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U.S. Women Drop 5-Setter to Brazil

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 15, 2014, 11:10 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team’s chance at a FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round berth grew dimmer Friday as Brazil rallied from two sets down to win 29-31, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-9 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Team USA, now 3-4 with 10 points, plays host Thailand on Aug. 16 at 2:30 a.m. PT before concluding the preliminary round against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 17 at midnight PT.

The U.S. did pick up a point in the five-set loss, but now needs wins in its final two matches and lots of assistance from other teams to earn one of the four Group 1 spots into the Final Round. The U.S., now in seventh place, benefitted by Japan upsetting Serbia earlier today in four sets. The Americans are one point behind the Serbians (3-4, 11 points) and Germany (4-3, 11 points), which upset Turkey (5-2, 13 points) in four sets today. Italy (4-3, 10 points), which lost to Russia (3-4, 10 points) in four sets, has the same standings points as the U.S., but are ahead in the overall standings because of won-loss record. A total of five teams have either 11 or 10 points in fourth to eighth place fighting for a spot in the Final Round.

The U.S. rallied from a 13-9 early first set deficit to take a 19-17 lead, but needed to overcome a 23-21 deficit to win 31-29 on its sixth set point opportunity. Team USA took a 12-6 advantage in the second set and used nine blocks in the frame to win 25-22. Brazil bolted to a 10-6 advantage in the third set and withheld the American charge back for a 25-22 victory. Brazil built a 10-7 lead in the fourth set, but needed to put together a 5-1 run to overcome a 15-14 deficit in route to winning 25-19 to extend the match to the fifth set. After the U.S. took a 2-1 lead in the tiebreaker, Brazil took control with a 4-1 run and never allowed the Americans to score on serve the rest of the way for a 15-9 victory.

The meeting was the sixth match between the top-ranked Brazilians and the second-ranked Americans in 2014 with the U.S. winning the first four. Brazil has won the last two meetings over the span of five days in the World Grand Prix.

Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led the U.S. with a match-high 26 points on 23 kills via 58 attacks and three blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted 17 points on 12 kills via 27 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) tallied 14 points for the Americans with 13 kills on 38 swings and an ace.

Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) pocketed six kills and two blocks for eight points, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) turned in a team-high five blocks to go with a kill and ace for seven points. Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) collected four kills and a block for five points, while Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added three points. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) rounded out the scoring with two kills in the fifth set.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) totaled eight digs and nine excellent receptions on 25 attempts on the U.S. backrow. Larson-Burbach added nine excellent receptions on 45 attempts. Glass was credited with 52 running sets on 151 set attempts leading to a 33.9 kill percent and .233 hitting efficiency (64-20-189).

Brazil out-blocked the U.S. for the match 16-15, including eight blocks over the final two sets. The two-time defending Olympic champions also held a 70-64 margin in kills as both teams had three aces. Brazil converted 36.5 percent of its attacks with a .292 hitting efficiency (70-24-192). The U.S. had 27 errors including 12 on serve.

The U.S. started Robinson and Larson-Burbach at outside hitter, Adams and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the starting libero. Hill started the fourth set for Robinson, who then returned to the starting lineup in the fifth set. Dixon subbed into the match in the fourth set and started the fifth in place of Adams. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) was a reserved in all five sets and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in the first four sets.

Brazil’s Thaisa Menezes sparked the South Americans with 23 points, while Sheilla Castro added 20 points.

Brazil scored three consecutive points to take an 8-6 lead into the opening set’s first technical timeout after the early stages saw three lead changes. Brazil extended its advantage to 11-7 with another 3-0 scoring run. Adams stopped the run with a kill and Murphy followed with a block to close the gap to 11-9, but Brazil answered with back-to-back points to lift its lead to 13-9. Akinradewo and Murphy slammed kills around a Larson-Burbach ace to close the gap to 15-14. Team USA scored the first three points out of the second technical timeout with a Robinson kill, Glass block and Akinradewo ace to give the U.S. a 17-16 lead. Team USA built a two-point edge at 19-17 with a Brazil service error and attack fault. After calling a timeout, Brazil came back to tie the set at 19-all with back-to-back points. Brazil took the lead back at 21-20 with a service ace. Brazil took a two-point cushion at 23-21, but the U.S. answered with a Murphy kill and Glass block to tie the set at 23-all. The U.S. saved a set point and went into the lead at 25-24 on an Akinradewo kill and Brazil attack error. Team USA finished the set at 31-29 with kills from Larson-Burbach and Murphy.

