U.S. Olympic Indoor Volleyball Team Falls to Cuba

Aug. 11, 2008, 4:55 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

BEIJING (Aug. 11, 2008) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team lost to Cuba 25-15, 26-24, 25-17 on the second day of pool-play matches of the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium Monday afternoon in Beijing.

The U.S. (1-1) continues pool play on Aug. 13 versus Venezuela at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium.

After falling behind 5-1 to start the opening set, Cuba rattled off 14 of the next 16 points for a 15-7 advantage and went on to win 25-15. The U.S. overcame an early 7-4 deficit in the second set and reached set point first at 24-23, only to have the set snatched away with three straight Cuba points at 26-24. The U.S. started the third set with a 9-5 advantage, but an 8-2 Cuba run sidetracked the rally as the victors went on to win the set 25-17.

Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) tallied a team-high 13 points with 12 kills on 24 swings, while Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added eight points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) chipped in six points and Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) charted five points. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) totaled four points, followed by two points by Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.) and single tallies from Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu). Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied a team-high six digs, while Ah Mow-Santos compiled 10 assists.

Team USA started Ah Mow-Santos at setter, Scott-Arruda and Bown at middle blocker, Tom and Willoughby at outside hitter and Haneef-Park at opposite. Davis is the designated libero for the U.S. at the Olympic Games. Glass started the second two set. Berg and Nnamani were subs in all three sets, while Sykora was a sub in the first two sets.

Cuba’s serve caused problems with the Team USA service reception has it held a 6-1 ace advantage. The U.S. managed just a 62.3 excellent service reception percent, while Cuba was excellent on 70 percent on serve-receive. Cuba also out-blocked out-dug the U.S. 8-6 and 30-19, respectively.

Yumilka Ruiz tallied a match-high 15 points for Cuba, while Nancy Carrillo chipped in 11 points and Rosir Calderon 10 points.

After learning of the murder of Todd Bachman, father-in-law of U.S. Olympic Men's Indoor Volleyball Team head coach and father of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman, at a Beijing tourist site on Friday, Team USA won an emotional four-set match over fifth-ranked Japan just hours later that night. Todd's wife Barbara was also hurt in the attack.

"We need to collect our energies again and concentrate on the next match," U.S. Head Coach "Jenny" Lang Ping said.

The U.S. jumped to a 5-1 lead early in the opening set with four unanswered points that included an ace by Willoughby, two kills from Haneef-Park and a spike by Scott-Arruda. Cuba answered with seven consecutive points to take an 8-5 advantage into the first technical timeout. Cuba extended its lead to 15-7 with a 7-1 spurt. Cuba doubled its lead at 20-10 with four straight points. Willoughby stopped the run with a kill, followed by a Tom block at 20-12.

Scott-Arruda opened the second set with a kill, but Cuba answered with three straight points for a 3-1 advantage. Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park collected back-to-back kills to tie the set at 3-all. Cuba took a three-point cushion at 7-4 with three straight points capped by a Carrillo ace. After a service error, Bown downed an overpass for a kill and Cuba hit wide to tie the set at 7-all. Cuba tallied points on each side of the first technical timeout to grab a 9-7 lead. The U.S. tied the set at 10-all with a Glass kill on an overpass and block. Team USA took the lead at 12-11 on a Cuba error after a Haneef-Park kill. Cuba returned to the lead at 13-12 with back-to-back points. Tom scored three kills in a 3-1 run to give the U.S. a 15-14 lead. Haneef-Park pounded back-to-back kills to extend the Team USA lead to 19-17, but Cuba answered with consecutive point of its own to tie the score at 19-all. Cuba regained the lead at 21-20 forcing the U.S. to call timeout. The U.S. reached set point first at 24-23 with a Tom kill and Cuba attack that went wide. Cuba saved the set point and put up a block to grab its first set point at 25-24. Cuba took an overpass on the serve and slammed a kill to end the set at 26-24.

The U.S. scored four unanswered points to take a 6-2 lead with kills from Haneef-Park and Tom around a Bown block. Cuba recovered to score back-to-back points to cut the deficit in half at 6-4. Haneef-Park collected a kill and Ah Mow-Santos put down a block to send the U.S. into the first technical timeout leading 8-4. Cuba scored three consecutive points to close back to within one at 9-8, then gained a 13-11 advantage with a 5-1 run. Cuba increased its lead to six at 18-12 with five straight points. USA made it interesting with a Scott-Arruda and Bown block as part of a 3-0 American run cutting the gap to 18-15. Cuba answered with three straight points to push the lead back to six, 21-15 in route to a 25-17 victory.

