U.S. Women Sweep Poland at World Grand Prix

June 29, 2008, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

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


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2008) – Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) scored a team-high 16 points and the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team converted 57.0 percent of its kill attempts in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 victory over host Poland Sunday afternoon during FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E action at Wroclaw, Poland.

Team USA, 5-1 overall in the World Grand Prix with five consecutive victories, travels to Chinese Taipei next week to finish the World Grand Prix preliminary round against Poland (0-6) on July 4, Turkey (4-2) on July 5 and Italy (5-1) on July 6. The U.S. is in a three-way tie for second in the 12-team tournament with Italy and Brazil, one loss behind undefeated tournament leaders China. Based on the tiebreaker of points won, the Americans (1.203 points ratio) hold a slim advantage over Brazil (1.191) and Italy (1.117).

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.

Team USA overcame a 10-7 deficit in the opening set to win 25-17, thanks to an 8-2 run down the stretch. The U.S. broke an 8-all tie in the second set with a 7-2 run en route to a 25-16 victory. Like the first set, the U.S. overcame a 6-3 deficit in the third set with a 6-1 run and never trailed the rest of the match for a 25-20.

Tom, one of five starters scoring in double figures, totaled 13 kills, two aces and a block for 16 points. She also totaled seven digs and 14 excellent service receptions without an error on 21 attempts. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) added six kills on 12 errorless swings, a match-high three aces and two blocks for 11 points. Glass chipped in seven digs and 10 excellent service receptions on 17 attempts. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) contributed eight kills on nine attacks and two blocks for 10 points in the victory. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) matched the total with nine kills and a block.

Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), named most valuable player of the match, also netted 10 points with eight kills on 12 attacks, one block and an ace. Captain Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) charted a kill and block from her setter position to round out the scoring. She tallied 30 assists as Team USA converted 57.0 percent of its kill attempts with a .454 attack efficiency. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) provided a team-high eight digs and had five excellent receptions on seven attempts.

"First of all I want to thank this city, the Polish Volleyball Federation and Polish fans for an incredible week," Berg said after the match. "Second of all, I can speak for my team that we're very excited about our progress this week, compared to the last one. Hopefully we will continue to improve with each game and get to the Finals."

The U.S. started Tom and Glass at outside hitter, Scott-Arruda and Bown at middle blocker, Haneef-Park at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the designated Team USA libero for the Poland leg of the World Grand Prix. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) subbed into the match late in the third set.

Team USA held a 45-29 advantage in kills and had two fewer errors, 18-16. The U.S. out-served Poland with a 7-1 ace advantage. On defense, the American out-blocked (7-4) and out-dug (34-19) their hosts. For the match, Team USA held a 60.8 serve receive efficiency with 29 excellent receptions on 46 attempts, while Poland had an efficiency of 31.3 with 26 excellent receptions on 64 attempts.

Joanna Kaczor led Poland with 15 kills and two blocks for 17 points. Katarzyna Gajgal added 10 points in the loss.

Later today in Pool E action, Dominican Republic plays Thailand at 7:30 p.m. Poland Time. In other World Grand Prix matches played today, Brazil defeated Germany 25-15, 27-25, 25-16 and Turkey handled Kazakhstan 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 at Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. Cuba topped Japan 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 and China edged Italy 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25, 15-8 in a battle of undefeated teams at Hong Kong.

The U.S. has qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and is using the World Grand Prix as an evaluation tool to help determine the 12-player roster for the Olympic Games. Team USA faces Japan on Aug. 9 to open the 2008 Olympic Games. Other teams in the American pool are Cuba (Aug. 11), Venezuela (Aug. 13), China (Aug. 15) and Poland (Aug. 17).

Poland scored four unanswered points to grab a 6-3 lead in the early stages of the first set. Tom provided a kill and block to close the gap to one at 6-5. Poland scored a point on each side of the first technical timeout to regain a three-point edge at 9-7. Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park planted consecutive kills to move to within one at 10-9. Glass served consecutive aces to yield a 12-11 U.S. advantage. Bown and Haneef-Park hammered back-to-back kills to extend the U.S. advantage to 16-14 at the second technical timeout. Tom added a third straight point out of the break for a 17-14 advantage. Tom produced a kill and ace around a Haneef-Park kill and Poland error to increase the Team USA lead to six, 21-15. Bown and Haneef-Park extended the margin to seven, 23-16, with consecutive kills. Scott-Arruda scored a kill to give multiple set points and Haneef-Park followed immediately at 25-17 with a block, her team-leading seventh point of the set. The U.S. converted 16 of 26 attacks for kills in the opening set for a 62 kill percent.

