U.S. Women Edge Serbia to Open World Grand Prix

Aug. 05, 2011, 7:25 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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U.S. Women's Press Kit for FIVB World Grand Prix

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team held off No. 9 Serbia’s upset bid with a 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10 victory on Friday to open the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix in the first preliminary weekend held at Luohe, China.

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking and defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions in the premier annual international volleyball tournament, continues Pool D action in China versus No. 19 Kazakhstan on Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. (1 a.m. Pacific Time) and No. 6 China on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. Pacific Time). The Americans have now won 12 consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix matches counting the final 11 victories in last year’s event.

The U.S. used a 9-3 scoring run to overcome a 17-14 deficit in the opening set to win 25-22. The Americans overcame 4-0 deficit in the second set to take a 14-10 lead, but needed to break a 17-all tie with an 8-2 scoring run to conclude the set with a 25-19 victory. Team USA battled back from a 6-2 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 23-all before Serbia cashed in on the final two points at 25-23, including the Americans’ 12th error of the set for the final point. The U.S. reached an 8-3 lead in the fourth set, but Serbia’s 10-0 run allowed it to take a 21-14 lead and went on to win 25-20. The Americans never trailed in the fifth set, taking an early 5-2 advantage en route to the 15-10 victory in which Serbia committed six errors in the tiebreaker.

The U.S.-Serbia match on-demand video stream can be viewed by clicking here. To view video stream of Saturday's U.S.-Kazakhstan match, click here. To view the video stream of Sunday's U.S.-China match, click here.

"First, congratulations for Serbia playing a great game," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand). "I am glad we won this game. I hope we can go on in this season."

All five starting American hitters reached double-figure points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player, scored a United States team-high 23 points with 14 kills on 21 swings and a match-high eight blocks. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 14 kills on a team-high 49 attacks and three blocks as part of a 17-point match. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) charted 14 kills on 39 swings and an ace for 15 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) pocketed 13 points with eight kills, four blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed six kills, three aces and a block for 10 points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with two aces and a kill for three points.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) registered three digs in the match, according to the official FIVB stats. Hodge tallied five excellent service receptions and Berg provided 34 assists on 107 set attempts.

Team USA held advantages in kills (57-51), blocks (16-11) and aces (8-5). However, Serbia was aided by 34 American errors, 22 of which came in the third and fourth sets.

"Serbia is a good team," U.S. Women's National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. "It was a tough match with Serbia. I hope this victory goes on."

McCutcheon started Hodge and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis was the libero for the match. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was a back-row sub in all four sets for Hodge. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) were used in a double switch in the fourth set.

Serbia’s Sanja Malagurski led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, three blocks and two aces. Milena Rasic added 15 points in the loss, while Jovana Brakocevic and Britzitka Molnar tallied 10 points each.

In other 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix opening day matches, Poland and Argentina start Pool A in Poland, while Italy challenges Dominican Republic. In Pool B matches in Thailand, Russia stopped Cuba 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20 and host Thailand will play Peru later today. Brazil defeated Japan 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 to start Pool C in Korea, while host Korea toppled Germany 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20. In the second Pool D match, host China plays Kazakhstan later today.

The U.S. scored the opening two points of the first set with kills from Akinradewo and Hooker, only to have Serbia respond with three straight points to take a 3-2 advantage. The Americans returned to the lead at 5-4 with kills from Akinradewo and Hodge. Serbia scored the first three points out of the first technical timeout to take a 10-8 lead, then stretched its advantage to 12-9 leading to a Team USA timeout. The U.S. sliced the deficit to 12-11 with a Hooker kill and Akinradewo block. Team USA tied the set at 13-all with kills from Akinradewo and Bown. However, Serbia responded with three consecutive points to take a 16-13 advantage into the second technical timeout. The Americans moved to within one at 17-16 with a Bown kill followed by a Serbia error leading to a timeout. Out of the break, Hodge tied the set at 17-all with an ace. Team USA returned to the lead at 20-19 on consecutive blocks by Akinradewo and Larson. Akinradowo and Hooker connected for consecutive kills and Hooker followed with a block to push the advantage to 23-20. The set ended on a Hodge cross-court winner at 25-22. Akinradewo scored a team-high seven points in the opening set, while Hodge and Hooker added four points each. Both teams put up four blocks in the set.

