US Women Take Break to Enjoy Opening Ceremony

By Bill Kauffman | July 27, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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LONDON (July 27, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team opens its 2012 Olympic Games on July 28 against Korea at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT), but carved out a handful of hours to enjoy the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening in London.

For five-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony came with a different set of emotions.

“Well this time I was filled with different emotions, the thrill of walking with all of USA Olympic delegation, taking pictures to capture the moment, and then the feeling of gratitude came over me,” Scott-Arruda, a middle blocker, said after the Opening Ceremony. “My thought was ‘Wow I am here. I made it once again... thanks team, thanks family and friends, fans and thank you Jesus’ while I was blinking back tears of joy.”

Setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), captain of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, enjoyed one last Olympic Games Opening Ceremony as she has announced she will retire at the conclusion of the London Games.

“I wanted to experience this moment with my teammates,” Berg said. “Nothing can replace these opportunities that we are so fortunate to have. For the third time it was magical, inspiring and emotional. Let the games begin....”

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), a two-time Olympian, stated that it really is difficult to capture words that describe the feeling of stepping foot on the Olympic Stadium grounds during the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

“It's impossible to capture in a photograph or describe in words the experience of walking into the stadium with the crowd and the lights, the American delegation chanting ‘USA, USA, USA!’” Davis said. ”It's a priceless moment.”

Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a first-time Olympian, felt a mix of positive emotions and expressed it to her family and friends through social media.

“Opening Ceremony was a blast!” Akinradewo said on her Facebook page. “This has been a lifelong dream and I'm so happy and blessed to finally be on this stage surrounded by spectacular athletes. Many thanks to all who have supported me throughout the

2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
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)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
10 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
11 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
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.)
Technical Coordinator: Giuseppe Vinci (Casteggio, Italy)
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy (Malibu, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Doctor: Dr. William Stetson

Media Clippings on the U.S. Women's National/Olympic Volleyball Team

USA Volleyball Non-Match Press Releases
July 25: U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team Looking to Write a New Story
July 3: USA Volleyball Nominates U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team

U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team Schedule/Results
July 28: vs. Korea, 8 p.m. Local/noon PT (DataVolley, Photos)
July 30: vs. Brazil, 4:45 p.m. Local/8:45 a.m. PT (DataVolley, Photos)
Aug. 1: vs. China, 8 p.m. Local/noon PT (DataVolley, Photos)
Aug. 3: vs. Serbia, 8 p.m. Local/noon PT (DataVolley, Photos)
Aug. 5: vs. Turkey, 8 p.m. Local/noon PT (DataVolley, Photos)
Aug. 7: Quarterfinal TBA (DataVolley, Photos)
Aug. 9: Semifinal TBA (DataVolley, Photos
Aug. 11: Medal Round TBA (DataVolley, Photos

2012 Olympic Games Women’s Volleyball Schedule

Pool A (World Ranking): Japan, Italy, Russia, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Great Britain

Pool B (World Ranking): USA, Brazil, China, Serbia, Turkey, Korea

Pool Play Standings
Pool A: Algeria 0-0 (0 points), Dominican Republic 0-0 (0 points), Great Britan 0-0 (0 points), Italy 0-0 (0 points), Japan 0-0 (0 points), Russia 0-0 (0 points)
Pool B: Brazil 0-0 (0 points), China 0-0 (0 points), Korea 0-0 (0 points), Serbia 0-0 (0 points), Turkey 0-0 (0 points), USA 0-0 (0 points)

July 28: Algeria vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
July 28: China vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m.
July 28: Great Britain vs. Russia, 2:45 p.m.
July 28: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 4:45 p.m.
July 28: USA vs. Korea, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
July 28: Brazil vs. Turkey, 10 p.m.

July 30: China vs. Turkey, 9:30 a.m.
July 30: Serbia vs. Korea, 11:30 a.m.
July 30: Dominican Republic vs. Russia, 2:45 p.m.
July 30: USA vs. Brazil, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 30: Italy vs. Japan, 8 p.m.
July 30: Great Britain vs. Algeria, 10 p.m.

Aug. 1: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: Algeria vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 1: Serbia vs. Turkey, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 1: Great Britain vs. Italy, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 1: USA vs. China, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 1: Brazil vs. Korea, 10 p.m.

Aug. 3: Brazil vs. China, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 3: Japan vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 3: Turkey vs. Korea, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 3: Great Britain vs. Dominican Republic, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 3: USA vs. Serbia, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 3: Algeria vs. Italy, 10 p.m.

Aug. 5: Algeria vs. Dominican Republic, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 5: China vs. Korea, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 5: Great Britain vs. Japan, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 5: Italy vs. Russia, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 5: USA vs. Turkey, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 5: Brazil vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 7: Quarterfinal Matches at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 9: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 11: Women’s Bronze Medal Match, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 11: Women’s Gold Medal Match, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Women’s Gold Medal Ceremony, 8:20 p.m.