U.S. Women Sweep Kazakhstan at World Championship
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 2, 2010) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team remains undefeated in four matches during the FIVB World Championship first round Pool C as it defeated Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 on Tuesday evening at Matsumoto, Japan.
Team USA, the only undefeated team in Pool C with a 4-0 record and already assured a spot in the second round in Nagoya, concludes the first round versus NORCECA rival Cuba (2-2) on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (2 a.m. Pacific Time). The Americans have already defeated Cuba, ranked sixth in the world, twice this season in as many meetings. Cuba is currently 2-2 in the group, having won its last two matches after losing its first two matches. Kazakhstan falls to 0-4 in the tournament.
The U.S. eased to a 25-17 victory in the opening set as it used a key 7-1 scoring run to overcome an early 5-4 deficit. The Americans broke a 4-all tie in the second set with four unanswered points and never allowed Kazakhstan closer than two points the rest of the set in a 25-19 victory. Team USA scored four straight points to take an 8-4 lead in the third set and rolled to a 19-11 advantage with five unanswered points before holding on for a 25-19 victory.
“I thought Kazakhstan served the ball quite strongly, so they caused us problems with their service,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “They played hard throughout the match and I thought our athletes did as well. At key moments, we were one or two plays better. I'm happy with the win and now we can focus on the match tomorrow.”
The U.S. had nine different players score a point in the match. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) scored a match-high 15 points with 13 kills on 19 attacks and two blocks, while Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 13 points on 12 kills on 17 attacks and a block. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed eight kills and a block for nine points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in six kills on eight swings and a block for seven points, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied five points on three kills, a block and an ace. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), playing for the first time in the 2010 FIVB World Championship, scored two kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) added a block apiece, while Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.
“I thought Kazakhstan blocked us well tonight, so we had to make sure we used the whole court and try to broaden our offense a bit,” said Tamas, the U.S. captain. “I'm looking forward to tomorrow's match, our last match in Matsumoto. We've enjoyed ourselves here and we are hoping to play well tomorrow.”
Glass was credited with 34 running sets in helping the American offense to a 50.6 kill percent and .416 hitting efficiency. Stacy Sykora led the USA defense with 16 digs, while Tom added eight digs to go with 12 excellent service receptions on 16 attempts. Larson contributed a team-leading 15 excellent service receptions on 27 errorless attempts.
McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Glass at setter. Sykora was the libero during the match. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Hodge were double-subs in the first two sets. Tamas started the third set in place of Bown, who later came into the third set to give Akinradewo a rest. Metcalf was a reserve in the third set.
The U.S. offense held a 45-28 advantage in attack points. Despite having just one block through the first two sets, the Americans finished with a 7-6 edge in blocks. Team USA’s service reception was clicking on all cylinders with 31 excellent receptions on 47 attempts for a 66.0 percent. The U.S. defense held Kazakhstan to a 33.3 kill percent and .179 hitting efficiency. Both teams recorded two aces in the match.
Kazakhstan was led by Sana Jarlagassova’s 10 points, while Olga Drobyshevskaya added six points.
“I would say they are a brilliant team, but this time we could also see how other teams play and we recognize that we should learn more and train more for the next tournament,” Kazakhstan Head Coach Nelli Chsherbakova said.
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Earlier today in Pool C, Germany downed Croatia 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 to improve to 3-1 in the group and Cuba beat Thailand 25-19, 29-27, 27-25 as both teams are now 2-2. Serbia topped Algeria 25-15, 25-12, 25-21, Poland handled Peru 25-10, 25-15, 25-16 and Japan swept Costa Rica 25-9, 25-13, 25-8 in Pool A at Tokyo. In Pool B at Hamamatsu, Brazil blanked Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-18, 25-20, Netherlands swept Kenya 25-8, 25-14, 25-11 and No. 38 Czech Republic rallied to upset No. 4 Italy 25-27, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15. In Pool D at Osaka, Turkey rallied past Canada 19-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-8, Russia downed Korea 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22 in a battle of undefeated teams and China dominated Dominican Republic 25-12, 25-21, 25-14.
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.
The U.S. scored the first two points of the opening set with kills from Larson and Hooker, only to have Kazakhstan rally to take a 3-2 advantage by scoring the next three points. Team USA regained the lead at 6-5 on a service and attack error by Kazakhstan, then Tom served an ace and Hooker hammered a kill for an 8-5 U.S. advantage at the first technical timeout. The Americans extended their lead to 11-6 with kills by Hooker, Larson and Tom on consecutive plays. Consecutive Kazakhstan errors pushed the U.S. lead to 13-7, then Bown crushed a kill and Kazakhstan committed a setting error to inch the lead to 15-8. Kazakhstan narrowed the deficit to 15-10 with consecutive points before Tom smashed a kill off the block to give the Americans a 16-10 lead at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Kazakhstan hit wide to yield a 17-10 U.S. advantage. The American lead reached eight points at 19-11 with back-to-back kills from Akinradewo and Hooker. After Kazakhstan scored consecutive points, USA answered with back-to-back points of its own with kills from Hooker and Larson to put the score at 21-13. The U.S. ended the set with a Bown kill at 25-17. Hooker finished the set with a team-high six points as the Americans converted 15 of 26 attacks for 57.7 percent. Team USA benefited from nine Kazakhstan errors in the set.
