U.S. Women Beat Toray in Pre-World Scrimmage

Oct. 27, 2010, 10:10 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 27, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team continued its preparation for the 2010 FIVB World Championship by sweeping Toray in a five-set friendly exhibition match versus Japan’s reigning V-League champions Toray on Oct. 26 in Japan.

The Americans, who start the FIVB World Championship versus Thailand on Oct. 29 at Matsumoto, won the scrimmage 25-21, 25-17, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 as 13 of the 14 available players played at least two sets.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) led Team USA with 17 points with 12 kills on 25 errorless attacks, three aces and two blocks. The middle blocking combination of Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added 12 points while Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) chalked up nine points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) all scored seven points apiece. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) notched six points and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a single point.

Glass, who started the first three sets and was used as part of a double sub in the final two sets, set the team to a .265 hitting efficiency in the sets she started. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii), suiting up for the Americans for the first time in 2010, started the final two sets and helped the team to a .361 hitting efficiency.

Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), Glass and Tom had team-high 10 digs each, while Larson added seven digs. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) had a 90 percent positive serve reception as she served as the libero in the final two sets.

The U.S. out-blocked Toray 14-7 and held an 11-5 margin in aces. Despite its lineup changing throughout the match, Team USA converted 40 percent of its attacks with a .301 hitting efficiency. For the match, the U.S. had a 66 percent positive service reception. The American defense held Toray to a 30 percent conversion rate on attacks and .090 hitting efficiency. Toray managed a 66-51 dig advantage.

Toray captured the V-League championship playoff with a sweep of JT in the final match this past spring. Barboza was a member of the Toray team during the 2009-2010 season.

The FIVB World Championship first round has six teams in four pools playing a round-robin schedule with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the second round for crossover play. The U.S. is grouped in Pool C at Matsumoto with Cuba, Germany, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Croatia. In the second round, Pool C crosses over with Pool B (Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Kenya, Puerto Rico and Czech Republic) to form Pool F in Nagoya. The semifinals and finals will be played in Tokyo on Nov. 13-14.

The Americans open the FIVB World Championship against Thailand on Oct. 29 at 4:15 p.m. Japan Time (12:15 a.m. Pacific Time). The U.S. challenges Croatia on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Japan Time (9 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 29) and Germany on Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (2 a.m. Pacific Time) before an off day. Pool C concludes with the U.S. facing Kazakhstan on Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m. Japan Time (2:45 a.m. Pacific Time) and NORCECA rival Cuba on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (2 a.m. Pacific Time).

Other first-round groups include host Japan, Serbia, Poland, Peru, Algeria and Costa Rica in Pool A and China, Russia, Korea, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Canada in Pool D.

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 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 vs. Algeria, 12:30; Serbia vs. Costa Rica, 15:00; Poland vs. Japan, 18:45
Oct. 30: Costa Rica vs. Algeria, 12:30; Serbia vs. Poland, 15:00; Japan vs. Peru, 18:00
Oct. 31: Peru vs. Serbia, 12:30; Poland vs. Costa Rica, 15:00; Algeria vs. Japan, 18:00
Nov. 2: Serbia vs. Algeria, 13:00; Poland vs. Peru, 15:30; Costa Rica vs. Japan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 12:30; Algeria vs. Poland, 15:00; Japan vs. Serbia, 18:00

Pool B:
Oct. 29: Brazil vs. Kenya, 13:30; Czech Republic vs. Netherlands, 16:15; Puerto Rico vs. Italy, 18:45
Oct. 30: Czech Republic vs. Brazil, 13:00; Kenya vs. Puerto Rico, 15:30; Netherlands vs. Italy, 18:00
Oct. 31: Puerto Rico vs. Czech Republic, 13:00; Italy vs. Kenya, 15:30; Brazil vs. Netherlands, 18:00
Nov. 2: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico, 13:30; Netherlands vs. Kenya, 16:15; Czech Republic vs. Italy, 18:45
Nov. 3: Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands, 13:00; Kenya vs. Czech Republic, 15:30; Italy vs. Brazil, 18:00

Pool C:
Oct. 29: Germany vs. Kazakhstan, 13:30; USA vs. Thailand, 16:15; Croatia vs. Cuba, 18:45
Oct. 30: USA vs. Croatia, 13:00; Thailand vs. Kazakhstan, 15:30; Cuba vs. Germany, 18:00
Oct. 31: Kazakhstan vs. Cuba, 13:00; Croatia vs. Thailand, 15:30; USA vs. Germany, 18:00
Nov. 2: Croatia vs. Germany, 13:30; Thailand vs. Cuba, 16:15; USA vs. Kazakhstan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Kazahkstan vs. Croatia, 13:00; Germany vs. Thailand, 15:30; USA vs. Cuba, 18:00

Pool D:
Oct. 29: Russia vs. Dominican Republic, 13:30; Canada vs. Korea, 16:15; Turkey vs. China, 18:45
Oct. 30: Russia vs. Turkey, 13:00; Dominican Republic vs. Korea, 15:30; China vs. Canada, 18:00
Oct. 31: Turkey vs. Dominican Republic, 13:00; Canada vs. Russia, 15:30; Korea vs. China, 18:00
Nov. 2: Turkey vs. Canada, 13:30; Russia vs. Korea, 16:15; Dominican Republic vs. China, 18:45
Nov. 3: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 13:00; Korea vs. Turkey, 15:30; China vs. Russia, 18:00

Second Round (Nov. 6-10) - teams play opposite pool in crossover
Pool E (Tokyo): 1A, 1D, 2A, 2D, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4D
Pool F (Nagoya): 1B, 1C, 2B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4C

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