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Mar 07 U.S. Women Finish World Cup with Silver

Nov. 18, 2011, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dropped a 29-27, 25-23, 25-18 match to host Japan on Friday evening at Yoyogi National Stadium to finish with the silver medal in the FIVB World Cup.

Despite the loss, the U.S. (9-2, 26 points) achieved its primary goal of 2012 Olympic Games qualification one day earlier with a win over Italy. The silver medal also represent Team USA's highest finish in the FIVB World Cup after back-to-back bronze finishes in 2003 and 2007. However, Italy earned the FIVB World Cup gold medal with a 10-1 record after sweeping Kenya earlier Friday forcing the Americans to defeat Japan in either three or four sets to reach the top podium step.

The FIVB World Cup utilized a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The FIVB World Cup awarded 2012 Olympic Games berths to the top three teams. Along with the U.S., Italy earned a ticket to the Olympics with the gold medal and China took the bronze and the third Olympic Games spot. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Women’s tournament event page at usavolleyball.org.

The U.S. led 23-21 in the opening set and had four set points only to have Japan rally to win 29-27. Japan built a 20-16 lead in the second set, only have the U.S. save three set points before the host country finished the frame at 25-23. Japan used a 3-0 run to build a 15-11 lead in the third set and held on for the 25-18 victory.

“Obviously today we weren’t at our best,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Japan played well, certainly in the last half of the tournament; they’ve improved. The most important thing was to gain qualification and we’ve done that. So overall our feeling is one of very strong positive emotion, but obviously tonight a very strong negative emotion, too. But we’ll move on and learn from today’s experience and hopefully learn in the future.”

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) led the U.S. in scoring with 11 points via eight kills, two blocks and an ace. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 10 points on eight kills and two blocks. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), the Team USA leading scorer for the tournament and who was named the tournament's Best Spiker, was held to nine points on seven kills and two blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in seven points on five kills and two blocks. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) contributed six points, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) each tallied four points. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) added one point in the loss.

Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) contributed 22 assists leading to a 35.9 kill percent and .239 hitting efficiency (42-14-117). Meanwhile, Japan converted 40.6 percent of its attacks with a .304 hitting efficiency (56-14-138).

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) totaled a U.S. team-high six digs, while Larson added five digs and 11 excellent receptions on 18 errorless attempts.

“Tonight obviously Japan came out to play,” said Berg, the U.S. captain. “They’re a really good team and if the other team doesn’t come out to play… We had a lost opportunity; Japan played amazing… [pauses] I’m sorry if I’m emotional here, I just care a lot. But we qualified [for the Olympics] and that’s positive. We had a great tournament, but we had missed opportunities with Germany and tonight with Japan. I just want to win and that’s why I’m here. But overall it’s been positive.”

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.

The U.S. held a slim 8-6 margin in blocks, but it was not enough as Japan produced a 56-42 advantage in kills and a 4-2 edge in aces.

Yukiko Ebata led Japan with a match-high 21 points, while Saori Kimura charted 16 points.

“I knew that China won before the game so I told the team that we at least needed to win the last game in order to finish on a high note,” Japan coach Masyosi Manabe said. “Our defense was really good throughout, and I was really pleased it was working well. Our goal, of course, was qualification, and missing that was disappointing. But our players and staff did a good job overall, so I’m happy.”

On its path to Olympic qualification at the FIVB World Cup, the U.S. defeated No. 1 Brazil, No. 4 Japan, No. 5 Serbia, No. 6 China, No. 7 Italy, No. 13 Korea, No. 14 Dominican Republic, No. 15 Kenya, No. 17 Algeria and No. 20 Argentina. The U.S. lost only to No. 9 Germany.

In other matches today at Yoyogi, Italy (10-1, 28 points) bounced back from Thursday’s loss to the United States with a 25-6, 25-10, 25-17 victory over Kenya (0-11, 0 points). In a match that helped decide the bronze medal, China defeated Germany 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 to win the remaining FIVB World Cup ticket into the 2012 Olympic Games. At Tokyo Metropoltian Gymnasium, Serbia (5-6, 18 points) topped Algeria (1-10, 3 points) 25-19, 25-14, 25-18, Brazil swept Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-10, 25-17 and Korea edged Argentina 25-17, 28-26, 25-23.

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 - 10-1 - 28 points
USA - 9-2 - 26 points
China - 8-3 - 26 points
Japan - 8-3 - 24 points
Brazil - 8-3 - 21 points
Germany - 6-5 - 20 points
Serbia - 5-6 - 18 points
Dominican Republic - 5-6 - 12 points
Korea - 3-8 - 11 point
Argentina - 3-8 - 9 points
Algeria - 1-10 - 3 points
Kenya - 0-11 - 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 def. China 25-21, 31-29, 18-25, 19-25, 15-10
Nov. 16: Italy def. Germany 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-13, 15-13
Nov. 16: Japan def. Kenya 25-11, 25-10, 25-9
Nov. 17: China def. Kenya 25-9, 25-15, 25-10
Nov. 17: USA def. Italy 25-23, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21
Nov. 17: Japan def. Germany 25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 25-17, 15-12
Nov. 18: Italy def. Kenya 25-6, 25-10, 25-17
Nov. 18: China def. Germany 25-18, 25-18, 25-21
Nov. 18: Japan def. USA 29-27, 25-23, 25-18

Fourth Round Site B (at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium)
Nov. 16: Dominican Republic def. Serbia 14-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12
Nov. 16: Korea def. Algeria 25-17, 25-21, 25-15
Nov. 16: Brazil def. Argentina 25-20, 25-19, 25-9
Nov. 17: Dominican Republic def. Korea 25-19, 25-17, 26-28, 21-25, 15-12
Nov. 17: Brazil def. Algeria 25-18, 25-8, 25-13
Nov. 17: Serbia def. Argentina 25-15, 25-18, 25-23
Nov. 18: Serbia def. Algeria 25-19, 25-14, 25-18
Nov. 18: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-10, 25-17
Nov. 18: Korea def. Argentina 25-17, 28-26, 25-23

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