Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team returned to the FIVB World Cup win column with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Argentina Friday evening at Okayama, Japan.
Team USA, now 5-1 and in second place with 15 points in the FIVB World Cup standings, will face Algeria (0-6, 0 points) on Saturday, followed by a Sunday encounter with NORCECA rival Dominican Republic (2-4, 6 points). Both matches start at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. Pacific Time).
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.
Team USA broke a 4-all tie in the opening set with a 12-2 scoring run to take a 16-6 advantage, then closed out the set with a 25-12 victory. The U.S. raced to a 9-4 advantage in the second set and cruised to the 25-15 victory. The Americans used a key 4-0 run to take a 12-7 lead in the third set, then withstood a late Argentina run to win 25-19.
“We’re happy to win tonight,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Obviously, every win in this tournament is important. We know Argentina and I think our group was able to come out and control a lot of the elements of the game from the beginning and we made it difficult for them. So I was very happy that we were able to play hard and to make some improvements in a few areas from some of the things we were doing at the beginning of the tournament so I’m very satisfied with our performance.”
Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the U.S. with a match-high 14 points with nine kills on 16 errorless attacks, three blocks and two aces. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), designated as the most impressive player of the match by the local organizers, and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) each totaled 11 kills and two blocks for 13 points. Akinradewo scored her points with 19 attacks, while Hooker totaled her 11 kills on 18 errorless swings. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in six points on nine errorless attacks, all on kills.
Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied four points with three kills on four attacks and a block all in the third set. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) charted two kills and an ace for three points, Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) contributed two kills in a reserve role. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) each scored a kill, while Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a block.
Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) provided the Americans with 16 assists leading to a 54.8 kill percent and .476 hitting efficiency (46-6-84). The U.S. defense held Argentina to a 30.8 kill percent and .198 hitting efficiency.
“Today, we continued our journey to get to London and to qualify,” said Berg, the U.S. captain. “Every day we step on the court with a new opponent with respect for the other team, but we have to stay focused on what our plan is and what we’re doing. Today we did that and came out very focused and put the smiles back on our faces from our last game and it was a positive day for USA. Now it’s done and we continue tomorrow.”
Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) contributed 12 digs for the Americans. Hodge, despite just one set played, turned in a team-high seven excellent receptions on 12 errorless attempts. Tom added six excellent receptions on nine chances.
“The World Cup is a very unique tournament,” McCutcheon said. “You play this round-robin format and it’s really a marathon event, but it’s a very fair way to play – everyone plays everyone. It’s a great tournament. All teams have to learn the importance of consistency and the importance of embracing the moment of the competition. Every day you have to go to battle and unless you’re prepared for that and unless you train accordingly it can get a little overwhelming.
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. Scott-Arruda and Hodge started the third set in place of Bown and Larson, respectively. Glass and Haneef-Park were subs in all three sets, while Barboza was a sub in the third set.
Team USA held a 9-3 block advantage and scored a 3-0 margin in aces. The Americans managed a 46-28 advantage in kills. Further, the U.S. passing netted a 25-17 edge in digs and a 53.9 service reception efficiency (21-39) without any errors. Argentina managed just a 26.2 reception efficiency on 65 serve-receive chances.
Leticia Boscacci paced Argentina with eight kills, while Lucia Fresco added seven kills.
“I want to congratulate my colleagues for the win today,” Argentina coach Horacio Bastit said. “We knew before the match there was a big difference between the two teams, but we set our goals about how many points we should get. For moments in the game we did that, but in general it was not a good game for us. The important thing at this stage is to get international experience, which is important and to learn from each match against big teams. We must learn from these teams. Now I want to play against the other teams and enjoy the experience. We learn from every match, especially playing against teams like USA. The positive thing about today is that we could serve well and you always learn from a team that plays good in blocking and defense.”
