U.S. Women Fall to Turkey in 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix Opener

June 20, 2008, 4:26 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2008) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Turkey 28-26, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19 on Friday afternoon to open the FIVB World Grand Prix at Kobe, Japan.

Team USA, ranked fourth in the world but without the services of two two-time Olympian players (Logan Tom and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos) this weekend, challenges Kazakhstan on Saturday at 3 p.m. (midnight Mountain Time), followed by a June 22 match against host Japan at 6 p.m. (3 a.m. Mountain Time).

The FIVB World Grand Prix includes three preliminary round weekends with three different sites each weekend hosting round-robin events of four teams. The World Grand Prix Finals, a round-robin format of the top five teams from the preliminary round plus host Japan, will be played July 9-13 at Yokohoma, Japan. The overall ranking in the preliminary rounds is decided by the total number of World Grand Prix Points (GPP) gained by the teams in the preliminary matches with two points awarded for a win and one point for a loss.

Turkey came back from an 18-15 deficit in the opening set to win 28-26 as the lead changed hands 12 times. Turkey followed up the last three points of the opening set with a 7-0 start to the second set en route to a commanding 25-16 victory. Team USA recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the third set and used a 4-1 run to take a 21-17 advantage en route to winning 25-21. Turkey scored the first four points of the fourth set, and withstood the U.S. clawing back to within 15-14 to win 25-19.

Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) each tallied 14 points for the USA. Scott-Arruda picked up 13 kills and a block, while Glass added 11 kills, two blocks and an ace. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) turned in seven kills and a block off the bench, while Kim Willoughby (Napoleonville, La.) charted six kills, a block and ace in just the first two sets. Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) tacked on five kills and two blocks in just the final three sets. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) contributed two kills and a team-high three blocks for five points. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) provided two kills and an ace in the loss, while Bown scored two kills in just the opening set. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with an ace apiece.

The U.S. started Berg at setter, Scott-Arruda and Bown at middle blocker, Glass and Willoughby at outside hitter and Barboza at opposite. Davis is the designated libero for the preliminary round weekend in Japan. Haneef-Park subbed into the match in the first two sets and started the final two in place of Barboza. Joines started the final three sets taking over for Bown, while Richards started the final two sets in place of Willoughby. McGinnis was a sub in all four sets.

Turkey held a 60-48 advantage in kills while both teams scored 10 points off blocks and 23 points off opponent miscues. Turkey held a slim 6-5 advantage in aces.

Turkey’s Seda Tokotlioglu scored a match-high 31 points with 29 kills and two blocks, while Esra Gumus added 17 kills, three aces and two blocks for 22 points in the victory.

Team USA and Turkey will meet again during the third preliminary weekend of the World Grand Prix on July 5 at Chinese Taipei.

Turkey scored the first two points of the opening set, but the U.S. tied the set at 4-all with a block from Willoughby. Glass and Bown scored consecutive kills to yield the Americans’ first lead at 6-5. Turkey reached the first technical timeout with an 8-7 advantage on back-to-back points. Willoughby and Scott-Arruda answered with consecutive kills to provide the U.S. a 10-9 lead. Turkey responded with consecutive points to regain the advantage, 11-10. However, two Turkey errors and a Barboza block put Team USA in front 13-11. The advantage was short-lived as Turkey came back to tie the set at 13-all. Willoughby put the U.S. in front 16-14 at the second technical timeout with a kill and ace on back-to-back plays. Bown put down a kill followed by a Glass block to extend the U.S. advantage to 18-15. Turkey used a 5-1 run to take a 5-1 lead. Glass and Barboza scored consecutive kills to stop the Turkey run and give the U.S. a 21-20 edge. Turkey responded with back-to-back points to regain the lead at 22-21. Willoughby followed a Turkey error with a kill swinging the lead back to the U.S. at 23-22. Turkey saved a set point at 24-23, then earned a set point chance of its own with a 25-24 lead. Haneef-Park tallied a kill after a Turkey error to put the U.S. in front 26-25, but Turkey scored the next two points for a second set point chance at 27-26 and finished off the set at 28-26 on Tokotlioglu’s 10th kill. Glass scored seven points in the opening set to pace the Americans.

