U.S. Women Look to Rebound at FIVB World Cup

Nov. 09, 2011, 6:05 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, which ended the FIVB World Cup second round with a 4-1 record and in second place with 12 standings points, will continue its march to Olympic qualication in the third round that starts Nov. 11.

Team USA started the Olympic qualification tournament being held in Japan with wins over No. 1 Brazil (4-1, 10 points), No. 5 Serbia (2-3, 8 points), No. 13 Korea (1-4, 4 points) and No. 15 Kenya (0-5, 0 points) before falling to No. 9 Germany (4-1, 11 points) on Wednesday. The Americans trail only undefeated Italy (5-0, 14 points) in the 12-team tournament that will send the three medal finishers to the 2012 Olympic Games.

After a travel day to Okayama, Japan, the U.S. returns to action on Nov. 11 against Argentina (2-3, 6 points) to start the third round. The Americans also play Algeria (0-5, 0 points) on Nov. 12 and NORCECA rival Dominican Republic (1-4, 3 points) on Nov. 13 in third-round action in Okayama. All three matches will be played at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. Pacific Time). Team USA will end the tournament in Tokyo with fourth-round matches against No. 6 China (4-1, 12 points) on Nov. 16, No. 7 Italy on Nov. 17 and No. 4 Japan (3-2, 10 points) on Nov. 18.

For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Women’s tournament event page at usavolleyball.org/events/8883.

“If someone had asked me coming out of the first round if you were 4-1 would you be happy, I would have to say yes,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said after Team USA suffered its first loss of the FIVB World Cup on Wednesday to end the second round. “We have a lot of the tournament to go and I’m sure that we’ll learn from tonight and we’ll be better tomorrow.”

Half the tournament field is within four standings points of each other heading into the final six matches of the tournament. The Americans’ third round opponents are in eighth place (Argentina), 12th place (Algeria) and 10th place (Dominican Republic). However, the fourth stage in Tokyo picks up against third-place China, first-place Italy and sixth-place Japan.

“Nobody said this tournament was going to be easy,” U.S. Women’s National Team captain Lindsey Berg said. “It would have been great to go into the next round 5-0, but we’re still 4-1 and our heads are high and we’re going to keep fighting like we do and continue one game at a time. It’s a long tournament.”

“As we go through this tournament it’s inevitable that there will be some adversity and it’s really about how your teams choose to deal with that, so hopefully our team will respond appropriately," McCutcheon said.

Through the first two rounds and five matches, Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is the Americans’ leading scoring with 69 points (60 kills, 4 blocks, 5 aces) to ranked 10th overall among all players despite not playing an entire match against Kenya. She ranks second in Best Spiker with a 46.9 kill percent (60-128) and 14th in Best Server with 0.31 aces per set.

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) has scored 48 points (26 kills, 19 blocks, 3 aces) for 25th place among Best Scorers in the tournament. She ranks first in Best Blocker with a 1.19 block average per set, despite missing an entire match as the normal starters did not compete versus Kenya.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranks 15th in Best Spiker with a 38.6 kill percent (32-83). Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) has averaged 0.50 blocks per set for 10th place in Best Blocker. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), who has started just one of five matches, ranks 15th in Best Server with a 0.31 ace average.

Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) has handed out 9.38 assists per set for fourth place in Best Setter. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) has averaged 2.94 digs per set for sixth place in Best Digger, while ranking 10th in Best Receiver with a 53.4 service reception efficiency (50-88). Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) has contributed a 58.6 service reception efficiency (61-99) for sixth place in Best Receiver.

In team rankings, the U.S. has converted 45.4 percent of its attacks for points for the third-best percent in the tournament as China leads the category at 46.3 percent. While an unofficial category, the Americans hold a tournament-leading .362 team hitting efficiency (232-47-511). Team USA is the second-rated team in blocking with a 3.25 block average behind Italy’s 3.33 average. The Americans average 1.56 aces per set for third place as both Germany and Argentina average 2.06 aces per set. The U.S. averages 12.00 assists per set for third in the team setting category.

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

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
Italy - 5-0 - 14 points
USA - 4-1 - 12 points
China - 4-1 - 12 points
Germany - 4-1 - 11 points
Brazil - 4-1 - 10 points
Japan - 3-2 - 10 points
Serbia - 2-3 - 8 points
Argentina - 2-3 - 6 points
Korea - 1-4 - 4 point
Dominican Republic - 1-4 - 3 points
Kenya - 0-5 - 0 points
Algeria - 0-4 - 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 def. Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18
Nov. 8: Italy def. Argentina 25-19, 25-10, 25-19
Nov. 8: Japan def. Algeria 25-8, 25-10, 25-17
Nov. 9: China def. Argentina 25-10, 25-18, 25-23
Nov. 9: Italy def. Algeria 25-14, 25-14, 25-15
Nov. 9: Japan def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-16

Second Round Site B (at Toyama City Gymnasium)
Nov. 8: USA def. Kenya 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
Nov. 8: Brazil def. Korea 22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 15-8
Nov. 8: Germany def. Serbia 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11
Nov. 9: Korea def. Kenya 25-21, 25-15, 25-14
Nov. 9: Brazil def. Serbia 21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12
Nov. 9: Germany def. USA 32-30, 25-19, 26-24

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.

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