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Nov 10 U.S. Women Reach World Championship Semifinals

Nov. 10, 2010, 6:57 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has filled the final spot of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship semifinal round that starts Nov. 13 in Tokyo. However, the advancement was not the planned method to continue its quest for the first World Championship gold medal in program history.

On the final day of the second round, the No. 2 Americans needed to defeat top-ranked Brazil on Nov. 10 to guarantee themselves a spot in the semifinals without any outside help. After Brazil won the match 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, Team USA turned into rooters for its NORCECA rival Cuba in the final match of the day in Nagoya against Italy.

The U.S., which finished the second round Pool F with a 5-2 record (7-2 overall in the World Championship), could still reach the semifinals if Cuba won the match sending Italy to a 4-3 second round record. With an Italy victory over Cuba, both the Americans and Italians would finish with the same second round record and the second team from the pool to reach the semifinals would be determined by the tiebreaker of point ratio.

Team USA finished the second round with a 1.090 point ratio (605 points scored, 555 points given up). Italy entered the match with a 1.062 point ratio (549-517).

As it would turn out, Italy and Cuba traded winning the first four sets of the match leading to a fifth set. Based on the points earned by Italy and Cuba in the match, the U.S. would qualify for the semifinal round if Cuba scored two points or more in the tiebreaking fifth set. Once Cuba took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, the U.S. could give a sigh of relief for its ticket into the semifinals. Cuba would go on to win a marathon 24-22 fifth set putting the U.S. in sole possession of second place without the need of the tiebreaker.

As the second-place team in Pool F, the U.S. will face defending FIVB World Championship titleholder and Pool E winner Russia (7-0 in second round, 9-0 overall) at 3 p.m. Japan Time (10 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 12). Japan, as the second seed out Pool E with a 5-2 record and 7-2 mark overall, will face Brazil in the opposite semifinal at 6 p.m. Japan Time (1 a.m. Pacific Time). The medal-round matches will take place on Nov. 14.

The U.S. went 5-0 during the World Championship first round with victories over Thailand, Croatia, Germany, Kazakhstan and Cuba. Team USA swept Czech Republic to open the second round, but then stumbled against Italy in a close four-set loss (25-16, 24-26, 27-25, 27-25). The Americans bounced back to blank Netherlands (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) before their loss to Brazil to end the group.

The U.S. has played in three previous tournaments this year and has medaled in each event. After placing second at the 26th Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland, the Americans earned the bronze at the Pan American Cup in back-to-back tournaments in June. In August, Team USA captured its third-ever FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal by ending the tournament with an 11-match win streak.

Team USA has medaled at the FIVB World Championship four times, but never walking away with the prized gold medal. The Americans earned the silver medal at the 2002 World Championship in Berlin and the 1967 World Championship in Tokyo. The U.S. captured the bronze in the 1990 World Championship in Beijing and the 1982 World Championship in Lima, Peru.

For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the FIVB World Championship, visit the team’s event home page at usavolleyball.org/events/3055.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Championship
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Doctor: Dr. William Briner
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan

FIVB Women's World Championship Semifinal Rounds

Semifinal Round (1st to 4th Place)
Nov. 13: USA vs. Russia, 15:00 (10 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 12) at Yoyogi National Stadium
Nov. 13: Brazil vs. Japan, 18:00 (1 a.m. Pacific Time) at Yoyogi National Stadium

Semifinal Round (5th to 8th Place)
Nov. 13: Germany vs. Turkey, 15:30 (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 12) at Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium
Nov. 13: Serbia vs. Italy, 18:00 (1 a.m. Pacific Time) at Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium

Semifinal Round (9th to 12th Place)
Nov. 13: Poland vs. Netherland, 12:30 (7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 12) at Yoyogi National Stadium
Nov. 13: Cuba vs. China, 13:00 (8 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 12) at Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium

FIVB World Championship Second Round Schedule

Pool E (Tokyo): China (3), Japan (5), Russia (7), Poland (8), Serbia (9), Peru (17), Korea (21), Turkey (22)
Pool F (Nagoya): Brazil (1), USA (2), Italy (4), Cuba (6), Netherlands (10), Thailand (12), Germany (15), Czech Republic (38)

