The Temple of Volleyball

Sept. 30, 2014, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

VERONA, Italy (Sept. 30, 2014) - The venue for the second-round matches of the FIVB Women's World Championship, PalaPanini, is historic for outstanding clubs with 35 national titles, nearly 20 international cups and the Italian “generation of phenomenons” who won three consecutive men’s World titles in the 1990s. The FIVB named three athletes as the “Players of the Century,” one was American head coach Karch Kiraly, another was Lorenzo Bernardi, who played at the PalaPanini.

And a number of Americans have played in Modena, including current team members, Christa Dietzen and Alisha Glass, plus Matt Anderson, Lloy Ball, Paula Jo Weishoff and Keba Phipps.

When you enter the facility, you are greeted by a sign, “Benvenuti nel Tempio del Volley.”

You have just entered the Temple of Volleyball.

   U.S. opposite Kelly Murphy 

Live Streaming on UniversalSports.com

Wednesday, Oct. 1
USA vs. Turkey … 5p local / 11a ET
Brazil vs. Kazakhstan … 8p local / 2p ET

Thursday, Oct. 2
Brazil vs. Netherlands … 5p local / 11a ET
USA vs. Bulgaria … 8p local / 2p ET

Saturday, Oct. 4
USA vs. Serbia … 5p local / 11a ET
Brazil vs. Russia … 8p local / 2p ET

Sunday, Oct. 5
Russia vs. Serbia … 5p local / 11a ET
USA vs. Brazil … 8p local / 2p ET

Live streaming will continued with the next round on UniversalSports.com. Television broadcasts begin on Oct. 8 through the title match on Oct. 12. Universal Sports will show 10 matches with special taped 90-minute editions on the same day of the match. Two matches will be shown back-to-back for three hours of volleyball coverage beginning at 4p ET on Oct. 8-12 

Second-Round Opponents

Oct. 1 … Turkey … ranked 11th in the world, finished the first round 2-3, giving Brazil their toughest test, before losing 2-3. They were third at the 2012 Grand Prix Finals and ninth at the 2012 Olympic Games. They were sixth at the 2010 World Championships.
First Round: Serbia, L, 3-1; Canada, W, 3-0; Bulgaria, L, 2-3; Brazil, L, 2-3; Cameroon, W, 3-0

Oct. 2 … Bulgaria … ranked 35th in the world, finished the first round 3-2. They are competing in their first World Championship since 2002. In 2013, they finished ninth at the Grand Prix Final, taking a win off of Brazil 3-1 in the process.
First Round: Serbia, L, 2-3; Turkey, W, 3-2; Cameroon, W, 3-0; Canada 3-0)

Oct. 4 … Serbia … ranked eighth in the world, finished the first round 4-1. They earned a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championship and were eighth in 2010. Winners of the European League in 2009-11, Serbia earned bronze medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Grand Prix Finals
First Round: Turkey, W, 3-1; Bulgaria, W, 3-2; Cameroon, W, 3-0; Canada, W, 3-1; Brazil, L, 1-3

Oct. 5 … Brazil … ranked first in the world, two-time defending Olympic champions, defeating the Americans in the final both times; silver medalists at the last two World Championships, losing to Russia in both finals. Brazil won the 10th World Grand Prix title in 2014.
First Round: Bulgaria, W, 3-0; Cameroon, W, 3-0; Canada, W, 3-0; Turkey, W, 3-2; Serbia, W, 3-1

A little bit about Jordan Larson-Burbach

How did you get into volleyball?
“I played a lot of sports growing up, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. I started playing club volleyball and my parents sat me down and told me that if this is something I want to take seriously, then I needed to run with it. I really enjoyed the team aspect and just went for it.”

How old were you when you first started playing?
“I was 12 years old. I still played basketball and ran track but I was playing more volleyball outside of school.”

Describe your volleyball career.
“I started out as a setter but I transitioned to middle blocker and now I’m an outside hitter. To remember where I was before is crazy to think about and I’ve become a much better player and teammate. It’s unbelievable to think about the position I’m in today, it’s exciting.”

What’s your motivation and inspiration?
“I lost my mother five years ago to breast cancer and she fought seven long years. To see what she was able to do with her disease and take it head-on has really been an inspiration to me to be like, ‘you’re living a dream and you get to do a lot of things most people don’t’. To put on the USA Volleyball uniform is such an honor and I take how she fought and apply it to the USA spirit and being able to represent the United States in a different way.” 

What advice would you give young players?
“It’s going to be hard and you’re going to have a lot of different coaches along the way. Take what each coach says and be a sponge and take it all in. You’re going to grow from each experience whether it’s good or bad. Try to be a better person, player and teammate you can be.”

U.S. Stat Leaders

Scorers
56 | Kim Hill, 51 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace
52 | Jordan Larson-Burbach, 35 kills, 9 blocks, 8 aces
50 | Kelly Murphy, 45 kills, 1 block, 4 aces
42 | Tori Dixon, 29 kills, 7 blocks, 6 aces
37 | Christa Dietzen, 22 kills, 13 blocks, 2 aces

Kills
51 | Kim Hill
45 | Kelly Murphy
35 | Jordan Larson-Burbach

Blocks
13 | Christa Dietzen
9 | Jordan Larson-Burbach
8 | Nicole Fawcett

Aces
8 | Jordan Larson-Burbach
6 | Tori Dixon
4 | Kelly Murphy

Sets
103 running, 309, still, 6.06 per set | Alisha Glass
53, running, 157 still, 3.12 per set | Courtney Thompson

Digs
48, 2.82/set | Kayla Banwarth
36, 2.12/set | Kim Hill
33, 1.94/set | Jordan Larson-Burbach

Receptions
36 excellents, 90 att., 34.44 efficiency | Kayla Banwarth
20 excellents, 108 att., 15.74 efficiency | Kim Hill

Alisha Glass ranks third in the tournament with a 6.06 sets-per-set average. Kayla Banwarth is eighth overall with 2.82 digs average per set and ninth in ‘excellent’ reception efficiency..

The Pools

The top three teams from each pool will advance to the final round in Milan. The U.S. is in a tough pool, but they are the only team of the remaining 16 to carry the maximum nine points from the first round. A reminder, a 3-0 or 3-1 win scores three points for the victors; a 3-2 win scores two points for the winner and one for the loser. Points scored in the first round against teams that did not advance to the second round are not carried forward.

Pool E (points)
China, 8
Italy, 7
Dominican Republic, 6
Japan, 5
Belgium, 3
Croatia, 3
Azerbaijan, 2
Germany, 2

Pool F (points)
USA, 9
Brazil, 8
Russia, 6
Serbia, 5
Netherlands, 3
Bulgaria, 3
Turkey, 2
Kazakhstan, 0