Serbia Snaps U.S. Women's Win Streak at Grand Prix

Aug. 14, 2011, 5:17 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 14, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team had its five-match win streak snapped as Serbia defeated the Americans 25-12, 17-25, 25-23, 25-15 Sunday afternoon to conclude 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, is now 5-1 overall with 14 pool points through the first six matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round. Counting 11 victories to conclude the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, the Americans had their 16-match win streak in FIVB World Grand Prix contests snapped.

Serbia, which had lost to the U.S. in five sets to open the FIVB World Grand Prix on Aug. 5, improves to 4-2 in the tournament with 13 points.

The U.S. continues the FIVB World Grand Prix next weekend at Hong Kong in Pool J. The Americans face Germany on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. (midnight Pacific Time), Italy on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. (4 a.m. Pacific Time) and Peru on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 20) at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

Serbia used a 7-1 scoring run to propel to a 7-3 lead in the opening set and a 25-12 victory as the Americans committed eight errors. After holding a slim 14-12 lead in the second set, the U.S. used a 7-2 scoring run to separate to a 21-14 advantage en route to a 25-17 victory. The Americans rallied from a 16-13 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 16-all, but Serbia used a 6-2 scoring run to break an 18-all tie to help reach a 25-23 victory. Serbia gained a 6-2 lead in the fourth set and led by as many as 11 points at 21-10 in collecting the 25-15 victory.

“Serbia played a very strong game today, especially in service and they attacked well in transition,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “As always, we are trying to get better and Serbia taught us a few things tonight.”

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) led the U.S. with 12 points with nine kills and three blocks. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) came off the bench to provide 10 kills and an ace for 11 points. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) recorded nine kills and a block for 10 points. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) charted six kills, two blocks and an ace for nine points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) collected six kills, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) provided five kills and an ace for six points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with two kills, a block and ace for four points.

“Congratulations to Serbia, they played a great match,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “We came out flat in the first set, but played better volleyball in the second set. We had a lot of unforced errors. Now we have to get the ball rolling again. We will go to Hong Kong and try to play better volleyball.”

The U.S. managed to convert only 36.7 percent of its attacks for points with a .180 hitting efficiency due to 24 attack errors. In contrast, Serbia converted 47.4 percent of its attacks with a .362 hitting percentage.

Berg handled 37 assists on 87 total set attempts, while Hodge produced a team-high 14 excellent receptions on 29 attempts. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied a team-high 12 digs and Tom added 10 digs.

Serbia held a 55-47 kill advantage and forced the Americans into 26 errors in the match to its own 17. Serbia charted a 9-7 edge in blocks, while the Americans produced a 4-2 ace advantage. Serbia also gained a 54-44 margin in digs. The U.S. service reception produced a 37.7 excellent percent on 85 chances, while Serbia’s reception handled a 32.8 percent on 67 attempts.

“We invested a lot emotionally last night, but physically we were OK tonight,” McCutcheon said in reference to the American victory over Japan the day before. “(Serbia Head Coach) Zoran (Terzic) was right; they played very well and I don't want to take anything away from their performance.”

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 subbed into the match for Larson in the second set and started the final two sets. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) was a sub in the first, third and fourth sets. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) was part of a double-switch in the fourth set.

“On an unrelated note, we are aware of the tragedy that has befallen Japan and we want to thank Komaki, the Japan Volleyball Association and the people of Japan for their support. Our hearts are with you and you've done a great job.”

Serbia was led by Jovana Brakocevic’s 20 kills and two blocks for a match-high 22 points. Sanja Malgurski totaled 14 points and Milena Rasic added 13 points.

“Today we played one the best games in recent times,” Serbia Head Coach Zoran Terzic said. “I'm starting to believe it's our destiny to play our best games against the USA. Really, it was a bit of a surprise for me because from the start we tried to make everything, especially serve and attack, with 100 percent power. Usually, if a team tries to play like that they make a lot of mistakes. But we didn't do that today and that's why we were able to win. I'm very satisfied with how we've played in the two rounds so far. Today, maybe we were perfect."

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Earlier today in Pool H, Japan (4-2, 12 points) defeated Dominican Republic (1-5, 3 points) 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20. Matches in the three other pools take place later on Sunday. In Pool G at Quanzhou, China, Peru (0-5, 0 points) faces Germany (0-5, 1 point) in a battle of teams searching for their first win of the tournament and China (3-2, 8 points) hosts undefeated Russia (5-0, 15 point). In Pool F at Almaty, Kazakhstan, Thailand (2-3, 6 points) meets host Kazakhstan (0-5, 1 point) and Brazil (5-0, 15 points) takes on Italy (5-0, 13 points) in a battle of undefeated teams. In Pool E at Zielona Gora, Poland, Cuba (1-4, 6 point) challenges host Poland (2-3, 7 points) and Korea (3-2, 8 points) attempts to go undefeated in the group against Argentina (2-3, 4 points).

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The U.S. started the first set with a Hooker kill and Akinradewo block for a 2-0 lead, only to have Serbia take a 5-2 lead with two kills, two blocks and an ace on the serve of Natasa Krsmanovic. Serbia increased its margin to 7-3 after a U.S. attack error. Tom smashed an overpass for a kill after a Serbia service error after the first technical timeout to cut the gap in half at 8-6. However, Serbia answered with three straight points including an ace at 11-6 to cause an American timeout. Serbia scored a fourth straight point out of the break to take a 12-6 lead. Serbia reached the second technical timeout leading 16-9 after consecutive points. Serbia added to its advantage with a U.S. attack error and block out of the break at 18-9. Out of an American timeout, Serbia scored three more points in the 7-0 run for a 21-9 lead. After a Larson kill, Serbia reached a 23-10 advantage with two straight points. Serbia ended the set at 25-12. The U.S. committed eight errors in the set, in addition to having Serbia serve two aces and put up two blocks leading to the victory.

