U.S. Women Clipped 3-2 by China at Montreux
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to China 25-27, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11 on Friday evening to conclude the Montreux Volley Masters Pool A in Montreux, Switzerland.
The U.S. (2-1), ranked second in the world by the FIVB, and China had already advanced to the semifinal round regardless of the head-to-head pool match. The Americans will now face Cuba in the semifinal on Saturday evening at 9 p.m. Switzerland Time (noon Pacific Time), while the Chinese will take on Japan. Team USA won the silver medal at the 2010 Montreux Volley Masters event.
The U.S. recovered from a 23-19 deficit in the opening set and saved two set points before claiming a 27-25 victory. The U.S. held an 8-1 block advantage and benefited from eight Chinese errors. China built an early 8-3 lead in the second set and increased the advantage to 12 points at 23-11 before settling in for a 25-14 victory. The Americans established an early 6-2 lead in the third set and separated from a 17-15 advantage with five unanswered points for a 22-15 lead and closed the set with an ace at 25-19. China scored the final five points of the fourth set to rally from a 21-20 deficit to win 25-21 sending the match to deciding fifth set. The fourth set witnessed 14 ties and seven lead changes. China jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the tiebreaking set and never relinquished the advantage in a 15-11 victory.
Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) lead five U.S. players in double-digit scoring with 17 points, including 12 kills and a match-high five blocks. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) added 11 kills, two aces and a block for 14 points, which was matched by Kristin Richards’ (Orem, Utah) 12 kills, one ace and one block for 14 points. Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) contributed seven kills, three blocks and two aces for 12 points, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) recorded 10 kills and a block for 11 points. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) added two kills and an ace for three points, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) provided two blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with a point each.
Haneef-Park charted a team-high 15 digs in the loss, while Richards recorded 12 digs with a team-high 41 reception attempts as part of a 51 positive reception percent. Kim Glass totaled 12 digs with 27 receptions. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied 11 digs and 21 receptions.
China held a 67-55 advantage in kills and a slim 15-14 margin in blocks. The U.S. out-served China with a 6-5 ace advantage. The Americans committed 22 errors in the match to China’s 23. According to unofficial DataVolley statistics, both teams converted 40 percent of their attacks for kills. China held a .235 hitting efficiency to the Americans’ .204 hitting efficiency. China received serve at a 60 positive percent compared the U.S. 49 positive percent.
Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), who is serving as head coach the U.S. squad during the current trip to Switzerland, started Tamas and Crimes at middle blocker, Richards and Kim Glass at outside hitter, Alisha Glass at setter and Haneef-Park at opposite. Davis was the team’s libero. Spicer subbed into the match in teh first and second sets, then started in place of Alisha Glass the final three sets. Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) was a sub in the second set, while Fawcett was a sub in the first and fourth sets.
Ruoqui Hui scored a match-high 19 points to lead China, which also had five double-figure scorers. Yunli Xu picked up 14 points in the victory, while Linlin Fan added 13 points.
Earlier today in Pool B, Cuba (3-0) rallied to defeat Japan (2-1) 15-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-10 in a battle of previously undefeated teams to claim the group’s top spot into the semifinals. Netherlands defeated Italy 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, 26-24 as both teams finished 1-2 in Pool B.
China scored four unanswered points to take an early 5-2 lead in the opening set. Team USA responded with a Tamas kill and consecutive Alisha Glass blocks to tie the set at 5-all. Haneef-Park served an ace for a fourth straight point yielding a 6-5 U.S. lead and China timeout. China broke the U.S. string with consecutive points out of the timeout for a 7-6 lead. Out of the first technical timeout, the U.S. went back in front 9-8 with a Richards kill and China attack error. China bounced back into the lead at 12-10 with three consecutive points. Team USA answered with consecutive blocks by Crimes to tie the score at 12-all. China returned to a two-point cushion at 15-13 with back-to-back points, then pushed to an 18-14 advantage with consecutive American attack errors out of the second technical timeout. Tamas and Richards connected for consecutive kills to narrow the deficit to 18-16. However, the lead jumped to five points at 21-16 after a China ace prompting a second U.S. timeout and ensuing block. After a China error, Fawcett put up a block to slice the gap to 21-18. The U.S. moved to within one at 23-22 with a Haneef-Park kill between two China errors. Team USA saved two set points with kills coming from Haneef-Park and Tamas followed by a Kim Glass block to put the Americans back in the lead at 25-24. The Americans closed the set with a Haneef-Park kill and Chinese attack that floated wide for a 27-25 victory. Haneef-Park scored a team-high five points in the opening set as the Americans held an 8-1 block advantage and took advantage of eight other Chinese errors. The first set had 12 ties and six lead changes.
