U.S. Blue Tops U.S. Red

July 25, 2010, 3:28 a.m. (ET)

Erin Campbell
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6864
E-Mail: erin.campbell@usav.org

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 25, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team finished its two-match, intrasquad scrimmage series Saturday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The Blue team won the match, 3-2.

U.S. Red went up two sets to none at the break, 25-19, 25-20, but U.S. Blue swept the next three to win the five-set match, 25-11, 25-22 and 15-10.

Pacing the Blue squad was Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb) with a team-high 24 points via 17 kills on 58 attempts to go with a match-high four blocks and two aces. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) finished the five-set match with 19 kills and only three errors on her 47 attempts as part of a 23-point performance that included four blocks. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) finished with 14 kills and two errors on 43 total attempts to go with three blocks for 17 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied 11 points and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added seven points.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) finished the match with 21 receptions with only one error and a 52 positive percent. Larson had a 60 percent positive passing percent, while Hodge held a 56 positive percent passing.

Leading the way for the Red team was Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) with 18 points via 15 kills on 44 total attacks, two blocks and an ace Coming in close behind her was Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) with their 10 and 11 kills, respectively. Barboza finished with 13 total points with two blocks and an ace, while Metcalf chipped in one block for 12 total points.  Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) added nine points via six kills on 14 swings, two aces and a block. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.)  added 10 points on eight kills and 2 blocks. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) led the passing game with her 54 percent positive passes on 26 attempts.  

The Blue Team started Bown and Paolini at middle blocker, Hodge and Larson at outside hitter, Hooker at opposite and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) at setter. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) started the final three sets for the Blue team at setter.

For the Red Team, Barboza and Richards started at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Tamas started at middle blocker, Metcalf started at opposite and Thompson started at setter. Glass switched teams and started the fifth set for the Red Team. Nnamani started the fifth set for the Red Team after subbing in the second set for the Blue team and the third and fourth sets for the Red Team.

The two teams were head-to-head in many of the categories including first ball kills, where the Red team finished with a 43 percent kill percentage and the Blue with a 44 percent kill percentage. Where the Blue took the match was in points per rotation. They finished the match winning points in every rotation while the Red team had two rotations that finished in the negative.

Along with the two scrimmages, the squad has played in two tournaments and has earned spots on the podium at both including a silver medal finish at the Montreux Masters in Switzerland. and are 9-3 so far this season in official matches.

The selected players will compete in each of the three preliminary weekends hosted in Gdynia, Poland, along with the Final Round of the upcoming FIVB World Grand Prix. The U.S. Women will face Dominican Republic on Aug. 6, Germany on Aug. 7 and Poland on Aug. 8 during the first weekend of the preliminary round matches. For the second preliminary round, the U.S. will travel to Bangkok and Thailand to face Italy on Aug. 13, Thailand on Aug. 14 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 15. The Women’s National Team will conclude the preliminary round in Hong Kong where they will play Germany again on Aug. 20 and Thailand on Aug. 21, along with a match-up verses China on Aug. 22.

The FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will take place Aug. 25-29 at Ningbo, China. The top five of the six teams in the preliminary rounds will join host China in the Final Round.

Team USA will face Dominican Republic on Aug. 6, Germany on Aug. 7 and Poland on Aug. 8 during the first weekend of the preliminary round matches. For the second preliminary round, the U.S. will travel to Bangkok and Thailand to face Italy on Aug. 13, Thailand on Aug. 14 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 15. The Women’s National Team will conclude the preliminary round in Hong Kong where they will play Germany again on Aug. 20 and Thailand on Aug. 21, along with a match-up verses China on Aug. 22.

 

Red Team # - Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, College) 

5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)

8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)

9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Colorado Springs, Colo., Pacific)
10 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)

16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)

19 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)

Blue Team # - Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, College)

2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)

6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)

7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)

11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)

17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)

22 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)

19 – Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Played for both Blue and Red:

1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)

2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)

6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)

10 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)

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