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U.S. Women 6-0 Heading into Thailand

By Bill Kauffman | June 19, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
 Destinee Hooker (right) and teammate Lindsey Berg reacts positively to a point versus Brazil

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2012) – While the 2012 Olympic Games are under 38 days away, the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team continues to make the most of every competition opportunity to improve for a possible program-first Olympic Games gold medal.

In the process this month, the No. 1 ranked U.S. Women are on course for a possible three-peat of the premier annual women’s international volleyball tournament after finishing the second FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary weekend undefeated. The U.S. and China are both 6-0 with 18 points through the first six World Grand Prix preliminary round matches, but the Americans hold a slim lead in point ratio (1.327 to 1.292) to take the top spot. Four teams are 5-1 in the tournament with Turkey ranking third with 15 standings points. Thailand and Cuba hold 14 standings points for fourth and fifth place, followed by Brazil with 11 points in sixth place.

"We were very happy with our performance in the first two weeks of this competition and we're looking forward to our matches this weekend," U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said.

Team USA concludes the World Grand Prix preliminary round next week with matches against Serbia (2-4, 8 points, 10th place) at 11:50 p.m. PT on June 21, Argentina (0-6, 0 points, 15th place) at 11:50 p.m. PT on June 22 and host Thailand (5-1, 14 points, 4th place) at 2:20 a.m. PT on June 24. 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.

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.

The U.S. won all three matches this past weekend in Pool E at Sao Bernardo, Brazil, capped by an impressive four-set win over No. 2 ranked Brazil on Sunday. Team USA has now defeated Brazil in the last two meetings, including a four-set victory at the 2011 FIVB World Cup. The Americans opened Pool E on June 15 with a three-set victory over No. 4 Italy, marking the fourth consecutive win over the Italians. Team USA also swept No. 8 Germany on June 16, the second time the Americans have defeated their European opponent in the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.

Through the first six 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix matches, the U.S. Women can be found at the top of nearly every statistical category. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is the leading scorer in the tournament with 101 points (80 kills, 17 blocks, 4 aces), while also ranking sixth in Best Blocker with 0.85 blocks per set. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) ranks 18th in both scoring and blocking with 73 points (60 kills, 11 blocks, 2 aces) and a 0.55 blocks per set. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) is the second leading blocker in the entire tournament with 1.20 blocks per set to go with 60 total points (32 kills, 24 blocks, 4 aces) for 30th place. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) ranks 14th in Best Blocker with 0.60 blocks per set and 41st in scoring with 52 points (34 kills, 12 blocks, 6 aces).

Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) has performed well in a variety of categories, ranking fourth in Best Digger with 3.70 digs per set, fourth in Best Receiver with a 47.83 efficiency, eighth in Best Server with 0.40 aces per set and 20th in Best Blocker with 0.50 blocks per set. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) ranks third in Best Digger with 3.95 digs per set, third in Best Libero with an average of 7.10 digs and excellent receptions per set and 12th in Best Receiver with a 41.04 efficiency percent. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) has averaged 4.75 running sets per set on a total of 518 set attempts for 11th place.

In official DataVolley stats for the tournament, the U.S. is converting 38.9 percent of its attacks with a .266 hitting efficiency. Further, the Americans are averaging 4.05 blocks and 1.40 aces per set. The American defense has limited opponents to an 18.65 points per set average.

Serbia has finished both its preliminary round weekends with a 1-2 record with victories over Italy and Argentina. Among Serbia losses have been two five-set matches to Poland and Brazil to open the tournament. Serbia is led in scoring by Jovana Brakocevic’s 94 points for third best in the tournament.

Argentina is still searching for its first victory and points of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. However, the South American team forced China, Puerto Rico Serbia and Turkey to a fourth set. Lucia Fresco leads Argentina in scoring with 68 points for 24th place in Best Scorer.

Thailand, which narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games, is currently 5-1 in the World Grand Prix and in fourth place. Thailand, who has lost only a four-set match to China on June 10, has wins over Olympic qualified teams Dominican Republic and Japan this past weekend. Thailand’s Onuma Sittirak has scored 88 points for sixth place in Best Scorer.

Pool K at Luohe, China, will play a key role this coming weekend in deciding which teams advance to the Final Round. The group includes second-place China, fifth-place Cuba and sixth-place Brazil along with Puerto Rico.

During the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, the U.S. has defeated No. 2 Brazil, No. 4 Italy, No. 8 Germany twice, No. 9 Dominican Republic and No. 28 Chinese Taipei while losing just two sets. All but Germany and Chinese Taipei are qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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 (18, 6-0)

China (18, 6-0)

Turkey (15, 5-1)

Thailand (14, 5-1)

Cuba (14, 5-1)

Brazil (11, 5-1)

Japan (10, 3-3)

Germany (9, 3-3)

Poland (9, 3-3)

Serbia (8, 2-4)

Puerto Rico (5, 2-4)

Italy (5, 1-5)

Korea (4, 1-5)

Dominican Republic (4, 1-5)

Argentina (0, 0-6)

Chinese Taipei (0, 0-6)

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 def. Italy 27-25, 25-20, 25-17

June 15: Brazil def. Germany 18-25, 25-14, 25-18, 26-24

June 16: USA def. Germany 25-23, 25-23, 25-17

June 16: Brazil def. Italy 26-24, 14-25, 25-15, 24-26, 16-14

June 17: USA def. Brazil 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23

June 17: Germany def. Italy 30-28, 25-13, 26-24

Pool F – Komaki, Japan

June 15: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 25-18, 19-25, 25-11, 25-19

June 15: Japan def. Dominican Republic 25-17, 25-13, 25-18

June 16: Thailand def. Dominican Republic 25-14, 25-22, 25-19

June 16: Japan def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-18, 25-16

June 17: Puerto Rico def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12

June 17: Thailand def. Japan 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 25-19, 18-16

Pool G – Foshan, China

June 15: Poland def. Korea 25-17, 25-16, 25-22

June 15: China def. Chinese Taipei 25-13, 25-17, 25-19

June 16: Poland def. Chinese Taipei 25-10, 26-24, 25-19

June 16: China def. Korea 25-22, 25-16, 25-18

June 17: Korea def. Chinese Taipei 25-21, 27-29, 25-20, 25-20

June 17: China def. Poland 25-19, 25-17, 29-27

Pool H – Belgrade, Serbia

June 15: Serbia def. Argentina 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17

June 15: Turkey def. Cuba 25-16, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20

June 16: Cuba def. Serbia 25-14, 25-15, 25-17

June 16: Turkey def. Argentina 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15

June 17: Turkey def. Serbia 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21

June 17: Cuba def. Argentina 25-16, 25-19, 25-19

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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