Women Top Korea, Improve to 3-0 at FIVB World Cup

Nov. 06, 2011, 6:23 a.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 6, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team overwhelmed Korea 25-10, 25-12, 25-13 with a 14-0 block advantage on Sunday at Nagano, Japan, to improve to 3-0 at the FIVB World Cup.

With the victory, the U.S. moved into sole possession of first place with nine points and is one of two undefeated teams (Italy is 3-0 with eight points). After a travel day from Nagano to Toyama, Japan, Team USA resumes World Cup action versus African champion Kenya on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. Japan Time (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 7).

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. opened the first set with a 5-1 lead and limited Korea to only one point on its own service in cruising to a 25-10 victory. Korea managed just three kills and an ace in the opening set as its six other points were on U.S. errors. Team USA cruised to an 11-3 lead in the second set and went on to a 25-12 victory as the Americans played 10 players in the set. Korea stayed close in the third set until a 4-0 run by the Americans created a 10-4 margin and pushed the U.S. to a 25-13 victory.

“I’m very happy with today’s match,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Our team was very good today. It’s important as the tournament progresses that we continue to improve with every match and I thought we did that today. Korea is a good team and can cause you a lot of problems, but our group was very focused and determined, and I thought they executed at a high level. Hopefully we can continue that as we go to the next site. Lastly, thanks to the local organizers here in Nagano. It’s been great to be here and we look forward to the rest of the competition.”

The U.S. had eight players reach the scoring column, including 15 points coming off the bench. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) scored five kills on eight errorless attacks, four blocks and three aces for 12 points. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) matched her 12 points with nine kills on 14 errorless attacks and three blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed seven kills on 14 swings and a block for eight points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) came off the bench to pocket six kills on 10 swings and two blocks for eight points.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) provided seven points on five kills and two blocks. Tayibba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) charted six points on five kills via 11 attacks and a block. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) tacked on three kills on three attacks and a block for four points. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

The U.S. converted 55.4 percent of its attacks into points and produced a .500 hitting efficiency with just four attack errors (41-4-74). Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) totaled 22 assists and was named the most impressive player of the match, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) came in off the bench to add 10 assists. Meanwhile, Korea converted only 19.8 percent of its attacks with a negative .044 hitting efficiency (18-22-91).

“Tonight was a great night for USA Volleyball,” Berg said. “We came out very determined – probably more determined than the last two nights – and came out to take care of business. I’m happy that we won tonight and happy to come out of the first leg 3-0, and we’re ready to take it to the next stop and continue on this road.”

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied seven excellent receptions on eight attempts for the U.S., which tallied a 58.1 excellent reception percent as a team. She added a team-high five digs, while Tom chipped in four 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. Hodge came into the match in the second set and started the third set in place of Larson. Haneef-Park subbed in the first two sets, then started in place of Hooker in the third set. Glass was a sub in all three sets, while Scott-Arruda and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) were subs in the third set.

In addition to its 14-0 block advantage, the U.S. held a 41-18 margin in kills and 3-1 edge in aces. Team USA also managed a 19-17 advantage in digs.

Youn-Joo Hwang led Korea with six points, while Yeon-Koung Kim added five points in the loss.

Earlier today in Nagano, Serbia (2-1, 6 points) defeated Kenya (0-3, 0 points) 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-11 and Brazil (2-1, 6 points) handled previously unbeaten Germany (2-1, 6 points) 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21. At Hiroshima’s first-round site, Italy (3-0, 8 points) overcame a slow start to defeat Dominican Republic (1-2, 3 points) 28-26, 25-13, 25-12, Argentina (2-1, 6 points) beat Algeria (0-3, 0 points) 25-18, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16 and China rallied past host Japan 20-25, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13.

Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit clicking here.

The U.S. scored the first three points of the first set as Akinradewo collected back-to-back kills after a Tom spike. Team USA stretched the lead to 5-1 after Korea committed a service error and attack error prompting an early timeout. The Americans reached the first technical timeout leading 8-3 after a Hooker block and Larson kill. Out of the break, Larson hit a cross-court winner to extend the lead to 9-3. Hooker and Tom connected for consecutive kills to increase the margin to 11-4. Bown and Akinradewo combined for back-to-back kills to provide the Americans a 13-5 margin at Korea’s second timeout. The U.S. scored seven straight points on a kill each by Akinradewo Hooker, two Larson kills, blocks by Hooker and Bown and capped by an Akinradewo ace to push the score to 22-8. After Korea scored its first consecutive points to close to 22-10, the U.S. scored the final three points with kills by Hooker and Larson around a Korea error for a 25-10 victory. Akinradewo led the U.S. with six points in the opening set, while Larson and Hooker added five points. The Americans out-blocked the Koreans 4-0.

Akinradewo provided the U.S. a 4-2 lead in the second set with an ace after a Korea service error. Team USA added the to the advantage with a Larson kill after a Korea attack error to force Korea into a timeout down 6-2. Out of the break, Bown scored a kill and Larson put up a block for a sixth straight point going into the first technical timeout leading 8-2. Haneef-Park scored a block between two Korea errors as the Americans built an 11-3 advantage. Korea scored consecutive points at 13-7. Hooker pocketed a kill and block on back-to-back points to give the Americans a 16-8 lead at the second technical timeout. Hodge knocked down a kill and Akinradewo followed with her third ace to lift the U.S. in front 18-9. The American advantage reached 12 points at 24-12 after kills from Hooker and Hodge and a block by Akinradewo around a Korea error. Team USA concluded the set at 25-12 as Korea hit long for a fifth unanswered American point. Hooker tallied seven points in the set to pace the Americans, which tallied four blocks and two aces in the stanza.

The Americans opened the third set with an Akinradewo blocks and Korea error for a 2-0 advantage. Hodge followed a Korea error with a kill for a 4-1 advantage. The U.S. went into the first technical timeout leading 8-4 with a Tom kill after a Korea error. Out of the break, Tom added a block and Korea hit long for a 10-4 U.S. advantage. Team USA raised the advantage to 14-7 with a Haneef-Park kill and Hodge block. The Americans reached a 19-11 lead with a Scott-Arruda kill and block by Akinradewo. Haneef-Park and Hodge connected for back-to-back kills at 21-12, then Korea had an attack error at 22-12. Haneef-Park gave the Americans match point at 24-13 with a kill after a Korea service error. Hodge ended the set with a kill at 25-13.

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 World Cup Standings
Team – Record – Points
USA – 3-0 – 9 points
Italy – 3-0 – 8 points
Germany – 2-1 – 6 points
Brazil – 2-1 – 6 points
Serbia – 2-1 – 6 points
Argentina – 2-1 – 6 points
China – 2-1 – 6 points
Japan – 1-2 – 4 points
Dominican Republic – 1-2 – 3 points
Algeria – 0-3 – 0 points
Kenya – 0-3 – 0 points
Korea – 0-3 – 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 def. Argentina 25-19, 25-11, 25-20
Nov. 6: Italy def. Dominican Republic 28-26, 25-13, 25-12
Nov. 6: Argentina def. Algeria 25-18, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16
Nov. 6: China def. Japan 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13

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 def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-9
Nov. 6: Serbia def. Kenya 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-11
Nov. 6: Brazil def. Germany 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21
Nov. 6: USA def. Korea 25-10, 25-12, 25-13

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.