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U.S. Women Defeat Japan Sixth Time in 2013

Nov. 13, 2013, 6:21 a.m. (ET)

NAGOYA, Japan (Nov. 13, 2013) – Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) each scored a match-high 20 points to lead the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21 victory over Japan on Wednesday evening on the second day of the six-team round-robin FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, Japan.

After a travel day to Tokyo on Thursday, the U.S. (1-1, 3 points) will play Russia (1-1, 3 points) on Friday at 4:10 p.m. local time (10:10 p.m. PT on Thursday night). Russia defeated Dominican Republic (1-1, 3 points) 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15 on Wednesday. Team USA faces Thailand on Saturday before concluding the event against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Sunday.

The U.S. broke a 13-all tie in the opening set with a 3-0 run and pushed to a win 25-19. Team USA out-blocked Japan 5-0 in the set as seven Americans scored at least one point in the frame. Team USA rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the second set with a 6-0 run as part of an overall 13-3 spurt in winning 25-19. Japan jumped out to a 9-4 advantage in the third set with six unanswered points and gained a 25-19 victory to extend the match. Team USA used a 4-0 run in the fourth set to separate itself to a 12-8 advantage and went on to win 25-21.

Larson-Burbach scored her 20 points on 18 kills via 42 attacks and two blocks. Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) scored nine of her 20 points in the final set to reach 17 kills on 44 swings, two blocks and an ace. American captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added 16 points on 12 kills via 22 attacks and team-high four blocks. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) tacked on nine points via eight kills on 13 attacks and a block. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) charted seven kills on 16 attacks and a block for eight points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) tallied seven points on three kills on three swings, three blocks and an ace. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) rounded out the scoring with an ace each.

"Tonight was a great match," Hildebrand said. "Every time we play Japan it is a battle. We blocked and defended well. We did a good job of executing our game plan. We also passed and served well.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) charted a team-high 24 digs, while Lichtman and Glass each added eight digs. Glass was credited with 43 running sets to allow the U.S. offense to convert 46.1 percent of its attacks and a .362 hitting efficiency. Larson-Burbach totaled 13 excellent receptions on 24 attempts, while Hildebrand was credited with nine excellent receptions on 37 attempts.

Prior to today’s match, the U.S. had defeated Japan in all five matches played in 2013 including three victories in the USA Volleyball Cup held in Southern California and two matches during the FIVB World Grand Prix in Japan.

"Japan is the team we have played against the most this year," U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "They are always well-coached and fight very hard. We always have battles with them and today was another one. They know us well and we know them well. We learned some of their offensive patterns when we trained with them last week in Tokyo."

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Larson-Burbach and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), Lichtman and Hill were subs in all four sets.

The U.S. held a 13-7 advantage in blocks and a slim 4-3 margin in aces. The Americans held their errors to 12 in the match, while Japan committed 22 errors.

Japan’s Yuki Ishii scored a team-high 19 points, while Saori Kimura added 13 points.

In today’s opening match, Brazil (2-0, 6 points) defeated Thailand (0-2, 0 points) 25-18, 25-17, 25-17.

After four early lead changes, Team USA reached the opening set’s first technical timeout leading 8-7. At that point, Japan had scored six of its seven points on USA errors. The U.S. earned the first two-point separation of the first set at 11-9 with kills from Murphy and Hildebrand. Team USA increased its margin to 13-10 with consecutive kills by Murphy and Hildebrand. Japan responded with a Ishii kill and ace by Otake to knot the score at 13-all. Team USA answered with blocks by Murphy and Hildebrand around a Larson-Burbach kill to go into the second technical timeout leading 16-13 with Hagglund on the service line for the run. After a Paolini kill, Lichtman subbed into the match and promptly served an ace to stretch the U.S. lead to 18-14 at a Japan timeout. The U.S. extended its advantage to 21-15 with a Paolini kill and blocks by Glass and Larson-Burbach. Larson-Burbach added a fourth straight point at 22-15 with a cross-court winner. After Japan trimmed the deficit to 22-17, the teams traded points to the final 25-19 victory.

