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Nov 13 U.S. Women Lose to Russia in World Semis

Nov. 13, 2010, 3:23 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Russia 25-16, 13-25, 25-19, 25-21 in the first semifinal match of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship on Saturday evening in Tokyo.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, will face the loser of Brazil and Japan from tonight’s second semifinal match on Sunday in the bronze-medal match at 5 p.m. Japan Time (midnight Pacific Time). The Americans have medaled at the FIVB 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.

The U.S. reached the semifinals with an overall 7-2 record in the FIVB World Championship and second-place finish in the second round Pool F. So far in 2010, the U.S. has medaled in its three previous tournaments including the gold medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, the silver at the Montreux Volley Masters and the bronze at the Pan American Cup.

Russia, the defending World Champion after its title in 2006, entered the semifinal round without a loss in the tournament and only six total sets lost. The Russians are accustomed to reaching the podium at the FIVB Women’s World Championship as they have finished outside the top three only twice (sixth in 1986 and 1982) in the 14 editions dating back to 1952.

Russia, with a 12-player roster average height of 6-2 (1.88m), jumped out to an 8-3 lead over the U.S. in the first set and never allowed the Americans closer than five points the rest set in a 25-16 victory. The Russians held a 15-8 advantage in kills in the opening set and took advantage of six American errors. In contrast to the first set, Team USA powered to a 22-10 lead on a 16-3 scoring run in evening the match with a 25-13 victory. The Americans held a 16-7 margin in kills in the set. Russia broke a 9-all tie in the third set with four unanswered points and never allowed Team USA to scored back-to-back points the rest of the period for a 25-19 victory. Russia went through the third set without committing an error. Russia never trailed in the fourth set and used a key three-point run to take an 18-14 lead en route to the 25-21 victory.

“They were better than us today," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "From our end, I thought we tried to implement some plans and systems, but at the end of the day, the Russian team is quite physical, and they can do some things that other teams in the world cannot. We struggled to stop them, but we couldn’t. We learned lessons from today. We will come back tomorrow and try to do the best we can.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) tallied a Team USA-high 23 points with 20 kills, two aces and a block. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added 15 kills for the Americans, while Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) contributed 10 kills and two blocks for 12 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) reached double-digits with eight kills and two blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) charted six kills and an ace for seven points. Rounding out the scoring was Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) with a kill and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii) with a block.

Berg contributed 40 running sets after being inserted into the match during the first set for Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), who had five running sets. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) charted 13 digs to lead the Americans, while Tom had 17 excellent receptions on 28 attempts.

“Coming into the tournament, we came in with different strategies," Hooker said. "Playing Russia today we changed it all around. We fought so hard today, I’m proud to be an American playing on this team. We have a lot of young players, including me, and we all need to develop. I feel that four years from now we’ll 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. Berg started the final three sets, while Nnamani and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) were subs in the fourth set with Glass.

While the U.S. led in kills 60-54, Russia kept its errors to a minimum with only 12 over the course of the four-set match. Russia also produced a 10-6 block advantage with its height advantage, while also holding a slim 4-3 ace margin. In its three set losses, the U.S. managed to score on its own serve nine times. The Americans converted 46.2 percent of its attacks with a .323 hitting efficiency while the Russians converted 46.6 percent of its attacks with a .362 hitting efficiency. Russia held a 40-34 dig advantage and converted 57.3 percent of its service receptions into excellent passes. In contrast, the U.S. had 40 excellent receptions for 45.7 percent on 81 attempts.

“I think we’re still thinking about this match today, and we aren’t thinking about tomorrow," Hooker said. "We are just going to stay focused and get back to the drawing board and come out strong tomorrow.”

Ekaterina Gamova led Russia with 22 points with 21 kills and a block. Liubov Shashkova added 18 points and Tatiana Kosheleva contributed 16 points.

“I’m not totally pleased with the quality of our game today," Russia Head Coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. "Today’s game was more about mental toughness than technical skill. We didn’t really change our overall strategy, and that’s why we won.”

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

In the ninth- to 12-place classification semifinals, Poland defeated Netherlands 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9 and China rallied past Cuba 16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22. Turkey defeated Germany 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 20-25, 15-11 in the first match of the fifth- to eighth-place classification semifinals, while Italy plays Serbia later on Saturday in the 5-8 classification.

Russia scored the first two points of the opening set and extended its lead to 4-1. Russia increased its margin to 8-3 heading into the first technical timeout on three unanswered points. Team USA called timeout when Russia went in front by six at 11-5. Russia picked up a seven-point cushion at 13-6. The U.S. scored its first consecutive points at 15-10 on kills from Hooker and Bown. Russia answered by scoring the next three points to establish an 18-10 lead. Team USA cut into the deficit at 18-13 with a Larson kill and consecutive Hooker aces. Russia responded with two quick points to prompt a USA timeout at 20-13. Russia reached set points at 24-15 with three straight points, then concluded the set at 25-16. Hooker finished the set with a team-high six points. Russia out-blocked Team USA 3-2 and had a 15-8 margin in kills.