Turkey jumped to a 7-0 lead in the second set, then stretched the advantage to nine points at 13-4 with three unanswered points. Scott and Glass cut into the gap with consecutive kills to move to within 15-8. Joines put up a block after a Turkey error to put the score at 18-11. Joines and Willoughby scored back-to-back kills to cut the deficit to six, 20-14. However, Turkey finished strong with a 25-16 victory. Willoughby turned in six points for the U.S. in the second set.

After yielding the first point of the third set, Turkey ratted off five straight for a 5-1 advantage. Joines and Glass connected for consecutive kills, Turkey followed with an error and Richards kill to tie the set at 6-all. Turkey scored a point on each side of the first technical timeout for a 9-7 advantage. Joines downed a kill and Scott-Arruda followed with a block to knot the score at 9-all. Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park scored back-to-back points to yield a 11-10 American lead. Team USA expanded the lead to 13-10 as Turkey committed an error and Berg served an ace. The U.S. upped the advantage to 15-11 as Haneef-Park scored a block and Scott-Arruda hammered a kill. Turkey sliced deficit to one, 15-14, with three unanswered points. McGinnis followed a Turkey error with an ace to push the American lead back to three, 18-15. Turkey closed to one against at 18-17, but Richards gained an ace after a Turkey error to regain a Team USA three-point cushion at 20-17. Barboza added a block as part of a 3-0 run to give the U.S. a 21-17 lead. Barboza and Glass scored consecutive points to give the U.S. set point at 24-19. Turkey saved two set points to move to 24-21, but committed an error to end the set at 25-21. Scott-Arruda scored five points in the set as the Americans committed just one error in the stanza.

Turkey scored the first four points of the fourth set. Team USA cut the gap to one at 6-5 on two Turkey errors and a Glass kill. Turkey scored three straight points to regain a four-point edge, 10-6. Haneef-Park scored a kill and Turkey followed with an error to cut the deficit to 11-9. Turkey regained its four-point edge at 14-10. Richards sliced a kill and Turkey committed an error to cut the lead down to 15-13. Joines added a block to move the Americans to within one at 15-14. Turkey answered with consecutive points on each side of the second technical timeout for a 17-14 advantage. Turkey extended its lead to 20-16 on back-to-back points. After Haneef-Park scored kills on sideouts, Turkey scored three unanswered points to gain its first match point at 24-18. Turkey finished the set at 25-19.

The 2008 World Grand Prix has the top four teams in the world participating. Brazil, which won the 2007 FIVB World Cup silver medal, leads the FIVB World Ranking, followed by second-ranked Italy and third-ranked Cuba. The U.S. ranks fourth in the world, while 2008 Olympic Games host China ranks sixth. Japan, the 2008 World Grand Prix final round host, is ranked eighth and Poland is slotted in the ninth position. Dominican Republic is ranked 14th in the world, Germany positioned in 15th and Kazakhstan placed in the 16th spot. Rounding out the World Grand Prix field are 18th-ranked Thailand and 22nd-ranked Turkey.

Team USA will face an average world ranking of 13.22 during the three-week preliminary rounds. The Americans will face only one team – Italy – ranked among the top seven teams in the current world ranking during the preliminary rounds.

To read or download the U.S. Women's National Team Press Kit for the opening preliminary weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix, click here.

