U.S. Women Settle for Montreux Silver

June 13, 2010, 12:24 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team lost to China 23-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20 in the Montreux Volley Masters gold-medal match Sunday afternoon at Montreux, Switzerland.

The U.S., which was playing in the event for the first time since 2005, settled for the silver medal. Earlier in the day, Cuba swept Russia 25-13, 25-18, 27-25 to earn the bronze medal.

Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) led the U.S. in scoring with 20 points via 18 kills on 33 attempts with just one error (52 kill percent, .485 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added 17 kills on 49 swings and a block for 18 points. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) chipped in 12 kills on 21 attacks and three blocks for 15 points. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) contributed 10 kills, three blocks and an ace for 14 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) provided nine kills for all her points, while Nicole Fawcett tallied four kills off the bench.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) led the U.S. defense with 20 of the team’s 53 digs, while Spicer added nine digs and Hodge seven. Davis had a 57 positive percent on 30 service reception attempts, while Barboza handled 39 attempts.

The U.S. used a 5-0 scoring run in the opening set to recover from a 14-9 deficit to come to win 25-23. USA recovered from an 18-15 deficit in the second set, but China managed to win the stanza 29-27 on its fifth set-point opportunity after briefly trailing 23-22. The second set was tied a total of 17 times. China broke a 13-all tie in the third set with a key 3-0 scoring run and went on to win 25-22. China broke a 14-all tie in the fourth set with a 3-0 run and used three late service aces to win 25-20.

China held an 80-70 advantage in kills and 4-2 margin in aces. Team USA tallied eight blocks to China’s six. The U.S. benefited from 14 Chinese errors to their own 12 for the match. The U.S. converted 48 percent of its attacks with just 12 hitting errors, while China converted 47 percent of its attacks with 17 attack errors.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Davis was named the Best Libero for the event with 158 excellent passes on 250 attempts. She also had a tournament-leading 5.50 digs per set - nearly 2.0 digs per set more than the second-place finisher. Davis also was fifth in Best Receiver with a 52.34 passing efficiency on 107 attempts.

Hodge tied for fourth-best scorer with 87 total points scored in the tournament (78 kills, 8 blocks, 1 Ace), while Nnamani ranked as the ninth-best scorer with 63 points. Hodge was seventh in Best Attacker with a 40.21 success percent. Harmotto ranked fifth in Best Blocker with a 0.72 block average, while Tamas was ranked ninth with a 0.61 block average. Nellie Spicer finished the tournament ranked third in Best Setter with 9.11 running sets average.

The Americans finished second in Pool A with a 2-1 record and needed to defeat NORCECA-rival and Pool B winner Cuba in the semifinals to advance to the gold-medal match. China, which finished second in Pool B behind Cuba, defeated Pool A winner Russia in the semifinals to advance to the title match. Cuba def. Russia 25-13, 25-18, 27-25 in the bronze medal match earlier today.

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, Nnamani at opposite and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was a back-row sub in all four sets, while Fawcett and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) were used as double-substitutions in all four sets.

China had five players score at least 14 points in the match, led by Ruoqi Hui’s match-high 27 points off of 25 kills and two blocks. Ming Xue added 16 points, while Liyi Chen and Yunwen Ma both totaled 15 points. Lei Zhang contributed 14 points in the victory.

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.

China reached the opening set’s first technical timeout leading 8-6, the first two-point cushion for either team, after scoring consecutive points. The U.S. tied the set out of the break with a Barboza kill and block at 8-all. However, China answered with four quick points to establish a 12-8 advantage leading to a USA timeout. China extended the lead out of the break to 13-8 after a USA error. Tamas and Hodge scored consecutive American kills and Tamas served a winner to slice the gap to 14-12 leading to a Chinese timeout. Out of the break, Hodge found the court for consecutive kills to tie the score at 14-all. China stopped the 5-0 USA scoring run with two straight points to go into the second technical timeout leading 16-14. Team USA tied the set at 19-all on consecutive kills from Tamas and Barboza. The USA took its first lead since it was 4-3 at 20-19 after a Barboza kill. Barboza collected a kill and China hit wide to extend the USA lead to 22-20. A Hodge kill was followed by a Chinese attack error giving the USA set points at 24-21. China saved two set points to close to within 24-23. Hodge ended the set with a powerful cross-court kill, her eight point of the set to lead Americans in the period. Barboza added six points in the opening set. Both teams committed just three errors during the first set with the USA winning the attack battle 19-18 in kills.