The U.S. took its first lead of the match with an Akinradewo kill and Hooker block for a 2-1 lead in the second set. Russia pocketed three straight points to take a 5-3 advantage. Team USA knotted the score at 5-all with a Hooker kill and Russian error. At the first technical timeout the Americans returned to the lead at 8-7 following a Bown block and Hooker kill. Akinradewo and Tom pounded kills on consecutive plays and Russia followed with an attack error to push the American lead to 11-8. Tom added a fourth consecutive point to send Russia into a timeout down 12-8. Hooker and Larson hammered back-to-back kills, Tom served an ace and Akinradewo downed a quick attack to send the U.S. in front 16-9 at the second technical timeout. The U.S. jumped its the lead to double-digits at 20-10 on two Larson kills and two Russian attack errors. Out of a Russia timeout, Hooker and Larson pounded kills of the block for a fifth and sixth straight point at 22-10. Russia knocked two points off the deficit at 23-13 before the U.S. closed out the set at 25-13 with a Bown kill and Russia error. Hooker and Larson each turned in six points in the set as the Americans out-spiked the Russians 18-7.

The Americans picked up a three-point cushion at 6-3 in the third set with two kills from Hooker, a kill from Larson and a block by Bown on consecutive plays. Russia quickly tied the set at 6-all with three unanswered points, then took an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout. Russia increased its margin to 12-9 following consecutive USA attack errors as part of a 3-0 run. Out of a Team USA timeout, Russia scored a fourth straight point for a 14-9 advantage. A Russia ace built the gap to five points at 15-10. The U.S. called timeout after Russia scored consecutive points to take a 22-16 advantage. Russia sided out the rest of the set for a 25-19 victory. Hooker totaled seven points in the third set to pace the Americans, while Larson added five points.

Russia earned the first two-point cushion of the fourth set with an ace at 3-1 and traded points to the first technical timeout at 8-6. Out of the break, Russia extended the lead with a block at 9-6. After several sideouts, the U.S. finally scored a point off its serve at 15-14 with an Akinradewo kill and block on consecutive plays. Russia answered with three consecutive points to take an 18-14 lead into a USA timeout. Team USA responded with a Larson kill after a Russia error to slice the gap in half at 18-16. Russia stretched its lead to 22-18 with a block prompting USA to call its second timeout. Russia reached match point 24-19 after winning a long rally. Akinradewo saved two match points with consecutive kills to prompt Russia to call timeout leading 24-21. Russia ended the set immediately out of the timeout at 25-21. Akinradewo tallied a team-high five points in the fourth set for the U.S.

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 Women's World Championship Semifinal Rounds

Semifinal Round (1st to 4th Place)
Nov. 13: Russia def. USA 25-16, 13-25, 25-19, 25-21
Nov. 13: Brazil vs. Japan, 18:00 (1 a.m. Pacific Time) at Yoyogi National Stadium

Semifinal Round (5th to 8th Place)
Nov. 13: Turkey def. Germany 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 20-25, 15-11
Nov. 13: Serbia vs. Italy, 18:00 (1 a.m. Pacific Time) at Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium

,strong>Semifinal Round (9th to 12th Place)
Nov. 13: Poland def. Netherlands 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9
Nov. 13: China def. Cuba 16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22

Final Round
Nov. 14: Russia vs. Brazil/Japan winner (Gold Medal)
Nov. 14: USA vs. Brazil/Japan loser (Bronze Medal)
Nov. 14: Turkey vs. Serbia/Italy winner (5th Place)
Nov. 14: Germany vs. Serbia/Italy loser (7th Place)
Nov. 14: Poland vs. China (9th Place)
Nov. 14: Netherlands vs. Cuba (11th Place)

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 def. Turkey 25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 25-22
Nov. 10: Russia def. Japan 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13

Pool E Standings: Russia (7-0, 1.339); Japan (5-2, 1.045); Serbia (4-3, .964); Turkey (3-4, 1.026); Poland (3-4, 1.013); China (3-4, .989); Korea (3-4, .948); 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: Germany def. Netherlands 25-12, 25-14, 19-25, 27-25
Nov. 10: Cuba def. Italy 16-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 24-22

Pool F Standings: 1. Brazil (7-0, 1.317); 2. USA (5-2, 1.090); 3. Germany (4-3, 1.082); 4. Italy (4-3, 1.062);5. Cuba (3-4, .915);6. Netherlands (2-5, .965); 7. Thailand (2-5, .815); 8. 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 (Osaka): 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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