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Aug 16 U.S. Women Sweep Czech Republic in World Grand Prix

Kristin Hildebrand swings past the Czech Republic block

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 16, 2013, 5:43 a.m. (ET)

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SENDAI, Japan (Aug. 16, 2013) – Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) notched 15 points to lead the top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Czech Republic Friday afternoon to open the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool M, the third preliminary weekend for the event, in Sendai, Japan.

Team USA improves to 6-1 overall with 17 points to remain in the hunt for one of five spots available to join host Japan in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being staged Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 in Sapporo, Japan. Czech Republic, ranked 24th in the world, falls to 2-5 with six points. The Americans will now face host Japan on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 16) before concluding all preliminary round matches versus Bulgaria on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 17). The U.S. is the three-time defending World Grand Prix champions and is aiming for an unprecedented fourth consecutive title in the premier annual international volleyball tournament for women.

The U.S. and Czech Republic were meeting for just the fifth time in the all-time series with the Americans having won the previous four head-to-head meetings, the most recent coming during the 2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Nagoya, Japan.

The U.S. used a 9-3 scoring run against Czech Republic to overcome an 11-9 deficit in the opening set to take an 18-14 advantage and went on to win 25-20. In the second set, the teams were tied 10 times with four lead switches before the U.S. steamrolled to a 15-10 advantage on a 6-0 run and pushed to a 25-20 victory. The Americans rallied from a 17-14 deficit in the third set with a 3-0 run the even the score, then pushed in front 22-20 with four unanswered points en route to a 25-23 victory.

Hildebrand reached 15 points via 14 kills on 22 attacks and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) chipped in seven kills on 22 swings and three blocks for 10 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) charted six kills on 20 attacks and two blocks for eight points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) tallied four blocks and three kills for seven points without starting a set. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) produced six kills and a block for seven points. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) pocketed three kills and a block for four points, while Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) added two kills and a block for three points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) each served an ace in the victory.

Glass provided 21 running sets on 57 set attempts as Team USA converted 41.8 percent of its attacks with a .255 hitting efficiency (41-16-98). Hill totaled 15 excellent receptions on 34 attempts, while Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added four excellent receptions and five digs.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Harmotto subbed into the match during the second set and started the third set in place of Paolini. Fawcett and Hagglund were part of a double-sub in all three sets. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a serving sub in the opening set.

Team USA out-blocked Czech Republic 13-8 in the victory and held a 41-36 margin in kills. Czech Republic scored a 4-2 edge in aces. The Americans, who also had a 15-14 edge in digs, took advantage of 19 Czech Republic errors and held their own miscues to 15. Overall, the U.S. defense limited Czech Republic to a .140 hitting efficiency (36-21-107).

Czech Republic captain Aneta Havlickova tallied a team-high 15 points and teammate Tereza Vanzurova added 12 points.

The U.S. has already faced host Japan three times in 2013, winning all three matches in Southern California as part of the USA Volleyball Cup. The two teams have met 224 times since 1983 with Japan holding a slim 113-101 margin.

The U.S. took a 3-0 lead to start the opening set with kills coming from Paolini and Murphy, but Czech Republic bounced back with seven of the next eight points to take a 7-4 advantage. Team USA answered with kills from Gibbemeyer and Hildebrand followed by a Czech Republic error to knot the score at 7-all. Czech Republic built a two-point cushion at 10-8, only to have the U.S. take the lead at 13-11 with Paolini and Murphy scoring a kill and block each as part of a 4-0 run. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-13 with a Murphy kill out of system followed by a Czech Republic attack that went long. Czech Republic called timeout trailing 18-14 after a Hildebrand kill and its own attack error. Team USA extended its margin to 21-15 with a Fawcett block between two Czech Republic errors. Out of a timeout, Gibbemeyer added a block to cap a 4-0 run lifting the Americans to a 22-15 margin. Czech Republic saved three set points before it hit wide to give the U.S. a 25-20 victory. Murphy scored a team-high five points in the set.

In the second set, the teams were tied 10 times with four lead switches before the U.S. steamrolled to a 15-10 advantage on a 6-0 run with a Gibbemeyer block, a kill and block each by Hildebrand and Fawcett block and a Czech Republic. Czech Republic ended the run with back-to-back points before the Americans went into the second technical timeout leading 16-12. Czech Republic sliced the gap to 16-14 with back-to-back points. Team USA built its lead to 21-15 with a Hill kill, Harmotto block and Glass ace as part of a 4-0 lead spurring Czech Republic to call timeout.

