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US Women Dominate Chinese Taipei at Grand Prix

By Bill Kauffman | June 09, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
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Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated Chinese Taipei 25-10, 25-22, 25-12 Saturday evening in a FIVB World Grand Prix Pool B match at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The U.S., the two-time defending champions of the FIVB World Grand Prix and ranked No. 1 in the world, improved to 2-0 in the World Grand Prix with six points. The Americans close out Pool B against host Dominican Republic at 2 p.m. PT on Sunday. Later today host Dominican Republic (1-0) faces Germany (0-1).

The FIVB World Grand Prix is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament features three preliminary round weekends that lead into a six-team Final Round slated for June 27 to July 1 in Ningbo, China.

The U.S. used a 22-6 run to end the opening set with a 25-10 victory that included advantages of 5-0 in blocks and 4-0 in aces. Team USA scored the first four points of the second set and led 8-4 before Chinese Taipei powered to a 10-8 lead and the Americans battled back late with a 5-1 scoring run to win 25-22. The U.S. used a 6-0 run to break away to a 16-8 advantage in the third set and finished the match with a 7-2 run for a 25-12 final set.

“Chinese Taipei was a strong opponent and I am glad they gave us a good fight because it was a test for us,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “They are improving with time and are progressing. We are preparing for the Olympics and the match against Dominican Republic is another important test. They are a strong team and always play hard.”

Team USA had 10 of its 12 players score points in the match highlighted by Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who paced the U.S. with a match-high 15 points with 14 kills on 23 attacks and a block. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) added six kills on 11 attacks, two blocks and two aces for 10 points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) came off the bench in the second set to contribute seven kills and a block for eight points, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) had eight points on six kills and two blocks in the first two sets.

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) chipped in three kills, two aces and a block for six points, while Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) charted four kills, a block and ace for six points. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) provided three late kills on four attacks, while Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) notched a kill and ace for two points. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) tallied a block and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) rounded out the scoring with an ace.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) charted a U.S.-high eight digs and nine excellent service receptions on 17 attempts. Berg ran the U.S. offense with 13 running sets on 64 set attempts. Tom added five digs, while both Hodge and Larson chipped in four excellent service receptions.

“We try to improve with every match we play and this one should help in our preparation for the match against Dominican Republic,” said Berg, who is the U.S. captain. “They will be playing in front of their fans so it will be an exciting and tough match.”

McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis was the libero for the match. Hodge started the second and third sets, alternating replacing Tom and Larson. Miyashiro was a sub in the first two sets, while Haneef-Park was a sub in the second and third sets. Scott-Arruda came off the bench late in the third set.

Team USA converted 49.4 percent of its attacks into points with a .404 hitting efficiency (44-8-89). Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei managed just a 26.0 kill percent and a .106 hitting efficiency. The U.S. held a 9-3 margin in blocks and a 7-3 advantage in aces. The Americans scored 44 kills to Chinese Taipei’s 27. Team USA held its errors to 11 in the match, while Chinese Taipei committed 15 errors. Chinese Taipei held a slim 21-19 advantage in digs and had a 43.9 excellent service reception percent to the Americans’ 39.0.

Ting Chen Wan paced Chinese Taipei with eight points, while Feng Tsai Yin added seven points.

“I am very satisfied with the game we played against a very strong opponent like USA and I am happy because we played very well especially in the second set,” Chinese Taipei coach Norimasa Sakakuchi said. “USA is one of the strongest teams in the world and this is an important experience for us.”

In other action on the second day of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, Brazil (2-0, 4 points) edged Serbia (0-2, 2 points) 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 15-5 in Pool D at Lodz, Poland. Both teams have now gone five sets in their first two matches of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix with the same results. Italy (1-1, 4 points) recovered from a five-set loss to Brazil on the opening day to defeat Pool D host Poland (1-1, 2 points) 25-22, 23-25, 25-10, 31-29. In Pool A at Macau, China, Thailand (2-0, 6 points) swept Puerto Rico (0-2, 0 points) 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 and China (2-0, 6 points) rallied past Argentina (0-2, 0 points) 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18. In Pool C at Busan, Korea, Turkey (2-0, 6 points) remains undefeated with a 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14 victory over host Korea (0-2, 1 point) and Cuba (2-0, 5 points) downed Japan (0-2, 0 points) 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20.

Team USA will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the second preliminary round weekend with matches against Italy, Germany and Brazil on June 15-17, followed by the final preliminary round weekend June 22-24 in Bangkok, Thailand, with matches against Serbia, Argentina and Thailand.

Team USA, which has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games, will try to become just the second country to win the FIVB World Grand Prix for three consecutive years. Aside from the U.S., only Brazil has successfully defended its title having won the tournament three consecutive years from 2004 to 2006 and back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.

