VERONA, Italy (Sept. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team is now 3-0 in the first round of the FIVB World Championship. Today (Friday) is an off-day and the team plans to do a little sightseeing in Verona before putting in a workout later tonight.
Thailand is the team’s next opponent on Saturday; it is ranked No. 12 in the world. Thailand is 1-2 in the tournament so far, with its lone win coming against Mexico. Coincidently, the volleyball competition at the 2014 Asian Games coincides with the FIVB World Championship. Thailand won the Asian Games in 2009 and 2013 and the country has sent many of its top-tiered players to South Korea instead of Italy.
On Sunday, the Americans will face the two-time defending world champion, Russia. The U.S. faced Russia twice at the 2014 World Grand Prix Finals, splitting the two matches, losing in four in Ankara, Turkey, and then winning in four in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month.
Russia is attempting to three-peat after defeating Brazil in the finals of 2006 and 2010. The Soviet Union is the only country to win three in a row in 1952, 1956 and 1960.
Interestingly, Brazil, the two-time Olympic champion and 10-time World Grand Prix champion, has never won the World title.
The Americans, with back-to-back silver medals at the Olympic Games, finished fourth at the 2010 Worlds and ninth in 2006.
Hill for the Kill
Kim Hill has played significant minutes in all three U.S. victories in the first round of the FIVB World Championships and she has brought an all-around game to the court.
She is the team’s leading scorer with 38 and has been credited with a team-leading 35 excellent receptions, plus, has 16 digs.
A little bit about Alisha Glass
On the road, what does she need to have?
“My computer. Anything that generates a Wi-Fi signal where you can get to the Internet, maybe watch a couple shows online, maybe watch a movie. I’m a huge movie watcher, something that can keep you entertained.”
She’s inspired by Christa Dietzen
“A person who really inspires me on a daily basis who’s in our own gym is probably Christa. I’ve gotten to play with her throughout college (and on the national team). When she’s working out, when she’s getting treatment … everything that she’s doing … you just think, ‘why am I not doing it like that?’ She’s my generation, but she definitely inspires me.”
Glass’s mom was a high school coach. As a kid, “I was a volleyball junkie.” She loved to pepper with the high school players as a youngster. To this day, her mom is there during tough times. “She’s kind of the voice in my head.”
“I always tell young girls, just play as much volleyball as you can. Just want to play it, go to this open gym, that open gym, go to as many camps as you can and play multiple positions. I was a outside slash middle, at one point, right-side hitter, setter, who loved to pass and play defense.
“You want to be versatile; it’s going to open a lot more opportunities. I’ll do whatever I need to do to see the court.”
Top Two Teams
Dominican Republic*/Germany*, 7
*Qualified for second round