Germany Gives U.S. Women First Loss of World Cup

Nov. 09, 2011, 6:46 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Germany 32-30, 25-19, 26-24 on Wednesday evening in the FIVB World Cup at Toyama, Japan.

Team USA, now 4-1 with 12 points in the FIVB World Cup standings after taking its first loss of the tournament, is in second place behind lone undefeated Italy (5-0, 14 points). The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Nov. 18 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Women’s tournament event page at

After a travel day to Okayama, Japan, the U.S. returns to action on Nov. 11 against Argentina to start the third round. The Americans also play Algeria on Nov. 12 and NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Nov. 13 in third-round action at Okayama. All three matches will be played at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. Pacific Time).

Germany battled back from a 9-4 deficit in the opening set and saved seven set points before winning a marathon 32-30 set. Germany used the momentum from the opening set to take a 12-6 lead in the second set and went on to win 25-19 as the Americans never got closer than four points. Germany rallied from a 22-18 deficit in the third set to win 26-24 after saving one set point.

“Congratulations to Germany,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “They played very well tonight. I thought our team was good, but our good wasn’t good enough. But we still feel very strong. If someone had asked me coming out of the first round if you were 4-1 would you be happy, I would have to say yes. We have a lot of the tournament to go and I’m sure that we’ll learn from tonight and we’ll be better tomorrow.”

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led the U.S. with 18 points all on kills and 34 attacks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) totaled 14 points with 12 kills on 21 attempts, one block and one ace. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) contributed seven blocks and four kills on eight errorless attacks for 11 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) charted five kills on eight swings and two blocks for seven points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) recorded five kills and a block for six points. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) added three points in just the third set, while Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Berg set the U.S. to a 48.5 kill percent and .384 hitting efficiency (48-10-99) with 36 assists. Meanwhile, Germany hit at a .410 hitting efficiency (55-12-105) and 52.4 kill percent.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied a team-high 10 digs to go with 10 excellent receptions on 25 attempts. Larson was credited with 18 excellent receptions on 31 attempts.

“Today was definitely Germany’s day,” said Berg, the U.S. captain. “Congratulations to them on a great-fought match. USA didn’t play our best, but we had chances – definitely in sets one and three – but didn’t take advantage of them and had some bad unforced errors at that time. Nobody said this tournament was going to be easy. It would have been great to go into the next round 5-0 but we’re still 4-1 and our heads are high and we’re going to keep fighting like we do and continue one game at a time. It’s a long tournament.”

McCutcheon started Berg at setter, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker and Hooker at opposite. Davis was the designated libero for the match. Scott-Arruda started the third place in place of Bown. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) was a sub in all three sets. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) was a sub in the final two sets, while Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was a reserve in the second set.

Germany’s serve kept the Americans off-balance all night as it held a 6-1 ace advantage to offset Team USA’s 11-7 block margin. Germany turned in a 63.6 service reception percent with 43 excellent receptions on 66 attempts, while the U.S. held a 41.1 service reception percent with 33 excellent receptions on 73 attempts. Germany also held a 55-48 lead in kills.

“(Germany) played very well and full credit goes to the German side,” McCutcheon said. “At the end of the day, we made some errors down the stretch – we turned some plays down the stretch, but Germany made a couple of extra plays at some different times and that was it. The margins are thin; we expect that. As we go through this tournament it’s inevitable that there will be some adversity and it’s really about how your teams choose to deal with that, so hopefully our team will respond appropriately.”

Germany’s Angelina Grun produced a match-high 21 points in the victory, while Corina Ssuschke-Voigt and Maren Brinker collected 14 points each.

“I really want to thank my players because it’s an honor for me to be coach of this team because sometimes this team can play over their possibilities,” Germany head coach Giovanni Guidetti said. “They have such an incredible team spirit and discipline that they can make sometimes extraordinary matches like today. To be able to beat the United States 3-0 which is right now the best team in the world, with the best athletes and the best organization, means we made something extraordinary, so I thank my girls for that. I hope the girls take a lot of confidence from this match. I said to my players in the locker room we can beat the United States, but only if we go with almost full risk and we play with great discipline. We knew the United States is a great team, but there is every time a chance. If we don’t believe there is a chance, I think we have to change jobs, so we believe there is a chance every time. Of course, against some teams you can only take this chance if you risk. Against other teams you can take the chance only if you play with discipline. Today was a risky day. We had luck, but this is sport. I was impressed with the way my players kept their focus and concentration even in the third set when we were behind 22-18, and that’s why I want to congratulate them and why I’m proud to be coach of this team. Today, they never gave up for a second.”