Tom followed a Glass kill with two kills of her own to produce a 3-1 U.S. lead in the second set. Scott-Arruda produced a block and Glass added another kill to push the score to 5-1. Poland cut the deficit to one at 5-4 with three unanswered points. Tom and Haneef-Park turned in back-to-back kills to return to a three-point edge, 7-4. Trailing 8-5 at the first technical timeout, Poland scored three consecutive points to tie the set at 8-all. Bown slammed a kill and Poland followed with an error to yield a two-point cushion, 10-8. Back-to-back Poland errors and a Scott-Arruda kill increased the U.S. lead to 13-9. Berg got into the scoring with a kill and ace on consecutive plays to increase the Team USA advantage to 15-10. Scott-Arruda turned in a kill followed by a Poland error to increase the lead to 18-12. Tom sliced two kills on consecutive plays to increase Team USA’s edge to seven points, 20-13. Tom scored an ace after a Bown kill to extend the advantage to eight points, 22-14. Poland came back with two straight points to cut the deficit to 22-16. After a Poland error, Glass ended the set with a kill and block for a 25-16 victory. Tom paced the Americans in the second set with six points. The Americans tallied 15 kills on 24 swings in the set for a 62 kill percent.

Poland scored three unanswered points to assume a 5-2 lead in the third set. Bown and Glass connected for consecutive kills and a Poland error tied the set at 6-all. Bown hammered a kill and was followed by a Scott-Arruda block to yield a Team USA 8-7 advantage going into the first technical timeout. Scott-Arruda added a third straight point with a kill out of the break to give the Americans a 9-7 lead. Glass scored a kill and ace on consecutive plays to extend the Team USA lead to 12-9. Tom scored a kill, followed by a Bown ace and Glass block to yield a 18-13 advantage for the Americans. Poland netted consecutive points to narrow the lead to 19-16, then inched to within two at 21-19. Tom followed a Poland error with a kill to return a four-point edge at 23-19. Tom put the final nails into the victory with consecutive kills, her fifth points of the set, to end the match at 25-20.

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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)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
14 - Kim Willoughby (OH, 5-10, Napoleonville, La., Hawai’i)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
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
China 6-0
USA 5-1
Brazil 5-1
Italy 5-1
Turkey 4-2
Cuba 3-3
Dominican Republic 2-3
Germany 2-4
Japan 2-4
Thailand 1-4
Poland 0-6
Kazakhstan 0-6

Pool A: Kobe Japan, Green Arena
June 20: Turkey def. USA, 28-26, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19
June 20: Japan def. Kazakhstan, 25-17, 25-13, 25-23
June 21: USA def. Kazakhstan, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19
June 21: Japan def. Turkey, 21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 15-12
June 22: Turkey def. Kazakhstan, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15
June 22: USA def. Japan, 27-29, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 15-13

Pool B: Ningbo, China, Beilun Sports Centre
June 20: Brazil def. Thailand, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20
June 20: China def. Germany, 19-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-21
June 21: China def. Thailand, 25-11, 25-16, 25-19
June 21: Brazil def. Germany, 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 30-28
June 22: Germany def. Thailand, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22
June 22: China def. Brazil, 22-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13

Pool C: Alassio, Italy, Palavavizza Hall
June 20: Cuba def. Poland, 25-20, 29-31, 25-21, 26-24
June 20: Italy def. Dominican Republic, 19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-15
June 21: Cuba def. Dominican Republic, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19
June 21: Italy def. Poland, 25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16
June 22: Dominican Republic def. Poland, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11
June 22: Italy def. Cuba, 25-23, 27-25, 27-25

Pool D: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, Vinh Phuc Hall
June 27: Brazil def. Kazakhstan, 25-10, 25-17, 25-19
June 27: Turkey def. Germany, 25-21, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18
June 28: Germany def. Kazakhstan, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21
June 28: Brazil def. Turkey, 25-23, 25-19, 25-15
June 29: Turkey def. Kazakhstan, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17
June 29: Brazil def. Germany, 25-15, 27-25, 25-16

Pool E: Wroclaw, Poland, Centennial Hall
June 27: Dominican Republic def. Poland 25-22, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20
June 27: USA def. Thailand, 25-18, 25-17, 26-28, 25-13
June 28: Thailand def. Poland, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 15-4
June 28: USA def. Dominican Republic, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20
June 29: USA def. Poland 25-17, 25-16, 25-20
June 29: Dominican Republic vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.

Pool F: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Coliseum
June 27: Italy def. Japan, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22
June 27: China def. Cuba, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13
June 28: Italy def. Cuba, 21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13
June 28: China def. Japan, 25-16, 29-27, 25-22
June 29: Cuba def. Japan, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16
June 29: China def. Italy, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25, 15-8

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.

Final Round: Yokohama, Japan
July 8-13