U.S. Women Defeat Hong Kong Team in Scrimmage

Jan. 30, 2010, 3:51 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated a professional team from Hong Kong in a friendly scrimmage on Jan. 30 as it prepares to meet Evergrande Volleyball Club on Feb. 2 in an exhibition match in Guangzhou.

The Americans won the scrimmage versus Hong Kong 25-11, 25-17, 25-16, 25-6 as both teams agreed to play four sets.

The U.S. opened the first set with an 8-2 lead at the first technical timeout and increased the margin to 16-6 at the second break in cruising to the 25-11 victory. The Americans doubled-up Hong Kong 8-4 at the first technical timeout of the second set and withheld the late charge of the host to win 25-17. After the U.S. reached a 16-7 advantage at the second technical timeout of the third set, it battled Hong Kong through the final 18 points of the third set to win 25-16. Hong Kong was never in the fourth set as the Americans opened with an 8-1 lead and widened the gap to 16-3 at the second technical timeout for a 25-6 victory.

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Tracy Stalls (Denver) led the offense for Team USA with 15 points apiece. Hodge tallied 12 kills on 18 attacks with one error to go with three blocks in starting and playing in just the first two sets at outside hitter. She added five digs and seven reception attempts with a 43 positive reception percent. Stalls contributed nine kills on 10 errorless attempts to go with three blocks and three aces while starting all four sets at middle blocker.

Heather Hughes swings away in a training session. Photo: USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman Heather Hughes swings away during a demonstration at the 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic held Jan. 21-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), who started the first two sets at opposite, tacked on 11 points with 10 kills and a block. Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.), who started the final two sets at opposite, added nine kills on 12 attempts to go with a block.

Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.) charted eight points with six kills on seven errorless attacks to go with two blocks while starting the first two sets at middle blocker. Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio) came off the bench to start the third and fourth sets to compile eight points via six kills, one block and one ace to go with six digs. Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Calif.), who started the first two sets at outside hitter, tallied one kill, one block, four and seven receptions.

Katie Kimmich (Lakeside, Calif.) and Mekana Barnes (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scored seven points apiece as they started the final two sets at outside hitter and middle blocker, respectively. Kimmich totaled six kills on 12 errorless attacks to go with an ace. Barnes was credited with four kills on five errorless swings, one block and one ace.

Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, Ohio) shared the setting duties. Glass set Team USA .475 hitting efficiency and 61.0 kill percent as she started the first two sets. She added a kill on her only swing of the match. Kehoe scored three kills on three swings while setting the Americans to a .625 hitting efficiency and 66.7 kill percent on 48 swings while starting the final two sets.

Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was Team USA’s libero for the first two sets and registered a team-leading nine digs to go 12 reception attempts as part of a 75 positive reception percent. Jessica Fine (Tarzana, Calif.) added six digs and four reception attempts with a 50 positive percent.

The U.S. Women’s National Team out-blocked the team from Hong Kong 12-2 and held an 8-1 advantage in aces. Team USA turned in a 55 percent positive service reception. The American defense limited Hong Kong to a 25 kill percent and .046 hitting efficiency.

Team USA will now focus on its scheduled exhibition match with Evergrande, which is coached by 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping and includes U.S. Women’s National Team players Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). Davis was the libero for the U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The exhibition match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time on Feb. 2 at the new Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou. The match will be aired on Chinese national television on CCTV, which is available in some United States television markets. The match can also be viewed online at http://sports.cntv.cn.

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)