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Aug 29 U.S. Women Edged by Serbia in World Grand Prix

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 29, 2013, 4:13 a.m. (ET)

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SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 29, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Serbia 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23 Thursday afternoon on the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

The U.S., which has won the premier annual women’s international volleyball tournament the last three years, falls to 0-2 in the six-team round robin Final Round that takes place over five consecutive days. Serbia improves to 1-1 in the Final Round.

Team USA faces China (1-0 prior to Thursday’s match with Italy) on Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 29) on the third day of Final Round action. All U.S. matches in the Final Round will be broadcast with same-day coverage on Universal Sports with live video streaming at universalsports.com. For the video schedule, click here.

After Serbia built an early 12-5 lead in the opening set, the Americans charged back to within one at 17-16 but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 25-23 set loss. The U.S. built a 17-13 advantage in the second set with a 4-0 run, then closed out the set with three unanswered points for a 25-20 victory to even the match. Serbia rallied from an 8-6 deficit in the third set with a 9-1 scoring spurt to take a 15-9 advantage en route to a 25-18 victory. Serbia scored consecutive points to break a 21-all tie in the fourth set leading to a 25-23 victory.

Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led the Americans with a match-high 23 points on 21 kills via 38 attacks and two aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) each tallied 10 kills, two blocks and an ace for 13 points. Gibbemeyer produced a .714 hitting efficiency (10-0-14) without an attack error. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) charted 10 kills on 17 attacks and a block for 11 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) tallied five kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) all scored two points for the U.S. Regan Hood (Dallas) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Glass was credited with 16 running sets on 89 total set attempts as the Americans converted 50.0 percent of their attacks into points with a .364 hitting efficiency (59-16-118). Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) totaled a U.S.-high nine digs in the match, while Hildebrand contributed 11 excellent receptions on 24 attempts.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Fawcett and Hagglund were double subs in all four sets, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a serving sub in all four sets. Regan Hood (Dallas) was started the fourth set in place of Hill.

Serbia held slim advantages in all three scoring categories with a 60-59 margin in kills, 7-6 edge in aces and 9-7 advantage in blocks. Like the U.S., Serbia converted 50 percent of its attacks into points with a .408 hitting efficiency (60-11-120). Further, Serbia took advantage of 19 American errors and held its own miscues to 17.

Serbia’s Jovana Brakocevic scored a team-high 22 points and Brankica Mihajlovic added 20 points in the victory.

The U.S. defeated Serbia in five sets on Aug. 11 during the second preliminary weekend held in Belgrade. Serbia is the only team other than Brazil to have defeated the United States in World Grand Prix action since the second preliminary weekend of the 2010 edition.

Later today, China (1-0, 3 points) takes on Italy (0-1, 3 points) at 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 29) and Japan (1-0, 3 points) hosts Brazil (1-0, 3 points) at 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT).

Team USA will battle Italy on Aug. 31 (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 30) and host Japan on Sept. 1 (3:10 a.m. PT) to conclude the Final Round. The U.S. qualified for the Final Round with an 8-1 record in finishing the preliminary phase on a six-match win streak 10 days ago.

After Serbia scored the first two points of the opening set, Murphy answered with consecutive kills to knot the score at 2-all. However, Serbia responded with three straight points capped by an ace from Krsmanovic at 5-2. Serbia pushed its advantage to 8-3 with three straight points heading into the first technical timeout. Team USA called timeout trailing 11-5 after Serbia won a lengthy rally, then Serbia came out of the break with a third straight point at 12-5. The Americans sliced two points off the deficit with a Hildebrand kill and Serbia setting error. Hill sliced a kill and Harmotto followed with a block and kill to close the gap to 13-10. Serbia called a timeout with its lead reduced to 14-12 after kills from Hill and Murphy. Team USA moved to within one point with a Hildebrand block at 17-16. Serbia reached a three-point cushion at 23-20 with consecutive points leading into a Team USA timeout. The U.S. saved two set points with a Serbia service error and Murphy ace prompting Serbia to call timeout with its advantage trimmed to 24-23. Serbia came out of the break with the next point to win 25-23.

Team USA took an early two-point cushion at 3-1 with a Murphy kill and Serbia error. The Serbians came back to tie the score at 4-all and went in front 6-5. Gibbemeyer knocked down a kill after a Serbia error to switch the lead to the Americans at 7-6. Serbia scored two points heading into the first technical timeout to resume an 8-7 advantage. Hill pounded consecutive kills to swing the lead to the Americans at 9-8, only to have Serbia take the lead back at 10-9. Team USA gained the lead back at 13-12 with a Gibbemeyer block after a Serbia error. Hagglund served an ace between kills from Murphy and Hildebrand to extend the American lead to 16-13 at the second technical timeout. Out of the break Hagglund served her second ace of the 4-0 run to build a 17-13 advantage. Serbia narrowed its deficit to 21-19 with an ace leading into an American timeout. Murphy collected a kill and ace to give the Americans set points at 24-20, then Hildebrand put up a block to cap the set at 25-20.

