U.S. Women Top Italy, Reach Grand Prix Final Round

Aug. 20, 2011, 8:55 a.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated Italy 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 with an 8-0 ace and 12-4 block advantages on Saturday evening in 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 7-1 overall with 20 points with one match remaining in the preliminary round. The Americans are currently in third place in the 16-team tournament. Based on World Grand Prix results earlier today, the U.S. secured a spot into the eight-team FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round set for Aug. 24-28 in Macau. Italy is now 6-2 in the preliminary round with 16 points.

Team USA concludes the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round against Peru on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 20) at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Earlier today, Germany defeated Peru 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18 in Pool J in Hong Kong. To watch Sunday’s U.S. Women versus Peru match, tune into Universal Sports’ live video stream by clicking here.

The U.S. rallied from a 22-18 deficit in the opening set to win 25-23 with four blocks and an ace in a 7-1 scoring run. Team USA broke a 13-all tie in the second set by scoring eight of the next 10 points establishing a 21-15 advantage en route to a 25-19 victory. The Americans jumped to an 11-6 lead in the third set with five unanswered points and rolled to the 25-18 victory.

“I am happy with our team performance today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “First reason is that Italy is a very strong team, but we can still play at a high level. It is good for us to improve. Secondly, our team was very connected and we worked together well during the game. We still have 12 hours to get some rest before playing against Peru tomorrow.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) notched her match-high 18 points all on kills via 34 attacks with only one error for a .500 hitting efficiency. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in 14 points with 11 kills on 17 errorless attacks for a .647 hitting efficiency, two blocks and an ace. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) contributed eight kills, three aces and two blocks for 13 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) charted four kills, four aces and two blocks for 10 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tallied four kills and two blocks for six points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) collected three blocks in the match, while Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with a kill off the bench.

Berg provided the Americans with 41 assists, which led to a 42.1 kill percent and .346 hitting efficiency with only eight attack errors. Meanwhile, Italy converted 38.3 percent of its kills, but managed just a .226 hitting efficiency with 18 attack errors.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) provided 10 digs and 10 excellent receptions on 12 attempts. Larson chipped in 19 excellent receptions on 29 attempts to go with seven digs. Tom handled 19 total service receptions with 12 excellent passes.

The U.S. held a 27-25 advantage in digs and produced a 71.7 percent on service receptions (43 excellent on 60 attempts). Italy was 49 of 68 on excellent service receptions for a 60.3 percent.

“It was a competitive match and both teams worked really hard,” U.S. Women’s National captain Jennifer Tamas said. “We did well in spiking and transition. We also did well at the service line in the second set.”

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 came off the bench to serve in the first and third sets.

Simona Gioli led Italy with 14 points, while Antonella Del Core and Lucia Bosetti added 10 points each.

“Congratulations to the USA team,” Italy coach Barbolini Massimo said. “It is always difficult to play against USA. Our problems were the second line, spiking and blocking. We played better than yesterday and hope we can enter the final in Macau, as it is important to play other matches in high level.”

To watch Universal Sports’ video stream of the Team USA versus Italy match, CLICK HERE.

In other FIVB World Grand Prix matches completed today, Dominican Republic (6 points, 1-7) battled past Poland (13 points, 3-4) 24-26, 28-26, 26-24, 25-17. Brazil (24 points, 8-0) topped Argentina (4 points, 2-6) 25-12, 25-15, 25-8 and Thailand beat Cuba 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13 during Pool K action in Bangkok, Thailand. Russia (21 points, 7-1) rebounded from Friday’s loss to edge Serbia (17 points, 5-3) 25-13, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-8 and Japan (15 points, 5-3) defeated Korea (13 points, 5-3) 25-19, 25-22, 29-27 in Pool L at Tokyo. In matches played later today, China (11 points, 4-3) will play Kazakhstan (1 point, 0-7) in Pool I action in Hong Kong.

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.

Italy gained a two-point cushion early in the first set at 4-2. The U.S. tied the set at 6-all with a Tom kill and Akinradewo block, but Italy answered with two straight points to go into the first technical timeout leading 8-6. Italy jumped its lead to 12-8 with a 4-1 spurt out of the break. Bown and Tom connected for consecutive kills and Larson served an ace off the net to cut the deficit to 14-13. Hooker and Tom downed kills to tie the set at 15-all. However, Italy responded with points on each side of the second technical timeout to go in front 17-15. Italy stretched its lead to 22-18 with a 4-1 scoring run. Hooker and Kim Glass scored back-to-back kills to close the gap in half at 22-20. After an Italy timeout, Berg and Bown put up consecutive blocks to tie the set 22-all. The U.S. went into the lead at 24-23 with a Larson ace after a Berg block. Team USA ended the set with a Tom block at 25-23. Hooker scored six points to lead the Americans in the opening set, while Larson, Tom and Akinradewo all scored four points. The U.S. scored six blocks in the set, including two from Berg.

