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U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Press Kit

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2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women's Continental Championship 1

Table of Contents Cover Page............................................................................................................................................ 1 Table of Contents................................................................................................................................... 2 U.S. Roster for 2013 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship...................................................... 3 Notes on 2013 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship............................................................4-5 U.S. Women’s Preview for 2013 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship..................................... 6 Team Capsules for 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship............................................................... 7 2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Season Statistics.............................................................. 8 2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Schedule.......................................................................... 9 2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Season in Review......................................................10-53 2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Player Bios................................................................54-65 2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Staff Bios...................................................................66-71 2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Stats............................................................................... 72 2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Results........................................................................... 73 2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Olympic Games in Review..........................................74-91 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Photo Chart..................................................................... 92 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Statistcs (Olympic Games only)....................................... 93 2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Player of the Year/Most Improved Player......................... 94 Glossary of Volleyball Terms................................................................................................................. 95 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Past Olympians........................................................................ 96 All-Time U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team Members in Pictures.................................................. 97 All-Time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Results..................................................................98-99 U.S. All-Time Versus International Competition................................................................................... 100 International Volleyball Fact Sheet...............................................................................................101-103 USA Volleyball Fact Sheet................................................................................................................... 104 Credits: This U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Press Kit for the 2013 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship is a copyrighted publication produced by USA Volleyball. Design and Contents: Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications USA Volleyball, 4065 Sinton Road, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 Phone: (719) 228-6800 E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org Web Site: www.usavolleyball.org

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Team USA Roster for NORCECA Continental Championship # Name

Pos Ht

Spike Block Hometown

College

1

Alisha Glass

S

6-0

10-0

9-10

Leland, Mich.

Penn State University

7

Cassidy Lichtman

OH

6-1

9-10

9-2

Poway, Calif.

Stanford University

8

Lauren Gibbemeyer

MB

6-2

10-1

9-7

St. Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota

9

Kristin Hildebrand

OH

6-1

9-10

9-4

Orem, Utah

Stanford University

10 Jordan Larson-Burbach

OH

6-2

9-11

9-8

Hooper, Neb.

University of Nebraska

12 Kayla Banwarth

L

5-10

9-8

9-3

Dubuque, Iowa

University of Nebraska

13 Christa Harmotto

MB

6-2

10-7

9-10

Hopewell Township, Pa. Penn State University

14 Nicole Fawcett

OPP

6-4

10-2

9-7

Zanesfield, Ohio

Penn State University

15 Kelly Murphy

OPP

6-2

10-4

10-1

Wilmington, Ill.

University of Florida

17 Lauren Paolini

MB

6-4

10-5

9-10

Ann Arbor, Mich.

University of Texas

20 Jenna Hagglund

S

5-10

9-7

9-6

West Chester, Ohio

University of Washington

24 Kim Hill

OH

6-4

10-6

10-2

Portland, Ore.

Pepperdine University

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Mike Hebert Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek Team Leader: Kenny Sullivan

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Quick Team Information Current FIVB World Ranking: 1st Head Coach: Karch Kiraly (1st year) 2013 Record: 17-5 Assistant Coach: Reed Sunahara Assistant Coach: Tom Black Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey

U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Quick Information and Storylines

2013 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Schedule Pan American Cup Lima, Peru June 10: def. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 June 11: def. Puerto Rico 3-2 June 12: def. Argentina 3-0 June 15: def. Brazil 3-0 June 16: def. Dominican Republic 3-0 USA Volleyball Cup July 10: def. Japan 3-1 at San Diego, Calif. July 12: def. Japan 3-1 at Long Beach, Calif. July 13: def. Japan 3-2 at San Juan Capistrano, Calif. FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A Campinas, Brazil Aug. 2: def. Russia 3-1 Aug. 3: def. Poland 3-0 Aug. 4: lost to Brazil 1-3 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool F Belgrade, Serbia Aug. 9: def. Algeria 3-0 Aug. 10: def. Netherlands 3-0 Aug. 11: def. Serbia 3-2 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool M Sendai, Japan Aug. 16: def. Czech Republic 3-0 Aug. 17: def. Japan 3-1 Aug. 18: def. Bulgaria 3-2 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Sapporo, Japan Aug. 28: lost to Brazil 0-3 Aug. 29: lost to Serbia 1-3 Aug. 30: lost to China 0-3 Aug. 31: lost to Italy 2-3 Sept. 1: def. Japan 3-2 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Omaha, Nebraska Sept. 16: vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. CT Sept. 18: vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. CT Sept. 19: Quarterfinals Sept. 20: Semifinals Sept. 21: Finals FIVB Grand Champions Cup Japan Nov. 12-17: Match Schedule TBA

2013 NORCECA Championship

Additional Team USA Facts USA Volleyball CEO: Doug Beal Training Site: Anaheim, Calif. Media Contact: Bill Kauffman E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org Web Site: www.usavolleyball.org Confederation: NORCECA

ABOUT NORCECA CHAMPIONSHIP: The NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, now in its 23rd edition, is a biennial event held in odd-numbered years. The 2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Championship, which includes nine teams, will be held Sept. 16-21 at the Ralston Arena on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb. The tournament winner earns a berth into the season-ending FIVB Grand Champions Cup held in midNovember in Japan. TEAMS AND FORMAT: The NORCECA event will use three pools of three teams competing in a round-robin format. The U.S. is grouped with Mexico and Cuba in Pool B. Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago comprise Pool A, while Pool C has Puerto Rico, Canada and St. Lucia. The two best pool winners advance directly to the semifinals on Sept. 20, while the third-best pool winner joins the three secondplace winners in the quarterfinals on Sept. 19. The medal-round matches take place on Sept. 21. TEAM USA POOL: Team USA opens Pool B on Sept. 16 versus Mexico at 8 p.m. CT, while concluding pool play on Sept. 18 versus Cuba at 8 p.m. CT. TICKETS: Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.homepridetix.com, via phone at 800-440-3741 or at the Ralston Arena box office. Single day tickets start at just $20 and include all three games for that day. Championship weekend packages also are available starting at just $50 and include all Friday and Saturday games. VIDEO STREAMING/TELEVISION: The Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship will have live video stream for all matches through the USA Volleyball web site at http://bit.ly/1ex7lyp. NORCECA MEDAL HISTORY: The U.S. has won the NORCECA Championship six times (1981, 1983, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011), including the most recent event held in 2011 at Caguas, Puerto Rico. Further, the U.S. has earned the silver medal 11 times - all with Cuba winning the gold as part of its record 13 NORCECA titles. Team USA has won the bronze medal three times and missed the podium just twice in the 22 previous editions. Mexico won the first two NORCECA Championships in 1969 and 1971, while Dominican Republic is the only other country to win the event with its title in 2009. RANKING: Team USA is ranked second in the world to lead the NORCECA zone, while Dominican Republic is positioned eighth in the latest ranking release Sept. 2 following the FIVB World Grand Prix. Cuba is ranked No. 15, followed by Puerto Rico at No. 20, Canada at No. 23, Mexico at No. 25, Costa Rica at No. 26, Trinidad & Tobago at No. 33 and St. Lucia at No. 63. U.S. RECORD: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is 17-5 in 2013 following a 30-2 record in 2012. Since 2011, Team USA is 86-17. 4

FIVB World Ranking (as of Sept. 2, 2013)

1 Brazil.......................................... 320 2 United States.............................. 305 3 Japan......................................... 291 4 Italy............................................ 260 5 China.......................................... 241 6 Russia........................................ 175 7 Serbia......................................... 165 8 Dominican Republic.................... 130 9 Germany..................................... 126 10 Republic of Korea....................... 122 11 Turkey........................................ 120 12 Algeria.......................................... 72 13 Poland.......................................... 61 14 Kenya........................................... 58 15 Cuba............................................. 56 16 Thailand....................................... 52 17 Peru............................................. 50 18 Netherlands.................................. 45 19 Argentina...................................... 43 20 Puerto Rico................................... 42 21 Great Britain................................. 37 22 Czech Republic............................. 35 23 Canads......................................... 32 23 Egypt............................................ 32 25 Mexico......................................... 29 USA National Team Center and City of Anaheim USA Volleyball and the City of Anaheim are pleased to announce the agreement to bring the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to Anaheim from Colorado Springs was finalized in April 2009. The agreement also designates Anaheim as the Exclusive Official Host City for the USA Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams through 2016. The team trains at the USA National Team Center within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim.

U.S. ROSTER FOR NORCECA CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. has selected four outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, two opposites and one libero to fill out its 12-player roster. Outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, and libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) are local favorites having played at nearby University of Nebraska. Joining Larson-Burbach at outside hitter are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.). Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are the middle blockers selected to the U.S. roster. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) are the U.S. setters chosen to compete in the event. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) have been chosen as opposites on the team. Larson-Burbach and Glass are the only players who were part the U.S. squad that won the 2011 NORCECA Continental Championship. HEAD COACH KARCH KIRALY: Karch Kiraly, a legendary volleyball player in the indoor and beach disciplines who turned to coaching as the assistant for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team that earned the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, is in his first season as head coach for Team USA. He opened his head coaching career with a 10-0 record that included the Pan American Cup title and three wins over Japan and single wins over Russia, Dominican Republic and Poland. He has nine coaching wins over teams ranked among the top 13 in the world. Full bio in the coaches’ section. LAST USA TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Team USA completed the five-week long FIVB World Grand Prix on Sept. 1, finishing sixth in the tournament with an overall record of 9-5. The U.S. ended the three weekend preliminary phase with an 8-1 record and in fourth place. Using a young roster with just one regular starter from the 2012 Olympic Games silver medal squad, Team USA produced wins over No. 3 Japan (twice), No. 6 Russia, No. 7 Serbia, No. 12 Algeria and No. 13 Poland with losses to No. 1 Brazil (twice), No. 4 Italy, No. 5 China and No. 7 Serbia. With the exception of Larson-Burbach, every player on the U.S. roster for NORCECA played in the World Grand Prix. AFTER NORCECA: The U.S. Women have no other matches scheduled in 2013 should it not qualifiy for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup held Nov. 12-17. The NORCECA winner earns a berth into the season-ending event. RARE HOME MATCHES: USA Volleyball is pushing to have more events on home soil. During the last Olympic quadrennial, the U.S. Women hosted its first-ever Pan American Cup held in Miami in 2009, followed two days later with the four-team FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament for NORCECA in Orlando. Team USA also hosted Bulgaria a three-match challenge series in July 2012 in final preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. From 2005 to 2008, the U.S. Women played only seven contests against foreign teams in front of a home crowd. The only other women’s seniorlevel international tournament hosted in the United States was the 1998 FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament for NORCECA. However, the USA Volleyball Cup was created this season to provide a vehicle for domestic events against top teams from around the world, which included three matches this summer against Japan. The USA Volleyball Cup is intended to be an annual event that has at least one match in the Anaheim area where both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams train, and one match elsewhere in the United States to bring elite volleyball to other parts of the country. 5

NORCECA Continental Championship Preview The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will defend its NORCECA crown as it hosts the nine-team Visit Omaha NORCECA Continental Championship Sept. 16-21 at Ralston Arena.

Sept. 21. The winner of the tournament earns a spot in the season-ending FIVB Grand Champions Cup this November in Japan. The U.S. has selected four outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, two opposites and one libero to fill out its 12-player roster. Outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, and libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) are local favorites having played at nearby University of Nebraska. Joining Larson-Burbach at outside hitter are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.).

Team USA, ranked second in the world with a 17-5 record in 2013, opens pool play versus Mexico on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. CT, followed by rival Cuba on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. “We think it is phenomenal that we get to host a tournament on USA soil, and that doesn’t happen all that often,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “The last tournaments we hosted of any importance were the 2009 Pan American Cup and the 2010 FIVB World Championship Qualification tournament held in 2009.”

Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are the middle blockers selected to the U.S. roster. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) are the U.S. setters chosen to compete in the event. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) have been chosen as opposites on the team.

The tournament, in its 23rd edition dating back to 1969, features three round-robin pools of three teams. Matches are set for 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day (Central Time). • Pool A: Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago • Pool B: United States, Cuba and Mexico • Pool C: Puerto Rico, Canada and St. Lucia

All but Larson-Burbach competed in the recently completed FIVB World Grand Prix in which the young roster finished sixth competing against the top teams in the world fielding several Olympians, including tournament champion Brazil having seven Olympians. Team USA won the Pan American Cup, which included the top teams from NORCECA and South America, with 10 of the 12 athletes on the upcoming NORCECA roster.

“Omaha will get to see all the other strong teams in our zone, and that is probably headed by Dominican Republic, who had a really strong finish in the London Olympics with a four-way tie for fifth place,” Kiraly said. “Dominican Republic is always a very dangerous opponent, as is Cuba, who has a great, great tradition of volleyball success including winning three Olympic gold medals in a row in the 1990s and 2000.”

“Pan Am Cup and World Grand Prix were amazing learning experiences for our young group - most of our athletes had played very few significant minutes in those events until this year, and they got numerous chances to earn confidence in themselves, and from their teammates,” Kiraly said. “We also got some beautiful lessons how to respond to adversity with resilience, and in how much investment it takes, every play, to become great - and those lessons will serve the USA well over the next few years.”

Quarterfinal round matches are on Sept. 19, followed by semifinals on Sept. 20. The gold- and bronze-medal matches conclude the tournament on 2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women's Continental Championship Schedule

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.homepridetix.com, via phone at 800-440-3741 or at the Ralston Arena box office. Single day tickets start at just $20 and include all three games for that day. Championship weekend packages also are available starting at just $50 and include all Friday and Saturday games.

Sept. 16 Dominican Republic vs. Costa Rica, 4 p.m. (Pool A) Puerto Rico vs. St. Lucia, 6 p.m. (Pool C) United States vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (Pool B) Sept. 17 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (Pool A) Canada vs. St. Lucia, 6 p.m. (Pool C) Mexico vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. (Pool B)

All matches during the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship will be streamed live and accessed through USA Volleyball’s web site at http:// www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/International/2013-NORCECAWomens-Championship.

