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May 06 U.S. Women's Update - May 6

May 06, 2010, 1:44 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2010) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on May 6 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas, player information, Volley-Tweets, trivia questions and much more.

For the complete PDF version including a complete list of players training at the USA National Team Center facility at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, the U.S. international transfer list, 2010 season stats and other fan interaction sections, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Which members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams are currently head coaches at NCAA Division I or II schools? 2. Who did the U.S. Women’s Team play in its first-ever Olympic match? 3. Who did the U.S. Women’s Team defeat for its first-ever Olympic Games victory? Answers can be found on page three in the full PDF version (click here) of the current U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly update.

1980 U.S. WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM REUNION, CLINIC: The 1980 U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team will hold a 30th anniversary reunion between May 24 and May 31 in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. Of the 12 members on the 1980 Olympic squad, five are scheduled to attend the reunion including: Sue Woodstra - 1980 and 1984 Olympian (silver medalist); 2008 Olympic Team assistant coach (silver medalist); head coach at Humboldt State University since 2002; Debbie Landreth Brown - 1980 Olympian; 1988 Olympic Team assistant coach; head coach at University of Notre Dame since 1990; Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli - 1980 and 1984 Olympian (silver medalist); head coach at Texas A&M since 1993; Diane McCormick French - 1980 Olympian; 2008 Olympic Team Technical Coordinator (silver medalist); Laurel Brassey Iversen - 1980 and 1988 Olympian; head coach at University of New Mexico from 1983-2000. The five 1980 Olympians will also serve as clinicians for a volleyball clinic to be held for 150 Kaua‘i Club athletes and 40 coaches from any of the Hawaiian Islands. The Olympian’s Volleyball Clinic, in memory of teammate Flo Hyman and volleyball pioneer Pat McChesney, is limited by gym space and by clinicians, so it is targeting only young Kaua‘i Club volleyball players who have already made a commitment to the sport of volleyball. USA Volleyball is helping to support the clinic in the administration of the event. The Aloha Region, one of the 40 regions within USA Volleyball, is also sanctioning the clinic. Due to the great response of Kaua‘i residents and business owners who have been donating funds and other resources to the Olympians, the fee to attend the clinic will be nominal. Over 30 years ago, the 1980 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team was considered the favorites to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow. However, the dreams of standing on the podium with medals around their necks were shattered when the U.S. Olympic Committee’s House of Delegates, at the urging of then-President Jimmy Carter, voted to boycott the 1980 Olympiad to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

HUGHES WINS ON THE BEACH: Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, took time off from her indoor training to compete in the Fifth Annual CBS College Beach Volleyball Championship in Santa Barbara. Competing in the graduated players division, Hughes and former Loyola Marymount teammate Emily Day captured the event title with a 21-16, 21-19 victory over a pair from University of Delaware. The LMU pair lost just one set during the entire tournament, and that came in the quarterfinal round to the same pair from Delaware. Back in 2007 at the Long Beach Open, Hughes and Day became the lowest-seeded team (54th) to advance to an AVP main draw.

SPRING TRAINING BLOCK STARTS: The U.S. Women’s National Team started its spring training block on April 26 with a total of 16 players participating at the USA National Team Center located within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Joining the team in the past week include opposite/outside hitters Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), while libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) has resumed training in Anaheim. The team training sessions are open to the public. Training times are generally Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Fridays often vary on times. Players currently training include middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Outside hitters/opposite include Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.), Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.). The setters training include Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). The libero position has Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) training with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS: For a full listing of the 166 international transfers for American female players to other countries to play professional volleyball, visit the full PDF version of the U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update.

BERG CLOSING IN ON ITALIAN FINALS BERTH: Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), a setter on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team which won the silver medal in Beijing, is playing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese of the Italian Serie A professional league this winter. Villa Cortese is the No. 2 seed in the Italian Serie A playoffs and are in the middle of its best-of-five semifinal series with No. 3 seed Foppapedretti Bergamo. Villa Cortese won the opening match 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 26-24 on May 1. Berg set Villa Cortese to a 42 kill percent and .274 hitting efficiency in the opening match of the series while scoring two points on aces. In the second match held May 3, Bergamo scored a 31-29, 25-17, 25-14 victory to even up the series. Berg scored one kill on two attempts as Villa Cortese converted just 33 percent of its attacks into points for the match compared to Bergamo’s 47 percent. Villa Cortese has already claimed one major title this winter by winning the Italian Serie A Cup last month. In the third match of the series, Berg set Villa Cortese to a 45 kill percent leading to a hard-fought 25-17, 24-26, 24-26, 25-14, 17-15 victory on May 5. Five different teammates had at least 10 points in the victory, which put Villa Cortese up 2-1 in the series. Other semifinal matches are scheduled for May 7, and if needed, May 10. Last season, Villa Cortese competed in the Italian Serie A2 division but earned a spot in this year’s upper division. To follow Berg throughout the season, check out her blog at lindseyberg.blogspot.com.

