Womens RedBlue A Balanced Result

By Bill Kauffman | May 27, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 26, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), ended its second Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage in an even tie Saturday evening at Crawford Hall on the UC Irvine campus.

The teams alternated set victories 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 23-25 with 96 total points each.

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) paced the outside hitters with 14 points via 13 kills and a block, while Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) added 13 points all on kills. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) contributed 12 points with 11 kills and an ace, followed by Logan Tom’s 11 points on nine kills, one ace and once block. Both Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) charted eight points. Barboza tallied 13 digs, while Hodge and Tom each pocketed 12 digs in the match.

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 12 points, including a scrimmage-high five blocks, for top scoring honors among the opposites. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) pocketed 11 points with nine kills, followed by six points each from Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.).

Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) collected 13 points each. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) scored 11 kills on 15 attacks as part of a 12-point night. Danielle Scott-Arruda pulled in seven points, including two blocks. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) notched three points and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) totaled two points.

Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) set her teammates to a 25.6 kill percent and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) held a 24.6 team kill percent from her setter position.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) notched 24 digs with a 58 positive service reception percent on 34 chances. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) dug nine balls, while Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) raked in four digs.

The U.S. Women, who train at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., will seek to win their third consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title this summer. Team USA travels to Dominican Republic to play Germany (June 8), Chinese Taipei (June 9) and Dominican Republic (June 10) in the first preliminary weekend. The U.S. travels south to Sao Paulo Brazil for the second weekend of matches against Italy (June 15), Germany (June 16) and Brazil (June 17). The Americans close the preliminary round in Thailand against Serbia (June 22), Argentina (June 23) and Thailand (June 24).

The top five teams in the 16-team preliminary round plus China advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round set June 27 to July 1 at Ningbo, China.

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will host Bulgaria in a three-match pre-Olympic Games exhibition series. The City of Anaheim, the official host city for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams, will serve as host for the first of three exhibition matches with Bulgaria. The initial match will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time inside the American Sports Centers, the team’s training headquarters located in Anaheim.

The University of Southern California will host USA-Bulgaria matches on July 16 and July 18 at Galen Center. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Admission for the two matches played at USC is $10 for adults per match, while tickets for children 12-and-under and groups of 10 or more are $5 per match. Tickets can be purchased by visiting usctrojans.com/usa.

The Olympic Games begin on July 28 for the women’s volleyball competition with alternating days of competition with the men’s volleyball competition.