U.S. Women Cruise Past China at Grand Prix

Aug. 07, 2011, 6:27 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 7, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated China 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 on Sunday during the FIVB World Grand Prix’s Pool D preliminary weekend held in 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 3-0 in the tournament with eight points through the end of the first preliminary round weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans have now won 14 consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix matches counting the final 11 victories in last year’s event. China, ranked sixth in the world, dropped to 1-2 in the tournament.

The U.S. returns to FIVB World Grand Prix action next weekend in Pool H held at Komaki, Japan. The Americans will face NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. (11 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 11), host Japan on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. (2 a.m. Pacific Time) and Serbia on Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. (11 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 13). The U.S. has already defeated Serbia once in this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix, a 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10 victory on Aug. 5.

The U.S. started the opening set with an 8-3 advantage, only to have China rally to tie the set at 9-all. However, the Americans answered with a 8-3 scoring run to establish a 17-12 advantage en route to a 25-20 victory in the first set. Team USA built a 9-1 lead in the second set with four kills and an ace in the first 10 points and stretched the lead to as much as 12 points at 19-7 before closing the set at 25-17. The U.S. started the third set with a 4-0 advantage and reached a double-digit lead at 17-7 and cruised to the 25-16 victory.

“I am happy with our performance today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We improved every match and this is our best game in this round. Now we focus on Japan. We will immediately prepare for the next round in Japan.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led the U.S. with 18 points with 15 kills on 24 errorless attacks and three blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted 13 points with seven kills on 13 swings, four blocks and two aces. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) totaled eight kills, two aces and two blocks for 12 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed eight kills on 12 attacks and two blocks for 10 points. Jordan Larson scored four kills, three aces and a block for eight points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with an ace.

Berg provided 17 assists on 54 total attempts leading to a 46.7 team kill percent and .378 hitting efficiency. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) handed 15 of the team’s 43 dig attempts and totaled 10 service reception attempts. Hodge took 22 of the team’s 48 service receptions with only one error.

“We have achieved our goal to get better and better each game,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas. “We did better than Friday and Saturday. We are hoping we can do it as well as here in Japan.”

The U.S. held advantages in all three scoring categories with a 42-32 advantage in kills, 12-6 margin in blocks and 8-3 edge in aces. Meanwhile, China converted 33.0 percent of its attacks for points with a .186 hitting efficiency.

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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 three sets, while Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) was a serving sub in the first and third sets.

China substituted liberally in the match with all 12 players starting at least one set. Junjing Yang totaled a team-high nine points, while Linlin Fan added eight points.

In Pool B in Thailand, Cuba (1-2) topped Peru (0-3) 26-24, 25-19, 25-22, while Russia (2-0) faces host Thailand (2-0) in a battle of undefeated teams. In Pool C in Korea, Brazil (3-0) defeated host Korea (1-2) 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 and Japan (2-1) beat Germany (0-3) 25-22, 25-13, 25-19. Later today in Pool D, Serbia (1-1) plays Kazakhstan (0-2) to conclude matches in Luohe, China. Later today in Pool A in Poland, Italy (2-0) plays Poland (1-1) and Dominican Republic (1-1) takes on Argentina (0-2).

Hooker and Hodge connected for back-to-back kills followed by consecutive Akinradewo aces to yield a 5-1 U.S. advantage in the first set. The Americans extended their lead to 7-2 with kills from Larson and Berg. China scored the first six points out of seven points after the first technical timeout to tie the set at 9-all. Team USA broke the run with a Larson kill and Berg ace at 11-9. The U.S. extended the lead to 14-11 with consecutive kills from Akinradewo and Bown causing a China timeout. Out of the break, Hooker connected for a kill at 15-11. The Americans stretched the advantage to 17-12 with a Hooker kill and Akinradewo block. China answered with two quick points to cut the deficit to 17-14. Team USA regained its five-point cushion at 20-15 with a Bown kill and China attack error. The teams traded points through end of the set as Bown hit a slide at 25-20. Hooker scored six points in the opening set, while Bown added five points. The Americans picked up three aces in the opening set.

The U.S. scored the first four points of the second set with consecutive Akinradewo blocks, a Hodge overpass kill and Larson ace leading to a China timeout down 4-0. Out of the break, Hooker added another block and Hodge hammered a kill for a 6-0 American advantage. The U.S. reached the first technical timeout leading 8-1 after consecutive kills from Akinradewo and Hooker. Out of the break, Hodge added a block at 9-1. Hooker and Bown pounded kills to extend the American lead to 11-2. Hodge and Bown connected for consecutive kills to build the lead to double-digits at 13-3, followed by a Bown attack that was not returnable by China at 14-3. China scored two straight points out of the second technical timeout to chip the deficit to 16-7. However, a China service error and attack error followed by a Hooker block led to a 19-7 American lead. China used a 5-1 scoring run to cut the deficit to 21-13. Hodge followed a Hooker kill with an ace to yield a 23-13 advantage. China responded with three straight points to move to 23-16. Akinradewo scored the final point of the set with a kill at 25-17. Hooker scored eight points in the second set, while Akinradewo contributed six points and Bown added five points.

The Americans bolted to a 4-0 lead in the third set with two kills from Hodge, an ace from Larson and block by Akinradewo. Hodge served an ace to provide the U.S. an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout. China collected consecutive points to close to 9-6. However, Hooker and Akinradewo responded with kills to produce a 11-6 American lead and Chinese timeout. Out of the break, Hooker finished a long rally with a block followed by a kill sending the score to 13-6. Out of China’s second timeout, Akinradewo put up a block and China hit long to lift the U.S. in front 15-6 on a 6-0 scoring run. Akinradewo scored a block and Hooker tallied a kill on both sides of the second technical timeout to give the U.S. a double-digit lead at 17-7. However, China notched back-to-back points to narrow the gap to 17-9. Bown followed a Hodge kill with a block to regain a 10-point lead at 19-9. Hodge and Bown turned in consecutive kills to push the margin to 21-10. China scored two straight points to decrease the deficit to 21-12. China inched to 23-15 with back-to-back points. Akinradewo ended the set and match with a kill at 25-16. Hooker and Akinradewo totaled six points each in the third set, while Hodge added five points.

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: Dominican Republic def. Poland 21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 2-25, 18-16
Aug. 6: Italy def. Argentina 25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18
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: Thailand def. Cuba 23-25, 17-25, 28-26, 25-23, 15-10
Aug. 7: Cuba def. Peru 26-24, 25-19, 25-22
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: Brazil def. Korea 25-17, 25-20, 25-22
Aug. 7: Japan def. Germany 25-22, 25-13, 25-19

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: Serbia def. China 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18
Aug. 7: USA def. China 25-20, 25-17, 25-16
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.