Sept. 18 Dominican Republic vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (Pool A) Puerto Rico vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (Pool C) United States vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. (Pool B)

The U.S. has won the NORCECA Championship six times (1981, 1983, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011), including the most recent event held in 2011 at Caguas, Puerto Rico. Further, the U.S. has earned the silver medal 11 times - all with Cuba winning the gold as part of its record 13 NORCECA titles. Team USA has won the bronze medal three times and missed the podium just twice in the 22 previous editions. Mexico won the first two NORCECA Championships in 1969 and 1971, while Dominican Republic is the only other country to win the event with its title in 2009.

Sept. 19 9th-Place Classification Final, 4 p.m. Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Quarterfinals, 8 p.m. Sept. 20 7th/8th-Place Classification Final, 4 p.m. Semifinals, 6 p.m. Semifinals, 8 p.m.

Team USA completed the five-week long FIVB World Grand Prix on Sept. 1, finishing sixth in the tournament with an overall record of 9-5. The U.S. ended the three weekend preliminary phase with an 8-1 record and in fourth place. Using a young roster with just one regular starter from the 2012 Olympic Games silver medal squad, Team USA produced wins over No. 3 Japan (twice), No. 6 Russia, No. 7 Serbia, No. 12 Algeria and No. 13 Poland with losses to No. 1 Brazil (twice), No. 4 Italy, No. 5 China and No. 7 Serbia. With the exception of Larson-Burbach, every player on the U.S. roster for NORCECA played in the World Grand Prix.

Sept. 21 Fifth-Place Match, 4 p.m. Bronze-Medal Match, 6 p.m. Championship Finals, 8 p.m. (all times Central Time)

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NORCECA Continental Championship Team Capsules Canada Canada finished seventh in the 2013 Pan American Cup using a young squad, even pushing Brazil to a five-set match in the quarterfinal round. Canada, currently ranked No. 23 in the world, finished sixth at the 2011 NORCECA Championship. Canada was in the United States Sept. 6-7 playing exhibition matches with the University of Washington in preparation for the NORCECA Championships. Canada Player to Watch: Tabi Love

Mexico Mexico, ranked No. 25 in the world, won the first two NORCECA Championships held in 1969 and 1971. At the most recent NORCECA Championship held in 2011, Mexico lost to eventual winner Team USA in the quarterfinals. Mexico finished 12th in the 2013 Pan American Cup. Samantha Bricio was the top scorer at the Pan American Cup. Player to Watch: Claudia Rios Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, currently ranked No. 20 in the world, finished the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix in 18th position with a 1-8 record. The squad ended the Pan American Cup with a fifth-place finish, but was the only country to win a set against the United States in pushing them to a tie-breaking fifth set. Puerto Rico finished fourth in the last edition of the NORCECA Championship in 2011. Player to Watch: Karina Ocasio

Costa Rica Costa Rica enters the NORCECA Championship ranked No. 26 in the world. Costa Rica won the XVII Women’s Central American Volleyball Cup in December of 2012 to earn a ticket to the 2013 NORCECA Championship. The squad finished eighth in the last edition of the NORCECA Championship in 2011. At the 2013 Pan American Cup, Costa Rica defeated Mexico to finish in 11th place. Player to Watch: Verania Willis Lindo

St. Lucia St. Lucia, ranked No. 63 in the world, earned a spot in the 2013 NORCECA Championship by winning the ECVA Championship in November of 2012. The squad also captured the 2014 FIVB World Championship Qualifier – NORCECA Pool B in June of 2012.

Cuba Cuba, ranked 15th in the world, won consecutive Olympic Games gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The country remains a power in the NORCECA zone even with its current youth movement. While was unable to win a match in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international volleyball tournament for women, the squad made significant strides through the nine matches. Earlier this year Cuba finished sixth in the Pan American Cup. Player to Watch: Beatriz Vilches Santana

Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago, ranked No. 33 in the world, won the 2012 CAZOVA Championship to qualify for the 2013 NORCECA Championship. In addition, the squad advanced to the 2014 FIVB World Championship second round by winning its first-round stage at the beginning of September of 2012. Trinidad & Tobago placed 10th at the 2013 Pan American Cup. Player to Watch: Channon Thompson

Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic moved up two spots in the world ranking to No. 8 after finishing 10th at the FIVB World Grand Prix with a country-best 6-3 record. Earlier this year Dominican Republic finished second to the United States at the Pan American Cup. Dominican Republic, which ended the 2012 Olympics in a fifth-place tie, has medaled in each of the last six NORCECA Championships with its only title in 2009. Player to Watch: Bethania De La Cruz De Pena

United States The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, has won the silver medal at the last two Olympic Games. In 2013, Team USA (17-5) captured the Pan American Cup and finished sixth at the recent FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans are the defending champion of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship and has won the tournament six times. Player to Watch: Jordan Larson-Burbach from Hooper, Neb.

NORCECA Women's Championship Year-by-Year Podium Finishes

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team captured the gold medal at the most recent NORCECA Continental Championship held in 2011, its sixth title in the event’s history.

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Year Gold Silver Bronze 1969 MEX CUB USA 1971 MEX CUB AHO 1973 CUB CAN USA 1975 CUB USA MEX 1977 CUB USA CAN 1979 CUB USA MEX 1981 USA CUB MEX 1983 USA CUB CAN 1985 CUB USA CAN 1987 CUB USA CAN 1989 CUB CAN USA 1991 CUB USA CAN 1993 CUB USA CAN 1995 CUB USA CAN 1997 CUB USA DOM 1999 CUB USA CAN 2001 USA CUB DOM 2003 USA CUB DOM 2005 USA CUB DOM 2007 CUB USA DOM 2009 DOM PUR CUB 2011 USA DOM CUB

2013 U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Stats Kills/ Kill Attack Total Attack Aces/ Blocks/ Digs/ Assts Points/ Name Sets Kills Set PCT Errors Attack Eff. Aces Set Blocks Sets Digs Set Assts Set Points Set Alisha Glass 72 10 0.14 27.8 3 36 .194 13 0.18 35 0.49 125 1.74 707 9.82 58 0.81 Danielle Scott 3 3 1.00 25.0 1 12 .167 0 0.00 3 1.00 3 1.00 0 0.00 6 2.00 Courtney Thompson 19 0 0.00 0.0 0 2 .000 3 0.16 1 0.05 4 0.21 58 3.05 4 0.21 Tamari Miyashiro 38 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 94 2.47 25 0.66 0 0.000 Nicole Davis 4 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 17 4.25 1 0.25 0 0.00 Cassidy Lichtman 59 22 0.37 41.5 5 53 .321 8 0.14 0 0.00 35 0.59 3 0.05 30 0.51 Lauren Gibbemeyer 69 126 1.83 46.2 24 273 .374 10 0.14 43 0.62 35 0.51 6 0.09 179 2.59 Jordan Larson-Burbach 8 15 1.88 30.6 3 49 .245 1 0.13 1 0.13 26 3.25 3 0.38 17 2.13 Megan Hodge 15 47 3.13 55.3 6 85 .482 4 0.27 3 0.20 18 1.20 2 0.13 54 3.60 Kayla Banwarth 42 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 28 0.67 0 0.00 Christa Harmotto 34 61 1.79 49.6 15 123 .374 3 0.09 24 0.71 3 0.09 2 0.06 88 2.59 Nicole Fawcett 56 142 2.54 39.3 57 361 .235 27 0.48 32 0.57 61 1.09 7 0.13 201 3.59 Lauren Paolini 40 71 1.78 52.6 14 135 .422 4 0.10 13 0.33 4 0.10 4 0.10 88 2.20 Juliann Faucette 11 12 1.09 34.3 5 35 .200 0 0.00 0 0.00 4 0.36 0 0.00 12 1.09 Jenna Hagglund 54 1 0.02 16.7 1 6 .000 5 0.09 4 0.07 31 0.57 176 3.26 10 0.19 Rachael Adams 26 34 1.31 54.0 10 63 .381 7 0.27 20 0.77 5 0.19 5 0.19 61 2.35 Kristin Hildebrand 72 196 2.72 42.7 84 459 .244 7 0.10 24 0.33 120 1.67 12 0.17 227 3.15 Kelly Murphy 63 170 2.70 45.6 59 373 .298 17 0.27 19 0.30 45 0.71 4 0.06 206 3.27 Kim Hill 64 155 2.42 37.8 65 410 .220 22 0.34 15 0.23 102 1.59 8 0.13 192 3.00 Regan Hood 10 9 0.90 37.5 4 24 .208 4 0.40 0 0.00 1 0.10 0 0.00 13 1.30 Cursty Jackson 5 4 0.80 25.0 1 16 .188 3 0.60 3 0.60 4 0.80 0 0.00 10 2.00 TEAM 84 1,078 12.83 42.8 357 2,519 .286 138 1.64 240 2.86 813 9.68 1,052 12.52 1,456 17.33 Opponent 84 914 10.88 35.7 421 2,561 .193 82 0.98 153 1.82 753 8.96 875 10.42 1,149 13.68 Pan American Cup Lima, Peru June 10: def. Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 June 11: def. Puerto Rico 3-2 June 12: def. Argentina 3-0 June 15: def. Brazil 3-0 June 16: def. Dominican Republic 3-0 USA Volleyball Cup July 10: def. Japan 3-1 at San Diego, Calif. July 12: def. Japan 3-1 at Long Beach, Calif. July 13: def. Japan 3-2 at San Juan Capistrano, Calif. FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A Campinas, Brazil Aug. 2: def. Russia 3-1 Aug. 3: def. Poland 3-0 Aug. 4: lost to Brazil 1-3 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool F Belgrade, Serbia Aug. 9: def. Algeria 3-0 Aug. 10: def. Netherlands 3-0 Aug. 11: def. Serbia 3-2 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool M Sendai, Japan Aug. 16: def. Czech Republic 3-0 Aug. 17: def. Japan 3-1 Aug. 18: def. Bulgaria 3-2 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Sapporo, Japan Aug. 28: lost to Brazil 0-3 Aug. 29: lost to Serbia 1-3 Aug. 30: lost to China 0-3 Aug. 31: lost to Italy 2-3 Sept. 1: def. Japan 3-2 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Omaha, Nebraska Sept. 16: vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. CT Sept. 18: vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. CT Sept. 19: Quarterfinals Sept. 20: Semifinals Sept. 21: Medal Round FIVB Grand Champions Cup Japan Nov. 12-17: Match Schedule TBA

All stats are unofficial team stats provided through DataProject’s DataVolley software DataPoject is Official & Exclusive Provider of Statistical Software Systems of USA Volleyball

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2013 U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Schedule (17-5) Date

Opponent (Record)

Result

City

Pts Leader (*DataVolley)

Attend

Pan American Cup 6/10 Trinidad & Tobago W, 25-13, 25-12, 25-13 Callao, Peru Lauren Gibbemeyer - 12 200 6/11 Puerto Rico W, 28-30, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-13 Callao, Peru Nicole Fawcett - 31 225 6/12 Argentina W, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 Callao, Peru Nicole Fawcett - 15 225 6/15 Brazil (semifinals) W, 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 Lima, Peru Rachael Adams - 12 1,800 6/16 Dominican Republic (final) W, 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 Lima, Peru Nicole Fawcett - 14 1,800 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round Standings: Gold - USA; Silver - Dominican Republic; Bronze - Argentina; 4th - Brazil; 5th - Puerto Rico; 6th - Cuba; 7th - Canada; 8th - Peru; 9th - Colombia; 10th - Trinidad & Tobago; 11th - Costa Rica; 12th - Mexico. USA Volleyball Cup (http://www.usavolleyballcup.com) 7/10 Japan W, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 7/12 Japan W, 25-17, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20 7/13 Japan W, 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-10

LaJolla, Calif. Long Beach, Calif. San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Nicole Fawcett - 19 Lauren Paolini - 12 Nicole Fawcett - 24

3,500 3,500 2,000

FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round 8/2 Russia W, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-12 Campinas, Brazil Kelly Murphy, Kim Hill - 16 1,400 8/3 Poland W, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 Campinas, Brazil Kelly Murphy - 16 1,800 8/4 Brazil L, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 20-25 Campinas, Brazil Kim Hill - 15 4,500 8/9 Algeria W, 25-12, 25-15, 25-11 Belgrade, Serbia Rachael Adams - 9 300 8/10 Netherlands W, 25-20, 25-16, 25-12 Belgrade, Serbia Lauren Gibbemeyer, Kelly Murphy - 13 300 8/11 Serbia W, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12 Belgrade, Serbia Kelly Murphy - 25 3,600 8/16 Czech Republic W, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 Sendai, Japan Kristin Hildebrand - 15 4,230 8/17 Japan W, 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18 Sendai, Japan Kristin Hildebrand - 20 6,833 8/18 Bulgaria W, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 15-8 Sendai, Japan Kristin Hildebrand - 15 1,830 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Standings: 1. China (9-0, 25 points); 2. Brazil (8-1, 23 points); 3. Serbia (7-2, 23 points); 4. United States (8-1, 22 points); 5. Italy (7-2, 21 points); 6. Japan (7-2, 19 points); 7. Russia (7-2, 19 points); 8. Turkey (6-3, 19 points); 9. Bulgaria (6-3, 19 points); 10. Dominican Republic (6-3, 17 points); 11. Germany (4-5, 16 points); 12. Netherlands (4-5, 12 points); 13. Thailand (3-6, 10 points); 14. Czech Republic (2-7, 8 points); 15. Poland (2-7, 6 points); 16. Argentina (2-7, 5 points); 17. Kazakhstan (1-8, 4 points); 18. Puerto Rico (1-8, 2 points); 19. Cuba (0-9, 0 points); 20. Algeria (0-9, 0 points). FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round (must qualify as top five in FIVB World Grand Prix Prelliminary Round) 8/28 Brazil L, 19-25, 12-25, 10-25 Sapporo, Japan Nicole Fawcett - 11 8/29 Serbia L, 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 23-25 Sapporo, Japan Kelly Murphy - 21 8/30 China L, 20-25, 23-25, 17-25 Sapporo, Japan Kelly Murphy - 11 8/31 Italy L, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 14-16 Sapporo, Japan Kristin Hildebrand - 17 9/1 Japan W, 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 Sapporo, Japan Nicole Fawcett - 23 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Standings: Gold - Brazil; Silver - China; Bronze - Serbia; 4th - Japan; 5th - Italy; 6th - United States Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship 9/16 Mexico 9/18 Cuba 9/19 Quarterfinals 9/20 Semifinals 9/21 Finals NORCECA Women’s Continental Championsip Final Standings:

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FIVB Grand Champions Cup (must qualify as winner of NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship) Nov. 12-17 in Japan FIVB Grand Champions Cup Final Standings: * Match leaders are based on DataVolley Statistics and not official P-2 stats.

