym in Hawaii. Davis averaged 3.36 digs per set in 2012 while starting 23 matches and playing in 81 of a possible 115 sets at libero. She started the first 12 matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix helping the U.S. claim a third straight gold. Davis averaged 3.07 digs per set during the FIVB World Grand Prix and finished sixth in Best Digger in Final Round despite missing the final two matches. She ranked second in Best Libero at the 2012 Olympics with an 8.30 average of digs and receptions. Davis ranked sixth in Best Digger at the Olympics and fifth in Best Receiver (74.27 efficiency percent).
BERG TAKES TO A NEW ROLE: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a two-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team silver medalist and three-time Olympian, served as the CBS Sports Network color commentator for the Conference USA championship match at Tulsa University defeated University of Central Florida on Nov. 18 to earn a spot into the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship 64-team field.
BARBOZA WITH RUSSIA’S UFIMOCHKA: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in Russia this season with Ufimochka UGNTU. Ufimochka won its third straight Russia Super League match on Nov. 18 with a 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 25-21 upset over Dinamo Krasnodar. Barboza notched a match-high 25 points with 20 kills on 50 attacks and five aces. She added a 52 positive and 41 excellent reception percent on 27 chances. Ufimochka (3-4, 13 points) will seek a fourth straight win on Dec. 2 as it faces Uralochka-NTMK (4-3). Prior to the Russia Super League resuming, Ufimochka will play in the Russia Cup semifinal stage group D. Ufimochka opens with a rematch versus Krasnodar on Nov. 26, followed by Yenisei on Nov. 27 and Omichka on Nov. 28.
LARSON-BURBACH, BOWN WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KAZAN: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who have each won an Olympic silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Dinamo Kazan in the Russia Super League. In CEV Champions League action, Kazan blanked 2004 Tomis Constanta 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 on Nov. 13 to move into first place in Pool E. Both Larson-Burbach and Bown scored 13 points in the victory. Larson-Burbach contributed 10 kills on 31 attacks with three blocks to go with a 57 positive reception percent. Bown was credited with seven kills on 14 attacks with just one error, four blocks and two aces. The teams will face each other again on Nov. 21 at 7 a.m. PT in a battle of the group’s top two teams. To watch the match live online, click here. Kazan stopped Tyumen 25-17, 25-12, 25-18 on Nov. 18. Larson picked up 15 points in the victory with 13 kills on 23 attacks and just two errors, along with one block and one ace. She added a 53 positive reception percent on a team-high 19 receptions. Bown contributed five kills on eight errorless attacks and a block for six points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Kazan, the only undefeated team in the league at 7-0, will face Dinamo Moscow (6-1) on Dec. 12 in its next Russia Super League regular season match. However, Kazan moves into the Russia Cup semifinal stage next week and faces Ulan-Ude on Nov. 26, followed by Torch on Nov. 27 and Tyumen on Nov. 28.
HOOKER WITH RUSSIA’S DINAMO KRASNODAR: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who earned the Best Spiker Award at the 2012 Olympic Games while helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to the silver medal, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar in the Russia Super League this winter. Krasnodar lost its third straight match with a 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 25-21 loss to Ufimochka UGNTU (3-4) on Nov. 18. Hooker led Krasnodar with 19 points via 17 kills on 48 attacks and two blocks. Krasnodar looks to break the losing streak on Dec. 2 as it faces Tyumen (3-4). Before returning to the Russia Super League regular season, Krasnodar will compete in the Russia Cup semifinal stage Pool D. Krasnodar has a rematch with Ufimochka on Nov. 26, followed by a Nov. 27 match versus Omichka before concluding the stage on Nov. 28 against Yenisei. Krasnodar is also competing in the CEV Challenge Cup and will face Turkey’s TED Ankara Kolejliler in the 16th Final Round Main Phase home-and-home series. The two-match series has yet to be scheduled, but will start no earlier than Dec. 3. To read a Nov. 7 FIVB Heroes article on Hooker, click here.
