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U.S. Women Sweep Dominican in World Cup Finale

By Bill Kauffman (Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Sept. 06, 2015, 3:08 a.m. (ET)

NAGOYA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team concluded the FIVB World Cup with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Dominican Republic on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan, and finished with the bronze medal in the 11-match, 16-day Olympic Qualification Tournament.

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Team USA, which finished 9-2 overall, had a chance to move into second place and earn Olympic Games qualification on the final day of competition. After the Americans won its match, Team USA needed either Serbia to lose Argentina or China to fall to Japan. Serbia battled to a five-set win to avoid an upset at the hands of Argentina, while China won a four-set battle against the host Japanese. China ended the tournament with the gold medal and Serbia earned the silver to get the two coveted Olympic Games berths.

The U.S. will compete in the NORCECA Championship at the end of September for a chance to earn a top four spot and invitation to participate in the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in January 2016.

“I'm happy with the way we came back from a tough loss to Russia to win our final two matches here,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “When I took over I tried to instill the concept of team - like a second family. Choosing your words carefully and celebrating our successes. I want the players to play freely - letting it rip as we say in English. Playing without fear. We have the chance for the bronze medal here. We will be happy to stand on the podium at the end of a difficult tournament.”

Past 2015 World Cup Recaps: Aug. 22 vs. KOR | Aug. 23 vs. SRB | Aug. 24 vs CHN | Aug. 26 vs PER | Aug. 27 vs Algeria | Aug. 30 vs Kenya | Aug. 31 vs Argentina | Sept. 1 vs Cuba | Sept. 4 vs Russia | Sept. 5 vs Japan

Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led Team USA with 15 points. She produced 14 kills on 26 attacks along with one block. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.), named the Second Best Blocker of the World Cup, added 13 points with eight kills on 12 errorless swings, three blocks and two aces. Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) totaled 11 points with 10 kills on 19 swings and an ace.

Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) charted seven points, all on kills via 13 errorless attacks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) accounted for five points with three aces, one kill on five swings and a block. Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) collected two kills on five attacks. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) pocketed two aces.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was credited with a team-high 16 excellent receptions on 18 chances and nine digs. Robinson handled a team-high 10 digs on 11 chances along with four excellent receptions. Glass and Larson-Burbach each dug nine balls.

Glass was credited with 32 running sets on 59 chances as she helped the Americans to a 50.0 kill percent and .393 hitting efficiency (42-9-84). Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) added two running sets and two digs in her limited action on the court in all three sets.

“This has been a long tournament,” Glass said. “Some matches went our way, some didn't. I'm proud of the way we came out and played this match.”

Related: U.S. Women's National Team Home Page | Latest FIVB World Cup Standings

The U.S. dominated each area of the match as the Americans held a 41-27 advantage in kills, 5-4 edge in blocks and an 8-2 margin in aces. Team USA limited Dominican Republic to a 34.6 kill percent and .231 hitting efficiency (27-9-78).

“This was a very intense match,” Dominican Republic captain Prisilla Rivera said. “We did not receive well. It was difficult to attack. We have to practice and work harder. We could not pressure them with our serves. Their serve reception was much better. We will now prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in our region.”

Dominican Republic was led by Isabel Yonkaira’s 12 points and Elizabeth Brayelin added seven points.

The U.S. scored the first two points of the match on Dominican Republic errors. Fawcett produced two kills around slams from Akinradewo and Robinson to push the margin to 7-2. Out of the technical timeout, Akinradewo served an ace and Dixon put up a block to extend the American lead to 10-3. Team USA built a 13-5 advantage after a Dixon block on a 3-0 run. Dominican Republic answered with its own 3-0 run to slice the deficit to 13-8. Dixon put up a block to put USA up 16-8 at the second technical timeout. Dominican hit into the net out of the break and Dixon followed with a quick attack to send USA up 18-8. Fawcett added a fourth and fifth straight point with kills at 20-8. The U.S. finished the set at 25-10 on a Dominican net violation.

Akinradewo served an ace to give the U.S. a 6-4 edge in the second set, then Team USA went into the first technical timeout up 8-5 on a Dominican Republic attack error. However, Dominican Republic answered by quickly leveling the score at 9-all. Team USA responded with four of the next five points to grab a 14-10 advantage. Akinradewo served an ace, Robinson pounded off the block and Dixon slammed a kill after the second technical timeout to stretch the American lead to 19-13. Glass sliced an ace to up the advantage to 21-14. Team USA ended the set at 25-19.

Team USA bolted to an 8-3 lead to open the third set. The Americans opened up the lead to 16-9 at the second technical timeout. Dominican mounted a mini comeback to close to 20-15, but it wasn’t enough as the Americans closed out the set with a 25-17 victory on a Dixon kill.

FIVB World Cup Standings and Remaining Matches - Detailed Standings
1 - China (10-1, 30 points)
2 - Serbia (10-1, 26 points)
3 - USA (9-2, 28 points)
4 - Russia (9-2, 27 points)
5 - Japan (7-4, 22 points)
6 - Korea (5-6, 16 points)
7 - Dominican Republic (5-6, 16 points)
8 - Argentina (4-7, 12 points)
9 - Cuba (4-7, 11 points)
10 - Kenya (2-9, 5 points)
11 - Peru (1-10, 5 points)
12 - Algeria (0-11, 0 points)

U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Roster for FIVB World Cup
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
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 Easy (OH, 6-3, Boston, Mass., Penn State University)
13 – Christa Dietzen (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State University)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
17 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
18 – Molly Kreklow (S, 5-9, Delano, Minn., University of Missouri)
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
Team Manager: Denise Sheldon
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Doctors: Dr. William Briner, Jr. and Dr. Andrew Gregory
Consultant Coaches: Marv Dunphy and David Hunt

2015 FIVB World Cup Schedule (Local Time/ET Time – Television Time on Universal)
Aug. 22: USA def. Korea 25-15, 25-22, 25-15
Aug. 23: Serbia def. USA 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-6
Aug. 24: USA def. China 25-23, 25-17, 25-23
Aug. 26: USA def. Peru 25-17, 25-15, 25-12
Aug. 27: USA def. Algeria 25-7, 25-2, 25-5
Aug. 30: USA def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-13
Aug. 31: USA def. Argentina 25-16, 25-19, 25-14
Sept. 1: USA def. Cuba 25-15, 25-11, 25-15
Sept. 4: Russia def. USA 25-17, 31-29, 25-23
Sept. 5: USA def. Japan 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10
Sept. 6: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-10, 25-19, 25-17