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U.S. Women's Streak Snapped by Brazil

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 04, 2013, 9:48 a.m. (ET)

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CAMPINAS, Brazil (Aug. 4, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 in a marquee matchup of the world’s top two teams Sunday morning on the third day of FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A in Campinas, Brazil.

Top-ranked Team USA, which is seeking to become the first country to win four consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles, is now 2-1 in the World Grand Prix with six points. The U.S. had its World Grand Prix win streak snapped at 18 matches dating back to the 2011 Final Round. Second-ranked and Pool A host Brazil is now 3-0 with eight points to end the first weekend of the preliminary round.

The U.S. trailed 7-5 early in the opening set, but forged to a 16-12 advantage as Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) served two straight aces after a kill. The USA went on a 7-1 run with Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) scoring five kills and a block in the spurt to establish a 23-14 lead en route to a 25-17 victory.

Team USA scored five unanswered to take a 9-6 advantage in the second set, but Brazil countered with a 6-0 run to gain a 20-17 advantage and held on for a 25-23 victory. In the third set, Brazil overcame a 8-6 deficit by scoring six of seven points to build a 12-9 advantage and went on to win 25-18.

Brazil came back from a 13-8 deficit in the fourth set to take a 15-14 advantage on a 7-1 run. However, Hill put down two kills to spark a 4-0 American run to take a 19-16 lead. Brazil came out of a timeout to score eight unanswered points to regain the lead at 24-19 and went on to win 25-20.

Hill led the U.S. in scoring with 16 points on 13 kills, two aces and a block. Harmotto finished the match with 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) chipped in 11 points on 10 kills and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) charted 11 points with nine kills, one block and one ace. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) charted three kills and two blocks all in the fourth set. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) tallied four kills and a block for five points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) scored two blocks and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Glass provided 36 running sets on 108 set attempts while also contributing a team-high 14 digs. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added 10 digs, while Hill was credited with 18 excellent receptions on 48 attempts.

U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who lost for the first time in 11 matches (10-1) as the head coach of the program, started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the designated libero for the match. Fawcett and Paolini started the fourth set in place of Murphy and Gibbemeyer, respectively. Lichtman was a sub in the first three sets, while Hagglund was a sub in the second and third sets.

Team USA held a 10-8 margin in blocks while Brazil had a 56-52 edge in kills. The Americans also produced a 3-1 margin in aces. Brazil took advantage of 27 USA errors and limited its miscues to 21.

Brazil was led in scoring by Gabriela Braga Guimaraes and Fernanda Rodrigues with 14 points each and Juicely Barreto with 12 points.

The FIVB World Grand Prix is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament. Team USA is seeking to become the first team to win four consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles. Since 2010, the Americans are 41-5 in FIVB World Grand Prix matches with losses only to Brazil today and in the 2012 Final Round pool play, Serbia in the 2011 pool play, Poland in 2010 pool play and Germany in 2010 pool play.

Team USA has had a storied rivalry with Brazil with the two teams occupying the top two spots in the FIVB world ranking for the last six years. In all competitions including today, the U.S. has won six of its last eight meetings against Brazil with the only other loss being the 2012 Olympic Games gold-medal match. However, Brazil holds a 60-40 advantage in the series dating back to 1983. In FIVB World Grand Prix competition, the U.S. had won the last three matches against Brazil. Overall, the U.S. and Brazil have face each other 17 times in World Grand Prix action with Brazil holding a slim 10-8 advantage in the event series.

Brazil, with a record 192 victories in FIVB World Grand Prix play, has won the event eight times including three consecutive gold medals from 2007 to 2009 before the Americans rolled off three straight titles. Overall, Brazil has reached the medal podium in 15 of 19 World Grand Prix editions in which they have taken part in. Brazil's last four defeats in the World Grand Prix have been at the hands of the United States.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team FIVB World Grand Prix 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

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Schedule (all match times local)

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 vs. Poland, 12:30 p.m.

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 vs. Puerto Rico, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 4: Dominican Republic vs. Czech Republic, 5 p.m.

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: Turkey vs. Japan, 5 p.m.

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 vs. Kazakhstan, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 4: Italy vs. Germany, 8:45 p.m.

Pool F – Belgrade, Serbia
Aug. 9: Serbia vs. Netherlands, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 9: United States vs. Algeria, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 10: Algeria vs. Serbia, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 10: United States vs. Netherlands, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 11: Netherlands vs. Algeria, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: United States vs. Serbia, 8:15 p.m.

Pool G – Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Aug. 9: Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 5 p.m.
Aug. 9: Puerto Rico vs. Bulgaria, 8 p.m.
Aug. 10: Brazil vs. Bulgaria, 5 p.m.
Aug. 10: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.
Aug. 11: Bulgaria vs. Dominican Republic, 2 p.m.
Aug. 11: Puerto Rico vs. Brazil, 5 p.m.

Pool H – Plock, Poland
Aug. 9: Germany vs. Japan, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 9: Poland vs. Kazakhstan, 8 p.m.
Aug. 10: Japan vs. Kazakhstan, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 10: Poland vs. Germany, 8 p.m.
Aug. 11: Kazakhstan vs. Germany, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Poland vs. Japan, 8 p.m.

Pool I – Hong Kong, China
Aug. 9: Turkey vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
Aug. 9: China vs. Czech Republic, 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 10: Turkey vs. Czech Republic, 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 10: China vs. Argentina, 3:45 p.m.
Aug. 11: Argentina vs. Czech Republic, 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 11: China vs. Turkey, 3:45 p.m.

Pool J – Ekaterinburg, Russia
Aug. 9: Italy vs. Russia, 5 p.m.
Aug. 9: Cuba vs. Thailand, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 10: Thailand vs. Russia, 5 p.m.
Aug. 10: Cuba vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Russia vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.
Aug. 11: Italy vs. Thailand, 7:30 p.m.

Pool K – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Aug. 16: Cuba vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Aug. 16: Kazakhstan vs. Netherlands, 6 p.m.
Aug. 17: Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m.
Aug. 17: Kazakhstan vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
Aug. 18: Cuba vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m.
Aug. 18: Kazakhstan vs. Brazil, 6 p.m.

Pool L – Bangkok, Thailand
Aug. 16: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.
Aug. 16: Germany vs. Russia, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Russia vs. Puerto Rico, 2 p.m.
Aug. 17: Thailand vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Puerto Rico vs. Germany, 2 p.m.
Aug. 18: Russia vs. Thailand, 4:30 p.m.

Pool M – Sendai, Japan
Aug. 16: United States vs. Czech Republic, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 16: Japan vs. Bulgaria, 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 17: Japan vs. United States, 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Czech Republic vs. Bulgaria, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Japan vs. Czech Republic, 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: United States vs. Bulgaria, 3:30 p.m.

Pool N – Wuhan, China
Aug. 16: Serbia vs. Poland, 4 p.m.
Aug. 16: China vs. Argentina, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Argentina vs. Serbia, 4 p.m.
Aug. 17: China vs. Poland, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Poland vs. Argentina, 4 p.m.
Aug. 18: China vs. Serbia, 7:30 p.m.

Pool O – Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
Aug. 16: Italy vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
Aug. 16: Turkey vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m.
Aug. 17: Algeria vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
Aug. 17: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 18: Dominican Republic vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
Aug. 18: Italy vs. Turkey, 5:30 p.m.

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