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U.S. Women Denied World Championship Bronze

Nov. 14, 2010, 6:31 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost a heart-breaking five-set match (18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8) to Japan in the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship bronze medal match played Sunday evening in Tokyo.

Team USA used a 7-1 scoring run to break free from a slim 11-10 lead in the opening set to win 25-18 as the Americans held a 5-1 block advantage. Japan rallied from a 12-8 deficit in the second set with its own 7-1 scoring run to come out on top 25-23 to even the match at one set each. While the third set had six lead changes and 11 ties in the early going, the U.S. broke a 15-all tie with a 4-1 run and used a 4-0 to establish a 23-18 lead en route to a 25-21 victory. Japan sent the match to the fifth set tiebreaker as it worked itself to 23-14 lead before holding off a late USA challenge to win 25-19. Japan scored three unanswered points to take a 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker, then notched the final five points of the match for a 15-8 victory. The U.S. was unable to score consecutive points in the fifth set.

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).

Both the U.S. and Japan finished the World Championship second round in second place in their respective pools with 7-2 records to advance to the semifinals. Team USA lost to Russia 25-16, 13-25, 25-19, 25-21 in its semifinal, while Brazil rallied to defeat host Japan 22-25, 33-35, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11 in its semifinal match. The USA and Japan has played each other 208 times since 1983, by far the most matches the Americans have played against a country since that time. The U.S. had won the past seven meetings with Japan, including two earlier in 2010.

“I’m proud with the way our team competed,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Both the US and Japan did their best, and they were very good. As a result, we were defeated. It was a long tournament. We had the privilege of visiting various cities of Japan, and it was certainly different than playing in New York. That difference made it a bit difficult for us. Japan played a good match, so I want to congratulate them. We learned from this year, and hopefully we will come back stronger next year.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) notched a team-high 28 points with 24 kills and four blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) totaled 12 kills, three blocks and an ace for 16 points. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) tacked on 15 points with 14 kills and a block. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) charted seven kills on 11 errorless attacks and two blocks for nine blocks despite coming off the bench in the set. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed eight points with two blocks to go with six kills. Rounding out the scoring was Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) with two points and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii) with a point each.

Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) charted a team-high 24 digs, while Tom turned in a team-high 31 excellent receptions on 55 attempts. Berg was credited with 26 running sets.

“The U.S. and Japan both battled so hard, and the USA just finished short, and we lost,” Hooker said.

McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Sykora was the libero during the match. Nnamani and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) were subs in the fourth set, while Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was a serving sub in all but the second set.

While the U.S. held a commanding 13-5 advantage in blocks, the service game was controlled by Japan with an 8-1 margin in aces. Team USA also committed 10 service errors out of its total 32 errors for the match, while Japan had just six service errors and 20 total errors. The Americans converted 41.8 percent of their attacks as part of a .272 hitting efficiency. Japan, which out-dug the U.S. 68-47, converted just 34.1 percent of its attacks with a .213 hitting efficiency.

After the World Championship gold-medal match between top-ranked Brazil and defending World Champion Russia, the FIVB will announce the World Championship individual honors. Sykora is among the frontrunners to receive Best Digger and Best Libero, while Tom was leading the Best Receiver category heading into the final match. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) held a slim lead in the Best Setter category, but lost ground by not starting in the bronze-medal match. All individual honors except for Most Valuable Player are based on individual statistics credited throughout the entire tournament.

Prior to the World Championship, the U.S. had 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.

Japan’s Saori Kumira matched Hooker’s match-high total of 28 points, while Mizuho Ishida tacked on 11 points.

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

In other matches today, Italy defeated Turkey 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 to finish the World Championship in fifth place, while Germany rallied past Serbia 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 for seventh place. Poland blanked China 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 to conclude the tournament in ninth place, while Netherlands swept Cuba 32-30, 25-23, 25-17 in the 11th-place match.