TOM WITH BRAZIL’S UNILEVER: Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball selection with two silver medals, is playing this winter with Unilever in Brazil’s Super League, which begins Nov. 23. Unilever defeated Sesi-SP in back-to-back friendly matches prior to the start of the regular season starting. In the first match on Nov. 13, Unilever won all four sets played with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 victory. To view a photo gallery of the contest, click here. In the second match on Nov. 14, Unilever won the first three sets 25-21, 25-17, 27-25 before Sesi came back to win the final set 25-21. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Tom was among the starters competing in the first three sets in both friendly contests.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY IN KOREA LEAGUE: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing with the Korea Expressway team in the Korean professional league. Fawcett’s team defeated Hyundai 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18 on Nov. 15 as she tallied a match-high 32 points in the contest. She collected 26 kills on 57 attacks, four aces and two blocks. Fawcett tallied 17 points in Korea Expressway’s next match, a 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 victory over KGC Ginseng on Nov. 18. She contributed 15 kills on 25 attacks and two aces. Korea Expressway (2-1) will seek its third straight victory on Nov. 22 when it faces Heungkuk (1-3).
AKINRADEWO WITH AZERBAIJAN’S RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku (3-0) remained undefeated in Pool B with a 25-19, 25-22, 27-25 victory over Poland’s Atom Trefl SOPOT (1-2) on Nov. 13 in the third leg of the Champions League. Akinradewo scored 14 points with eight kills on 12 attacks, three blocks and team-high three aces. Rabita Baku and Atom Trefl SOPOT will have a rematch on Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. PT in the next Pool B match. To watch the match live online, click here. The Azerbaijan Super League will be on hiatus until Nov. 27 when Rabita Baku meets up with Azerrail Baku.
HODGE, WILSON WITH AZERBAIJAN’S AZERRAIL BAKU: Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Azerbaijan’s Azerrail Baku in 2012-2013 along with fellow Penn State University alum Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.). After a week off from the CEV Champions League schedule, Azerrail (2-1) defeated Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (0-3) 22-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-17 on Nov. 14. Hodge notched a team-high 21 points with 14 kills on 30 attacks, four blocks and three aces. She added a 41 positive reception percent in accepting 34 of the team’s 64 service receptions. The two teams will meet again on Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. PT in the fourth leg of Pool D as Azerrail is in second place in the four-team division. To watch the match live online, click here. Azerrail is now 2-1 with six points in the Azerbaijan Super League as part of a three-way tie for third, but can make up ground in its next match against undefeated Rabita Baku on Nov. 27.
METCALF WITH AZERBAIJAN’S IGTISADCHI BAKU: Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is playing for Igtisadchi Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. In the CEV Cup action, Igtisadchi Baku defeated Russia’s Omichka Omsk 22-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-17 on Nov. 13 to start the home-and-home 8th Final Round. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams will meet again on Nov. 21. Igtisadchi takes a 3-1 record into its next Super League regular season on Nov. 27 against Lokomotiv.
TAMAS WITH AZERBAIJAN’S BAKI AZERYOLSERVIS: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Baki Azeryolservis of the Azerbaijan Super League in 2012-2013. In the CEV playoffs, Baki Azeryolservis dropped the opening match of the CEV Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series to Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsbiburg – 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15 - on Nov. 14. The teams complete the home-and-home series on Nov. 20 with Baki Azeryolservis needing to win the match plus the golden set tiebreaker to advance into the 4th Final Round. Baki Azeryolservis, 2-2 in the Azerbaijan Super League, faces Igtisadchi on Nov. 30 in its next league match.