China started the second set with a 3-1 advantage. However, a Hodge kill and Chinese attack error tied the set at 3-all. China returned to a two-point advantage at 7-5 on consecutive points. The U.S. tied the set at 9-all after back-to-back kills from Tamas and Hodge. Nnamani added to the USA run with a kill pushing the Americans in front for the first time of the second set at 10-9. Hodge slammed a kill, Nnamani followed with a block and China was called for a lift to stretch the USA lead to 13-10. Harmotto scored a fourth consecutive point for the USA with a block extending the lead to 14-10. China promptly put together a 6-0 run to take the lead back at 16-14 at the second technical timeout. China built its lead to 18-15 with a two points in a row. Harmotto scored an overpass kill and block on consecutive plays and Fawcett followed with a kill to tie the set at 18-all. Nnamani and Hodge scored consecutive kills to lead to a 23-22 U.S. advantage. China answered with consecutive points to earn the first set point opportunity at 24-23. The teams traded points until China won the set 29-27 on its fifth set-point opportunity. Hodge and Harmotto each scored six points for the U.S. in the second set. The Americans limited its errors to just one in the period.

China scored four unanswered points to assume a 5-2 lead in the third set. Nnamani scored a kill and block on consecutive plays and Harmotto slammed an overpass to tie the set at 5-all. China quickly scored two points in a row to re-take a two-point cushion at 7-5. Harmotto and Hodge provided back-to-back kills to tie the set once again at 7-all. China increased its lead to 11-9 with back-to-back points. Nnamani and Hodge connected for kills on consecutive plays to tie the set at 12-all. China went into the second technical timeout leading 16-13 on a 3-0 scoring run. China continued to build its advantage to four points at 20-16 with back-to-back points leading to USA’s first timeout of the set. China reached set points at 24-19 with consecutive points. Team USA saved two set points with a Nnamani kill and China error at 24-21. Nnamani followed with a service winner closing the gap to 24-22 before China ended the set at 25-22. Nnamani had five points in the set to lead the Americans, who had five errors in the period.

Barboza gave the U.S. a quick 2-0 lead in the fourth set with consecutive kills, but China answered with four straight points to take a 4-2 advantage. The U.S. tied the set at 4-all with a Tamas kill and China error. China regained a two-point edge at 11-9 after trading several points in a row. Barboza served an ace after a Nnamani kill to tie the set at 11-all. China went into the second technical timeout with a 16-14 advantage, then extended the margin to 17-14 with an ace out of the break. Harmotto and Barboza tallied consecutive kills to close the U.S. to within one at 17-16. China collected its second and third aces of the third set on consecutive serves by Chen Liyi to move in front by four at 21-17. Barboza stopped the run with a kill and Nnamani followed with a block to cut the deficit in half to 21-19. China answered with consecutive kills to move back in front by four at 23-19. China finished the set and match with a 25-20 victory in the fourth on consecutive kills.

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 Volley Masters Schedule

June 8
Cuba def. Netherlands 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23
USA def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 25-21
China def. Poland 25-17, 25-23, 25-17

June 9
USA def. Germany 19-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-22
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
Poland (4B) def. Japan (3A) 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16
Netherlands (3B) def. Germany (4A) 25-20, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19
China (2B) def. Russia (1A) 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23
USA (2A) def. Cuba (1B) 25-18, 25-23, 29-27

June 13: Medal Round Matches
Match for 5th Place: Poland def. Netherlands 25-21, 25-22, 25-12
Bronze Medal Match: Cuba def. Russia 25-13, 25-18, 27-25
Gold Medal Match: China def. USA 23-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20