Young U.S. Women's Team Downed by Evergrande

Feb. 02, 2010, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, on a training trip to China, lost to Evergrande Volleyball Club 25-20, 25-14, 25-19 on Feb. 2 in an exhibition match at the new Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

Evergrande is a professional team in the Chinese pro league coached by 2008 U.S. Olympic Games Head Coach Lang Ping. The team also includes 2008 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) playing libero and U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). Further, Evergrande’s roster includes Feng Kun, Zhou Suhong and Yang Hao, who all won gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games and bronze medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in their home country. In contrast, the U.S. Women’s National Team competing against Evergrande was a young training roster void of past Olympians who are working toward spots on the 2012 Olympic Games roster.

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), one of three players who joined the U.S. Women’s National Team last week but will return to college on return to the U.S., paced the American offense with 15 points, all coming on kills with a 41 percent conversion rate. She added 19 reception attempts with a 47 percent positive mark and nine digs. Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), who began training with Team USA on Jan. 11, added nine points in the match with eight kills and a block in a reserve role.

Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.), playing her first international competition with Team USA since 2002, chipped in four kills on 10 attempts and a team-high three blocks for seven points. Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) contributed five kills on 12 attempts with just one error to go with a block. She also had a match-high 30 reception attempts with a 57 percent positive rating. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), who will return to Penn State with Hodge to finish their academic work, posted a kill, block and ace for three points while serving as the starting setter. Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) charted two points and six digs, while Tracy Stalls (Denver) rounded out the scoring with one point. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) had a team-high 13 digs with a 72 positive reception percent on 18 attempts.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Glass at setter, Weaver and Stalls at middle blocker, Hodge and Pressey at outside hitter, Hughes at opposite and Miyashiro at libero. Collymore subbed into the match in the first two sets, then started the third set in place of Hughes. Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) started the third set at middle blocker after subbing into the match in the second set. Katie Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.) was a sub in the second set, while Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) was a back-row sub in the second and third sets.

Hamotto was credited with 10 points for Evergrande in the victory. She scored seven kills on 13 swings with only two errors for a 54 kill percent and .385 hitting efficiency to go with three blocks. Davis held an 80 percent positive service reception mark on 15 attempts, which 67 percent of the attempts resulted in an excellent rating.

Evergrande held slim margins in blocks (9-7), aces (3-1) and digs (38-37) over Team USA. However, it converted on 39 percent of its attack attempts with just 16 errors resulting in .248 hitting efficiency. Conversely, Evergrande limited the U.S. to a 34 kill percent and a .134 hitting efficiency with 21 attack errors. Evergrande also had a 55 percent excellent reception rate to stay in system, compared to Team USA’s 29 percent excellent reception.

Trailing 7-3 in the opening set, the U.S. battled back to take an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout with Pressey scoring a block and kill around a Glass kill and Weaver block. Evergrande regained the lead at 11-10 and increased its margin to 15-13. A Pressey kill and Evergrande error put the U.S. back into a tie at 15-all. However, Evergrande scored six of the next seven points to claim a 21-16 lead and did not allow the Americans to score consecutive points the rest of the set.

Evergrande pushed to a 5-1 lead to begin the second set, then extended the margin to seven points at 10-3. Team USA cut the gap to five points at 11-6, only to have Evergrande score three unanswered for a 15-7 advantage. After a Glass block out of the second technical timeout, Hodge collected a kill to put the U.S. back to within six at 16-10. Evergrande scored two of its three aces on consecutive serves at 22-12 before finishing out the set with a 25-14 victory.

Team USA benefited from the addition of Collymore into the third set starting lineup as she scored four quick kills to yield a 5-3 U.S. lead. Evergrande responded with three consecutive points to take a 6-5 lead. Collymore started a three-point run for the U.S. with a kill and Hodge capped the run with her own spike for an 8-6 U.S. lead at the technical timeout. Glass served an ace at 10-7 after a Hodge kill, but Evergrande responded with three straight points to knot the score at 10-all. With the score tied at 13-all, Evergrande scored five of the next six points to gain control of the set at 18-14. Hodge scored consecutive kills to whittle the deficit to two at 19-17. However, Evergrande cut the rally short with four straight points to assume a 23-17 advantage. Collymore saved a match point with a block at 24-19, but Harmotto ended the match with a quick attack kill at 25-19.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for 2010 China Training Trip
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Bryn Kehoe (S, 5-10, North Bend, Ohio, Stanford)
2 - Cheryl Weaver (MB, 6-2, Washington, D.C., Long Beach State)
4 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
5 - Jessica Fine (L, 5-6, Tarzana, Calif., UCLA)
6 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
7 - Tama Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
8 - Katie Kimmich (OH, 6-4, Lakeside, Calif., Pepperdine)
10 - Mekana Barnes (MB, 6-0, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Colorado State)
11 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C. Penn State)
13 - Ellen Herman (OH, 6-1, Toledo, Ohio, Ohio)
14 - Heather Hughes (OPP/OH, 6-2, Fallbrook, Calif., Loyola Marymount)
16 - Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
18 - Jill Collymore (OPP/OH, 5-10, Bellevue, Wash., Washington)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator/Team Leader: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)