China benefited from three consecutive U.S. errors and gained a fourth and fifth straight point after an American timeout to take an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout in the second set. Haneef-Park and Kim Glass scored back-to-back kills to stop the run and close to 8-5. China collected the next three points to extend its margin to 11-5. Richards and Haneef-Park hammered back-to-back kills to chip the lead to 12-8, but China scored the next two points for a 14-8 advantage. China reached the second technical timeout on two straight points at 16-9. China added to the lead with a point out of the break for a 17-9 lead and marched the margin to 19-10 after a block. The Chinese lead reached 12 points at 23-11 with two kills, an ace and block. Richards collected consecutive kills after a Tamas kill stopped a four-point run by China to put the score at 23-14. However, China ended the set with the next points at 25-14. Richards totaled a team-high four points in the second set as the U.S. committed six errors and China produced six blocks.
The U.S. took a 4-1 lead early in the third set with a Crimes kill and ace around a China attack error. Haneef-Park served an ace after a Chinese service error for a 6-2 U.S. lead. A China block and ace cut the gap to two points at 7-5. Out of the first technical timeout, China scored two straight points to move within one at 8-7. Haneef-Park pounded a kill, and Richards and Haneef-Park followed with consecutive blocks to move the American lead to 11-7. China cut the deficit in half at 12-10 with consecutive kills. Tamas and Spicer pocketed kills on each side of the second technical timeout to extend the Team USA lead to 17-13. China quickly cut the lead back to two points at 17-15. The Americans answered with a Richards kill and a Chinese error to regain a four-point cushion at 19-15 leading to China’s second timeout of the set. Out of the huddle, Spicer served an ace and Crimes put up a block to push the advantage to 21-15. The U.S. scored a fifth straight point with a back-row attack error by China at 22-15. The U.S. called timeout after China scored three straight points to whittle the deficit 23-19. The Americans ended the set with a Haneef-Park kill and Crimes ace at 25-19. Haneef-Park tallied five points in the set, while Crimes added four points with two aces and a block. The U.S. held its errors to three in the set and served a total of four aces.
China bolted to a 4-1 lead early in the fourth set with two blocks. The U.S. tied the set at 7-all with a Richards kill and two China attack errors. Out of the first technical timeout, the U.S. took the lead at 9-8 with consecutive kills from Crimes and Kim Glass. The Americans built a two-point cushion at 13-11 with a Richards kill after a Chinese attack error. After a timeout, China scored the next three points for a 14-13 China lead. After the second technical timeout, the U.S. went back in the lead at 17-16 with kills from Richards and Crimes. The lead changed for the fifth time as China picked up consecutive points at 19-18. Tamas powered down consecutive slide kills to push the U.S. back in front 21-20. However, China answered with consecutive points of its own to take a 22-21 advantage and closed the set on a 5-0 run for a 25-21 victory. Kim Glass scored six points in the fourth set to lead the U.S. China picked up four blocks in the set victory.
China earned the first two-point cushion of the fifth set at 5-3 on consecutive American errors, then expanded the lead to 7-3 with two additional points out of a U.S. timeout. The U.S. cut the deficit in half at 8-6 with kills from Kim Glass and Larson leading to a Chinese timeout. China regained a four-point edge at 12-8 with a block leading to an American timeout. Team USA answered with a Crimes kill and Richards ace to move back to within two at 12-10. China won the set 15-11 on an ace.
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 def. Netherlands 20-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-17, 16-14
June 10: Netherlands def. Italy 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, 26-24
June 10: Cuba def. Japan 15-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-10
June 10: China def. USA 25-27, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11
June 11: Germany (3A) vs. Netherlands (4B), 2 p.m.
June 11: Italy (3B) vs. Peru (4A), 4 p.m.
June 11: China (1A) vs. Japan (2B), 6:30 p.m.
June 11: USA (2A) vs. Cuba (1B), 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.