U.S. Women Edge Germany 3-2 at Montreux
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team edged Germany 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 15-25, 16-14 Thursday evening as six Americans scored double-figure points during the Montreux Volley Masters being held June 7-12 in Montreux, Switzerland.
The U.S. (2-0), ranked second in the world by the FIVB, concludes Pool A play versus China (2-0) in a battle of unbeaten teams on Friday at noon PT. Earlier today China defeated Peru 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15 in Pool A to improve to 2-0. Crossover semifinals take place on June 11, followed by the final classification matches on June 12.
The opening set witnessed six lead changes and 11 ties before the U.S. scored five unanswered points to take a 19-15 lead in the opening set en route to the 25-19 victory. Germany led the entire second set and pushed ahead from an 11-10 advantage with a 7-1 scoring run, but needed six set point chances to put the set away 25-22. Team USA recovered from a 21-19 deficit in the third set to claim a 25-23 victory. Germany took an 8-2 lead in the fourth set, then weathered a Team USA run that closed it to 11-9 before winning 25-15 with seven of the final eight points. The Americans battled back from an 11-8 deficit in the deciding set to win 16-14 on its second match-point opportunity.
Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) scored a match-high 21 points with 17 kills, two blocks and two aces in leading the Americans. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who started the final three sets, scored 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points, seven of which came in the deciding fifth set. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) contributed 14 points via eight kills, a team-high five blocks and an ace for 14 points. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) provided 10 kills and two blocks for 12 points, despite not starting the final three sets. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) added 10 points all on kills, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) tacked on eight kills and two blocks for 10 points. Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) just missed double-figure scoring with eight kills and a block for nine points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with an ace.
Davis posted a team-high 25 digs and provided a 67 positive reception percent on 24 attempts. Kim Glass chipped in with 14 digs while providing a team-leading 40 reception attempts with a 65 positive percent. Larson held a 63 excellent reception percent (70 positive) on 27 attempts.
The U.S. held a slim 14-12 advantage in blocks and both teams served five aces. The Americans held a substantial 72-55 advantage in kills to help offset their 34 errors in the match. Meanwhile, Germany limited its miscues to a total of 12 for the match. The setting of combination of Spicer and Alisha Glass helped the Americans to a 46 kill percent and .296 hitting efficiency with 27 attack errors. The U.S. held Germany to a 38 kill percent and .244 hitting efficiency.
Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), who is serving as head coach the U.S. squad during the current trip to Switzerland, started Tamas and Harmotto at middle blocker, Forsett and Kim Glass at outside hitter, Alisha Glass at setter and Haneef-Park at opposite. Davis was the team’s libero. Larson and Fawcett started the final three sets in place of Forsett and Haneef-Park, respectively. Spicer started the final three sets in place of Alisha Glass. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and Haneef-Park were both subs in the final three sets, while Alisha Glass subbed in the third and fourth sets.
Germany had four different players score 16 points in the loss. Christiane Furst total eight kills and a match-high eight blocks to match Regina Burchardt, Margareta Kozuch and Maren Brinker’s 16 points.
Japan will face the Netherlands at 9 p.m. Switzerland Time Thursday night to close out the day of Montreux Volley Masters matches.
The first set lead changed for a fourth time at 6-5 as Kim Glass serve an ace after a Forsett kill. The U.S. increased its lead to 7-5 with a Haneef-Park kill, but Germany scored the next three points to reverse the advantage to its favor at 8-7. Germany extended its cushion to two at 10-8 following a block. The U.S. tied the set at 12-all with a Tamas kill and Germany bad set. Team USA regained the lead 16-15 at the second technical timeout with consecutive kills from Haneef-Park and Kim Glass. The Americans increased their lead to 18-15 out of the break with consecutive kills from Kim Glass and Haneef-Park as the U.S. string of points ran to four on the service of Larson. Out of a Germany timeout, Harmotto scored a fifth straight point with a block at 19-15. Germany cut the deficit in half with consecutive points at 19-17. The U.S. got the two points back with a Harmotto quick attack and block by Haneef-Park at 21-17 leading to Germany’s second timeout. The U.S. reached set point 24-19 with consecutive kills from Kim Glass and Forsett, which was followed up by an ace from Kim Glass at 25-19. Kim Glass scored a team-high seven points in the opening set, while Haneef-Park added six points. Team USA held a 19-9 advantage in kills to offset eight errors in the set to Germany’s one.
