Preview of U.S. Women vs China

By Bill Kauffman | July 31, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

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LONDON (July 31, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team will have another epic showdown in Olympic Games pool play on Wednesday at Earls Court in London as it faces China in a battle of undefeated teams searching for the outright lead in Pool B.

Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), has already been battled tested in the first two matches of the 2012 Olympic Games with victories over a Korea and No. 2 Brazil, both in four sets. Korea has become a rising power over the last couple years with Yeon-Koung Kim leading the way as the top scorer in the tournament with 63 points – 19 more than second-best scorer Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) of the United States. In a much anticipated match between No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, the Americans topped Brazil on the second day of competition. The contest was a rematch of the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match in which the Brazilians came away with a four-set victory.

Now Team USA will be test once again by No. 3 China, which has four-set wins over Serbia and Turkey to start the 2012 Olympic Games. Earlier this year, the Americans defeated the Chinese in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round finale to capture their third straight World Grand Prix title. Absent from that match were Hooker, Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu).

During the 2011 FIVB World Cup, the U.S. dropped China in a five-set thriller in which Hooker scored 39 points (unofficial DataVolley stats). The Americans would go on to finish with the silver medal at the World Cup and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. Earlier in 2011, Team USA won a three-set match over China as Hooker totaled 19 points in the opening weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix.

During Olympic Games competition, the U.S. and China have split six matches. The Americans won the most recent contest with a thrilling five-set victory during pool play at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Overall, China holds an 85-36 record over Team USA in women’s volleyball since 1983.

Team USA’s offense has been paced by first-time Olympians. Hooker, who has become a dynamic and terminating opposite, leads the U.S. offense at the Olympics with 44 points on 41 kills and three blocks. Hooker ranks fourth in Best Spiker with a .391 hitting efficiency (41-7-87). Meanwhile, Larson ranks seventh overall in scoring with 34 points via 30 kills, three blocks and an ace. She also ranks eighth in Best Scorer with a .333 hitting efficiency and third in Best Receiver with an 83.3 excellent reception percent on 36 chances and just one error. Akinradewo has added 24 points for 22nd in overall scoring. Tom, a four-time Olympian, has 21 points and is sixth in Best Receiver with an 80.9 excellent reception percent.

Davis, the starting libero, ranks fourth in Best Digger with a 4.25 dig average, while both Tom and Larson average 2.63 digs per set for 16th place. Davis also ranks fourth in Best Libero with an average of 9.00 digs and excellent receptions. Berg is the fourth rated setter with an 11.38 running set average.

China is paced by Ruoqui Hui through the first two matches with 35 points for fourth place in Best Scorer. Junjing Yang follows with 27 points and star Yimei Wang with 25 points. Yunli Xu ranks fourth in Best Blocker with 0.88 per set, while Yang has added 0.75 blocks per set. Xian Zhang ranks second in Best Digger with 5.00 digs per set and is third in Best Libero with 9.38 excellent digs and receptions per set.

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

2012 Olympic Games Women’s Volleyball Schedule

Pool A Standings:
Russia (6 points, 2-0)
Italy (6 points, 2-0)
Japan (3 points, 1-0)
Great Britain (2 points, 1-1)
Algeria (1 points, 0-2)
Dominican Republic (0 points, 0-2)

Pool B Standings:
China (6 points, 2-0)
USA (6 points, 2-0)
Korea (3 points, 1-1)
Brazil (2 points, 1-1)
Turkey (1 points, 0-2)
Serbia (0 points, 0-2)

July 28: Japan def. Algeria 25-15, 25-14, 25-7
July 28: China def. Serbia 16-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12
July 28: Russia def. Great Britain 25-19, 25-10, 25-16
July 28: Italy def. Dominican Republic 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15
July 28: USA def. Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21
July 28: Brazil def. Turkey 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12

July 30: China def. Turkey 25-20, 25-20, 29-31, 25-22
July 30: Korea def. Serbia 25-12, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21
July 30: Russia def. Dominican Republic 25-23, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22
July 30: USA def. Brazil 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21
July 30: Italy def. Japan 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22
July 30: Great Britain def. Algeria 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 15-8

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.