U.S. Women’s Roster Unchanged for Hong Kong

Aug. 19, 2010, 1:49 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will use the same 14-player roster for this weekend’s FIVB World Grand Prix Pool G matches in Hong Kong that went undefeated in three matches in Thailand last weekend, according to U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand).

Team USA, now 4-2 in this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix and in fifth place with 12 points, plays Germany on Aug. 20 at midnight Pacific Time, Thailand on Aug. 21 (10:15 a.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 20) and China on Aug. 22 at 12:45 a.m. Pacific Time in the final weekend of preliminary round matches.

The 14-player U.S. roster for Hong Kong has four outside hitters including three-time Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.). Opposites are Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), two-time Olympian Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio). Middle blockers are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), three-time Olympian Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and 2008 Olympian Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Setters leading the offense are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). Liberos are three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and 2008 Olympian Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.).

Based on FIVB rules, each team can carry 14 players on the roster for each weekend, but must designate 12 prior to each match as available. Further, teams can make two changes to the roster after each weekend, so long as the two added players were part of the preliminary 19-player roster submitted earlier this summer. Last week, McCutcheon elected to make one change to the roster – the addition of Tom to the lineup as Team USA carried only 13 players in the opening weekend at Poland.

Germany, who beat the U.S. in four sets during the second match of the tournament on Aug. 7, is in eighth place with a 2-4 record and seven points. Thailand is currently in 10th place with a 1-5 record in the tournament, including a loss to the U.S. on Aug. 14. China, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, is in fourth place with a 4-2 record and 13 points after winning its first four matches of the tournament.

At the conclusion of this weekend’s preliminary round, the top five teams in the overall standings plus China advance to the six-team FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round to be held Aug. 25-29 at Ningbo, China.

A combination of six standings points during the final weekend would assure the U.S. a spot in the World Grand Prix Final Round. The U.S., ranked fourth in the FIVB world ranking, holds a four-point lead over seventh-place Netherlands (3-3 record, 8 points) and a five-point lead over Dominican Republic (2-4, 7 points). Italy is in sixth place with 12 points, but trails the U.S. in points scored ratio. A team earns three points for a victory in three or four sets and two points for a victory in five sets. A team losing in five sets earns one point.

The U.S. could claim its spot in the Final Round as early as the first day in Hong Kong with either a 3-0 or 3-1 victory over Germany and an Italy 3-0 or 3-1 win over Netherlands. Under that scenario, all six teams for the Final Round would be determined with two match dates remaining. The U.S. has not reached the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round since 2008 when it finished fourth. It has not reached the World Grand Prix podium since bronze medal finishes in 2003 and 2004. The Americans have won the World Grand Prix in 1995 and 2001, their only other podium finishes.

After the first two weekends of preliminary action, Brazil leads the World Grand Prix with 15 points and a 5-1 record. Brazil has won the past two World Grand Prix titles and five of the last six events. Overall, Brazil has won the event eight times. Japan and Poland, both with 5-1 records and 15 points, are second and third, respectively, based on points scored ratio. Fourth-place China has identical 4-2 record as the U.S., but has 13 points in the standings due to a five-set loss to Dominican Republic on Aug. 14.

Team USA has won 11 of 12 matches against Thailand, but has a 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix loss to Thailand still fresh in its memory bank. The Americans are 55-14 against the Germans since 1983, but Germany has won the last three matches in head-to-head competition during FIVB World Grand Prix action. The U.S. is 1-1 against Germany in 2010 as it won a four-set match at the 26th Montreux Volley Masters event before falling in four sets in the opening weekend of the World Grand Prix. China holds an 83-30 record versus the U.S. since 1983, including a victory in the 2010 Montreux gold-medal match. Team USA’s last victory over China was during pool play at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