The U.S. gained the first two-point cushion of the second set at 6-4 with kills from Bown and Berg around a Serbia error. Serbia scored the first two points after the first technical timeout to knot the score at 8-all. Tom answered with a kill and Akinradewo followed with a block to yield a 10-8 American lead. The U.S. stretched its lead to 13-10 after kills from Akinradewo and Hodge leading to a Serbia timeout. The Americans reached the second technical timeout leading 16-12 after a Bown kill and Hodge ace. Hodge connected for consecutive back-row kills to extend the American lead to 18-13 causing a second Serbia timeout. Out of the timeout, Akinradewo added a block to increase the lead to 19-13. The Americans continued the pressure with an Akinradewo kill and Berg ace to push the lead to 21-14. Consecutive Hooker kills yielded a 23-15 lead for the U.S., then she ended the set with a kill at 25-17 for her sixth point of the set. Akinradewo added five points in the set, while Hodge sparked the team with another five points coming off the bench midway through the set. The U.S. limited its errors to three in the set, while Serbia committed just two errors.

The Americans scored the first two points of the third set with an ace from Tom after a Serbia service error. Serbia tied the set at 3-all with consecutive points, then went in front 6-4 on consecutive U.S. attack errors. The Americans tied the set at 7-all with a Bown kill and Tom block. The U.S. reached the first technical timeout leading 8-7 after a Serbia error. Serbia scored the first two points out of the break on U.S. errors to regain a 9-8 lead, then increased the advantage to 11-9. The Americans tied the set at 12-all with a Hodge kill and Hooker block. Serbia responded with consecutive points to establish a 14-12 lead. Serbia widened the gap to 16-13 at the second technical timeout after an American error. The U.S. tied the score at 16-all with a Hodge kill, Serbia attack error and Larson ace as she came in to serve for Hodge. Serbia regained a two-point edge at 20-18 with back-to-back kills. The U.S. called a timeout as Serbia went in front 23-20 on consecutive points. Serbia reached set point at 24-20 on its third consecutive point. Hodge connected for consecutive kills to save two set points as Serbia called timeout with a 24-22 advantage. Serbia hit long to cut the gap to 24-23, only to have the U.S. serve into the net at 25-23. Hodge scored six points in the third set, while Tom added four points. The Americans committed nine errors in the set.

Serbia scored three straight points to take a 3-1 advantage in the fourth set and pushed the lead to 5-2 after an American attack error. Out of a U.S. timeout, Serbia stretched the scoring run for a 6-2 lead. The Americans sliced the deficit to 6-4 with an Akinradewo kill and Serbia attack error, but the Serbians scored consecutive points to reach the first technical timeout leading 8-4. Serbia extended the gap to five points at 9-4 with a block. Serbia pushed the lead to 12-5 with three unanswered points. Serbia doubled-up the U.S. at the second technical timeout with a 16-8 score. Serbia scored three consecutive points out of the break as part of a 5-0 run for a 19-8 lead. Team USA scored consecutive points at 21-12 with a Larson kill and Serbia error. Berg and Tom collected consecutive blocks to close the gap to 23-15, but Serbia scored the final two points of the set for a 25-15 victory. Akinradewo scored four points in the set to the lead the Americans, who committed six errors in the set. Serbia collected four blocks in the fourth set.

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 Aug. 13)
Russia - 15 points, 5-0 record
Brazil - 14 points, 5-0 record
United States - 14 points, 5-0 record
Italy - 13 points, 5-0 record
Serbia - 10 points, 3-2 record
Japan - 9 points, 3-2 record
China - 8 points, 3-2 record
Korea - 8 points, 3-2 record
Poland - 7 points, 2-3 record
Thailand - 6 points, 2-3 record
Cuba - 6 points, 1-4 record
Argentina - 4 points, 2-3 record
Dominican Republic - 3 points, 1-4 record
Germany - 1 points, 0-5 record
Kazakhstan - 1 points, 0-5 record
Peru - 0 points, 0-5 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, 23-25, 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 def. Argentina 25-20, 25-20, 25-23
Aug. 12: Korea def. Cuba 17-25, 25-16, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12
Aug. 13: Korea def. Poland 25-21, 34-32, 25-23
Aug. 13: Argentina def. Cuba 25-19, 15-25, 20-25, 25-18, 16-14
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: Italy def. Kazakhstan 22-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12
Aug. 12: Brazil def. Thailand 25-16, 25-23, 25-16
Aug. 13: Brazil def. Kazakhstan 25-14, 25-18, 25-20
Aug. 13: Italy def. Thailand 24-26, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-12
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: Russia def. Germany 25-18, 25-19, 25-21
Aug. 12: China def. Peru 25-16, 25-20, 25-13
Aug. 13: Russia def. Peru 25-20, 25-17, 25-17
Aug. 13: China def. Germany 14-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 18-16
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 def. Serbia 25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 25-21
Aug. 13: Serbia def. Dominican Republic 25-17, 25-20, 25-22
Aug. 13: USA def. Japan 25-22, 25-14, 25-18
Aug. 14: Japan def. Dominican Republic 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20
Aug. 14: Serbia def. USA 25-12, 17-25, 25-23, 25-15

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.