U.S. Women Ease by Kenya to Go 4-0 at World Cup

Nov. 07, 2011, 11:12 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2011) – Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) scored 20 points to lead the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 victory over African Champion Kenya on Tuesday morning at Toyama, Japan, to improve to 4-0 at the FIVB World Cup.

Team USA, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, is atop the 12-team FIVB World Cup standings with 12 points. Italy, the only other undefeated team in the tournament with eight points, plays Argentina (2-1, 6 points) later on Tuesday in Japan. Argentina is one of five teams which entered the second round with 2-1 records and six points.

The FIVB World Cup uses 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.

Kenya battled back from an 11-4 deficit in the opening set to close to 14-11, but the U.S. collected eight of the final 10 points for a 25-16 victory. Team USA broke a 2-all tie in the second set with eight unanswered points and cruised to a 25-12 victory. The Americans battled back from a 13-9 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 14-all, then used a key 3-0 run to take a 23-19 advantage en route to closing out the set 25-21.

“I’m very happy with the win today,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Obviously, in the World Cup, every win is important and valuable. I thought Kenya was much improved and certainly hit the ball in the court a lot and dug a lot of balls. It was not an easy match, but my team stayed focused and that was important. Now, we look to tomorrow and our next match and to keep the tournament going.”

Team USA, using six new starters from its first three matches in the FIVB World Cup, continued its undefeated streak in the Olympic Games qualification tournament. Hodge, who was named the match's most impressive player by the local organizers, reached her match-high 20 points with 15 kills on 28 attacks and five blocks. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) tallied eight kills, four aces and a block for 13 points. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) contributed seven kills on 12 errorless attacks, one block and one ace for nine points. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) charted six kills and an ace for seven points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) recorded three blocks and a kill for four points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Glass provided 25 assists in the match leading the U.S. to a 43.5 kill percent and .341 hitting efficiency (37-8-85). Meanwhile, Kenya converted just 33.0 percent of its attacks as part of a .202 hitting efficiency (31-12-94).

“First, I want to congratulate Kenya for coming out in the fourth match and always competing, and showing great energy, which shows a lot for the sport,” U.S. captain Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) said. “Also, today was a big day for USA – we got us our fourth win and in this tournament every win is important. And we got to rest some players because this is a very long tournament and some players got to play that we’re going to need down the road.”

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) provided a team-high eight digs in the victory, while Hodge added seven digs and six excellent service receptions on nine errorless chances.

McCutcheon started Glass at setter, Hodge and Barboza at outside hitter, Scott-Arruda and Tamas at middle blocker and Haneef-Park at opposite. Davis was the designated libero for the match.

Team USA dominated the service line with an 11-3 advantage in aces. The Americans, who had just 11 errors in the match to Kenya’s 21, produced a slim 6-5 margin in blocks. The U.S. out-scored Kenya 37-31 on kills. Team USA held a 20-15 advantage in digs.

Kenya captain Brackcides Khadambi led her squad with 12 points, while Lyida Maiyo and Mercy Moim each collected seven points.

“Today, it was a good match and an interesting match, and the USA played very well,” Khadambi said. “On my side, my team also played good – we received and attacked and tried to retrieve their spiked balls, so for us it was a good match.”

In other matches later today at Toyama, Brazil (2-1, 6 points) faces Korea (0-3, 0 points) at 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 7), followed by Serbia (2-1, 6 points) and Germany (2-1, 6 points) in a battle of two of five teams deadlocked with a 2-1 record to start the second round. China (3-1, 9 points) opened the second round with a 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 victory over Dominican Republic (1-3, 3 points) in Hiroshima. In other matches today in Hiroshima, Italy (3-0, 8 points) takes on Argentina at 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 7) and Japan (1-2, 4 points) hosts Algeria (0-3, 0 points) at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. PT).

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

Hodge scored three kills around a Haneef-Park ace and Kenya error to yield a 6-2 American lead in the opening set. The U.S. extended the lead to 11-4 with kills from Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park, a Tamas block and Kenya error. Three American attack errors and a Kenya ace trimmed the deficit to 11-8. Team USA regained a 14-8 lead with a Barboza kill and Tamas block after a Kenya service error. Kenya sliced the gap to three at 14-11 with three unanswered points. After Kenya stayed close to 17-14, the U.S. scored eight of the final 10 points with Hodge scoring three kills and two aces as part of the 25-16 victory. Hodge ended the set with eight points.

The Americans earned their first lead of the second set at 3-2 on consecutive Scott-Arruda kills. Hodge added a kill prior to Scott-Arruda’s third kill of the set at 5-2. Haneef-Park collected two kills around a Kenya error for an 8-2 American lead at the first technical timeout. Out of the break Hodge and Scott-Arruda slammed kills for the Americans’ seventh and eighth straight points at 10-2. Hodge pocketed a kill and ace on back-to-back plays for a 12-4 margin. Consecutive Barboza kills and Haneef-Park block increased Team USA’s advantage to 16-5 at the second technical timeout. Consecutive Kenya errors and a Haneef-Park ace pushed the American lead to 21-8. Kenya trimmed the deficit to 22-12 with three straight points including two American errors. Scott-Arruda served an ace after a Kenya service error to yield set points at 24-12. Barboza ended the set at 25-13 on a cross-court winner. Scott-Arruda scored five points in the set, while Hodge added four points. Team USA garnered five aces in the second set.

Kenya reached the third set’s first technical timeout leading 8-7 as neither team held more than a point lead with three lead changes. Kenya reached a 10-7 advantage on an ace capping a 4-0 run going into the Americans’ first timeout. Kenya increased its advantage to 12-8 following a block. Team USA sliced the gap to 13-12 with a Scott-Arruda block, Kenya error and Hodge ace. The U.S. leveled the score at 14-all with a Hodge back-row kill and Kenya error. Barboza and Hodge hammered back-to-back kills out of the second technical timeout and Barboza added an ace to yield an 18-16 American lead at a Kenya timeout. Hodge collected a kill and ace to inch the U.S. lead to 22-19. Scott-Arruda added a block as part of a 3-0 run to a 23-19 advantage. Team USA captured the match at 25-21 with a service error. Hodge tallied eight points in the set to lead the Americans.

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 – 4-0 – 12 points
China – 3-1 – 9 points
Italy – 3-0 – 8 points (11/8 vs. Argentina)
Germany – 2-1 – 6 points (11/8 vs. Serbia)
Brazil – 2-1 – 6 points (11/8 vs. Korea)
Serbia – 2-1 – 6 points (11/8 vs. Germany)
Argentina – 2-1 – 6 points (11/8 vs. Italy)
Japan – 1-2 – 4 points (11/8 vs. Algeria)
Dominican Republic – 1-3 – 3 points
Algeria – 0-3 – 0 points (11/8 vs. Japan)
Kenya – 0-4 – 0 points
Korea – 0-3 – 0 points (11/8 vs. Brazil)
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 def. Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18
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 def. Kenya 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
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.