US Women Sweep Turkey in Grand Prix

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | June 19, 2016, 11:41 p.m. (ET)

LONG BEACH, California (June 19, 2016) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team concluded its weekend of hosting the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 victory over visiting Turkey on Sunday evening in Long Beach, California.

The USA is now 5-1 overall with 15 points in the standings through the first two weekends. The Americans also moved into third place in the 12-team Group 1 standings. Turkey had its recorded fall to 3-3 overall before heading into the third and final preliminary round weekend at home in Ankara.

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Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) sparked the USA with 15 points, including 12 kills on 28 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 15 points with eight kills on 13 errorless swings and five blocks. Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Illinois) notched 14 points on the strength of 12 kills on 26 swings and two blocks.

Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) contributed 11 points with nine kills on 18 attacks and two blocks. Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania) provided three kills on seven attacks and a block for four points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Michigan) and Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California) rounded out the scoring with one point each.

“I think each week we build on the previous week,” Dietzen said. “We talked about not looking at it as this big daunting task with so many matches in the Grand Prix, or so matches before leaving for Rio. It is taking one match at a time. One practice at a time. We go back, look at video from these three matches, we learn from learn. We will work on those areas of weakness this week and take them into matches against Germany, Netherlands and China. We are really excited to have the opportunity to compete as a team against Netherlands and China, as will see them in Rio.”

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Team USA converted 44.6 percent of its attacks into points with a .337 hitting efficiency (45-11-101) as Glass was credited with 24 running set on 63 set attempts. Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) added seven running sets as the double-sub setter.

“I think one of our goals today was we knew that the atmosphere might be different than last night, which was a pretty special atmosphere,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “We knew the energy would be less, and we don’t want to be dependent on crowd, or energy or even really good play like last night when we were up 16-4 to start – we were on fire. We don’t want to be dependent on those things to bring a good version of ourselves. So our challenge today, was if we could bring a good version of ourselves and we did. I think our team did a nice job with quite different conditions. We didn’t go out to a huge lead, we weren’t playing out of our minds, and we didn’t have the crowd we had last night. We had a nice crowd, but it wasn’t the VOL-B-QUE crowd from last night.”

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) turned in 15 digs in leading the American backrow defense. Larson pocketed 10 digs, while Robinson added nine digs. Robinson recorded 18 excellent receptions on 33 chances and Larson chipped in 10 excellent receptions on 12 chances.

Turkey’s Polen Uslupehlivan totaled 12 points and Hande Baladin chipped in 12 points.

Team USA had a 12-6 block advantage and a 4-1 ace margin over Turkey. The Americans held a 58-49 dig advantage. The U.S. held Turkey to a 36.6 kill percent and .202 hitting efficiency (38-17-104).

After trailing 7-5, Turkey recovered with a 5-2 scoring run to take a 10-9 advantage capped by a Uslupehlivan kill. However, Adams hit a slide for a kill followed by a Fawcett slam from the back-row and Adams ace for a 12-10 American lead. Dietzen hit a slide for a point and followed with a block to extend the American lead to 14-11. Glass served an ace out of a Turkey timeout, then Dietzen put up a block for a 16-11 USA lead at the second technical timeout. Robinson hammered a kill off the block and Adams put down a quick set to give USA a 21-16 lead after Turkey was fighting to get back in the set. Adams and Larson connected for consecutive kills to raise the American lead to 23-18. Turkey’s Kalac served an ace to close the gap to 23-20, but Dietzen awarded USA set points at 24-20 with a kill. Dietzen ended the set at 25-21 with a kill. Adams and Larson each scored five points in the set.

Turkey took a 3-1 early lead in the second set, taking advantage of two USA errors. The Americans answered with three straight for a 4-3 USA lead highlighted by a Robinson kill in transition. Baladin hit a cross-court winner to put Turkey in front 8-7 at the first technical timeout. Team USA took an 11-9 lead on two Fawcett kills and a triple block. Fawcett and Larson scored consecutive kills and Robinson had back-to-back kills followed by a Robinson block to put the Americans up 16-10 at the second technical timeout. Turkey scored four straight to close to 23-19 after trailing by eight points. Lowe ended the run with a kill, then USA finished the set at 25-20 on a Fawcett slam.

The USA went up 6-3 as Larson and Robinson were scoring early in the third set. Fawcett served an ace and Robinson hit an attack off the block to extend the American lead to 10-5. The U.S. stretched the lead to 13-6 after an unsuccessful Turkey video challenge. Adams served an ace to inch the American lead to 15-8. Adams scored back-to-back blocks to put USA up 22-11. The USA won 25-16.

