U.S. Women Fall to Germany in Montreux Final
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 31, 2014) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, lost to No. 9 Germany 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 in the 29th Annual Montreux Volley Masters title match Sunday afternoon in Montreux, Switzerland.
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The Americans were attempting to win the prestigious event for the first time after finishing with the silver three previous times. Prior to this year, Team USA had finished with the Montreux silver medal in 2010, 2004 and 1991 (as BCV Volley Cup).
Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) led the Americans with 16 points all on kills, while Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) totaled 14 points with 13 kills and a block. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), who was named the tournamen'ts Best Server, charted 13 points with a match-high seven blocks to go with three aces and three kills. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) chipped in 13 points with nine kills, two blocks and two aces. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collected six kills and a block for seven points. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) tacked on three points and Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.
Robinson was credited with a 62 positive reception percent on 32 serve receive chances, while Hill was 51 positive percent on a team-leading 39 chances. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) provided a team-best 11 digs to go with a 62 positive reception percent on 16 chances, while Hill added seven.
Team USA held advantage in both blocks (12-10) and aces (5-3), but it committed 10 more errors than Germany (25-15). Germany’s attack was more effective with a 56-50 kill margin. The U.S. converted 33 percent of its attacks to Germany’s 42 percent. Germany also managed a 51-36 dig advantage.
The U.S. started Thompson at setter, Adams and Dixon at middle blocker, Hill and Robinson at outside hitter, Hildebrand at opposite and Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) at libero. Paolini started the final three sets in place of Dixon, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a sub in all four sets. Dixon subbed in the final three sets and Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) came off the bench in the first and fourth sets.
Russia, which lost to the United States in the semifinal round, defeated China 19-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11 on Sunday afternoon to claim the bronze medal. Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world, defeated Japan in the fifth-place match 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-22. Russia, China and Brazil all finished pool play with 2-1 record and an 8-5 set ratio, but Brazil lost on the tiebreaker and fell into the 5-8 classification round.
Team USA’s next competition will be the Pan American Cup June 11-19 in Mexico. The Americans are in Pool B with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Later this summer Team USA hosts Brazil in a four-match USA Volleyball Cup series with matches at UC Irvine (July 5), University of Southern California (July 6) and University of Hawaii (July 11-12). For USA Volleyball Cup ticket information, visit usavolleyballcup.com.
After falling behind 8-4 at the opening set’s first technical timeout, the U.S. scored three straight to close to 10-9. However, Germany restored its four-point cushion 16-12 at the second technical timeout and pushed the lead to 18-12. Team USA saved four set points, but Germany’s advantage was too much in the 25-19 victory.
Team USA broke an 11-all tie in the second set with consecutive kills from Robinson and Hildebrand followed by an Adams ace for a 14-11 American advantage at a Germany timeout. Hildebrand scorched a kill for fourth straight point at 15-11. The U.S. extended its lead to 20-15 with a Germany ball handling error, but Germany responded with three consecutive points to cut the gap to 20-18. Team USA scored the final four points of the second set for a 25-19 victory.
Germany scored four unanswered points in the third set to take a 5-2 advantage and reached the first technical timeout leading 8-4. Germany stretched its advantage to 14-8 going into USA’s second timeout. The U.S. could not gain any momentum the rest of the set as Germany won 25-17.
Hildebrand scored consecutive kills in the fourth set to lift the U.S. to an 11-10 advantage. Adams connected for a kill and ace on back-to-back plays to extend Team USA’s margin to 14-12. Robinson scored consecutive kills after a Hill attack to inch the American lead to 18-14. Germany battled back to one at 19-18, then scored the final six points for a 25-21 victory.
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
4 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
5 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
7 – Sonja Newcombe (OH, 6-1, Lake Arrowhead, Calif., University of Oregon)
9 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
11 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
12 – Ebony Nwanebu (OPP, 6-4, Fairview, Texas, University of Southern California)
13 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
18 – Juliann Faucette (OPP, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison, Tom Black, Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: Rob Browning
Scout/Consultant Coaches: Jamison Van Niel, Alessandro Lodi
Montreux Volley Masters Schedule
May 27: Brazil def. Switzerland 25-13, 25-20, 25-13 (Video)
May 27: United States def. Germany 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 (Video)
May 27: China def. Russia 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-9 (Video)
May 28: Germany def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 (Video)
May 28: Brazil def. China 25-19, 14-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-13 (Video)
May 28: United States def. Japan 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 (Video)
May 29: China def. Switzerland 25-16, 25-22, 25-13 (Video)
May 29: Russia def. Brazil 35-33, 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 15-11 (Video)
May 29: Japan def. Dominican Republic 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 (Video)
May 30: Russia def. Switzerland 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 (Video)
May 30: Germany def. Japan 25-15, 27-25, 25-16 (Video)
May 30: United States def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 (Video)
May 31: Brazil (A3) def. Dominican Republic (B4) 27-25, 25-16, 27-25 (Video)
May 31: Japan (B3) def. Switzerland (A4) 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 (Video)
May 31: Germany (B2) def. China (A1) vs. Germany (B2) 25-22, 25-18, 25-21, semifinal (Video)
May 31: United States (B1) def. Russia (A2), 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, semifinal (Video Stream)
June 1: Brazil def. Japan 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-22 (5th Place) (Video Stream)
June 1: Russia def. China 19-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11 (Bronze Medal) (Video Stream)
June 1: Germany def. United States 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 (Gold Medal) (Video Stream)