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Four Tough Opponents Await U.S. Women at Worlds

Nov. 04, 2010, 5:13 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 4, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the FIVB world ranking, steps into the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship Second Round Pool F as one of two undefeated teams in the group, but with four very tough tasks ahead before even considering a possible spot into the semifinals.

The U.S. captured the first round Pool C with a 5-0 record with victories over Thailand, Croatia, Germany, Kazakhstan and Cuba in matches held Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 at Matsumoto, Japan. Now, the Americans travel to Nagoya, Japan, for Pool F scheduled for Nov. 6-10.

In the World Championship second round, the top four teams in first round Pools B and C crossover into Pool F and play teams from the opposite pool with first-round records versus remaining teams carrying over. Likewise, Pool A and Pool D crossover into Pool E for the second round.

Pool F has four of the top six teams in the latest FIVB world ranking, including No. 1 Brazil, No. 2 USA, No. 4 Italy and No. 6 Cuba. Other teams in Pool F include No. 10 Netherlands, No. 12 Thailand, No. 15 Germany and No. 38 Czech Republic.

USA and Brazil carry a 3-0 record into the second round (only results from first round against second round teams carry over), while Germany is currently third to start the second round with a 2-1 record. Cuba, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Italy all have 1-2 records carrying over from the first round, while Thailand is 0-3.

In Pool E being held in Tokyo, No. 7 Russia and No. 5 Japan lead the group with records of 3-0 carrying over from the first round. No. 9 Serbia and No. 21 Korea are 2-1 in the group, while No. 8 Poland and No. 22 Turkey are 1-2. No. 3 China, with a disappointing effort in the first round, and No. 17 Peru are 0-3 in the group.

Team USA’s schedule is the inverse finish of the Pool B teams leading off with Czech Republic on Nov. 6 at 1:15 p.m. Japan Time (9:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 5). The Americans challenge Italy on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (1 a.m. Pacific Time) before an off day on Nov. 8. The U.S. meets Netherlands on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Japan Time (1:30 a.m. Pacific Time) before concluding the second round versus Brazil on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Japan Time (9 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 9).

The top two teams in Pools E and F advance to the semifinals to be held Nov. 13 followed by the medal matches on Nov. 14. The third and fourth-place teams in the second round will play for fifth through eighth place in the final round held Nov. 13-14, while the fifth and sixth place teams in the second round will play for ninth through 12th place in the final round. The bottom two teams in each second round are eliminated from the tournament.

Through the first round’s five matches, the Americans have excelled through a balanced offense and an improving service reception. Opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is Team USA’s top scorer with 85 points (73 kills, 7 blocks, 5 aces) for 10th among all players in the tournament. Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranks 12th in the tournament in scoring with 75 points (62 kills, 9 blocks, 4 aces), while outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) has 55 points (46 kills, 7 blocks, 2 aces) for third-best on the team. Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) leads the tournament in running sets with a tournament-leading 12.35 average per set. In turn, the U.S. has converted 47.1 percent of its attacks with a .352 hitting efficiency.

Tom and Hooker are also ranked among the top 10 in Best Spiker for the tournament. Tom has a 50.4 kill percent on 123 swings for fifth place, while Hooker has a 49.0 kill percent on 149 attacks for eighth place. Larson holds a 41.8 kill percent for 24th place.

Glass has been able to set her hitters to a high kill percent thanks to the back-row passing and digging. Libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) is the tournament leader in digs by a wide margin with a 5.06 average per set. The next closest player averages only 3.84 digs per set. Tom adds 1.88 digs per set for 20th place and Larson contributes 1.12 digs per set.

On service reception, Tom and Larson have carried the workload for a U.S. squad that has a 64.8 excellent reception percent on 310 attempts and just nine errors. Tom ranks third in the tournament with a 65.8 excellent reception percent, while Larson has a 58.3 excellent reception percent for fifth place. Tom and Larson have handled 247 of the team’s 310 service reception attempts. In the overall Best Libero category, Sykora ranks third with a 6.88 excellent passing average per set despite teams serving away from her (56 total reception attempts).

The U.S. has out-blocked its opponents 57-32 over the first five matches, but the stuffs have come from every spot on the front row. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) both have a 0.76 block average for 10th place, while Tom has a 0.53 block average. Hooker, Glass and Larson all have a 0.41 block average.

The U.S. has medaled at the FIVB Women’s World Championship four times. Team USA 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.

Team USA is attempting to follow-up its gold medal earned at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans won their final 11 matches in the event and have won 16 consecutive FIVB tournament matches (not counting four friendly exhibition matches versus Brazil). The U.S., with a 26-9 overall record in 2010, has medaled in its previous three tournaments this season including a silver at the Montreux Volley Masters, a bronze at the Pan American Cup and the gold at the FIVB World Grand Prix.

For complete coverage of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship, visit usavolleyball.org/events/3055.

