U.S. Women Beaten in 5 by Turkey

Aug. 02, 2014, 2:58 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dropped to 0-2 in the FIVB World Grand Prix following a 25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12 loss to Pool A host Turkey on Saturday in Ankara.

The Americans conclude the first preliminary round weekend versus No. 3 Japan (0-2) on Sunday at 6 a.m. PT. Universal Sports will stream the match, in addition to several other matches of the World Grand Prix. For details, click here.

Turkey opened the first set with a 14-6 advantage that included a string of three aces and held on for a 25-21 lead after the U.S. closed to two points at 22-20. The Americans built a 17-10 lead in the second set, only to have Turkey come back to force extra points saving four set points. After Turkey led 27-26, the U.S. scored the final three points of the second set for a 29-27 victory. In the third set, the U.S. pulled even at 13-all after trailing 6-2, but Turkey answered with a 3-0 run and cruised into a 25-21 victory. Team USA pushed the match to a fifth set by winning the fourth set 25-20 after jumping out to a 7-3 lead and maintaining control the rest of the way. Turkey broke a 3-all tie in the tiebreaking set with a 6-2 run and went on to win 15-12.

Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) led the Americans with 20 points via 18 kills, one block and one ace. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) added 18 points all off the attack. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) contributed 12 kills, two blocks and an ace for 15 points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) tacked on seven kills, four blocks and an ace for 12 points.

Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) recorded seven points in the U.S. loss, while Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) totaled four points. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) all notched two points, while Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) totaled 14 digs and 22 excellent receptions on 29 attempts without an error to lead the U.S. back row. Thompson totaled 11 digs and 18 running sets from her setter position. Robinson chipped in 18 excellent receptions on 26 attempts.

For the second match in a row Team USA was hurt by their own errors with 39 versus Turkey (16 of which were service errors) following 23 errors in a four-set loss to Russia on Friday. Turkey out-blocked the Americans 18-14 and limited its miscues to 25 for the five-set match. The U.S. attack managed a 64-51 advantage in kills and a 5-4 margin in aces. Team USA converted 37.7 percent of its attacks as part of a .156 hitting efficiency. Turkey converted 35.4 percent of its attacks with .160 hitting efficiency.

The U.S. started Robinson and Hill at outside hitter, Adams and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the starting libero. Thompson started the final three sets taking the spot of Glass. Gibbemeyer started the second set in place of Adams, while Hildebrand started the final two sets in place of Hill. Klineman was a sub in all but the fourth set. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in all five sets.

Gozde Sonsirma paced Turkey with 26 points via 21 kills, three blocks and two aces. Neriman Ozsoy added 15 points in the win.

The USA-Japan series will be renewed on Sunday. The two teams have played 217 times since 1983 – by far the most of any opponent for the U.S. While Japan holds the upper hand 113-104 in the series, Team USA won all six meetings in 2013 including three during the USA Volleyball Cup, twice in the FIVB World Grand Prix in Japan and once in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup also in Japan. In World Grand Prix matches over the past 21 editions, the U.S. leads the series 17-6.

Turkey took a 6-1 lead early in the opening set that included a string of three straight aces. Turkey stretched its lead to 14-6 with a 4-0 run. Out of the second technical timeout, Akinradewo scored consecutive kills to slice the gap to 16-11. Team USA whittled the deficit to 17-14 with a Robinson kill, Akinradewo ace and Turkey error. Adams and Robinson scored consecutive kills to put the Americans within two at 18-16. Turkey responded with back-to-back points to raise its advantage to 20-16. Team USA climbed to within two at 22-20 with an Akinradewo kill and Glass block. However, Turkey finished out the set with a 25-21 victory.

Team USA took a 5-2 lead in the second set with a kill and ace by Hill followed by a Glass kill. The U.S. extended the advantage to 7-3 with a Robinson kill and Gibbemeyer block. Robinson connected for consecutive kills at 9-4. Turkey came back with three straight points to close the deficit to 10-8. Murphy and Hill downed consecutive kills to push the American lead to 13-9. Akinradewo picked up a kill and block followed by a Robinson kill to inch the American lead to 16-10 at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Klineman stuffed an attack for a fourth straight USA point at 17-10 leading to Turkey’s second timeout. Out of the break Turkey went on a 6-1 run to trim the deficit to 18-16. Robinson served an ace after a Murphy kill to give the U.S. a four-point cushion at 21-17. Turkey crept to within one at 23-22 on a 4-1 run and knotted the score at 24-all on a block after saving two set points. Turkey took its first set point opportunity at 27-26 on a Team USA error. The U.S. saved the set point with a Murphy kill followed by a Turkey error. The Americans finished out the set with a Murphy cross-court winner at 29-27.

Turkey established a 6-2 lead in the third set that included four blocks to start the set. The U.S. chipped two points off the deficit with consecutive Turkish errors. The U.S. knotted the score at 10-all with a Robinson kill followed by consecutive Adams blocks heading into a Turkey timeout. Turkey regained a three-point edge at 16-13 with three straight points going into the second technical timeout. Turkey increased its lead to 18-14 on consecutive USA errors. The U.S. cut the deficit in half at 22-20 with an Akinradewo kill followed by a Klineman ace. Turkey went on to capture the set at 25-21.

The U.S. rolled to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set with two Turkish errors and a Murphy kill. Turkey answered with back-to-back points. The U.S. moved back to a 7-3 lead with two Turkish errors around a Hildebrand block. Turkey trimmed the gap to two at 9-7 with consecutive points. Robinson downed a kill and Adams followed with a block to send the U.S. lead to 12-8. Team USA stretched the lead to 15-9 with a Murphy kill, Adams’ fourth block and a Turkish error. Adams scored a kill and ace around the second technical timeout to lift the American lead to 17-10. Turkey saved three set points before Murphy put the winner away at 25-20.

Turkey earned the first two-point cushion of the fifth set at 5-3 and raised its advantage to 7-4. A U.S. error and Turkish block extended the host’s lead to 9-5. After a Turkish service error, Klineman put up a block to cut the deficit in half at 10-8. Team USA scored a third straight point on a Turkey error out of a timeout at 10-9. Turkey responded with three straight points to regain a four-point cushion at 13-9. The U.S. moved back to two at 13-11 with a Robinson kill and Turkey attack error, but Turkey sided out the rest of the way for a 15-12 victory.

The U.S. won the FIVB World Grand Prix title three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, but are looking to bounce back from a disappointing sixth-place finish last year in Japan. The Americans have won the tournament five times, including 1995 and 2001. Ironically, all five Team USA titles have been earned in China.

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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 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 vs. Japan, 6 a.m. PT
Aug. 3: Russia vs. Turkey, 9 a.m. PT

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: Korea vs. Serbia, 10:10 p.m. PT on Aug. 2
Aug. 3: Thailand vs. Germany, 1:40 a.m. PT

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 vs. Dominican Republic, 8:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 2: Brazil vs. Italy, 11 a.m. PT
Aug. 3: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 3: Italy vs. China, 11 a.m. PT

Pool D (at Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Aug. 8: USA vs. Russia, 8 a.m. PT
Aug. 8: Brazil vs. Korea, 11:45 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: Brazil vs. Russia, 7 a.m. PT
Aug. 9: USA vs. Korea, 9:30 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: USA vs. Brazil, 7 a.m. PT
Aug. 10: Russia vs. Korea, 9:30 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