U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Holds Off Venezuela

Aug. 13, 2008, 3:49 a.m. (ET)

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

BEIJING (Aug. 13, 2008) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team, led by Tayyiba Haneef-Park’s (Laguna Hills, Calif.) 17 points, topped Venezuela 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18 on the third day of pool-play matches of the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Wednesday morning in Beijing.

The U.S. (2-1) continues pool play on Aug. 15 versus host China at the Capital Indoor Stadium at 8 p.m. U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Coach Lang Ping (Beijing) starred for China at the 1984 Olympic Games, leading the team to the gold medal. She later served as head coach for the Chinese team that won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Team USA broke an 8-all tie in the opening set with four answered points and strung five points in a row to take a 21-11 lead en route to a 25-17 victory. Venezuela, playing in its first Olympic Games, earned its first set victory ever at the Games with a 25-20 score in the second set, thanks to a 3-0 run to take an 18-14 advantage. Leading 13-12, the U.S. put together a 7-0 run with three blocks from Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) en route to a 25-14 victory in which the Americans scored five blocks as part of the last 12 points and seven overall for the set. Team USA put together a 7-2 run with the score tied at 9-all in the fourth set to help punctuate the match with a 25-18 score.

“I think this was a great game,” Lang Ping said. “Venezuela played some beautiful defense. Every team in the Olympic Games is here for a reason and are strong teams.”

Haneef-Park scored her 17 points with 14 kills on 28 swings and three blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 15 points with 12 kills, two blocks and an ace. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) chalked up 12 points with nine kills and three blocks, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed 10 points on seven kills via 11 errorless swings and three blocks.

Joines came off the bench to score seven points with a team-high four blocks and three aces. Rounding out the scoring was Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) with two blocks and a kill, Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) with two points and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) with a single tally.

Ah Mow-Santos added 17 assists and 13 digs in the victory, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) match her dig total and provided six excellent service receptions on 20 chances. Tom contributed six excellent service receptions on 14 attempts to go with nine digs.

“Of course we are happy with a win,” Ah Mow-Santos said. “A win is a win. But as a team, we are not happy with how we played. In the Cuba match, we made a lot of errors. Coming into this game, we had to eliminate our errors.”

Team USA started Ah Mow-Santos at setter, Scott-Arruda and Bown at middle blocker, Tom and Glass at outside hitter and Haneef-Park at opposite. Davis is the designated libero for the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

Team USA held a .336 to .145 hitting efficiency (kills minus errors divided by attempts) advantage over Venezuela. The U.S. held a 16-6 advantage in blocks, while Venezuela tallied a 56-48 advantage in digs. Both teams tallied two aces, but Venezuela had 14 service errors to Team USA’s 11.

“When we don’t have consistent passing, we have unforced hitting errors,” Lang Ping said. “We have to play well to have better results.”

Venezuela’s Jayce Andrade led her squad with 15 points, while Desiree Glod added 14 points. Yessica Paz and Aleoscar Blanco each contributed seven points in the loss.

With the USA-China match looming on Friday, Lang Ping is not feeling the pressure.

“I think it will be a tough match,” Lang Ping said. “They are playing well and are the host. You have to go and play well. We do not feel pressure. We respect China, but we need to focus and just play well under the pressure. No matter how much I know about China volleyball, I cannot play on the court. So it will be up to the players.”

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

Earlier today, Italy swept Algeria 25-7, 25-20, 25-12 to remain undefeated and Russia earned its first win of the games by defeating Kazakhstan 25-19, 25-18, 25-11. Later today, Brazil plays Serbia at 2:30 p.m., China hosts Cuba at 8 p.m. and Japan takes on Poland at 10 p.m.

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.

After learning last Friday 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, Team USA has been on an emotional roller coaster. It defeated Japan in four sets to begin the 2008 Olympic Games on Saturday, but lost a three-set match to Cuba on Monday.

