U.S. Women Fall to Cuba 3-1 at Montreux
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to NORCECA rival Cuba 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 26-24 on Saturday evening during the semifinal round of the Montreux Volley Masters event held in Montreux, Switzerland.
The U.S. will now face China in the bronze-medal match held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Switzerland Time (4:30 a.m. Pacific Time). In the other semifinal match, Japan defeated China 25-22, 25-19, 25-23. Team USA won the silver medal at the 2010 Montreux Volley Masters event and will be shooting for a second consecutive year on the event’s medal podium.
Cuba gained an early 11-6 lead in the first set and held the advantage through a 25-18 victory. Cuba broke a 9-all tie in the second set with five unanswered points and held off the Americans in a 25-22 victory. The Americans ran off six straight points in the third set to pull out in front 19-11 and finished with a 25-17 victory. The U.S. had five blocks and three aces in the third set. Team USA held a 19-16 lead in the fourth set, but Cuba saved two set points and scored the final four points for a 26-24 victory.
Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) led the Americans with 17 points with 14 kills, two blocks and an ace. U.S. captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) added nine kills, two aces and a block for 12 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) came off the bench to score nine kills and an ace for 10 points. Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) contributed seven points with six kills and a block all in the first two sets. Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tacked on five points with three kills, one block and an ace. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) each totaled four points, while Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) added two blocks and an ace for three points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with a point apiece.
Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied a team-high 17 digs with a 75 positive percent on a team-high 28 service receptions. Richards added 15 digs, followed by Haneef-Park’s 14 digs. Larson was credited with a 71 positive reception percent on 14 attempts to go with eight digs.
Cuba out-blocked the U.S. 14-9 and had a 57-50 margin in kills. The Americans held a slim 5-4 advantage in aces and Cuba had nine service errors to Team USA’s six. According to unofficial DataVolley statistics, Cuba converted 41 percent of its attacks into points for a .254 hitting efficiency with 21 errors, while the U.S. converted 40 percent of its attacks into kills as part of a .214 hitting efficiency with 24 errors.
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. Spicer started the final three sets after subbing into the match in the first set. Larson, Crimes, Richards subbed into the match during the second set and started the final two sets. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) was a reserve in both the first and fourth sets.
The USA-Cuba series has been intense over the years with the Cubans holding a 91-52 advantage since 1983. The Americans won all three meetings last year, including a sweep in the 2010 Montreux semifinals, a sweep in the 2010 Pan American Cup bronze-medal match and a four-set win to conclude the 2010 FIVB World Championship first round. However, Cuba won both 2009 meetings in five grueling sets, and both contests were played at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championships. At the 2008 Olympic Games, Cuba won the preliminary round match in three sets only to have the U.S. come back and defeat the Cubans in three convincing sets during the semifinals. From 2007 up until the 2008 Olympic Games, the two sides split six matches and four went the full five sets.
China, the Americans’ bronze-medal opponent on Sunday, has defeated the U.S. in the last two head-to-head Montreux Volley Masters matches, including a five-set win on this past Friday to conclude Pool A. The Chinese also defeated the Americans in last year’s Montreux Volley Masters gold-medal match, but now both teams will end the 2011 event playing each other for the bronze medal. The U.S. defeated China twice in 2010 at the FIVB World Grand Prix.
Yusidey Silie, the Cuban captain, scored a match-high 19 points with 13 kills and six blocks. Yanelis Santos added 14 kills and three blocks for 17 points in the win.
Earlier today in the 5-8 classification matches, Germany defeated Italy 25-8, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17 and Netherlands topped Peru 25-23, 26-24, 24-26, 25-20. Germany and Netherlands will play on Sunday for fifth place, while Italy and Peru end in a tie for seventh place.
