U.S. Women Down Serbia, Now 2-0 at World Cup
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team improved to 2-0 at the FIVB World Cup as Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) scored 22 points in a 25-16, 27-25, 25-20 victory over Serbia on Saturday at Nagano, Japan.
Team USA has now defeated No. 1 Brazil and No. 5 Serbia to begin the FIVB World Cup. Brazil and Serbia finished second and third, respectively, behind the U.S. at the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix – the premier annual women’s international tournament.
The Americans face Korea on Sunday at 6:20 p.m. local time (2:20 a.m. Pacific Time). The FIVB World Cup is a 12-team field competing in a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Nov. 18 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Women’s tournament event page at usavolleyball.org/events/8883.
The U.S. gained a 15-10 advantage in the first set with a 4-0 run, then closed out the 25-16 victory with five of the final six points. Serbia scored consecutive points only once in the first set. Team USA rallied from 19-17 deficit in the second set to win 27-25 after saving two Serbia set point opportunities. The Americans scored five blocks in the set. Team USA scored the final five points of the third set as Hooker scored an ace at 25-20 to close out the match. The U.S. had started the third set with a 5-1, only to have Serbia tie the score at 15-all.
“I’m very happy to win today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I think our team performed admirably. I think it’s been a very difficult beginning for us facing Brazil and Serbia, but happy to be at the end of those two matches with two wins. I thought my team used a lot of emotional energy yesterday (against Brazil), but we had some strong individual performances today.”
Hooker, designated as the match’s most impressive player, scored 19 kills on 35 swings, two aces and a block as part of her match-high 22 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed 12 kills on 30 attacks, four blocks and an ace for 17 points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in six kills on 10 swings and four blocks for 10 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) totaled six kills on eight attacks and three blocks for nine points. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) rounded out the scoring with three kills and an ace for four points.
Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) provided 39 assists in helping the U.S. to a 47.4 kill percent and .361 hitting efficiency (46-11-97). Serbia was held to a 39.6 kill percent and .226 hitting efficiency (42-18-106).
“We’re thrilled to be 2-0 after playing against two of the best teams in the world,” said Berg, who is serving as team captain. “Serbia came out with a different lineup than we’re used to, so we had to concentrate and get used to some players we don’t know. But we’re happy with the win today.”
Larson totaled 27 of the Americans’ 33 excellent service receptions on 44 attempts. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) contributed a team-high eight digs, while Tom added seven digs.
McCutcheon started Berg at setter, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker and Hooker at opposite. Davis was the designated libero for the match.
Team USA held a 12-8 advantage in blocks and a 4-1 margin in aces. The Americans forged a 46-42 edge in kills and limited their errors to 10 in the match. Serbia committed 15 errors in the loss. Serbia held a 30-24 advantage in digs and produced a 58.8 excellent service reception percent to the Americans’ 54.4 percent.
“Congratulations to the USA,” Serbia Head Coach Zoran Terzic said. “We know they are one of the best teams in the world and we didn’t expect we could win before the game. We tried to do our best, but at this moment the USA is better than Serbia. In some periods of the game, we played very well, but I don’t know if that was because the USA played badly or we played good. But in some parts, I’m very satisfied with how we played.
Earlier this year, the U.S. defeated Serbia 3-0 in the FIVB World Grand Prix semifinal round after the two teams split a pair of preliminary round matches.
Stefana Veljkovic paced Serbia with 15 points, while Ana Bjelica added 11 points and Britzitka Molnar charted 10 points.
Germany defeated Korea 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 earlier today at Nagano, while Brazil meets Kenya to conclude the day in the same city. At Hiroshima, Dominican Republic downed Algeria 25-7, 25-15, 25-20 and Italy edged China 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12. Japan hosts Argentina later today to conclude the day at Hirorshima.
Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit by clicking here.
The U.S. used a 4-1 scoring run to take a 4-2 advantage early in the first set after four different players scored capped by a Hooker block. Serbia leveled the score at 7-all following a Team USA error. The Americans regained a two-point separation at 9-7 with a Hooker kill following a Serbia service error. Bown and Larson picked up consecutive kills to prompt Serbia to call timeout trailing 13-10. Out of the break, Hooker served an ace off the net and Bown hit a slide attack to increase the advantage to 15-10. Team USA extended its advantage to 19-13 at Serbia’s second timeout after a Hooker kill and Serbia attack error. Larson scored two kills around a block on three consecutive rallies to push the American lead to 23-15. The U.S. ended the set at 25-16 with a Hooker kill and Serbia error. Hooker scored a team-high nine points in the set, while Larson added five points.
Serbia notched the first two points of the second set and increased its margin to three points at 5-2 after a U.S. error. Team USA closed to within one at 5-4 after Serbia committed a service and attack error. Serbia regained a three-point cushion at 7-4. Larson followed a Hooker back-row kill with an ace to slice the deficit to 7-6. Serbia scored a point on both sides of the first technical timeout to push its lead to 9-6. The Americans answered with two Serbia errors to move back to within one at 9-8. Again Serbia responded with two straight points to regain a three-point separation at 11-8. Consecutive blocks by Larson and Bown closed the gap to 13-12, then Larson tied the set at 13-all with a kill at a Serbia timeout. Out of the break, Larson scored another kill and Serbia hit wide to push the U.S. in front 15-13. Serbia knotted the score at 17-all with a block, then went in front 18-17 at a USA timeout. Out of the break, Serbia scored a fourth straight point to jump the advantage to 19-17. Team USA tied the set at 19-all with a Tom kill and Akinradewo block. After a Serbia service error, Akinradewo put up a block to send the U.S. in front 22-21 prompting a Serbia timeout. Serbia reached set point 24-23 on an ace by Veljkovic. Bown downed consecutive kills to reverse the lead to the U.S. at 26-25 following two Serbia set point opportunities. Bown then ended the set at 27-25 with a slide attack. Larson and Hooker each scored six points in the set, while Bown’s final three points of the set gave her four for the stanza.