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6/10 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 TT 13 12 13 U.S. Women Blank Trinidad & Tobago to Open Pan Am Cup Team USA photo for the XII Women’s Pan American Cup (NORCECA photo)

LIMA, PERU (June 10, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a stifling block and service game to blank Trinidad & Tobago 25-13, 25-12, 2513 on June 10 to open its title defense of the Pan American Cup in Callao, Peru. The Americans controlled both the net and service line during the match with a 13-4 block advantage and 9-0 margin in aces. Team USA benefited from 21 Trinidad & Tobago errors, while limiting its own errors to 11 for the match. As a team, the U.S. converted 54.2 percent of its offensive swings with a .424 hitting efficiency (32-7-59). The Americans limited Trinidad & Tobago to a 31.5 kill percent for the match and .137 hitting efficiency (23-13-73). Team USA had 10 of its 12 players score at least one point in the match. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) led the United States in scoring with 11 points via seven kills on 12 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) was credited with eight kills on 13 attacks and two blocks for 10 points, while Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) notched six aces and three kills for nine points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), playing in her first match with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, recorded four kills on six errorless attacks and four blocks for eight points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) chipped in six kills on 12 swings in the victory, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) came in off the bench to score four points with three kills on four errorless attacks and a block in her first international match at the senior level. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) each pocketed two points in reserve roles in the third set. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), starting in her first international senior-level match, and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block each from the setter position.

(Left) Rachael Adams (left) and Nicole Fawcett (14) reach for a block versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

Hagglund set the U.S. with 10 running sets on 31 total set attempts without a fault, while Glass totaled nine running sets off the bench on 16 attempts. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded a team-high 10 digs and six excellent receptions off 10 errorless chances, while Gibbemeyer notched six digs from her middle blocker position. The U.S. started Hodge and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Hagglund at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Murphy subbed into the match in the second set and started in place of Fawcett in the third set. Glass started the third set in place of Hagglund at setter, while Hill and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) came off the bench in the third set. Jenna Hagglund (20) and Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) put up a double block versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

“I am very proud of the new players on the team and the way they performed in their first international competition,” Hildebrand said. “We passed and served very well.” “I liked the way the Trinidadians enjoyed the match,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said. “We have many new players because after the Olympics, some players needed to rest and other players have to step in.” While both Hagglund and Adams were starting in their first-ever international match with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, Hill also contributed off the bench in her first appearance with the team. Gibbemeyer and Banwarth were also playing in just their 13th match with the team. Darlene Ramdin paced Trinidad & Tobago with 10 points, while no other player scored more than five points.

Team USA celebrates a point versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

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Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Jenna Hagglund (20) block a Trinidad & Tobago attack (NORCECA photo)

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6/11 1 2 3 4 5 USA 28 23 25 25 15 PUR 30 25 14 17 13 U.S. Women Rally Past Puerto Rico After Being Two Sets Down LIMA, PERU (June 11, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team (2-0) rallied from two sets down to defeat Puerto Rico 28-30, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-13 on June 11 during Pool A of the Pan American Cup in Callao, Peru.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) blocks a Puerto Rico attack. (NORCECA photo)

The U.S. committed nine errors in the opening set and saved three set points when down 24-21 to take two set point chances of its own only to fall 30-28 as Puerto Rico scored three unanswered to end the frame on its sixth set point opportunity. The U.S. rallied from a 16-12 deficit in the second set to tie at 16-all, but Puerto Rico pushed to a 20-17 lead en route to winning 25-23. The third set was a roller coaster with the Puerto Rico scoring the first three points, followed by a 6-0 run by the U.S. After Puerto Rico knotted the score at 12-all, Team USA rolled 10 unanswered points in winning 25-14. The U.S. used a key 4-0 run to take a 19-14 lead in the fourth set as they pushed on to a 25-17 victory sending the match to a tiebreaker. In the fifth set, Puerto Rico came back from a 3-0 deficit to take an 11-10 advantage, but the U.S. scored four of the final five points to win 15-13. “Puerto Rico played very good volleyball and forced us to play as hard, the hardest we have had to play in 2013,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said. “Our team did a nice job, staying calm and fighting hard.”

Kristin Hildebrand (24) and Rachael Adams (22) double up on a Puerto Rico attack. (NORCECA photo)

U.S. opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led all scorers with 30 points coming off 25 kills on 60 attacks, three aces and two blocks. She scored six points alone in the deciding fifth set. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added 16 kills on 36 aattacks and one block for 17 points in the victory. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) charted eight kills and a match-high six blocks for 14 points. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) pocketed 11 kills on 24 swings and three blocks for 14 points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected three kills on six attacks and two blocks for five points, while Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) produced three blocks and an ace for four points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) added three points with two blocks and a kill coming off the bench. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a key ace in the fifth set as a reserve. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) provided the Americans with team-highs of 18 digs and 14 excellent receptions on 25 attempts. Glass was credited with 38 running sets on 91 set attempts in four sets, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) added 14 running sets on 38 chances. Fawcett charted 15 digs and Richards Hildebrand added 10 digs.

Rachael Adams (22) and Nicole Fawcett (14) form a blocking wall versus Puerto Rico. (NORCECA photo)

The U.S. started Hodge and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Hagglund at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Glass started the final four sets in place of Hagglund, who was a sub in the final two sets. Paolini started the final three sets in Adam’s spot. Team USA converted 40.4 percent of its attacks into points with a .298 hitting efficiency (65-17-161). Meanwhile, Puerto Rico converted just 36.2 percent of its attacks for kills with a .198 hitting efficiency (64-29-177). The U.S. out-blocked Puerto Rico 19-9 and held slim margins in kills (65-64) and aces (4-3), along with a 64-53 margin in digs. Team USA committed 23 errors in the match, but only 14 after the first set. Meanwhile, the U.S. benefited from 28 errors by Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was led by Karina Ocasio with 25 points, while Yarimar Rosa added 18 points and Daly Santana contributed 15 points in the loss. Team USA celebrates a point versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

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Nicole Fawcett attacks over the Puerto Rico block (NORCECA photo)

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6/12 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 ARG 17 19 22 U.S. Women Sweep Argentina, Advance to Semifinals LIMA, PERU (June 12, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team swept Argentina 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 in a battle of previously undefeated teams on the final day of Pool A competition at the Pan American Cup on Wednesday in Callao, Peru.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Kristin Hildebrand block an Argentina attack. (NORCECA photo)

The U.S., the defending Pan American Cup champions, finished Pool A in first place with a 3-0 record with 13 points. By virtue of winning Pool A and ranking as the second-best pool winner, Team USA advances directly to the Pan American Cup semifinals on Saturday. The three second-place teams plus Pool B winner Cuba will compete in the quarterfinal round on Friday. All 12 teams in the tournament are idle on Thursday. In addition, Team USA has earned a spot in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix by reaching the Pan American Cup semifinals. The top four NORCECA finishing teams in the tournament gain a spot in the prestigious annual event. Team USA used a 9-2 scoring run to end the opening set and take a 25-17 victory. The U.S. broke a 9-all tie in the second set and climbed to a 25-19 victory to go up 2-0. The Americans overcame a 20-17 deficit in the third set by scoring seven of the next eight points en route to winning 25-22.

USA and Argentina during the Natonal Anthems. (NORCECA photo)

“Our players responded well and I would like to improve our serves, and continue to work on our fast offense,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) paced the United States with a match-high 15 points that included 12 kills on 28 attacks, two aces and a block. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem,Utah) secured 13 points via 11 kills on 20 swings, one ace and one block. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) chipped in 10 kills on 17 attacks and a block for 11 points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed 10 points with six kills on eight errorless attacks, three blocks and an ace. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) collected eight points on seven kills via 15 attacks and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with two kills on five swings as a reserve in all three sets. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) set the U.S. to a 51.6 kill percent and .398 hitting efficiency (48-11-93) with 28 running sets, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) added three running sets in a reserve role. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) tallied a team-high 12 digs. Hodge charted 10 excellent receptions on 30 attempts to go with six digs.

Rachael Adams (22) and Nicole Fawcett (14) form a blocking wall versus Puerto Rico. (NORCECA photo)

The U.S. started Hodge and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Hagglund and Murphy were part of a double-switch in all three sets, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in all three sets. Team USA’s attack netted a 48-35 margin in kills. The Americans held the advantage in blocks (7-4) and aces (4-2) during the match. Further, the Americans produced a 31-26 edge in digs. The U.S. held Argentina to a 35.0 kill percent and .230 hitting efficiency (35-12-100). “I think USA did a good job tonight with some good contributions from the players off the bench,” said Hildebrand, the U.S. captain. “Our setter did an excellent job to help the balanced offense.” Lucia Fresco led Argentina with 14 points, while Emilce Sosa added 11 points in the loss. Team USA celebrates a point versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

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Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Nicole Fawcett (14) celebrate a point versus Argentina. (NORCECA photo)

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6/15 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 BRA 11 20 22 U.S. Women Sweep Brazil, Advance to Pan Am Cup Title Match

Cassidy Lichtman reaches to pass versus Brazil. (NORCECA photo)

LIMA, PERU (June 15, 2013) –The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a complete team effort in powering past Brazil 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 on June 15 during the semifinal round of the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru. The U.S. built an early 7-2 lead in the opening set and cruised to a 25-11 victory as seven different players scored. The Americans held a 4-0 margin in aces in the first set. Team USA started five new players in the second set and led throughout in a closely contested 25-20 victory. Team USA overcame an 18-17 deficit in the third set by using a 7-2 scoring run to establish a 23-19 advantage and went on to win 25-22. “I am glad to arrive to this stage,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said. “Our team has played well and united. The Dominicans will be a tough opponent as they have won all their matches, but it will be a good match.” Team USA had all 11 of its non-libero players score during the match. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati) led the Americans with 12 points and a match-high six blocks to go with six kills on 12 attacks. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) secured 11 points with 10 kills on 14 attacks and an ace, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) matched the 11 points with 10 kills on 22 swings and a block. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) charted seven kills on 16 attacks and two blocks for nine points.

Megan Hodge hits around the Brazil block. (NORCECA photo)

Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) chipped in seven points with six kills on 10 errorless attacks and an ace. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) tacked on four kills on nine errorless swings, one block and one ace for six points in just one set of action. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) pocketed two kills on three attacks, while Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) served two aces in the first set. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) provided a kill and ace for two points. Setters Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) both turned in one block. Hagglund provided the U.S. with 30 running sets in relief of Glass, who had five running sets. Hill totaled a team-high nine excellent receptions on 18 errorless attempts, while Banwarth charted a team-high nine digs to go with six excellent receptions on 12 errorless chances. Richards Hildebrand secured seven digs in just one set of action. Lichtman added six excellent receptions on nine errorless chances. The U.S. started Hodge and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. After the first set, Hagglund started the rest of the way for Glass, Lichtman and Hill started in place of Richards Hildebrand and Hodge at outside hitter, Paolini stepped in for Gibbemeyer at middle blocker and Murphy spelled Fawcett the rest of the way.

(Left) Alisha Glass serves versus Brazil. (Right) Jenna Hagglund sets versus Brazil. (NORCECA photos)

The U.S. convert 48.4 percent of its attacks into kills as part of a .389 hitting efficiency (46-9-95). The Americans held Brazil to a 39.8 kill percent and .227 hitting efficiency (35-15-88. Team USA dominated the net with a 12-5 block advantage, in addition to serving strong with a 6-2 ace margin. The U.S. also held a 46-35 edge in kills as both teams held errors in check with 11 each. “Today all the players had the chance to participate and it could be seen the team is very united,” said Hildebrand, the U.S. captain. “Dominican Republic will be a tough rival, but we will go out to enjoy the game.” Brazil’s Gabriela Guimaraes tallied a match-high 14 points as no other teammate scored more than eight points in the loss. Team USA celebrates a point versus Trinidad & Tobago. (NORCECA photo)

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Kristin Hildebrand hits down the line against Brazil. (NORCECA photo)

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6/16 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 DOM 12 20 18 U.S. Women Defeat Dominican Republic to Win Pan Am Cup

Nicole Fawcett hits past the Domincan Republic block. (NORCECA photo)

LIMA, PERU (June 16, 2013) – Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored 15 points in sparking the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Dominican Republic on June 16 in Lima, Peru, to capture the Pan American Cup gold medal for the second consecutive year. In addition, she captured the tournament’s most valuable player award. After Dominican Republic opened the first set with a 4-2 lead, it was all U.S. in the frame as the Americans went on a 9-1 scoring run and later used a 6-0 run en route to a 25-12 victory. The second set was tight until the last six points with 11 lead changes. However, the U.S. changed leads for the final time after trailing 20-19 and scored the final six points for a 25-20 victory. Team USA charged out to a 7-2 lead in the third set, only to have Dominican Republic climb back to within one at 12-11. However, the U.S. regrouped with a 9-3 scoring run to win 25-18. “I am really pleased with the team’s performance tonight, and overall with the tournament, especially how we were able to get better with every match,” Kiraly said. “Dominican is a good team with Olympic experience and for the most part we were able to control the match from beginning to end.”

Team USA celebrates versus Dominican Republic. (NORCECA photo)

Fawcett collected her match-high 15 points with six kills on 15 errorless attacks, six blocks and three aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) charted 11 points with eight kills on 16 attacks and three blocks. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) picked up nine kills on 16 swings in the match. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), the only 2012 U.S. Olympian in the match, pocketed eight points with seven kills on 16 attacks and an ace. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded five kills on 10 attacks and two blocks for seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) was credited with two blocks, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with a kill as a reserve. Glass provided 28 running sets and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) added seven running sets in leading the U.S. offense to a 45.6 kill percent and .367 hitting efficiency (36-7-79). Fawcett led the American defense with eight digs, while Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) added eight digs and seven excellent receptions on 14 errorless attempts. Hodge added a team-high 12 excellent receptions on 22 chances. In addition to the MVP award, Fawcett earned the best server honor. Hodge was chosen as best spiker, while Banwarth was selected as best receiver. “This group is a blend of experienced and young players,” said Hildebrand, the U.S. captain. “I’m really pleased with how we were able to come together to defend our gold medal in this event and show what USA Volleyball is all about: supporting each other, being tough, and playing great--especially when it matters most.”