Cuba scored three consecutive points to earn a 5-2 advantage in the opening set, then went into the first technical timeout leading 8-4 on back-to-back points. Cuba increased its margin to 11-6 on consecutive U.S. miscues. Kim Glass and Alisha Glass put up consecutive blocks followed by a Kim Glass kill to narrow the lead to 11-9. Cuba pushed the gap to five points at 17-12 with a 4-1 scoring run. Team USA called timeout down 21-15 after back-to-back Cuban points but could not stop the outcome with a 25-17 loss. Forsett led the Americans with seven points. Cuba gained seven points via U.S. errors in the opening set.
Tamas followed a kill with an ace and Haneef-Park crushed a kill to yield a 5-2 U.S. lead in the early part of set two. Cuba answered with three consecutive points to tie the set at 5-all, then went in front 7-6. Cuba expanded the lead to 14-9 with five unanswered points. The U.S. closed the gap to 15-12 with a Richards kill and Cuba error. The Americans cut the gap in half at 17-15 with a Harmotto kill and Cuba error. Cuba regained a four-point advantage at 20-16 with a block. Tamas connected for consecutive slide kills to slice the deficit to two at 21-19 leading to a Cuba timeout. Cuba went back in front by four at 23-19 following a block. Larson put up a block after a Richards kill to put the score back to within two at 23-21, but the U.S. could not make up the rest in a 25-22 loss. Tamas scored five points for the Americans in the second set and the Americans earned eight points off Cuban errors. However, Cuban had four blocks and 18 kills in the set to push in front two sets to none.
Larson scored a kill and ace and Cuba followed with an attack error to give the U.S. an early 3-0 lead in the third set. Cuba answered with back-to-back points to close to 3-2. The Americans gained the three-point lead back at 5-2 with a Haneef-Park kill and Cuba error. Cuba hammered back-to-back kills to cut the deficit to 5-4. Haneef-Park hit a back-row attack for a kill after a Cuba service error to go in front 7-4. However, Cuba came back yet again to close to 7-6. Crimes put up a block after a Haneef-Park to inch the U.S. lead to 10-7, only to have Cuba answer with three consecutive points to tie the score at 10-all. Crimes responded with back-to-back kills to give the Americans a 12-10 lead and Cuba a timeout. The U.S. increased its lead to 16-11 on four unanswered points with two Haneef-Park blocks around two Cuba attack errors. Out of the second technical timeout, the U.S. scored three additional points with kills from Haneef-Park, Larson and Richards to put the score at 19-11. Cuba stopped the six-point run with two straight points to close to 19-13. Crimes served an ace to push the lead to 21-13. Tamas put up a block between a Haneef-Park kill and ace to put the score at 24-14. Cuba saved three set points before the U.S. ended the set at 25-17 with a Spicer block. Haneef-Park scored nine points in the third set as the Americans produced five blocks and three aces.
The U.S. went in front 3-1 at the start of the fourth set with two Cuban errors and a Tamas kill. However, Cuba bounced back with two straight points to tie the set at 3-all. The U.S. gained an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout with a Tamas ace and Larson kill, but Cuba back out of the break with four straight points to take a 9-8 lead. The U.S. responded with kills from Larson and Haneef-Park and a Cuba error to return to an 11-9 advantage. Cuba answered with two straight points to knot the score at 11-all. A Larson kill and Cuba error pushed the U.S. lead to two at 13-11. Larson connected for a kill after a Cuba error to extend the U.S. advantage to 17-14. Cuba closed back to within one at 17-16. Team USA regained the three-point edge at 19-16 with kills from Spicer and Haneef-Park, only to have Cuba score the next two points to move back to one point. Cuba saved two set points to tie the set at 24-all, then scored the next two points to win 26-24.
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) def. Italy (4B) 25-8, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17
June 11: Netherlands (3B) def. Peru (4A) 25-8, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17
June 11: Japan (2B) def. China (1A) 25-22, 25-19, 25-23
June 11: Cuba (1A) def. USA (2B) 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 26-24
June 12: Germany versus. Netherlands, 11 a.m. (5th-Place Match)
June 12: USA versus China, 1:30 p.m. (Bronze-Medal Match)
June 12: Japan versus Cuba, 4 p.m. (Gold-Medal Match)