U.S. Women Sweep Dominican Republic

By Bill Kauffman | May 30, 2014, 4:29 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 30, 2014) – – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, concluded the Montreux Volley Masters Pool B with an undefeated record after sweeping its NORCECA zone rival Dominican Republic 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 Friday evening in Montreux, Switzerland.

Team USA, 3-0 in pool play that also included wins over No. 3 Japan and No. 9 Germany, will face No. 6 Russia (2-1) in the semifinals on Saturday at noon PT. Russia finished second in Pool A, which included a five-set win over No. 1 Brazil and a five-set loss to pool winner and No. 5 China. Pool A came down to points ratio as China, Russia and Brazil were all 2-1 with an 8-5 set ratio. Brazil was the odd team out on advancing to the semifinals by a mere five points given up over the course of three pool matches. Dominican Republic, ranked No. 9, will now play in the 5-8 classification round.

Team USA had three players reach double-figure scoring led by Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) with 13 points on six kills, four blocks and three aces. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) produced 10 points with five kills on seven attacks, three aces and two blocks. Captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), who switched to opposite instead of her usual outside hitter position for the match, contributed 10 points on nine kills and a block.

Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) pocketed nine points on seven kills via 14 errorless attacks and two aces. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) posted seven points, while Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) tacked on four points. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) tallied two blocks and Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) added two kills. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a point each.

Thompson provided a team-high five digs and Hill added four digs in the match. Team USA out-blocked Dominican Republic 12-1 and held a 10-1 ace advantage. The Americans also managed a 38-26 margin in kills as they converted 43 percent of their attacks into points with a .313 hitting efficiency.

The U.S. held a 75 positive reception percent on 40 service chances. Hill handled 17 chances with a 76 positive percent, while Davis was credited with an 80 positive percent on 10 chances. Meanwhile, Dominican Republic was just 37 percent positive on its 63 serve receive chances.

In the opening set, the U.S. used a 5-0 run to break an 18-all tie with two Adams’ aces, a Dixon overpass kill and two Dominican Republic errors to go in front 23-18, then finished the set at 25-19. Team USA dominated the rest of the way with victories of 25-15 and 25-14 in the second and third sets after jumping out to 8-2 leads in both frames.

The U.S. started Thompson at setter, Adams and Dixon at middle blocker, Hill and Robinson at outside hitter, Hildebrand at opposite and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) at libero. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) moved into the libero spot partway through the second set and started the third. Faucette and Jenna Hagglund were double subs in all three sets, while Newcombe and Paolini were subs in the final set.

Earlier today, Russia (2-1) defeated Switzerland (0-3) 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 and Germany (2-1) stopped Japan (1-2) 25-15, 27-25, 25-16.

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)
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 Stream)
May 30: Germany def. Japan 25-15, 27-25, 25-16 (Video Stream)
May 30: United States def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 (Video Stream)
May 31: Brazil (A3) vs. Dominican Republic (B4), 5 a.m. PT
May 31: Japan (B3) vs. Switzerland (A4), 7 a.m. PT
May 31: China (A1) vs. Germany (B2), Semifinal, 9:30 a.m. PT (Video Stream)
May 31: United States (B1) vs. Russia (A2), Semifinal, noon PT (Video Stream)
June 1: 5th Place Match, 2 a.m. PT (Video Stream)
June 1: Bronze Match, 4:30 a.m. PT (Video Stream)
June 1: Gold Match, 7 a.m. PT (Video Stream)