U.S. Women Stop Dominican Republic in Grand Prix

Aug. 12, 2011, 4:15 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 11, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated NORCECA rival Dominican Republic 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 on Friday afternoon during Pool H action of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Komaki, Japan.

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 4-0 in the tournament with 11 points through the first four matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round. The Americans have now won 15 consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix matches counting the final 11 victories in last year’s event. Dominican Republic dropped to 1-3 in the tournament with four points.

The U.S. continues Pool H action against 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. recovered from an early 6-1 deficit in the opening set to capture a 25-22 victory. The Americans battled back from a 20-15 deficit in the second set by scoring 10 of the final 12 points for a 25-22 victory, which included seven blocks in the set. Unlike the first two sets, Team USA never trailed in the third set after building a quick 6-1 advantage and cruised to the 25-10 victory.

“I'm obviously happy with the win,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I thought our team struggled in the first two sets at different times, but to the athletes' credit, they were able to find ways to win and make big plays at big moments.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) scored a match-high 15 with 12 kills on 27 attacks and three blocks to lead the American offense. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored nine kills on 11 errorless attacks, two blocks and an ace for 12 points, while fellow middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) also scored 12 points on eight kills via 14 errorless swings, three blocks and an ace. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), who was not on the U.S. roster for the opening weekend of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, totaled six kills on 17 attacks and two blocks for eight points.

“(Tom) didn't play last weekend,” McCutcheon said. “We want to develop some of our younger outside hitters and thankfully they played well. Megan Hodge came in today and had a big impact. Logan is a big part of our team. She got off the plane on Wednesday and I'm sure she was jetlagged, but she did lots of little things today to make our team successful. And she also works hard to make those around her better players. That's very valuable for us.”

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) came off the bench to score four kills on eight errorless swings and two aces for six points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) was credited with a block and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

“I think any time we step on the court against a NORCECA team, it's important that we beat them,” Akinradewo said. “We had a slow start, but in the end got into our rhythm and finished well.”

Akinradewo, who played in Japan’s V-League during this past club season, returned to Japan for the first time since leaving in May. She was in Japan during the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“It's always nice to come back to Japan,” Akinradewo said. “I had a great six months here with my club team [Toyota Auto Body Queenseis]. I'm a little nostalgic, but after this match I could see some of my teammates so it was great.”

Berg, with 27 assists on total set attempts, ran the American offense to a 44.9 kill percent and .360 hitting efficiency with only eight attack errors. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) contributed 12 excellent service receptions on 23 total attempts without an error and six digs. Hooker totaled a team-high 10 digs, while Tom added eight digs and Berg charted seven digs.

“I think we had a slow start in the first game, but I'm happy with the way we finished,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “We know the Dominicans have a strong offensive team, so we tried to serve well and set up good blocking, and did that well as the game went on.”

Team USA dominated the net with an 11-3 advantage in blocks to go with a 4-1 margin in aces. The Americans managed a 40-34 edge in kills while limiting their errors to 18 in the match. Dominican Republic committed 20 errors in the match as they converted just 33.3 percent of its attacks with a .067 hitting efficiency. The U.S. held a slim 36-34 advantage in digs.

“Congratulations to the U.S. team for their win,” Dominican Republic Head Coach Marcos Kwiek said. “In the first two sets, we concentrated and played well, but toward the end our attacks were blocked and our tosses weren't good enough, so things didn't go well. In the third set we lost concentration and then the U.S. took the game. Of course, the Americans' blocking was excellent.”

McCutcheon started Tom 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. Hodge came off the bench in the second set and started the third set in place of Larson.

Dominican Republic’s Bethania De La Cruz scored a team-high 14 points and Prisilla Rivera added 10 points in the loss.

