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U.S. Women Blank Czech Republic, Remain Undefeated

Nov. 06, 2010, 2:07 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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Phone: 719-228-6800
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 6, 2010) – Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) notched a match-high 19 points in leading the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 victory over Czech Republic Saturday afternoon to open the FIVB Women’s World Championship Second Round Pool F in Nagoya, Japan.

Team USA holds a 4-0 record in Pool F as records from the first round versus qualified second-round teams carry over, while Czech Republic falls to 1-3. For the tournament, the U.S. is now 6-0 overall counting all its first-round matches. The Americans, ranked second in the world compared to Czech Republic’s No. 38, 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).

In addition to the U.S., Brazil is undefeated in Pool F and will play later today versus Thailand. The top two teams in the eight-team Pool F advance to the semifinal round.

In the opening set, the U.S. broke a 16-all tie, the 12th of the set, with a 4-0 scoring run en route to winning 25-20. Team USA recovered from a 17-15 deficit in the second set by scoring the final 10 of 13 points for a 25-20 victory. The Americans scored six unanswered points to take a 14-7 lead in the third set and forged to a 25-13 victory thanks to 10 Czech Republic errors in the period.

“I'm very happy with the win,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We are starting to play good volleyball. It was good timing for us against a Czech team that has been playing well. They have many ways they can attack you. Destinee Hooker played well. Her performance today depended upon the play of a lot of others. It was a team effort.”

Hooker recorded her team-high 19 points on 14 kills, three blocks and two aces. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 10 points on nine kills and a block. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed nine points with seven kills and two blocks. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) notched seven kills on eight kills, a block and ace for nine points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in seven kills on eight swings, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block. Overall, the U.S. middle attack of Akinradewo and Bown converted 14 of 16 attacks without an error.

Glass recorded 28 running sets leading to a 47.3 kill percent and .388 hitting efficiency. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) had a team-high 10 digs to go with a team-high 10 excellent service receptions on 16 errorless attempts. Larson added nine digs and seven excellent service receptions, while Tom added eight excellent service receptions on 13 attempts and six digs.

“We prepared really well for this match,” said Jennifer Tamas, the U.S. captain. “The first two sets were close, then our blocking and serving got into rhythm. Our libero Stacy Sykora played very good today.”

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. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was a serving sub in both the second and third sets.

The U.S. out-blocked Czech Republic 8-4 and held a slim 3-2 margin in aces. The Americans benefited from 20 Czech Republic errors while limiting their own errors to 13. Czech Republic converted just 29.1 percent of its attempts with a .102 hitting efficiency. Team USA held a 44-34 advantage in kills.

Aneta Havlickova paced Czech Republic with nine points, while Helena Havelkova and Ivana Plchotova added eight points apiece.

“It was a difficult match,” said Plchotova, who serves as the Czech Republic captain. “They jump so high and are so big. We saw beautiful American volleyball today.”

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

In other Pool F matches today, Netherlands (2-2) defeated Cuba (1-3) 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20. Later today, top-ranked Brazil (3-0) takes on Thailand (0-3) and Germany (2-1) faces Italy (1-2). In Pool E at Tokyo, Turkey (2-2) blanked Serbia (2-2) 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 and Russia (4-0) topped Peru (0-4) 25-15, 25-15, 25-20. In Pool E matches played later today, Poland (1-2) faces Korea (2-1) and Japan (3-0) hosts China (0-3).

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. The top two teams in Pools E and F advance to the semifinal 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.

After two lead changes in the opening set, the U.S. grabbed the first two-point cushion of the at 7-5 following kills from Larson and Tom. Czech Republic regained the lead at 10-9 with three unanswered points. Hooker notched a kill and block on consecutive plays to yield a 12-11 USA lead. Team USA stretched the margin to 14-12 with a Czech Republic service error and Hooker kill from the back row. However, Czech Republic knotted the score at 14-all with a service ace. The Americans regained a two-point edge at 18-16 with kills from Tom and Akinradewo, then earned the first three-point cushion of the set at 19-16 on a Tom block. Team USA increased its lead to 20-16 with a Hooker kill to cap a 4-0 scoring run. Hooker placed spiked the final shot that Czech Republic failed to control for a 25-20 victory. Four U.S. players scored at least four points in the opening set, led by Hooker’s six points. Team USA held its errors to four in the set and held a 3-1 block advantage.

The U.S. opened the second set with the first two points with kills from Akinradewo and Hooker. Czech Republic bounced back to take the lead at 4-3 on three unanswered points. The U.S. returned the lead at 7-5 with two Larson kills around a Bown overpass kill on a 3-0 scoring run. The Americans stretched their lead to 10-7 following a Czech Republic attack error leading to a timeout. Out of the break, Czech Republic benefited from two USA miscues to cut the deficit to 10-9, then took the lead at 14-13 on three straight points. A Czech Republic service ace push into the second technical timeout leading 16-14. Team USA tied the set at 17-all with a Tom kill after a Hooker back-row spike, then took the lead at 18-17 with a Bown ace. Tom stuffed a Czech Republic for a fourth consecutive point at 19-17 leading to a timeout on the court. The Americans built a four-point cushion at 23-19 after two kills from Hooker around a spike from Tom. Akinradewo added a fifth consecutive point to the run on Tom’s serve with a block to reach set point at 24-19. The U.S. capped the set with a Hooker tip over the block at 25-20. Hooker finished the set with six points and Tom added five points in the leading the American attack.

Czech Republic gained the early momentum in the third set with the first two points. However, the U.S. rolled off four straight points with kills from Hooker and Akinradewo and Czech Republic hit wide twice in a row to yield a 4-2 U.S. lead. Consecutive Czech Republic errors delivered an 8-5 American advantage at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Czech Republic scored the next two points to cut the deficit to 8-7. Larson and Tom answered with consecutive kills to rebuild the USA lead to 10-7. The U.S. continued the scoring four more points on blocks from Tom and Glass around two Czech Republic errors to set the score at 14-7. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-8 following a Bown kill and Czech Republic error. The Americans stretched the lead to 18-9 with a Hooker kill and block. Hooker added another block followed by two Czech Republic attack errors to push the American lead to 22-11. After a Bown kill, Hooker served consecutive aces to finalize the set at 25-13. Hooker finished the third set with seven points, including two blocks and two aces. Team USA benefited from 10 Czech Republic errors in the victory.

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: Turkey def. Serbia 25-19, 25-16, 25-20
Nov. 6: Russia def. Peru 25-15, 25-15, 25-20
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: Russia (4-0, 1.288); Japan (3-0, 1.103); Turkey (2-2, 1.060); Serbia (2-2, .966); Korea (2-1, .963); Poland (1-2, 1.116); China (0-3, .828); Peru (0-4, .731)

Pool F:
Nov. 6: Netherlands def. Cuba 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20
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: Brazil (3-0, 1.340); USA (3-0, 1.136); Netherlands (2-2, 1.071); Germany (2-1, 1.201); Cuba (1-3, .0905); Czech Republic (1-2, .921); Italy (1-2, .881); Thailand (0-3, .748)

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

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)

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