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Jul 25 McCutcheon Adjusts FIVB World Grand Prix Roster

By Bill Kauffman | June 21, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
 

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team roster for the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool J has some alterations from the first two preliminary round weekends

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 21, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will have the opportunity to further evaluate his roster in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games during FIVB World Grand Prix Pool J preliminary round matches being held June 22-24 in Bangkok, Thailand.

As presented to the FIVB World Grand Prix control committee during the preliminary inquiry and team briefing, McCutcheon will utilize a roster with three middle blockers, three outside hitters, two opposites, two setters and one libero and one defensive specialist player. Middle blockers for the stage in Thailand are four-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), three-time Olympian Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.).

McCutcheon has selected two-time Olympian Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and 2004 Olympian Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) as opposites for the Pool J roster. Outside hitters are Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah). The setters are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) 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) as a defensive specialist.

The Pool J roster includes three players who have yet to be on a 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix roster in Barboza, Metcalf and Richards. Meanwhile, Scott-Arruda and Glass return to the 12-player active roster after missing the second preliminary round weekend in Sao Bernardo, Brazil. Athletes returning home from Brazil to continue training at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., are outside hitters Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.), opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu).

The U.S. enters the third and final preliminary round weekend on top of the 16-team field with a 6-0 record and 18 standings points, just ahead of China (6-0, 18 points) in points ratio (1.327 to 1.292). 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.

Team USA concludes the World Grand Prix preliminary round 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. The U.S. needs any combination of two standings points (one victory or two five-set losses) to control its own destiny into the Final Round.

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.

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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