Sykora, Tom Earn FIVB World Championship Honors

Nov. 14, 2010, 10:26 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship atop a total of three statistical categories.

Sykora was the World Championship’s Best Libero with a 7.13 average per set of digs and service receptions. She had 285 total excellent passes and digs, out-distancing the second-ranked liberos – Japan’s Yuko Sano and Russia’s Svetlana Kryuchkova – who both had a 6.20 average. Sykora also held a comfortable lead as the tournament’s Best Digger with a 4.85 dig average – 1.30 digs per set better than Sano’s second-place rank of 3.55 digs per set.

Tom held a 57.49 excellent service reception efficiency as the World Championship leader in Best Receiver. Her efficiency was slightly better than Italy’s Antonella Del Core, who had a 56.81 efficiency percent. American Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) finished seventh in the Best Receiver with a 52.19 efficiency percent.

The U.S. Women’s National Team finished the 2010 FIVB World Championship in fourth place after losing a heart-breaking bronze-medal match to Japan in five sets on Sunday evening in Tokyo. The Americans, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, were trying to medal for the fifth time at the FIVB World Championship. Team USA earned the silver medal at the 2002 World Championship in Berlin and the 1967 World Championship in Tokyo. Team USA, which improved on its ninth-place finish at the last World Championship in 2006, captured the bronze in the 1990 World Championship in Beijing and the 1982 World Championship in Lima, Peru. Japan, ranked fifth in the world, captured their seventh medal at the World Championship (golds in 1974, 1967, 1962, silvers in 1978, 1970, 1960).

Russia rallied to defeat top-ranked Brazil in five sets to claim its second consecutive FIVB World Championship.

U.S. opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) finished the tournament as the fifth-best scorer with 219 points. Tom was ranked 17th in scoring with 144 points, while Larson tallied 126 points for 22nd place. Hooker converted 45.34 percent of her attacks into points for 11th place in Best Spiker, while Tom finished the tournament in 25th place with a 39.23 kill percent.

American middle blockers Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) were ranked 11th and 14th in Best Blocker for the World Championship. Bown averaged 0.70 blocks per set, while Akinradewo averaged 0.60 blocks per set. Hooker was slightly behind her teammates with 0.58 blocks per set for 16th place. Team USA setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) ended her first World Championship with the third-best average of running sets with 8.43 per set. Heading into Team USA’s final match on Sunday evening, Glass was leading the category, but took a hit in the statistical Best Setter category after not starting the bronze-medal match against Japan.

For complete coverage of the U.S. Women's National Team at the FIVB World Championship, visit usavolleyball.org/events/3055.

Individual Best Player Awards
Most Valuable Player: Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
Top Scorer: Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
Best Server: Maret Grothues (NED)
Best Spiker: Tatiana Kosheleva (RUS)
Best Blocker: Christiane Fürst (GER)
Best Setter: Wei Qiuyue (CHN)
Best Receiver: Logan Tom (USA)
Best Libero: Stacy Sykora (USA)

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 def. Japan 22-25, 33-35, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11

Semifinal Round (5th to 8th Place)
Nov. 13: Turkey def. Germany 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 20-25, 15-11
Nov. 13: Italy def. Serbia 25-20, 25-15, 25-22

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 def. Brazil 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11 (Gold Medal)
Nov. 14: Japan def. USA 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8 (Bronze Medal)
Nov. 14: Italy def. Turkey 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 (5th Place)
Nov. 14: Germany def. Serbia 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 (7th Place)
Nov. 14: Poland def. China 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 (9th Place)
Nov. 14: Netherlands def. Cuba 32-30, 25-23, 25-17 (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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