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McCutcheon Alters World Grand Prix Roster Slightly

By Bill Kauffman | June 14, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
 

Jordan Larson attacking during the first weekend of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 14, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has turned in the 12-player U.S. roster for the second weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E that will be staged June 15-17 at Sao Bernardo Campo, Brazil.

As presented to the FIVB World Grand Prix control committee during the preliminary inquiry, McCutcheon will utilize a roster with three middle blockers, three outside hitters, two opposites, two setters and one libero and one utility player. Middle blockers for the stage in Brazil are three-time Olympian Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.).

McCutcheon has selected two-time Olympian Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix most valuable player Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) as opposites for the Pool E roster. Outside hitters are three-time Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.). The setters are two-time Olympian and 2011 USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), while the libero is 2008 Olympian Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.). Rounding out the 12-player roster is Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

McCutcheon’s only two changes in the roster from the first weekend is Bown replacing Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Thompson replacing Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.). The roster can be changed prior to each preliminary round weekend and the Final Round. However, the replacement players must be part of the 25-player preliminary roster.

Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world and two-time defending champions of the World Grand Prix, enters the second preliminary round weekend with a 3-0 record and nine points. The U.S. will 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.

The 16-team tournament is broken down into three preliminary weekends with four teams competing in round-robin competition in four different locations. The top five teams following the nine-match preliminary round, along with host China, advance to the six-team Final Round held June 27 to July 1 in Ningbo, China.

The U.S. Women are attempting to win its third consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international women’s volleyball event. Team USA is attempting 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.

In the first weekend at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 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. leads a pack of four undefeated teams as the Americans won nine of 10 sets last week, slightly better than China's 9-2 set record among teams with nine standings points. Cuba (3-0) is in third place 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.

Three of the top five teams in the FIVB World Grand Prix standings 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 plus China to reach the Final Round.

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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