U.S. Women’s Roster Determined for Montreux

June 06, 2011, 12:07 p.m. (ET)

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

U.S. Women's Media Guide for Montreux Volley Masters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team announced its 14-player roster on Monday that will be used at the Montreux Volley Masters event held June 7-12 at Montreux, Switzerland.

Middle blockers are Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) and captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters on the roster are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah).

Opposites competing at Montreux are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.). The two setters running the offense are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). The liberos are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) will serve as the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Montreux Volley Masters while U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will remain in Anaheim, Calif., to continue training players not on the Montreux roster in preparation for the X Women's Pan American Cup held July 1-9. In 2010 the coaching roles were reversed for Montreux as McCutcheon served as head coach for the event and Kiraly remained in Anaheim.

Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.) and Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) will serve as the assistant coaches. Russ Rose (State College, Pa.), head women’s volleyball coach at Penn State University, is the designated team leader for the event.

The U.S., which won the silver medal at last year’s Montreux event, opens the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters on June 7 versus Peru at 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Pacific Time). After its off-day in pool play, Team USA faces Germany on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Pacific Time) followed by a June 10 match against China at 9 p.m. (noon Pacific Time). Semifinal round matches will take place on June 11, followed by the classification matches on June 12. In the opposite Montreux Volley Masters pool, the four teams competing for the title are Cuba, Italy, Japan and Netherlands.

The Americans, who are competing at Montreux for the second consecutive year, have medaled at the event in 1991 (silver), 1995 (bronze), 1996 (bronze), 2004 (silver) and 2010 (silver). Crimes, Davis, Fawcett, Forsett, Harmotto, Richards, Spicer and Tamas were all part of the U.S. Women’s Team that won silver in Montreux last year.

Team USA will have four players with Olympic Games experience and six players who have played in FIVB World Championship matches. Haneef-Park, a two-time Olympian, returns for her first action with Team USA since the 2009 season after giving birth to her son in March 2010. She has a total of 233 national team matches (CAPs). Davis, Tamas and Kim Glass were all U.S. Olympians in 2008 and competed professionally this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Tamas has 158 CAPs for second-most on the Montreux roster, followed by Davis with 152. The team roster averages 76 CAPs with only one player (Miyashiro) having less than 36 CAPs.

The U.S. roster averages 25.8 years old with Haneef-Park being the oldest at 32 and Alisha Glass the youngest at 23.

The U.S. Women's National Team, currently ranked second in the world behind defending Olympic Games champion Brazil, will have a busy 2011 season. Following the season-opening Montreux Volley Masters, the Americans will compete in the X Women's Pan American Cup (June 29-July 9), the FIVB World Grand Prix (Aug. 5-29), 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 early 2012, the U.S. will compete Jan. 6-13 in the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tijuana, Mexico, if it does not secure one of the three 2012 Olympic Games qualifying spots at the FIVB World Cup.

The Americans are coming off a 28-13 record in 2010, a 10-victory increase over their 18-14 record in 2009. After earning the silver medal at the 2010 Montreux event, the U.S. finished with the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup held in Mexico. Team USA used a balanced, split roster with youth and veterans in both the Montreux Volley Masters and Pan American Cup.

After a month of training back at its gym in Anaheim, Calif., the U.S. Women's National Team used an 11-match win streak to cap the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, winning the gold medal with an undefeated record in the Final Round. Akinradewo was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Blocker, while Alisha Glass earned Best Setter in her first senior FIVB event. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was the fourth leading scorer at the World Grand Prix, despite playing her first senior FIVB event and just four weeks of training with the U.S. National Team. In the previous year, Team USA finished in ninth place in the event with a young squad.

During the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship, the U.S. Women's National Team went undefeated in its first round pool and stretched its win streak to 17 matches with an opening second-round victory over Czech Republic. However, the U.S. dropped matches to Italy and Brazil around a win over Netherlands to reach the medal round. The Americans lost a four-set match to eventual champion Russia in the semifinals, followed by a tough-luck five-set loss to host Japan in the bronze-medal match to finish in fourth place. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) was selected as the Best Receiver, while Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) earned Best Libero honors. Following up their World Grand Prix performances, Hooker ranked fifth in scoring at the FIVB World Championship and Alisha Glass was the third-best setter.

For the Montreux Volley Masters tournament web site, visit volleymasters.ch/program.php#.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
5 – Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
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)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Montreux Head Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coaches: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.), Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jennifer Hirneisen
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Leader: Russ Rose (State College, Pa.)

Montreux Volley Masters Schedule (listed times are local Switzerland Time)

Pool Play
June 7: USA vs. Peru, 4:30 p.m.
June 7: China vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m.
June 7: Italy vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.
June 8: Netherlands vs. Cuba, 4:30 p.m.
June 8: Japan vs. Italy, 6:30 p.m.
June 8: Peru vs. Germany, 9 p.m.
June 9: China vs. Peru, 4:30 p.m.
June 9: USA vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m.
June 9: Japan vs. Netherlands, 9 p.m.
June 10: Italy vs. Netherlands, 4:30 p.m.
June 10: Cuba vs. Japan, 6:30 p.m.
June 10: USA vs. China, 9 p.m.

Half Finals
June 11: Pool A 3rd Place vs. Pool B 4th Place, 2 p.m.
June 11: Pool B 3rd Place vs. Pool A 4th Place, 4 p.m.
June 11: Pool A 1st Place vs. Pool B 2nd Place, 6:30 p.m.
June 11: Pool B 1st Place vs. Pool A 2nd Place, 8:30 p.m.

June 12: 5th Place Match, 11 a.m.
June 12: Bronze-Medal Match, 1:30 p.m.
June 12: Gold-Medal Match, 4 p.m.