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Harmotto and Hodge Make 2012 Olympic Team (Fawcett and Glass are Alternates)

July 6, 2012

                                                   Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Russ Rose Comments on Penn State’s Olympic Team Selections

On July 3rd, U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon named former Penn State All-Americans Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) to the 12-player 2012 U.S. Women’s Volleyball Olympic Team.  Two other former Penn State All-Americans – Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) — were among the eight players named as alternates.

Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose was kind enough to share his thoughts with us on the accomplishments of these players.

DigNittanyVolleyball: What was your first reaction on hearing that Christa Harmotto and Megan Hodge had been named to the 12-person roster for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball team?

Russ Rose: I thought  it was a dream come true for all 12 of the players selected and a great deal of heartache for the girls who didn’t make the selection.  Christa has really come on strong as of late and Megan was recognized as the MVP and top scorer at the final round of the Grand Prix.  We have had a number of players in the mix over the years, and Christa and Megan are our first two players selected.

DigNittanyVolleyball: Both Christa and Megan obviously have alot of ability.  What are some of the intangibles that help make them successful?

Russ Rose: I think both players are very physical and Christa, as I indicated, has really come on strong after playing in China and Italy over the past 2 professional seasons.  Megan has always received well-deserved recognition and has also made great progress in Italy and Poland.  The players that are fortunate to play professionally and compete on the National Teams are always in volleyball mode and I think when young can really maximize their talents.

DigNittanyVolleyball: Nicole Fawcett and Alisha Glass were named as two of the eight alternates on the team.  Your thoughts on what they have achieved.

Russ Rose: I can’t speak on how they are feeling, as they have both spent the last 2-3 years training full time with the National Team and playing overseas, but I am proud of their efforts and commitment to the National team and hope that they elect to stay with the program and shoot for Rio.  Nicole and Alisha came from small towns and even smaller high schools and club programs, and have worked their way up through USA volleyball and have great resumes for their collegiate and professional careers.

DigNittanyVolleyball: Thanks for your time, Coach.

International Experience – Team Resume

Speaking of resumes, below are the resumes for each of the 12  players on the 2012 team:

  • Danielle Scott-Arruda (Five-time Olympian — 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 

 

  • Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Three-time Olympian – 2004, 2008, 2012).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth Place)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold). 2008 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal).

 

  • Lindsey Berg (Three-time Olympian – 2004, 2008, 2012).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Rounds. 2011 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth) 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal).

 

  • Tamari Miyashiro (Olympic Debut).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth Place)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Pan American Games (Bronze)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Tour of China…Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze).

 

  • Nicole Davis (Two-time Olympian – 2008 and 2012).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship Gold…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold Medal)…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2008 – Tour of China…U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal).

 

  • Jordan Larson (Olympic Debut).  Recent International Competition: 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round. 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Tour of Brazil…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth).

 

  • Megan Hodge (Olympic Debut).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – China Tour…Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Tour of Brazil…FIVB World Championship (Fourth).

 

  • Christa Harmotto (Olympic Debut).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth).

 

  • Logan Tom (Four-time Olympian – 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round. 2011 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal).

 

  • Foluke Akinradewo (Olympic Debut).  Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round. 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Tour of Brazil…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – FIVB World Grand Prix (9th). 2008 – USA Tour of China…U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place).

 

  • Courtney Thompson (Olympic Debut). Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth).

 

  • Destinee Hooker (Olympic Debut). Recent International Competition: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round. 2011 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Tour of Brazil…FIVB World Championship (Fourth).

2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team

#
Name
Position
Height
Hometown
State
Birth
Year
College
Conf.
2Scott-Arruda, DanielleMB6-2Baton RougeLA1972LBSUBig West
3Haneef-Park, TayyibaOpp6-7Laguna HillsCA1979LBSUBig West
4 Berg, LindseyS5-8HonoluluHI1980MinnesotaB1G
5Miyashiro, TamariL5-7KaneoheHI1987WashingtonPac 12
6Davis, NicoleL5-4StocktonCA1982USCPac 12
10Larson, JordanOH6-2HooperNE1986NebraskaB1G
11Hodge, MeganOH6-3DurhamNC1988Penn StateB1G
13Harmotto, ChristaMB6-2HopewellPA1986Penn StateB1G
15Tom, LoganOH6-1Salt Lake CityUT1981StanfordPac 12
16Akinradewo, FolukeMB6-3PlantationFL1987StanfordPac 12
17Thompson, CourtneyS5-8KentWA1984WashingtonPac 12
19Hooker, DestineeOpp6-4San AntonioTX1987TexasBig 12

Alternates - 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team

#
Name
Position
Height
Hometown
State
Birth
Year
College
Conf.
1Glass, AlishaS6-0LelandMI1988Penn StateB1G
7Bown, HeatherMB6-3Yorba LindaCA1978Hawai'iBig West
8Barboza, CynthiaOH6-0Long BeachCA1987StanfordPac 12
9Tamas, JenniferMB6-4MilpitasCA1982PacificBig West
12Metcalf, NancyOpp6-1HullIA1978NebraskaB1G
14Fawcett, NicoleOH6-4ZanesfieldOH1986Penn StateB1G
18Lloyd, CarliS5-11BonsallCA1989CaliforniaPac 12
20Richards, KristinOH6-1OremUT1985StanfordPac 12

2012 Olympic Games – U.S. Women’s Volleyball Schedule

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Pool A (World Ranking): Japan (3), Italy (4), Russia (7), Dominican Republic (9), Algeria (16), Great Britain (69)

Pool B (World Ranking): USA (1), Brazil (2), China (5), Serbia (6), Turkey (11), Korea (15)

July 28: USA vs. Korea, 8 p.m. (noon PT)

July 30: USA vs. Brazil, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)

Aug. 1: USA vs. China, 8 p.m. (noon PT)

Aug. 3: USA vs. Serbia, 8 p.m. (noon PT)

Aug. 5: USA vs. Turkey, 8 p.m. (noon PT)

Aug. 7: Quarterfinal Matches at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 9: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 11: Women’s Bronze Medal Match, 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 11: Women’s Gold Medal Match, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 11: Women’s Gold Medal Ceremony, 8:20 p.m.

 



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