U.S. Women Fall to Russia 3-1 at Montreux

June 11, 2010, 5:19 p.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team dropped a 22-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 match to Russia on June 11 to conclude pool play at the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland.

Team USA, which finished 2-1 and in second-place in Pool A, challenges Pool B’s Cuba (3-0) in the semifinal round on June 12 at 9 p.m. local time (noon PT).

Russia won Pool A with a 3-0 record and will face Pool B’s China in the opposite semifinal match. Japan finished Pool A in third place, while Germany finished fourth. Cuba won Pool B with a 3-0 record, while China advances to the semifinals with a 2-1 record in the group. Netherlands finished 1-2 and Poland was 0-3.

The U.S. broke the 11th tie of the opening set with a 4-0 run to take a 23-19 lead en route to a 25-22 victory. The opener also produced six lead changes. Russia opened the second set with a 6-0 lead and established a 10-point cushion at 17-7 en route to a 25-13 victory. The U.S. rallied from a 23-20 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 23-all, only to have Russia capture the set 25-23 with the final two points after recovering from its own 16-13 deficit. Russia used a 9-1 scoring run to overcome a 12-7 deficit in the fourth set to win finale 25-18.

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) led the U.S. scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Hodge tallied all her points kills, while Harmotto totaled 12 kills and a team-high three blocks. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) charted nine kills, two blocks and an ace for 12 points. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) added six points with five kills and a block in just the first two sets. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) each added five points off the bench. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) contributed four points in the loss, while Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with an ace.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) provided a team-high 16 digs, while Hodge added eight and Thompson seven.

Russia out-blocked USA 12-9 and held a sizeable 64-51 advantage in kills. The U.S. managed a slim 4-3 edge in aces, but had 18 total errors to Russia’s 15. The Americans held a 46-33 margin in digs, but the Russians had a 69 percent excellent service reception to their opponent’s 52 percent.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Tamas and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hodge and Barboza at outside hitter, Fawcett at opposite and Spicer at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match.

Tatiana Kosheleva pounded out a match-high 21 points all on kills for Russia. Nataliya Goncharova tallied 20 points in the victory, while teammate Olga Fateeva added 19 points.

Earlier today, Japan defeated Germany 26-24, 24-26, 25-19, 25-16 in a Pool A match of teams looking for their first win in the tournament. Cuba topped Poland 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 as it finished pool play undefeated. Poland was winless in pool play.

The 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters, a yearly event held in Montreux, Switzerland, is an eight-team event. For updated tournament host information, visit www.volleymasters.ch/program.php.

Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team competing in Montreux can be found by clicking here, while the press kit is available by clicking here.

Following the Montreux Volley Masters, the U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, to compete in the Ninth Pan American Cup slated for June 18-26. In July, the team will have two Red vs. Blue exhibition matches. The first exhibition is scheduled for Irvine Valley College (5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, Calif.) on July 17 at 7 p.m. PT. The second exhibition is scheduled for St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (31641 LaNovia Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) on July 24 at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The U.S. started with a 2-0 lead in the opening set with a Tamas kill and Spicer ace, but Russia responded with four consecutive points to assume 4-2 advantage. Team USA tied the set at 5-all on a Hodge kill and Russian attack error. Fawcett served an ace after a Barboza back-row kill to yield a 7-6 U.S. lead. Russia recovered with consecutive points going into the first technical timeout leading 8-7. The lead switched quickly again to the U.S. after a Harmotto kill and Russian error at 10-9, but Russian put down consecutive points to return in front 11-10. The U.S. went in front 14-13 on a Russian error after a Hodge kill. Fawcett added a block as part of a 3-0 run to extend the American advantage to 15-13. The U.S. stretched its lead to 18-15 on consecutive kills from Harmotto and Barboza. Russia tied the set at 19-all on three straight points. The Americans used three Russian errors and a Barboza kill to establish a 23-19 advantage on four unanswered points. Russia saved two set points after Tamas put down a kill at 24-20 before the U.S. won 25-22 via a service error. Barboza and Tamas each scored four points for the Americans in the opening set. Russia held a 16-12 advantage in kills, but committed nine errors and the U.S. held a 2-0 margin in aces. Both teams tallied two blocks in the opening set.