Venezuela gained a 2-0 lead to start the opening set with back-to-back U.S. attack errors, but Haneef-Park put the Americans on the board with a kill followed by a Venezuela error to tie the set. Scott-Arruda put up a block for a third consecutive point to put Team USA in front 3-2. Haneef-Park slammed a kill followed by a Bown block to extend the U.S. advantage to 5-3. Venezuela tied the set at 5-all with consecutive points. Tom served an ace after a Venezuelan service error to put the U.S. ahead 8-6 at the first technical timeout. Venezuela scored the first two points out of the break to tie the set back up at 8-all. Team USA answered with three straight points to take an 11-8 lead with a Bown kill, Glass block and Venezuela attack outside the antenna. Scott-Arruda and Tom added a fourth and fifth straight point after a Venezuela timeout to extend the U.S. advantage to 13-8. Haneef-Park found the floor for two consecutive kills leading the Americans into the second technical timeout leading 16-10. The U.S. stretched the lead to 21-11 with a 5-0 run with blocks from Tom, Haneef-Park and Bown to go with kills from Glass and Haneef-Park. Venezuela sliced the deficit to six, 21-15, with four unanswered points. The U.S. gained set point at 24-16 after a Nnamani kill and Tom ace. After Venezuela saved one set point, Glass slammed a kill down the line to conclude the set at 25-17.

Venezuela scored four straight points to take an early 7-4 lead in the second set. Team USA cut the gap with a Glass kill at 8-7 after a Venezuela service error. After siding out six points, Venezuela was able to jump score consecutive points to take a 13-10 advantage. Team USA closed back to one at 15-14 on consecutive Venezuela errors. However, Venezuela scored three straight points to take an 18-14 advantage. Team USA cut the deficit in half at 18-16 with a Joines block after a ball handling error by Venezuela. The teams traded eight points before Glod turned in a kill after a U.S. error to give Venezuela set point at 24-20. Glod ended the set at 25-20 for Venezuela’s first set win of the Olympics.

The U.S. grabbed a 6-3 lead in the third set with a 4-0 run with a Haneef-Park kill and Bown block around two Venezuela miscues. Venezuela chipped away at the lead with consecutive points at 7-6. After trading 13 points in a row including several service errors, Glass and Ah-Mow Santos scored kills around a Joines block to put the U.S. in front 16-12 at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Venezuela attacked into the net and Joines ran a slide for a kill and 18-12 lead as part of the 5-0 run forcing a Venezuelan timeout. Out of the timeout, Joines added a sixth and seventh straight points with consecutive blocks at 20-12. Ah Mow-Santos and Haneef-Park put up consecutive blocks, followed by an Ah Mow-Santos ace to push the lead to 23-13. Haneef-Park and Tom ended the set at 25-14 with consecutive kills.

After a trading the first seven points, Venezuela scored an ace to take a 5-3 advantage. Glass connected for back-to-back kills to tie the set at 6-all, then Venezuela’s setter mishandled the set for a 7-6 American lead. Joines and Tom pounded kills around the first technical timeout to lift the Americans up to a 9-7 advantage. Venezuela recovered to tie the set at 9-all. Haneef-Park started a 3-0 run with kill followed by two Tom kills to take a three-point cushion at 12-9. Team USA put together a 4-1 run with two kills from Haneef-Park and a spike from Bown to go into the second technical timeout leading 16-11. Venezuela scored three straight points to close to within four at 21-17, but Tom score three straight points with two kills and a block to put the Americans in front 24-17. Venezuela gave Team USA’s final point at 25-18 on a service error.

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 2-0
USA 2-1
Japan 1-1
Poland 0-2
Venezuela 0-3

Pool B:
Italy 3-0
Brazil 2-0
Serbia 2-0
Russia 1-2
Kazakhstan 0-3
Algeria 0-3

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 def. Poland, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22
Pool A: Japan def. Venezuela, 25-12, 25-17, 25-12

Wednesday, Aug. 13 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Italy def. Algeria, 25-7, 25-20, 25-12
Pool A: USA def. Venezuela, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18

Wednesday, Aug. 13 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool B: Russia def. Kazakhstan, 25-19, 25-18, 25-11
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.