Serbia scored the first four points of the second set including two aces leading to a quick U.S. timeout. Larson and Hooker sliced the deficit to 4-2 with consecutive kills. Hodge followed a Serbia error with a kill to close the gap to on at 5-4. Akinradewo tied the set at 8-all with a block after a Serbia attack error, then Bown served an ace to give the Americans a 9-8 lead. The U.S. added to the lead with a Larson kill and Hooker block forcing Serbia to call timeout down 11-9. Out of the timeout, Larson added a third straight point on Berg’s serve with a block at 12-9. The Americans extended their lead to 14-10 with a Larson ace after a Hooker kill. Serbia ran off four unanswered points to knot the score at 17-all. Hooker stopped the run with a kill and Berg followed with an overpass kill to yield a two-point American cushion at 19-17. Following a Serbia timeout, Larson slammed a kill off the block to inch the lead to 20-17. The Americans pushed the lead to 24-19 with two Akinradewo blocks around a Serbia error, then Larson ended the set with an ace at 25-19. Hooker scored five points in the set, while Akinradewo and Larson each totaled four points in the partial. The Americans picked up four blocks and three aces while limiting their errors to four in the set.

Serbia notched the first two points of the third set, then extended the lead to 4-1 following a rotation error on the serve. Serbia continued to build its lead to 6-2. The U.S. closed to within one at 9-8, but Serbia returned to a three-point cushion at 13-10. Akinradewo pounded a kill and Serbia’s next attack went into the antenna to reduce the gap to 13-12. However, Serbia served an ace to return to a three-point margin at 15-12. Akinradewo and Hooker fired consecutive spikes to reduce the lead to 16-14. Serbia increased its lead to 22-18 following a block and American attack error. Berg served consecutive aces after a Larson kill to narrow the gap to 22-21 going into a Serbia timeout. Akinradewo connected for a kill and block to tie the score at 23-all. However, a U.S. attack error led to a Serbia 25-23 victory. Akinradewo and Hooker each scored five points in the third set, but the Americans committed 12 errors in the set.

The U.S. gained a 3-1 lead in the fourth set with a Larson ace after a Hooker kill. Akinradewo put up a block and Hodge slammed a kill to extend the American lead to 5-2. Team USA’s lead reached 8-3 at the first technical timeout as Hodge and Larson produced kills around a Serbia error. Serbia moved the gap to three points at 11-8 with back-to-back points, then cut the deficit to two at 13-11. Serbia continued to battle and scored five unanswered points to take a 16-14 lead into the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Serbia scored three more points as part of a 10-0 run and 21-14 advantage. The U.S. saved four set points with two kills Akinradewo, one kill from Hooker and a Serbia error leading to a timeout at 24-20. The Americans committed 10 errors in the set.

The Americans gained the early advantage in the fifth set with consecutive Serbia errors at 3-1. The U.S. increased its margin to 5-2 with a Hodge kill and Bown block leading into a Serbia timeout. Out of the break, Serbia scored the next two points to cut the deficit to 5-4. The U.S. reached the switch with an 8-5 margin thanks to an Akinradewo kill and Serbia error. Akinradewo served an ace after a Hodge kill to yield an 11-7 American advantage into a Serbia timeout. The U.S. closed out the set with a Bown block and Serbia attack error at 15-10.

FIVB Event Web Page for 2011 World Grand Prix

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Weekend #1
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
4 – Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
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, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
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.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan

Pool A at Bydgoszsz, Poland (Luczinczka Hall)
Aug. 5: Poland def. Argentina 25-20, 25-17, 25-22
Aug. 5: Italy def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17
Aug. 6: Poland vs. Dominican Republic, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 6: Italy vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
Aug. 7: Poland vs. Italy, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.

