Notes on FIVB Women’s World Championship

Nov. 01, 2010, 2:38 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 1, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is off to a fast start at the 2010 FIVB World Championship being staged in various cities in Japan from Oct. 29 through Nov. 14.

The U.S., which won the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix in August, is one of seven teams which have qualified for the second round with two matches remaining in the first round. Defending World Championship title holder Russia, defending Olympic Games champion Brazil, host Japan, Italy, Serbia and Korea have all confirmed their places in the second round with the Americans as all seven teams are 3-0 records in the first round.

The FIVB World Championship first round has six teams in four pools playing a round-robin schedule with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the second round for crossover play. The U.S. is grouped in Pool C at Matsumoto with Cuba, Germany, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Croatia. In the second round, Pool C crosses over with Pool B (Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Kenya, Puerto Rico and Czech Republic) to form Pool F in Nagoya. The semifinals and finals will be played in Tokyo on Nov. 13-14.

Team USA has reached the mid-first round training day with three impressive victories and is the only remaining undefeated team in Pool C. The squad opened the tournament shaky, but bounced back to defeat No. 12 Thailand 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 on Oct. 29. The Americans then cruised past No. 45 Croatia 25-16, 25-13, 25-23 on Oct. 30. One day earlier, Croatia had upset No. 6 Cuba in straight sets. On Oct. 31, the U.S. swept No. 15 Germany 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 to improve to 3-0. Team USA concludes the first round with matches versus No. 16 Kazakhstan on Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m. Japan Time (2:45 a.m. Pacific Time) and against NORCECA rival Cuba on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (2 a.m. Pacific Time).

The Americans are 23-9 this season and have won 14 consecutive matches in official FIVB tournaments. The U.S. captured the FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal in August by winning its final 11 matches. Team USA played four friendly exhibition matches on a tour of Brazil in September, which Brazil won all four contests.

The U.S. has won nine of 10 sets played at the World Championship, but that is not the best record in the tournament. No. 21 Korea, playing in Pool D in Osaka, has been the Cinderella team at the World Championship and is the only team that has yet to lose a set in the tournament. Korea, which defeated No. 3 China on Oct. 31, will face No. 7 and undefeated Russia on Nov. 2 in a key battle in group.

In Pool A being played in Tokyo, host Japan and Serbia are 3-0, while Poland, Peru and Costa Rica are fighting to stay alive for a second-round berth. Japan and Serbia will meet on Nov. 3 in a match likely to determine the pool winner.

Pool B has been an interesting showcase of volleyball in Hamamatsu. No. 1 Brazil and No. 4 Italy are both undefeated and on a collision course for a Nov. 3 show down to settle the group winner. However, both Brazil and Italy were pushed to a fifth set on Oct. 30 by lower seeds in the first round. No. 38 Czech Republic held a 2-1 lead in sets over Brazil before the top-ranked team came back to win in five sets. No. 10 Netherlands pushed Italy to five sets.

Through the first three matches of the World Championship, Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is the top U.S. scorer with 50 points for 10th best in the tournament. She also ranks 10th in Best Spiker with a 47.4 kill percent.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranks 16th in scoring with 43 points, but has contributed in many areas as part of Team USA’s early success in the FIVB World Championship. She ranks second in the Best Receiver category with a 68.7 efficiency percent on 67 total attempts. In addition, Tom has compiled a 42.1 kill percent for 22nd in the tournament. Defensively, she has added 0.80 blocks per set for 13th in Best Blocker and 2.10 digs per set for 22nd in Best Digger.

Team USA, which has a combined 42-18 block advantage over its opponents during the World Championship, is led in blocking by Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.). She has a 1.00 block average and tied for seventh in the Best Blocker category. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) has matched Tom’s 0.80 block average for 14th in Best Blocker. Both Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) average 0.60 blocks per set.

Glass ranks second as Best Setter in the World Championship with an 11.60 running sets average. She has helped the Americans to a 44.9 kill percent and .335 hitting efficiency in the first three matches.

The U.S. offense has run smoothly thanks to the defense being provided by Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas). She leads all World Championship players in digs with a 5.20 dig average – or 1.45 digs per set more than the second-best player. Sykora also ranks sixth in Best Libero with 6.20 excellent passes (reception and dig) per set, despite opposing teams serving away from her. Larson has made an impact on serve receive with a 57.50 efficiency percent for ninth best in the tournament.

Team USA, which has never won the FIVB World Championship, is looking to reach the World Championship medal podium for the fifth time. The U.S. earned the silver medal at the 2002 World Championship in Berlin and the 1967 World Championship in Tokyo. The Americans captured the bronze in the 1990 World Championship in Beijing and the 1982 World Championship in Lima, Peru. At the most recent FIVB World Championship held in Japan in 2006, the U.S. finished in a disappointing ninth place.