Germany opened the second set with the first two points, then jumped the advantage to 4-1 with an ace. Germany extended its lead to 7-3 with back-to-back points. Team USA cut the deficit to 7-5 with a Harmotto kill following a Haneef-Park block. The U.S. closed to one with a Haneef-Park kill and Harmotto ace at 8-7. However, Germany sided out and served an ace to return to a three-point cushion at 10-7. Tamas and Forsett answered with kills to move the U.S. back to within one at 10-9. Germany built a four-point cushion at 14-10 with three unanswered points. Out of a USA timeout, Germany added a fourth and fifth consecutive points going into the second technical timeout up 16-10 following an ace and American attack error. Germany inched its lead to 18-11 with consecutive points leading to the Americans’ second timeout of the set. The U.S. chipped two points off the deficit with a German error and Harmotto block at 19-14. Germany reached a seven-point edge at 23-16. The U.S. held off four set points with a Fawcett kill, Germany error, Larson block, Harmotto kill and Larson kill to close to 24-22. However, Germany closed the set on its sixth opportunity at 25-22. Tamas, Forsett and Harmotto all produced four points in the second set, but the U.S. committed seven errors and Germany scored three aces.
The U.S. jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third set with a Fawcett block, Germany error and Kim Glass kill, but Germany answered with two kills and an ace to tie the score at 3-all. Larson and Harmotto provided consecutive kills and Germany hit wide to yield an 8-5 U.S. lead at the first technical timeout. Germany tied the set at 10-all after an ace that caught the net and fell untouched and a block. Germany scored a fourth straight point to go into the lead at 11-10. Germany increased its lead to 13-11 after a U.S. attack error. The U.S. tied the set at 13-all with a Tamas kill and Spicer block. Consecutive points by Larson on a kill and block put the U.S. in front 15-14. However, Germany scored three consecutive points after the second technical timeout to take an 18-16 lead. The Americans tied the set at 19-all with consecutive kills from Kim Glass. Germany reclaimed a two-point edge at 21-19 leading to USA’s second timeout. Kim Glass picked up a kill after a Haneef-Park block to tie the set at 22-all, then Kim Glass served an ace to give the U.S. a 23-22 advantage. After a Germany timeout, the U.S. reached set point at 24-22 with a German attack error. Tamas ended the set with a kill at 25-23. Kim Glass scored eight points to lead the U.S., while Larson chipped in four points. Team USA scored four points off the block.
Germany gathered three straight points to take an early 3-1 advantage in the fourth set, then pushed the lead to 8-2 at the first technical timeout with five unanswered points. Tamas and Kim Glass broke the streak with consecutive kills to whittle the gap to four at 8-4. Harmotto put up a kill and block on consecutive plays to slice the deficit to 9-6. The U.S. closed to two at 11-9 with kills from Kim Glass and Fawcett. Consecutive USA errors built the Germany lead to 14-10. Germany picked up points on each side of the second technical timeout to go in front 17-12, then increased the margin to eight at 22-14 with four straight points. Germany scored the final three points of the fourth set to win 25-15 and forcing a fifth set. The U.S. committed eight errors in the set.
The U.S. scored the first two points of the fifth set with kills from Harmotto and Fawcett. Fawcett rolled an attack that found the back right corner for a kill and followed with an ace to lift the Americans into a 6-3 advantage. Germany responded with consecutive points to close to 6-5. Germany took the lead at 9-8 with three straight points after the switch leading to an American timeout. Germany extended the lead to 11-8 with two kills off the block after the timeout. Harmotto scored consecutive kills to close the U.S. back to within one at 11-10 forcing a Germany timeout. Larson tied the set at 11-all with a roll shot for a kill. Fawcett put the U.S. back in front with a block. Fawcett and Haneef-Park collected consecutive kills to close out the set 16-14 and the match. Fawcett scored seven points in the deciding set to help offset six U.S. errors.
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)
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 def. Peru 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15
June 9: USA def. Germany 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 15-25, 16-14
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.