Six Americans competing for the Globe Award


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 17, 2013 – Six female players from the United States and one each from Dominican Republic and  Cuba advanced to the second round of the 2012 Globe Award elections conducted by volleyball.it, a website based in Modena, Italy.


The American players favored by the worldwide vote of the fans are opposite Destinee Hooker, spikers Jordan Larson and Logan Tom, middle blocker Christa Harmotto, libero Nicole Davis and setter Carli Lloyd. Cuban Rosir Calderon advanced among the opposites while Dominican Brenda Castillo advanced among the libero players.


Hooker crushed Canada’s Sarah Pavan 74-26, Larson easily won 80-20 against Turkey’s Gozde Kirdar-Sonsirma, Lloyd downed Germany’s Kathleen Weiss 67-33 while Davis overwhelmed Serbia’s Suzana Cebic 65-35.


In a close vote, Tom edged Italy’s Caterina Bosetti 52-48 and Harmotto won 55-45 over Serbia’s Milena Rosic. Calderon overcame Poland’s Malgorzata Glinka Mogentale 54-46 while Castillo brushed aside China’s Zhang Xian 70-30.


Fans from all over the world had the chance to vote via internet during the period of January 8-12. The second-round pairings for fans to vote during the January 21-25 period are the following:


Hooker v Neslihan Demir (Turkey), Larson v Lucia Bosetti (Italy), Tom v Carolina Costagrande (Italy-Argentina), Lloyd v Dani Lins (Brazil), Davis v Enrica Merlo (Italy), Harmotto v Fabiana Claudino (Brazil), Calderon v Ekaterina Gamova (Russia) and Castillo v Yuko Zano (Japan).