U.S. Women Set Preliminary World Grand Prix Roster

June 28, 2011, 4:21 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon has named the 20-player preliminary roster for the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix that begins Aug. 5.

McCutcheon has selected as part of his 20-player preliminary roster middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.), Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters in the mix for the final roster are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah).

Setters named to the preliminary roster are Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.). Opposites on the preliminary squad are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). Liberos on the roster are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

The U.S. Women will attempt to defend its FIVB World Grand Prix title won last year by winning their 11 matches in the tournament. The Americans have won the event in 1995, 2001 and 2010, along with consecutive bronze-medal finishes in 2003 and 2004. Akinradewo was named the most valuable player and Best Blocker in last year’s edition, while Alisha Glass was selected as Best Setter in her first senior-level FIVB-organized event of her career.

Nine of the 20 players on the World Grand Prix preliminary roster have Olympic Games experience, while 13 of 20 have played in the FIVB World Championships. Scott-Arruda is a four-time Olympian attempting to become the first American volleyball player to compete in five Olympics. Tom and Bown have played in three Olympic Games.

The U.S. Women open the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend (Aug. 5-7) at Luohe, China, with matches against host China, Serbia and Kazakhstan. The Americans travel to Komaki, Japan, for the second preliminary round weekend held Aug. 12-14 with matches against host Japan, Serbia and Dominican Republic. Team USA closes out the preliminary round phase with contests against Italy, Germany and Peru at Hong Kong Aug. 19-21.

The top seven teams during the preliminary round phase along with China will advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Aug. 24-28 at Macau. China earned the right to Final Round as the host country.

Prior to the FIVB World Grand Prix, the U.S. Women will be competing in the X Women’s Pan American Cup held July 1-9 at Juarez, Mexico. The U.S. will face Peru (July 1), Puerto Rico (July 2), Trinidad & Tobago (July 3), Costa Rica (July 4) and top-ranked Brazil (July 5) during Pool B action. After an off-day on July 6, the quarterfinals and classification round begins. The top two teams in both Pool A and Pool B advance to the directly to the semifinal round on July 8. The medal-round matches and final classification contests will be staged on July 9.

To view the U.S. Women's National Team Press Kit for the Pan American Cup, click here.

For more information on the FIVB World Grand Prix, click here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 – Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
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)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17- Mary ‘Nellie’ Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)
20 - Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Caoch:Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan