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Aug 30 U.S. Women Fall to China at World Grand Prix

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 30, 2013, 3:49 a.m. (ET)
 

SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 30, 2013) - The top-ranked U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team lost to fifth-ranked China 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 Friday afternoon on the third 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, is now 0-3 in the six-team round robin Final Round that takes place over five consecutive days. China is now 3-0 with eight points in the Final Round.

The U.S. versus China match was the first meeting of playing legends Karch Kiraly and ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping as head coaches of their respective countries. Kiraly is in his first year as head coach of Team USA, while Lang Ping took over as China’s head coach this spring. She also led the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Team USA faces Italy (0-3, 1 point) on Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 30) on the fourth 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.

China scored the first six points of the match and led 8-1, but held off the Americans who closed to 20-18 in a 25-20 China victory. Team USA led the second set 4-0 and 18-14 before China recovered to win 25-23 with 11 of the last 16 points. The U.S. built an early 8-2 lead in the third set, but China rebounded with a 7-1 run to level the score at 9-all and then scored 10 of the final 12 points for a 25-17 victory.

"USA played a nice tournament to earn the right to be here in the Finals," Kiraly said. "It’s apparent that the teams here are the best in the world and have been able to play at a higher level as the tournament goes on and we haven’t been able to match their improvement. Congratulations to China; they’ve played a great tournament.

Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led the Americans with 11 points and captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added 10 points that included a team-high three blocks. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) tallied nine points, while Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) each produced seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) served two aces and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Glass was credited with 33 running sets on 100 set attempts leading to Team USA’s 32.7 kill percent and .178 hitting efficiency (35-16-107). Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Hildebrand each secured seven digs in the match. Hildebrand had 11 excellent receptions on 16 errorless 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. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) were subs in all three matches, while Regan Hood (Dallas) and Paolini were subs in the first and third sets, respectively.

China’s powerful attack led to a 47-35 advantage in kills and they took advantage of 18 errors by the U.S. The Chinese converted on 41.6 percent of their attacks with a .310 hitting efficiency (47-12-113). The Americans held slim edges in blocks (8-7) and aces (4-3).

"I’m pretty sure I know the USA team very well," Lang Ping said. "They have a lot of great players who aren’t at this tournament. They have brought young, talented players and they are doing a great job. Before the match, I told my players we need to get used to their speed. We haven’t played a fast team yet, so we had to make the adjustment on court and learn to make quick transitions. In the second set today, I emphasized to the players that they must concentrate on defense."

China’s Zhu Ting, a rising star at the age of 19, scored a match-high 23 points including three blocks of her team’s blocks.

In the second match of the day Brazil (3-0, 9 points) defeated Italy (0-3, 1 point) 25-16, 26-24, 25-11. Later today Japan (1-1, 3 points) hosts Serbia (1-1, 3 points) at 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT).

Following its Saturday match with Italy, Team USA concludes the World Grand Prix Final Round on Sept. 1 at 7:10 p.m. local time (3:10 a.m. PT) versus host Japan.

China scored the first six points of the opening set and went into the first technical timeout leading 8-1. Murphy scored consecutive kills and Hildebrand added a block out of the break to narrow the gap to 8-4. Hildebrand added a second block followed by a China error to close the Americans to 9-6. China rebuilt its lead to 12-6 with three straight points. Murphy collected a kill and ace to reduce the gap to 12-8. China tallied three straight points to go into the second technical timeout up 16-9. Harmotto downed a kill, China misconnected on an attack and Glass served an ace off the net to move to within four at 17-13. China committed an error for Team USA’s fourth straight point, leading to a timeout with the Chinese lead reduced to 17-14. China sided out and added an ace to build its lead to 19-14. Murphy slammed a kill, China hit long and Gibbemeyer put up a block to bring the U.S. within two at 20-18. China answered with consecutive points to establish a 22-18 lead. China scored the final two points of the set to win 25-20.

Harmotto put up a block and kill to start the second set, and Murphy followed a China error to lift the Americans in front 4-0. China sliced its deficit to 6-5 with a 4-1 scoring run. Gibbemeyer slammed a kill and China hit wide to put the Americans in front 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Hildebrand pounded a kill out of the break to extend the U.S. lead to 9-5. China answered with four straight points of its own to square the set at 9-all. Gibbemeyer and Hill downed consecutive kills to go up 11-9, but China responded with a side out and ace to knot the score at 11-all. Hill and Harmotto spiked back-to-back kills and China mishandled the set to push the U.S. in front 14-11 at a China timeout. China reduced its deficit to 14-13 with consecutive points. Team USA sided out with a service error, which was followed by a Hildebrand kill and Hill ace at 18-14. China chipped three points off the deficit at 18-17. China tied the score at 21-all with an ace prompting a U.S. timeout, then went in front for the first time in the set at 23-22. China scored the final two points for a 25-23 victory.

Hill downed a kill and Hildebrand followed with a kill and block to give the Americans a 3-0 lead to start the third set. The U.S. stretched its lead to 6-1 with two Hildebrand kills around a Murphy block going into a China timeout. The Americans reached the first technical timeout leading 8-2 with a Murphy kill and Gibbemeyer block. China’s defense led to six straight points to erase the six-point deficit with a 9-all score. Gibbemeyer and Hill answered with back-to-back kills to lift the Americans into an 11-9 lead. China responded with two kills around an American error to put go in front 12-11. Glass served an ace after a Harmotto kill to put the Americans back in front 13-12. China pushed back in front at 15-14 on an American attack error. China gained a three-point cushion at 18-15 with a block and kill out of the second technical timeout. The U.S. long for a fourth straight Chinese point at 19-15. China scored four unanswered points for a commanding 23-16 lead en route to a 25-18 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: China def. Italy 28-30, 25-22, 26-28, 25-13, 15-10
Aug. 29: Brazil def. Japan 25-21, 25-22, 25-17
Aug. 30: China def. United States 25-20, 25-23, 25-17
Aug. 30: Brazil def. Italy 25-16, 26-24, 25-11
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

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

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