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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 31, 2010) - Behind Logan Tom's (Salt Lake City, Utah) match-high 19 points, the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team remains undefeated through the third day of the FIVB World Championship first round Pool C after defeating Germany 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 in a battle of undefeated squads Sunday evening at Matsumoto, Japan.
Team USA, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, improves to 3-0 in the Pool C and is the last remaining undefeated team in the group. Germany, which is now 1-3 against the Americans in 2010, falls to 2-1 in the tournament. After an off-day on Nov. 1, the U.S. concludes the first round with matches versus Kazakhstan on Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m. Japan Time (2:45 a.m. Pacific Time) and against NORCECA rival Cuba on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Japan Time (2 a.m. Pacific Time).
The U.S. battled back from an 11-6 deficit in the opening set to win 25-23, thanks to a 7-1 scoring run yielding a 19-16 advantage. The two teams combined for 18 errors in the opening set (10 for Germany, eight for USA). In the second set which had 15 ties and six lead changes, the Americans produced a 5-1 scoring run to take a 21-17 lead, but needed to hold back a late German charge to win 26-24 on its second set point chance. The U.S. broke a 7-all tie in the third set with an 8-2 scoring spurt for a 15-9 advantage and eased into a 25-17 victory.
“Germany is a tough team because they're good, well-coached and plays with passion, so we knew it would be a battle today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I said to (German Head Coach Giovanni) Guidetti after the match that I thought it had a strange rhythm to it as both teams were making unforced errors, which is uncharacteristic of both teams. I'm proud of my team who were able to turn some points down the stretch in the first and second sets, and we settled down nicely in the third set and were able to take advantage of some plays.”
Tom scored her 19 points on 15 kills, two blocks and the match’s only two aces. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) secured seven kills and three blocks for 10 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added seven kills and two blocks for nine points. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) contributed seven points all on kills, while Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) turned in a match-high four blocks to go with three kills for seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with three blocks and two kills for five points from her setter position.
“It was really close over three sets,” U.S. captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “Germany is a tough team to play as they play with pride and emotion, so we knew we had to be good at the service line and at passing. We were inconsistent at the beginning. Now, we're just trying to gain momentum to take us through the tournament.”
“Logan Tom is now the best position player in the world,” Germany Head Coach Giovanni Guidetti said. “No other player can play like her. She has defense, blocking, attacking from all positions. When she plays bad, she makes perhaps one mistake in a match. I had the luck to coach her in Italy, but she never thanks me because she always beats me. This year, I think every time Logan Tom was not there, they lost. When Logan Tom is there, they always win. She's just what young players need. Logan Tom and Bown are the most experienced players and they made the difference.”
Glass set the USA offense with 39 running sets leading to a 43.2 kill percent and .305 hitting efficiency. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) totaled a team-high 14 digs, while Tom had 17 excellent service receptions on 20 errorless chances. Larson added 15 excellent service receptions on 29 attempts.
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. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) subbed into the first and second sets as a server.
The U.S. out-blocked Germany 14-5 to offset 22 team errors. The Americans held a 41-37 advantage in kills and 2-0 margin in aces. Team USA had a 70.2 percent on service receptions and won the dig column 26-22. Germany held a 64.1 percent on service receptions, leading to a 37.8 kill percent and .196 hitting efficiency.
Margareta Kozuch paced Germany with 13 points with 12 kills and a block, while Corina Ssuschke totaled 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.
“I'm actually proud of what my team did today, because we played two sets at a very high level,” Guidetti said. “The United States is in the top three in the world because they find great young talent and combine that with Tom, Bown and Sykora. We lost two sets on little details – my team played a good match, but we must learn from this match. If we can keep the level of the first two sets, we can win many other matches in this tournament.”
For complete coverage of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship, visit usavolleyball.org/events/3055.
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.
Earlier today in Pool C, Cuba edged Kazakhstan 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10 and Thailand topped Croatia 25-15, 25-14, 25-17. In Pool A in Tokyo, Serbia handled Peru 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-18, Poland stopped Costa Rica 25-14, 25-12, 25-15 and Japan dominated Algeria 25-18, 25-7, 25-14. In Pool B at Hamamatsu, Czech Republic swept Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-14, 25-17, Italy downed Kenya 25-9, 25-7, 25-21 and Brazil beat Netherlands 25-19, 25-18, 25-14. In Pool D at Osaka, Turkey held off Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15, Russia overwhelmed Canada 25-13, 25-16, 25-21 and Korea upset China 25-22, 25-23, 25-23.
Germany took a 4-2 lead early in the opening set as the Americans had four attack errors for all four German points. Germany increased its margin to 8-4 with three straight points going into the first technical timeout, then stretched the advantage to 11-6 causing a USA timeout after a hitting error. The U.S. cut the deficit to 11-9 with a Germany error, Bown block and Larson kill on consecutive plays. Team USA rattled off three straight points with a kill and block from Akinradewo around a German error to tie the set at 15-all. Tom gave the U.S. its first lead at 16-15 with an ace after a Hooker kill. Team USA added to the 4-0 scoring run out of the second technical timeout with a German error and a second Tom ace yielding a 19-16 American advantage. The Americans increased their cushion to four points at 23-19 with consecutive German errors. German sliced the gap in half at 23-21 following a USA attack error leading to a McCutcheon timeout. Germany saved two set points with consecutive USA errors to set the score at 24-23, but Hooker ended the set with her four kill. Tom added four points in the set for the U.S. as four players produced at least three points.
The U.S. scored three straight points to take a 3-1 lead in the second set as Bown and Tom fired kills followed by a German error. Germany came back to tie the set at 5-all with a block. Germany went into the first technical timeout leading 8-7 following a USA attack error. The Americans regained the lead at 10-9 with a Tom kill after a German service error. Germany quickly reversed lead to its side at 12-11 with consecutive points. The Americans answered with a Tom kill and Akinradewo block to give the U.S. a 13-12 advantage. The Americans gained a two-point cushion at 18-16 with a Larson kill off the block and a Tom back-row spike. USA extended its margin to three points at 21-17 with a kill and blocks by Bown and Glass leading to two quick German timeouts within the scoring run. Germany sliced the gap in half at 22-20 with consecutive points causing USA to call timeout. Germany continued to charge by putting up consecutive blocks to tie the set at 23-all. However, Team USA never allowed Germany the lead and finished the set with a Bown block at 26-24. Tom netted six points in the second set, while Larson picked up five points. The U.S. stuffed six German attacks for points.
The U.S. scored consecutive blocks from Bown and Glass to take a 3-2 lead in the third set, but Germany answered with a 3-0 scoring run to grab a two-point cushion at 5-3. The U.S. responded with a Bown kill and German attack error to tie the set at 5-all. Team USA regained the lead at 7-6 with a Tom kill and Akinradewo block. The Americans opened a three-point cushion at 11-7 with a Glass kill followed by three consecutive spikes from Tom. Larson, Bown and tom added to the lead with consecutive kills producing a 15-9 margin. Tom stuffed consecutive German attacks to push the American lead to 19-12. The U.S. inched the advantage to 21-13 with kills from Tom and Hooker. Germany narrowed the gap down to five points at 22-17 with three unanswered points. Team USA reached match point 24-17 with a Tom kill and Germany error, then closed out the set 25-17 on a Larson block. Tom finished the third set with nine points, including two of the team’s six blocks.
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
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 vs. Algeria, 13:00
Nov. 2: Poland vs. Peru, 15:30
Nov. 2: Costa Rica vs. Japan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 12:30
Nov. 3: Algeria vs. Poland, 15:00
Nov. 3: Japan vs. Serbia, 18:00
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 vs. Puerto Rico, 13:30
Nov. 2: Netherlands vs. Kenya, 16:15
Nov. 2: Czech Republic vs. Italy, 18:45
Nov. 3: Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands, 13:00
Nov. 3: Kenya vs. Czech Republic, 15:30
Nov. 3: Italy vs. Brazil, 18:00
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: Croatia vs. Germany, 13:30
Nov. 2: Thailand vs. Cuba, 16:15
Nov. 2: USA vs. Kazakhstan, 18:45
Nov. 3: Kazakhstan vs. Croatia, 13:00
Nov. 3: Germany vs. Thailand, 15:30
Nov. 3: USA vs. Cuba, 18:00
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 vs. Canada, 13:30
Nov. 2: Russia vs. Korea, 16:15
Nov. 2: Dominican Republic vs. China, 18:45
Nov. 3: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 13:00
Nov. 3: Korea vs. Turkey, 15:30
Nov. 3: 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)