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June 11, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
 

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Jordan Larson goes up for a block during Team USA's victory over Dominican Republic on June 10

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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U.S. Women's Press Kit for FIVB World Grand Prix

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team concluded the first preliminary weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix where it has concluded the last two events – on top. However, the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round does not get any easier in the second stage for the two-time defending champion and top-ranked team in the world.

Team USA travels to Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a 3-0 record and nine points after the first weekend to play 2011 FIVB World Cup champion Italy (1-2, 4 points) on June 15 at 2:20 p.m. PT, fifth-place Germany (2-1, 6 points) on June 16 at 2:20 p.m. PT and No. 2 world ranked Brazil (3-0, 6 points) on June 17 at 9:20 a.m. PT. Three of the top five teams in the FIVB World Grand Prix will be in Brazil for the round-robin Pool E, which will further shake out the standings as teams strive to complete the nine-match preliminary schedule as one of the top five teams of the 16-team field to reach the Final Round held June 27 to July 1 in Ningbo, China.

“I am very happy with the way we played,” said U.S. setter Lindsey Berg, who serves as the team captain. “It is great to start with a 3-0 record at this stage of the Grand Prix. The Dominican Republic is a strong team but we played well. The fans here know a lot about volleyball and even though they always are against us, it is also a source of motivation.”

The U.S. Women defeated Germany in four sets to open the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, then won in straight sets over Chinese Taipei and host Dominican Republic. The U.S. has won nine of 10 sets, slightly better than China's 9-2 set record among teams with nine standings points. Cuba is third with with eight points, followed by Brazil in fourth place with six points. Positions five through seven are Germany, Thailand and Turkey with 2-1 records and six standings points. Serbia ranks eighth with five points and a 1-2 record. Poland, Japan, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are 1-2 with three standings points to occupy positions 10 through 13. Korea is 14th with one point and a 0-3 record, while Argentina and Chinese Taipei are both looking for their first standings point and victory.

At the conclusion of the first preliminary weekend in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was named most valuable player, Best Scorer and Best Spiker of Pool B. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) was tabbed Best Setter, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) was chosen Best Receiver.

Hooker is all over the FIVB World Grand Prix statistical leaderboard. She ranks fifth in scoring with 52 points (43 kills, 7 blocks, 2 aces) and second in Best Spiker with a 50.0 kill percent (43 kills, 5 faults, 86 shots). She also ranks seven in Best Blocker with 0.70 blocks per set that is matched by U.S. middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.). Davis ranks fifth in Best Libero with a 5.70 average per set, as she is seventh in Best Receiver with a 46.4 efficiency and 14th in Best Digger with a 2.60 dig average. Berg provided 3.50 running sets average in Pool B.

Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) ranks 32nd in scoring with 33 points (25 kills, 6 blocks, 2 aces), 24th in Best Spiker with a 35.2 kill percent (25 kills, 7 faults, 71 shots) and 20th in Best Blocker with 0.60 blocks per set. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) ranks sixth in Best Server with 0.60 aces per set, along with 0.50 blocks per set. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) also averages 0.60 blocks and 0.50 aces per set through the first weekend.

Team USA’s Pool E opponents in the second preliminary weekend are among the best in the world. All four teams are ranked among the top eight in the world with USA being No. 1, followed by No. 2 Brazil, No. 4 Italy and No. 8 Germany.

Brazil is 3-0 in the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, but has been pushed to five sets in all three matches from Pool D with wins over Italy, Serbia and Poland. With the point scoring system, Brazil just two points for the five-set wins. Brazil, which has won eight FIVB World Grand Prix titles, has the 2012 edition’s leading scorer in Fernanda Rodrigues’s 60 points (48 kills, 10 blocks, 2 aces). Further, Brazil’s Adenizia Silva is the top blocker with 1.67 blocks per set (25 blocks in 15 sets). Camila Brait ranks second in Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver with an overall average of 8.27 per set, 4.93 digs per set and 64.86 reception efficiency.

Meanwhile, Italy ended Pool D with a 1-2 record and four points, picking up its lone victory over host Poland in four sets. Italy’s Serena Ortolani is the second leading scorer in the tournament with 56 points (46 kills, 1 block, 9 aces) and the top server with 0.75 aces per set. Teammate Monica De Gennaro ranks atop both the Best Libero and Best Digger categories with an 8.67 overall average and 5.50 digs per set, while Letizia Camera is third with 4.25 digs per set.

Germany is 2-1 with six points, its only loss being in four sets to the United States to open Pool B in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Germany’s Christiane Furst is the third-best blocker in the tournament with 1.30 blocks per set (13 blocks in 10 sets). Germany’s Heike Beier and Maren Brinker both average 0.70 aces per set for second-best in the World Grand Prix.

All but Germany in Pool E are bound for London this summer to compete in the 12-team Olympic Games.

After the weekend in Brazil, the Team USA competes in the third and final preliminary round weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, with Pool J matches against No. 6 Serbia (1-2, 5 points) on June 22, No. 18 Argentina (0-3, 0 points) on June 23 and No. 12 Thailand (2-1, 6 points) on June 24.

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.

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 (Laguna Beach, Calif.)

2012 FIVB World Grand Prix Standings

Team (Points, Record)

USA (9, 3-0)

China (9, 3-0)

Cuba (8, 3-0)

Brazil (6, 3-0)

Germany (6, 2-1)

Thailand (6, 2-1)

Turkey (6, 2-1)

Serbia (5, 1-2)

Italy (4, 1-2)

Dominican Republic (3, 1-2)

Japan (3, 1-2)

Puerto Rico (3, 1-2)

Poland (3, 1-2)

Korea (1, 0-3)

Argentina (0, 0-3)

Chinese Taipei (0, 0-3)

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: Puerto Rico def. Argentina 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17

June 10: China def. Thailand 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19

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 def. Dominican Republic 25-16, 25-18, 25-19

June 10: Germany def. Chinese Taipei 25-11, 25-15, 25-15

June 10: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-19, 25-15

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: Japan def. Korea 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22

June 10: Cuba def. Turkey 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20

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: Serbia def. Italy 25-18, 25-14, 25-23

June 10: Brazil def. Poland 25-15, 25-13, 23-25, 22-25, 15-10

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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