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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 29, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 on Wednesday evening at Londrina, Brazil. The match concluded a 10-day, four friendly exhibition tour of Brazil.
Brazil, which won all four exhibitions on the tour, 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.
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.
Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led the Americans with 17 points on 13 kills and four blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in seven kills and match-high six blocks for 13 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) contributed seven kills on 14 attacks, three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) tacked on nine kills and a block for 10 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) collected eight points in the loss. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) provided the Americans three points, followed by two points from Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and one point by Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.).
Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) tallied a U.S.-high 13 digs in the match as Brazil held a slim 48-46 team advantage in the category. Brazil converted 38 percent of its attacks into points and held a slim 50-47 margin in kills. Brazil held a sizeable 9-3 margin in aces to make up for Team USA’s 15-11 advantage in blocks.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Spicer at setter, Metcalf at opposite, Barboza and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) at outside hitter and Akinradewo and Tamas at middle blocker. Sykora was the libero for match. Hooker started in place of Metcalf the final three sets. Larson and Hodge started the final three sets in place of Barboza of Kim Glass. Spicer was inserted as a reserve in the final three sets, while Metcalf came off the bench in the second and third sets.
Natalia paced Brazil with 18 points, while Joyce added 15 points including four aces 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: Brazil def. USA 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20