U.S. Set for Challenges in Grand Prix Final Round

Aug. 21, 2011, 8:26 p.m. (ET)

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

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U.S. Women's Team Event Central for FIVB World Grand Prix

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team finished second in the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round, setting up some prime-time state-side viewing of the Final Round being held Aug. 24-28 in Macau, China.

Due to host China being granted the top seed in the Final Round, Team USA (23 points, 8-1 record) is slotted as the third seed in Final Round and will play against second-seed Brazil (27 points, 9-0), sixth-seed Italy (19 points, 7-2) and seventh-seed Japan (18 points, 6-3) in Pool B. The Americans, the defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions, defeated Japan and Italy in straight sets during the preliminary round and has not faced Brazil in the tournament.

“Our focus has, and will continue to be, on the improvement of our team,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We are playing better volleyball now than we were in Louhe (first preliminary weekend in China). So we're encouraged by our performance here and we hope we can continue that trend. We are in a challenging pool for the finals, but at this stage of the competition, all the teams are strong. So we'll do the best we can and see what happens.”

In the opposite Final Round group, top-seed China (17 points, 6-3), fourth-seed Russia (21 points, 8-1), fifth-seed Serbia (20 points, 6-3) and eighth-seed Thailand (15 points, 5-4) make up Pool A. By virtue of hosting, China is automatically the top seed in the Final Round and other seeded teams are based on final preliminary round standings.

The U.S. opens the Final Round against Japan on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. local time (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 23). The Americans have a rematch with Italy on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. local time (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 24). The Team USA versus match with Brazil, played on Aug. 26 at 1:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 25), pits the top two finishers in the preliminary round and the top two teams in the FIVB world ranking. All Team USA matches played during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will be streamed live on UniversalSports.com.

This year’s FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round format is slightly different than in 2010. While the Final Round this year and last both consisted of teams playing five matches over five consecutive days, the 2011 version is broken into two pools of four teams with the expansion from six to eight teams. The top two teams in each pool after a round-robin format advance to the semifinals, while the bottom two teams will compete for 5-8 place. Last year the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round was a complete round robin of the top six teams deciding the final classifications.

During the preliminary round, Team USA won its first five matches of the World Grand Prix to extend its overall tournament win streak to 16 matches dating back to last year. The Americans held off Serbia in five sets to open the tournament, then defeated Kazakhstan and China in straight sets in Pool D in Luohe, China. After traveling to Komaki, Japan, for the second weekend, the U.S. topped Dominican Republic and Japan in three sets. Serbia stopped the U.S. streak with a four-set victory on Aug. 14 to conclude Pool H in Japan. The Americans concluded the preliminary round in Pool J in Hong with straight set wins over Germany, Italy and Peru.

Overall, the U.S. finished 8-1 with 25 points in the preliminary round. Serbia was the only team to take a set away from the Americans, who were 25-5 in sets. For the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, the U.S. has played four of the seven other teams a total of five matches during the nine-match preliminary round.

Opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is the U.S. leading scorer with 127 points (109 kills, 13 blocks, 5 aces) and ranks seventh in the tournament, despite not playing in the final match of the preliminary round. She also ranks sixth in Best Spiker with a 42.75 kill percent (109 of 255).

Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) has scored 99 points (64 kills, 29 blocks, 6 aces) for 19th place in Best Scorer, despite resting on the final day of the preliminary round. According to official FIVB stats, she has converted 64 of 113 attacks into points for a 56.6 kill percent and would rank atop the Best Spiker category if she had the minimum 15 percent of her team’s total attacks. Akinradewo ranks second in Best Blocker with 0.97 blocks per set, despite not missing the last match.

Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) ranks first in the tournament’s Best Server category with 0.53 aces per set, serving 16 aces on 100 attempts. She has added 47 kills and nine blocks for 72 points in the tournament for 47th place in Best Scorer.

Outside hitter Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) ranks 43rd in scoring with 73 points (57 kills, 6 blocks, 10 aces) despite only starting four of the nine matches and playing 19 of 30 possible sets. She also ranks 12th in Best Server with a 0.33 ace average.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranks 11th in Best Server with 0.33 aces per set as part of her 51 points in the tournament. Despite only playing five of the nine preliminary round matches, she ranks 72nd in scoring. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranks 14th in Best Blocker with 0.57 blocks per set.

For a detailed look of the U.S. Women’s National Team scoring based on unofficial DataVolley Stats, the Official Match Analysis Software of USA Volleyball, click here.

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.

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

FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round
Pool A (All Times Local)
Aug. 24: Thailand vs. Russia, 5 p.m.
Aug. 24: China vs. Serbia, 8 p.m.
Aug. 25: Russia vs. Serbia, 5 p.m.
Aug. 25: China vs. Thailand, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: Serbia vs. Thailand, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26: China vs. Russia, 7:30 p.m.

Pool B (All Times Local)
Aug. 24: USA vs. Japan, 11 a.m.
Aug. 24: Brazil vs. Italy, 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: USA vs. Italy, 11 a.m.
Aug. 25: Brazil vs. Japan, 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: Italy vs. Japan, 11 a.m.
Aug. 26: USA vs. Brazil, 1:30 p.m.

Classification and Medal Rounds (All Times Local)
Aug. 27: A4 vs. B4, 11 a.m. (7th place)
Aug. 27: A3 vs. B3, 1:30 p.m. (5th place)
Aug. 27: A1 vs. B2, 5 p.m. (semifinal)
Aug. 27: B1 vs. A2, 7:30 p.m. (semifinal)
Aug. 28: Semifinal losers, 1 p.m. (bronze-medal match)
Aug. 28: Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m. (gold-medal match)

Final FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round Standings
Brazil - 27 points, 9-0 record
United States - 23 points, 8-1 record
Russia - 21 points, 7-2 record
Serbia - 20 points, 6-3 record
Italy - 19 points, 7-2 record
Japan - 18 points, 6-3 record
China - 17 points, 6-3 record
Thailand - 15 points, 5-4 record
Korea - 13 points, 5-4 record
Poland - 13 points, 4-5 record
Cuba - 9 points, 2-7 record
Dominican Republic - 8 points, 3-6 record
Germany - 7 points, 2-7 record
Argentina - 4 points, 2-7 record
Kazakhstan - 2 points, 0-9 record
Peru - 0 points, 0-9 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

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 def. Kazakhstan 25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21
Aug. 21: Dominican Republic def. Kazakhstan 15-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9
Aug. 21: China def. Poland 25-20, 25-17, 25-22

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 def. Peru 25-13, 25-18, 25-15
Aug. 21: Italy def. Germany 25-15, 25-22, 25-23

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: Cuba def. Argentina 26-24, 25-23, 25-18
Aug. 21: Brazil def. Thailand 25-16, 25-12, 25-18

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 def. Korea 25-18, 25-16, 25-23
Aug. 21: Japan def. Russia 25-23, 25-19, 25-19

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