U.S. Women Step Closer to Olympic Berth

Nov. 13, 2011, 6:33 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2011) - Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) scored a match-high 26 points as the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated NORCECA rival Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-19, 25-14 Sunday evening to move to 7-1 at the FIVB World Cup at Okayama, Japan.

The U.S. has now earned 21 World Cup standings points and remains in second place behind undefeated and defending 2007 World Cup champion Italy (8-0, 23 points), which rallied from a slow start to defeat Serbia (3-5, 11 points) 29-27, 25-19, 25-20 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.

The U.S. travels to Tokyo for the fourth and final round and 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).

Five of the top six teams in the tournament will all be competing at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium in the fourth round. Italy has matches against fourth-place Germany (6-2, 18 points), USA and last-place Kenya, while the Americans will face third-place China (6-2, 19 points), Italy and host Japan (5-3, 16 points), which is in fifth-place. In addition to its match against the Americans, China will face Kenya and Germany.

After Dominican Republic scored the first three points of the opening set including two aces, the U.S. used an 8-1 scoring run to command an 8-4 lead and finished out the set with a 25-21 victory. Team USA rallied from a 16-14 deficit in the second set using an 8-1 scoring run to establish a 22-17 advantage and closed the set at 25-19. The U.S. controlled the third set from the start with an 8-0 scoring run leading to an 11-2 advantage and 25-14 victory.

“We’re very happy with the win tonight,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “As always in this tournament, every win is critical. The Dominicans played a fantastic match yesterday and were strong again today, but I just thought our team was a little crisper and a little cleaner, and we were able to turn a few points and that helped us in the first couple of sets.”

Team USA entered the match having defeating Dominican Republic three of four times in 2011, including a sweep during the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold-medal match that officially qualified the Americans into the FIVB World Cup. The U.S. has now won 11 of the last 13 FIVB competition matches with Dominican Republic.

Hooker reached her 26 points with 19 kills on 26 attacks, four blocks and three aces. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) contributed 10 kills on 12 errorless attacks and two blocks for 12 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) charted eight points with seven kills on 12 swings and a block. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) provided six kills on 17 attacks, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added five kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) used 38 assists to set the Americans to a 55.3 kill percent and .494 hitting efficiency (47-5-85). The U.S. held Dominican Republic to a 38.4 kill percent and .232 hitting efficiency (38-15-99).

“Tonight was a very important night for us to finish this round strong going into the last round,” said Berg, the U.s. captain. “We’ve played the Dominican team a lot and have a lot of respect for them. They have very physical players and we have to come out to play a tough game every time we play them. Tonight, they came out strong again and we’re really happy for our victory.”

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) was credited with a team-high 10 digs along with 10 excellent receptions on 14 attempts. Larson added 13 excellent receptions on 23 attempts.

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. Glass was a late sub in the third set.

Team USA limited its errors to eight for the entire match while the Dominican Republic committed 17 errors. The U.S. built a 47-38 margin in kills. The Americans held an 8-6 block advantage and a slim 3-2 margin in aces. Team USA turned in a 56.3 excellent reception percent as a team with two errors (coming within the first three points of the match) on 48 attempts. Dominican Republic managed a 35-29 advantage in digs.

Bethania De La Cruz de Pena led Dominican Republic with 14 points, while Milagros Cabral de la Cruz added 13 points in the loss.

“Today we had some problems,” Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek said. “Last night we had a very intense match and Prisilla Rivera has a knee injury from the continental championship. So after playing five sets last night, she wasn’t able to play today. And during the warm-up, No. 11 Jeoselyna Rivera twisted her ankle, so it was a tough battle against the USA. But the team played at a better level here. We have three more tough matches to play and we want to do our best in those matches in Tokyo.”

In other matches today at Okayama, Germany (6-2, 18 points) recovered from yesterday’s loss to defeat Argentina (3-5, 9 points) 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 and Algeria (1-7, 3 points) rallied past Kenya (0-8, 0 points) 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 in a battle of African Confederation rivals. In addition to Italy’s win over Serbia at Sapporo, China (6-2, 19 points) handled Asia rival Korea (1-7, 4 points) 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 and host Japan (5-3, 16 points) upset top-ranked Brazil (5-3, 12 points) 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 to close out the matches on Sunday in Sapporo.