LLOYD, FAUCETTE WITH ITALY’S YAMAMAY BUSTO ARSIZIO: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), a setter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing in the Italian Serie A1 league with Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio in 2012-2013 along with American Juliann Faucette (San Diego). Both athletes played for Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego as juniors before going separate ways at the collegiate level. Yamamay Busto Arsizio, the reigning Italian League champion, moved above .500 in the Italian Serie A1 regular season with a 25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Chateaux D’Ax Urbino (1-4, 4 points) on Nov. 18. Faucette scored 18 points with 15 kills on 36 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Lloyd set the squad to a 37 kill percent and .229 hitting efficiency while securing two blocks and a kill on one attack. Yamamay Busto Arsizio (3-2, 10 points), which moved from a fourth-place tie to a second-place tie with the victory, will seek its second straight win on Nov. 25 against league-leader Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (4-1, 12 points). In CEV Champions League action, Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1) held off ASPTT Mulhouse 25-19, 30-28, 20-25, 25-20 on Nov. 13. Faucette pocketed 19 points with 15 kills on 35 attacks, two blocks and two aces in starting all four sets. Lloyd started the first three sets and helped Busto Arsizio to a 37 kill percent of the match along with three individual kills on four errorless swings and a block for four points. Busto Arsizio returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m. PT in a rematch with ASPTT Mulhouse. To watch the match live online, click here.
GIBBEMEYER WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY PESARO: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Robursport Volley Pesaro in the Italian Serie A1 league in 2012-2013. Pesaro rallied to defeat Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-2, 9 points) on Nov. 18 with a 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-7 victory. Gibbemeyer notched 16 points with 11 kills on 20 attacks, three blocks and two aces while having a 100 excellent reception percent on two chances. Pesaro (3-2, 7 points), now in eighth place in the standings, will look to stretch its win streak to three matches on Nov. 23 against second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (4-1, 10 points) in a match televised on Rai Sport 1.
HARMOTTO, GLASS WITH ITALY’S VOLLEY MODENA: Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, are competing with Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena in the Italian Serie A1 in 2012-2013. Harmotto, a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, and Glass were also teammates at Penn State University before joining the National Team. Modena dropped below .500 with a heart-breaking 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 15-9 loss to league-leader Rebecchi Nordmeccnica Piacenza on Nov. 17. Glass provided a kill and block while setting the squad to a 35 kill percent. Harmotto did not compete in the match. Modena (2-3, 8 points), now in seventh place but only two points out of second place, will face 11th-place Chateau D’Ax Urbino (1-4, 4 points) on Nov. 24. Modena is also competing the CEV Challenge Cup and advanced directly into the Main Phase as it will face Nova KBM Branik Maribor in a home-and-home 16th Final Round series starting no earlier than Dec. 3.
KLINEMAN WITH ITALY’S ASYSTEL McCARNAGHI VILLA CORTESE: Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese in 2012-2013. In Italian Serie A1 action, Villa Cortese dropped a 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-7 match to KGS Robursport Pesaro (3-2, 7 points) on Nov. 18. Klineman came off the bench in the first and third sets to provide two kills on seven attacks. Villa Cortese (3-2, 9 points), now tied for fourth place, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 25 versus ninth-place Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno (2-3, 6 points). In CEV Champions League action, Villa Cortese (2-1) defeated Agel Prostejov 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 on Nov. 14. Klineman started the first two sets and subbed in the final two in totaling two blocks and a kill. Villa Cortese plays Agel Prostejov again on Nov. 21 at 9a .m. PT as part of the fourth leg of Pool B. To watch the match live online, click here.
PAOLINI WITH ITALY’S ICOS CREMA: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, returns for a second season with Icos Crema as she helped the squad rise to the Italian Serie A1 Divisision for 2012-2013. Icos Crema lost to Duck Farm Chieri Torino (3-2, 8 points) 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 on Nov. 18. Paolini started all three sets but did not score a point on four attacks. Icos Crema (2-3, 6 points), in 10th place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 25 versus ninth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (2-3, 6 points) in a match set to be shown on Sportube 2.
