U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update for Jan. 24

by Mizuno USA on January 24, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 24 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

McCUTCHEON HEADLINE SPEAKER AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), along with U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Stanford University Head Women’s Volleyball Coach John Dunning, served as headline speakers at the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic Jan. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A total of 188 coaches participated in the three-day clinic. Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.), a seven-year member of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline with three international tournament experiences, presented her “Blind Side” story of growing up on Saturday afternoon. Other individuals giving presentations were USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal, U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach and UC Irvine Women’s Head Coach Paula Weishoff, U.S. Women’s National Team Athletic Trainer Jill Wosmek, Saint Mary’s College Head Women’s Coach Rob Browning, Jim Stone, Wingate University Head Women’s Coach Shelton Collier, University of Louisville Head Women’s Coach Anne Kordes, University of Central Florida Head Women’s Coach Todd Dagenais, VolleyballRecruits.net’s Amanda Millard and Spike Summers. Serving as athlete demonstrators for the clinic were Juliann Faucette (San Diego), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Ellie Blankenship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and Sabel Moffett (Temecula, Calif.). For photo galleries of the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic, click here.

McCUTCHEON, KIRALY, LLOYD TALK VOLLEYBALL TO KIDS IN COLORADO SPRINGS: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Player of the Year Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) participated in a meet-and-greet at the Big House Sports facility in Colorado Springs the morning of Jan. 22. In addition, the trio discussed volleyball to the group of youngsters and parents, while also giving skill demonstrations. For photos of the event, click here.

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. In CEV Champions League action, Eczacibasi has advanced into the Playoff 12 Round and will play France’s RC Cannes in a home-and-home series on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi defeated Karsiyaka 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 without Bown on the active roster. Eczacibasi is now 10-0 in the league, ahead of Vakifbank (9-1) and Fenerbahce (8-1).

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 Bydgoszrcz. Spicer’s squad edged Organika Budowlani 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20 on Jan. 22. Spicer set her team to a 45 kill percent and added two blocks, two aces and a kill of her own to the stat sheet. She and her teammates return to action on Jan. 26 versus Sandeco EC Wybrzeze TPS Rumia.

MORRISON, SIX AMERICANS ON ONE AUSTRIAN TEAM: U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) is serving as head coach of the Austrian Post Schwechat team during the 2010-11 season. The team has six American players including Jill Collymore (Seattle), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Post Schwechat competes in the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (teams from Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). The squad improved to 12-1 on the season with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 victory over VK Doprastav Bratislava of Slovakia on Jan. 21. Crimes and Pressey scored 15 points apiece in the victory. Crimes scored 11 kills on 13 swings to go with two blocks and two aces. Pressey was credited with 13 kills, a block and ace. Thompson set her team to a 43 kill percent. Post Schwechat faces Czech Republic’s VK Modranska on Jan. 28 in the next league match. In CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat will now face Turkey’s Galatasaray in a home-and-home series in the 4th Final Round of the CEV Cup. The first match will be Feb. 3, while the return match will be played between Feb. 8-10.

HOOKER WITH ITALY’S PESARO: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2010, is currently competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A League. Pesaro continues to climb the division standings and is in second place with a 5-3 record and 17 points after rallying to defeat MC Carnaghi Villa Cortese (5-3) 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 on Jan. 23. Hooker scored 16 points with 14 kills on 36 attacks, one ace and one block. She added a 72 percent positive service reception on 18 attempts. Pesaro will look to continue its drive to the top on Jan. 30 as it battles LIU-JO Volley Modena. In CEV Champions League action, Pesaro challenges Russia powerhouse Dinamo Moscow in a home-and-home series on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

There is a lot more over on the USAV site and you can read the full article by clicking here.


Bill Kauffman

Manager, Media Relations and Publications

Phone: 719-228-6800

E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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