Prior to today, the last four USA-Cuba matches have gone the full five sets. Cuba won the only meeting of 2008 on July 11, while the Americans topped the Cubans on Nov. 3, 2007, during the 2007 FIVB World Cup – an Olympic qualifying tournament. The U.S. had won three of the five meetings dating back to last season, while Cuba is 88-48 versus the Americans since 1983.

The Americans, looking to reach the Olympic medal stand for the first time since 1992 (bronze in 1992, silver in 1984) challenges China on Aug. 15 at the Capital Indoor Stadium at 8 p.m. before concluding pool play on Aug. 17 versus Poland at 12:30 p.m. at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

In other matches played today, Serbia defeated Algeria 25-14, 25-13, 25-13 and Italy topped Kazakhstan 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 and Brazil swept Russia 25-14, 25-14, 25-16. China hosts Poland at 8 p.m. and Japan rounds out the day at 10 p.m. versus Venezuela.

The U.S. is part of Pool A with host China, Cuba, Japan, Poland and Venezuela. Pool B consists of Algeria, Brazil, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia and Serbia. The top four teams in both round-robin preliminary pool advance to the quarterfinals on Aug. 19 with the winner of each pool facing the fourth-place team in the opposite pool. A drawing of lots will determine the opponents for the second- and third-place teams against the opposite pool.

The quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinals on Aug. 21, while the gold and bronze medal matches take place on Aug. 23.

The U.S. Women qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, the first qualifying event for the Olympic Games. Team USA has earned a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games.

For additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, click here.

U.S. Women’s Indoor Volleyball Olympic Roster
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, Colloege)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
9 - Jennifer Joines (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kimberly Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (S, 5-7, Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaii)
12 - Kim Willoughby (OH, 5-10, Napoleonville, La., Hawaii)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)

Head Coach: “Jenny” Lang Ping
Assistant Coach: Sue Woodstra
Therapist/Trainer: Li Yong
Technical Consultant: Tom Hogan
Technical Coordinator: Diane French
Team Leader: Joan Powell

Women's 2008 Olympic Games Indoor Volleyball Schedule

Pool A:
Cuba 2-0
China 1-0
USA 1-1
Japan 0-1
Poland 0-1
Venezuela 0-1

Pool B:
Brazil 2-0
Italy 2-0
Serbia 2-0
Algeria 0-2
Kazakhstan 0-2
Russia 0-2

Saturday, Aug. 9 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Italy def. Russia, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23
Pool B: Serbia def. Kazakhstan, 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21

Saturday, Aug. 9 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool B: Brazil def. Algeria, 25-11, 25-11, 25-10
Pool A: Cuba def. Poland, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17
Pool A: China def. Venezuela, 25-13, 25-13, 25-18
Pool A: USA def. Japan, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21

Monday, Aug. 11 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Serbia def. Algeria, 25-14, 25-13, 25-13
Pool B: Italy def. Kazakhstan, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21

Monday, Aug. 11 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool A: Cuba def. USA, 25-15, 26-24, 25-17
Pool B: Brazil def. Russia, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16
Pool A: China vs. Poland, 8 p.m.
Pool A: Japan vs. Venezuela, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Italy vs. Algeria, 10 a.m.
Pool A: Venezuela vs. USA, Noon

Wednesday, Aug. 13 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool B: Russia vs. Kazakhstan, 12:30 p.m.
Pool B: Serbia vs. Brazil, 2:30 p.m.
Pool A: Cuba vs. China, 8 p.m.
Pool A: Poland vs. Japan, 10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Algeria vs. Russia, 10 a.m.
Pool B: Brazil vs. Kazakhstan, Noon

Friday, Aug. 15 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool A: Venezuela vs. Poland, 12:30 p.m.
Pool B: Serbia vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m.
Pool A: USA vs. China, 8 p.m.
Pool A: Japan vs. Cuba, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Kazakhstan vs. Algeria, 10 a.m.
Pool A: Cuba vs. Venezuela, Noon

Sunday, Aug. 17 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool A: Poland vs. USA, 12:30 p.m.
Pool B: Italy vs. Brazil, 2:30 p.m.
Pool A: China vs. Japan, 8 p.m.
Pool B: Russia vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Women's quarterfinal 01, 10 a.m.
Women's quarterfinal 02, Noon
Women's quarterfinal 03, 8 p.m.
Women's quarterfinal 04, 10 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Women's semifinal 01, 12:30 p.m.
Women's semifinal 02, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Women's bronze-medal match, 12:30 p.m.
Women's gold-medal match, 8 p.m.
Women's Award ceremony, 9:50 p.m.