U.S. Women Fall to Germany at World Grand Prix

Aug. 07, 2010, 4:13 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 7, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Germany 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23 on Saturday evening during the opening weekend of preliminary pool play of the 18th FIVB World Grand Prix in Gdynia, Poland.

Team USA, which falls to 1-1 in this year’s World Grand Prix, concludes the Pool B preliminary round weekend against host Poland (2-0) on Aug. 8 at 7:15 a.m. Pacific Time.

Germany, which also defeated the U.S. twice at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix, overcame a 15-11 deficit with an 11-5 scoring run en route to winning the opening set 25-23. Germany controlled much of the second set winning 25-22. Team USA used a key 5-0 scoring run to take a 17-10 advantage in the third set to ease into a 25-16 victory. In the fourth set, Germany battled from deficits of 15-11 and 19-16 to capture the set 25-23.

“Congratulations to Germany for a good game,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I think we played good enough to get to the tie break. Unfortunately, we didn't get it. We played better than yesterday and we hope we will improve before tomorrow's game against Poland.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) paced the U.S. with 24 points on 20 kills on 42 swings and four blocks. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) chipped in 16 points via 12 kills on 35 attacks and four blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) contributed nine kills on 17 attacks and a match-high five blocks for 14 points. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) came off the bench to score 10 points with eight kills and two aces. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) charted three kills and an ace for four points, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) recorded two kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the American scoring with a block and kill for two points.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) had a team-high 16 digs for the U.S., while Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) added 13. Glass turned in 14 digs and 40 running sets on 112 attempts. Hodge had a team-high 10 excellent receptions on 28 attempts to go with 13 digs.

“I think it was a hard match,” said Tamas, the U.S. captain. “There were a lot more long, difficult rallies. I was sure we would have the fifth set.”

McCutcheon started Larson and Hodge at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Glass at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match. Barboza subbed into the match in the first two sets and started the final two sets in place of Larson. Tamas started the third and fourth sets in place of Bown, while Sykora was the libero for the third and fourth sets.

Although the U.S. out-blocked Germany 14-6 and had a 55-48 kill advantage, the Americans had 30 errors during the match to the Germans’ 21. Germany won the battle at the service line with a 7-3 advantage in aces.

Heike Beier tallied a German-high 15 points with 10 kills and five aces, including three key aces in the fourth set. Corina Ssuschke added 10 kills and two blocks for 12 points, while Margareta Kozuch added 11 kills.

“It was a very difficult match,” German Head Coach Giovan Guidetti said. “The United States has made some great improvement since last year. They were amazing in block. Most of all I want to congratulate my team, because they didn't give up, they really wanted to win this match. Sometimes they impress me with their determination and I am very proud of them.”

Next week the U.S. squad travels to Bangkok, Thailand, for the second preliminary round weekend and will challenge Italy on Aug. 13, Thailand on Aug. 14 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 15. The U.S. concludes pool play in Hong Kong with matches against Germany on Aug. 20, Thailand on Aug. 21 and China on Aug. 22.

In other action today, Poland (2-0) defeated Dominican Republic (0-2) 25-23, 25-16, 25-14 in Pool B action. In Pool A held at Sao Carlos, Brazil, the host Brazilians improved to 2-0 with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Japan (1-1), while Italy (1-1) topped Chinese Taipei (0-2) 25-15, 25-20, 25-19. At Chengdu, China, the host Chinese (2-0) defeated Thailand (0-2) 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 and Netherlands (2-0) swept Puerto Rico (0-2) 25-9, 25-12, 25-21.

Volleyball fans across the world will be able to watch three FIVB World Grand prix matches a week as FIVB TV announced on Aug. 5 that it will stream matches on the Internet. One match per day from the three preliminary rounds as well as all matches form the Final Round will be streamed live on http://www.laola1.tv/en/int/fivb/video/203---.html. USA matches will be shown twice during the World Grand Prix, including the Aug. 13 match against Italy and the Aug. 22 match versus China. This weekend’s matches on FIVB TV are Poland versus Germany on Aug. 6, Thailand versus China on Aug. 7 and Brazil versus Italy on Aug. 8.

In addition, fans can watch all three USA matches this weekend live on Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com), while the next six matches played in Thailand and Hong Kong will be available tape delayed for same-day coverage. Selected matches will also be shown on Universal’s television channel. All matches will be on-demand after they take place. To find out if Universal is in your home area and its daily schedule, click here.