2016 FIVB World Grand Prix Weekend 2 Roster
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Michigan, Penn State University)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Washington, University of Washington)
5 – Rachael Adams (M, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
6 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, California, University of California-Berkeley)
10 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Nebraska, University of Nebraska)
12 – Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, Wilmington, Illinois, University of Florida)
13 – Christa Dietzen (M, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, Penn State University)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Penn State University)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Oregon, Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (M, 6-3, Plantation, Florida, Stanford University)
17 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, California, University of Southern California)
23 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Illinois, University of Nebraska)
25 – Karsta Lowe (OPP, 6-4, Rancho Santa Fe, California, UCLA)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Consultant Coach: David Hunt
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Strength Coach: James Stitz
Doctor: Chris Koutures
Team Manager: Denise Sheldon

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Pool A: June 10-12 at Ningbo, China 
June 10: USA def. Germany, 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 (Watch Replay)
June 10: China def. Thailand 25-14, 25-14, 25-11
June 11: USA def. Thailand 25-21, 29-27, 25-23 (Watch Replay)
June 11: China def. Germany 25-12, 25-22, 25-16
June 12: Thailand def. Germany 16-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-16
June 12: June 12: China def. USA 25-20, 25-19, 15-25, 25-23 (Watch Replay)

Pool B: June 9-12 at Rio de Janeiro (all times local)
June 9: Brazil def. Italy 23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 27-25
June 9: Japan def. Serbia 31-29, 25-18, 28-26
June 10: Brazil def. Japan 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
June 10: Italy def. Serbia 25-16, 25-19, 29-31, 25-17
June 12: Brazil def. Serbia 25-20, 25-18, 25-18
June 12: Italy def. Japan 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 15-8

Pool C: June 10-12 at Kaliningrad, Russia (all times local)
June 10: Turkey def. Belgium 25-22, 25-23, 26-24
June 10: Russia def. Netherlands 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16
June 11: Netherlands def. Turkey 27-25, 25-21, 25-22
June 11: Russia def. Belgium 25-20, 25-15, 25-16
June 12: Netherlands def. Belgium 25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20
June 12: Russia def. Turkey 26-24, 20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-10

Pool D: June 17-19 at Macau, China (all times local)
June 17: Serbia def. Brazil 16-25, 29-31, 25-19, 25-19, 18-16
June 17: China def. Belgium 25-19, 25-17, 25-22
June 18: Brazil def. Belgium 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-18
June 18: China def. Serbia 27-25, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9
June 19: Serbia def. Belgium 24-26, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10
June 19: China def. Brazil 25-23, 25-16, 25-20

Pool E: June 17-19 at Long Beach, California (Pacific Time/Eastern Time)
June 17: Turkey def. Japan 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13
June 17: USA def. Germany 25-17, 24-26, 25-10, 25-23 (Watch Replay)
June 18: Turkey def. Germany 25-18, 16-25, 25-19, 25-19
June 18: USA def. Japan 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
June 19: Japan def. Germany 25-27, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18
June 19: USA def. Turkey 25-21, 25-20, 25-16

Pool F: June 17-19 at Bari, Italy (all times local)
June 17: Russia def. Netherlands 25-17, 25-23, 28-26
June 17: Thailand vs. Italy, 8:30 p.m.
June 18: Russia def. Thailand 25-22, 25-22, 25-13
June 18: Netherlands def. Italy 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22
June 19: Netherlands def. Thailand 25-19, 25-16, 25-21
June 19: Russia def. Italy 19-25, 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 15-10

Pool G: June 24-26 at Ankara, Turkey (all times local)
June 24: Turkey vs. Belgium, 5 p.m.
June 24: Italy vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.
June 25: Turkey vs. Italy, 5 p.m.
June 25: Brazil vs. Belgium, 8 p.m.
June 26: Italy vs. Belgium, 5 p.m.
June 26: Turkey vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.

Pool H: June 24-26 at Hong Kong (all times local/Eastern Time)
June 24: USA vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m. local/6:30 a.m. ET (TV: UniHD at 7 p.m. ET, Live Stream)
June 24: China vs. Netherlands, 8:30 p.m.
June 25: USA vs. Netherlands, 1:15 p.m. local/1:15 a.m. ET (TV: UniHD at 7 p.m. ET, Live Stream)
June 25: China vs. Germany, 3:45 p.m.
June 26: Netherlands vs. Germany, 1:15 p.m.
June 26: USA vs. China, 3:45 p.m. local/3:45 a.m. ET (TV: UniHD at 5 p.m. ET, Live Stream)

Pool I: June 24-26 at Kyoto, Japan (all times local)
June 24: Serbia vs. Russia, 4:10 p.m.
June 24: Japan vs. Thailand, 7:10 p.m.
June 25: Thailand vs. Russia, 4:10 p.m.
June 25: Japan vs. Serbia, 7:10 p.m.
June 26: Serbia vs. Thailand, 4:10 p.m.
June 26: Japan vs. Russia, 7:10 p.m.

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