Team USA staked itself to a 5-3 lead with Gibbemeyer turning in a block and kill after Hildebrand collected consecutive kills as part of a 4-0 run. Hildebrand pocked back-to-back kills to push the American lead to 7-4, but Czech Republic narrowed the gap to 7-6 after an ace off the net. Czech Republic took the lead at 12-11 with three unanswered points heading into a Team USA timeout, then increased the gap to 13-11 with an ace out of the break. The U.S. quickly knotted the score at 14-all with a Hildebrand kill and Hagglund ace. Czech Republic scored the next three points to create a 17-14 advantage. Fawcett and Hill notched back-to-back kills to slice the U.S. deficit to 17-16. Out of a Czech Republic timeout, Fawcett hammered a kill to knot the score at 17-all. Czech Republic regained a two-point cushion with a block at 20-18, prompting the Americans to call timeout. Hill answered with consecutive kills out of the break and Czech Republic hit long to reverse the advantage to Team USA at 21-20. Gibbemeyer put up a block for a fourth straight USA point at 22-20. After Czech Republic evened the score at 22-all with back-to-back points, the U.S. regained the two-point cushion with a Harmotto kill and Czech Republic error to reach match point at 24-22. Team USA won the set and match at 25-22 on a service error.

U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team World Grand Prix Preliminary Roster
# - Name (Position, Height, Spike Touch, Block Touch, Hometown, College)
1 - #^$ Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, 10-0, 9-10, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
2 - Danielle Scott (MB, 6-2, 10-8, 9-11, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State University)
3 - ^ Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, 9-0, 8-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
4 - Sonja Newcombe (OH, 6-1, 10-0, 9-10, Lake Arrowhead, Calif., University of Oregon)
5 - #^$ Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, 9-4, 8-9, Kaneohe, Hawaii, University of Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, 9-4, 8-9, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
7 - #^$ Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-2, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
8 - #^$ Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, 10-1, 9-7, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
9 - Alix Klineman (OH, 6-5, 10-7, 9-8, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
10 - #^$ Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-4, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
11 - Alaina Bergsma (OPP, 6-3, 10-4, 9-10, Chandler, Ariz., University of Oregon)
12 - #^$ Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, 9-8, 9-3, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
13 - #^$ Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, 10-7, 9-10, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
14 - #$ Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, 10-2, 9-7, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State University)
15 - #^$ Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, 10-4, 10-1, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
16 - #^$ Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, 10-6, 10-2, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
17 - #^$ Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, 10-5, 9-10, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
18 - #^$ Regan Hood (OH, 6-2, 10-3, 10-0, Dallas, Texas, LSU)
19 - ^ Juliann Faucette (OPP, 6-2, 10-6. 10-1, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)
20 - #$ Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, 9-7, 9-6, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
21 - Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, 10-6, 10-2, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Arizona)
22 - #^$ Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, 10-5, 10-1, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
# - Selected for Week 1 Roster
^ - Selected for Week 2 Roster
$ - Selected for Week 3 Roster

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black (Weeks 1/2), Cecile Reynaud (Week 3, Final Round)
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek Team Leader: Cecile Reynaud (Weeks 1/2), Kenny Sullivan (Week 3, Final Round)

2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Schedule (all match times local)

Pool A – Campinas, Brazil
Aug. 2: United States def. Russia 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-12
Aug. 2: Brazil def. Poland 21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20
Aug. 3: Brazil def. Russia 26-28, 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 15-8
Aug. 3: United States def. Poland 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
Aug. 4: Brazil def. United States 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20
Aug. 4: Russia def. Poland 25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 28-30, 15-13

Pool B – San Domingo, Dominican Republic
Aug. 2: Czech Republic vs. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-20, 25-18
Aug. 2: Serbia def. Dominican Republic 25-13, 25-20, 25-16
Aug. 3: Serbia def. Czech Republic 28-26, 25-18, 25-23
Aug. 3: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 26-24, 25-21
Aug. 4: Serbia def. Puerto Rico 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17
Aug. 4: Dominican Republic def. Czech Republic 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18

Pool C – Ankara, Turkey
Aug. 2: Turkey def. Algeria 25-13, 25-18, 25-15
Aug. 2: Japan def. Thailand 25-19, 25-17, 25-21
Aug. 3: Japan def. Algeria 25-10, 25-8, 25-8
Aug. 3: Turkey def. Thailand 25-23, 26-24, 25-22
Aug. 4: Thailand def. Algeria 25-7, 25-14, 25-13
Aug. 4: Japan def. Turkey 25-21, 30-28, 18-25, 25-18