Larson followed an Akinradewo kill with back-to-back kills and a block to yield a 5-1 U.S. advantage early in the third set. Serbia narrowed the gap to 7-6 with a 4-1 scoring run. Team USA regained a three-point edge at 9-6 with an Akinradewo block after a Serbia service error. Serbia closed to 12-11 with consecutive points and knotted the score at 15-all. Team USA regained a two-point cushion at 18-16 with a Hooker kill, her 20th point of the match, and a Serbia attack error forcing it into a timeout. Out of the break Tom served an ace and Hooker hammered a kill to extend the American lead to 20-16 on four straight points. Serbia answered with consecutive blocks and a kill to move within one at 20-19. The U.S. regained a three-point advantage at 23-20 on a Larson kill and Bown block, then reached match point 24-20 on a Serbia error. Hooker scored the final point on an ace at 25-20, which marked her seven point of the third set. The U.S. limited its errors to just two in the third set.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
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)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
14 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: 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 Doctors: Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill and Dr. William Briner, Jr.
Scouts: Guiseppe Vinci, Jenni Hirneisen
Nutritionist: Shawn Dolan
Chiropractor: Dustin Glass
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
FIVB Women’s World Cup Field
Team (Qualification Method, Jan. 15 World Ranking, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South American Champions, 1, 1)
USA (NORCECA Champions, 2, 2)
Japan (Hosts, 3, 4)
Serbia (European Champions, 9, 5)
China (Asia Champions, 6, 6)
Italy (Wild Card, 4, 7)
Germany (European runner-up, 10, 9)
Korea (Asian bronze medalist^, 18, 13)
Dominican Republic (NORCECA runner-up, 13, 14)
Kenya (African Champions, 23, 15)
Algeria (African runnerup, 15, 17)
Argentina (Wild Card, 25, 20)
FIVB World Cup Standings
Team – Record – Points
Germany – 2-0 – 6 points
USA – 2-0 – 6 points
Italy – 2-0 – 5 points
China – 1-1 – 4 points
Serbia – 1-0 – 3 points (11/5 vs. USA)
Argentina – 1-0 – 3 points (11/5 vs. Japan)
Dominican Republic – 1-1 – 3 points
Brazil – 0-1 – 0 points (11/5 vs. Kenya)
Japan – 0-1 – 0 points (11/5 vs. Argentina)
Kenya – 0-1 – 0 points (11/5 vs. Brazil)
Korea – 0-2 – 0 points
Algeria – 0-2 – 0 points
POINTS NOTE: 3 points for 3-0 or 3-1 win, 2 points for 3-2 win; 1 point for 3-2 loss; 0 points for 3-0 or 3-1 loss
FIVB Women’s World Cup Schedule
First Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 4: China def. Algeria 25-13, 25-14, 25-19
Nov. 4: Argentina def. Dominican Republic 18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22
Nov. 4: Italy def. Japan 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15
Nov. 5: Dominican Republic def. Algeria 25-7, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 5: Italy def. China 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12
Nov. 5: Japan vs. Argentina, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 6: Dominican Republic vs. Italy, 11 a.m.
Nov. 6: Argentina vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
Nov. 6: China vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m.
First Round Site B (at Nagano White Ring)
Nov. 4: Serbia def. Korea 27-25, 25-22, 25-22
Nov. 4: Germany def. Kenya 25-19, 25-14, 25-8
Nov. 4: USA def. Brazil 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19
Nov. 5: Germany def. Korea 25-20, 25-16, 25-15
Nov. 5: USA def. Serbia 25-16, 27-25, 25-20
Nov. 5: Brazil vs. Kenya, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 6: Kenya vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 6: Germany vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 6: USA vs. Korea, 6:20 p.m. (2:20 a.m. PT)
Second Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 8: China vs. Dominican Republic, 11 a.m.
Nov. 8: Italy vs. Argentina, 3 p.m.
Nov. 8: Japan vs. Algeria, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 9: Argentina vs. China, 11 a.m.
Nov. 9: Algeria vs. Italy, 3 p.m.
Nov. 9: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m.
Second Round Site B (at Toyama City Gymnasium)
Nov. 8: USA vs. Kenya, 11 a.m. (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 7)
Nov. 8: Korea vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 8: Serbia vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 9: Kenya vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 9: Brazil vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Nov. 9: USA vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Third Round Site A (Sapporo Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center)
Nov. 11: Italy vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: China vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: Japan vs. Serbia, 7:20 p.m.
Nov. 12: Italy vs. Brazil, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: China vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: Japan vs. Korea, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 13: Italy vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: China vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: Japan vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.
Third Round Site B (at Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Nov. 11: Dominican Republic vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: Algeria vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: USA vs. Argentina, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 12: Dominican Republic vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: Argentina vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: USA vs. Algeria, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 13: Argentina vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: Algeria vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Fourth Round Site A (at Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium)
Nov. 16: USA vs. China, 11 a.m. (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 15)
Nov. 16: Italy vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Japan vs. Kenya, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: China vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: USA vs. Italy, 3 p.m. (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 16)
Nov. 17: Japan vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Italy vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: China vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 18: USA vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Fourth Round Site B (at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium)
Nov. 16: Dominican Republic vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 16: Algeria vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Argentina vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: Dominican Republic vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: Algeria vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 17: Argentina vs. Serbia, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Algeria vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
Nov. 18: Argentina vs. Korea, 5 p.m.