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

Dominican Republic’s De La Cruz scored the first two points of the opening set with aces and Cabral added a kill at 3-0. Hooker answered with a block and kill followed by an Akinradewo kill to knot the score at 3-all. Team USA went into the lead at 5-3 on a Dominican Republic error and Akinradewo kill. Hooker pounded a kill for the sixth straight point on Tom’s serve leading to a Dominican Republic timeout. Team USA reached the first technical timeout leading 8-4 after kills by Akinradewo and Hooker. The U.S. extended the lead to 13-8 with a Hooker kill after a Dominican Republic service error. Larson and Bown downed kills to increase the American lead to 17-11. The teams traded the next 11 points until Dominican Republic was able to score three unanswered in a row to close to 22-19. Team USA ended the set by siding out to 25-21, capped by a Dominican Republic attack error. Hooker scored a team-high nine points in the opening set to pace the Americans.

Dominican Republic opened the second set with a 2-0 lead and extended the lead to 4-1. Dominican Republic doubled-up the score at 8-4 going into the first technical timeout. The U.S. cut the gap to 8-7 with a Hooker kill and two Akinradewo blocks out of the break. Team USA leveled the score at 9-all with an Akinradewo kill and service winner from Berg that Dominican Republic could not control. Dominican Republic regained a two-point edge at 12-10 and maintained the lead to the second technical timeout at 16-14. The U.S. tied the score at 16-all with kills by Tom and Akinradewo out of the break, then Hooker provided the Americans a 17-16 lead with a kill off the block. Following a Dominican Republic timeout, Akinradewo hammered a kill and Hooker followed with a block and overpass kill forcing Dominican Republic to call timeout after yielding a 6-0 run through Berg’s serve. Hooker added another block after a Tom kill to extend the U.S. lead to 22-17. Team USA reached set points at 24-18 with a Bown block after an Akinradewo kill. The U.S. won the set 25-19 on a Dominican Republic service error. Hooker totaled eight points in the set as the Americans scored five blocks in the second set.

Hooker and Bown scored consecutive kills to yield a 3-1 American lead early in the third set. Team USA increased its lead to 7-2 with a Hooker kill and three straight Dominican Republic errors. Hooker served an ace for a fifth straight American point increasing their lead to 8-2 at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Hooker slammed a back-row kill and Dominican Republic committed its fourth error of the third set to extend the lead to 10-2. Out of Dominican Republic’s second timeout, Bown capped the 8-0 run with a kill at 11-2. Dominican Republic narrowed the gap to 12-6 with a 4-1 scoring spurt. Hooker responded with consecutive back-row kills to regain an eight-point lead at 14-6. Dominican Republic scored the first two points out of the second technical timeout to narrow the deficit to 16-10. Akinradewo, Larson and Tom notched three consecutive kills to increase the American lead back to nine at 19-10. Hooker ended a long rally with a kill to double-up Dominican Republic at 20-10. Consecutive Dominican Republic errors and Hooker scored back-to-back aces gave Team USA set points at 24-11. Dominican Republic saved three match points before its fifth error of the set and 17th of the match ended the frame at 25-15.

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 - 8-0 - 23 points
USA - 7-1 - 21 points
China - 6-2 - 19 points
Germany - 6-2 - 18 points
Japan - 5-3 - 16 points
Brazil - 5-3 - 12 points
Serbia - 3-5 - 11 points
Argentina - 3-5 - 9 points
Dominican Republic - 3-5 - 8 points
Korea - 1-7 - 4 point
Algeria - 1-7 - 3 points
Kenya - 0-8 - 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 def. Serbia 29-27, 25-19, 25-20
Nov. 13: China def. Korea 25-12, 25-8, 25-16
Nov. 13: Japan def. Brazil 26-24, 25-19, 25-23

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: Germany def. Argentina 25-22, 25-17, 25-18
Nov. 13: Algeria def. Kenya 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23
Nov. 13: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-19, 25-14

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.