COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 20, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked number-one in the world by the FIVB, collected one additional honor for 2012 by being named the USA Volleyball Indoor Team of the Year.
The U.S. Women ended the 2012 season with an amazing 30-2 record using varied lineups in three different tournaments netting two gold medals and a silver medal. In the pinnacle event, Team USA came within two sets of claiming its first-ever Olympic Games gold medal. The Americans won their first seven matches at the 2012 Olympic Games in London to reach the gold-medal match for the second consecutive Olympics. The U.S. then reeled off a 25-11 opening set win over defending Olympic champion Brazil, but came up short in a four-set loss.
"Our team had a great season in 2012 and we're honored to receive this recognition from USA Volleyball," said 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon.
“We made an incredible run,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team captain Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) said. “We were undefeated all summer (one loss without the Olympians) and with 25 girls playing many different spots. Obviously it is disappointing, but obviously it is an incredible journey to do what we did the last four years. I am proud of my team and have no regrets with what I left on the court.”
Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was selected as the best spiker of the 2012 Olympic Games women’s volleyball competition. She converted 136 of 290 attacks into points for a .379 hitting efficiency to top the Best Spiker Category. Further, she ranked second among all players in scoring with 161 total points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) ranked in a tie for 10th place in scoring with 95 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) finished with 80 points for 16th place in scoring. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranked 20th in scoring with 75 points. Davis (Stockton, Calif.) held a 74.3 excellent reception percent for fifth in Best Receiver and averaged 3.59 digs per set for sixth in Best Digger. Overall, she was second in Best Libero with an 8.30 average per set. Berg, despite missing the quarterfinal match, ranked fourth overall in Best Setter with 9.74 running sets average.
The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team opened the 2012 season by capturing the 20th Annual FIVB World Grand Prix title with an undefeated 14-0 record. The victory marked the third consecutive year – and fifth time overall – that the U.S. won the 16-team premier international women’s volleyball competition. In the process, Team USA became just the second country to win the FIVB World Grand Prix for three consecutive years.
The U.S. roster composition changed significantly week-to-week during the World Grand Prix, but that did not stop the team’s momentum on court as everyone contributed to the victory. The U.S. had 17 players compete at some point during 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix and all 17 had at least two starts. The balanced squad featured 11 players with at least five starts each and contributing to the gold-medal cause. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) was named the most valuable player and best scorer of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. She scored a Final Round-best 103 points and finished second in best spiker with a 43.8 kill percent, third in best digger with 1.84 per set and seventh in best blocker with a 0.68 average.
Team USA continued its dominance on the court at the XI Women’s Pan American Cup, despite sending a team void of 2012 Olympians competing against two squads laden with Olympic athletes. The Americans finished pool play with a 4-1 record with their only loss to Cuba. However, Team USA bounced back to defeat Olympics-bound Dominican Republic to win its pool and followed that up with another win over Dominican Republic in the semifinals. The U.S. Women then rallied from two sets down to defeat Olympics-bound Brazil in five sets for its first Pan Am Cup gold medal since 2003.
Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), the most valuable player of the Pan Am Cup, scored a Team USA season-high 35 points with 32 kills, two aces and a block in the title match. She also pulled in the Best Scorer award with 128 points in seven matches.
The U.S. Women also hosted Bulgaria in a three-match challenge series July 14-18 in Southern California in which the Americans won each contest with a different leading scorer.
During the course of 2012, a total of 26 athletes played in at least two international matches for the U.S. Women contributing to the 30 total wins. To review the cumulative DataVolley stats for the squad, click here. For the 2012 results, click here.