Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team overwhelmed Trinidad & Tobago 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 on Wednesday afternoon to conclude Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship being held Sept. 12-17 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, ends the three-team round-robin Pool B with a 2-0 record and the maximum 12 points in the group (six points for a 3-0 win). However, the Americans must await the outcome of the last two matches of the day to see if they advance directly to the semifinals or must play a quarterfinal match.
Should Team USA finish as either the first or second-best pool winner after Wednesday’s matches of Dominican Republic versus Cuba and Puerto Rico versus Mexico, it will advance directly to the semifinal round on Sept. 16. The third-best pool winner will join the second-place pool finishers in the quarterfinals on Sept. 15. The NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship concludes on Sept. 17 with the final classification matches. The event’s gold and silver medalist will earn tickets to the 2011 FIVB World Cup, the first 2012 Olympic Games qualification event, being staged Nov. 4-18 in Japan.
Trinidad & Tobago stayed close in the first set and held a 7-6 advantage until the Americans caught fire and scored 19 of the final 26 points. In the second set, Trinidad & Tobago went into the first technical timeout with an 8-6 advantage before the U.S. stormed back and controlled the rest of the set for a 25-16 victory. Team USA claimed a 25-11 victory in the third set with two different starters from the opening set.
“I was very happy with our team's performance, and both teams played hard,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I think it is important to respect the game by always playing hard. I thought we improved from yesterday and were pretty clean (in terms of errors). Trinidad & Tobago put up a nice block against us.”
The U.S. had 10 of its 12 players score during the match highlighted by Destinee Hooker’s (San Antonio, Texas) 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added nine points with eight kills and a block in two sets of action. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) totaled six kills for all her points with just one set start. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in three kills and three blocks for six points.
Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) provided Team USA with five points with three kills and two aces. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) collected three kills, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) pocketed two kills and a block for three points. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded two kills and an ace for three points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) scored two blocks and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) rounded out the scoring with a kill.
Berg set the U.S. to a 45.6 kill percent with 20 assists, which led to a .418 hitting efficiency (36-3-79). Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) charted a team-high nine digs for the Americans, while Tom tallied 11 of the squad’s 20 excellent receptions.
“I thought Trinidad & Tobago played a nice match,” said Tamas, the U.S. captain. “They are a very physical team.”
The U.S. limited its mistakes to eight for the entire match and held advantages in kills (36-28), blocks (8-5) and aces (4-0). Meanwhile, Trinidad & Tobago committed 27 errors in the match as it connected for just 36.4 percent of its attacks with a .194 hitting efficiency (28-13-77). Team USA held a 31-22 margin in digs.
McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match. Hodge entered as a sub in the second set and started in place of Larson in the third set. Tamas started the third set in place of Bown. Alisha Glass, Metcalf and Kim Glass all came off the bench in the third set.
Krystle Esdelle scored a match-high 12 points to lead Trinidad & Tobago. Kelly-Anne Billingy chipped in eight points in the loss.
“I think we are lucky to continue having the opportunities to play against one of the best teams in the world in the United States,” Trinidad & Tobago coach Francisco Cruz. “These matches allow our team to continue to play the best and improve.”
“The U.S. is one of the best teams in the world and I thought we played well,” said Esdelle, who is Trinidad & Tobago’s captain. “In the end, we lost focus.”
Trinidad & Tobago gained a 4-2 advantage early in the first set. Trailing 7-5, the U.S. scored five unanswered points with two kills and block from Akinradewo, a kill by Tom and opponent error. The Americans stretched the lead to 14-9 with four of the next five points that included kills by Hooker, Akinradewo and Larson. The U.S. extended the margin to 19-10 with a Larson kill around four Trinidad & Tobago errors on a 5-0 run. After Hooker and Larson notched consecutive kills at 21-11, the U.S. sided its way to a 25-14 victory.
As with the first set, Trinidad & Tobago held a slim 6-4 lead early in the second set. The U.S. took the lead at 10-9 with a Hooker block capping a 3-0 run that included a Larson kill. After Trinidad & Tobago knotted the score at 10-all, Larson capped a 6-0 run with two kills as Hooker served an ace during the spurt. Trinidad & Tobago narrowed the deficit to 19-15, only have Hodge and Tom connect for consecutive kills to regain a six-point edge at 21-15. The Americans scored the final four points of the set with kills from Hooker, Hodge and Akinradewo around a Tom ace for a 25-16 victory.
Team USA gained a 4-1 lead in the third set as Hodge and Tamas pounded kills around a Trinidad & Tobago error. However, Trinidad & Tobago battled back to tie the set at 6-all. The Americans stopped any momentum with 10 straight points going into the second technical timeout leading 16-6 with Kim Glass contributing two kills along with attacks by Tamas and Hodge around blocks by Berg and Akinradewo and four Trinidad & Tobago errors. Kim Glass served an ace after an Akinradewo block and Trinidad & Tobago error to push the advantage to 20-8. The U.S. reached set and match point at 24-10 with a Tamas block after a Metcalf kill and Trinidad & Tobago error. Hodge ended the set at 25-11 with a kill.
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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 def. Costa Rica 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 (Match 3)
Sept. 13: Mexico def. Costa Rica 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17 (Match 4)
Sept. 14: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, 8:10 p.m. (Match 9)
Sept. 12: Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 28-30, 25-22, 25-11 (Match 2)
Sept. 13: USA def. Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 (Match 6)
Sept. 14: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 (Match 7)
Sept. 12: Dominican Republic def. Panama 25-12, 25-10, 25-15 (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)