U.S. Women Over Swiss on Montreux Off-Day
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 8, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used its off-day during the Montreux Volley Masters to defeat host-country Switzerland 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 in a friendly exhibition match played Wednesday at Montreux, Switzerland.
The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, defeated Peru 25-7, 24-26, 25-11, 25-19 to open the Montreux Volley Masters on Tuesday afternoon. After its exhibition match with Switzerland, Team USA will resume Montreux Volley Masters Pool A action versus Germany (1-1) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. PT. Germany lost a five-set match to China on Tuesday, before sweeping Peru (0-2) on Wednesday. The Americans conclude pool play versus China (1-0) on Friday at noon PT. Crossover semifinals take place on June 11, followed by the final classification matches on June 12.
Outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led the U.S. with 11 points apiece in the U.S.-Switzerland exhibition match. Glass tallied nine kills on 32 attempts with only one error to go with two blocks. She also handled 17 of the team’s 35 service receptions with a 76 positive percent and 65 excellent percent. Fawcett contributed 10 kills on 18 errorless attacks and added an ace in the victory.
Outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) charted seven kills and an ace for eight points, while providing a 75 positive reception percent on eight attempts. Middle blocker Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tallied a match-high five blocks to go with two kills on four errorless swings. Outside hitter Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored four kills on eight attacks while putting up a block for five points in a reserve role. Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) scored three kills on four errorless attacks and added a block for four points. Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) turned in one kill on as many attempts and two aces for three points in a reserve role.
Setter Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) set the U.S. squad to a 43 kill percent and .381 hitting efficiency. She added a block to round out the individual scoring. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) charted a 78 positive reception percent on nine attempts, along with five digs.
The U.S. held Switzerland to a 30 kill percent as the host country committed 26 hitting errors for a .057 hitting efficiency. The Americans out-blocked Switzerland 10-2 and held the service ace advantage, 4-1. For the match, Team USA committed just nine errors (four hitting, four service errors and one reception error). As a team, the U.S. received serve at a 77 positive percent and 63 excellent percent.
Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), who is serving as head coach the U.S. squad during the current trip to Switzerland, started Crimes and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Richards and Glass at outside hitter, Fawcett at opposite and Spicer at setter. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) started the match at libero and shared the duties with Miyashiro. Forsett, Larson and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) were subs in the second and third sets.
The U.S. opened the first set against Switzerland with a 9-1 scoring run as Crimes scored three consecutive points and Richards scored an ace and block to highlight the early stages. Team USA stretched its advantage to 14-3 with a 4-0 run that started with an Akinradewo kill and Kim Glass block. The Americans closed out the set with a kill and block from Akinradewo.
Switzerland led the U.S. 6-5 in the second set before Crimes scored a kill and block after a Richards kill to push the U.S. in front 8-6 at the first technical timeout. After Switzerland quickly tied the set at 8-all, the Americans rolled off seven unanswered points, highlighted by two Fawcett kills and a Kim Glass block and kill leading to a 15-8 advantage. Kim Glass and Forsett scored consecutive kills to yield an 18-9 lead. After Switzerland chipped off two points of the deficit, Forsett scored a kill and block, followed by consecutive Larson aces to give the Americans a 23-11 lead on a 5-0 run. Forsett ended the set at 25-14 with a kill.
The U.S. led the third set 10-9 before pushing out to a 16-10 advantage at the second technical timeout as Richards connected for two kills in a 6-1 scoring run. After Switzerland cut the deficit down to 18-14, Fawcett and Kim Glass hammered kills followed by a Switzerland error to extend the U.S. lead to seven at 21-14. The Americans closed the set and match with a Richards kill at 25-18.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for 2011 Montreux Volley Masters
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 unless noted)
June 7: USA def. Peru 25-7, 24-26, 25-11, 25-19
June 7: China def. Germany 25-23, 25-27, 26-24, 22-25, 15-11
June 7: Cuba def. Italy 25-20, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22
June 8: Cuba def. Netherlands 25-23, 25-16, 26-24
June 8: Japan def. Italy 25-17, 25-19, 25-20
June 8: Germany def. Peru 25-20, 25-10, 25-20
June 9: China vs. Peru, 4:30 p.m.
June 9: USA vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
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. (noon PT)
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.