For complete coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team while at the FIVB World Championship, visit the event page at The page includes all match recaps, team press kit, photo galleries, unofficial DataVolley statistics, player and staff blogs, link to the FIVB’s event page and full tournament match results and schedule.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Championship
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Doctor: Dr. William Briner
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan

FIVB World Championship First Round Pools with FIVB World Ranking
(first three countries by seed, then next three based on drawing of lots)
Pool A (Tokyo): Japan (5), Serbia (9), Poland (8), Peru (17), Algeria (14), Costa Rica (31)
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil (1), Italy (4), Netherlands (10), Kenya (35), Puerto Rico (13), Czech Republic (38)
Pool C (Matsumoto): USA (2), Cuba (6), Germany (15), Kazakhstan (16), Thailand (12), Croatia (45)
Pool D (Osaka): China (3), Russia (7), Korea (21), Dominican Republic (11), Turkey (22), Canada (24)

First Round Schedule

Pool A:
Oct. 29: Peru def. Algeria 25-16, 25-12, 25-18
Oct. 29: Serbia def. Costa Rica 25-15, 25-18, 25-14
Oct. 29: Japan def. Poland 26-28, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12
Oct. 30: Costa Rica def. Algeria 25-18, 25-21, 25-10
Oct. 30: Serbia def. Poland 19-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-22
Oct. 30: Japan def. Peru 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14
Oct. 31: Serbia def. Peru 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-18
Oct. 31: Poland def. Costa Rica 25-14, 25-12, 25-15
Oct. 31: Japan def. Algeria 25-18, 25-7, 25-14
Nov. 2: Serbia vs. Algeria, 13:00
Nov. 2: Poland vs. Peru, 15:30
Nov. 2: Costa Rica vs. Japan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 12:30
Nov. 3: Algeria vs. Poland, 15:00
Nov. 3: Japan vs. Serbia, 18:00

Pool B:
Oct. 29: Brazil def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-11
Oct. 29: Netherlands def. Czech Republic 26-24, 25-20, 25-14
Oct. 29: Italy def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-11, 25-18
Oct. 30: Brazil def. Czech Republic 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9
Oct. 30: Puerto Rico def. Kenya 25-20, 25-23, 25-19
Oct. 30: Italy def. Netherlands 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 15-12
Oct. 31: Czech Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-14, 25-17
Oct. 31: Italy def. Kenya 25-9, 25-7, 25-21
Oct. 31: Brazil def. Netherlands 25-19, 25-18, 25-14
Nov. 2: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico, 13:30
Nov. 2: Netherlands vs. Kenya, 16:15
Nov. 2: Czech Republic vs. Italy, 18:45
Nov. 3: Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands, 13:00
Nov. 3: Kenya vs. Czech Republic, 15:30
Nov. 3: Italy vs. Brazil, 18:00

Pool C:
Oct. 29: Germany def. Kazakhstan 25-21, 25-14, 25-16
Oct. 29: USA def. Thailand 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21
Oct. 29: Croatia def. Cuba 25-23, 34-32, 25-21
Oct. 30: USA def. Croatia 25-16, 25-13, 25-23
Oct. 30: Thailand def. Kazakhstan 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-16
Oct. 30: Germany def. Cuba 26-24, 25-17, 25-23
Oct. 31: Cuba def. Kazakhstan 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10
Oct. 31: Thailand def. Croatia 25-15, 25-14, 25-17
Oct. 31: USA def. Germany 25-23, 26-24, 25-17
Nov. 2: Croatia vs. Germany, 13:30
Nov. 2: Thailand vs. Cuba, 16:15
Nov. 2: USA vs. Kazakhstan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Kazakhstan vs. Croatia, 13:00
Nov. 3: Germany vs. Thailand, 15:30
Nov. 3: USA vs. Cuba, 18:00

Pool D:
Oct. 29: Russia def. Dominican Republic 21-25, 25-9, 25-17, 25-11
Oct. 29: Korea def. Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-14
Oct. 29: Turkey def. China 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17
Oct. 30: Russia def. Turkey 25-27, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17
Oct. 30: Korea def. Dominican Republic 29-27, 25-23, 25-20
Oct. 30: China def. Canada 25-16, 25-19, 25-10
Oct. 31: Turkey def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15
Oct. 31: Russia def. Canada 25-13, 25-16, 25-21
Oct. 31: Korea def. China 25-22, 25-23, 25-23
Nov. 2: Turkey vs. Canada, 13:30
Nov. 2: Russia vs. Korea, 16:15
Nov. 2: Dominican Republic vs. China, 18:45
Nov. 3: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 13:00
Nov. 3: Korea vs. Turkey, 15:30
Nov. 3: China vs. Russia, 18:00

Second Round (Nov. 6-10) - teams play opposite pool in crossover
Pool E (Tokyo): 1A, 1D, 2A, 2D, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4D
Pool F (Nagoya): 1B, 1C, 2B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4C

Semifinals and Finals (Nov. 13-14 in Tokyo)