Nicole Fawcett was presented with the most valuable player and best server award at the Pan American Cup. (NORCECA photos)

The U.S. started Hodge and Richards Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Hagglund and Murphy were double subs in all three sets, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in the final two sets. Team USA used a stifling 13-4 block advantage to thwart the Dominican Republic offense. Further, the U.S. benefited from 22 other Dominican Republic errors in the match. The U.S. limited Dominican Republic to a 33.3 kill percent and .107 hitting efficiency (28-19-84) for the match. The Americans also held a slim 4-3 margin in aces to go with a 36-28 advantage in kills and a 37-34 lead in digs. Priscilla Rivera, Yonkaira Pena and Annerys Vargas all scored eight points to lead Dominican Republic. Team USA presented with the Pan American Cup trophy. (NORCECA photo)

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Megan Hodge passes with Kayla Banwarth watching. (NORCECA photo)

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7/10 1 2 3 4 5 USA 23 25 25 25 JPN 25 23 22 23 U.S. Women Win Inaugural USA Volleyball Cup Match vs Japan SAN DIEGO (July 10, 2013) – The inaugural USA Volleyball Cup started with a sell-out crowd of 3,500 to watch the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeat Japan 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 at the RIMAC Arena on the campus of UC San Diego on Wednesday night. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led the United States with 19 points via 15 kills on 35 swings, three aces and a block. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) chalked up 16 points, all on kills from 31 attacks. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) contributed 15 points, including nine kills on 23 errorless attacks and a matchhigh six blocks. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added 12 points off the bench with 11 kills on 20 attacks. Yikiko Ebata led Japan with a match-high points, while captain Saori Kimura recorded 16 points.

Team USA celebrates a point versus Japan. (Copyright USA Volleyball)

“The sellout crowd tonight is a reflection of a lot of people’s hard work,” said U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who won his first match on home soil after going 5-0 in Peru to start his head coaching career. “The crowd was really into it.” The Americans held a 10-4 advantage in blocks during the night, in addition to a 7-4 margin in aces. Team USA converted 43.4 percent of its attacks for kills with a .338 hitting efficiency (63-14-145). Japan was limited to a 35.3 kill percent with a .221 hitting efficiency (48-18-136). Hildebrand said it was a special night for the players who get a rare chance to play at home. Her last matches played in front of a home crowd took place in 2009 during the Pan American Cup and FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament in Miami and Orlando, respectively. “Tonight was so special for us,” Hildebrand said. “It was an incredible turnout by our fans. We so seldom get to play in front of a home crowd, so it was a special night in feeling all the support for USA Volleyball. I am so proud of our team. Japan was incredible and they showed us they are relentless in coming back in each set. I look forward to another great match against Japan on Friday in Long Beach.”

(Left) Lauren Gibbemeyer attacks. (Right) Kristin Hildebrand attacks. (Photos USAV copyrighted)

Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) turned in 49 of the team’s 63 assists while adding an ace. Hildebrand and Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) contributed 14 digs in the victory. Team USA started Hildebrand and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) at middle blocker, Glass at setter and Fawcett at opposite. Hill started the final three sets in place of Lichtman, who was a sub in the final three sets. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) started the fourth set in place of Adams. Hometown hero Juliann Faucette, who sang the National Anthem, was a sub in the first, third and fourth sets. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a sub in the first and third sets. Adams tallied nine points in the victory, while Faucette chipped in four points. Paolini produced three points off the bench, while Lichtman added a point. The USA Volleyball Cup is a new initiative that will draw elite teams to the United States to compete in an annual tour series with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams. Such events will help foster local community ties to the two National Team programs and the City of Anaheim where the teams train.

(Left) Juliann Faucette attacks in her hometown. (Right) Alisha Glass sets. (Photos USAV copyrighted)

Kiraly acknowledged Japan’s support in the USA Volleyball Cup. “It is wonderful that a premier program in the world with the tradition of Japan came here to play and give us a battle tonight in our inaugural USA Volleyball Cup,” Kiraly said.

Team USA celebrates with Kristin Hildebrand (24) giving credit to Alisha Glass (1) for a set leading to a kill. (Copyrighted USAV)

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Rachael Adams attacks versus Japan (Copyright USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman)

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7/12 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 26 18 25 JPN 17 24 25 20 U.S. Women Defeat Japan in USA Volleyball Cup Middle Match LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 12, 2013) – Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) totaled 12 points off the bench in helping the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team win its second consecutive USA Volleyball Cup match over Japan 25-17, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20 in front of 3,500 fans at the Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State University in Long Beach, Calif. Paolini was credited with 10 kills on 19 attacks and two blocks. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added 11 points with 10 kills on 34 attacks and an ace. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored nine points each for a total of 18 points at the opposite position.

Team USA during the National Anthem. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown)

Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in seven points, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) pocketed two kills and three blocks for five points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) scored five points all in the fourth set. Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied four points in her return to her alma mater, Long Beach State. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with a kill. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) recorded 16 of USA’s 48 digs. Glass set 35 of the team’s assists as Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) produced six assists as part of a double-sub in the first three sets. Fawcett added nine digs. The U.S. out-blocked Japan 12-3 to offset Japan’s 7-4 advantage in aces. The Americans converted 37 percent of their kills with a .273 hitting efficiency (51-13139). Japan was limited to a 33 kill percent and .194 hitting efficiency (46-19-139). Japan was led by Mizuho Ishida and her 18 points, while Miyu Nagoakoa produced 15 points in the loss. The U.S. Women are ranked No. 1 in the world and won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Japan, ranked No. 3 in the world, captured the bronze medal in London last summer.

Jordan Larson-Burbach serves against Japan. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown)

Kiraly started Glass at setter, Hildebrand and Larson-Burbach at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker and Fawcett at opposite. Davis was the libero for the match. Paolini started the final three sets in place of Adams at middle blocker, while Scott started the final two sets in place of Gibbemeyer. Murphy was a sub in the first three sets and started the fourth in place of Fawcett. Hill started the final set for Larson-Burbach. The U.S. controlled most of the opening set to win 25-17. In contrast, Japan led the majority of the second set in building a 23-17 margin. However, Fawcett went back to serve and five straight points as part of a 6-0 run to knot the score at 23-all. After the Americans saved one set point, they closed out the frame with a 26-24 victory to go up 2-0. Japan pushed out to an early 10-6 advantage in the third set and did not allow the Americans to rally in winning 25-18. In the fourth set, Japan battled back to within one at 19-18 only to have the U.S. score six of the final eight points for a 25-20 victory. “In one word I think we are resilient,” Fawcett said. “We have been put into some difficult situations and we haven’t put it into a negative light. We are working as a team with one goal.” Davis concurred with Fawcett in the team’s mentality.

(Left) Lauren Paolini attacks. (Right) Kelly Murphy serves. (Copyrighted USAV/ Matt Brown)

“I think we are resilient as a group and that makes it easy make adjustments,” Davis said. “Japan began tipping and we were able to adjust. In the second set we got down and fought back. To do that this early in the quad is a very good sign.” Notes: The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team was in attendance at the match. They are currently in a training block prior to attending the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U-19 World Championship…U.S. middle blocker Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.), who turns 41 in October, played at her alma mater of Long Beach State for the first time wearing the Team USA uniform. She is in her 20th year with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.

Nicole Davis passes versus Japan. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown)

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Kim Hill attacks versus Japan. (Copyrighted USA Volleyball/Matt Brown)

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7/13 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 21 23 15 JPN 15 19 25 25 10 U.S. Women Edge Japan 3-2 in Final USA Volleyball Cup Match SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (July 13, 2013) – Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) collected 24 points in leading the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 2515, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-10 victory over Japan in the final match of the USA Volleyball Cup in front of standing-room only crowd of 2,000 fans at the JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Team USA swept the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup three-match series with Japan to improve to 8-0 on the season in Karch Kiraly’s first season as head coach. “Japan is definitely an unbelievable team and one of the toughest to score against in the world, and they showed that tonight in how they came back,” said setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio).

Courtney Thompson (left) presents a gift to Japan’s captain prior to the match for their participation in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup. (Copyrighted USAV)

Fawcett tallied 18 kills on 33 attacks with just two errors to go with three blocks and three aces as part of her 24 points. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added 12 kills on 21 errorless swings and two blocks for 14 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) chipped in 13 points via nine kills, three blocks and an ace. Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) produced four kills, three aces and three blocks for 10 points ,which was matched by Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) with eight kills, one ace and one block for 10 points. Hagglund tallied 47 assists in the victory, while Thompson added 11 as part of a double-sub off the bench in all five sets. Larson-Burbach totaled 19 digs and Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added 11 digs with a 74 positive reception percent on 23 service receptions. “It has been amazing to play in front of great crowds this week,” Paolini said. “We feed off the crowd and they have been incredible. By seeing the crowds show up and supporting us means our hard work and dedication means a lot to people other than just our team. It is very meaningful to have the crowds come out night after night to support us in this event.”

(Left) Jenna Hagglund sets. (Right) Kim Hill attacks. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown

Japan was led by Yukiko Ebata’s 24 points, while Saori Kimura added 23 points. Risa Shinnabe charted 13 points in the loss for Japan. “It has been an incredible experience playing at home in front of a home crowd and hearing the ‘USA’ chant – it is a dream feeling,” Hagglund said. “Japan is one of the best teams in the world, and this has been a great experience for the whole team with so many players contributing. It is incredible to have so many players play and make solid contributions versus a great opponent such as Japan. We all practice hard every day in the gym, but there is nothing like putting on a jersey and playing a quality opponent. Everybody is working their tails off every day in practice, and these matches are a great report card for us to see our progress and what we need to upgrade.” Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) recorded nine kills for the Americans, while Hagglund added three points and Danielle Scott (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in two points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill. The U.S. held a 15-4 margin in blocks and an 8-5 edge in aces. Japan produced a narrow 69-63 margin in digs. Team USA held a 40.9 kill percent and .354 hitting efficiency (67-9-164). Japan was limited to a 35 kill percent and .206 hitting efficiency (63-26-180).

Kelly Murphy (left) and Lauren Paolini (right) put up a block in final USA Volleyball Cup match. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown)

Kiraly started Hagglund at setter, Hill and Larson-Burbach at outside hitter, Paolini and Jackson at middle blocker and Fawcett at opposite. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Murphy started the third set in place of Fawcett, who returned to the starting rotation for the fourth and fifth sets. Lichtman was a sub in the final four sets, while Scott was a sub in the third set. Notes: Jane Ward, a 1964 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team member, was present at the match and met with the current team members prior to the first serve…Cursty Jackson and Sonja Newcombe suited in their first international matches…Both U.S. setters in the match, Jenna Hagglund and Courtney Thompson, were products of University of Washington…The U.S. had 18 different players see court time in the three-match USA Volleyball Cup series with the rosters changing for each contest. (Left) Cursty Jackson serves. (Right) Jordan Larson-Burbach passes. (Copyrighted USAV/Matt Brown)

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Tama Miyashiro (5) and Jenna Hagglund (foreground) celebrate. (Copyrighted USA Volleyball/Matt Brown)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 17 25 25 RUS 20 25 21 12 U.S. Women Defeat Russia to Open 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix CAMPINAS, Brazil (Aug. 2, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team opened the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix by defeating Russia 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-12 on Aug. 2 in Campinas, Brazil. The U.S. recovered from an early 2-0 deficit in the opening set and took charge with a 10-4 scoring run to reach a 19-14 advantage, then held off a late Russia rally to win 25-20. Russia scored four unanswered points to break free from a slim 12-11 advantage in the second set and went on to win 25-17 with six blocks in the frame. The U.S. broke a 3-all tie in the fourth set with a 12-3 scoring run and never looked back for a 25-12 victory.

Kelly Murphy attacks versus Russia as she leads the U.S. in scoring in her first FIVB event. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

“Our players did a good job,” said. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who is now 9-0 in his first year leading the program. “We have a young team that is learning a lot this season. I am also learning a lot. It is my first season as head coach and Russia has a very good team. Tomorrow I expect a really tough game against Poland, but we have to keep improving.” Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), both in their first year with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, combined for 31 points as newcomers to the FIVB World Grand Prix played huge roles. Murphy came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points with 12 kills on 18 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Hill totaled 15 points with 12 kills on 32 swings, two aces and a block. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Murphy said of playing in her first World Grand Prix match. “Tonight the team had good energy. We made a lot of good adjustments and became more aggressive in serving and blocking alignments. We also made good plays and won the long rallies.”

Left: Kim Hill reaches for a block versus Russia. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo). Right: Alisha Glass sets versus Russia. (FIVB photo)

Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), who was a key contributor on the 2012 World Grand Prix gold-medal team, added 15 kills on 38 attacks in the win. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) charted 12 points with nine kills on 17 attacks and three blocks. “Russia is a strong team and played well.” Hildebrand said. “We had to battle back in that third set after they took the second, and we did - I am very proud of my team. It was a good way to start. We will have another tough match against Poland tomorrow.” Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) pocketed eight points with five kills, two blocks and an ace. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) tacked on five points with two kills, two blocks and an ace. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with three blocks and two aces. The U.S. converted 44.2 percent of its attacks with a .326 hitting efficiency as Glass handed out 14 running sets on 85 set attempts. Hildebrand turned in 14 excellent receptions on 43 attempts, while Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added six excellent receptions on 17 attempts and 14 digs. Glass added 14 digs from her setter position.

Left: Nicole Fawcett swings around the Russia block. (FIVB photo) Right: Kristin Hildebrand attacks down the line. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Team USA dominated in each of the scoring skills including 57-44 in kills, 13-9 in blocks and 6-2 in aces. Russia benefited from 23 American errors while limited its miscues to 16 for the match. The U.S. also produced a 62-54 edge in digs. Team USA limited Russia to a 34.7 kill percent and .165 hitting efficiency (44-21-127).

