U.S. Women Fall to China in USAV Cup

By Bill Kauffman | June 06, 2015, 11:19 p.m. (ET)

HONOLULU (June 6, 2015) – The second match of the USA Volleyball Cup was much like the first of the four-match series, except the winning team was reversed as China defeated the U.S. Women’s National Team 25-21, 25-23, 25-12 Saturday night in Honolulu.

Yesterday, the top-ranked U.S. Women defeated third-ranked China 25-22, 25-15, 25-22. However, both teams altered their lineups with China putting in star Ting Zhu, who was the Best Outside Spiker of the 2014 FIVB World Championship in which Team USA topped China 3-1 in the title match.

“First of all China played #2 (Ting Zhu) who is one of the better outside hitters in the world, and she stabilizes them a lot,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “They picked their serving game up tremendously, and put a lot of pressure on us with their serve. We had much less success with our serve. Lots of phases of our game got a little ragged. I would have liked to have responded with a little more grit in the third. It is no accident China is ranked No. 3 in the world and silver medalists in the World Championships.”

China dominated the service line and net with a 9-2 ace advantage and 12-5 block margin. Further, the visitors converted 48 percent of its attacks with just eight hitting errors. In contrast, the hosts converted 37 percent of their attacks with 22 hitting errors.

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“China’s changes made more difference than our changes,” Kiraly said. “I thought our middles did a nice job. We brought in Cursty Jackson and Tori Dixon and they attacked pretty well. However, China’s serving, especially with No. 2 in the lineup and their passing was stabilized with her in the lineup. I think we had a little trouble with that. The serve-receive battle, they absolutely won it today just as we clearly won it yesterday.”

Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles), who did not play in the first match, paced the U.S. with 13 points via 12 kills on 21 attacks and a block. Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in 11 points with seven kills on 21 swings, three blocks and an ace. Megan Easy (Durham, N.C.), who was a sub in all three sets yesterday, tallied six points with five kills and an ace.

Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) tallied five points, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and Karsta Lowe (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) recorded four points. Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

“We played more relaxed tonight,” China Head Coach Lang Ping said. “Also, I played some second-team players yesterday and they are not as strong as first team. When the game goes on today, we were getting more relaxed and not worrying about too much and just concentrating to play better than last night.”

China had balanced scoring with three players in double digits as Ting Zhu and Changning Zhang scored match-high 14 points and Fangxu Yang totaled 10 points. Jingsi Shen had three aces in the victory, while Changning Zhang had five blocks. Xinyue Yuan produced eight points, four on blocks.

The four-match series now shifts to California with the U.S. Women hosting China on June 9 at UC Irvine and on June 12 at Cal State University San Bernardino. For ticket information, visit usavolleyballcup.com

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster of USA Volleyball Cup Matches on June 5-6
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
5 – Tama Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, University of Washington)
8 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
10 – Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
11 – Megan Hodge Easy (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State University)
12 – Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
18 – Molly Kreklow (S, 6-0, Delano, Minn., University of Missouri)
20 – Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Arizona)
21 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
23 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
25 – Karsta Lowe (OPP, 6-4, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., UCLA)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison and Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

# - Last Name First Name (Position, Ht, World Championship Matches, Olympic Games Matches)

1 – Yuan Xinyue (MB, 199cm, 13, 0)
2 – Zhu Ting (OH, 195cm, 13, 0)
3 – Yang Fangxu (OPP, 190cm, 13, 0)
5 – Shen Jingsi (S, 186cm, 20, 0)
6 - Yang Junjing (MB, 190cm, 13, 5)
8 – Zeng Chunlei (OPP, 187cm, 13, 5)
9 – Zhang Changning (OH, 193cm, 0, 0)
10 – Shan Danna (OH, 168cm, 13, 5)
11 – Zhang Xiaoya (MB, 189cm, 0, 0)
12 - Ruoqi Hui (OH, 192cm, 13, 0)
15 – Lin Li (L, 171cm, 0, 0)
16 – Ding Xia (S, 180cm, 0, 0)
17 – Yan Ni (MB, 192cm, 0, 0)
19 – Liu Yanhan (OH, 188cm, 0, 0)

Head Coach: Lang Ping
Assistant Coaches: An Jiajie, Lai Yawen, Bao Zhuang, Wu Xiaolei
Physiotherapist: Hsu Brittni
Doctor: Wang Kai
Team Manager: Lai Yawen