Germany Sweeps U.S. Women at Grand Prix

Aug. 09, 2009, 8:30 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team completed its second round of pool play in the FIVB World Grand Prix with a loss to Germany, 0-3 (22025, 18-25, 25-27) on Sunday in Miao Lie in Chinese Taipei.

Team USA finishes the second round with a 1-2 record and is 2-4 overall. It will play its final round of pool play on Aug. 14-16 in Thailand where it will share the pool with Dominican Republic, Russia and Thailand.  The U.S. Women lost to Germany in their first 2009 World Grand Prix match, 0-3 (15-25, 15-25, 16-25).

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) led all scorers on Sunday with 13 points on a match-high 10 kills and three blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added eight points on six kills and two blocks. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) totaled six points on five kills and one block. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored six points on two kills and four blocks.

“Germany played a good game tactically,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “It was a good lesson for our young players.”

Germany got 12 points each from Margareta Kozuch (nine kills, two blocks, one ace) and Christiane Fuerst (eight kills, four blocks).

Team USA out-blocked Germany 12-9. However Germany had four aces as compared to two for the U.S. Women. Team USA completed 30 of 115 kill attempts (26 percent) with 18 faults. Germany was 41 of 125 (32.8 percent) with 21 faults.

Among other U.S. scorers, Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) scored four points on three kills and one block. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) totaled three points on two kills and one ace. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) scored three points on two kills and one block.

Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) scored one point on one ace. She was also credited with nine running sets and two faults on 52 attempts. Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) was credited with four running sets with one fault on 34 attempts.

Libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) was credited with 13 digs and three faults on 22 attempts. Larson was credited with 20 excellent receptions and two faults on 42 attempts.

McCutcheon started Barboza and Larson at outside hitter, Crimes and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Metcalf at opposite, Thompson at setter and Sykora at libero. The same group started the second set. However, in the third set, Larson and Richards started at outside hitter. Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.) and Akinradewo started at middle blocker. Fawcett started at opposite and McGinnis at setter. Sykora remained at libero.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) played as a substitute.

Despite three points from Metcalf on two kills and a block, the U.S. Women fell behind 5-8 at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set. Later, trailing 6-11, the United States put together three straight points on Germany’s error and two kills from Metcalf to pull to within two points at 9-11. The trailed by four, 12-16, at the second TTO, but immediately scored on kills by Fawcett, who had replaced Metcalf, and Barboza to pull back to within two. Trailing 16-19, Team USA scored three straight points on a block by Fawcett and a kill and a block from Crimes to tie the score. The score was still tied at 21-21 when two straight U.S. errors gave Germany the 23-21 lead. The United States scored once more on Germany’s error, before Germany won the set on a block and a kill.

Germany led 8-2 at the first TTO of the second set with the United States’ only points coming on a German service error and a Crimes kill.  Later, with the U.S. trailing 6-11, it scored three straight points on Akinradewo’s block, a German hitting error and a Barboza ace to make it 9-11. Germany called timeout, but Team USA responded with an Akinradewo kill to pull to within one at 10-11. Germany went back up by two with a kill and maintained a one- or two-point lead until it led 15-14 and used a kill and two blocks to increase its lead to 18-14. McCutcheon called timeout and Germany got a service error, but the damage was done. Another three point run carried Germany to a 23-17 advantage and it went on to win the set 25-18.

With McCutcheon putting in a new starting lineup in the third set, Germany held a slim 8-7 lead at the first TTO as Team USA scored on two kills by Richards, two by Larson and one by Akinradewo. But with Germany leading 9-8, it went on a 5-0 run to lead 14-8. Team USA trailed 11-16 at the second TTO. With Germany leading 18-13, the U.S. Women went on a 6-0 tear, paced by Fawcett with two blocks, to take the lead. Germany called timeout and tied the score again with a block. Germany reached match point at 24-22. Team USA fought it off with two kills from Larson. A German kill brought another match point at 25-24, but a Fawcett kill tied the score again. Finally, Germany scored on two straight kills to end the match.  

More information and photos are available on the FIVB Grand Prix web site.

The U.S. Women's Grand Prix media guide is available on the USA Volleyball web site.

2009 FIVB World Grand Prix
Aug. 7-9 in Miao Lie in Chinese Taipei

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP/OH, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
4 C - Angela McGinnis (S, 5-11, Fraser, Mich., Florida)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-6, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
10 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 - Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-7, Kent, Wash., Washington)
18 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Beth Launiere (Salt Lake City, Utah) – at Brazil and Chinese Taipei
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.) – at Thailand and Finals
Technical Coordinator/Team Leader: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

Schedule and Results for U.S. Women's National Team

Pool A - at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Maracanazihno Gym)
July 31: Germany def. USA, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16
Aug. 1: USA def. Puerto Rico, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-13
Aug. 2: Brazil def. USA 25-18, 25-22, 25-13

Pool D - at Li Miao, Chinese Taipei (Miao Li Country Gymnasium)
Aug. 7: USA def. Dominican Republic, 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 21-25, 23-21
Aug. 8: Netherlands def. USA, 25-12, 22-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-13
Aug. 9: Germany def. USA, 25-22, 25-18, 27-25

Pool I - at Bangkok, Thailand (Keelawes Gym)
Aug. 14: vs. Russia, 2 p.m.
Aug. 15: vs. Puerto Rico, 2 p.m.
Aug. 16: vs. Thailand, 4:30 p.m.