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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 28, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 on Tuesday evening at Londrina, Brazil. The match is part of a 10-day, four friendly exhibition tour of Brazil.
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.
Team USA’s four-match tour of Brazil concludes on Sept. 29 at Londrina with a 7 p.m. match start time. 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.
Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) paced the Americans with nine points in the loss with four kills and match-high five blocks. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added seven points, all on kills. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) were credited with six points apiece. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed four U.S. points in the match. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) came off the bench to score two points while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) tallied one point.
Hodge totaled 13 of the team’s 36 digs as the hosts out-dug the Americans 59-36. Stacy Sykora chipped in another 11 digs in the loss.
“Brazil played very well tonight - especially on defense,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “There's no question it's disappointing to lose, but we are learning a lot and gaining valuable experience here. There are very few countries in the world where you can play such a strong team in a large, packed, and extremely loud gymnasium.”
Brazil converted 42 percent of its attacks into points while Team USA converted just 23 percent of its attacks into points. The U.S. held a slim 9-7 block advantage, but Brazil had a 3-1 edge in aces.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Glass at setter, Hooker at opposite, Hodge and Larson at outside hitter and Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker. Sykora was the libero for match. Nnamani started the third set in place of Hooker. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) was a sub in the second set, while Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was a reserve off the bench in the third set.
Brazil was paced by Sheilla’s 17 points while Natalia added 14 points in the victory.
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.
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: Brazil def. USA 19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-15, 15-11
Sept. 26: Brazil def. USA 24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10
Sept. 28: Brazil def. USA 25-20, 25-12, 25-22
Sept. 29: at Londrina, 7 p.m. Brazil Time