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Karch Kiraly is interviewed in the mixed zone after the victory. (FIVB photo)

Lauren Gibbemeyer spikes past the Russia block (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 POL 22 23 16 Young Players Lead U.S. Women Past Poland CAMPINAS, Brazil (Aug. 3, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated No. 15 Poland 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 behind a trio of players competing in their first FIVB event on Aug. 3 during FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A in Campinas, Brazil.

Team USA timeout during its match versus Poland. (FIVB photo)

The U.S., the three-time defending champion of the FIVB World Grand Prix, is now 2-0 in the pool with six points. Team USA also extended its World Grand Prix win streak to 18 matches dating back to the 2011 Final Round. Team USA won the opening set 25-22 after breaking an 18-all tie with a 6-1 scoring run and holding on to the victory. Similarly, the U.S. broke a 21-all tie late in the second set with a 3-0 run and held on for a 25-23 victory. The Americans rallied from an 11-9 deficit in the third set and closed out the match with a 16-7 run to win 25-16. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) paced the Americans with a match-high 16 points via 12 kills, two blocks and two aces. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) added 14 points off the bench with 11 kills, two aces and a block. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) tacked on six kills, a match-high four blocks and an ace for 11 points. Hill and Murphy are rookies on the U.S. Women’s National Team, while Gibbemeyer is seeing her first action in FIVB competition. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) tallied three blocks , one ace and one kill for five points. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) downed five kills in the victory, while Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) record four kills and a block for five points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) totaled three points in the victory and Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with two kills in the final set.

Kristin Hildebrand passes versus Poland. (FIVB photo)

“Poland is a strong team, and played well today - we were just able to execute our game plan better than they were,” said Hildebrand, who is serving as team captain. “I thought our block and defense did a great job... And our setters did a great job running our offense with speed, which was difficult for Poland to keep up with. I am proud of Team USA and looking forward to one more win tomorrow against a tough Brazil team.” Glass turned in 18 running sets on 66 set attempts while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) added three running sets. Team USA converted 38.7 percent of its attacks into kills with a .234 hitting efficiency. Glass also added a team-high 16 digs, while Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added 11 digs. Hill tallied a team-best eight excellent receptions on 23 attempts. Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the designated libero for the match. Murphy was a sub in the first set and started the next two sets. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) played in all three sets as a reserve, while Jenna Hagglund was part of a double switch in the first two sets.

Lauren Paolini swings for a point. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

The Americans held a 12-5 advantage in blocks to go with a 43-33 margin in kills. Team USA out-scored Poland at the service line 6-4. Lauren Gibbemeyer (8), Nicole Fawcett (14) and Alisha Glass (left) react to a key point versus Poland. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata led Poland with 11 points, while Zuzanna Efimienko added 10 points.

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Kim Hill attacks over the Poland block. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 23 18 20 BRA 17 25 25 25 U.S. Women’s Win Streak Snapped by Brazil CAMPINAS, Brazil (Aug. 4, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 in a marquee matchup of the world’s top two teams on Aug. 4 during FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A in Campinas, Brazil.

Alisha Glass sets during the Team USA’s match with Brazil. (FIVB photo)

Team USA dropped to 2-1 in the World Grand Prix with six points. The U.S. had its World Grand Prix win streak snapped at 18 matches dating back to the 2011 Final Round. Second-ranked and Pool A host Brazil improved to 3-0 with eight points to end the first weekend of the preliminary round. The U.S. trailed 7-5 early in the opening set, but forged to a 16-12 advantage as Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) served two straight aces after a kill. The USA went on a 7-1 run with Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) scoring five kills and a block in the spurt to establish a 23-14 lead en route to a 25-17 victory. Team USA scored five unanswered to take a 9-6 advantage in the second set, but Brazil countered with a 6-0 run to gain a 20-17 advantage and held on for a 25-23 victory. In the third set, Brazil overcame a 8-6 deficit by scoring six of seven points to build a 12-9 advantage and went on to win 25-18. Brazil came back from a 13-8 deficit in the fourth set to take a 15-14 advantage on a 7-1 run. However, Hill put down two kills to spark a 4-0 American run to take a 19-16 lead. Brazil came out of a timeout to score eight unanswered points to regain the lead at 24-19 and went on to win 25-20. Hill led the U.S. in scoring with 16 points on 13 kills, two aces and a block. Harmotto finished the match with 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) chipped in 11 points on 10 kills and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) charted 11 points with nine kills, one block and one ace. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) charted three kills and two blocks all in the fourth set. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) tallied four kills and a block for five points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) scored two blocks and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Left: Kristin Hildebrand attacks against Brazil. Right: Kim Hill hits down the line past the Brazil block. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photos)

Glass provided 36 running sets on 108 set attempts while also contributing a team-high 14 digs. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added 10 digs, while Hill was credited with 18 excellent receptions on 48 attempts. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who lost for the first time in 11 matches (10-1) as the head coach of the program, started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the designated libero for the match. Fawcett and Paolini started the fourth set in place of Murphy and Gibbemeyer, respectively. Lichtman was a sub in the first three sets, while Hagglund was a sub in the second and third sets.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Alisha Glass (1) block a Brazil shot. (USAV/ Bill Kauffman photo)

Team USA held a 10-8 margin in blocks while Brazil had a 56-52 edge in kills. The Americans also produced a 3-1 margin in aces. Brazil took advantage of 27 USA errors and limited its miscues to 21. Brazil was led in scoring by Gabriela Braga Guimaraes and Fernanda Rodrigues with 14 points each and Juicely Barreto with 12 points.

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Kelly Murphy (in front of attack) and Christa Harmotto (13) go for a block against Brazil. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Kelly Murphy attacks against Brazil with Karch Kiraly watching the action. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 ALG 12 15 11 U.S. Women Sweep Algeria at World Grand Prix BELGRADE, Serbia (Aug. 9, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated Algeria 25-12, 25-15, 25-11 with 11 different players scoring on Aug. 9 during Pool F of the FIVB World Grand Prix being held at Belgrade, Serbia.

Lauren Gibbemeyer attacks without a block in front of her. (FIVB photo)

The U.S. improves to 3-1 overall with nine points, while No. 14 Algeria is still in search of its first win and point after four matches. The U.S. broke away from a slim 4-3 lead over Algeria in the opening set with a 13-2 run that included nine unanswered points to reach a 17-5 advantage en route to a 25-10 victory. Team USA scored the first four points of the second set and built a 14-8 advantage before Algeria climbed to within three at 14-11. The Americans finished out strong scoring 11 of the next 15 points to win 25-15. In the final set, the U.S. rolled to a 5-0 start and cruised for a 25-11 victory. The two teams had met only once previously, which the U.S. won in straight sets during the 2011 FIVB World Cup in Okayama, Japan. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), who started in her first-ever FIVB World Grand Prix match, tallied nine kills, one block and one ace for a match-high 11 points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) came off the bench to score nine points on six kills, two aces and a block. Regan Hood (Dallas) and Juliann Faucette (San Diego) subbed into the match and provided seven points apiece.

Left: Kayla Banwarth passes versus Algeria. Right: Cassidy Lichtman takes a swing. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photos)

Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added five points in just the opening set, while Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) added five kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) all chipped in two points each. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a point apiece. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded a U.S.-high nine digs in the victory in addition to three excellent receptions on 12 attempts. Thompson dished out a team-high 16 running sets on 53 set attempts, while Glass was credited with seven running sets on 14 attempts. Lichtman chipped in three excellent receptions on six attempts to go with four digs. Team USA produced a 50.0 kill percent with a .385 hitting efficiency. The U.S. produced advantage in aces (6-0) and blocks (7-4) against Algeria, while also tallying a 39-15 margin in kills. Algeria committed 23 errors in the match to the Americans’ 19. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Thompson and Faucette subbed into the match the first set and started the last two sets. Hood and Lichtman started the final two sets, while Paolini was a sub in the second set and started the third set. Algeria was led by Safia Boukhima and Aicha Mezemate with five points each.

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Top: Rachael Adams (22) and Regan Hood (18) block a Brazil shot. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo) Left: Alisha Glass (1) and Rachael Adams (22) go for a block against Algeria (FIVB photo)

Juliann Faucette hits away from the Algeria block. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 NED 20 16 12 U.S. Women Block Netherlands at World Grand Prix BELGRADE, Serbia (Aug. 10, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used balanced scoring and a 12-5 block advantage to defeat Netherlands 25-20, 25-16, 25-12 on Aug. 10 in the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool F being held at Belgrade, Serbia.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Kristin Hildebrand (10) joust at the net with Netherlands (FIVB photo)

The U.S. improves to 4-1 overall with 12 points, while the Netherlands falls to 1-4 with three points. The U.S. rallied from a 17-15 deficit to Netherlands in the opening set by scoring 10 of the final 13 points of the set for a 25-20 victory. Team USA overcame eight errors in the set as Netherlands stayed close with only one error in the period. The Americans built an early 11-6 lead in the second set that include aces to that point, then went on to win 25-16 with five total aces in the set and four blocks. Team USA rolled to a 6-0 start in the third set and carried out a 25-12 victory with five blocks in the frame. The American victory snapped a three-match losing streak to the Netherlands during FIVB World Grand Prix matches. The Netherlands had won the most recent World Grand Prix matches in 2005, 2007 and 2009. However, the U.S. still maintains a 27-11 lead in the all-time series since 1983, including a victory in the 2010 FIVB World Championships. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) led three Americans in double-digit scoring with 14 points, including 10 kills on 15 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) chipped in 12 kills on 18 swings and a block for 13 points. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) charted 10 kills on 24 attacks and two blocks for 12 points.

Left: Kayla Banwarth passes versus Netherlands. Right: Lauren Gibbemeyer attacks out of the middle versus Netherlands. (FIVB photos)

Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) contributed seven kills on 20 swingsand two aces for nine points, while Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) started just one set in compiling two kills and three blocks. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) added five points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) served two aces to go with a block for three points, while Juliann Faucette (San Diego) provided three points. Regan Hill (Dallas), playing on her birthday, totaled a kill and ace for two points, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill. Glass led the U.S. to a 49.0 kill percent and .357 hitting efficiency (48-13-98) with 20 running sets on 55 set attempts. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) added eight running sets on 19 set attempts. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) charted team-highs in both excellent receptions (10 on 14 attempts) and digs with seven. Hill added five digs and seven excellent receptions on 20 attempts. Along with a 12-5 block advantage, the U.S. produced a 7-2 margin in aces. Team USA nearly doubled the offensive attack production with a 48-25 margin in kills. Netherlands limited its errors to eight for the match, while the U.S. committed 16 errors. The Americans held Netherlands to a .104 hitting efficiency (25-16-86) and a 29.1 kill percent.

Kayla Banwarth (left), Kristin Hildebrand (10) and Kim Hill (16) celebrate a point. (FIVB photo)

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Harmotto was a sub in the second set and started the third set for Adams. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) entered as a sub in all three sets, while Faucette and Lichtman was subs in two sets each. Netherland’s Anne Buijs totaled a team-high 13 points while no other teammate had more than six points in the loss.

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Courtney Thompson (3) and Christa Harmotto (13) look at each other after blocking Netherlands. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 22 25 23 15 SRB 14 25 17 25 12 U.S. Women Edge Host Serbia in Five BELGRADE, Serbia (Aug. 11, 2013) – Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) scored six of her match-high 25 points in the deciding fifth set to lead the top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12 victory over host and previously undefeated Serbia on Aug. 11 in the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool F being held at Belgrade, Serbia.

Kristin Hildebrand passes versus Serbia with Kayla Banwarth behind her. (FIVB photo)

The U.S. improves to 5-1 overall with 14 points, while ninth-ranked Serbia falls to 5-1 with 16 points and in third place in World Grand Prix. The U.S. is now 6-2 all-time against Serbia, including three-set wins at the 2012 Olympic Games and during the third weekend of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Seven of the eight matches in the all-time series have been since 2011. Murphy scored her 25 points with 22 kills on 42 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) chalked up nine kills on 17 attacks to go with a match-high six blocks for 15 points. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) tacked on 11 points with eight kills, two blocks and an ace. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) reached 11 points with nine kills on 30 attacks and two aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) added nine points with seven kills on 15 swings, one block and one ace. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) added two points with a kill and block, while Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) each recorded an ace. Juliann Faucette (San Diego) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Kelly Murphy hits above the Serbia block and Karch Kiraly intently watching from the sideline. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

The U.S. turned in a .242 hitting efficiency (57-25-132) and 43.2 kill percent as Glass provided 23 running sets on 94 set attempts and Thompson added three running sets. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Hildebrand and Hill all were credited with 11 excellent receptions. Hill charted a team-high eight digs and Hildebrand added six digs. Team USA held advantages over Serbia in kills (57-50) and aces (7-4), while Serbia held a slim 13-12 margin in blocks. The Americans benefited from 34 errors by Serbia and limited their miscues to 26. The U.S. charted a 22-19 edge in digs, while Serbia had 52 excellent receptions on 100 attempts to the Americsns’ 33 on 79 attempts. In the deciding fifth set, Thompson ( came off the bench and immediately served an ace to yield a 4-2 advantage to the U.S. Serbia knotted the score at 7-all with a block and took its first lead of the fifth set at 9-8. Team USA went back in front 10-9 with a Gibbemeyer block after a Serbia service error. The Americans pushed a two-point cushion at 13-10 with two kills from Murphy around a kill by Hildebrand. The U.S. sided out to a 15-12 victory ending on a Serbia service error.

Left: Christa Harmott pounds an attack past Serbia. (Right) Kayla Banwarth passes to Alisha Glass. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photos)

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Thompson was sub in all five sets, while Lichtman entered off the bench in the final four sets. Faucette was subbed into the match the first two sets. Jovana Brakocevic led Serbia with 22 points, while Brankica Mihajlovic added 20 points in the loss.