Russia opened the second set with a 4-0 advantage prompting a quick timeout. Out of the timeout, Russia extended its margin to 6-0 after its second ace by Olga Fateeva in the scoring run. Tamas and Harmotto scored consecutive kills to narrow the deficit to 7-3. Russia extended its margin to 11-4 with four of the next five points to force McCutcheon to call USA’s second timeout. Russia scored three straight points to take a 15-6 lead. The Russian advantage reached double-digits at 17-7. Hodge slammed consecutive kills to cut the gap to eight at 19-11.Russia scored the final four points of the set to win 25-13. Harmotto held a set-high three points for the U.S. Russia took advantage of seven Team USA errors in the second set.

Russia inched to a 6-3 advantage early in the third set. The U.S. received a kill and block from Tamas and Richards added an ace on consecutive plays to tie the set at 8-all after the technical timeout. Nnamani added a block to push the U.S. in front 9-8. Hodge hammered consecutive kills to stretch the U.S. lead to 11-9. Harmotto and Hodge produced consecutive kills to push the American lead to 13-10. After Russia sliced the gap to 13-12, Harmotto placed a kill down and Richards put up a block to return the U.S. margin to three at 15-12. Russia scored two quick points out of the second technical timeout to close to within one at 16-15, then took an 18-17 lead on three straight points leading to a USA timeout. Russia extended its scoring run to five points with consecutive U.S. attack errors to give the Russians a 20-17 lead. Tamas hammered a kill and served an ace on consecutive plays to cut the deficit to one at 21-20. Russia answered with consecutive points to return to a three-point cushion at 23-20. After a Russia attack into the net, Harmotto slammed a kill of the block and put up a block to move Team USA into a tie at 23-all. However, Russia scored the final two points to capture a 25-23 victory. Harmotto provided seven points for the U.S. in the third set, while Hodge added five points. Team USA tallied five blocks in the period. Russia scored 17 of its 25 points via kills in the third period.

Hodge scored two kills and Tamas added another to give the U.S. an early 3-0 lead in the fourth set. Hodge and Richards converted consecutive points to lift the U.S. in front 5-1. Russia cut the deficit in half with back-to-back points at 6-4. Harmotto pounded a kill and Tamas added a block to yield a 9-5 USA advantage. After holding a 12-7 advantage, Russia stormed into the lead at 16-13 on a 9-1 scoring spurt. Russia increased its lead to 21-15 after consecutive USA errors and a block as part of a 4-0 scoring run. Russia finished off the set with a 25-18 victory.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
3 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
4 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Jill Collymore (OPP/OH, 5-10, Seattle, Wash., Washington)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
13 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
17 - Mary (Nellie) Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Technical Coordinator: Jennifer Hirneisen
Team Leader: Jim McLaughlin
Team Doctor: Dr. William Stetson

Final Montreux Pool Standings

Pool A
Russia 3-0
USA 2-1
Japan 1-2
Germany 0-3

Pool B
Cuba 3-0
China 2-1
Netherlands 1-2
Poland 0-3

Montreux Schedule
June 8
Cuba def. Netherlands 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23
USA def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 (Unofficial DataVolley Stats)
China def. Poland 25-17, 25-23, 25-17

June 9
USA def. Germany 19-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-22 (Unofficial DataVolley Stats)
China def. Netherlands 25-19, 25-20, 25-19
Russia def. Japan 25-16, 25-19, 25-21

June 10
Netherlands def. Poland 25-23, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23
Russia def. Germany 25-21, 25-21, 25-21
Cuba def. China 28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-8

June 11
Japan def. Germany 26-24, 24-26, 25-19, 25-16
Cuba def. Poland 25-22, 25-21, 25-22
Russia def. USA 22-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18

June 12: Pool Crossover
Japan (3A) vs. Poland (4B), 2 p.m. (5 a.m. PT)
Netherlands (3B) vs. Germany (4A), 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)
Russia (1A) vs. China (2B), 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
USA (1B) vs. Poland (2A), 9 p.m. (noon PT)

June 13: Medal Round Matches
Match for 5th Place, 11 a.m. (2 a.m. PT)
Bronze Medal Match, 1:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. PT)
Gold Medal Match, 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)