U.S. Women Rally by Germany at Montreux

By Bill Kauffman | May 27, 2014, 2:44 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 27, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, with three starters making their international senior debuts, rallied to defeat Germany 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 on the opening day of the prestigious Montreux Volley Masters event taking place in Montreux, Switzerland.

The U.S. Women, ranked second in the world, resume Pool B play on Wednesday at noon PT. The Americans are idle on Thursday before concluding the round-robin pool play on Friday against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic at noon PT.

Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) led Team USA with 20 points, including 12 kills on 13 attacks, a match-high six blocks and two aces. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added 13 kills and three aces for 16 points. Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) charted 15 points with 12 kills and three blocks.

Ebony Nwanebu (Fairview, Texas) contributed 10 kills in the victory, while Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) tacked on eight points with three kills, three aces and two blocks. Juliann Faucette (San Diego) added five points as a reserve in all four sets.

“It was a hard game against the Germans today," Hill said. "We were a little bit nervous in the first set. However, that’s always like this when we play our first game of the season together.”

Hill also added a 44 positive reception percent on a team-leading 45 reception chances, while Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) tallied a 36 positive reception percent on 28 chances.

The Americans held sizeable margins in both blocks (12-7) and aces (8-4) in coming back from a one-set deficit. Germany held a 55-53 advantage in kills.

The U.S. started Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) at setter, Paolini and Adams at middle blocker, Hill and Robinson at outside hitter, Nwanebu at opposite and Natalie Hagglund at libero. Hagglund, Nwanebu and Robinson were all making their international senior level debuts for Team USA. Faucette and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) were double-subs in all four sets. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) was a sub in the opening set.

The Americans started the opening set slow before gaining steam, but it was too late in a 25-22 setback. The U.S. controlled most of the second set as Robinson scored six points. In the third set, Team USA rallied from a 22-20 deficit to win 25-23. Adams provided six points in the third set to spark the rally. The U.S. continued the pressure in the opening moments of the fourth set taking an 11-4 advantage before Germany charged back to level the score at 18-all. Faucette and Hill scored back-to-back kills to push the U.S. advantage to two points at 21-19 and the Americans scored four of the last five points to win 25-21.

Earlier today, No. 1 Brazil defeated host Switzerland 25-13, 25-20, 25-13 in a Pool A match.

Nearly all 2014 Montreux Volley Masters matches will be streamed online through laola1.tv, which is not available in parts of the world. Links to individual matches are below in the schedule schedule. For additional information on the Montreux Volley Masters, click here.

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 Stream)
May 27: United States def. Germany 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 (Video Stream)
May 27: China def. Russia 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-9 (Video Stream)
May 28: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 28: Brazil vs. China, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 28: United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: China vs. Switzerland, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: Russia vs. Brazil, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: Russia vs. Switzerland, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: Japan vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: United States vs. Dominican Republic (Video Stream)
May 31: A3 vs. B4, 2 p.m.
May 31: B3 vs. A4, 4 p.m.
May 31: A1 vs. B2, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 31: Ba vs. A2, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: 5th Place Match, 11 a.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: Bronze Match, 1:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: Gold Match, 4 p.m. (Video Stream)