In other matches today at Toyama, Korea (1-4, 4 points) defeated Kenya (0-5, 0 points) 25-21, 25-15, 25-14 and Brazil (4-1, 10 points) rallied from two sets down to defeat Serbia (2-3, 8 points) 21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12. At site A in Hiroshima, China (4-1, 12 points) handled Argentina (2-3, 6 points) 25-10, 25-18, 25-23, Italy (5-0, 14 points) blanked Algeria (0-5, 0 points) 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 and host Japan (3-2, 10 points) beat Dominican Republic (1-4, 3 points) 25-20, 25-19, 25-16.

Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit by clicking here.

After Germany led off the first set with an ace, Akinradewo scored a kill and block followed by a Larson kill for a 3-1 American lead. A Hooker kill, Germany error and Larson block extended the U.S. advantage to 6-2. Team USA reached the first technical timeout leading 8-3 after a Hooker kill and Bown block. Germany sliced the deficit to 11-8 with consecutive points. However, Team USA regained a five-point cushion at 13-8 with a Hooker kill and German attack error. Out of the second technical timeout, Germany scored three straight points including an ace to close to 16-14 prompting a USA timeout. Germany moved to within one point at 16-15 with a block out of the timeout. Tom hammered two kills around an Akinradewo attack to rebuild the American lead to 19-15 going into a Germany timeout. Germany responded with a kill and ace out of the break to cut the deficit in half at 19-17. Germany closed to a single point at 21-20, then went in front 23-22 on a 3-0 scoring run. Larson answered with consecutive kills to yield a set point for the U.S. at 24-23. Germany saved seven set points before taking the lead at 31-30 with a block, then won the set at 32-30 on an overpass kill. Akinradewo led the U.S. with seven points in the opening set, while Larson, Tom and Hooker all scored five points and Bown added four points.

Germany used a 5-1 scoring run to take a 5-2 lead early in the second set. Germany increased its advantage to 8-3 at the first technical timeout with three unanswered points. Bown stopped the run with a kill and Germany followed with an error to cut the deficit to 8-5. Germany regained a five-point advantage at a U.S. timeout down 11-6. Out of the break, Germany put up a block to increase the advantage to 12-6. Tom scored a kill and ace to slice the deficit to 14-10. Germany won a long rally to regain a six-point advantage at 18-12, then pushed the gap to seven points at 22-15. Team USA saved two set points with ls from Hooker and Tom before Germany closed out the set at 25-19. Akinradewo, Tom and Hooker all scored four points for the U.S. in the second set in which Germany held a 18-9 advantage in kills.

Scott-Arruda scored consecutive kills leading to a 4-2 American lead in the third set, but Germany answered with the next three points to take a 5-4 advantage. The U.S. regained the lead at 6-5 with a Hooker kill and Tom block, then Germany hit wide to extend the American lead to 7-6. Tom netted consecutive kills to inch the lead to 9-6. Germany moved to within one at 9-8 on an ace. Berg and Tom downed attacks to return to a three-point separation at 11-8. Germany hit off the American block to move to one at 13-12. Hooker and Larson answered with kills to push the Americans to a 15-12 margin. Hooker followed a Germany service error with a kill to prompt Germany to call timeout down 19-15. Germany scored two points out of the break to cut the gap to 19-17 leading to a quick USA timeout. Germany committed errors on serve and attack out of the break to push the Americans back in front 21-17. Germany came back to tie the set at 22-all with four unanswered points. Germany saved one set point and gained its first match point at 25-24. On the next point Germany served an ace for the 26-24 victory.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
14 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Doctors: Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill and Dr. William Briner, Jr.
Scouts: Guiseppe Vinci, Jenni Hirneisen
Nutritionist: Shawn Dolan
Chiropractor: Dustin Glass
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)