The U.S. scored three unanswered points to take a 6-3 lead in the opening set with a kill by Akinradewo, block by Larson and Japan attack error. Japan came back to within one at 6-5 following an ace. Following a Bown kill, Larson served an ace to lift the USA in front 9-6. Japan quickly scored consecutive points to close to 9-8. Team USA inched its lead to 15-11 as part of a 4-1 scoring run with kills from Hooker and Larson around two Japan attack errors leading to a Japan timeout. Hooker scored a third straight American point to take the USA to a 16-11 advantage at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Larson stuffed a Japan attack to increase the USA lead to 17-11 and produced Japan’s second timeout. The Americans blocked their third attack on consecutive plays to increase their lead to 18-11. Japan scored consecutive plays to narrow the gap to 18-13. Hooker, Bown and Tom connected for consecutive kills to launch the USA in front 22-14. Japan saved two set points at 24-18 before a Hooker kill ended the set at 25-18. Hooker finished the set with eight points, while Larson added six points. The U.S. out-blocked Japan 5-1 in the set.

The Americans scored the first four points of the second set with three Japan errors around a Hooker block. Out of a Japan timeout, it scored three times in a row with two USA errors to close to 4-3. Team USA notched kills by Hooker and Tom to extend its lead to 7-4, but a Japan ace pulled it back to one at 7-6. The Americans stretched their lead to 11-7 with a Bown kill followed by two Japan attack errors. Japan fired back with three straight points to cause the Americans to call timeout leading 12-11. Japan tied the set at 13-all on an ace, then went into the lead at 14-13 after defending three hard driven American attacks. Japan scored its fourth straight point at 15-13 with a USA error. Japan extended its lead to 17-14 following another USA error. Hooker slammed a kill off the block, then Larson followed with a block to close the USA to 18-17. Tom collected a kill after a Japan service error to tie the set at 19-all. Japan broke a 21-all tie with back-to-back points to prompt McCutcheon to call timeout with his team down 23-21. Japan sided out the rest of the way to win 25-23. Hooker collected five points in the second set, but the Americans had seven errors in the period.

After the U.S. scored the first point of the third set, Japan rolled off four unanswered points to assume a 4-1 advantage. Team USA answered with two kills each from Larson and Hooker to put the Americans back in front 5-4. However, consecutive USA errors returned Japan in front 6-5. Japan entered the first technical timeout leading 8-6 after a serve hit the net and trickled down for an ace. Bown scored a consecutive kill and block to knot the score at 9-all. Hooker and Tom downed kills to push the Americans in front 11-10. Japan’s fifth ace put it back in the lead at 12-11. Tamas stuffed a Japan attack after a Hooker kill to yield a 14-13 American advantage. Larson hammered consecutive kills to put the Americans in front 17-15. Hooker and Tom pocketed back-to-back kills forcing Japan to call timeout down 19-16. Japan sliced the deficit to one at 19-18 following a USA attack error. Tamas took an overpass for a kill after a Japan service error to send Japan into a timeout down 21-18. Hooker added a third and fourth straight points following the timeout with consecutive kills at 23-18. Japan saved back-to-back set points leading USA to call timeout at 24-21. Hooker ended the set out of the break with a kill at 25-21. Hooker finished the set with nine kills and the Americans added three more blocks in the set. The U.S. scored 20 of its 25 points on kills as Japan committed just two errors.

Japan netted the first two points of the fourth set then increased its margin to 6-2 after a USA attack error and an ace. Hooker stopped the bleeding with a kill and after a Japan error the U.S. was within two at 6-4. Japan regained its four-point cushion at 9-5 with an ace after the first technical timeout. After Bown and Tom converted back-to-back kills, Japan responded with consecutive points of its own to retain a four-point, 11-7 margin. Japan continued the pressure by taking a 14-9 lead into a USA timeout. Japan reached the second technical timeout with a 16-10 advantage. Japan went on a 4-1 scoring run to take a 20-12 lead. Bown and Tom scored consecutive kills to knock the deficit to 20-14. Japan jumped its lead to 23-14 with consecutive USA errors. Hooker put up a block and Tom slammed a kill after a Japan service error to keep Japan away from reaching set points at 23-17. Tom added a kill and Tamas turned in a block out of a Japan timeout for a fourth and fifth straight points to close to 23-19. However, Japan scored the next two points for a 25-19 victory. Tom collected a team-high five points in the fourth set.

Japan scored three unanswered points to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth set. Japan increased its lead to 7-4 after a USA attack error. Japan extended the margin to four points at 12-8 after a USA attack error leading to an American timeout. Out of the break, Japan put up a block and USA hit into the net to put the score at match-point 14-8. Japan ended it quickly at 15-8.

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 vs. Brazil (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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