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Later today in Pool H, host Japan (2-1, six points) faces Serbia (2-1, seven points) at 2 a.m. Pacific Time (6 p.m. local time). In Pool G, Germany (0-3, 0 points) plays Russia (3-0, 9 points) and China (1-2, 3 points) hosts Peru (0-3, 0 points) to start action Friday in Quanzhou, China. In Pool F in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the host country Kazakhstan (0-3, 0 points) plays Italy (3-0, 9 points) on Friday followed by Brazil (3-0, 9 points) challenging Thailand (2-1, 5 points). In Pool E at Zielona Gora, Poland, the host country Poland (1-2, 4 points) challenges Argentina (1-2, 2 points) and Cuba (1-2, 4 points) plays Korea (1-2, 3 points).

The U.S. fell behind 3-0 to open the first set and Dominican Republic went up 6-1 with a second 3-0 scoring run. Team USA sliced the gap to 8-7 with three Dominican Republic errors around a Bown kill. Dominican Republic responded with consecutive points to take an 11-8 advantage. An Akinradewo kill and Dominican Republic attack error allowed the U.S. to close to 12-11. Akinradewo tied the set at 12-all with a kill off the block. Dominican Republic broke a 13-all tie with consecutive points to move in front 15-13. Bown tied the set at 16-all with an overpass kill after a Dominican Republic attack error. Team USA gained its first lead at 19-18 with a Hooker kill followed by a Tom overpass spike. Dominican Republic responded with two points after a timeout to regain the lead at 20-19. The U.S. came back with an Akinradewo block after a Dominican Republic service error to take the lead at 21-20. Tom added a kill to extend the lead to 22-20. The Americans finished out the set with consecutive kills from Akinradewo and Hooker to win 25-22. Hooker totaled six points in the opening set, while Akinradewo added five points.

The U.S. scored the first two consecutive points of the second set with a kill and ace from Bown on consecutive plays to give the Americans a 6-5 advantage. However, Dominican Republic answered with back-to-back points to assume a 7-6 lead. Dominican Republic increased its margin to 11-8 with three unanswered points. Consecutive blocks by Akinradewo and Bown sliced the gap to 11-10 out of an American timeout. Dominican Republic went on a 5-1 scoring run to take a 16-11 advantage into the second technical timeout. Hodge served an ace after a Dominican Republic service error and Tom followed with a block to slice the deficit to 16-14. Out of a timeout, Dominican Republic scored four of the next five points to build its lead to 20-15. Out of an American timeout, Tom scored back-to-back kills and Akinradewo followed with a kill to slice the deficit to 20-18 leading to a Dominican Republic timeout. Team USA moved to within one at 20-19 after a Dominican Republic attack error for a fourth straight American point. After a Dominican Republic service error, Hooker scored three consecutive blocks and a kill to push the Americans in front 24-22, then Bown ended the set with a kill at 25-22. Bown totaled seven points in the set, while Hooker chipped in six points. The Americans scored seven blocks in the second set to offset their seven errors.

Team USA scored the first two points of the third set with an Akinradewo kill and Dominican Republic error. The Americans extended the lead to 5-1 with a Hooker kill and Bown block around a Dominican Republic attack error. Out of a Dominican Republic timeout, Akinradewo served an ace at 6-1 for fourth consecutive point. Hodge connected for consecutive kills providing the U.S. an 8-2 lead at the first technical timeout. The U.S. extended its advantage to 10-3 with a Hooker kill and Dominican Republic attack error. The Americans increased their lead to 15-5 with a Tom kill, Akinradewo block and consecutive Dominican Republic errors. Dominican Republic scored consecutive points before Akinradewo slammed a kill to give the U.S. a 16-7 advantage at the second technical timeout. Team USA regained a 10-point cushion at 17-7 with a Dominican Republic error out of the break. The Americans jumped the lead to 23-9 on Hooker’s serve with a Bown kill, three consecutive Dominican Republic errors and a Hodge kill. After Dominican Republic ended the 5-0 run with a kill, Berg put up a block and Hodge ended the set with an ace at 25-10. Hodge ended the set with five points, while Akinradewo contributed four points.

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 def. Dominican Republic 25-22, 25-22, 25-10
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.