U.S. Women Ace Japan to Start Final Round

Aug. 24, 2011, 1:34 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 24, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated Japan 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 with an 8-0 ace advantage as both teams opened up Pool B of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Wednesday morning in Macau.

The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world ranking and defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions in the premier annual international volleyball tournament, faces Italy on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. local time (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 24). Team USA concludes Final Round pool play versus top-ranked Brazil on Aug. 26 at 1:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 25).

To watch the USA versus Japan Final Round match, tune into Universal Sports’ video stream by clicking here. During the second weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round, the U.S. defeated Japan 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 on Aug. 13 in Komaki, Japan.

Team USA opened up an early 9-4 lead in the first set and led by as many as seven points at 17-10 before ending with a 25-22 victory. The Americans used a 6-1 scoring run to assume a 10-6 edge in the second set and pushed forward to a 25-17 victory thanks to six aces in the set. The U.S. went into the second technical timeout of the third set leading 16-11, but Japan roared back to close to one at 16-15 forcing the Americans to rebuild their lead to 20-16 and held on for a 25-23 victory after the Japanese saved three match points.

“I like the way the USA team played today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We played with good energy and we were strong from the service line. Japan is always a challenging opponent with the speed at which they play, and we knew Japan would fight to the very end, and certainly it was the case today. They are a good team and we are happy to start with a win against strong opponent.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) scored a match-high 19 points with 16 kills on 29 attacks with only two errors, two blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in five kills on 19 attacks, four blocks and four aces for 13 points. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) provided eight kills and a block for nine points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed five kills and two aces for seven points, while Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) totaled five points with three kills, an ace and a block. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Berg provided 22 assists on 76 total set attempts leading to a 40.0 kill percent and .295 hitting efficiency as the team committed just 10 attack errors. Meanwhile, Japan converted 37.7 percent of its attack attempts for points with a .274 hitting efficiency.

Larson contributed a team-high 13 excellent service receptions on 34 attempts, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) picked up a team-high four digs. Tom chipped in eight excellent receptions on 15 attempts.

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.) was a serving sub in the first set.

“I think it was a well-played match by both teams,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Jennifer Tamas said. “We knew to play against a team with such a fast offense like Japan it is important to serve aggressively, and I think we did a good job at that today. We are happy with the start and with this win.”

The U.S. controlled the service game with an 8-0 ace advantage. The American edged Japan 8-5 in blocks and limited their errors to 17 for the match. Team USA held a 41.8 service receptions efficiency, while Japan had difficulty on serve-receive with only 18 excellent receptions on 68 attempts.

Saori Kimura led Japan with 12 points, while Mai Yamaguchi contributed nine points in the loss.

“We played against the FIVB World Grand Prix champions from last year so we know it was going to be tough,” Japan Head Coach Maayoshi Manabe said. “We dropped a lot of points on our serves so it became difficult for us.”

In other FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round matches played later on Wednesday, Brazil (0-0) plays Italy (0-0) at 1:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 23) in a Pool B match, Thailand (0-0) challenges Russia (0-0) at 5 p.m. local time (2 a.m. Pacific Time) and Serbia (0-0) faces host China (0-0) at 8 p.m. local time (5 a.m. Pacific Time) in Pool A matches.

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. earned the first two points of the opening set with an Akinradewo block after a Japan service error. Larson tallied a kill and block to push the American lead to 4-1. Tom hammered a kill and Larson served an ace after a Japan attack error to extend the lead to 8-3. After Japan sliced off two points of the deficit, the U.S. regained the five-point cushion with kills from Hooker and Tom forming an 11-6 advantage at a Japan timeout. Team USA increased its margin to 13-7 with a Hooker kill and Japan error. Larson served her second ace of the set after the second technical timeout to push the American lead to 17-10. Japan cut the deficit down to 19-15 with three unanswered points. The U.S. answered with kills from Hooker and Akinradewo to extend the lead to 21-16. Japan fought back to within 23-20 with a 4-1 scoring run. Japan saved two set points to move to within two at 24-22. Hooker ended the set with a kill at 25-22. Larson scored seven points in the opening set and Hooker added six points. Both teams limited their errors to five each.

Japan started the second set with the first two points. The U.S. tied the set at 3-all with a Hooker kill and Akinradewo ace. Team USA went in front 6-5 with kills from Bown and Tom, then Larson served consecutive aces to provide the Americans an 8-5 advantage at the first technical timeout. Bown collected an ace after a Japan service error to increase the U.S. lead to 10-6. Back-to-back Japan attack errors gave the U.S. a 13-8 advantage, leading to a Japanese timeout. Japan scored back-to-back points out of the timeout to cut the deficit to 13-10. The U.S. got the two points back with a kill and block by Hooker at 15-10. Bown tallied a kill, Hooker served two aces and Japan hit long to lift the U.S. to a 20-11 lead. Hooker added a back-row kill to send the lead to 21-11. Japan knocked off two from the deficit to 22-14, only to have Tom hammer a kill and Bown serve an ace at 24-14. Japan saved two three points before Tom put down an overpass at 25-17. Hooker scored seven points for the U.S. in the second set, while Bown added six points. Team USA collected six aces and three blocks to build its advantage.

Team USA used a 3-0 run to take a 5-3 lead in the third set thanks to a kill and block by Larson and kill by Hooker. Japan knotted up the set at 8-all with back-to-back points out of the first technical timeout. Tom and Akinradewo knocked down consecutive kills to regain a two-point American lead at 10-8. Hooker pounded back-to-back kills to up the advantage to 12-9. Berg dumped a second touch for a kill after a Japan error to extend the American lead to 14-10 at a Japan timeout. Japan committed consecutive errors going into the second technical timeout to yield a 16-11 U.S. advantage. Japan tallied three straight points out of the break to cut the gap to 16-14. Out of a U.S. timeout, Japan closed the gap to within one at 16-15. Team USA built a three-point cushion at 19-16 with back-to-back kills from Hooker and Tom leading to a Japan timeout. The Americans stretched the lead to 20-16 with a Japan attack error. Japan cut the gap in half at 21-19 with consecutive points. Larson put up a block after a Hooker kill to give the Americans a 23-19 lead. Japan saved three consecutive set and match points on U.S. errors, but Larson ended the match with a kill at 25-23. Hooker totaled six points in the third set, while Larson picked up for four points.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round
# - 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 def. Japan 25-22, 25-17, 25-23
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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