Pool B at Nakhonpathom, Thailand (Nakhonpathom Gym)
Aug. 5: Russia def. Cuba 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20
Aug. 5: Thailand def. Peru 25-20, 25-13, 25-16
Aug. 6: Peru vs. Russia, 3 p.m.
Aug. 6: Cuba vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Peru vs. Cuba, 3 p.m.
Aug. 7: Russia vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.

Pool C at Busan, Korea (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium)
Aug. 5: Brazil def. Japan 25-18, 25-16, 25-21
Aug. 5: Korea def. Germany 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20
Aug. 6: Korea vs. Japan, 2 p.m.
Aug. 6: Brazil vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Korea vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
Aug. 7: Japan vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.

Pool D at Luohe, China (Luohe Sports Center)
Aug. 5: USA def. Serbia 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10
Aug. 5: China def. Kazakhstan 25-18, 25-23, 25-16
Aug. 6: USA vs. Kazakhstan, 4 p.m.
Aug. 6: China vs. Serbia, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Serbia vs. Kazahkstan, 4 p.m.
Aug. 7: USA vs. China, 7:30 p.m.

Pool E at Zielona Gora, Poland (Sortowo Widowiskowa Hall)
Aug. 12: Poland vs. Argentina, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: Cuba vs. Korea, 7 p.m.
Aug. 13: Poland vs. Korea, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: Cuba vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14: Poland vs. Cuba, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: Korea vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.

Pool F at Almaty Kazakhstan (Baluan Sholak Sports Palace)
Aug. 12: Kazakhstan vs. Italy, 3:15 p.m.
Aug. 12: Thailand vs. Brazil, 6 p.m.
Aug. 13: Brazil vs. Kazakhstan, 3:15 p.m.
Aug. 13: Italy vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14: Kazakhstan vs. Thailand, 3:15 p.m.
Aug. 14: Italy vs. Brazil, 6 p.m.

Pool G at Quanzhou, China (Straits Sports Center Quanzhou)
Aug. 12: Germany vs. Russia, 4 p.m.
Aug. 12: China vs. Peru, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: Peru vs. Russia, 4 p.m.
Aug. 13: China vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: Peru vs. Germany, 4 p.m.
Aug. 14: China vs. Russia, 7:30 p.m.

Pool H at Komaki, Japan (Park Arena Komaki)
Aug. 12: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 3 p.m.
Aug. 12: Japan vs. Serbia, 6 p.m.
Aug. 13: Serbia vs. Dominican Republic, 3 p.m.
Aug. 13: USA vs. Japan, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 1 p.m.
Aug. 15: USA vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.

Pool I at Hong Kong (Hong Kong Coliseum)
Aug. 19: Kazakhstan vs. Poland, 7 p.m.
Aug. 19: China vs. Dominican Republic, 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: Dominican Republic vs. Poland, 3 p.m.
Aug. 20: China vs. Kazakhstan, 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: Dominican Republic vs. Kazakhstan, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: China vs. Poland, 8 p.m.

Pool J at Hong Kong (Hong Kong Coliseum)
Aug. 19: Italy vs. Peru, 1 p.m.
Aug. 19: USA vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Aug. 20: Germany vs. Peru, 1 p.m.
Aug. 20: USA vs. Italy, 7 p.m.
Aug. 21: USA vs. Peru, 11 a.m.
Aug. 21: Germany vs. Italy, 1 p.m.

Pool K at Bangkok, Thailand (Keelawes 1)
Aug. 19: Cuba vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
Aug. 19: Thailand vs. Argentina, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: Brazil vs. Argentina, 2 p.m.
Aug. 20: Cuba vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: Argentina vs. Cuba, 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: Brazil vs. Thailand, 5:30 p.m.

Pool L at Tokyo, Japan (Ariake Coliseum)
Aug. 19: Russia vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Aug. 19: Japan vs. Serbia, 6 p.m.
Aug. 20: Russia vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Aug. 20: Japan vs. Korea, 6 p.m.
Aug. 21: Serbia vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: Japan vs. Russia, 6 p.m.