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U.S. Sets Roster for Grand Prix Second Weekend

Aug. 11, 2011, 10:51 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 11, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has selected the 14-player roster that will be eligible to compete in the second preliminary round weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix Aug. 12-14 in Komaki, Japan.

The U.S. roster for Pool H in Japan includes middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), who will serve as captain. Outside hitters on the roster are Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah). Tom replaces Richards on the roster from the Pool D preliminary round weekend held last weekend in Luohe, China.

Setters named to the roster are Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.). Opposites on the squad are Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). Liberos on the roster are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

According to FIVB World Grand Prix regulations, the 14-player roster for each of the three preliminary round weekends may change so long as the substituted players were on the 20-player preliminary roster submitted in June. McCutcheon will select 12 players from the 14-player roster on each match day to dress and be eligible to compete in that day’s match. The 12 players can change from one match to the next.

Team USA opens the second preliminary weekend Pool H against No. 13 Dominican Republic on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. (11 p.m. PT on Aug. 11 - CLICK HERE to watch live UniversalSports.com video stream), followed by No. 3 Japan on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. (2 a.m. PT - CLICK HERE to watch live UniversalSports.com video stream) and a rematch with No. 9 Serbia on Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. (11 p.m. PT on Aug. 13 - CLICK HERE to watch live UniversalSports.com video stream).

“We are very happy to be in Japan,” McCutcheon said. “Our goal, as with the other teams, is to play good volleyball. For us, we hope to keep improving from match to match. Our condition is okay and we hope that it will improve as the tournament goes on.”

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking, won all three of its matches in the first preliminary round weekend in China and earned eight group points. The U.S. opened the tournament with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10 victory over Serbia on Aug. 5. The Americans handed Kazakhstan a 25-15, 25-21, 25-12 loss on Aug. 6. Team USA dominated No. 6 ranked China 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 to close out Pool D. After the first three matches, the U.S. ranks fourth in the complete tournament standings behind Russia, Brazil and Italy who all earned nine group points the first weekend.

Through the first weekend, United States’ Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) ranks as the fourth-best scorer in the event with 50 points (40 kills, 7 blocks, 3 aces). Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player, is tied for 15th in scoring with 42 points (25 kills, 14 blocks, 3 aces). Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) has scored 41 points (31 kills, 3 blocks, 7 aces) for 17th place. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranks 24th in scoring with 35 points (22 kills, 10 blocks, 3 aces), while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is 32nd in scoring with 31 points (18 kills, 2 blocks, 11 aces).

“We have different athletes that contribute in different ways, so to pick one person out is to do the team an injustice,” McCutcheon said when asked by the Japanese media to identify a star player on the team. “We have a group of individuals that do battle and fight. Maybe that's our strength right here; the fact that they come out and fight.”

Hooker ranks 14th in Best Spiker with a 39.60 kill percent, while Hodge is 21st in the same category with a 36.47 kill percent. Akinradewo holds a 59.52 kill percent on 42 attempts which would lead all players, but does not meet the FIVB minimum requirement.

The U.S. has three of the top 15 blockers in the tournament. Akinradewo ranks second in Best Blocker with 1.27 blocks per set, while Bown averages 0.91 per set for fifth place. Hooker is ranked 15th with a 0.64 block average.

Larson leads the Best Server category with a 1.00 service ace average based on 11 aces in 11 sets. Hodge has added a 0.64 service ace average for fifth place. Akinradewo, Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), Bown and Hooker all average 0.27 aces per set for 25th place.

The Americans conclude the three weekends of preliminary round play in Hong Kong, which will be hosting two pools under the Hong Kong Coliseum roof at the same time. The U.S. faces No. 10 Germany on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. (midnight PT), followed by No. 4 Italy on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. (4 a.m. PT) and No. 15 Peru on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. (10 p.m. PT on Aug. 20).

The 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will have eight teams divided into two groups playing a round-robin schedule Aug. 24-26. The top two teams in each pool advance to crossover semifinals on Aug. 27 with the medal matches played on Aug. 28. The Final Round winner receives $200,000, while each preliminary weekend winner receives $35,000.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Weekend #2
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
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) #$
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford) $
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) #$
KEY: # - Weekend 1 Roster; $ - Weekend 2 Roster; ^ - Weekend 3 Roster; * - Final Round Roster

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

Preliminary Round Standings (Through First Weekend)
Russia – 9 Points, 3-0 Record
Brazil – 9 Points, 3-0 Record
Italy – 9 Points, 3-0 Record
United States – 8 Points, 3-0 Record
Serbia – 7 Points, 2-1 Record
Japan – 6 Points, 2-1 Record
Thailand – 5 Points, 2-1 Record
Cuba – 4 Points, 1-2 Record
Poland – 4 Points, 1-2 Record
Dominican Republic – 3 Points, 1-2 Record
China – 3 Points, 1-2 Record
Korea – 3 Points, 1-2 Record
Argentina – 2 Points, 1-2 Record
Germany – 0 Points, 0-3 Record
Kazakhstan – 0 Points, 0-3 Record
Peru – 0 Points, 0-3 Record
NOTE: 3 points awarded for 3-0 or 3-1 win; 2 Points awarded for 3-2 win; 1 Point awarded for 3-2 loss

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: Italy def. Poland 25-12, 21-25, 26-24, 25-14
Aug. 7: Argentina def. Dominican Republic 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11

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 def. Thailand 25-18, 25-19, 27-25

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 def. Kazakhstan 25-19, 25-15, 25-22

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.

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