Pool E:
Nov. 6: Turkey def. Serbia 25-19, 25-16, 25-20
Nov. 6: Russia def. Peru 25-15, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 6: Poland def. Korea 12-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15
Nov. 6: China def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 27-29, 25-12
Nov. 7: Korea def. Peru 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23
Nov. 7: Serbia def. China 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22
Nov. 7: Russia def. Poland 25-17, 25-21, 33-31
Nov. 7: Japan def. Turkey 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13
Nov. 9: Russia def. Serbia 25-19, 25-8, 25-12
Nov. 9: Turkey def. Peru 25-15, 25-18, 25-20
Nov. 9: China def. Poland 25-21, 25-23, 25-18
Nov. 9: Japan def. Korea 25-22, 25-17, 25-19
Nov. 10: China def. Peru 25-17, 25-22, 25-21
Nov. 10: Serbia def. Korea 25-17, 25-22, 25-16
Nov. 10: Poland def. Turkey 25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 25-22
Nov. 10: Russia def. Japan 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13

Pool E Standings: Russia (7-0, 1.339); Japan (5-2, 1.045); Serbia (4-3, .964); Turkey (3-4, 1.026); Poland (3-4, 1.013); China (3-4, .989); Korea (3-4, .948); Peru (0-7, .753)

Pool F:
Nov. 6: Netherlands def. Cuba 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20
Nov. 6: USA def. Czech Republic 25-20, 25-20, 25-13
Nov. 6: Brazil def. Thailand 25-19, 25-19, 25-16
Nov. 6: Italy def. Germany 22-25, 32-30, 25-8, 25-15
Nov. 7: Thailand def. Netherlands 25-15, 25-23, 15-25, 26-24
Nov. 7: Germany def. Czech Republic 25-8, 25-17, 25-16
Nov. 7: Brazil def. Cuba 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
Nov. 7: Italy def. USA 25-16, 24-26, 27-25, 27-25
Nov. 9: Cuba def. Czech Republic 25-22, 28-30, 25-22, 25-23
Nov. 9: Brazil def. Germany 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
Nov. 9: Italy def. Thailand 25-13, 25-12, 25-19
Nov. 9: USA def. Netherlands 25-17, 25-22, 25-18
Nov. 10: Thailand def. Czech Republic 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23
Nov. 10: Brazil def. USA 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23
Nov. 10: Germany def. Netherlands 25-12, 25-14, 19-25, 27-25
Nov. 10: Cuba def. Italy 16-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 24-22

Pool F Standings: 1. Brazil (7-0, 1.317); 2. USA (5-2, 1.090); 3. Germany (4-3, 1.082); 4. Italy (4-3, 1.062);5. Cuba (3-4, .915);6. Netherlands (2-5, .965); 7. Thailand (2-5, .815); 8. Czech Republic (1-6, .859)

FIVB World Championship First Round Pools with FIVB World Ranking
(first three countries by seed, then next three based on drawing of lots)
Pool A (Tokyo): Japan (5), Serbia (9), Poland (8), Peru (17), Algeria (14), Costa Rica (31)
Pool B (Hamamatsu): Brazil (1), Italy (4), Netherlands (10), Kenya (35), Puerto Rico (13), Czech Republic (38)
Pool C (Matsumoto): USA (2), Cuba (6), Germany (15), Kazakhstan (16), Thailand (12), Croatia (45)
Pool D (Nagoya): China (3), Russia (7), Korea (21), Dominican Republic (11), Turkey (22), Canada (24)

First Round Schedule

Pool A:
Oct. 29: Peru def. Algeria 25-16, 25-12, 25-18
Oct. 29: Serbia def. Costa Rica 25-15, 25-18, 25-14
Oct. 29: Japan def. Poland 26-28, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12
Oct. 30: Costa Rica def. Algeria 25-18, 25-21, 25-10
Oct. 30: Serbia def. Poland 19-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-22
Oct. 30: Japan def. Peru 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14
Oct. 31: Serbia def. Peru 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-18
Oct. 31: Poland def. Costa Rica 25-14, 25-12, 25-15
Oct. 31: Japan def. Algeria 25-18, 25-7, 25-14
Nov. 2: Serbia def. Algeria 25-15, 25-12, 25-21
Nov. 2: Poland def. Peru 25-10, 25-15, 25-16
Nov. 2: Japan def. Costa Rica 25-9, 25-13, 25-8
Nov. 3: Peru def. Costa Rica 25-18, 25-18, 32-34, 25-19
Nov. 3: Poland def. Algeria 25-17, 25-16, 25-12
Nov. 3: Japan def. Serbia 28-26, 29-27, 18-25, 27-25