FIVB Women’s World Cup Field
Team (Qualification Method, Jan. 15 World Ranking, Current World Ranking)
Brazil (South American Champions, 1, 1)
USA (NORCECA Champions, 2, 2)
Japan (Hosts, 3, 4)
Serbia (European Champions, 9, 5)
China (Asia Champions, 6, 6)
Italy (Wild Card, 4, 7)
Germany (European runner-up, 10, 9)
Korea (Asian bronze medalist^, 18, 13)
Dominican Republic (NORCECA runner-up, 13, 14)
Kenya (African Champions, 23, 15)
Algeria (African runnerup, 15, 17)
Argentina (Wild Card, 25, 20)

FIVB World Cup Standings
Team – Record – Points
Italy - 5-0 - 14 points
USA - 4-1 - 12 points
China - 4-1 - 12 points
Germany - 4-1 - 11 points
Brazil - 4-1 - 10 points
Japan - 3-2 - 10 points
Serbia - 2-3 - 8 points
Argentina - 2-3 - 6 points
Korea - 1-4 - 4 point
Dominican Republic - 1-4 - 3 points
Kenya - 0-5 - 0 points
Algeria - 0-4 - 0 points
POINTS NOTE: 3 points for 3-0 or 3-1 win, 2 points for 3-2 win; 1 point for 3-2 loss; 0 points for 3-0 or 3-1 loss

FIVB Women’s World Cup Schedule

First Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 4: China def. Algeria 25-13, 25-14, 25-19
Nov. 4: Argentina def. Dominican Republic 18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22
Nov. 4: Italy def. Japan 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15
Nov. 5: Dominican Republic def. Algeria 25-7, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 5: Italy def. China 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12
Nov. 5: Japan def. Argentina 25-19, 25-11, 25-20
Nov. 6: Italy def. Dominican Republic 28-26, 25-13, 25-12
Nov. 6: Argentina def. Algeria 25-18, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16
Nov. 6: China def. Japan 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13

First Round Site B (at Nagano White Ring)
Nov. 4: Serbia def. Korea 27-25, 25-22, 25-22
Nov. 4: Germany def. Kenya 25-19, 25-14, 25-8
Nov. 4: USA def. Brazil 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19
Nov. 5: Germany def. Korea 25-20, 25-16, 25-15
Nov. 5: USA def. Serbia 25-16, 27-25, 25-20
Nov. 5: Brazil def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-9
Nov. 6: Serbia def. Kenya 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-11
Nov. 6: Brazil def. Germany 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21
Nov. 6: USA def. Korea 25-10, 25-12, 25-13

Second Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 8: China def. Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18
Nov. 8: Italy def. Argentina 25-19, 25-10, 25-19
Nov. 8: Japan def. Algeria 25-8, 25-10, 25-17
Nov. 9: China def. Argentina 25-10, 25-18, 25-23
Nov. 9: Italy def. Algeria 25-14, 25-14, 25-15
Nov. 9: Japan def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-16

Second Round Site B (at Toyama City Gymnasium)
Nov. 8: USA def. Kenya 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
Nov. 8: Brazil def. Korea 22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 15-8
Nov. 8: Germany def. Serbia 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11
Nov. 9: Korea def. Kenya 25-21, 25-15, 25-14
Nov. 9: Brazil def. Serbia 21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12
Nov. 9: Germany def. USA 32-30, 25-19, 26-24

Third Round Site A (Sapporo Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center)
Nov. 11: Italy vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: China vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: Japan vs. Serbia, 7:20 p.m.
Nov. 12: Italy vs. Brazil, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: China vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: Japan vs. Korea, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 13: Italy vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: China vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: Japan vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.

Third Round Site B (at Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Nov. 11: Dominican Republic vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: Algeria vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: USA vs. Argentina, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 12: Dominican Republic vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: Argentina vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: USA vs. Algeria, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 13: Argentina vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: Algeria vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)

Fourth Round Site A (at Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium)
Nov. 16: USA vs. China, 11 a.m. (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 15)
Nov. 16: Italy vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Japan vs. Kenya, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: China vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: USA vs. Italy, 3 p.m. (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 16)
Nov. 17: Japan vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Italy vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: China vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 18: USA vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)

Fourth Round Site B (at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium)
Nov. 16: Dominican Republic vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 16: Algeria vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Argentina vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: Dominican Republic vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: Algeria vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 17: Argentina vs. Serbia, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Algeria vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
Nov. 18: Argentina vs. Korea, 5 p.m.