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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 12, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has made a slight adjust to its roster for the second preliminary weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix taking place Aug. 13-15 at Bangkok, Thailand.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has added outside hitter and three-time Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) to the Pool D roster and made no other player personnel changes. Each team can carry up to 14 players per weekend and designate 12 players to suit up prior to each match. Last week Team USA competed with a 13-player roster at Gdynia, Poland, and finished with a 1-2 record and three points. The Americans are currently in eighth place in the 12-team annual event that has a total of nine preliminary round matches over the course of three weekends before the top five teams plus host country compete in the Final Round Aug. 25-29 at Ningbo, China.
In the second weekend, the Americans will challenge sixth-place Italy (2-1) on Aug. 13, host 11th-place Thailand (0-3) on Aug. 14 and ninth-place Puerto Rico (1-2) on Aug. 15.
Tom, who was named as the Best Scorer at the 2008 Olympic Games in which Team USA finished with the silver medal, took the 2009 campaign off from international competition with the U.S. squad. She played this past winter in the prestigious Italian Serie A league with Asystel Volley Novara and with Hisamitsu Springs of the Japan V-League after the 2008 Olympics. Tom, 29, also competed for the U.S. at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Tom joins a U.S. roster that has had some individual standout performers from a young crew playing in their first FIVB World Grand Prix this summer. After the first weekend of matches, opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led Team USA in scoring all three matches ranks third overall in the tournament in scoring with 60 points (48 kills, 11 blocks, 1 ace) in 12 sets for a 5.00 scoring average. Prior to last weekend, she had never played in an official international match for the U.S. Hooker also ranks 10th in Best Spiker with a 40.68 kill percent (40.68). Outside hitter Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), who is playing in her third tournament this season for the U.S., ranks seventh in scoring in the event with 44 points (35 kills, 8 blocks, 1 ace) for a 3.67 scoring average.
Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), playing in just her second tournament with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is the top setter in the tournament after the first weekend with 109 running sets on 296 total attempts for a 9.08 average per set. Hooker and Glass have started every set of the tournament except for the very first. Hodge, Glass and Hooker were part of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship match and are quickly gaining international experience. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) ranks fourth in the Best Blocker category with a 1.08 block average on 13 total blocks. She also is 10th in scoring with her 41 points (28 kills, 13 blocks and 0 aces), which is a 3.42 scoring average. Akinradewo has a 51.9 kill percent, which would rank atop the FIVB list in Best Blocker if she had enough kills (15 percent of team’s total).
The 14-player U.S. roster for Thailand has outside hitters Tom, Hodge, Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.). Opposites are Hooker, two-time Olympian Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio). Middle blockers are Akinradewo, three-time Olympian Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and 2008 Olympian Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Setters leading the offense are Glass and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). Liberos are three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.).
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.
In addition, fans can watch all USA matches played in Thailand and Hongkong on Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com) on a tape-delayed basis 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.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Pool D (Thailand)
# - 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)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
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)
FIVB World Grand Prix Standings - (through Aug. 8)
China (9 Points) 3-0
Poland (9 Points) 3-0
Brazil (6 Points) 2-1
Netherlands (6 Points) 2-1
Japan (6 Points) 2-1
Italy (6 Points) 2-1
Germany (4 Points) 1-2
USA (3 Points) 1-2
Puerto Rico (3 Points) 1-2
Dominican Republic (2 Points) 1-2
Thailand (0 Points) 0-3
Chinese Taipei (0 Points) 0-3
NOTE: Matches won 3-0 or 3-1 earn the winners 3 points; Matches won 3-2 earn the winner 2 points and the loser 1 point
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: Italy def. Brazil 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19
Aug. 8: Japan def. Chinese Taipei 25-16, 25-16, 25-16
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: Poland def. USA 16-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23
Aug. 8: Dominican Republic def. Germany 25-19, 22-25, 31-29, 16-15, 19-17
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 def. Netherlands 19-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21
Aug. 8: Puerto Rico def. Thailand 25-22, 25-23, 25-21
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