Team USA took a 2-0 lead in the second set with a Robinson block after a Brazil attack error, but Brazil came back with three unanswered points to take a 4-3 lead. The Americans scored three straight with a Murphy kill and Glass block around a Brazil error to give Team USA a 7-5 advantage. The U.S. extended its lead to 11-6 with Akinradewo scoring four straight on two kills and two blocks followed by a Robinson kill on Larson-Burbach’s 5-point scoring run. Brazil went on a 6-2 run to close to within 17-15. Glass put up consecutive blocks to push the American advantage to 20-16 at a Brazil timeout. Team USA scored a fourth straight point out of the break to inch the lead to 21-16. Brazil responded with consecutive points decreasing the deficit to 21-18. Brazil saved two set points before a Brazil error gave the U.S. the win at 25-22.

Brazil gained an early 2-0 lead in the third set with an ace and U.S. attack error. Brazil extended the margin to 7-3 on a 4-1 scoring run. Larson-Burbach and Glass scored consecutive kills and Akinradewo put up a block to close the deficit to a single point at 7-6. Brazil answered with three straight points to take a 10-6 advantage at a U.S. timeout. Akinradewo downed consecutive kills and Larson-Burbach followed with a kill to close the Americans to within 14-13. Brazil took a 19-16 advantage with a block heading into a Team USA timeout. Murphy answered with a kill and Adams followed with a block to put the U.S. to within one again at 19-18. Brazil’s advantage returned to three points at 21-18 with a block. Larson-Burbach turned in consecutive kills to put the score within one at 21-20, but Brazil held on for a 25-22 victory.

The U.S. grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the fourth set with a Glass ace and Hill kill, but Brazil answered with two straight to tie the set at 2-all and reversed the lead at 4-3. Brazil raised its advantage to 6-4 on back-to-back points. Brazil extended its lead to 10-7 after winning long rally. Team USA answered with an Adams kill and back-to-back Brazil errors to square the set at 10-all. Brazil regained a two-point cushion at 12-10 with consecutive kills. The Americans leveled the score at 12-all with a Hill kill and Brazil attack error, then went in front 13-12 on another Brazil error. Brazil reversed the lead at the second technical timeout and extend its advantage to 17-15 with three unanswered points. Brazil increased its lead to 23-17 on a 6-1 scoring run and went on to win 25-19.

Brazil used a 4-1 scoring run to establish a 5-3 lead in the fifth set. Brazil put up a block to take an 8-5 lead at the side switch. Brazil increased the margin to 10-6 with a U.S. attack error, then reached match points at 14-8 on a fourth straight point and went on to win 15-9.

The U.S. won the FIVB World Grand Prix title three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, but are looking to bounce back from a disappointing sixth-place finish last year in Japan. The Americans have won the tournament five times, including 1995 and 2001. Ironically, all five Team USA titles have been earned in China.

For additional information on the FIVB World Grand Prix, click here.

2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Standings - Group 1
Brazil (7-0, 20 points) - vs. Dominican Republic (8/16) vs. Thailand (8/17)
China (5-2, 16 points) - vs. Serbia (8/16), vs. Japan (8/17)
Turkey (5-2, 13 points) - vs. Russia (8/16), vs. Italy (8/17)
Germany (4-3, 11 points) - vs. Italy (8/16), vs. Russia (8/17)
Serbia (3-4, 11 points) - vs. China (8/16), vs. Korea (8/17)
Italy (4-3, 10 points) - Germany (8/16), vs. Turkey (8/17)
USA (3-4, 10 points) - vs. Thailand (8/16), vs. Dominican Republic (8/17)
Russia (3-4, 10 points) - vs. Turkey (8/16), vs. Germany (8/17)
Korea (3-4, 9 points) - vs. Japan (8/16), vs. Serbia (8/17)
Japan (2-5, 8 point) - vs. Korea (8/16), vs. China (8/17)
Thailand (2-5, 5 points) - vs. USA (8/16), vs. Brazil (8/17)
Dominican Republic (1-6, 3 points) - vs. Brazil (8/16), vs. USA (8/17)

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for FIVB World Grand Prix
(see legend for corresponding World Grand Prix Weekend Final rosters)

# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass ^#* (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
2 – Kayla Banwarth ^#* (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson ^#* (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
4 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
5 – Tama Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, University of Washington)
6 – Nicole Davis ^#* (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
7 – Cassidy Lichtman ^#* (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
8 – Lauren Gibbemeyer ^#* (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
9 – Kristin Hildebrand ^ (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Jordan Larson-Burbach #* (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
11 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., University of California-Berkeley)
12 – Kelly Murphy ^#* (OPP, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
13 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Kim Hill ^#*  (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo ^#* (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
17 – Alix Klineman ^#* (OPP, 6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
18 – Bailey Webster (OPP, 6-3, Baltimore, Md., University of Texas)
19 – Kelsey Robinson ^#* (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
21 – Tori Dixon ^#* (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
22 – Rachael Adams ^#* (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
^ = Weekend 1 (at Turkey); # = Weekend 2 (at Brazil); * = Weekend 3 (at Thailand); @ = Final Round (at Japan)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: John Xie/Jamison Van Niel

2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Schedule (1st Group)

Pool A (at Ankara, Turkey)
Aug. 1: Russia def. USA 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20
Aug. 1: Turkey def. Japan 29-27, 25-19, 25-21
Aug. 2: Russia def. Japan 25-23, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18
Aug. 2: Turkey def. USA 25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12
Aug. 3: USA def. Japan 25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11
Aug. 3: Turkey def. Russia 25-23, 29-27, 14-25, 18-25, 15-10

Pool B (at Ansan, Korea)
Aug. 1: Serbia def. Germany 26-24, 25-20, 25-15
Aug. 1: Korea def. Thailand 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20
Aug. 2: Korea def. Germany 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21
Aug. 2: Thailand def. Serbia 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13
Aug. 3: Serbia def. Korea 25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-9
Aug. 3: Germany def. Thailand 25-21, 25-22, 25-21

Pool C (at Sassari, Italy)
Aug. 1: Brazil def. China 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16
Aug. 1: Italy def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-23, 25-15
Aug. 2: China def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-21, 25-23
Aug. 2: Brazil def. Italy 25-21, 25-16, 25-15
Aug. 3: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 26-24, 25-19, 25-18
Aug. 3: Italy def. China 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10

Pool D (at Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Aug. 8: USA def. Russia 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17
Aug. 8: Brazil def. Korea 25-16, 25-12, 25-15
Aug. 9: Brazil def. Russia 25-15, 25-21, 25-17
Aug. 9: USA def. Korea 25-15, 25-17, 25-16
Aug. 10: Brazil def. USA 25-20, 25-22, 29-27
Aug. 10: Korea def. Russia 21-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-22

Pool E (at Ankara, Turkey)
Aug. 8: Germany def. Serbia 25-21, 30-28, 25-18
Aug. 8: Dominican Republic def. Turkey 23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-9
Aug. 9: Germany def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 25-16, 16-14
Aug. 9: Turkey def. Serbia 18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 17-15
Aug. 10: Serbia def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-22, 27-25
Aug. 10: Turkey def. Germany 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20

Pool F (at Hong Kong)
Aug. 8: Italy def. Japan 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11
Aug. 8: China def. Thailand 29-27, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15
Aug. 9: Italy def. Thailand 25-19, 25-21, 25-23
Aug. 9: China def. Japan 25-16, 25-14, 25-22
Aug. 10: Japan def. Thailand 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20
Aug. 10: China def. Italy 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16

Pool G (at Bangkok, Thailand)
Aug. 15: Thailand def. Dominican Republic 25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19
Aug. 15: Brazil def. USA 29-31, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-9
Aug. 16: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, midnight PT
Aug. 16: USA vs. Thailand, 2:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 17: USA vs. Dominican Republic, midnight PT
Aug. 17: Thailand vs. Brazil, 2:30 a.m. PT

Pool H (at Kaliningrad, Russia)
Aug. 15: Germany def. Turkey 20-25, 36-34, 25-20, 25-22
Aug. 15: Russia vs. Italy, 10:10 a.m. PT
Aug. 16: Italy vs. Germany, 6:40 a.m. PT
Aug. 16: Russia vs. Turkey, 10:10 a.m. PT
Aug. 17: Italy vs. Turkey, 6:40 a.m. PT
Aug. 17: Germany vs. Russia, 10:10 a.m. PT

Pool I (at Macau, China)
Aug. 15: Japan def. Serbia 25-17, 10-25, 25-17, 25-19
Aug. 15: China def. Korea 24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19
Aug. 16: Japan vs. Korea, 11:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 15
Aug. 16: China vs. Serbia, 2 a.m. PT
Aug. 17: Korea vs. Serbia, 10 p.m. PT on Aug. 16
Aug. 17: China vs. Japan, 12:30 a.m. PT

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