Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 11, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, announced its 12-player roster for the 2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship taking place Sept. 12-17 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
McCutcheon turned in the 12-player roster that includes middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.). Outside hitters are Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah). Setters named are Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) an Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.). Opposites are Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). The libero is Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.).
All 12 players were part the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal team last month.
“We are excited and ready to compete at the NORCECA Championship,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “Obviously our goal is to qualify for the FIVB World Cup. We have been working hard this summer to improve as a team and this tournament gives us another opportunity to do that.”
The U.S. Women have been placed in the three-team Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship. Team USA receives a bye on Sept. 12 before facing Canada on Sept. 13 at 8:10 p.m. Puerto Rico Time (5:10 p.m. Pacific Time) and Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. Puerto Rico Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time). Should the U.S. finish as one of the top two first-place teams in the three pools, it will bypass the quarterfinal round on Sept. 15 and advance directly to the semifinal on round on Sept. 16. The two teams reaching the gold-medal match on Sept. 17 will also receive tickets to the FIVB World Cup along with their NORCECA podium medals.
Among the 12 players competing in Puerto Rico this week, Hooker leads the team in scoring average with 5.20 points per set during the 2011 season. She has 44.5 kill percent leading to 4.51 kills per set to go with 0.49 blocks per set. Akinradewo has averaged 3.29 points per set in 2011, including a .439 hitting efficiency and 0.84 blocks per set. Tom has added 3.21 points per set with a 2.47 dig average. Larson has contributed 2.85 points and 1.85 digs per set in 2011, while Bown has collected 2.48 points. Hodge has averaged 3.88 points per set with a 44.9 kill average while playing in 43 percent of the possible sets in 2011. Berg has helped the squad to an overall .294 team hitting efficiency. Davis has started in 96 of the possible 100 sets at libero, claiming a 3.08 dig average according to unofficial DataVolley stats.
The Americans are 21-7 in 2011 with 16 of its 28 matches against teams in the top 10 of the FIVB World Ranking. The U.S. averages 2.98 blocks per set in 2011 compared to its opponents’ 1.79 blocks per set. The serve-receive game has also favored Team USA with a 1.49 ace average in 2011 while allowing just 0.69 aces per set. The American defense has allowed teams to convert just 35.5 percent of its attacks as part of a .181 hitting efficiency.
While the Americans have gained confidence on the court with two successful years netting a 49-20 record since the start of 2010, the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship is a new tournament with an ever-expanding number of teams capable of pulling an upset. At the last biennial NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in 2009, the U.S. did not medal in the event for the first time since 1971 and did not reach the gold-medal match for the first time since 1989. USA and Cuba, the main rivals for the gold medal over the past five decades, had played against each other in 16 of the last 17 finals and both lost in the 2009 NORCECA semifinal matches. The Americans had won the event five times with 11 silver medals during a 22-year period of the biennial event, along with a bronze medal in the first-ever event in 1969. Cuba was the defending champion in the event and had won 13 of the previous 21 NORCECA Championships.
Dominican Republic captured the 2009 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold medal after earning the bronze medal in five of the previous six tournaments. Puerto Rico earned the silver medal during its first-ever trip to the NORCECA podium.
For additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2011 NORCECA Continental Championship, visit usavolleyball.org/events/8347.
All matches during the 2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship will have Live Stats that can be accessed through the NORCECA event page clicking here.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
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 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
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 Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Schedule
Caguas, Puerto Rico * Sept. 12-17
Times Listed as Puerto Rico Time and Subject to Change
Sept. 12: Puerto Rico vs. Costa Rica, 8:10 p.m. (Match 3)
Sept. 13: Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 4 p.m. (Match 4)
Sept. 14: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, 8:10 p.m. (Match 9)
Sept. 12: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 p.m. (Match 2)
Sept. 13: USA vs. Canada, 8:10 p.m. (Match 6)
Sept. 14: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (Match 7)
Sept. 12: Dominican Republic vs. Panama, 3 p.m. (Match 1)
Sept. 13: Panama vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. (Match 5)
Sept. 14: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (Match 8)
Sept. 15: 3rd HR2 vs. 3rd HR3, 4 p.m. (Match 10)
Sept. 15: 2nd HR1 vs. 2nd HR2 (or 2nd HR3), 6 p.m. (Match 11)
Sept. 15: 1st HR3 vs. 2nd HR3 (or 2nd HR2), 8:10 p.m. (Match 12)
Final Classification 7-8
Sept. 16: 3rd HR1 vs. Winner of Match 10, 4 p.m. (Match 13)
Sept. 16: 1st HR2 vs. Winner Match 11/12, 6 p.m. (Match 14) Sept. 16: 1st HR1 vs. Winner Match 12/11, 8:10 p.m. (Match 15)
Final Classification 5-6
Sept. 17: Loser Match 11 vs. Loser Match 12, 4 p.m. (Match 16)
Sept. 17: Loser Match 14 vs. Loser Match 15, 6 p.m. (Bronze)
Sept. 17: Winner Match 14 vs. Match 15, 8:10 p.m. (Gold)