BOWN IN ITALIAN SEMIS WITH JESI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi in the Italian Serie A professional league. Jesi, the No. 4 seed in the Italian Serie A Playoffs, is in the middle of a best-of-five semifinal series with top-seed Scavolini Pesaro. In the first match on April 30, Pesaro won 25-23, 25-18, 25-21. Bown was credited with six kills on 14 swings, two blocks and an ace for nine points. Jesi evened the series at one win apiece with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-27, 15-25, 15-12 victory on May 2. Bown contributed six kills on 15 swings and two blocks for eight points in the victory. Pesaro gained a 2-1 advantage in the series with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 victory in the third match of the series with Jesi. Bown was credited with five kills and a block for six points in the loss. Other semifinal matches in the series are scheduled for May 6, and if necessary, May 10.

JOINES TAMAS, BUSSE TO DEFEND PUERTO RICO TITLE: Jen Joines Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) and Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, are playing for 2009 Puerto Rico League champion Toa Baja in 2010. Toa Baja finished the regular season with a five-match lead in the standings, thanks to a 21-match win streak after losing its opening match. The Llaneras finished second in its four-team quarterfinal home-and-home round robin playoff to advance to the semifinals. After falling to regular season second-place team Catano in the first match of the best-of-seven quarterfinal on April 26, Toa Baja bounced back to win four straight matches to advance to the final round against Corozal. Joines Tamas scored nine kills, two aces and a block for 12 points in leading the Llaneras to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-12 victory on April 28 to even the series. Busse added seven points in the victory. On April 29, Busse notched 15 points with 13 kills and two blocks in helping Toa Baja to a 27-25, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory. Joines Tamas added 10 points via seven kills, two blocks and an ace, while Canadian import and past NCAA Co-National Player of the Year Stacey Gordon turned in a match-high 30 points. Joines Tamas collected a match-high 19 points with 12 kills, four aces and three blocks in leading Toa Baja to its third victory in the series, a 31-29, 25-21, 27-25 three-set thriller. Busse added 15 kills and 12 digs in the win. In the fifth match, Toa Baja won 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 as Joines Tamas tallied eight kills and a block for nine points. Busse added seven points in the victory. With the semifinal round victory, Toa Baja now faces Corozal in a best-of-seven series with matches on May 6, May 8, May 10, May 12, and if necessary, May 14, May 16 and May 18.

THOMPSON, SALVO FALL IN PUERTO RICO SEMIS: Setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and outside hitter Airial Salvo (Farmington, Utah), both members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and products of University of Washington, are playing for Catano de Lancheras of the Puerto Rico Superliga. Prior to the playoffs starting, Catano added another Washington Husky in Christal Morrison, who has since been injured and replaced by Kelly Wing. Catano finished second in the regular season and first in the four-team Pool B quarterfinal home-and-home round robin. After defeating defending regular season and tournament champion Toa Baja in the opening match of the best-of-seven semifinal series, the Lancheras dropped its last four matches. Toa Baja evened the series with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-12 victory on April 28. Salvo was limited to four kills and Thompson tallied seven assists and five digs. On April 29, Catano forced a five-set match but lost 27-25, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 in a nailbiter. Salvo scored 24 points with 22 kills and two blocks, while newcomer Wing charted 18 points. Thompson was credited with 12 assists, 13 digs and an ace. Toa Baja earned its third victory in the series with a 31-29, 25-21, 27-25 score on May 2. Wing totaled 19 points in the loss, while Thompson turned in 15 digs, nine assists and a block. Salvo added nine points in the loss. Catano’s season came to an end on May 4 as Toa Baja won 25-22, 25-22, 25-10. Wing scored a match-high 15 points, while Salvo chipped in 10 points. Thompson had four assists, 10 digs and a block in her final match of the season.