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 Second Round Schedule

Pool E (Tokyo): China (3), Japan (5), Russia (7), Poland (8), Serbia (9), Peru (17), Korea (21), Turkey (22)

Pool F (Nagoya): Brazil (1), USA (2), Italy (4), Cuba (6), Netherlands (10), Thailand (12), Germany (15), Czech Republic (38)
 

Pool E:
Nov. 6: Serbia vs. Turkey, 10:30
Nov. 6: Peru vs. Russia, 12:45
Nov. 6: Poland vs. Korea, 15:00
Nov. 6: Japan vs. China, 18:00
Nov. 7: Peru vs. Korea, 10:30
Nov. 7: Serbia vs. China, 12:45
Nov. 7: Poland vs. Russia, 15:00
Nov. 7: Japan vs. Turkey, 18:00
Nov. 9: Serbia vs. Russia, 11:15
Nov. 9: Peru vs. Turkey, 13:30
Nov. 9: Poland vs. China, 15:45
Nov. 9: Japan vs. Korea, 18:45
Nov. 10: Peru vs. China, 11:15
Nov. 10: Serbia vs. Korea, 13:30
Nov. 10: Poland vs. Turkey, 15:45
Nov. 10: Japan vs. Russia, 18:45

Pool E Standings: 1. Russia (3-0, 1.240); 2. Japan (3-0, 1.103); 3. Serbia (2-1, 1.028); 4. Korea (2-1, .963); 5. Poland (1-2, 1.116); 6. Turkey (1-2, 1.000); 7. China (0-3, .828); 8. Peru (0-3, .749)

Pool F:
Nov. 6: Netherlands vs. Cuba, 11:00
Nov. 6: USA vs. Czech Republic, 13:15
Nov. 6: Brazil vs. Thailand, 15:30
Nov. 6: Italy vs. Germany, 18:00
Nov. 7: Netherlands vs. Thailand, 11:00
Nov. 7: Czech Republic vs. Germany, 13:15
Nov. 7: Brazil vs. Cuba, 15:30
Nov. 7: USA vs. Italy, 18:00
Nov. 9: Czech Republic vs. Cuba, 11:45
Nov. 9: Brazil vs. Germany, 14:00
Nov. 9: Italy vs. Thailand, 16:15
Nov. 9: USA vs. Netherlands, 18:30
Nov. 10: Czech Republic vs. Thailand, 11:45 a.m.
Nov. 10: USA vs. Brazil, 14:00
Nov. 10: Netherlands vs. Germany, 16:15
Nov. 10: Italy vs. Cuba, 18:30

Pool F Standings: 1. Brazil (3-0, 1.340); 2. USA (3-0, 1.136); 3. Germany (2-1, 1.201); 4. Cuba (1-2, .980); 5. Netherlands (1-2, .975); 6. Czech Republic (1-2, .921); 7. Italy (1-2, .881); 8. Thailand (0-3, .748)

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 (Nagoya): 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 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 def. Costa Rica 25-18, 25-18, 32-34, 25-19
Nov. 3: Poland def. Algeria 25-17, 25-16, 25-12
Nov. 3: Japan def. Serbia 28-26, 29-27, 18-25, 27-25

Pool A Standings: 1. Japan (5-0, 1.313); 2. Serbia (4-1, 1.167); 3. Poland (3-2, 1.277); 4. Peru (2-3, .952); 5. Costa Rica (1-4, .740); 6. Algeria (0-5, .605)

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 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: Netherlands def. Puerto Rico 25-12, 25-13, 25-16
Nov. 3: Czech Republic def. Kenya 25-20, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 3: Brazil def. Italy 25-16, 25-19, 25-7

Pool B Standings: 1. Brazil (5-0, 1.395); 2. Netherlands (3-2, 1.222); 3. Italy (3-2, 1.072); 4. Czech Republic (3-2, 1.065); 5. Puerto Rico (1-4, 0.740); 6. Kenya (0-5, .611)

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: 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: Croatia def. Kazakhstan 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
Nov. 3: Germany def. Thailand 25-14, 25-15, 25-10
Nov. 3: USA def. Cuba 30-28, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23

Pool C Standings: 1. USA (5-0, 1.217); 2. Germany (4-1, 1.249); 3. Cuba (2-3, .993); 4. Thailand (2-3, .960); 5. Croatia (2-3, .899); 6. Kazakhstan (0-5, .779)

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 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: Dominican Republic def. Canada 21-25, 28-26, 25-11, 25-20
Nov. 3: Korea def. Turkey 16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13
Nov. 3: Russia def. China 25-22, 25-17, 25-19

Pool D Standings: 1. Russia (5-0, 1.337); 2. Korea (4-1, 1.057); 3. Turkey (3-2, 1.063); 4. China (2-3, 1.048); 5. Dominican Republic (1-4, .847); 6. Canada (0-5, 0.743)

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)

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