Team USA celebrates the winning point after a hard-fought win over host Serbia. (FIVB photo)

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Alisha Glass sets versus Serbia. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 CZE 20 20 23 U.S. Women Take Czech Republic in Tough Three-Setter SENDAI, Japan (Aug. 16, 2013) – Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) notched 15 points to lead the top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Czech Republic on Aug. 16 to open the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool M, the third preliminary weekend for the event, in Sendai, Japan.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) celebrates a point by giving credit back to her setter Alisha Glass (1). (FIVB photo)

Team USA improved to 6-1 overall with 17 points to remain in the hunt for one of five spots available to join host Japan in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being staged Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 in Sapporo, Japan. Czech Republic, ranked 24th in the world, fell to 2-5 with six points. The U.S. and Czech Republic were meeting for just the fifth time in the all-time series with the Americans having won the previous four head-to-head meetings, the most recent coming during the 2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Nagoya, Japan. The U.S. used a 9-3 scoring run against Czech Republic to overcome an 11-9 deficit in the opening set to take an 18-14 advantage and went on to win 25-20. In the second set, the teams were tied 10 times with four lead switches before the U.S. steamrolled to a 15-10 advantage on a 6-0 run and pushed to a 25-20 victory. The Americans rallied from a 17-14 deficit in the third set with a 3-0 run the even the score, then pushed in front 22-20 with four unanswered points en route to a 25-23 victory. Hildebrand reached 15 points via 14 kills on 22 attacks and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) chipped in seven kills on 22 swings and three blocks for 10 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) charted six kills on 20 attacks and two blocks for eight points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) tallied four blocks and three kills for seven points without starting a set. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) produced six kills and a block for seven points. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) pocketed three kills and a block for four points, while Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) added two kills and a block for three points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) each served an ace in the victory.

Alisha Glass sets to the outside against Czech Republic. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Glass provided 21 running sets on 57 set attempts as Team USA converted 41.8 percent of its attacks with a .255 hitting efficiency (41-16-98). Hill totaled 15 excellent receptions on 34 attempts, while Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added four excellent receptions and five digs. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Harmotto subbed into the match during the second set and started the third set in place of Paolini. Fawcett and Hagglund were part of a double-sub in all three sets. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a serving sub in the opening set.

Left: Kelly Murphy hammers an attack versus Czech Republic. (Right) Kristin Hildebrand hits past Czech Republic. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photos)

Team USA out-blocked Czech Republic 13-8 in the victory and held a 41-36 margin in kills. Czech Republic scored a 4-2 edge in aces. The Americans, who also had a 15-14 edge in digs, took advantage of 19 Czech Republic errors and held their own miscues to 15. Overall, the U.S. defense limited Czech Republic to a .140 hitting efficiency (36-21-107). Czech Republic captain Aneta Havlickova tallied a team-high 15 points and teammate Tereza Vanzurova added 12 points. Lauren Gibbemeyer (left) and Nicole Fawcett (right) stop a Czech Republic attack. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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Kim Hill attacks versus Czech Republic. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 21 25 JPN 17 19 25 18 U.S. Women Block Host Japan for Four-Set Win SENDAI, Japan (Aug. 17, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a 20-6 block advantage and Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) scored 21 points to defeat Japan 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18 on Aug. 17 during the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool M, the third and final preliminary weekend for the event, in Sendai, Japan.

Tama Miyashiro lunges for a reception versus Japan. (FIVB photo)

Team USA, which entered the day in fourth place, improved to 7-1 overall with 20 points to remain in the hunt for one of five spots available to join host Japan in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round. Japan, ranked No. 3 in the world, dropped to 6-2 with 17 points. The U.S. jumped to a 9-3 lead in the opening set, but Japan rallied to tie the score at 11-all. However, the U.S. gained momentum again with a 3-0 run and cruised to a 25-17 victory. After the U.S. bolted to a 6-1 lead in the second set, Japan charged back to within one at 7-6. The Americans upped the set again at 11-6 with four unanswered points and stretch the gap to 20-12 before closing at 25-19. The third set was close most of the way until Japan collected four straight points to take a 22-19 advantage en route to a 25-21 victory. Team USA took a 7-1 advantage in the fourth set and withstood every Japan charge to win 25-18. The U.S. is now 4-0 versus Japan in 2013 as the Americans won all three matches in Southern California as part of the USA Volleyball Cup. The two teams have met 225 times since 1983 with Japan holding a slim 113-102 series advantage.

Regan Hood passes versus Japan. (FIVB photo)

Hildebrand reached her match-high 21 points with 16 kills on 37 attacks, four blocks and one ace. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) totaled 14 kills on 32 swings, one block and one ace for 16 points. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) contributed a match-high seven blocks, one more than Japan had as a team, to go with four kills on 12 attacks for 11 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) tacked on nine kills on 28 swings, one block and one ace for 11 points. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) chalked up seven kills on 15 errorless attacks and two blocks for nine points, while Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) added four blocks and one kill for five points as a reserve in all three sets. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) collected two kills, one block and one ace for four points, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with an ace. The U.S. converted 39.3 percent of its attacks with a .267 hitting efficiency (53-17-135) as Glass provided 18 running sets on 78 attempts and Hagglund added six running sets on 30 attempts. Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was credited with a team-high seven digs and added seven excellent receptions on 14 errorless chances. Hill turned in a team-high 11 excellent service receptions.

Left: Alisha Glass (1) sets Christa Harmotto (13). (Right) Karch Kiraly provides instructions from the sideline. (FIVB photos)

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Fawcett and Hagglund were subs in all four sets, while Regan Hood (Dallas) was a sub in the first set. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) came in to serve in the third set. Team USA held a 53-43 advantage in kills to go with its 20-6 differential in blocks. Both teams served five aces in the victory. Japan, which had a 20-15 margin in digs, took advantage of 25 American errors and limited its miscues to 18. Japan’s Saori Kimura led her squad with 13 points, while Miyu Nagaoka came off the bench in the third set to score 12 points.

Christa Harmotto attacks from the middle without a Japan blocker in front of her. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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Kristin Hildebrand swings for a point against host Japan. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 16 25 20 25 15 BLG 25 23 25 15 8 U.S. Women Rally Past Bulgaria to Qualify for Final Round SENDAI, Japan (Aug. 18, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team concluded the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round by rallying past Bulgaria 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15, 15-8 on Aug. 18 in Sendai, Japan.

Nicole Fawcett attacks versus Bulgaria (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

With the victory, Team USA advanced to the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round. The Americans finished the nine-match preliminary round with an 8-1 overall record with 22 points and on a six-match win streak. Bulgaria, which had wins over No. 2 Brazil and No. 3 Japan earlier in the tournament, ended the preliminary round with a 6-3 record and 19 points. Bulgaria took an early 7-2 lead with seven unanswered points in the opening set and cruised to a 25-16 victory. Team USA, which trailed as much as 12-7 in the second set, rallied from a 23-20 deficit by scoring the final five points to claim a 25-23 victory and even the match at one set apiece. Bulgaria scored five unanswered points to take a 20-17 advantage in the third set and went on to win 25-20. Team USA used a 5-0 run to stake a 12-7 advantage in the fourth set, then produced a second 5-0 run extending the gap to 23-14 en route to winning 25-15 and secure a spot into the Final Round. In the tiebreaking set, the American opened up a 10-3 advantage and finished strong with a 15-8 victory. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) paced the U.S. scoring with 15 points on 13 kills on 29 attacks, one block and one ace. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who came off the bench and started the final three sets, picked up 13 points with 11 kills on 29 attacks and two aces. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) charted 12 kills on 31 swings and a block for 13 points. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) tacked on nine kills on 17 errorless attacks and three blocks for 12 points.

Lauren Paolini hits past the Bulgaria defense. (FIVB photo)

Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) racked up nine kills off the bench. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) pocketed four blocks and two aces for six points, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) added three kills and two blocks for five points. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) totaled three kills and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with an ace. The U.S. converted on 43.8 percent of its attacks with a .270 hitting efficiency (60-23-137) as Glass was credited with 40 running sets on 99 set attempts. Hill contributed a team-high 21 excellent receptions on 47 attempts, while Hildebrand was eight of 19 on service receptions. Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was credited with six excellent receptions on 17 attempts along with a team-high four digs. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Fawcett was a sub in the first and second sets before starting the final three sets in place of Murphy. Paolini subbed into the match in the second set and started the final three sets in place of Gibbemeyer. Lichtman was a serving sub in all five sets, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a sub in the first and third sets.

Left: Christa Harmotto attacks versus Bulgaria. Right: Kristin Hildebrand hits past the block. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photos)

The U.S. held a 60-55 advantage in kills and both teams served six aces in the match. Bulgaria managed a 14-11 margin in blocks. The Americans held their errors to 21 for the match and took advantage of 24 Bulgarian errors. Bulgaria converted 39.6 percent of its attacks with a .252 hitting efficiency (55-20-139). Bulgaria’s Elitsa Vasileva produced a match-high 20 points and Emiliya Nikolova added 16 points. Hristina Ruseva tallied a match-high six blocks as part of a 14-point match.

Team USA celebrates its win over Bulgaria enabling it to advance to the Final Round (FIVB photo)

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Christa Harmotto directs her attack away from the Bulgaria block. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 19 12 10 BRA 25 25 25 U.S. Women Fall in Final Round Opener to Brazil SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 28, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-19, 25-12, 25-10 in the opening FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round match on Aug. 28 at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo, Japan. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led the U.S. in scoring with seven kills, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added four kills and a block for five points, Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) chipped in three kills and an ace for four points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) tallied two kills, a block and an ace for four points. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) each totaled three points.

Team USA during the National Anthem prior to the start of the Final Round. (FIVB photo)

Glass was credited with 23 running sets on 72 set attempts. Hildebrand tallied a team-high eight digs while Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added five digs. Hill secured a team-high 18 excellent receptions on 39 total attempts. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Fawcett subbed into the first set and started the final two sets in place of Murphy. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in the first and third sets, while Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Regan Hood (Dallas) were reserves in the second set. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a sub in the final set.

Nicole Fawcett (14) blocks Brazil with Lauren Gibbemyer next to her. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Brazil held advantages in each of the three scoring phases of the game with a 42-22 margin in kills, 13-7 advantage in blocks and 4-3 edge in aces. Further, Brazil held its errors to nine for the match and took advantage of 16 Team USA miscues. The Americans held a 20-15 advantage in digs. Brazil’s Thaisa Menezes and Fernanda Rodrigues each tallied 13 points in the victory, while Gabriela Guimaraes added 11 points. Brazil used a 7-0 run to push in front 16-10 in the first set after trailing 8-7 at the first technical timeout. Brazil pushed out ot a 19-10 advantage and went on to win 25-19. In the second set, Brazil pocketed nine unanswered points to take a 12-5 lead after it fell behind 4-2. That momentum allowed Brazil to end the set with a 25-12 victory. Brazil opened the third set with a 5-1 advantage and controlled the entire set, scoring the final nine of 10 points for a 25-10 victory.

Kim Hill (16) and Christa Harmotto (13) block Brazil. (FIVB photo)

Left: Kristin Hildebrand hits versus the Brazil. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo). Right: Christa Harmotto gets a hand on a Brazil attack. (FIVB photo)

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Alisha Glass sets versus Brazil. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 23 25 18 23 SRB 25 20 25 25 U.S. Women Drops Second Final Round Match to Serbia SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 29, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Serbia 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23 on Aug. 29 during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

Kim Hill swings by Serbia with Tama Miyashiro (5) covering. (FIVB photo)

The U.S. dropped to 0-2 in the six-team round robin Final Round that takes place over five consecutive days. Serbia improved to 1-1 in the Final Round. After Serbia built an early 12-5 lead in the opening set, the Americans charged back to within one at 17-16 but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 25-23 set loss. The U.S. built a 17-13 advantage in the second set with a 4-0 run, then closed out the set with three unanswered points for a 25-20 victory to even the match. Serbia rallied from an 8-6 deficit in the third set with a 9-1 scoring spurt to take a 15-9 advantage en route to a 25-18 victory. Serbia scored consecutive points to break a 21-all tie in the fourth set leading to a 25-23 victory. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led the Americans with a match-high 23 points on 21 kills via 38 attacks and two aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) each tallied 10 kills, two blocks and an ace for 13 points. Gibbemeyer produced a .714 hitting efficiency (10-0-14) without an attack error. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) charted 10 kills on 17 attacks and a block for 11 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) tallied five kills. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) all scored two points for the U.S. Regan Hood (Dallas) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Lauren Gibbemeyer (8) and Jenna Hagglund celebrate. (FIVB photo)

Glass was credited with 16 running sets on 89 total set attempts as the Americans converted 50.0 percent of their attacks into points with a .364 hitting efficiency (59-16-118). Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) totaled a U.S.-high nine digs in the match, while Hildebrand contributed 11 excellent receptions on 24 attempts. U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Fawcett and Hagglund were double subs in all four sets, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a serving sub in all four sets. Regan Hood (Dallas) was started the fourth set in place of Hill. Serbia held slim advantages in all three scoring categories with a 60-59 margin in kills, 7-6 edge in aces and 9-7 advantage in blocks. Like the U.S., Serbia converted 50 percent of its attacks into points with a .408 hitting efficiency (60-11-120). Further, Serbia took advantage of 19 American errors and held its own miscues to 17.

Karch Kiraly walks through the World Grand Prix entrance. (FIVB photo)

Serbia’s Jovana Brakocevic scored a team-high 22 points and Brankica Mihajlovic added 20 points in the victory. The U.S. defeated Serbia in five sets on Aug. 11 during the second preliminary weekend held in Belgrade. Serbia is the only team other than Brazil to have defeated the United States in World Grand Prix action since the second preliminary weekend of the 2010 edition.

Left: Lauren Gibbemeyer attacks versus Serbia. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo). Right: Christa Harmotto swings by Serbia. (FIVB photo)

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Kelly Murphy swings over the Serbia block. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 20 23 17 CHN 25 25 25 U.S. Women Fall to China in Battle of Legendary Head Coaches SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 30, 2013) - The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to fifth-ranked China 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 on Aug. 30 during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

Karch Kiraly (right) shakes hands with Lang Ping as the two legendary players meet for the first time as coaches. (FIVB photo)

The U.S. fell to 0-3 in the six-team round robin Final Round that takes place over five consecutive days. China improved to 3-0 with eight points in the Final Round. The match was the first meeting of playing legends Karch Kiraly and ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping as head coaches of their respective countries. Kiraly is in his first year as head coach of Team USA, while Lang Ping took over as China’s head coach this spring. She also led the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. China scored the first six points of the match and led 8-1, but held off the Americans who closed to 20-18 in a 25-20 China victory. Team USA led the second set 4-0 and 18-14 before China recovered to win 25-23 with 11 of the last 16 points. The U.S. built an early 8-2 lead in the third set, but China rebounded with a 7-1 run to level the score at 9-all and then scored 10 of the final 12 points for a 25-17 victory. “USA played a nice tournament to earn the right to be here in the Finals,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “It’s apparent that the teams here are the best in the world and have been able to play at a higher level as the tournament goes on and we haven’t been able to match their improvement. Congratulations to China; they’ve played a great tournament.

