Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 12, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated Algeria 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 with a 16-3 block advantage Saturday evening to move to 6-1 at the FIVB World Cup at Okayama, Japan.
Team USA has earned 18 World Cup standings points and remains in second place behind undefeated and defending 2007 World Cup champion Italy (7-0, 20 points), which defeated top-ranked Brazil (5-2, 12 points) 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 earlier today at Sapporo. 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.
“I thought the team’s performance tonight was strong,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “We got to play a lot of players and I thought in a few key phases of the game we did a nice job. So, happy with the win and now focusing on the match tomorrow with the Dominican Republic, who we know is a strong team and will provide us with a good match.”
After closing out the third round on Nov. 13 versus Dominican Republic at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. Pacific Time), the U.S. travels to Tokyo for the fourth and final round. The Americans will face China on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. local time (6 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 15), Italy on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 16) and host Japan on Nov. 18 at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. Pacific Time).
“We know the Dominican Republic is a strong team that has had some injuries and were frustrated by their inconsistency at the beginning of this tournament, but they can compete with anyone in the world. I guess in lots of ways we weren’t surprised that they played such a good match today [against Germany] and there’s no reason to expect that they wouldn’t come out and play well again tomorrow. I think they can hurt you in many different ways. I think they’re serving well and have some good offensive rhythm.
The U.S. bolted to a 9-3 advantage in the opening set and never allowed Algeria to score on its serve in the 25-12 victory. After Algeria scored the first two points of the second set, the Americans scored eight of the next nine points and used nine blocks to form a 25-12 victory. Team USA picked up an early 5-1 lead in the third set and closed out the frame and match with the final nine points for a 25-9 victory.
The U.S. had seven players score at least five points in the match. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was selected the match’s most impressive player as she scored nine kills on 10 errorless attacks, two aces and a block with just one set start. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added 12 points with five blocks, four aces and three kills. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) contributed five kills on 10 errorless swings and four blocks for nine points. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) chipped in all seven of her points on kills via 14 attacks.
Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) provided four kills on four attacks, one block and one ace for six points in just the first set of action. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) charted three blocks, two kills and an ace for six points. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) scored three kills on four swings and two blocks for five points. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.
“I can’t be disappointed,” Tom said. “I think we’re in a good spot. We had some ups and downs, but going into these last few matches I think we have good momentum.”
The U.S. converted 58.6 percent of its attacks with a .552 hitting efficiency (34-2-58). Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) notched nine assists, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) added eight assists.
“Tonight we came out a little slower than we wanted to, but we cleaned it up towards the end of the first set and throughout, and it just gets us a step closer to our big goal,” said Berg, the U.S. captain. “We’re happy every game we get to play and compete and tomorrow we have the Dominican Republic, who’s a team that we play often. We’re going to come out, focus and try to get that win and keep going.”
Tom was credited with a team-high five digs, while Glass added four digs. Tamari Miyashiro provided two digs and two excellent service receptions on eight errorless attempts.
McCutcheon started Berg at setter, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Scott-Arruda and Bown at middle blocker and Hooker at opposite. Miyashiro was the designated libero for the match. Hodge started the second and third sets in place of Larson. Glass and Haneef-Park were subs in the first two sets before starting in place of Berg and Hooker, respectively, in the third set. Barboza started the third set in place of Tom.
The U.S. out-scored Algeria 8-0 from the service line and 34-24 on attacks, in addition to its 16-3 margin in blocks. The Americans limited their errors to six for the match as Algeria committed 17 mistakes. Algeria held a 25-18 margin in digs.
Safia Boukhima led Algeria with 10 points, while Yasmine Oudni charted eight points in the loss.
“First, congratulations to the USA,” Algeria coach Ahmed Boukacem said. “It was an excellent win for them. It was difficult for us without our two main attackers, but we tried to reduce our mistakes. I think as we play more games we are gaining some speed in our play, so I hope we can do better.”
In other matches today at Okayama, Dominican Republic (3-4, 8 points) upset Germany (5-2, 15 points) 30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12 and Argentina (3-4, 9 points) downed Kenya (0-7, 0 points) 26-24, 25-13, 25-16. In addition to the Italy’s sweep of Brazil Sapporo, China (5-2, 16 points) rallied to defeat Serbia (3-4, 11 points) 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 and Japan (4-3, 13 points) defeated (1-6, 4 points) 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 in an all-Asia confederation match.
Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit by visiting clicking here.
Scott-Arruda followed an Algeria error to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead to open the first set. Team USA extended the lead to 5-2 with a Larson kill and Bown block. Hooker scored consecutive back-row kills and Larson served an ace to yield an American 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout. Tom spiked an attack out of the break for a fourth straight U.S. point at 9-3. Bown served an ace to follow a Tom kill leading to an Algeria timeout at 11-4. The U.S. reached the second technical timeout leading 16-8 with a Hooker kill and Bown block. Larson took an overpass for a kill out of the break and Bown and Larson added blocks to extend the lead to 19-8 at an Algeria timeout. Team USA increased the lead to 24-11 with kills by Haneef-Park and Larson followed by an Algeria error. The Americans ended the set at 25-12 with an Algeria error. Larson scored six points in the opening set to pace the Americans, while Bown and Hooker each added five points. Teams USA scored four points on blocks and committed just one error.
Algeria scored the first two points of the second set. However, the lead was short-lived as Tom, Hodge and Scott-Arruda provided blocks around a Hooker kill for a 5-2 lead. Tom followed with an ace and Hodge crushed a kill for a sixth unanswered point at 6-2. Scott-Arruda and Hodge scored back-to-back block to send the U.S. into the first technical timeout leading 8-3. Back-to-back Algeria errors increased the U.S. lead to 10-4. Tom put up the Americans’ sixth block of the set, which was followed by a Hooker kill and three straight Algeria errors at 16-6. Out of the second technical timeout break, Bown served an ace for a sixth unanswered American point at 17-6. Algeria scored consecutive points for just the second time of the match to close to 17-8. Team USA scored three straight points on a kill and block by Haneef-Park kill after an Algeria timeout for a 20-8 advantage. Hodge followed an Algeria service error with a block and Haneef-Park gave the Americans set points at 24-10 with a kill. Algeria saved two set points before its fourth service error of the set ended the period with a 25-12 victory for the Americans. Hodge scored four points in the second set in leading the Americans.
The U.S. took a 2-0 lead in the third set with a Scott-Arruda kill and Hodge block. The Americans increased the margin to 5-1 with two Hodge kills around an Algeria error. Haneef-Park notched a kill and ace to yield a 7-2 lead. Algeria sliced the deficit to 8-5 with consecutive points out of the first technical timeout. U.S. answered with a Bown kill and ace around a Barboza block and Algeria error for a 12-5 margin. Haneef-Park notched back-to-back kills to create a 14-6 score. Haneef-Park pocketed a kill and ace on back-to-back plays and Bown followed with a block for a 19-9 American lead. Hodge added a block and Algeria hit wide out of an Algeria timeout for a 21-8 lead. Barboza got into the scoring column with a kill at 22-9, the sixth straight American point, followed by a Hodge kill on the next rally at 23-9. Team USA reached set and match point at 24-9 with an Algeria error. The Americans ended the set on a 9-0 scoring run with a Hodge block at 25-9. Haneef-Park tallied seven points in the third set, while Bown and Hodge added five points.
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 - 7-0 - 20 points
USA - 6-1 - 18 points
China - 5-2 - 16 points
Germany - 5-2 - 15 points
Japan - 4-3 - 13 points
Brazil - 5-2 - 12 points
Serbia - 3-4 - 11 points
Argentina - 3-4 - 9 points
Dominican Republic - 3-4 - 8 points
Korea - 1-6 - 4 point
Kenya - 0-7 - 0 points
Algeria - 0-7 - 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: Serbia def. Japan 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
Nov. 12: Italy def. Brazil 25-23, 25-16, 25-22
Nov. 12: China def. Serbia 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23
Nov. 12: Japan def. Korea 25-21, 25-18, 25-17
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 def. Germany 30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12
Nov. 12: Argentina def. Kenya 26-24, 25-13, 25-16
Nov. 12: USA def. Algeria 25-12, 25-12, 25-9
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.