Wednesday, September 10, 2014

USA Volleyball High Performance Program praises Court & Spark

Award-winning documentary will screen October 18 at 7th Annual Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs

Some terrific feedback from Denise Sheldon, manager of USAVolleyball’s High Performance Program:

This summer, Court and Spark was viewed by more than 1000 Olympic hopefuls at USA Volleyball High Performance Programs and 300 more volleyball-enthusiast military kids in Germany. Every single girls' program had an evening scheduled to watch the Court and Spark video, from our 10 and 11 year old Future Select athletes all the way to the girls and young women on our U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams.

 I can tell you that, at all levels, the response was terrific. Players were mesmerized and inspired by your journey and learned so much about the possibility of playing overseas and for Team USA. They saw the faces of our National Team athletes and staff and have new players to root for when they have the opportunity to watch Team USA play. The athletes and the coaches laughed with you and cried with Kristin and asked lots of intelligent questions about all things volleyball.

USA Women's Junior National Team

All I can say is that it was a huge success, and I really appreciate everything you all did to create this video and allow us to show it to all of our High Performance athletes.

Our deepest thanks to Denise and to all her staff, athletes and parents at USA Volleyball High Performance!


Court & Spark—winner of the Platinum Award at the 2014 WorldFest Houston Film Festival—is an Official Selection at the 2014 Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs. Court & Spark will screen Saturday, October 18, at 1:15PM in the Summit Ballroom of the Colorado Springs Antler’s Hilton Hotel. Find more details at the Official Film Festival website.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Court & Spark is an Official Selection to the 7th Annual Indie Spirit Film Festival

Documentary will screen October 17-19 in Colorado Springs

Award-winning documentary Court & Spark will be featured at another film festival. This time it’s the 2014 Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs. Hosted by the Independent Film Society of Colorado, the 7th Annual Festival will be held October 17-19.


Colorado Springs is the home of USA Volleyball and the US Olympic Committee.

For festival ticket information, please visit the IndieSpirit Film Festival website.


Earlier this year, Court & Spark won a Sports Documentary Platinum Award (highest in category) at the 2014 Houston WorldFest Film Festival.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Courtney Thompson on the roster for rematch against Brazil

  • Rematch of the 2012 Olympic Finals set for this weekend and next week


Olympians Courtney Thompson (L) and Nicole Davis will be on the roster
for all four matches against Brazil 
Olympian and Court & Spark star Courtney Thompson will help lead Team USA in a four-match series featuring the world’s best two teams.

This Saturday at 7PM, #2 USA hosts #1 Brazil at UC Irvine. The same teams meet again Sunday at 7PM at USC’s Galen Center, then next Friday and Saturday at the University of Hawai’i.

Thompson is one of four Olympians on Karch Kiraly’s roster, joining Jordan Larson-BurbachFoluke Akinradewo and Nicole Davis for the Brazil series. The Brazilians will feature nine players with Olympic experience, including stars like Fabiana ClaudinoJaqueFe Garay and Dani Lins, among others.

Brazil won the last two Olympic gold medals, defeating the USA each time. Thompson was the American setter for the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals, and saw action in every match in London except the final, a 3-1 Brazil victory.

Thompson and fellow setter Alicia Glass will be among the 12 players on the roster for all four Brazil matches this weekend and next week, as will liberos Davis and Kayla Banwarth. Kiraly has already announced different lineups for the other 8 positions in each of the four matches.



U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for USA Volleyball Cup (see legend for corresponding matches)
# - Name (Position, Ht, World Championship App, Olympic App, Hometown, College)
1 – *^# Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, 11, 0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
2 – *^# Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, 0, 0, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – *^# Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, 0, 8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
4 – *^ Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, 0, 0, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
6 – *^# Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, 11, 16, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
7 – *^# Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, 0, 0, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
8 – *^# Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, 0, 0, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
9 – *^ Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, 0, 0, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – *^# Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, 11, 8, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
12 - *^# Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, 0, 0, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
14 - # Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, 0, 0, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - *# Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, 0, 0, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 - *# Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, 11, 8, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
17 - *^ Alix Klineman (OPP, 6-5, 0, 0, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
22 - *^# Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, 0, 0, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
26 - ^# Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, 0, 0, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
28 - ^# Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, 0, 0, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
Legend: * = July 5 at UCI; ^ = July 6 at USC; # = July 11-12 at Hawaii
Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

Brazil Roster for Women’s USA Volleyball Cup
# - Name (Position, Ht, World Championship App, Olympic App, Club)
1 – Fabiana Claudino (MB, 6-4, 14, 13, SESI-SP)
3 – Danielle Lins (S, 5-11, 13, 7, Osasco/Molico)
4 – Ana Carolina Da Silva (MB, 6-0, 0, 0, Unilever)
5 – Adenizia Silva (MB, 6-1, 6, 7, Molico/Nestle)
6 – Thaisa Menezes (MB, 6-5, 14, 14, Molico/Nestle)
7 – Andreia Sforzin Laurence (OH, 6-0, 7, 0, Unilever)
8 – Jaqueline Pereira de Carvalho Endres (OH, 6-1, 13, 14, NA)
10 – Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (OH, 5-9, 0, 0, Unilever)
11 – Tandara Caixeta (OH, 6-0, 0, 7, Banana Boat/Praia Clube)
12 – Natalia Pereira (OH, 6-0, 14, 8, Unilever)
13 – Sheilla Castro (OPP, 6-1, 16, 14, VakifBank)
14 – Ana Tiemi (S, 6-2, 7, 0, Bursa B.B. SK)
15 – Monique Marinho Pavao (OPP, 5-10, 0, 0, SESI-SP)
16 – Fernanda Rodrigues (OH, 5-10, 0, 7, Dinamo Krasnodar)
17 – Josefa Fabiola Almeida De Sousa Alves (S, 6-0, 8, 0, Dinamo Krasnodar)
18 – Camila Brait (L, 5-7, 9, 0, Molico/Nestle)
Head Coach: Jose Roberto Lages Guimaraes
Assistant Coaches: Paulo do Rego Barros Junior, Claudio Lopes Pinheiro
Trainer: Fabio Correia
Statistician: Marco Antonio Di Bonifacio
Team Manager: Leonardo Gomes Pereira Cupertino Moraes



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Court & Spark documentary set to premiere during NCAA Volleyball Final Four

Two screenings at AVCA Convention plus opportunities to purchase a DVD; proceeds benefit volleyball