Lauren Gibbemeyer attacks against China. (FIVB photo)

Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led the Americans with 11 points and captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) added 10 points that included a team-high three blocks. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) tallied nine points, while Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) each produced seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) served two aces and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block. Glass was credited with 33 running sets on 100 set attempts leading to Team USA’s 32.7 kill percent and .178 hitting efficiency (35-16-107). Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Hildebrand each secured seven digs in the match. Hildebrand had 11 excellent receptions on 16 errorless attempts. Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) were subs in all three matches, while Regan Hood (Dallas) and Paolini were subs in the first and third sets, respectively.

Team USA during the National Anthem. (FIVB photo)

China’s powerful attack led to a 47-35 advantage in kills and they took advantage of 18 errors by the U.S. The Chinese converted on 41.6 percent of their attacks with a .310 hitting efficiency (47-12-113). The Americans held slim edges in blocks (8-7) and aces (4-3). “I’m pretty sure I know the USA team very well,” Lang Ping said. “They have a lot of great players who aren’t at this tournament. They have brought young, talented players and they are doing a great job. Before the match, I told my players we need to get used to their speed. We haven’t played a fast team yet, so we had to make the adjustment on court and learn to make quick transitions. In the second set today, I emphasized to the players that they must concentrate on defense.” China’s Zhu Ting, a rising star at the age of 19, scored a match-high 23 points including three blocks of her team’s blocks.

Left: Cassidy Lichtman serves versus China. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo). Right: Kelly Murphy (15) blocks China with Christa Harmotto (13) providing support. (FIVB photo)

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Tama Miyashiro digs versus China. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 22 25 18 14 ITA 19 25 23 25 16 U.S. Women Suffer Heart-Breaking Loss to Italy in Five Sets SAPPORO, Japan (Aug. 31, 2013) – The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team suffered a heart-breaking 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14 loss to Italy on Aug. 31 during the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

Lauren Gibbemeyer eyes a point versus Italy. (FIVB photo)

Both teams were in search of their first victory in the 2013 Final Round. The U.S. dropped to 0-4 with one point, while Italy improved to 1-3 with three points. Team USA recovered from an early 7-5 deficit in the first set with a 10-1 scoring run to take a 15-8 lead en route to a 25-19 victory. The Americans came back from a 19-15 deficit in the second set to level the score at 19-all, but Italy held off the charge in winning 25-22. Team USA built a 20-14 lead over Italy in the third set and held on for a 25-23 victory. Italy sent the match into a tiebreaker as it built a 19-12 lead in the fourth set and powered to a 25-18 victory. The U.S. led 14-10 in the deciding set and thought it had won the match with a point at 14-11, but the referee called a touch and Italy went on to save four match points and finished the set with a 16-14 victory. “Today was a difficult loss,” U.S. captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) said. “In the fifth set, we thought we had the match at 15-11, but had a bad call from the referee. Our player didn’t touch the ball.”

Lauren Paolini (17) and Kristin Hildebrand (10) reach for a block of Italy. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

“That was an extremely disappointing loss,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “Our team was in a great position to win and we thought we did win on the play the referee called the other way. Then we weren’t able to close the match out after working hard to put ourselves in that position. Congratulations to Italy for staying with it and coming back from a deficit at the end.” Hildebrand led the U.S. with a team-high 18 points all on kills. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added 15 points each. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) chipped in nine points with a team-high four blocks. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) tallied five points each, while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) produced four points each. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) each served an ace. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) secured a team-high 10 digs go with 11 excellent receptions on 21 errorless chances. Hill added 19 excellent receptions on 57 errorless attempts and six digs. Glass turned in 38 running sets on 147 chances as Team USA converted 34.5 percent of its attacks with a .170 hitting efficiency (59-30-171).

Left: Kristin Hildebrand attacks versus Italy. Right: Christa Harmotto swings versus Italy. (FIVB photos)

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Harmotto at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Team USA held a 6-2 margin in aces as both teams produced 12 blocks. Italy managed a slim 62-59 advantage in kills and had five fewer team errors (32-27). Italy converted 38.3 percent of its attacks with a .253 hitting efficiency. Italy’s Valentina Diouf totaled a match-high 31 points and Carolina Del Pilar Costagrande added 18 points in the victory.

Kim Hill attacks versus Italy. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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Kayla Banwarth makes an overhead pass versus Italy. (FIVB photo)

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1 2 3 4 5 USA 17 25 18 25 15 JPN 25 19 25 17 12 U.S. Women End Grand Prix Final Round with Win over Japan SAPPORO, Japan (Sept. 1, 2013) – Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored 22 points off the bench to lead top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory over host Japan on Sept. 1 to conclude the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.

Lauren Paolini attacks through the Japan block. (FIVB photo)

The U.S., which was aiming to win the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament for an unprecedented fourth time, ended the Final Round with a 1-4 record and three points for sixth place. Japan finished the tournament with a 1-4 record and five points for fourth place. Japan pushed to an early 6-3 lead in the first set and did not allow the Americans closer than two the rest of the set for a 25-17 victory. The U.S. broke a 17-all tie in the second set with a 6-0 run en route to winning 25-19. In the third set, Japan broke an 18-all tie by scoring the final seven points to win 25-18. The U.S. sent the match to a fifth set with a 25-17 victory by breaking a 9-all tie with a 7-1 scoring run and closing the set with seven of the last nine points. The U.S. raced out to a 10-5 lead in the fifth set, but had to score the final three points to win 15-12 after Japan tied the score at 12-all with a 4-0 run. Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored her 22 points with 19 kills and three blocks. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) added 17 points, followed by Lauren Gibbemeyer’s (St. Paul, Minn.) 12 points that included a team-high four blocks. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added 11 points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) turned in eight points off the bench, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) added five points. Rounding out the U.S. scoring was Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) with two points and Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) with one point.

Left: Lauren Gibbemeyer flies in for an attack. (FIVB photo). Right: Kim Hill ready to hammer the ball versus Japan. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

Glass, the tournament’s Best Setter, set the U.S. with 50 running sets on 136 chances as the Americans converted 41.7 percent of their attacks into points with a .269 hitting efficiency (65-23-156). Kayla Banwart (Dubuque, Iowa) led the U.S. defense with 11 digs, while Hill charted 25 excellent service receptions on 60 total chances.

Team USA surrounds Vabo-chan following a hardfought five-set win over Japan to conclude the FIVB World Grand Prix. (FIVB photo)

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Hildebrand and Hill at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth was the libero for the match. Lichtman subbed into the match the first set and started the final four in place of Hildebrand. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) was a serving sub all five sets, while Regan Hood (Dallas) was a sub in the final three sets. The U.S. held a 65-54 advantage in kills and 11-9 margin in blocks to offset 31 errors in the match to Japan’s 22. Japan held a slim 4-2 edge in aces, but a sizeable 45-17 dig advantage. Japan’s Yukiko Ebata led the host country with a match-high 24 points, while Risa Shnnabe added 18 points. The Americans have played Japan 226 times since 1983 with Japan holding a slim 113-103 series advantage. However, the U.S. is 5-0 versus Japan in 2013 as the Americans won all three matches in Southern California as part of the USA Volleyball Cup as well as a 3-0 victory on Aug. 18 in Sendai during the final World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend.

Alisha Glass presented with the Best Setter Award for the FIVB World Grand Prix. (FIVB photo)

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Nicole Fawcett came off the bench to lift the U.S. past Japan. (USAV/Bill Kauffman photo)

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Kayla Banwarth

Libero * 5-10 Dubuque, Iowa College: Nebraska Joined Team: January 2011 Last Club: Dresdner SC MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Named Best Receiver of Pan American Cup after producing a 67 positive reception percent in five matches helping the U.S. win second straight event title…Totaled 32 digs in 17 sets…Started opening match of USA Volleyball Cup series versus Japan, totaling 14 digs and three assists in a four-set win…Started five matches at libero during FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 1.62 digs per set, including 21 total in the final two matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round…Recorded 11 excellent receptions on 24 chances versus Serbia on Aug. 11. 2012 – Starting U.S. libero in all seven matches of the Pan American Cup in which the U.S. captured the gold medal…Averaged 3.14 digs per set during the Pan American Cup, including a tournament-best 24 digs versus Brazil in the gold-medal match. 2011 – Played in 12 sets during the Pan American Games helping the U.S. to the bronze medal.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE: Named an alternate for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team...Played club volleyball for the Six Pack Volleyball Club and Coach Jay Grassley, helping the program to an appearance at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2007...Banwarth was one of the nation’s top high school seniors playing for coaches Julie Kieffer and Tom Keating at Wahlert Catholic High School • Totaled 1,155 kills, 1,093 digs and 364 aces during her four-year career, as Wahlert Catholic won three Iowa Class 3A state titles (2003-05)...Finished her career holding school marks for career digs and aces...Tabbed a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and ranked the No. 62 player nationally by Prepvolleyball.com and garnered all-American by the publication as a senior...Chosen as the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 after averaging 4.00 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.43 aces per game...Was a three-time Iowa Elite Team selection (all-state, all classes) in each of her final three seasons and chosen the Iowa Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set...Named the Class 3A Player of the Year for three consecutive years (2004-06).

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Named All-Big 12 honorable mention and served as Nebraska’s team co-captain…Finished four-year career with 1,706 digs… Averaged 4.89 digs per set as a senior, reaching double-digit digs in all but two matches. 2009 - Proved to be one of the Big 12’s best liberos, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors…Ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.96 digs per set…Finished the year ranked second on Nebraska’s singleseason list with 570 digs…Recorded 20 or more digs on 13 occasions, including four matches with 25 or more digs. 2008 - Put together one of the best seasons by a libero in school history, helping the Huskers to 31 wins and a berth in the NCAA semifinals…Averaged 4.12 digs and 0.84 assists as she appeared in 33 matches • Ranked third in the Big 12 in digs per set and helped the Huskers hold foes to a league-best .149 hitting percentage…Ranked third on NU’s singleseason list with 470 digs becoming just the third player in history to average more than four digs per set…Reached double figures in digs 29 times, including five matches with at least 20 digs. 2007 - Became a major contributor as a true freshman, winning the starting job at libero during the second half of the year… Appeared in 22 matches, averaging 2.75 digs.

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Nicole Fawcett

Opposite * 6-4 Zanesfield, Ohio College: Penn State Joined Team: June 2009 Last Club: Korea Expressway MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2009 – FIVB World Grand Prix (9th)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Championship (4th). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Named most valuable player and best server at Pan American Cup, leading the U.S. to its second consecutive event title…Scored 71 points for a 4.73 points per set average, including 48 kills (3.20 kps), 16 aces (1.07 saps) and seven blocks (0.44 bps)…Scored 31 points versus Puerto Rico on June 11, in addition to 15 points in sweep of Dominican Republic in title match…Started all three matches of the USA Volleyball Cup series versus Japan and played in 11 of 13 sets tallying a team-high 52 points (4.73 per set)…Scored 19 points versus Japan on July 10 in four-set win, followed by 24 points in Cup finale on July 13…Notched seven aces and six blocks versus Japan in Cup with a 43.8 kill percent…Played in 30 sets of FIVB World Grand Prix with two starts in averaging 2.60 points per set…Averaged 0.63 blocks during FIVB World Grand Prix…Led team in scoring in two of FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round matches as a reserve, including 23 points in win against Japan on Sept. 1. 2012 – Played in 20 sets with one match start at the Pan American Cup in which the U.S. captured the gold medal…Averaged 1.90 points at the Pan American Cup with a 45.2 kill percent. Tallied 15 points off the bench versus Cuba at the Pan Am Cup, along with nine points in a reserve role versus Brazil in the gold-medal victory. 2011 – Averaged 3.00 points in 12 sets during the Montreux Volley Masters…Scored 15 points versus Germany on June 9 in three sets…Tallied 14 kills on 31 attacks against China on June 12… Averaged 1.58 digs per set at Montreux…Totaled 66 points and 3.14 scoring average after starting six of eight matches at Pan American Cup…Tallied 10 kills and five blocks versus Brazil on July 5, in addition to eight kills, four blocks and an ace versus Puerto Rico on July 2…Averaged 0.86 blocks during Pan Am Cup. 2010 – Played in 13 sets with one match start at the Montreux Volley Masters event in which the U.S. won the silver medal…Scored 10 points mainly as a double-substitution at the Montreux event which limited her court time… Started one match during FIVB World Grand Prix, tallying a kill versus Dominican Republic on Aug. 6. 2009 – Played 74 sets in first year with 2.12 scoring average and .242 hitting efficiency…Played in 33 of 36 sets of the FIVB World Grand Prix with three match starts…Averaged 2.55 points per set during World Grand Prix, including averages of 2.06 kills and 0.42 blocks…First three matches as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team were starts with at least 11 points scored…Tallied double-double of 27 points and 11 digs versus Puerto Rico on Aug. 1, which ranked as the top U.S. scoring performance during the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix…Scored 14 points against Netherlands…Averaged 2.13 points per set during Final Four Intercontinental Cup despite primarily used as a reserve…Scored seven points and provided 12 digs in only start of Final Four Cup against Dominican Republic on Sept. 11…Tallied 10 points (8 kills, 1 ace, 1 block) in three sets versus Peru on Sept. 10...Recorded 11 kills versus Brazil in Final Four gold-medal match on Sept. 13…Tallied 15 points and 13 digs in fourset victory over Canada at NORCECA Championship quarterfinal on Sept. 25… Converted five of 10 attacks into kills without an error against Cuba on Sept. 27.