After two lead changes, the U.S. scored the first two-point edge of the opening set after consecutive Akinradewo aces followed a Hooker kill at 6-4. Team USA went into the first technical timeout leading 8-5 after a Larson kill and Harmotto block. The U.S. stretched its lead to 10-6 with a Harmotto kill and Chinese Taipei attack error, then pushed the gap to five points at 12-7 on back-to-back Chinese Taipei errors. Out of a timeout, Akinradewo downed a kill and put up a block to increase the margin to 14-7. Out of Chinese Taipei’s second timeout, Harmotto served an ace and Larson collected a back-row kill to lead the U.S. into the second technical timeout leading 16-7 on a 6-0 scoring run. Team USA went on a 3-0 run with a Tom block and Hooker kill after a Chinese Taipei service error to go in front 19-8. Miyashiro subbed into the match after a Chinese Taipei service error and promptly scored an ace followed by blocks from Hooker and Harmotto at 24-10. Hooker ended the set with a kill at 25-10, the fifth straight point on Miyashiro’s serve. Hooker ended the set with seven points, while Akinradewo added five points. Team USA held a 5-0 margin in blocks and 4-0 advantage in aces in the opening set.

The U.S. opened the second set with kills from Hodge and Larson between two Chinese Taipei attack errors to go in front 4-0. Team USA went in front 7-2 on a Hooker kill after a Chinese Taipei service error. Chinese Taipei cut two points off the deficit before Hodge slammed a kill to put the U.S. in front 8-4 at the first technical timeout. Chinese Taipei came out of the break with five straight points, including two aces, to take a 9-8 advantage. Out of a USA timeout, Chinese Taipei won a long rally with a block for a sixth straight point at 10-8. The U.S. tied the set at 10-all with a block by Berg after a Chinese Taipei service error. Chinese Taipei regained a two-point cushion at 12-10, but Hodge downed a back-row kill after a Chinese Taipei error to knot the score at 12-12. Again, Chinese Taipei regrouped for a 14-12 advantage. Hooker and Hodge answered with back-to-back kills to knot the score at 14-all. Chinese Taipei went into the second technical timeout on consecutive points at 16-14. Larson and Hodge connected for consecutive kills out of the break to tie the set at 16-all. Larson pounded out consecutive kills and Tom served an ace off the net to push the U.S. in front 21-19 at a Chinese Taipei timeout. A Harmotto overpass kill and Chinese Taipei attack error put the U.S. in front 23-20. Jordan Larson hit the set winner at 25-22 after the teams traded points the rest of the way. Hooker was credited with six points in the set, while Larson provided five points.

Team USA gained the first two-point edge of the third set at 5-3 following kills by Hooker and Hodge after a Chinese Taipei service error. The U.S. extended its lead to 8-3 with a Hooker kill and Hodge block as part of a 6-0 scoring run into the first technical timeout. Chinese Taipei sliced its deficit to 9-7 on three unanswered points. A Hooker kill was followed by two Chinese Taipei errors and an Akinradewo kill to increase the American lead to 14-8. The U.S. reached the second technical timeout on a 6-0 scoring run as Tom provided a block and Akinradewo put up a block. Tom and Haneef-Park picked up back-to-back kills to increase the gap to 18-9. Team USA went in front 21-10 on two Haneef-Park kills around a Tom ace. Chinese Taipei sliced a couple points off the deficit at 21-12. Scott-Arruda and Hodge scored consecutive kills at 23-12, while Scott-Arruda gave Team USA set and match points at 24-12 with an ace. The U.S. finished the set at 25-12 on a Chinese Taipei attack error. Hodge tallied six points in the third set to pace the Americans, who committed just two errors in the set.

For more details on the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, visit the U.S. event page at usavolleyball.org/events/10257 or the FIVB event page by clicking here.

To view the 2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team FIVB World Grand Prix Press Kit, click here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix

# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)

1 - * Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)

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 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)

6 - * Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)

7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)

8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)

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)

13 - * Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)

14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)

15 - * Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)

16 - * Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)

17 - Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)

18 - * Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)

19 - * Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

20 - Alix Klineman (OH, 6-4, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford)

21 - * Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)

22 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)

23 - Mary ‘Nellie’ Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)

24 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)

25 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)

Legend: * Weekend 1; # Weekend 2; ^ Weekend 3; % Final Round

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

2012 FIVB World Grand Prix Standings

Team (Points, Record)

USA (6, 2-0)

Thailand (6, 2-0)

China (6, 2-0)

Turkey (6, 2-0)

Cuba (5, 2-0)

Brazil (4, 2-0)

Italy (4, 1-1)

Dominican Republic (3, 1-0) 6/9 vs. Germany

Poland (2, 1-1)

Serbia (2, 0-2)

Korea (1, 0-2)

Germany (0, 0-1) 6/9 vs. Dominican Republic

Japan (0, 0-2)

Argentina (0, 0-2)

Chinese Taipei (0, 0-2)

Puerto Rico (0, 0-2)

POINTS NOTE: 3 points for 3-0 or 3-1 win, 2 points for 3-2 win; 1 point for 3-2 loss; 0 points for 3-0 or 3-1 loss

FIVB Women’s World Cup Schedule

Pool A – Macau, China

June 8: Thailand def. Argentina 25-18, 25-9, 25-22

June 8: China def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-19, 25-16

June 9: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 25-21, 25-20, 25-22

June 9: China def. Argentina 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18

June 10: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico, 12:50 p.m.