In other matches today at Okayama, Dominican Republic defeated Kenya 25-18, 25-14, 26-28, 25-19 and Germany blitzed Algeria 25-10, 25-8, 25-19. At the third round’s site A in Sapporo, Italy topped Korea 25-15, 25-12, 25-17, Brazil edged China 25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15 and Japan hosts Serbia later today.
Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit by clicking here.
Consecutive Larson kills gave the U.S. its first lead of the opening set at 4-3, then consecutive errors by Argentina gave the Americans a 6-4 advantage. Hooker and Akinradewo collected back-to-back kills to extend the Team USA lead to 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Akinradewo added a block out of the break and Argentina followed with an attack error to increase the margin to 10-5. Team USA doubled up Argentina at 12-6 with consecutive kills by Tom and Hooker, then Argentina called timeout after hitting into the net at 13-6. Akinradewo scored a fourth straight American point with a block, followed by an Argentina attack error at 15-6. Akinradewo pushed the U.S. into the second technical timeout leading 16-6 with a kill. Tom and Akinradewo collected back-to-back kills to yield an 11-point American lead at 18-7. Hooker and Larson tallied kills to force Argentina to call timeout down 20-8. Tom gave the Americans set points with a block at 24-11 after an Argentina service error. Team USA finished off the set at 25-12 thanks to Argentina’s fourth service error of the set. Hooker collected six points in the opening set to pace the Americans, who had just three errors in the set.
The U.S. picked up an early 4-1 lead in the second set after kills from Akinradewo and Hooker, followed by a Tom ace. Team USA reached the first technical timeout leading 8-4 with kills from Larson and Tom. Out of the break, Tom won a joust at the net to push the margin to 9-4. Tom followed a Hooker kill with an ace to lift the Americans to a 13-7 advantage. Akinradewo and Larson put down consecutive kills to extend the lead to 15-8. Argentina sliced off two points on the lead at 15-10. Tom put up a block after Haneef-Park’s first kill for an 18-11 lead. Argentina cut the deficit to 19-14 with consecutive points, only to have the U.S. regain the seven-point edge at 21-14 with a Tom kill and Argentina attack error into the antenna. Out of an Argentina timeout, Tom put up a block and Akinradewo followed with a kill to push the score to 23-14. Team USA ended the set at 25-15 on a Hooker kill. Tom finished the set with nine points, including two aces and two blocks.
The U.S. earned the first two-point lead of the third set with a Hooker block after an Argentina service error, then Hodge extended the lead to 5-2 with a kill. Argentina sliced the deficit to one at 7-6. Akinradewo downed consecutive attacks and followed a Hooker overpass kill with a block to send the score to 12-7. Akinradewo and Tom scored back-to-back kills and Argentina hit off the antenna to produce a 16-9 U.S. lead at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Scott-Arruda picked up a block for a 17-9 advantage. Argentina earned back-to-back points to close to 17-11. Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park hammered kills and Hodge followed with an ace to build a 21-12 American lead. Argentina stopped the 3-0 American run with two straight points at 21-14. Argentina scored four straight points to narrow the gap to 23-19. Team USA ended the set with a Barboza block and Glass second contact kill at 25-19. Hodge scored five points for the Americans 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
Italy - 6-0 - 17 points
Germany - 5-1 - 14 points
China - 4-2 - 13 points
USA - 5-1 - 15 points
Brazil - 5-1 - 12 points
Japan - 3-2 - 10 points (11/11 vs. Serbia)
Serbia - 2-3 - 8 points (11/11 vs. Japan)
Dominican Republic - 2-4 - 6 points
Argentina - 2-4 - 6 points
Korea - 1-5 - 4 point
Kenya - 0-6 - 0 points
Algeria - 0-6 - 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 def. Korea 25-15, 25-12, 25-17
Nov. 11: Brazil def. China 25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15
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 def. Kenya 25-18, 25-14, 26-28, 25-19
Nov. 11: Germany def. Algeria 25-10, 25-8, 25-19
Nov. 11: USA def. Argentina 25-12, 25-15, 25-19
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.