Associate Director of Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 1, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Training Team defeated the Japan Girls’ Youth National Team 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 on Tuesday evening in a friendly exhibition match held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.) and Becky Perry (Austin, Texas) paced the U.S. with 16 points apiece. Carlson charted 10 kills on 17 attacks as part of a .412 hitting efficiency while adding five aces and a block. Perry tacked on six kills, six aces and four blocks in the victory. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) led the Americans to a .274 hitting efficiency and 45 kill percent from her setter position. Carlson, Perry and Hagglund were all part of the University of Washington program last fall. Kaitlin Sather (Santa Rosa, Calif.) contributed five kills on nine attacks to go with a block for six points.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Hagglund at setter, Carlson at opposite, Perry and Sather at outside hitter, and Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.) at middle blocker. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was the libero for the match. Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.) and Julianne Piggott (Newport Beach, Calif.) entered as subs in the third set.
Rounding out the U.S. scoring were Gibbemeyer with five points, Piggott with three points, Benson with two points and Johnson with one point.
Banwarth turned in a 54 percent excellent service reception on 13 attempts. Perry was credited with 13 reception attempts.
Japan was by Kasumi Nakaya’s 12 points on eight kills, three aces and one block. Yui Asahi and Aya Horie each added seven points.
Team USA held an 11-9 advantage in aces and limited the visiting Japan Girls’ Youth National Team to a negative .034 hitting efficiency. The Americans forged a 10-3 block advantage as Japan committed 27 hitting errors to the USA’s eight. The Japan Girls’ Youth National Team did have a 46 percent positive service reception to the USA’s 38 percent.
In the first set, the U.S. broke free from a 7-6 advantage by scoring 14 of the next 15 points establishing a 21-7 lead. The Americans went on to win the set 25-11. After holding a 16-11 lead at the second technical timeout of the second set, Japan fought to within one point at 20-19 before the U.S. scored five of the final six points. Team USA inched to leads of 8-7 and 16-12 at the third set technical timeouts and held on for a 25-19 victory.
The two teams will meet again as part of the 2011 USA-Japan Winter Series on Wednesday evening at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. The match starts at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Admission is $5 per person with all tickets purchased at the door.
The U.S. Women’s National Training Team is currently in its winter training block that runs through mid-April.
Japan’s Girls’ Youth National Team, which has qualified for the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth (U-18) World Championship, is being hosted by the U.S. Women’s National Team during an eight-day training block in Anaheim. The Japanese squad arrived in California on Feb. 25 and leaves on March 4. During its stay, the team will train several times at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim. Gen Kawakita, an assistant coach on Japan’s Girls’ Youth National Team, was a volunteer assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the last Olympic Quadrennial and served as USA’s top assistant coach at the 2007 Pan American Games.
U.S. Women’s National Training Team Roster for Scrimmages
# - Name (Position, Hometown, College)
1 – Kayla Banwarth (Libero, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
2 – Ashley Benson (Middle Blocker, Bloomington, Ind., Indiana University)
3 – Kindra Carlson (Opposite, Eaton, Colo., University of Washington)
4 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (Middle Blocker, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
5 – Jenna Hagglund (Setter, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
6 – Naomi Johnson (Middle Blocker, Bloomington, Minn., Northwestern University)
7 – Carli Lloyd (Setter, Bonsall, Calif., University of California-Berkeley)
8 – Becky Perry (Outside Hitter, Austin, Texas, University of Washington)
9 – Kari Pestolesi (Outside Hitter, Huntington Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
10 – Julianne Piggott (Outside Hitter, Newport Beach, Calif., UC Irvine)
11 – Kaitlin Sather (Outside Hitter, Santa Rosa, Calif., UCLA)
13 – Dominique Olowolafe (Middle Blocker, Lansing, Mich., Cal Poly)
14 – Cami Croteau (Libero, Orange, Calif., Cal State Fullerton)
17 – Ellie Blankenship (Libero, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jenni Hirneisen (Parachute, Colo.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)