U.S. Women’s Schedule for Brazil Tour Announced

Sept. 17, 2010, 5:46 p.m. (ET)

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

Press Kit for Tour of Brazil

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Brazil in four friendly scrimmages in Maringa and Londrina, Brazil, during a training trip scheduled for Sept. 19-30.

The U.S. will play Brazil on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at Maringa. Both matches will take place at 9 p.m. Brazil Time. After a day of travel to Londrina, the two teams face each other again on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Brazil Time.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has selected outside hitters Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb) for the Brazil Tour. Middle blockers are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.).

Among the opposites traveling to Brazil are Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.). Setters on the Tour of Brazil are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), while the liberos are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas).

Both teams are using the friendly scrimmages as a chance to evaluate and fine tune their lineups for the upcoming FIVB World Championship, which takes place Oct. 29 to Nov. 14 in Japan. The U.S. and Brazil have been benefited from recent friendly scrimmages against one another. In making final preparations for the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix and 2008 Olympic Games, Brazil played three friendly exhibition matches against the U.S. in Colorado Springs in June 2008, winning two of the three contests.

Brazil is currently ranked No. 1 by the FIVB in the world ranking, while the U.S. moved up two spots to No. 2 after claiming the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix last month. During the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, Team USA edged Brazil in a hard-fought five-set match as it went on to win the gold medal without dropping a match.

Brazil leads the all-time series since 1983 with a 51-33 ledger, including six consecutive victories prior the U.S. win at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. Brazil won all four meetings with the United States in 2009, the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match and the final exhibition match of its tour of the U.S. in 2008. Since 2000, Brazil holds a 32-8 record over the U.S.

The U.S. Women’s National Team holds a 21-5 record in 2010 with three podium finishes, highlighted by winning the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix held Aug. 6-29. Earlier this year the Americans earned the silver medal at the Montreux Volley Masters and the bronze at the Pan American Cup.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster for Tour of Brazil
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
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)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 - Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
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: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chelsea Nitta
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
International Referee: Hansen Leong

Tour of Brazil Schedule versus Brazil
Sept. 25: at Maringa, 9 p.m. Brazil Time
Sept. 26: at Maringa, 9 p.m. Brazil Time
Sept. 28: at Londrina, 7 p.m. Brazil Time
Sept. 29: at Londrina, 7 p.m. Brazil Time