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U.S. Women Fall to Brazil at Worlds

Nov. 10, 2010, 2:32 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23 Wednesday afternoon to conclude the FIVB Women’s World Championship second round Pool F at Nagoya, Japan.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, needed a win over top-ranked Brazil to assure itself a spot into the semifinal round starting on Nov. 13. Now the Americans, 5-2 in the second round and 7-2 overall in the tournament, must await the result of the Italy versus Cuba match at 6:30 p.m. Japan Time to see if they advance to the semifinals. A Cuba victory enables the U.S. to advance to the semifinals, while an Italy victory will force a tiebreaker of point ratio. The team with the higher point ratio will continue their quest for the gold medal, while the other will fall into the 5-8 classification round.

Brazil is undefeated in the tournament in nine matches, including a 7-0 mark in the second round and will face either Japan or Russia in the semifinals. Earlier this year the Americans defeated Brazil during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round held in Ningbo, China, in August as they went on to win the gold medal.

On the final day of the World Championship second round, Brazil scored the final five points of the opening set to take a 25-19 victory after the Americans had pulled to within one from a 20-17 deficit. Brazil held an 18-9 margin in kills in the first set. Brazil rallied from a 19-15 deficit to take a 23-22 advantage, but the Americans responded by scoring four of the last five points to win 26-24. After falling behind 2-0 to start the third set, Brazil rolled to a 16-9 lead and cruised to the 25-19 victory. Brazil recovered from a 13-9 deficit in the fourth set to win 25-23.

“Brazil was very strong,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We were good in some phases but lacked consistency. We need to be a better team. Our bench did a good job today.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) topped the American offense with 20 points with 18 kills and two blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) produced nine kills and an ace for 10 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored nine points with three kills, three blocks and three aces. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) each charted five points, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with three kills on four swings.

Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) picked up 18 excellent receptions on 29 errorless attempts to go with 18 digs. Tom added 16 excellent receptions on 30 attempts with seven digs, while Larson had 10 digs and 12 excellent receptions. Glass recorded 24 running sets and Lindsey Berg added six running sets in relief.

“They played a great match,” said Tamas, the U.S. captain. “Brazil is really consistent. We have to work harder to be able to play like that. They serve aggressively and pass well.”

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. Berg subbed into the third set and started the fourth in place of Glass, while Tamas started the fourth set in place of Akinradewo. Cynthia Barboza was a serving sub in both the second and third sets.

Brazil held a 62-51 advantage in kills and 13-11 margin in blocks as both teams committed 20 errors. The U.S. held a slim 5-4 margin in aces. Brazil tallied a 57-46 margin in digs and had a 57.5 excellent reception percent to the Americans’ 46.7excellent reception percent. Brazil converted 44.0 percent of its attacks for points with a .291 hitting efficiency. In contrast, the U.S. converted 34.5 percent of its attacks with a .196 hitting efficiency.

Jaqueline Carvalho scored a team-high 18 points to lead Brazil, while Natalia Pereira and Sheilla Castro each totaled 15 points in the victory. Thaisa Menezes added 14 points.

“I'm happy with the qualification and to win the match with the U.S.,” Brazil Head Coach Jose Guimaraes said. “Now we have to think about the semifinal against Japan. Our blocks were not so good today. We have to improve.”

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

Earlier today in Pool F, Thailand (2-5) defeated Czech Republic (1-6) 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23. Other Pool F matches have Germany (3-3) playing Netherlands (2-4) and Italy (4-2) taking on Cuba (2-4). In Pool E, China (3-4) ended the second round with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Peru (0-7) and Serbia (4-3) swept Korea (3-4) 25-17, 25-22, 25-16. In other Pool E matches later today, Turkey (3-3) challenges Poland (2-4) and Japan (5-1) looks to give Russia its first loss of the tournament as both are already qualified for the semifinals.