Tom served an ace after a Italian attack error to yield a 3-1 U.S. advantage in the second set. Hooker pounded back-to-back kills to produce an 8-5 American lead at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Berg blocked her third attack of the match to up the lead to 9-5. Italy cut the deficit to one at 12-11 with three unanswered points, then tied the set at 13-all on an American attack error. However, a Hooker back-row kill, Italy attack error and Bown overpass kill pushed Team USA to a 16-13 advantage at the second technical timeout. Hooker and Akinradewo scored back-to-back kills to send Italy into a timeout down 19-15. Out of the break, Tom and Akinradewo fired a kill apiece to increase the advantage to 21-15 as part of a 4-0 scoring run on Berg’s serve into Italy’s second timeout. Team USA reached set point with an Akinradewo kill and Italy attack error at 24-17. Italy saved two set points before Tom ended the set with a kill at 25-19. Hooker and Akinradewo pocketed seven points each in the second set. The U.S. limited its errors to four in the set.

Tom served consecutive aces after an Akinradewo kill to yield a 3-1 American lead to open the third set. Italy came back to take a 4-3 advantage with three unanswered points. The U.S. regained the lead at 5-4 with a Hooker kill and Larson block. Team USA went into the first technical timeout leading 8-6 with a Tom kill and Italy attack error. Larson served an ace and Italy hit long out of the break to extend the American lead to 10-6. Bown added a fifth straight point with a quick kill forcing Italy to call timeout down 11-6. Italy sliced its deficit to 14-11 with back-to-back points. Akinradewo served an ace after a Hooker kill to present the Americans a 16-11 lead at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Larson blocked Italy to inch the lead to 17-11. Italy answered with back-to-back points to close to 17-13. Larson and Bown scored back-to-back kills, Larson followed with an ace and Tom blocked Italy to give the Americans a 22-14 margin on four unanswered points. Italy scored back-to-back points to narrow the gap to 23-17. Hooker ended the set and match with a kill at 25-18.

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. 19)
Brazil - 24 points, 8-0 record
Russia - 21 points, 7-1 record
United States - 20 points, 7-1 record
Serbia - 17 points, 5-3 record
Italy - 16 points, 6-2 record
Thailand - 15 points, 5-3 record
Japan - 15 points, 5-3 record
Korea - 13 points, 5-3 record
Poland - 13 points, 4-4 record
China - 11 points, 4-3 record (vs. Kazakhstan on Aug. 20
Germany - 7 points, 2-6 record
Dominican Republic - 6 points, 2-6 record
Cuba - 6 points, 1-7 record
Argentina - 4 points, 2-6 record
Kazakhstan - 1 points, 0-7 record (vs. China on Aug. 20)
Peru - 0 points, 0-8 record
NOTE ON POINTS: 3 points awarded for 3-0 or 3-1 win; 2 Points awarded for 3-2 win; 1 Point awarded for 3-2 loss
NOTE ON ADVANCEMENT: The top seven teams plus China advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Aug. 24-28. Should China finish among the top eight teams, all top eight teams advance to the Final Round.

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: Poland def. Kazakhstan 25-20, 25-12, 25-20
Aug. 19: China def. Dominican Republic 26-24, 25-22, 25-18
Aug. 20: Dominican Republic def. Poland 24-26, 28-26, 26-24, 25-17
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 def. Peru 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18
Aug. 20: USA def. Italy 25-23, 25-19, 25-18
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 def. Argentina 25-23, 25-15, 25-14
Aug. 20: Brazil def. Argentina 25-12, 25-15, 25-8
Aug. 20: Thailand def. Cuba 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13
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: Serbia def. Japan 25-20, 25-22, 25-18
Aug. 20: Russia def. Serbia 25-13, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-8
Aug. 20: Japan def. Korea 25-19, 25-22, 29-27
Aug. 21: Serbia vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: Japan vs. Russia, 6 p.m.

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