Associate Director, Communications
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team served 15 aces in defeating Kazakhstan 25-15, 25-21, 25-12 Saturday during the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix 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, improved to 2-0 in Pool D with five group points. The Americans conclude Pool D action in China versus No. 6 China on Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. (1 a.m. Pacific Time) before leaving for Japan to start the second weekend of preliminary matches. The Americans have now won 13 consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix matches counting the final 11 victories in last year’s event.
The U.S. bolted to a 17-4 advantage capped by an 8-0 run in the opening set and cruised to the 25-15 victory with four aces in the set. The second set was tight until the end before the Americans scored six of the final eight points for a 25-21 victory that included six aces and four blocks for the U.S. Team USA controlled the third set jumping to leads of 4-0 and 13-4 en route to a 25-12 victory, benefiting from five aces in the set.
“I am happy to win,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We improved from last night. Kazakhstan made some adjustment in the second set, and gave a lot pressure on us. I am glad we were able to respond. Our serving helped us a lot.”
Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led the U.S. with 15 points on 11 kills via 28 attacks, three aces and a block. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added nine kills on 24 attacks, four aces and a block for 14 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in eight kills on 17 swings and five aces for 13 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed six kills on nine attacks, four blocks and two aces for 12 points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted four kills on eight errorless attacks and two blocks for six points. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) scored two points in a reserve role, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) rounded out the scoring with a kill each.
“It was a really good match with Kazakhstan,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “We made improvements compared with yesterday, and I hope this improvement can be carried on in next matches.”
The U.S. converted 41 of 95 attacks for a 43.2 kill percent and a .379 hitting efficiency with only five errors. Kazakhstan was limited to a 35.6 kill percent and .222 hitting efficiency. Team USA held a dominating 15-2 service ace advantage while producing an 8-3 margin in blocks. The Americans, who limited their errors to 11 in the match, held a 41-32 margin in attack points.
McCutcheon started Hodge and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Alisha Glass at setter. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) was the libero for the match. Tamas started the third set in place of Akinradewo. Kim Glass was a sub in the first and third sets. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was a sub in the second and third sets, while Metcalf was a sub in the third set.
Kazakhstan was led in scoring by Radmila Beresneva and Olga Drobyshevskaya, who each totaled 10 points.
Later today, China (1-0) hosts Serbia (0-1) in the other Pool D match. In other group results on Saturday, Russia (2-0) topped Peru (0-2) 25-12, 25-9, 25-14 and Thailand will face Cuba in Pool B matches played in Nakhonpathom, Thailand. In Pool C matches in Busan, Korea, Japan (1-1) defeated Korea (1-1) 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 and Brazil (2-0) handled Germany (0-2) 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23. Later today in Pool A matches in Bydgoszsz, Poland, Dominican Republic (0-1) will face host Poland (1-0) and Italy (1-0) will battle Argentina (0-1).
The U.S. earned a 4-1 lead with a Bown overpass kill and block after a Kazakhstan error. Out of a timeout, Hodge slammed a kill and Kazakhstan commited an error for a fifth straight American point at 6-1. Hodge served an ace at 9-3 after a Kazakhstan service error. Akinradewo and Larson slammed overpass kills on consecutive plays at 12-4 after a Kazakhstan service error, then Larson followed with a traditional kill at 13-4 leading to a Kazakhstan timeout after the fourth straight American point. Out of the break, Akinradewo produced a block, Alisha Glass provided a kill and Bown served an ace to extend the lead to 16-4 going into the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Kazakhstan hit long for an eighth straight point at 17-4. Kazakhstan ended the run with a four-point run reducing the deficit to 17-8. Kim Glass came off the bench to serve an ace after a Hooker kill to push the lead to 21-10, only to have Kazakhstan score four straight to cut the lead to 21-14. Hooker responded with a kill and ace to increase the lead to 23-14. Hooker and Larson ended the set with consecutive kills at 25-15. Bown and Hooker totaled four points in the set to lead the Americans, who had four aces in the set.
Hodge served consecutive aces after a kill to give the Americans a 4-2 advantage early in the second set. Kazakhstan tied the set at 5-all after a lengthy rally, then went into the lead at 7-6 with an ace. Larson responded with a kill and ace lifting the Americans in front 8-7 at the first technical timeout. Kazakhstan scored the first two points out of the break to regain a 9-8 edge. Hooker served an ace following a Hodge kill and Bown added a block to put the Americans in front 12-10. Hooker and Bown provided consecutive kills to increase the U.S. advantage to 14-11 causing Kazakhstan to call timeout. Kazakhstan won the next two points to close the gap to 14-13. Bown answered with a slide kill and ace lifting the U.S. in front 16-13 at the second technical timeout. Larson added a third straight point with a kill out of the break for a 17-13 advantage. However, Kazakhstan sided out and served an ace to narrow the deficit to 17-15 and closed to 18-17 leading to a Team USA timeout. Hooker served an ace after a Hodge kill moving the U.S. margin to 22-19. The U.S. reached set point at 24-20 with consecutive kills from Bown and Larson, then Larson concluded the set with a kill at 25-21. Hodge scored eight points in the set to pace the Americans, who had six aces and four blocks in the partial. Bown added five points in the second set. The U.S. committed just two errors in the set, while Kazakhstan had zero statistical point errors.
The U.S. earned a 4-0 lead to open the third set with two Larson aces and two Hooker kills leading to a Kazakhstan timeout. The Americans increased the lead to 6-1 with a Hodge kill and Hooker block. Hodge served an ace after a Bown kill to increase the lead to 9-3. Team USA extended the lead to 13-4 with kills from Bown, Larson and Hooker around a Kazakhstan error. Hooker and Larson connected for consecutive kills to yield a 15-5 American advantage. Larson served her third and fourth aces of the set at 18-6 after a Kazakhstan service error. Metcalf slammed a kill and Kazakhstan was called for a fault to push the lead to 21-8. Kazakhstan scored consecutive points to narrow the gap to 21-10, only to have Bown produce a slide kill and Kazakhstan commit consecutive error to reach set and match point at 24-10. Kazakhstan saved two match points before the Americans finished the set 25-12 on a Kim Glass kill.
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: Russia def. Peru 25-12, 25-9, 25-14
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: Japan def. Korea 25-20, 25-21, 25-22
Aug. 6: Brazil def. Germany 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23
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 def. Kazakhstan 25-15, 25-21, 25-12
Aug. 6: China vs. Serbia, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: USA vs. China, 4 p.m.
Aug. 7: Serbia vs. Kazakhstan, 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. 14: 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.