June 10: China vs. Thailand, 3:20 p.m.

Pool B – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

June 8: USA def. Germany 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 25-11

June 8: Dominican Republic def. Chinese Taipei 25-23, 25-19, 25-18

June 9: USA def. Chinese Taipei 25-10, 25-22, 25-12

June 9: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 7:30 p.m.

June 10: Germany vs. Chinese Taipei, 2:30 p.m.

June 10: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. (2 p.m. PT)

Pool C – Busan, Korea

June 8: Turkey def. Japan 25-19, 25-21, 25-21

June 8: Cuba def. Korea 23-25, 27-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11

June 9: Turkey def. Korea 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14

June 9: Cuba def. Japan 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20

June 10: Korea vs. Japan, 2 p.m.

June 10: Cuba vs. Turkey, 4:30 p.m.

Pool D – Lodz, Poland

June 8: Brazil def. Italy 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 15-6

June 8: Poland def. Serbia 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 15-10

June 9: Brazil def. Serbia 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 15-5

June 9: Italy def. Poland 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 31-29

June 10: Italy vs. Serbia, 5:30 p.m.

June 10: Poland vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.

Pool E – Sao Paulo, Brazil

June 15: USA vs. Italy, 6:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. PT)

June 15: Brazil vs. Germany, 8:20 p.m.

June 16: USA vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. PT)

June 16: Brazil vs. Italy, 8:20 p.m.

June 17: USA vs. Brazil, 1:20 p.m. (9:20 a.m. PT)

June 17: Germany vs. Italy, 3:20 p.m.

Pool F – Komaki, Japan

June 15: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 3:20 p.m.

June 15: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 6:20 p.m.

June 16: Dominican Republic vs. Thailand, 3:20 p.m.

June 16: Japan vs. Puerto Rico, 6:20 p.m.

June 17: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.

June 17: Japan vs. Thailand, 6 p.m.

Pool G – Foshan, China

June 15: Korea vs. Poland, 4 p.m.

June 15: China vs. Chinese Taipei, 7:30 p.m.

June 16: Poland vs. Chinese Taipei, 4 p.m.

June 16: China vs. Korea, 7:30 p.m.

June 17: Korea vs. Chinese Taipei, 4 p.m.

June 17: China vs. Poland, 7:30 p.m.

Pool H – Belgrade, Serbia

June 15: Serbia vs. Argentina, 5:20 p.m.

June 15: Cuba vs. Turkey, 8:05 p.m.

June 16: Cuba vs. Serbia, 5:20 p.m.

June 16: Turkey vs. Argentina, 8:05 p.m.

June 17: Serbia vs. Turkey, 5:20 p.m.

June 17: Argentina vs. Cuba, 8:05 p.m.

Pool I – Osaka, Japan

June 22: Korea vs. Turkey, 3:20 p.m.

June 22: Japan vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.

June 23: Germany vs. Korea, 3:20 p.m.

June 23: Japan vs. Turkey, 6:20 p.m.

June 24: Germany vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.

June 24: Japan vs. Korea, 6 p.m.

Pool J – Bangkok, Thailand

June 22: USA vs. Serbia, 1:50 p.m. (11:50 p.m. PT on June 21)

June 22: Thailand vs. Argentina, 4:20 p.m.

June 23: USA vs. Argentina, 1:50 p.m. (11:50 p.m. PT on June 22)

June 23: Serbia vs. Thailand, 4:20 p.m.

June 24: Argentina vs. Serbia, 1:50 p.m.

June 24: USA vs. Thailand, 4:20 p.m. (2:20 a.m. PT)

Pool K – Luohe, China

June 22: Cuba vs. Brazil, 4 p.m.

June 22: China vs. Puerto Rico, 7:30 p.m.

June 23: Puerto Rico vs. Brazil, 4 p.m.

June 23: China vs. Cuba, 7:30 p.m.

June 24: Cuba vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.

June 24: China vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.

Pool L – Taipei, Chinese Taipei

June 22: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 4 p.m.

June 22: Poland vs. Chinese Taipei, 7:30 p.m.

June 23: Italy vs. Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.

June 23: Poland vs. Dominican Republic, 7 p.m.

June 24: Dominican Republic vs. Chinese Taipei, 5 p.m.

June 24: Italy vs. Poland, 7 p.m.

FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round

Ningbo, China – June 27 to July 1

Top five teams from preliminary round plus China

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