Pool D – Macau, China
Aug. 2: Netherlands def. Cuba 25-20, 25-14, 25-11
Aug. 2: China def. Bulgaria 25-13, 26-24, 25-23
Aug. 3: Bulgaria def. Netherlands 20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23
Aug. 3: China def. Cuba 25-13, 25-20, 25-15
Aug. 4: Bulgaria def. Cuba 25-8, 25-15, 25-16
Aug. 4: China def. Netherlands 26-24, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17

Pool E – Montichiari, Italy
Aug. 2: Germany def. Kazakhstan 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17
Aug. 2: Italy def. Argentina 25-21, 25-20, 25-17
Aug. 3: Argentina def. Germany 25-23, 13-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12
Aug. 3: Italy def. Kazakhstan, 28-26, 25-17, 25-13
Aug. 4: Argentina def. Kazakhstan 15-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9
Aug. 4: Italy def. Germany 25-23, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20

Pool F – Belgrade, Serbia
Aug. 9: Serbia def. Netherlands 25-18, 25-16, 25-21
Aug. 9: United States def. Algeria 25-12, 25-15, 25-11
Aug. 10: Serbia def. Algeria 25-11, 25-12, 25-11
Aug. 10: United States def. Netherlands 25-20, 25-16, 25-12
Aug. 11: Netherlands def. Algeria 25-15, 25-7, 25-6
Aug. 11: United States def. Serbia 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12

Pool G – Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Aug. 9: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 20-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18
Aug. 9: Bulgaria def. Puerto Rico 25-21, 25-20, 25-10
Aug. 10: Bulgaria def. Brazil 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21
Aug. 10: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-22, 25-23, 25-20
Aug. 11: Dominican Republic def. Bulgaria 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 28-30, 16-14
Aug. 11: Brazil def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-15, 25-17

Pool H – Plock, Poland
Aug. 9: Japan def. Germany 18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12
Aug. 9: Poland def. Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-17, 25-11
Aug. 10: Japan def. Kazakhstan 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20
Aug. 10: Germany def. Poland 25-17, 25-17, 26-24
Aug. 11: Germany def. Kazakhstan 25-14, 25-11, 20-25, 25-19
Aug. 11: Japan def. Poland 25-19, 26-24, 25-15

Pool I – Hong Kong, China
Aug. 9: Turkey def. Argentina 25-17, 25-14, 34-36, 25-18
Aug. 9: China def. Czech Republic 25-14, 25-17, 25-13
Aug. 10: Turkey def. Czech Republic 25-23, 25-18, 25-15
Aug. 10: China def. Argentina 25-17, 26-24, 25-22
Aug. 11: Czech Republic def. Argentina 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20
Aug. 11: China def. Turkey 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-25, 15-10

Pool J – Ekaterinburg, Russia
Aug. 9: Russia def. Italy 25-13, 18-25, 25-18, 26-24
Aug. 9: Thailand def. Cuba 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19
Aug. 10: Russia def. Thailand 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
Aug. 10: Italy def. Cuba 25-16, 25-16, 25-20
Aug. 11: Russia def. Cuba 25-17, 25-14, 16-25, 25-17
Aug. 11: Italy def. Thailand 25-18, 25-14, 29-27

Pool K – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Aug. 16: Cuba vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Aug. 16: Kazakhstan vs. Netherlands, 6 p.m.
Aug. 17: Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m.
Aug. 17: Kazakhstan vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
Aug. 18: Cuba vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m.
Aug. 18: Kazakhstan vs. Brazil, 6 p.m.

Pool L – Bangkok, Thailand
Aug. 16: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.
Aug. 16: Germany vs. Russia, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Russia vs. Puerto Rico, 2 p.m.
Aug. 17: Thailand vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Puerto Rico vs. Germany, 2 p.m.
Aug. 18: Russia vs. Thailand, 4:30 p.m.

Pool M – Sendai, Japan
Aug. 16: United States def. Czech Republic 25-20, 25-20, 25-23
Aug. 16: Japan vs. Bulgaria, 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 17: Japan vs. United States, 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Czech Republic vs. Bulgaria, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Japan vs. Czech Republic, 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: United States vs. Bulgaria, 3:30 p.m.

Pool N – Wuhan, China
Aug. 16: Serbia vs. Poland, 4 p.m.
Aug. 16: China vs. Argentina, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Argentina vs. Serbia, 4 p.m.
Aug. 17: China vs. Poland, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Poland vs. Argentina, 4 p.m.
Aug. 18: China vs. Serbia, 7:30 p.m.

Pool O – Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
Aug. 16: Italy def. Algeria 25-13, 25-19, 25-10
Aug. 16: Turkey vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m.
Aug. 17: Algeria vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
Aug. 17: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Dominican Republic vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
Aug. 18: Italy vs. Turkey, 5:30 p.m.

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