For more information on the FIVB World Grand Prix, click here. For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team, click here.

The U.S. gained a 2-0 lead to start the opening set as Hooker slammed a kill after a Germany service error. Germany quickly erased the deficit and took a 3-2 lead of its own. Hooker scored consecutive points to give the U.S. the lead back at 6-5. Germany switched the lead back to its favor at 7-6 on back-to-back points. Trailing 8-7 at the first technical timeout, the U.S. went back in front at 9-8 on a service ace after a Germany error. Team USA extended its lead to 11-9 on consecutive Germany errors. The Americans stretched the advantage to three points at 12-9 as Akinradewo ended a lengthy rally with a block leading to a Germany timeout. The U.S. inched its lead to four points at 15-11 with a Hooker kill and Germany attack error. Out of the second technical timeout, Germany scored back-to-back points to cut the gap in half at 16-14 and chipped away to within one at 18-17 forcing a USA timeout. Germany tied the set at 19-all after a USA net violation and Germany ace. Germany gained the lead back at 21-20 after a U.S. attack went wide, then widened its advantage to 22-20 with another USA error. Bown hammered an overpass to save one set point, but Germany ended the set with a 25-23 victory. Hooker led the U.S. in scoring in the first set with six points. Both teams committed several errors as USA gave Germany 11 points on miscues while the set winner gave the Americans 10 points.

Germany picked up an early 3-1 advantage in the second set. Hooker tied the set at 3-all on a kill and block, then Akinradewo followed with a block to yield a 4-3 advantage for the U.S. Germany returned to the lead at 6-5 after a service ace. Hodge turned in consecutive kills to return the U.S. back in front at 7-6, but it was Germany reaching the first technical timeout with a lead at 8-7. Germany gained a three-point cushion at 11-8 after consecutive USA errors and a kill. The U.S. cut into the deficit with a Hooker kill and Hodge block to close to 13-12. Akinradewo then added a block to tie the set at 13-all. Germany broke the tie with back-to-back points for a 15-13 advantage. Germany extended its advantage to three points at 19-16. Barboza answered with back-to-back kills to close the deficit to one at 19-18. Germany scored a three-point advantage at 23-20 after a U.S. attack went long. Akinradewo put up a block and Hooker followed with a powerful attack to close the score to within one at 23-22. However, Germany closed out the set with the final two points for a 25-22 victory. Hooker led the U.S. with six points in the second set, while Hodge add five points. Germany limited its errors to one in the second set, while the U.S. gave Germany nine points on errors.

Team USA scored a 3-0 lead to start the third set with a Germany error and kills from Hooker and Akinradewo leading to a Germany timeout. Germany closed to within one at 7-6 after a U.S. error. Barboza followed a Hooker kill with an ace to increase the U.S. lead to 11-8. Hodge added a kill to extend the margin to four points at 12-8. Germany cut the deficit in half with two quick points at 12-10. Team USA responded with kills from Akinradewo and Hodge around a Germany error to take a five-point edge at 15-10. Hodge put up a block to give the U.S. a 4-0 scoring run into the second technical timeout with a 16-10 lead. Out of the break, Germany hit long for USA’s fifth straight point at 17-10. Germany cut into the gap with consecutive points at 19-14. Barboza and Hodge pocketed consecutive kills to return the Americans in front by seven at 21-14. Out of a German timeout, the U.S. added to the lead at 23-14 with a Germany error and Barboza kill after Tamas drove into the bench to save the ball. Germany connected for back-to-back kills to slice the gap to 23-16. Akinradewo gave the U.S. set point at 24-16, then Germany hit long to end the set at 25-16. Hooker pace the Americans with six points in the third set, while Hodge added five points. Germany committed six errors in the set.