Larson-Burbach scored the first two points of the second set with kills. Japan took the lead at 4-3 with an ace capping a 3-0 run. Japan reached a two-point edge at 10-8 with an ace, then stretched the advantage to 13-10 after winning a long rally leading to a U.S. timeout. The Americans responded with a Murphy kill, followed by three kills and a block by Hildebrand pushing Team USA in front 15-13 at a Japan timeout. The U.S. scored a fifth straight point on Hagglund’s serve with a Paolini slide kill to put the Americans in front 16-13 at the second technical timeout. Glass added a seventh straight point with a block at 17-13. Japan took two points off the deficit at 17-15, but Paolini answered with a kill and block to push the U.S. lead to 19-15. Larson-Burbach collected three kills around a Murphy kill to extend the American lead to 23-16. Japan scored three unanswered points to force USA to call timeout with its lead trimmed to 23-19. After a Japan service error, Murphy ended the set with a kill at 25-19.

Murphy served an ace after a Hildebrand kill to give the Americans a 4-3 lead in the third set, but Japan came back to score the next five points to take a 8-4 advantage at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Japan scored a fifth straight point to establish a 9-4 lead. The U.S. trimmed the gap to 12-9 on a 4-1 run that included aces by Hill and Glass. However, Japan returned to a five-point cushion at 14-9 with consecutive points at a USA timeout. Out of the break, Japan scored two additional points to reach the second technical timeout leading 16-9 on a 4-0 run. Out of the break, the U.S. went on a 4-0 run with a kill and block by Gibbemeyer, and kills from Murphy and Larson-Burbach to close to 16-13. Japan collected four straight points to go up 21-14 on a 4-0 run. The U.S. saved three set points with kills from Larson-Burbach and Gibbemeyer around a Japan error, but Japan closed out the set 25-19.

The U.S. took its first lead of the fourth set at 5-4 following consecutive kills from Hildebrand and Larson-Burbach, then Larson-Burbach added a block at 6-4. Japan responded with back-to-back points to level the score at 6-all. Murphy turned in three kills around her own block on consecutive plays to push the Americans in front 12-8. Japan scored the next two points to cut the gap in half at 12-10. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-12 with a Glass block after a Japan service error. After the break, Glass put down a second-touch kill at 17-12. Japan knocked two points off the deficit leading to a U.S. timeout with its advantage cut to 17-14. Japan continued to charge back to within two at 19-17. Hildebrand put up a block after a Japan error to extend the American lead back to four points at 21-17. Murphy and Hildebrand scored consecutive kills to give the Americans match point at 24-20. Murphy scored her ninth point of the fourth set to cap the win at 25-21.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team for FIVB Volleyball Grand Champions Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Spike, Block, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, 10-0, 9-10, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
4 - Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, 10-6, 10-2, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Arizona)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, 9-4, 8-9, Kaneohe, Hawaii, University of Washington)
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 - Kristin Hildebrand – Captain (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-4, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 - Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, 9-11, 9-8, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
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)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, 9-7, 9-6, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Mike Hebert
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Leader: Kenny Sullivan

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup Schedule

Nov. 12 - Nagoya, Japan
Dominican Republic def. Thailand 25-23, 25-21, 25-23
Brazil def. USA 26-24, 26-24, 25-20
Japan def. Russia 25-20, 26-28, 25-16, 26-24

Nov. 13 - Nagoya, Japan
Brazil def. Thailand 25-18, 25-17, 25-17
Russia def. Dominican Republic 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15
United States def. Japan 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21

Nov. 15 - Tokyo, Japan
Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 12:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 14)
United States vs. Russia, 4:10 p.m. (10:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 14)
Japan vs. Thailand, 7:10 p.m. (2:10 a.m. PT on Nov. 15)

Nov. 16 - Tokyo, Japan
United States vs. Thailand, 12:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 15)
Russia vs. Brazil, 4:10 p.m. (10:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 15)
Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 7:10 p.m. (2:10 a.m. PT on Nov. 16)

Nov. 17 - Tokyo, Japan
United States vs. Dominican Republic, 12:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 16)
Thailand vs. Russia, 3:10 p.m. (9:10 p.m. PT on Nov. 16)
Japan vs. Brazil, 6:10 p.m. (1:10 a.m. PT on Nov. 17)

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