After a disappointing 1-2 record during the first weekend of the World Grand Prix in Poland, the U.S. won all three of its Pool D matches held in Bangkok, Thailand, to move into position to qualify for the Final Round. The Americans topped seventh-ranked Italy 26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15 on Aug. 13. The U.S. held a 28-7 block advantage with Bown and Hooker each scoring 19 points in the victory. On the second day of Pool D, the U.S. defeated host Thailand 25-18, 25-21, 25-13 thanks to a 17-2 block advantage. Bown was the leading scorer with 15 points. In the Pool D finale on Aug. 15, Team USA overcame a slow start to defeat NORCECA rival Puerto Rico 21-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15. For the third match in a row, the American block dominated with a 21-4 margin as Bown led five U.S. players in double-digit scoring with 14 points.

For the latest news on the FIVB World Grand Prix, visit the U.S. Women’s National Team FIVB World Grand Prix event web site by clicking here. The page includes archived press releases, schedule and results involving all 12 World Grand Prix teams, photo galleries, statistics and match videos by Universal Sports.

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 www.laola1.tv/en/int/fivb/video/203---.html. The USA-Italy match on Aug. 13 was shown live as part of the package, while the USA-China contest on Aug. 22 rounds out the preliminary round coverage. As a note, the FIVB TV matches cannot be viewed in most locations within the United States based on negotiated broadcast rights.

Fans in the United States can watch all remaining USA matches on Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com), on a tape delayed 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 U.S. Women's National Team, visit its home page by clicking here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Pool D (Hong Kong)
# - 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/Final Round: Laurel Iversen (Kalaheo, Hawaii)

FIVB World Grand Prix Standings - (through Aug. 16)
Brazil (15 Points) 5-1
Japan (15 Points) 5-1
Poland (15 Points) 5-1
China (13 Points) 4-2
USA (12 Points) 4-2
Italy (12 Points) 4-2
Netherlands (8 Points) 3-3
Germany (7 Points) 2-4
Dominican Republic (5 Points) 2-4
Thailand (3 Points) 1-5
Puerto Rico (3 Points) 1-5
Chinese Taipei (0 Points) 0-5
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 def. Italy 26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15
Aug. 13: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 25-16, 25-19, 25-16
Aug. 14: Italy def. Puerto Rico 25-12, 25-17, 25-18
Aug. 14: USA def. Thailand 25-18, 25-21, 25-13
Aug. 15: USA def. Puerto Rico 21-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15
Aug. 15: Italy def. Thailand 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20

Pool E (Macau, China * Forum de Macau)
Aug. 13: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 25-14, 25-18, 25-14
Aug. 13: China def. Netherlands 25-16, 25-19, 25-16
Aug. 14: Brazil def. Netherlands 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 26-24
Aug. 14: Dominican Republic def. China 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9
Aug. 16: Netherlands def. Dominican Republic 25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 15-7
Aug. 16: Brazil def. China 25-12, 25-19, 25-19

Pool F (Okayama, Japan * Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Aug. 13: Poland def. Chinese Taipei 25-16, 25-19, 25-15
Aug. 13: Japan def. Germany 26-28, 25-17, 25-20, 25-11
Aug. 14: Germany def. Chinese Taipei 25-19, 25-14, 25-19
Aug. 14: Japan def. Poland 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16
Aug. 15: Poland def. Germany 25-23, 25-23, 29-31, 25-20
Aug. 15: Japan def. Chinese Taipei 28-26, 25-15, 25-11

Pool G (Hong Kong, China * Hong Kong Coliseum)
Aug. 20: USA vs. Germany, 3 p.m. (midnight PT)
Aug. 20: China vs. Thailand, 8 p.m. (5 a.m. PT)
Aug. 21: USA vs. Thailand, 1:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. PT on Aug. 20)
Aug. 21: China vs. Germany, 3:45 p.m. (12:45 a.m. PT)
Aug. 22: Germany vs. Thailand, 1:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. PT on Aug. 21)
Aug. 22: USA vs. China, 3:45 p.m. (12:45 a.m. PT)

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