The U.S. started the fourth set in front 3-0 on a Germany error, Barboza kill and Hooker block. Germany came back with consecutive points to close to 3-2. Akinradewo, Hodge and Hooker put down consecutive kills to push the U.S. advantage to 6-2 leading to a German timeout. Germany responded with back-to-back points including an ace at 6-4. Team USA jumped its lead to 10-6 with a Hooker kill followed by one from Tamas. Germany sliced the deficit to one with three unanswered points at 10-9 leading to a USA timeout. Out of the break, Germany tied the score at 10-all on a passing error by the USA. The U.S. responded with a Barboza kill and Glass block. Team USA increased its lead to four points with consecutive Akinradewo kills and a block from her for a 15-11 lead. Germany charged back again with five straight points to take a 16-15 advantage, capped by an ace going into the second technical timeout. Out of the break, the U.S. gained a 17-16 lead with a Hooker kill and Hodge block. Barboza followed with an ace and Germany hit wide on the next play extending the U.S. lead to 19-16 as part of a 4-0 scoring run. Germany came back to score four consecutive points, including two aces, to regain the lead at 20-19. Germany extended its advantage with a third straight ace by Beier to take a 21-19 advantage. The USA regrouped with an Akinradewo block and Hooker kill to tie the set at 21-all. Germany scored the final two points of the set to win 25-23. Hooker was credited with six points in the fourth set, while Hodge and Akinradewo added four points.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
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)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Jim Stone (Columbus, Ohio)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Leader for Poland/Thailand: Reed Sunahara (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Team Leader for Hong Kong/Japan: Laurel Iversen (Kalaheo, Hawaii)

2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Schedule

Pool A (Sao Carlos, Brazil * Ginasio Nilton Olaio Filho)
Aug. 6: Brazil def. Chinese Taipei 25-15, 25-19, 25-12
Aug. 6: Japan def. Italy 30-28, 27-29, 25-20, 25-13
Aug. 7: Brazil def. Japan 25-20, 25-19, 25-20
Aug. 7: Italy def. Chinese Taipei 25-15, 25-20, 25-19
Aug. 8: Brazil vs. Italy, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 8: Japan vs. Chinese Taipei, 1 p.m.

Pool B (Gdynia, Poland * Gdynia Competition Hall)
Aug. 6: USA def. Dominican Republic 26-24, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19
Aug. 6: Poland def. Germany 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 26-24
Aug. 7: Poland def. Dominican Republic 25-23, 25-16, 25-14
Aug. 7: Germany def. USA 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23
Aug. 8: USA vs. Poland, 4:15 p.m.
Aug. 8: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 7:15 p.m.

Pool C (Chengdu, China * Sichuan Provincial Sports Bureau)
Aug. 6: Netherlands def. Thailand 25-22, 25-22, 25-23
Aug. 6: China def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-18, 25-22
Aug. 7: Netherlands def. Puerto Rico 25-9, 25-12, 25-21
Aug. 7: China def. Thailand 25-16, 25-16, 25-22
Aug. 8: China vs. Netherlands, 4 p.m.
Aug. 8: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 7:30 p.m.

Pool D (Bangkok, Thailand * Keelawes 2)
Aug. 13: USA vs. Italy, 3 p.m.
Aug. 13: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: Puerto Rico vs. Italy, 2 p.m.
Aug. 14: USA vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 15: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.
Aug. 15: Italy vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.

Pool E (Macau, China * Forum de Macau)
Aug. 13: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: China vs. Netherlands, 9 p.m.
Aug. 14: Brazil vs. Netherlands, 2 p.m.
Aug. 14: China vs. Dominican Republic, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 15: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, 1 p.m.
Aug. 15: China vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m.

Pool F (Okayama, Japan * Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Aug. 13: Chinese Taipei vs. Poland, 3 p.m.
Aug. 13: Japan vs. Germany, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14: Germany vs. Chinese Taipei, 2 p.m.
Aug. 14: Japan vs. Poland, 5 p.m.
Aug. 15: Germany vs. Poland, 2 p.m.
Aug. 15: Japan vs. Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.

Pool G (Hong Kong, China * Hong Kong Coliseum)
Aug. 20: USA vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Aug. 20: China vs. Thailand, 8 p.m.
Aug. 21: USA vs. Thailand, 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 21: China vs. Germany, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 22: Germany vs. Thailand, 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 22: USA vs. China, 3:45 p.m.

Pool H (Taipei, Chinese Taipei * Taiwan University Gym)
Aug. 20: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: Poland vs. Chinese Taipei, 7 p.m.
Aug. 21: Puerto Rico vs. Poland, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: Chinese Taipei vs. Brazil, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 22: Brazil vs. Poland, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 22: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 4:30 p.m.

Pool I (Tokyo, Japan * Yoyogi National Stadium)
Aug. 20: Italy vs. Netherlands, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: Dominican Republic vs. Netherlands, 2 p.m.
Aug. 21: Japan vs. Italy, 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: Dominican Republic vs. Italy, 2 p.m.
Aug. 22: Japan vs. Netherlands, 5 p.m.

Final Round (Ningbo, China * Ningbo Beilun Gymnasium)
Aug. 25-29: Teams TBA