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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a 13-3 block advantage and 7-3 ace margin to defeat Germany 25-10, 25-18, 25-23 on Friday afternoon to begin Pool J of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Hong Kong.
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 6-1 overall with 17 points and two matches remaining in the preliminary round. The Americans are currently in third place in the 16-team tournament. Germany drops to 1-6 overall with four points.
Team USA, which had its five-match win streak snapped against Serbia on Aug. 14, concludes the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round against 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. Earlier today, Italy (16 points, 6-1 record) defeated Peru (0 points, 0-7) 25-18, 25-16, 25-18. The top seven teams in the preliminary round standings plus China advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round held Aug. 24-28 in Macau, China.
The U.S. started the first set with a 7-0 lead on the serve of Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and she was on the service line as part of a 6-0 run that stretched the lead to 21-9 as the Americans won 25-10. Team USA totaled five blocks and four aces in the opening set. The U.S. broke a 12-all tie in the second set with a 7-1 run to take a 19-14 advantage and cruised to a 25-18 victory. Despite falling behind 6-0 to start the third set, the Americans worked themselves to a tie at 9-all and used a key 3-0 scoring run to take a 22-19 advantage to help close out the set 25-23.
“We had very strong defense and did very well on the service line,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I am very satisfied with my players’ performance today. They played better than before and achieved our goal of keep improving. Germany is a very strong team and we are happy to win! We have to get ready now for tomorrow’s match against Italy.”
Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led all scorers with 17 points on 15 kills via 32 attacks and one error, one block and one ace. Tom finished the night with eight kills, three blocks and three aces for 14 points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted a match-high six blocks to go with five kills and an ace for 12 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed nine kills and a block for 10 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) notched two kills and a block for three points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the U.S. scoring with two aces and a block for three points.
With Berg providing 27 assists on 87 set attempts, the U.S. converted 35.8 percent of its attacks into points with a .275 hitting efficiency. Meanwhile, Germany managed just a 26.3 kill percent and a .068 hitting efficiency with 23 attack errors.
Larson contributed 17 excellent receptions on 30 service reception attempts to go with seven digs. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied a team-high 12 digs, while Tom recorded 12 excellent receptions on 16 attempts with seven digs.
Germany held a 40-33 dig advantage to offset the Americans’ 13-3 block advantage and 7-3 ace margin. Team USA committed just 18 errors (attack errors, service errors, aces allowed), compared to Germany’s 32.
“There were good volleyball players on both sides,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) said. “We were good at serving, and I am sure the Hong Kong fans will appreciate the defense and attacks from both teams and enjoy the game we played.”
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. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) came in off the bench in the second set and served out the final two points.
Germany’s Margareta Kozuch led her squad with 12 points on 10 kills and two aces, while Christiane Furst added six kills and two blocks.
“Congratulations to the USA team!” Germany Head Coach Giovanni Guidetti said. “The USA team has good quality players. The USA team had powerful serves, quick attacks and especially concrete blocking, which was our main concern. In the first set, our team was afraid of their blocking and serving, therefore committed many errors in our attacks. However, I like how our players persisted until the end and this match against USA is certainly a good opportunity to prepare for the next European Championship.”
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In other FIVB World Grand Prix matches completed today, Korea (13 points, 5-2) upset Russia (19 points, 6-1) 25-22, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 in Pool L played at Tokyo, while Brazil (21 points, 7-0) stopped Cuba (6 points, 1-6) 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 in Pool K at Bangkok. Later today, Japan (12 points, 4-2) hosts Serbia (13 points, 4-2) in Pool L at Tokyo and Thailand (9 points, 3-3) faces Argentina (4 points, 2-4) in Pool K at Bangkok. Hong Kong is also hosting Pool I, which has Poland (10 points, 3-3) playing Kazakhstan (1 point, 0-6) and China (8 points, 3-3) taking on Dominican Republic (3 points, 1-5) today.
For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team in the FIVB World Grand Prix, visit the team’s event page at usavolleyball.org/events/7901.
The U.S. scored the first four points of the opening set with a Hooker kill, Germany error and blocks by Akinradewo and Larson block. After a German timeout, the U.S. went up 7-0 with a Germany attack error, Tom ace and Akinradewo block. The Americans increased their advantage to 10-2 with a Bown overpass kill and an attack error by Germany, which then called its second timeout of the set. Out of the break, Germany committed another error to stretch the Team USA lead to 11-2. Germany scored four consecutive points with two blocks to close the gap to 12-7. Team USA scored consecutive points on Germany errors to increase the margin to 14-7. Akinradewo blocked consecutive German attacks and Tom served two aces around an Akinradewo kill to reach a 20-9 advantage. The U.S. scored a sixth straight point with a Larson kill at 21-9. Team USA built the lead to 24-10 with a Hooker kill, German error and Akinradewo ace. Hooker ended the set with a block at 25-10. Akinradewo scored six points in the set with all four of the team’s blocks. Tom added five points with three of the team’s four aces.
The U.S. jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second set with a kills from Tom and Hooker. However, Germany scored the next two points to tie the set at 2-all. The Americans regained a two-point cushion at 6-4 with a Larson kill after a German service error. Germany tied the set at 8-all with back-to-back points out of the first technical timeout. The teams traded the next nine points until the U.S. ran off four straight points to reach the second technical timeout leading 16-12 after two German attack errors, a Larson kill and Berg block. Team USA stretched the lead to 18-13 with a Tom kill and Akinradewo block prompting a German timeout. Out of the break, Tom smashed a kill of the block to extend the lead to 19-13. Germany sliced into the deficit with consecutive points at 20-16. The U.S. reached set point 24-18 with kills from Hooker and Larson, then Larson ended the set with a second consecutive kill at 25-18. Hooker notched seven points in the second set, while Akinradewo chipped in another five points. The U.S. put up three blocks in the set to help offset six errors.
Germany collected the first six points of the third set. Larson pocketed a kill and Bown added a block to narrow the deficit to 7-3. Larson and Bown connected for consecutive kills to narrow the deficit to 8-5. The Americans moved to within two at 9-7 with a Tom block after a German attack error. Tom added a kill and Hooker followed with a spike to knot the score at 9-all as part of a 4-0 scoring run. Akinradewo tallied a kill and block to push the Americans in front at 12-11. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-14 after German attack error and Hooker ace off the net. However, Germany scored the first three points – including two aces by Kozuch – out the break to take a 17-16 advantage. Tom scored a kill and block to reverse the lead to the U.S. at 19-18. Berg served consecutive aces after a Hooker kill to increase the Team USA margin to 22-19. Germany closed to within one at 22-21 after a serve hit the tape and fell for an ace. Larson ended the set at 25-23 with a kill. Hooker totaled six points in the set, while Tom and Larson each collected five points in the final set. The Americans recorded five blocks and three aces in the third set.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Weekend #3
# - 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. 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 def. Peru 25-18, 25-16, 25-18
Aug. 19: USA def. Germany 25-10, 25-18, 25-23
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: Brazil def. Cuba 25-18, 25-13, 25-12
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: Korea def. Russia 25-22, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11
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.