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Nov 09 U.S. Women Down Dutch, Stay in Semi Chase

Nov. 09, 2010, 6:33 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2010) – Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) collected a match-high 20 points to help the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeat Netherlands 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 Tuesday evening during the FIVB Women’s World Championship second round Pool F at Nagoya, Japan.

Team USA, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, improves to 5-1 in Pool F as records from the first round versus qualified second-round teams carry over. Netherlands falls to 2-4 in Pool F. For the tournament, the U.S. is now 7-1 overall counting all its first-round matches.

The Americans, currently in second place in Pool F and one match behind group leader Brazil (6-0), conclude the pool against top-ranked Brazil on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Japan Time (9 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 9). Brazil has already qualified for the semifinals regardless of the outcome with the USA. The U.S. is currently in second place, one win behind Brazil and one match ahead of Italy (4-2) in the standings. The top two teams in the eight-team Pool F advance to the semifinal round, along with the top two teams from Pool E.

The U.S. bolted to a 10-3 advantage over Netherlands in the opening set and went on to win 25-17. Team USA scored eight of the final 10 points of the second set to rally from a 20-17 deficit to win 25-22. The Americans gained an early 8-3 lead in the third set and never allowed Netherlands closer than two points in closing out the match with a 25-18 victory.

“Our team was quite good defensively tonight,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We got some transition opportunities and that turned things our way. This win was important on lots of levels after the loss to Italy (on Sunday). It puts us in a good position going into tomorrow's game against Brazil.”

Hooker pocketed her 20 points with 16 kills on 31 swings, three blocks and an ace. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) contributed 10 kills on 25 attacks, an ace and a block for 12 points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in six kills and two blocks for eight points, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) tallied seven kills and a block for eight points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) chalked up six kills on 10 attacks and a block for seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) totaled two points with a block and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) tallied a team-high 15 digs and 11 excellent receptions on 17 errorless attempts. Larson totaled 10 excellent receptions on 20 errorless attempts to go with six digs. Hooker charted nine digs in the victory. Glass set the U.S. to a 44.3 kill percent with 22 running sets.

“This was a better match for us,” said U.S. captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) in reference to the Americans’ loss to Italy on Sunday. “We did a good job on our passing and receiving. We have a big game tomorrow and have to be ready.”

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, Hawaii) and Nnamani were late subs in the third set.

The U.S. out-blocked Netherlands 9-1 to offset its 23 errors. The Americans held a 2-0 advantage in aces, in addition to a 47-33 margin in kills. Team USA was credited with 30 excellent receptions on 55 errorless attempts to help it to a .349 hitting efficiency. Netherlands was held to a 27.3 kill percent and .149 hitting efficiency. Both teams tallied 44 digs in the match.

Maret Grothues paced Netherlands with 10 points, while Alice Blom tacked on seven points.

“The U.S. deserved to win,” Netherlands Head Coach Avital Selinger said. “They dominated at the net and on defense. We were not able to play our game. We had trouble on the rhythm of our attack and were on the defensive most of the time.”

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

In other Pool F matches today, Cuba (2-4) defeated Czech Republic (1-5) 25-22, 28-30, 25-22, 25-23, Brazil (6-0) handled Germany (3-3) 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 to stay undefeated and Italy (4-2) topped Thailand (1-5) 25-13, 25-12, 25-19 to remain in the hunt for a semifinal round berth. With its victory, Brazil qualified for the semifinals regardless of its outcome with the USA on Wednesday. In Pool E matches held in Tokyo, Russia (6-0) remained undefeated with a 25-19, 25-8, 25-12 victory over Serbia (3-3), Turkey (3-3) swept Peru (0-6) 25-15, 25-18, 25-20, China (2-4) def. Poland (2-4) 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 and Japan (5-1) downed Korea (3-3) 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Like Brazil, Russia qualified for the semifinals regardless of the outcome versus Japan on Wednesday.

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.

The U.S. earned a three-point edge in the opening set at 4-1 after a Tom ace, two Akinradewo kills and a Hooker tip. Larson and Hooker connected for consecutive kills followed by a Hooker ace to extend the USA lead to 8-3 at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, the U.S. scored a fourth and fifth straight points on two kills by Larson kill to push the score to 10-3. Hooker and Tom hammered back-to-back kills to yield a 12-4 American advantage. Netherlands put together a 4-1 scoring run to close the gap to 13-8. Team USA answered with a Tom kill and Hooker block at 15-8. Netherlands cut the deficit to five at 16-11 with consecutive points out of the second technical timeout. However, Hooker and Tom caused the Netherlands to call timeout down 19-12 with consecutive kills. Out of the break, the U.S. increased its lead to 20-12 with a Netherlands error. Netherlands responded with three straight points to cut the margin down to five points at 20-15. Team USA stopped the run with a 3-0 run of its own via a block from Tom, Hooker kill and Netherlands error to return the Americans in front 23-15. Netherlands continued to fight with two points to close to 23-17. Team USA ended the set with a Glass block after a Hooker kill for a 25-17 victory. Hooker scored a total of nine points in the opening set as the Americans used a 3-0 block advantage.

