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Sep 01 U.S. Women End World Grand Prix with Win over Japan

By Bill Kauffman | Sept. 01, 2013, 7:19 a.m. (ET)

SAPPORO, Japan (Sept. 1, 2013) – Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored 22 points off the bench to lead top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory over host Japan to conclude the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

The U.S., which was aiming to win the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament for an unprecedented fourth time, ended the Final Round with a 1-4 record and three points for sixth place. Japan ended the tournament with a 1-4 record and five points for fourth place.

Japan pushed to an early 6-3 lead in the first set and did not allow the Americans closer than two the rest of the set for a 25-17 victory. The U.S. broke a 17-all tie in the second set with a 6-0 run en route to winning 25-19. In the third set, Japan broke an 18-all tie by scoring the final seven points to win 25-18. The U.S. sent the match to a fifth set with a 25-17 victory by breaking a 9-all tie with a 7-1 scoring run and closing the set with seven of the last nine points. The U.S. raced out to a 10-5 lead in the fifth set, but had to score the final three points to win 15-12 after Japan tied the score at 12-all with a 4-0 run.

Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored her 22 points with 19 kills and three blocks. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added 17 points, followed by Lauren Gibbemeyer’s (St. Paul, Minn.) 12 points that included a team-high four blocks. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added 11 points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) turned in eight points off the bench, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) added five points. Rounding out the U.S. scoring was Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) with two points and Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) with one point.

Glass, the tournament's Best Setter, set the U.S. with 50 running sets on 136 chances as the Americans converted 41.7 percent of their attacks into points with a .269 hitting efficiency (65-23-156). Kayla Banwart (Dubuque, Iowa) led the U.S. defense with 11 digs, while Hill charted 25 excellent service receptions on 60 total chances.

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. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Lichtman subbed into the match the first set and started the final four in place of Hildebrand. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a serving sub all five sets, while Regan Hood (Dallas) was a sub in the final three sets.

The U.S. held a 65-54 advantage in kills and 11-9 margin in blocks to offset 31 errors in the match to Japan’s 22. Japan held a slim 4-2 edge in aces, but a sizeable 45-17 dig advantage.

Japan’s Yukiko Ebata led the host country with a match-high 24 points, while Risa Shnnabe added 18 points.

The Americans have played Japan 226 times since 1983 with Japan holding a slim 113-103 series advantage. However, the U.S. is 5-0 versus Japan in 2013 as the Americans won all three matches in Southern California as part of the USA Volleyball Cup as well as a 3-0 victory on Aug. 18 in Sendai during the final World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend.

Earlier today Brazil defeated China 25-15, 15-14, 25-20 in what turned into a gold-medal match on the final day of the round-robin format taking place over five days. Both teams were undefeated in the Final Round heading into the match. China entered the match with a 13-0 record in this year’s World Grand Prix while Brazil was 12-1, its one loss to Bulgaria in the preliminary round. In the first match of the day, bronze-medalist Serbia rallied past Italy 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11.

Japan took a 6-3 lead in the opening set with four unanswered points and increased its advantage to 11-7 with an ace by Kimura heading into an American timeout. A U.S. attack error lifted Japan’s margin to 13-8. A Paolini slide kill and Japan attack error reduced the American deficit to 15-12. Japan answered with two points on each side of the second technical timeout to regain a five-point cushion at 17-12. Gibbemeyer pounded a slide and Hill put up a block to close the gap to 18-15, but Japan immediately responded with four points to push its lead to 22-15. Japan reached set points 24-16 on back-to-back points. Japan closed out the set with a 25-17 victory.

Hill scored the first two points of the second set to give the Americans a 2-0 lead. The U.S. increased its lead to 5-2 with a Gibbemeyer kill and Paolini block, but Japan answered with two points to narrow the American advantage back to one at 5-4. Japan scored the first two points out of the first technical timeout to level the score at 8-all. Hill answered with back-to-back kills to yield a 10-8 American lead. Fawcett hammered a kill after a Japan attack error to extend the U.S. lead to 12-9. Japan went on a 4-1 run to square the set at 14-all. Hill scored consecutive kills to give the U.S. a 17-15 lead, but Japan came back with the next two points to tie the score at 17-all. Back-to-back points by Gibbemeyer and Fawcett put the U.S. in front 19-17 at Japan timeout. Out of the break Hill and Gibbemeyer scored a third and fourth straight points with kills to prompt Japan to call timeout down 21-17. Hill and Gibbemeyer combined for a block and Japan hit long to put the U.S. up on a 6-0 run at 23-17. Team USA sided out the rest of the set with two Japan service errors to win 25-19.

The second set lead changed four times until Japan reached a 9-7 advantage with points on each side of the first technical timeout. Japan increased its advantage to 15-10 with four unanswered points. The U.S. cut into the gap with a Fawcett kill, Glass block and Japan attack error at 15-13. The Americans trimmed the deficit to 17-16 with a Japan service error and Hill kill. Gibbemeyer scored a kill and block on back-to-back plays to tie the set at 18-all. Japan answered with two quick points to regain a two-point cushion at 20-18. Japan finished the set on a 7-0 run to win 25-18.

The U.S. took the first two-point cushion of the fourth set at 6-4 with a Paolini kill followed by a Japan attack error. However, Japan leveled the score quickly at 6-all with a kill and American attack error. Japan went into the first technical timeout leading 8-7 following a U.S. attack error. The U.S. responded with kills by Fawcett and Hill to retake the lead at 9-8. Hill served an ace after a Japan setting error to lift the Americans to an 11-9 advantage. Lichtman scored two kills around a Fawcett spike to jump the U.S. lead to 14-10 heading into a Japan timeout. Out of the break Lichtman added another kill at 15-10 to cap a 4-0 run. Japan trimmed two points off the deficit to close to 18-15. Fawcett put up a kill and block to extend the American lead back to five at 20-15, prompting a Japan timeout. Fawcett added a third straight point with a kill to push the lead to 21-15. Fawcett collected a kill and block around a Hill ace to give the U.S. set points at 24-16. Lichtman ended the set with a kill at 25-17.

After Japan scored consecutive points to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth set, Gibbemeyer put down a monster spike in the middle and Japan followed with an error to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead. Lichtman connected for consecutive kills after a Fawcett spike to expand the American lead to 6-3 at a Japan timeout. Glass added a block out of the break to raise Team USA’s lead to 7-3. Paolini downed a kill and Japan hit wide to expand the U.S. lead to 10-5. Japan took points off the deficit with consecutive kills to prompt U.S. to call timeout leading 10-7. Japan trimmed its deficit to one with a 3-0 run and consecutive blocks to lead to a Team USA timeout at 12-11. Japan tied the score at 12-all with a U.S. attack error. Team USA reached match point at 14-12 with a Fawcett kill after a Japan error. Lichtman ended a long rally with a kill at 15-12.

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 def. Japan 25-22, 25-17, 25-19
Aug. 31: Italy def. United States 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14
Aug. 31: Brazil def. Serbia 27-25, 25-21, 25-22
Aug. 31: China def. Japan 25-16, 18-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-13
Sept. 1: Serbia def. Italy 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11
Sept. 1: Brazil def. China 25-15, 15-14, 25-20
Sept. 1: United States def. Japan 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12

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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