Pool A Standings: 1. Japan (5-0, 1.313); 2. Serbia (4-1, 1.167); 3. Poland (3-2, 1.277); 4. Peru (2-3, .952); 5. Costa Rica (1-4, .740); 6. Algeria (0-5, .605)

Pool B:
Oct. 29: Brazil def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-11
Oct. 29: Netherlands def. Czech Republic 26-24, 25-20, 25-14
Oct. 29: Italy def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-11, 25-18
Oct. 30: Brazil def. Czech Republic 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9
Oct. 30: Puerto Rico def. Kenya 25-20, 25-23, 25-19
Oct. 30: Italy def. Netherlands 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 15-12
Oct. 31: Czech Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-14, 25-17
Oct. 31: Italy def. Kenya 25-9, 25-7, 25-21
Oct. 31: Brazil def. Netherlands 25-19, 25-18, 25-14
Nov. 2: Brazil def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-18, 25-20
Nov. 2: Netherlands def. Kenya 25-8, 25-14, 25-11
Nov. 2: Czech Republic def. Italy 25-27, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15
Nov. 3: Netherlands def. Puerto Rico 25-12, 25-13, 25-16
Nov. 3: Czech Republic def. Kenya 25-20, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 3: Brazil def. Italy 25-16, 25-19, 25-7

Pool B Standings: 1. Brazil (5-0, 1.395); 2. Netherlands (3-2, 1.222); 3. Italy (3-2, 1.072); 4. Czech Republic (3-2, 1.065); 5. Puerto Rico (1-4, 0.740); 6. Kenya (0-5, .611)

Pool C:
Oct. 29: Germany def. Kazakhstan 25-21, 25-14, 25-16
Oct. 29: USA def. Thailand 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21
Oct. 29: Croatia def. Cuba 25-23, 34-32, 25-21
Oct. 30: USA def. Croatia 25-16, 25-13, 25-23
Oct. 30: Thailand def. Kazakhstan 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-16
Oct. 30: Germany def. Cuba 26-24, 25-17, 25-23
Oct. 31: Cuba def. Kazakhstan 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10
Oct. 31: Thailand def. Croatia 25-15, 25-14, 25-17
Oct. 31: USA def. Germany 25-23, 26-24, 25-17
Nov. 2: Germany def. Croatia 26-24, 25-18, 25-21
Nov. 2: Cuba def. Thailand 25-19, 29-27, 27-25
Nov. 2: USA def. Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
Nov. 3: Croatia def. Kazakhstan 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
Nov. 3: Germany def. Thailand 25-14, 25-15, 25-10
Nov. 3: USA def. Cuba 30-28, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23

Pool C Standings: 1. USA (5-0, 1.217); 2. Germany (4-1, 1.249); 3. Cuba (2-3, .993); 4. Thailand (2-3, .960); 5. Croatia (2-3, .899); 6. Kazakhstan (0-5, .779)

Pool D:
Oct. 29: Russia def. Dominican Republic 21-25, 25-9, 25-17, 25-11
Oct. 29: Korea def. Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-14
Oct. 29: Turkey def. China 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17
Oct. 30: Russia def. Turkey 25-27, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17
Oct. 30: Korea def. Dominican Republic 29-27, 25-23, 25-20
Oct. 30: China def. Canada 25-16, 25-19, 25-10
Oct. 31: Turkey def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15
Oct. 31: Russia def. Canada 25-13, 25-16, 25-21
Oct. 31: Korea def. China 25-22, 25-23, 25-23
Nov. 2: Turkey def. Canada 19-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-8
Nov. 2: Russia def. Korea 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22
Nov. 2: China def. Dominican Republic 25-12, 25-21, 25-14
Nov. 3: Dominican Republic def. Canada 21-25, 28-26, 25-11, 25-20
Nov. 3: Korea def. Turkey 16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13
Nov. 3: Russia def. China 25-22, 25-17, 25-19

Pool D Standings: 1. Russia (5-0, 1.337); 2. Korea (4-1, 1.057); 3. Turkey (3-2, 1.063); 4. China (2-3, 1.048); 5. Dominican Republic (1-4, .847); 6. Canada (0-5, 0.743)

Semifinals and Finals (Nov. 13-14 in Tokyo)

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