The Americans picked up a two-point edge at 5-3 in the second set after a Bown kill and Netherlands error. Netherlands tied the set at 5-all with consecutive points after Glass could not get back up after saving an attack. However, Team USA answered with kills from Bown and Hooker followed by a Netherlands back-row attack error to yield an 8-5 American advantage at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, the U.S. won the next point on a long attack error to increase the margin to four points. Netherlands put together a 5-1 scoring run to knot the score at 10-all. Netherlands gained the lead at 14-13 on a block. Out of the second technical timeout, the U.S. returned to the lead at 17-16 with kills from Hooker and Tom. Netherlands answered with its own two-point swing taking an 18-17 lead prompting McCutcheon to call a timeout. After the break, Netherlands increased its lead to 20-17 with an American attack error and Dutch block. Team USA answered with kills from Tom and Hooker to slice the deficit to one at 20-19 and prompting a Netherlands timeout. The U.S. tied the set at 20-all with a Tom block. The Americans returned to the lead at 22-21 after Larson tipped an attack over the block following a Netherlands error. After a Netherlands service error, the U.S. reached set point at 24-22 on a Bown block. Hooker capped the set with a block at 25-22. Hooker ended the set with six points, while Tom added five points. The Americans totaled three blocks in the set as both teams committed seven errors.

Team USA jumped to a 4-1 lead in the third set with a Hooker block and Glass kill around two Netherlands errors. Out of a Netherlands timeout, Hooker slammed a fifth straight point of the block to increase the lead to 5-1. Netherlands sliced the gap in half at 5-3 with consecutive points. Tom and Larson hammered back-to-back kills and Akinradewo put up a block to provide the Americans an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout. Netherlands gained the first three points out of the break to narrow the deficit to 8-6. Netherlands moved to within one at 10-9, but the U.S. gained its three-point cushion back at 12-9 with a Bown kill and Netherlands error. Netherlands continued to put pressure on USA with consecutive points to move back to within one at 12-11 prompting an American timeout. The Americans came out of the break with kills from Tom and Akinradewo to rebuild their margin to 14-11. Team reached the second technical timeout leading 16-12 following an Akinradewo kill and Netherlands attack into the net. The U.S. stretched its margin to five points at 18-13 with a Hooker kill and Netherlands error, prompting Netherlands to call its second timeout. Team USA inched its lead to 20-14 with kills from Hooker and Bown, then Bown stuffed a Netherlands attack to increase the margin to 22-15. The U.S. traded points the rest of the way capped by an Akinradewo kill at 25-18. Hooker tallied five points for the U.S. in the third set and the Americans stuffed three Netherlands attacks.

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 def. Korea 12-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15
Nov. 6: China def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 27-29, 25-12
Nov. 7: Korea def. Peru 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23
Nov. 7: Serbia def. China 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22
Nov. 7: Russia def. Poland 25-17, 25-21, 33-31
Nov. 7: Japan def. Turkey 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13
Nov. 9: Russia def. Serbia 25-19, 25-8, 25-12
Nov. 9: Turkey def. Peru 25-15, 25-18, 25-20
Nov. 9: China def. Poland 25-21, 25-23, 25-18
Nov. 9: Japan def. Korea 25-22, 25-17, 25-19
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 (6-0, 1.339); Japan (5-1, 1.1.02); Turkey (3-3, 1.041); Korea (3-3, .979); Serbia (3-3, .921); Poland (2-4, 1.006); China (2-4, .957); Peru (0-6, .746)

Pool F:
Nov. 6: Netherlands def. Cuba 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20
Nov. 6: USA def. Czech Republic 25-20, 25-20, 25-13
Nov. 6: Brazil def. Thailand 25-19, 25-19, 25-16
Nov. 6: Italy def. Germany 22-25, 32-30, 25-8, 25-15
Nov. 7: Thailand def. Netherlands 25-15, 25-23, 15-25, 26-24
Nov. 7: Germany def. Czech Republic 25-8, 25-17, 25-16
Nov. 7: Brazil def. Cuba 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
Nov. 7: Italy def. USA 25-16, 24-26, 27-25, 27-25
Nov. 9: Cuba def. Czech Republic 25-22, 28-30, 25-22, 25-23
Nov. 9: Brazil def. Germany 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
Nov. 9: Italy def. Thailand 25-13, 25-12, 25-19
Nov. 9: USA def. Netherlands 25-17, 25-22, 25-18
Nov. 10: Czech Republic vs. Thailand, 11:45
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 (6-0, 1.358); USA (5-1, 1.136); Italy (4-2, 1.062); Germany (3-3, 1.048); Netherlands (2-4, 1.000); Cuba (2-4, .909); Czech Republic (1-5, .845); Thailand (1-5, .772)

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)

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

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