PRESSEY JOINS BAYAMON LATE: Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team, joined Bayamon of the Puerto Rico Superliga just in time for the playoffs. In its best-of-seven semifinal round series with Corozal, Bayamon failed to get in the win column and lost the series 4-0. Corozal won the opener 25-9, 25-15, 25-16 on April 27. Pressey had a team-high six points with five kills and an ace. On April 30, Corozal won the second match 25-21, 30-32, 25-14, 25-20. Pressey totaled 10 points, while her American teammate Erin Moore added 14 points. Bayamon was edged 19-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-10 in the third match. Pressey scored 11 points in the May 2 loss, while Moore contributed a team-high 30 points. Like the third match of the series, Bayamon extended Corozal to a fifth set but could not come away with the win, falling 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 14-25, 15-11 on May 3. Pressey pocketed 12 points in the loss, while Moore added 16 points.

HOOKER IN PUERTO RICO FINALS WITH COROZAL: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio), who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team in spring of 2008 before heading back to University of Texas to complete her final two collegiate seasons, signed late with Corozal of the Puerto Rico Superliga. Corozal has caught fire of late with Hooker and former U.S. Women’s National Team member Shonda Cole on the squad. Pinkin won the first of three best-of-seven semifinal matches with Bayamon. Corozal won the opener 25-9, 25-15, 25-16 on April 27 as Hooker earned 10 kills, three blocks and an ace for a team-high 14 points, while Cole added six kills, two blocks and three aces for 11 points. Hooker scored a match-high 25 points with 23 kills and two blocks in leading Corozal to a 25-21, 30-32, 25-14, 25-20 victory in the second match. Cole added 14 points in the victory. Hooker charted a match-high 37 points in Corozal’s rally from two sets down on May 2 to win 19-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-10. Corozal closed out the semifinal series undefeated with a 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 14-25, 15-11 victory on May 3. Hooker pounded out 24 kills and two blocks for a match-high 26 points, while Cole added 21 points on 15 kills, four blocks and two aces. Corozal has now advanced to the championship best-of-seven series and will face defending league champion Toa Baja. The final two teams square off in a best-of-seven series with matches on May 6, May 8, May 10, May 12, and if necessary, May 14, May 16 and May 18.

NNAMANI, GLASS WIN CZECH REPUBLIC TITLE: Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) continue to lead their Czech Republic professional team Prostejov. Prostejov opened the best-of-five championship round series with Brno on April 24 with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 victory. To view photos of the match, visit click here. In the second match of the series, Prostejov came away with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 victory and are one match away from the league playoff title. Prostejov won the title in the third match with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 victory. To view photos of the final playoff match, click here.

BARBOZA WITH TORAY IN JAPAN: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter with the U.S. Women’s National Team and alternate on both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games rosters, is playing in her first professional volleyball season in Japan V-League with Toray. After finishing the regular season with a 21-7 record and a second-place finish, Toray finished second in the four-team round-robin semifinal with regular season winner JT coming out on top. After Toray claimed the V-League championship with a sweep of JT in the final playoff match, it moved on to a friendly Japan-Korea series April 25-26. Toray defeated Korea’s top team KT&G 25-18, 19-25, 29-27, 19-25, 15-10 on April 25. Barboza did not play in the match. Toray’s season concluded with the Empress Cup played April 30 to May 5. In Toray’s opening match, challenge league team Sanyo took the Premier League Champion Toray to five sets, but the top team prevailed 23-25, 25-11, 25-9, 22-25, 15-7. Barboza played sparingly only in the first set. In the next match on May 1, Toray swept Tsukuba University 25-13, 25-12, 25-19. Toray topped Premier League team Toyota Autobody 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 on May 2, followed by a 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Pioneer on May 3 to reach the semifinals. Toray qualified for the finals with a 25-19, 25-23, 28-26 victory over NEC in the semifinals on May 4. In a rematch of the V-League playoff championship match, Toray topped JT JT 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16 on May 5.

DAVIS PICKS UP AZERBAIJAN: Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), the U.S. Women’s National Team libero during the 2008 Olympic Games, has shifted her professional season from China to Azerbaijan. After helping the Evergrande Volleyball Club to a perfect 12-0 season in the Chinese club season, she is now part of Lokomotiv of the Azerbaijan Super League. Her team has nine points and is in third place – one point out of first place – after the second round of the second phase of the Azerbaijan Super League. In the third match of a best-of-three semifinal round, Lokomotiv defeated Azerreyl, with U.S. Women’s National Team member Elisha Thomas (Grass Valley, Calif.), in five sets. In the opening of the best-of-five championship series with Rabita, Lokomotiv dropped a hard fought five-set match with the final set score of 21-19. In the second match of the series, Rabita won 25-19, 25-11, 25-23. In the third match, Rabita gained the championship with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Lokomotiv.

TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli (Texas A&M), Debbie Landreth Brown (Notre Dame), Sue Woodstra (Humboldt State); 2. Japan; 3. South Korea

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