COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 8, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Feb. 8 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.
U.S. WOMEN TO HOST JAPAN GIRLS’ YOUTH TEAM: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will host the Japanese Girls’ Youth National Team in Anaheim, Calif., from Feb. 25 to March 4. The visiting squad, which includes former U.S. Women’s National Team volunteer assistant coach Gen Kawakita as an assistant coach, will train at the American Sports Centers and scrimmage against local junior clubs and the U.S. Women’s National Training Team at venues in the Southern California Orange County area. A full detailed schedule will be available later this month once all details are determined.
U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK ADDS PLAYER: The U.S. Women’s National Team is holding its winter training block from Jan. 17 to mid-April at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. Cami Croteau (Orange, Calif.), a libero who just finished her collegiate eligibility at California State University-Fullerton, was added to the U.S. Women’s National Training Team roster which now numbers 15 players. The training roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) and Dominique Olowolafe (Lansing, Mich.); outside hitters Becky Perry (Austin, Texas), Kari Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Julianne Piggott (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kaitlin Sather (Santa Rosa, Calif.); opposite Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.); and liberos Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Croteau. Pestolesi will also see training time at libero. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block.
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). In CEV Cup action, Post Schwechat edged Turkey’s Galatasaray 15-25, 25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 18-16 in the first match of a home-and-home series in the 4th Final Round. Pressey scored 16 points for Post Schwechat, including 14 kills on 28 swings and two blocks. Jones was unstoppable at the net with 10 blocks, two kills on four swings to four aces. Crimes added nine points with seven kills on 18 swings and two aces. Thompson set Post Schwechat to a 42 kill percent while adding three individual points. Miyashiro was the libero for the match, compiling an 82 positive reception percent on 28 attempts. The teams complete the series on Feb. 9 with Post Schwechat in the driver’s seat to advance to the semifinal round. The match video will be available by clicking here. Post Schwechat was idle in the MEVZA league this past week and next challenge A. Linz-Steg on Feb. 12.
SYKORA, ALISHA GLASS SETTING TABLES FOR VOLEI FUTURO IN BRAZIL: Three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and U.S. Women’s National Team setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) are competing for Volei Futuro in the Brazilian Superliga during the 2010-11 professional club season. Volei Futuro defeated Banana Boat/Praia Clube 27-25, 25-18, 19-25, 30-28 on Feb. 5 to open the second half of the Brazilian Superliga. Volei Futuro then captured a 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Usiminas on Feb. 8. Sykora was the libero for both matches, while Glass was still absent with an injury.
FAWCETT IN BRAZIL WITH USIMINAS MINAS: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), a U.S. Women’s National Team opposite, is playing the 2010-11 professional club season in Brazil with Usiminas Minas. Fawcett scored a match-high 34 points in helping Usiminas to a 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12 victory over BMG/Mackenzie on Feb. 6 to open the second half of the Brazilian Superliga. She was credited with 29 kills on 66 attacks, three blocks and two aces in the victory. However, Usiminas dropped a 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 match to Volei Futuro on Feb. 8. Fawcett tallied 11 points in the loss with 10 of her points via kills on 29 attacks.
There is a lot more over on the USAV site and you can read the full article by clicking here.