The U.S. gained a two-point cushion in the second set with consecutive Tom kills and an Akinradewo block at 3-1. Kazakhstan came back to tie the set at 4-all, but it committed three consecutive errors followed by an Akinradewo kill to give the U.S. a four-point edge at 8-4. Kazakhstan closed to within two at 10-8 with consecutive points. Bown served an ace after a Tom kill to extend the USA lead to 13-9. Kazakhstan cut the deficit in half at 14-12 following a USA hitting error. Hooker and Bown put down consecutive kills to extend the USA lead back to four points at 17-13. Kazakhstan called a timeout down 21-16 after consecutive kills from Hooker and Akinradewo. Tom followed a Kazakhstan service error with a kill to yield a 23-17 American lead. Akinradewo ended the set with a kill at 25-19. Tom and Hooker each scored four points in the second set as the USA took advantage of five Kazakhstan service errors and nine total errors.
The U.S. earned the first two-point cushion of the third set with a Tom kill and Hooker block at 6-4. The Americans continued their scoring run into the first technical timeout with a Kazakhstan attack error and Hooker kill at 8-4. Tom hit a back-row kill between two Kazakhstan errors to increase the USA lead to 12-6. Kazakhstan scored three straight points capped by an ace to narrow the gap to three points at 14-11. However, Tom and Bown scored kills to stop the run and take the U.S. into the second technical timeout leading 16-11. Out of the break, Hooker scored a third and fourth straight USA point with a kill and block at 18-11. Larson added a fifth straight point with a kill at 19-11. Kazakhstan won two long rallies as part of a four-point scoring spurt to slice the deficit to 20-16. Tamas and Larson scored consecutive kills to give the U.S. a six-point cushion at 23-17 leading to Kazakhstan’s final timeout. Kazakhstan notched consecutive points out of the timeout, but Larson gave the U.S. match point at 24-19. Larson ended the match with a back-row kill at 25-19. Tom and Larson scored a team-high six points apiece in the third set. The U.S. collected six blocks in the third set and held its errors to just four in the period.
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
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 def. Algeria 25-15, 25-12, 25-21
Nov. 2: Poland def. Peru 25-10, 25-15, 25-16
Nov. 2: Japan def. Costa Rica 25-9, 25-13, 25-8
Nov. 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 12:30
Nov. 3: Algeria vs. Poland, 15:00
Nov. 3: Japan vs. Serbia, 18:00
Pool A Standings: 1. Japan (4-0, 1.448); 2. Serbia (4-0, 1.225); 3. Poland (2-2, 1.216); 4. Peru (1-3, .880); 5. Costa Rica (1-3, .704); 6. Algeria (0-4, .607)
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
ct. 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 def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-18, 25-20
Nov. 2: Netherlands def. Kenya 25-8, 25-14, 25-11
Nov. 2: Czech Republic def. Italy 25-27, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15
Nov. 3: Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands, 13:00
Nov. 3: Kenya vs. Czech Republic, 15:30
Nov. 3: Italy vs. Brazil, 18:00
Pool B Standings: 1. Brazil (4-0, 1.329); 2. Italy (3-1, 1.194); 3. Netherlands (2-2, 1.131); 4. Czech Republic (2-2, 1.017); 5. Puerto Rico (1-3, 0.791); 6. Kenya (0-4, .580)
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: Germany def. Croatia 26-24, 25-18, 25-21
Nov. 2: Cuba def. Thailand 25-19, 29-27, 27-25
Nov. 2: USA def. Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
Nov. 3: Kazakhstan vs. Croatia, 13:00
Nov. 3: Germany vs. Thailand, 15:30
Nov. 3: USA vs. Cuba, 18:00
Pool C Standings: 1. USA (4-0, 1.291); 2. Germany (3-1, 1.146); 3. Thailand (2-2, 1.070); 4. Cuba (2-2, 1.000); 5. Croatia (1-3, .811); 6. Kazakhstan (0-4, .792)
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 def. Canada 19-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-8
Nov. 2: Russia def. Korea 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22
Nov. 2: China def. Dominican Republic 25-12, 25-21, 25-14
Nov. 3: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 13:00
Nov. 3: Korea vs. Turkey, 15:30
Nov. 3: China vs. Russia, 18:00
Pool D Standings: 1. Russia (4-0, 1.347); 2. Korea (3-1, 1.095); 3. Turkey (3-1, 1.066); 4. China (2-2, 1.126); 5. Dominican Republic (0-4, .766); 6. Canada (0-4, 0.717)
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)