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U.S. Women Draw Italy as Olympic Games Quarterfinal Opponent

Aug. 17, 2008, 1:13 p.m. (ET)

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

BEIJING (Aug. 17, 2008) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team will face Italy as its Olympic Games quarterfinal opponent on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. China Time in the Capital Indoor Stadium.

Quarterfinal opponents were determined by the top-ranked team in each pool earning the right to play the fourth-place team in the opposite pool. Meanwhile, a drawing of lots selected the crossover opponents for the second- and third-place teams from the preliminary round. Due to this new selection process to determine quarterfinal opponents, the second-place team in both pools will have to meet in the quarterfinals despite holding a 4-1 record in the preliminary round.

Team USA finished Pool A in second place with a 4-1 record behind undefeated Cuba. Host China (3-2) finished third in the group after defeating fourth-place Japan (2-3) tonight. Poland (1-4) and Venezuela (0-5) failed to advance out of Pool A.

Brazil won Pool B with a 5-0 record to gain the group’s top seed after defeating second-place Italy (4-1) early today in a battle of undefeated teams. Russia (3-2) earned the third-seed out of Pool B after knocking off fourth-place Serbia (2-3) in the final pool match of the day. Kazakhstan (1-5) and Algeria (0-5) did not advance to the quarterfinals out of Pool B.

Cuba will play Serbia in the first quarterfinal at 10 a.m., followed by Brazil versus Japan at noon. Host China plays Russia at 8 p.m.

All eight teams in the quarterfinals are ranked among the top eight teams of the current FIVB World Ranking. Brazil leads the world ranking, followed by No. 2 Italy, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4 USA, No. 5 Japan, No. 6 Serbia, No. 7 China and No. 8 Russia.

Team USA. (4-1) is looking to reach the Olympic medal stand for the first time since 1992 (bronze in 1992, silver in 1984). It finished fifth in 2004 after falling to Brazil in five sets in the quarterfinal round. In 2000, the U.S. lost the bronze medal match to Brazil in three sets.

The U.S. has never played Italy during the Olympic Games. However, it does hold a 25-23 lead in the all-time series since 1983.

Italy has won both meetings this year during the FIVB World Grand Prix. The Italians won 25-22, 25-21, 25-16 on July 6 in the final preliminary round match, followed by a 25-17, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19 victory on July 12 during the Final Round. The U.S. has not defeated Italy during the current quadrennial in five matches.

Italy is competing in just its third Olympic Games having finished fifth in 2004 and ninth in 2000.

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

Olympic Games Women’s Indoor Volleyball Quarterfinals:
1A Cuba vs. 4B Serbia, 10 a.m.
1B Brazil vs.4A Japan, Noon
3A China vs. 3B Russia, 8 p.m.
2A USA vs. 2B Italy, 10 p.m.

Past Olympic Games Women’s Champions
1964: Japan (USA 5th)
1968: Soviet USA (USA 8th)
1972: Soviet Union (USA did not qualify)
1976: Japan (USA did not qualify)
1980: Soviet Union (USA did not play due to boycott)
1984: China (USA Silver)
1988: Soviet Union (USA 7th)
1992: Cuba (USA 3rd)
1996: Cuba (USA 7th)
2000: Cuba (USA 4th, Italy 9th)
2004: China (USA 5th, Italy 5th)

FIVB World Ranking of Olympic Games Quarterfinal Teams
Brazil – 1st
Italy – 2nd
Cuba – 3rd
USA – 4th
Japan – 5th
Serbia – 6th
China – 7th
Russia – 8th

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 5-0
USA 4-1
China 2-2
Japan 2-2
Poland 1-4
Venezuela 0-5

Pool B:
Brazil 4-0
Italy 4-0
Russia 2-2
Serbia 2-2
Kazakhstan 1-4
Algeria 0-5

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: Brazil def. Serbia, 25-15, 25-13, 25-23
Pool A: Cuba def. China, 18-25, 14-25, 25-23, 32-30, 15-13
Pool A: Japan def. Poland 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 15-11

Friday, Aug. 15 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Russia def. Algeria 25-11, 25-19, 25-10
Pool B: Brazil def. Kazakhstan, 25-13, 25-6, 27-25

Friday, Aug. 15 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool A: Poland def. Venezuela 25-12, 25-12, 25-20
Pool B: Italy def. Serbia, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19
Pool A: USA def. China, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11
Pool A: Cuba def. Japan 25-17, 25-22, 25-22

Sunday, Aug. 17 - at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Pool B: Kazakhstan def. Algeria, 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16.
Pool A: Cuba def. Venezuela, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19

Sunday, Aug. 17 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
Pool A: USA def. Poland, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13
Pool B: Brazil def. Italy, 25-16, 25-22, 25-17
Pool A: China def. Japan, 26-24, 25-16, 25-14
Pool B: Russia def. Serbia, 25-21, 25-16, 25-20

Tuesday, Aug. 19 - at Capital Indoor Stadium
1A Cuba vs. 4B Serbia, 10 a.m.
1B Brazil vs.4A Japan, Noon
3A China vs. 3B Russia, 8 p.m.
2A USA vs. 2B Italy, 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.

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