To view the FIVB World Grand Prix home page, click here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for Opening Weekend World Grand Prix
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OPP/OH, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Minnesota)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawai’i)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH/OPP, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Joines (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
14 - Kim Willoughby (OH, 5-10, Napoleonville, La., Hawai’i)
17 - Angie McGinnis (S, 5-11, Fraser, Mich., Florida)
18 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
19 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
Head Coach: “Jenny” Lang Ping
Assistant Coaches: Sue Woodstra, Li Yong, Tom Hogan (not traveling)
Technical Coordinator: Diane French
Technical Consultant: Gen Kawakita
Team Leader/Manager: Joan Powell

FIVB World Grand Prix Standings
Turkey 1-0
Brazil 0-0 (vs. Thailand 6/20)
Italy 0-0 (vs. Dominican Republic 6/20)
China 0-0 (vs. Germany 6/20)
Cuba 0-0 (vs. Poland 6/20)
Japan 0-0 (vs. Kazakhstan 6/20)
Germany 0-0 (vs. China 6/20)
Poland 0-0 (vs. Cuba 6/20)
Dominican Republic 0-0 (vs. Italy 6/20)
Thailand 0-0 (vs. Brazil 6/20)
Kazakhstan 0-0 (vs. Japan 6/20)
USA 0-1

Pool A: Kobe Japan, Green Arena
June 20: Turkey vs. USA, 3 p.m.
June 20: Japan vs. Kazakhstan, 6:30 p.m.
June 21: Kazakhstan vs. USA, 3 p.m.
June 21: Japan vs. Turkey, 6 p.m.
June 22: Kazakhstan vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 22: Japan vs. USA, 6 p.m.

Pool B: Ningbo, China, Beilun Sports Centre
June 20: Brazil vs. Thailand, 3 p.m.
June 20: China vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m.
June 21: China vs. Thailand, 3 p.m.
June 21: Germany vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.
June 22: Germany vs. Thailand, 1:30 p.m.
June 22: China vs. Brazil, 5 p.m.

Pool C: Alassio, Italy, Palavavizza Hall
June 20: Cuba vs. Poland, 5:30 p.m.
June 20: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.
June 21: Dominican Republic vs. Cuba, 4 p.m.
June 21: Italy vs. Poland, 6:30 p.m.
June 22: Poland vs. Dominican Republic, 4 p.m.
June 22: Italy vs. Cuba, 6:30 p.m.

Pool D: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, Vinh Phuc Hall
June 27: Brazil vs. Kazakhstan, 2 p.m.
June 27: Turkey vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
June 28: Kazakhstan vs. Germany, 2 p.m.
June 28: Brazil vs. Turkey, 4:30 p.m.
June 29: Turkey vs. Kazakhstan, 2 p.m.
June 29: Germany vs. Brazil, 4:30 p.m.

Pool E: Wroclaw, Poland, Centennial Hall
June 27: Poland vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 27: Thailand vs. USA, 8 p.m.
June 28: Poland vs. Thailand, 3 p.m.
June 28: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 29: Poland vs. USA, 3 p.m.
June 29: Dominican Republic vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.

Pool F: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Coliseum
June 27: Italy vs. Japan, 5 p.m.
June 27: China vs. Cuba, 8 p.m.
June 28: Cuba vs. Italy, 1:15 p.m.
June 28: China vs. Japan, 3:45 p.m.
June 29: Japan vs. Cuba, 1:15 p.m.
June 29: China vs. Italy, 3:45 p.m.

Pool G: Bangkok, Thailand, Huamark Stadium
July 4: Thailand vs. Kazakhstan, 2 p.m.
July 4: Cuba vs. Germany, 5 p.m.
July 5: Germany vs. Thailand, 2 p.m.
July 5: Kazakhstan vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.
July 6: Thailand vs. Cuba, 2 p.m.
July 6: Germany vs. Kazakhstan, 5 p.m.

Pool H: Taipei, Chinese Taipei, Hsinchuang Gym
July 4: USA vs. Poland, 3 p.m.
July 4: Italy vs. Turkey, 6:20 p.m.
July 5: USA vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
July 5: Italy vs. Poland, 5 p.m.
July 6: Poland vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
July 6: Italy vs. USA, 5 p.m.

Pool I: Macau, Macau Forum
July 4: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m.
July 4: China vs. Japan, 9 p.m.
July 5: Brazil vs. Japan, 2 p.m.
July 5: China vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m.
July 6: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 1 p.m.
July 6: China vs. Brazil, 4 p.m.