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Aug. 15, 2011, 6:42 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

Compiled DataVolley U.S. Stats for FIVB World Grand Prix

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will look to get back on the winning track after absorbing its first loss of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix on Aug. 14, something it had not experienced in 16 previous World Grand Prix matches dating back to 2010.

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking, entered the final match of Pool H against Serbia with a 5-0 record after dealing NORCECA rival Dominican Republic a 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 loss and host Japan a 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 loss on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, respectively. However, Serbia came out fired up to win the first set 25-12 against the Americans. Team USA evened the match with a 25-17 victory in the second set, only to have Serbia close out the match with 25-23 and 25-15 victories. The U.S., which captured the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix by winning the final 11 matches, had its season win streak snapped at five matches and its overall World Grand Prix win streak halted at 16 matches.

“As always, we are trying to get better and Serbia taught us a few things tonight,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said.

“Now we have to get the ball rolling again,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “We will go to Hong Kong and try to play better volleyball.”

The U.S. returns to FIVB World Grand Prix action next weekend in Pool J held in Hong Kong. The Americans will 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). The matches, as well as the first six matches held in China in Japan, can be viewed online at universalsports.com.

Team USA is in third place in the FIVB World Grand Prix standings through the second preliminary round weekend. Russia (18 points, 6-0 record) leads the 16-team tournament, followed by Brazil (18 points, 6-0). Italy ranks fourth (13 points, 5-1 record) behind the U.S., while Serbia (13 points, 4-2) moved up into fifth place after its victory over the Americans. Germany (4 points, 1-5) is currently 13th in the standings, while Peru (0 points, 0-6) is in 16th place looking for its first set or match victory.

The top seven teams in the preliminary round standings plus China advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round to be held Aug. 24-28 in Macau, China. With three matches left in the preliminary round, Japan (6th with 12 points, 4-2) and Korea (7th with 11 points, 4-2) are in strong positions to reach the Final Round with China, Russia, Brazil, United States, Italy and Serbia with no team having clinched a spot yet except for China as host. Bubble teams to reach the Final Round are Poland (8th with 10 points, 3-3) and Thailand (9th with 9 points, 3-3), while Cuba (11th with 6 points, 1-5) is a long shot.

Through the second weekend, United States’ Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) ranks as the fifth-best scorer in the event with 93 points (77 kills, 12 blocks, 4 aces). Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player, is tied for 21st in scoring with 73 points (48 kills, 21 blocks, 4 aces). Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranks 34th in scoring with 60 points (42 kills, 14 blocks, 4 aces), while Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) is in 37th position with 58 points (45 kills, 3 blocks, 10 aces).

Hooker ranks ninth in Best Spiker with a 40.53 kill percent, while Hodge is 12th in the same category with a 39.13 kill percent. Akinradewo holds a 59.26 kill percent on 81 attempts which would lead all players, but does not meet the FIVB minimum requirement of having at least 15 percent of the team’s total attack attempts. Further, Bown does not qualify in the category with her 59.15 kill percent on 71 attempts. Akinradewo has just under 13 percent of the Americans’ attacks, while Bown is right around 11 percent.

The U.S. has three of the top 20 blockers in the tournament. Akinradewo ranks fifth in Best Blocker with 1.00 blocks per set, while Bown averages 0.67 per set for 13th place. Hooker is ranked 19th with a 0.57 block average.

Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) leads the Best Server category with a 0.57 service ace average based on 12 aces in 21 sets played by the U.S. Hodge has added a 0.48 service ace average for third place. Despite playing in only five of the six matches so far, Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) is ranked sixth in Best Setter with a 6.71 running set average on 386 total set attempts.

Germany picked up its first win of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix versus Peru to conclude Pool G on Aug. 14. The Germans lost matches to Korea, Brazil and Japan in the opening weekend, followed by losses to Russia and China this past weekend. The U.S. defeated won a 3-0 match over Japan, the only common opponent with Germany to date, during the last weekend. Germany’s Margareta Kozuch has scored 89 points in the tournament for sixth-best, while no other teammate ranks among the top 35 in scoring. Christiane Furst ranks fourth in Best Blocker with 1.09 per set. Kathleen Weiss ranks fourth in Best Setter with 7.59 running sets average.

Italy opened the first weekend with four-set wins over Dominican Republic, Argentina and Poland. In the second weekend, Italy struggled to earn five-set wins over Kazakhstan and Thailand before losing to Brazil in four sets in a battle of undefeated teams. The U.S. defeated both Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan in straight sets as common opponents with Italy. Italy’s Carolina Costagrande ranks sixth in scoring during the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix with 89 points, while Serena Ortolani is 14th in scoring with 80 points. Lucia Bosetti is seventh in Best Server with a 0.38 average, while Giulia Rondon averages 7.50 running sets for fifth in Best Setter.

Peru, playing in just its second-ever World Grand Prix event (11th place out of 12 teams in 1994), is still in search of its first victory in the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix. In the opening weekend, Peru lost to Thailand, Russia and Cuba in straight sets. This past weekend Peru was defeated by China, Russia and Germany in straight sets. Karla Ortiz is Peru’s leading scorer, averaging 1.94 points per set. Clarivett Yllescas, who was Peru’s captain of the recently completed FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship Peru 2011, ranks 20th in Best Blocker with 0.56 per set. Elena Keldibekova is second in both Best Server (0.50 per set) and Best Setter (9.00 per set).

To view the U.S. Women's National Team event page for the FIVB World Grand Prix, visit usavolleyball.org/events/7901. The page includes links to all U.S. press releases, DataVolley statistics, photo galleries and links to archived or upcoming live Universal Sports video streams of FIVB World Grand Prix matches.

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U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford) #
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
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) #$
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford) $
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford) #$
17 - Mary ‘Nellie’ Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State) #$
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas) #$
20 - Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
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. 14)
Russia - 18 points, 6-0 record
Brazil - 18 points, 6-0 record
United States - 14 points, 5-1 record
Italy - 13 points, 5-1 record
Serbia - 13 points, 4-2 record
Japan - 12 points, 4-2 record
Korea - 11 points, 4-2 record
Poland - 10 points, 3-3 record
Thailand - 9 points, 3-3 record
China - 8 points, 3-3 record
Cuba - 6 points, 1-5 record
Germany - 4 points, 1-5 record
Argentina - 4 points, 1-5 record
Dominican Republic - 3 points, 1-5 record
Kazakhstan - 1 points, 0-6 record
Peru - 0 points, 0-6 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 def. Cuba 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20
Aug. 14: Korea def. Argentina 25-22, 25-16, 25-21

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: Thailand def. Kazakhstan 26-24, 25-23, 25-21
Aug. 14: Brazil def. Italy 25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 25-18

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: Germany def. Peru 25-23, 25-15, 25-18
Aug. 14: Russia def. China 25-22, 25-23, 25-20

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.

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