ENGLE, MURREY WITH ITALY’S BANCA REALE YOYOGURT GIAVENO: Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who has trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is currently competing for Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno of the Italian Serie A1 alongside American Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) playing in her first full professional season. Giaveno topped then-second-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (3-2, 9 points) 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 on Nov. 18. Murrey provided 17 points with 15 kills on 36 attacks and two blocks. She also was credited with a 56 positive reception percent on nine chances. Engle did not compete in the match. Giaveno (2-3, 6 points), in 10th place, plays fourth-place Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese (3-2, 9 points) on Nov. 25 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
SYKORA WITH ITALY’S CHATEAU D’AX URBINO VOLLEY: Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection, is competing with Chateau D’Ax Urbino Volley in the Italian Serie A1 League for 2012-2013. Urbino lost to reigning Italian Serie A1 champion Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizo 25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21 on Nov. 18. Sykora did not compete in the match. Urbino (1-4, 4 points) will try to rebound into the win column on Nov. 24 against seventh-place Assicuratrice Milanese Volley Modena (2-3, 8 points). In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Urbino stopped Schweriner SC 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16 on Nov. 13. Sykora did not play in the match. Urbino (1-2) is in fourth place in the four-team pool, but only two points out of second place as the pool leaders are 2-1. Urbino returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. PT with a rematch against Schweriner SC. To watch the match live online, click here.
THOMPSON WITH POLAND’S BUDOWLANI LODZ: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), a setter on the 2012s silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Budowlani Lodz of the Orlen Liga in Poland for 2012-2013. Budowlani Lodz (3-4) rallied to defeat AZS Bialystok (0-7) 15-25, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 15-10 on Nov. 19. Thompson helped spark the victory by coming off the bench in the opening set and started the final four sets. She compiled two aces, one block and a kill on one attack for four points. Budowlani Lodz converted 36 percent of its attacks, including a 50 kill percent in the third set. Budowlani Lodz, now in sixth place in the 10-team league, faces fifth-place Atom Trefl Sopot (5-2) on Nov. 25 in its next match.
RICHARDS WITH TURKEY’S BAKIRKOY BELEDIYE YESILYURT: Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), alternate for both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, is competing for BakirkOy Belediye Yesilyurt in the Turkish League. Yesilyurt lost a close 25-23, 27-25, 22-25, 25-23 match to Galatasaray on Nov. 18. Richards scored a match-high 25 points with 22 kills on 46 attacks, two aces and a block. She added a 55 positive reception percent on a match-high 33 chances. Yesilyurt (1-4) returns to action on Nov. 25 versus Ilbank (2-3).
KIM GLASS WITH CHINA’S EVERGRANDE: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, has reunited with her 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver-medal winning coach, Jenny Lang Ping, with Evergrande Guangdong in the Chinese League this winter. Evergrande scored a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Kemen Ind. Army on Nov. 13 as Glass did not compete in the match. In the third round, Evergrande could not overcome ECE Jiangsu in a 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 15-9 loss on Nov. 17. Glass, as a sub in the second and third sets and starter in the final two sets, tallied 13 points with eight kills on 23 attacks, three blocks and two aces.
LICHTMAN WITH SWITZERLAND’S HOTEL CRISTAL VFM I: Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, is competing for Hotel Cristal VFM I in the Swiss Volley League along with Americans Bianca Rowland, Brianna Barry, Michelle Kocher, Lise Muhlemann and Amber Roberson. Hotel Cristal VFM, 7-4 with 21 points and in fourth place, challenges second-place Volley Koniz (7-5, 22 points) on Nov. 25 in its next league match.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM TRYOUT: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. This tryout is open to United States citizens who are current college-age athletes and older, and high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following two different programs: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their collegiate eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013. The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Teams is available to athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 collegiate season. This projected 48-athlete program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 with training and competition at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC). For additional details including tryout fees, click here.