U.S. Women Name Montreux Preliminary Roster

April 28, 2011, 4:52 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 28, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will compete in the Montreux Volley Masters with matches held June 7-12 in Montreux, Switzerland.

The U.S., which won the silver medal at last year’s Montreux event, opens the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters on June 7 versus Peru. After its off-day in pool play, Team USA faces Germany on June 9 followed by a June 10 match against China. Semifinal round matches will take place on June 11, followed by the classification matches on June 12. In the opposite Montreux Volley Masters pool, the four teams competing for the title are Cuba, Italy, Japan and Netherlands.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has selected a 19-player preliminary roster the Montreux Volley Masters. Middle blockers on the preliminary roster are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.), Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters on the preliminary roster are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah).

Opposites selected to fill the preliminary roster are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). The four setters chosen to the preliminary roster are Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). The two liberos on the preliminary roster are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas).

Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) will serve as the head coach for the team while McCutcheon trains the rest of the squad in Anaheim, Calif., in preparation for the X Women’s Pan American Cup held June 29-July 9 in Mexico. Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.) and Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) will serve as the assistant coaches. Russ Rose (State College, Pa.) is the designated team leader for the event.

The Americans, who are competing at Montreux for the second consecutive year, have medaled at the event in 1991 (silver), 1995 (bronze), 1996 (bronze), 2004 (silver) and 2010 (silver). Crimes, Davis, Fawcett, Forsett, Harmotto, Richards, Spicer, Tamas and Thompson were all part of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Team that won silver in Montreux.

The U.S. Women's National Team, currently ranked second in the world behind defending Olympic Games champion Brazil, will have a busy 2011 season. Following the season-opening Montreux Volley Masters, the Americans will compete in the X Women's Pan American Cup (June 29-July 9), the FIVB World Grand Prix (Aug. 5-29), the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship (Sept. 10-18), the Pan American Games (Oct. 14-20) and the FIVB World Cup (Nov. 4-18) should they qualify through the NORCECA Continental Championship. In December, the U.S. will compete in the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (Dec. 10-18) if it does not secure one of the three 2012 Olympic Games qualifying spots at the FIVB World Cup.

The Americans are coming off a 28-13 record in 2010, a 10-victory increase over their 18-14 record in 2009. After earning the silver medal at the 2010 Montreux event, the U.S. finished with the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup held in Mexico. Team USA used a balanced, split roster with youth and veterans in both the Montreux Volley Masters and Pan American Cup.

After a month of training back at its gym in Anaheim, Calif., the U.S. Women's National Team used an 11-match win streak to cap the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, winning the gold medal with an undefeated record in the Final Round. Akinradewo was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Blocker, while Alisha Glass earned Best Setter in her first senior FIVB event. Hooker was the fourth leading scorer at the World Grand Prix, despite playing her first senior FIVB event and just four weeks of training with the U.S. National Team. In the previous year, Team USA finished in ninth place in the event with a young squad.

During the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship, the U.S. Women's National Team went undefeated in its first round pool and stretched its win streak to 17 matches with an opening second-round victory over Czech Republic. However, the U.S. dropped matches to Italy and Brazil around a win over Netherlands to reach the medal round. The Americans lost a four-set match to eventual champion Russia in the semifinals, followed by a tough-luck five-set loss to host Japan in the bronze-medal match to finish in fourth place. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) was selected as the Best Receiver, while Sykora earned Best Libero honors. Following up their World Grand Prix performances, Hooker ranked fifth in scoring at the FIVB World Championship and Alisha Glass was the third-best setter.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Ashley Engle (S, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Texas)
8 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
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 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
19 - Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Montreux Head Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coaches: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.), Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jennifer Hirneisen
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Leader: Russ Rose (State College, Pa.)