U.S. Women Set Two Intrasquad Scrimmages

July 12, 2011, 6:48 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 12, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, will hold two ‘Red and Blue’ intrasquad scrimmages as it prepares for the upcoming FIVB World Grand Prix. Team USA is the defending World Grand Prix champions.

The scrimmages will be held July 23 and July 30 at Irvine Valley College. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Tickets are $5 per match and sold at the door.

The FIVB World Grand Prix, the annual premier international women’s volleyball tournament now in its 19th year and held annually since 1993, has increased from 12 to 16 of the best teams in the world for 2011. The event has three consecutive weekends of preliminary round pool play divided into four locations per weekend with four teams each competing in a round-robin format. Teams accumulate nine total matches through the three preliminary round weekends with the top seven teams in the standings joining China as host country into the World Grand Prix Final Round. Teams earn three points for a 3-0 or 3-1 victory, two points for a 3-2 victory and one point for a 3-2 loss.

The U.S. Women’s National Team begins its FIVB World Grand Prix title defense at Luohe, China, with contests against Serbia on Aug. 5, Kazakhstan on Aug. 6 and host China on Aug. 7. Team USA travels to Komaki, Japan, the following weekend for matches against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 12, host Japan on Aug. 13 and a re-match with Serbia on Aug. 14. The U.S. concludes the preliminary round in Hong Kong with matches against Germany on Aug. 19, Italy on Aug. 20 and Peru on Aug. 21. Each preliminary weekend winner receives $35,000.

The 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will have eight teams divided into two groups playing a round-robin schedule Aug. 24-26. The top two teams in each pool advance to crossover semifinals on Aug. 27 with the medal matches played on Aug. 28. The Final Round winner receives $200,000.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has selected as part of his 20-player preliminary roster middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.), Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters in the mix for the final roster are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah). Setters named to the preliminary roster are Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). Opposites on the preliminary squad are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). Liberos on the roster are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

At its most recent tournament, the U.S. Women’s National Team claimed the bronze medal at the X Women’s Pan American Cup held July 1-9 at Juarez, Mexico. The Americans topped Cuba 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 in the bronze-medal match after suffering a four-set loss to Dominican Republic in the semifinal round. The U.S. defeated Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in straight sets to open Pool B before losing a heart-breaking 28-30, 25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11 match to world top-ranked Brazil in the final pool match. The U.S. went on to defeat Argentina 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 in the quarterfinal, which secured a berth into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix as one of the top four NORCECA teams in the tournament.

Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is the leading U.S. scorer in 2011 based on unofficial DataVolley statistics. She has scored 120 points for 2.67 points per set. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) has added 113 points with a 3.14 scoring average, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) has scored 106 points as part of a 2.16 scoring average, 54.4 kill percent and .456 hitting efficiency. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) holds a team-leading 4.05 scoring average with 85 points in just the Pan American Cup, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) averaged 3.57 points per set in the Montreux Volley Masters.

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) held a .509 hitting efficiency and 55.7 kill percent as part of a 3.20 scoring average at the Pan American Cup. She also has a team-high 0.72 block average. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) produced a 63.5 kill percent and .538 hitting efficiency in limited action at the Pan American Cup. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) has average 3.29 digs per set as the libero in both tournaments this season. As a team, the U.S. has a .295 hitting efficiency in 2011 with a 43.2 kill percent. The Americans are averaging 1.15 aces and 2.96 blocks per set, while holding opponents to a .174 hitting efficiency and averages of 0.73 aces and 2.02 blocks per set.

Following the FIVB World Grand Prix, the Americans will compete in the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship (Sept. 10-18), the Pan American Games (Oct. 14-20) and the FIVB World Cup (Nov. 4-18) should they qualify through the NORCECA Continental Championship. In January 2012, the U.S. will compete in the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (Jan. 6-14) if it does not secure one of the three 2012 Olympic Games qualifying spots at the FIVB World Cup.