Brazil scored the first two points of the opening set, but the U.S. came back to tie the set at 4-all on a Bown block after a Brazil service error. Brazil scored three unanswered points to take a 10-7 advantage. Larson slammed consecutive kills to close the USA to within one at 12-11. Team USA tied the set at 13-all with a Glass block and Tom kill. The Americans took their first lead of the set at 15-14 following kills from Bown and Akinradewo. Brazil scored the first two points out of the second technical timeout to go up 17-16. Brazil served an ace to move into a two-point cushion at 19-17. Out of a USA timeout, Brazil scored a third straight point to increase its lead to 20-17. The U.S. cut the deficit to one at 20-19 with a Hooker kill and Akinradewo ace prompting a Brazil timeout. Brazil regained its three-point margin at 22-19 with two points out of the break leading to the Americans second timeout. Brazil added a third and fourth straight point out of the break to inch its lead to 24-19, then capped the set with a fifth unanswered point for a 25-19 victory. Hooker paced the Americans in the opening set with four points, while the Americans out-blocked Brazil 4-3. However, Brazil had an 18-9 margin in kills.

The U.S. gained a 5-2 lead in the second set with a Tom ace between two Brazil errors and a Larson kill. The Americans increased their margin to 9-5 with a Bown block after a Brazil attack error. Brazil answered with three consecutive points to narrow the gap to 9-8, then tied the set at 10-all as part of a 5-1 scoring spurt. The Americans responded with a Hooker kill and block after a Brazil error to take a 13-10 lead. Brazil tied the set at 15-all with three straight points. The U.S. responded with kills from Hooker and Glass around a Bown block to push the American lead to 18-15. Out of a Brazil timeout, Larson hit a cross-court winner for a fourth straight point and a 19-15 lead. Brazil cut the deficit in half at 19-17 with back-to-back points. Brazil tied the set at 21-all with a 3-0 scoring run that included an ace by Fabiola, then went in front 23-22 after winning a long rally. However, the U.S. answered with a Hooker kill and Larson block to yield an American set point at 24-23. The Americans won the set on its second set point opportunity as Brazil hit wide after an Akinradewo kill. Hooker scored a team-high nine points for the U.S. in the second set, while Larson added five points. Team USA collected four blocks in the set and limited its errors to four.

The Americans built an early 2-0 lead in the third set with a Tom kill and Brazil attack error, but Brazil bounced back to tie the set at 2-all on a block and went ahead 4-3. Brazil inched its margin to two at 7-5 and stretched the advantage to 11-7 with three unanswered points. Brazil continued to build its lead to 16-9 with a 5-1 scoring run heading into the second technical timeout. Team USA came out of the break with a Larson kill and block to cut the deficit to 16-11. The U.S. saved two set points but could not stop the loss at 25-19. Hooker and Larson led the Americans with four points apiece in the set.

Team USA grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fourth set with consecutive Brazil errors. Larson and Hooker connected for consecutive kills to produce a 6-3 American lead and a Brazil timeout, then the U.S. added another point out of the break on a Brazil error. However, Brazil tied the set at 9-all on an ace capping a string of four points. USA returned to a four-point lead on three consecutive Bown aces after a Brazil attack error for a 13-9 advantage. Brazil responded with five consecutive points to gain a 14-13 lead. Team USA returned to the lead at 15-14 on a Tom kill and Hooker block. Sheilla served an ace to produce a 17-16 Brazil lead. The U.S. went back into the lead at 21-20 with kills from Hooker and Tom, but the advantage was short-lived as Brazil regained the lead at 22-21. After a USA timeout, Brazil put up a block and slammed a kill to reach match point at 24-21. Tamas scored consecutive points to save two match points and cut the gap to 24-23. However, Brazil scored the winner on the next point for a 25-23 victory. Larson and Bown picked up four points in the fourth set.

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: China def. Peru 25-17, 25-22, 25-21
Nov. 10: Serbia def. Korea 25-17, 25-22, 25-16
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, 1.102); Turkey (3-3, 1.041); Serbia (4-3, .964); China (3-4, .989); Korea (3-4, .948); Poland (2-4, 1.006); Peru (0-7, .753)

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: Thailand def. Czech Republic 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23
Nov. 10: Brazil def. USA 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23
Nov. 10: Netherlands vs. Germany, 16:15
Nov. 10: Italy vs. Cuba, 18:30

Pool F Standings: Brazil (7-0, 1.317); USA (5-2, 1.090); Italy (4-2, 1.062); Germany (3-3, 1.048); Netherlands (2-4, 1.000); Cuba (2-4, .909); Thailand (2-5, .815); Czech Republic (1-6, .859)

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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