Team USA scored the first two points of the third set with a Harmotto kill and Serbia error. Murphy downed a kill after a Serbia service error to increase the American lead to 5-2. Serbia scored three straight to eliminate the deficit and knot the score at 5-all. Gibbemeyer pounded a slide for a kill and Hildebrand followed with an ace lifting the U.S. to an 8-6 advantage at the first technical timeout. Serbia came out of the break with four straight points capped with an ace to take the lead at 10-8 going into a USA timeout. Brakocevic served a second straight ace and the U.S. hit wide to increase Serbia’s lead to 12-8. Serbia pushed out to a 15-9 lead on three consecutive USA errors. Glass put up a block and Murphy slammed a kill to close the gap to 15-11, but Serbia notched the next two points for a 17-11 margin. Harmotto collected consecutive kills to reduce the American deficit to 17-13. Serbia extended its lead to 20-14 with back-to-back points. Hildebrand landed a kill and Gibbemeyer followed with a block and kill to close the gap to 20-17. Serbia got the three points back quickly to take a 23-17 lead. Serbia scored the final two points to take a 23-18 victory and 2-1 advantage in the match.

Serbia built an early 4-1 lead in the fourth set. Hildebrand downed a kill and Gibbemeyer followed with an overpass kill to narrow the U.S. deficit to 5-4. Gibbemeyer served an ace after a Hood kill to level the score at 7-all. Serbia put up a block to go up 9-7. Team USA tied the score at 12-all with kills from Murphy and Hildebrand, then Serbia hit long to give the Americans a 13-12 advantage. Serbia regained the lead at 17-16 with consecutive points out of the second technical timeout. Team USA reversed the lead to its side with a Murphy kill and Miyashiro pass that landed for a point at 18-17. Serbia took the lead back at 19-18 on a Brakocevic ace. Serbia picked up a two-point cushion at 23-21 heading into the Americans’ final timeout. Serbia sided out to a 25-23 victory.

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
* - Selected for Final Round 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 Final Round Schedule
Aug. 28: China def. Serbia 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20
Aug. 28: Brazil def. United States 25-19, 25-12, 25-10
Aug. 28: Japan def. Italy 25-18, 25-19, 25-22
Aug. 29: Serbia def. United States 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23
Aug. 29: Italy vs. China, 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 28)
Aug. 29: Japan vs. Brazil, 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT)
Aug. 30: United States vs. China, 1:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 29)
Aug. 30: Brazil vs. Italy, 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 29)
Aug. 30: Serbia vs. Japan, 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT)
Aug. 31: United States vs. Italy, 1:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 30)
Aug. 31: Brazil vs. Serbia, 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 30)
Aug. 31: Japan vs. China, 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT)
Sept. 1: Serbia vs. Italy, 1:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 31)
Sept. 1: China vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 31)
Sept. 1: United States vs. Japan, 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT)

2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round Results

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: Brazil def. Cuba 25-16, 25-11, 25-20
Aug. 16: Netherlands def. Kazakhstan 25-23, 25-14, 25-16
Aug. 17: Brazil def. Netherlands 25-15, 25-20, 25-15
Aug. 17: Kazakhstan def. Cuba 25-20, 17-25, 30-28, 25-20
Aug. 18: Netherlands def. Cuba 25-13, 25-23, 25-22
Aug. 18: Brazil def. Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-16, 25-10

Pool L – Bangkok, Thailand
Aug. 16: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 18-25, 25-7, 25-22, 25-11
Aug. 16: Russia def. Germany 22-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-11
Aug. 17: Russia def. Puerto Rico 25-8, 25-16, 25-19
Aug. 17: Germany def. Thailand 25-16, 25-14, 27-25
Aug. 18: Puerto Rico def. Germany 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 13-25, 15-13
Aug. 18: Russia def. Thailand 24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11

Pool M – Sendai, Japan
Aug. 16: United States def. Czech Republic 25-20, 25-20, 25-23
Aug. 16: Bulgaria def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 31-29
Aug. 17: United States def. Japan 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18
Aug. 17: Bulgaria def. Czech Republic 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8
Aug. 18: Japan def. Czech Republic 25-18, 22-25, 28-26, 23-25, 15-13
Aug. 18: United States def. Bulgaria 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15, 15-8

Pool N – Wuhan, China
Aug. 16: Serbia def. Poland 25-14, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21
Aug. 16: China def. Argentina 25-18, 25-17, 25-16
Aug. 17: Serbia def. Argentina 25-12, 25-20, 25-14
Aug. 17: China def. Poland 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23
Aug. 18: Poland def. Argentina 25-21, 21-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11
Aug. 18: China def. Serbia 25-17, 25-27, 25-20, 23-25, 15-5

Pool O – Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
Aug. 16: Italy def. Algeria 25-13, 25-19, 25-10
Aug. 16: Turkey def. Dominican Republic 25-27, 22-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-13
Aug. 17: Turkey def. Algeria 25-12, 25-12, 25-12
Aug. 17: Dominican Republic def. Italy 21-25, 19-25, 32-30, 26-24, 15-11
Aug. 18: Dominican Republic def. Algeria 25-11, 25-9, 25-8
Aug. 18: Italy def. Turkey 25-17, 25-18, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12

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