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U.S. Women in Must-Win Mode at Grand Prix

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 06, 2014, 12:42 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, has little wiggle room remaining with the goal of reaching the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round.

Team USA, which finished 1-2 with three points after the first FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend in Turkey, will be equally challenged this weekend with three matches in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. opens the weekend against No. 6 Russia on Aug. 8 at 7 a.m. PT. The Russians, which is in fourth place with a 2-1 record and seven points, defeated the Americans in four sets in the opening match of the World Grand Prix on Aug. 1.

The U.S. challenges Korea on Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m. PT. Korea was 2-1 with six points in hosting last weekend’s Pool B. Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung is the leading scorer through the first weekend as she has 75 points, 13 more than the second-best scorer. The Americans are 10-3 versus Korea since 1983, including wins in the last four matches.

Team USA ends the preliminary round weekend against undefeated Brazil on Aug. 10 at 6 a.m. PT. While the Brazilians are the only team to earn all nine points in the first preliminary round weekend, the U.S. has fresh thoughts of success against the two-time reigning Olympic Games champions. The U.S. went 4-0 versus a Brazilian squad with eight Olympians in the USA Volleyball Cup held July 5-12.

Universal Sports will stream all three matches. For details, click here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff have made one roster switch heading into Brazil. Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) has rejoined the team following an injury during the third match of the USA Volleyball Cup versus Brazil. She replaces Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) on the 14-player roster competing in Brazil.

The U.S. has had three different best scorers in the opening three matches of the World Grand Prix. Hill and Murphy scored 17 points in the opening loss to Russia. Robinson connected for 20 points in the five-set loss to undefeated Turkey. Murphy scored 21 points in Team USA’s five-set win over Japan.

Murphy ranks fifth overall in scoring with 53 points, while Robinson is 14th with 43 points. Murphy is 11th in Best Spiker with a 42.6 kill percent, along with eighth in Best Server with 0.36 aces per set. Glass ranks second in Best Setter with a 6.21 running sets average. Adams ranks eighth in Best Blocker with a 0.79 blocks per set average. Banwarth has averaged 2.86 digs per set for eighth-best in Best Digger.

Team USA has shown in the past that it can come back from disappointing opening weekends in the FIVB World Grand Prix. In 2010, the U.S. finished the first round 1-2 and went on to win the final six matches to earn a spot in the Final Round. The Americans went on to win the Final Round with a 5-0 record, which also started a run of three consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles.

The U.S. will need to overcome some fast starts by other teams. With Brazil atop the rankings with nine points, Turkey is the only other undefeated team and with seven points. Four countries – Serbia, Russia, Korea and Italy – have 2-1 records and bunched together with points ranging from 7-5. China, with a 1-2 record and four points, is in seventh place and one spot ahead of the Americans and Germany with three points.

The top four teams from the 12-team top tier advance to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round along with host Japan. The winner of the second-tier Final Round also advances to the overall Final Round.

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

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

# - 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 Standings
Brazil (3-0, 9 points)
Turkey (3-0, 7 points)
Serbia (2-1, 7 points)
Russia (2-1, 7 points)
Korea (2-1, 6 points)
Italy (2-1, 5 points)
China (1-2, 4 points)
USA (1-2, 3 points)
Germany (1-2, 3 points)
Thailand (1-2, 2 points)
Japan (0-3, 1 point)
Dominican Republic (0-3, 0 points)

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 vs. Russia, 7 a.m. PT
Aug. 8: Brazil vs. Korea, 10:45 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: Brazil vs. Russia, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: USA vs. Korea, 8:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: USA vs. Brazil, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: Russia vs. Korea, 8:30 a.m. PT

Pool E (at Ankara, Turkey)
Aug. 8: Serbia vs. Germany, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 8: Turkey vs. Dominican Republic, 9 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: Turkey vs. Serbia, 9 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: Dominican Republic vs. Serbia, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: Turkey vs. Germany, 9 a.m. PT

Pool F (at Hong Kong)
Aug. 8: Japan vs. Italy, 3:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 8: China vs. Thailand, 5:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: Italy vs. Thailand, 10:15 p.m. PT on Aug. 8
Aug. 9: China vs. Japan, 12:45 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: Japan vs. Thailand, 10:15 p.m. PT on Aug. 9
Aug. 10: China vs. Italy, 12:45 a.m. PT

Pool G (at Bangkok, Thailand)
Aug. 15: Thailand vs. Dominican Republic, 2 a.m. PT
Aug. 15: USA vs. Brazil, 4:30 a.m. PT
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: Turkey vs. Germany, 6:40 a.m. PT
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 vs. Serbia, 2 a.m. PT
Aug. 15: China vs. Korea, 5:30 a.m. PT
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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