120 of 122 sets…During NCAA Tournament (20 sets), averaged 4.20 kills per game on .387 hitting with 12 service aces, 22 digs and 26 blocks ...Held season average of 4.44 kills per set (533 total kills) and finished with a hitting percentage of .313, good for 10th in the Big Ten. 2006 – Selected AVCA All-America FirstTeam and unanimous All-Big Ten First-Team…Selected as Academic All-Big Ten...Played in all 35 matches of the year and 113 of 114 sets...Averaged 4.27 kills per set (483 total kills), good for second on the team and eighth in the Big Ten...Finished the season ranked fourth on the team and sixth in the conference in hitting percentage (.331), the only pure left-side hitter in the league within the top six...Ended her second season with 979 career kills. 2005 – Selected as AVCA NCAA Division I National Freshman of the Year and AVCA All-America Second-Team All-America…Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten First-Team…Started all 34 matches in freshman season and set an NCAA Tournament record for hitting percentage by attacking at a career-high .889 clip (16-0-18) against Long Island (12/3) in the second round...Led the Lions and ranked third in the Big Ten with an average of 4.51 kills per set (496 total kills) on .309 hitting...Recorded 31 double-digit kill matches. OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: 2005 – Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. 2004 – Member of U.S. Junior Women’s National Team that won gold medal at NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. 2003 – Member of U.S. Girls’ Youth Team which participated in the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Poland. PERSONAL: Born Nicole Marie Fawcett on Dec. 16, 1986, in San Antonio, Texas... Nickname is Nic…Parents are Bob and Kim Fawcett… Mother Kim played volleyball for Wright State…Brother is Joe Fawcett... Maternal grandfather was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1945...Majored in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University...Favorite musical group is Coldplay… Favorite professional team is the New York Yankees…Favorite book is Angels and Demons…Favorite television show is Grey’s Anatomy.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Named AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, third consecutive AVCA All-America First-Team honor and fourth overall AVCA All-American award…Selected as Honda Award winner for overall best NCAA Division I volleyball player… Led Penn State to an undefeated record (380) and its second straight NCAA title and sixth consecutive Big Ten crown… Averaged 3.78 kills per set on .358 hitting for the year, with her kills per game average ranking second on the team…Led Penn State with 40 service aces and also added in 219 total blocks for the year. 2007 – Selected to AVCA All-America First-Team and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after guiding Penn State to the NCAA Division I Tournament championship...Unanimous selection to All-Big Ten First-Team...Started all 36 matches of the season and played in

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Lauren Gibbemeyer

Middle Blocker * 6-2 St. Paul, Minnesota College: Minnesota Joined Team: January 2011 Last Club: Pesaro MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Helped the U.S. win its second consecutive Pan American Cup gold medal while starting all five matches…Averaged 3.13 points per set in Pan Am Cup, including 35 kills on 63 attacks as part of .492 hitting efficiency…Scored 15 points in win over Puerto Rico on June 11, including 11 kills on 21 errorless attacks…Added 11 points in title match win over Dominican Republic on June 16…Played in two matches and six sets of the three-match USA Volleyball Cup series versus Japan…Averaged 3.17 points, including 1.33 blocks per set during USA Volleyball Cup…Scored 15 points versus Japan on July 10, including six blocks…Started all 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.35 points, 0.52 blocks and 1.67 kills per set while converting 45.7 percent of attacks into points with a .349 hitting efficiency…Scored team-high 13 points in sweep of Netherlands on Aug. 10…Tallied 13 points with 10 kills on 13 errorless swings in four sets versus Serbia on Aug. 29…Scored 11 points versus Russia with nine kills without an attack error and two blocks. 2012 – Started all seven matches of the Pan American Cup, helping the U.S. claim gold with averages of 3.38 points, 1.08 blocks, 2.00 kills and 0.29 aces per set…Scored 20 points versus Colombia with 11 kills on 16 errorless attacks to go with seven blocks and two aces. 2011 - Started all five sets at Pan American Games and helping U.S. to the bronze medal by averaging 3.53 points per set with a 1.41 block average…Totaled 17 points in bronze-medal match against Dominican Republic, including six blocks with a .421 hitting efficiency.

named First-Team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row...Set schoolrecords in single-season blocks (181) and block assists (161), and had the third-highest single-season hitting percentage in school history at .385...Was one of two players in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in hitting percentage, kills, blocks and points...Played in all 37 matches, and has played in all of the 102 matches the team has played during her career...Helped Minnesota reach the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship semifinals. 2008 - Selected AVCA All-America ThirdTeam as she became the fourth Golden Gopher middle blocker to claim All-America honors...Finished the season with team-leading 174 blocks, which was second on the school’s single-season record list and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in blocks (1.45 blps), seventh in points (4.20 pps) and 10th in hitting percentage (.316)...Played in all 34 matches and was one of three players on the team to be in all 125 sets...Ranked first on the team in kills (405), second in kills per set (3.24 average), first in hitting percentage (.316) and fourth in service aces (17)...Produced 23 double-figure kills matches and three matches where she tallied nine or more blocks. 2007 - Played in all 31 matches as a freshman and was one of only two players on the team to compete in all 112 sets on the season...Averaged 2.85 kills, 1.09 blocks and 1.02 digs per set...Led team in service aces, was second in blocks, hitting percentage and third in kills...Was the second Golden Gopher since 1985 to have over 300 kills and 100 blocks as a freshman...Produced 17 double-figure kills matches and two double-figure block matches on the year. PERSONAL - Born on Sept. 8, 1988...Parents are Dan and Marie Gibbemeyer...Majored in kinesiology at University of Minnesota.

OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Competed for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team at the 2007 FIVB World Championship in Thailand where the team finished fourth...Member of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Ended her college career at University of Minnesota by setting a school-record 593 total blocks and was also ninth on the school’s all-time list in kills at 1,421...Named First-Team All-Big Ten as a unanimous selection...Played in 84 of the team’s 129 sets on the season as she missed 12 matches due to an injury...Led the team in hitting percentage with .375 (276-58-582) and finished with an average of 3.29 kills per set...Despite the 12 missed matches, ended with a team-high total of 116 blocks (23 solo and 93 assisted) for a team-high average of 1.38 per set...Ranked third in the Big Ten Conference in hitting efficiency and ranked second in blocking with a 1.38 average...Finished with 4.17 pps, which ranked her eighth in the Big Ten. 2009 - Earned AVCA All-America First-Team honors and

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digs and 11.54 assists while hitting .447 (19-2-38) during World Grand Prix according to unofficial DataVolley Stats…Started three of four matches on Brazil Tour…Finished the FIVB World Championship with 8.43 running sets average, third-best for the tournament after leading the category heading into the final match…Started 10 of 11 matches at the World Championship with a 7-3 record in those starts…Averaged 0.68 points per set and 3.12 digs per set at World Championship…Set USA to a .402 hitting efficiency against Thailand on Oct. 29 and a .392 mark versus Czech Republic on Nov. 6.

Alisha Glass

Setter * 6-0 Leland, Michigan College: Penn State Joined Team: May 2010 Last Club: Mayaguez Indias MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)…USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Tour of China…Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Brazil Tour…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Earned second consecutive Pan American Cup gold medal as she finished second in Best Setter despite not starting the first two matches…Averaged 9.41 running sets per set with 113 total in 12 sets played…Recorded 23 assists and two blocks in title victory over Dominican Republic as team converted 50 percent of attacks…Started two of three matches of the USA Volleyball Cup, registering a 10.50 assist average in eights sets played…Added 16 digs and six points in the USA Volleyball Cup matches…Earned Best Setter for the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round after averaging 8.00 running sets (per unofficial DataVolley, 9.81 assists per set for the entire tournament)…Added 0.48 blocks and 0.83 points per set while starting all 14 matches of the World Grand Prix…Totaled team-high four blocks in win over Bulgaria…Team converted 42.8 percent of attacks into points with Glass serving as the primary server. 2012 – Started six of 14 matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix, including four of the five Final Round matches resulting in wins over Brazil, Turkey, Cuba and China… Averaged 5.25 running sets, 1.29 digs and 0.54 points per set during the World Grand Prix in helping the U.S. go 14-0 and win its third straight and fifth overall World Grand Prix…Started six of seven matches at the Pan American Cup leading the U.S. to the gold medal for the first time since 2003…Averaged 5.96 running sets as Team USA held a .315 hitting efficiency for the tournament…Added averages of 0.61 points and 2.35 digs per set at the Pan Am Cup. 2011 – Started four of five matches at the Montreux Volley Masters, helping the U.S. to a .251 team hitting efficiency…Turned in 27 digs during Montreux Volley Masters for a 1.80 dig average…Played in 25 of 27 sets at Pan American Cup, including seven of eight match starts…Helped team to an overall .325 hitting efficiency for the tournament, including a .525 hitting efficiency versus Cuba in the bronze-medal match…Averaged 1.92 digs per set at the Pan Am Cup…Averaged 3.21 assists per set with 19 sets played and two match starts in helping U.S. win the FIVB World Grand Prix…Helped U.S. hit .493 as a team in starting setter role against Peru on Aug. 21… Played in nine sets and registered nine assists during NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, helping the squad to the gold medal…Played in 20 sets during the FIVB World Cup with one match start helping Team USA to the silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification…Tallied two blocks and 25 assists in start against Kenya as the team held .322 hitting efficiency. 2010 – Played in seven sets and started two of three matches on USA’s tour of China…Averaged 1.14 points, 1.86 digs and 0.43 blocks in international debut…Scored four kills on six attacks in China…Started all seven match at the Pan American Cup helping USA to the bronze medal…Averaged 8.25 running sets per set, while adding averages of 2.40 digs, 0.45 blocks and 0.45 kills…Converted nine of 14 attacks into kills as part of .571 hitting efficiency…Named Best Setter at FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round after helping the U.S. to the gold medal…Started final 13 matches of tournament, leading to an 11-match win streak…Set USA to a .300 hitting efficiency and 40.7 kill percent during the World Grand Prix, including a .274 efficiency and 39.1 kill percent during the Final Round…Averaged 0.83 points, 2.94

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Named AVCA All-America First-Team as she set Penn State to consecutive undefeated seasons and its unprecedented third consecutive NCAA title …Honda Award finalist … Ranked fourth in the nation in assists per set (11.90) guiding the Nittany Lions to a nation-leading .381 attack percentage …Added 112 kills (0.92 per set), 103 blocks (0.84) and 286 digs (2.34)…Ranked fourth all-time in school history for career assists. 2008 – Tabbed AVCA First Team All-America and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team as Penn State won its second consecutive NCAA title with an undefeated record ... AVCA National Player of the Week (Nov. 18) ... Directed the Penn State offense to a record setting and nation-leading .390 hitting percentage. 2007 – Selected AVCA Second Team All-America and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... Started 35 of 36 matches and played in 114 of 122 Copyrighted USA Volleyball games while directing the Penn State offense to a nationleading .350 hitting percentage Led the team, ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 24th in the country with an average of 13.02 assists per game with 1,484 total assists. 2006 – Named Big Ten All-Freshmen Team ... Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (9/11) ... Started all 35 matches and played in 113 of 114 games ... spent most of the season as a 5-1 setter, but also saw time as a 6-2 setter/hitter, attacking primarily on the right side ... Set the team to a Big Ten- and nationbest .323 hitting percentage, the only team in the country to finish the season hitting higher than .300. Other USA Volleyball Experience: Member of the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Youth National A2 Team and played on the USA Red squad that won the gold medal at the High Performance Championships in Austin, Texas, where she also received the “Best Setter” award ... Started on the 2004 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that won the gold medal in Puerto Rico at the NORCECA Games, where she was recognized as “Best Server”. PERSONAL: Born Alisha Rebecca Glass on April 5, 1988…Mother is Laurie Glass, who was also her high school volleyball coach… Grandfather Larry Glass was her high school basketball coach… Majored in kinesiology at Penn State University with a minor in human development and family studies.

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direction of Ron Mahlerwein and Steve Aird ... Played club for Cincy Classics from 2002-05 under Lisa and Ron Mahlerwein and Torn Hogan ... Led team to fifth place finishes at the 2004 and 2005 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in the 15 open and 17 open divisions ... Member of USA Junior National Red team that won the Women’s Junior International Division of the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and was named Best Setter of the tournament ... A four-year letterwinner at Lakota High School ... Earned Cincinnati Player of the Year and first team all-state awards as a senior.

Jenna Hagglund

Setter * 5-10 West Chester, Ohio College: Washington Joined Team: May 2013 Last Club: UGSE Nantes MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Made senior level international debut at Pan American Cup, starting the first two matches and helping the Americans the event for the second straight year…Turned in 87 assists and two blocks during the Pan Am Cup…Helped U.S. to a 63 kill percent versus Trinidad & Tobago in Pan Am Cup opener…Played in seven sets of USA Volleyball Cup with one match start versus Japan on July 13…Averaged 8.00 assists per set during the Cup, including 47 in the five-set win on July 13 and helping Team USA to 41 kill percent…Played in 34 of 54 sets of FIVB World Grand Prix mainly as a serving sub or part of a double-switch…Recorded 33 assists with a 0.97 average… Credited with five aces in FIVB World Grand Prix. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Finished outstanding career by playing all 113 sets for the Huskies as the starting setter, leading the Dawgs to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in her four years ... Finished with 5,326 career assists, second-most in Washington history and 10th-most in Pac-10 Conference history ... Ranked 11th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 with an 11.77 assists per set average ... 12.19 assists per set career average also ranks second in school history. 2009 - Selected AVCA All-America Third Team for the secondstraight season … Averaged 11.30 assists per set for the season, ranking 19th nationally. 2008 - Named AVCA All-America Third Team and Honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... Led the Pac-10 and finished second in the nation in assists per set, averaging 12.17 ... Fourth all-time in career assists at Washington. 2007 - Pac10 All-Freshman Team pick ... honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection ... played in 105 games and 30 matches ... Ranked second in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation in assists per game at 13.54, which was also the fifth-best single season mark in UW history. CLUB/PREP CAREER: Played club volleyball for Team Z from 2005-06 under the

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Christa Harmotto

Middle Blocker * 6-2 Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania College: Penn State Joined Team: April 2009 Last Club: LIU JO Modena MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…FIVB World Grand Prix (9th)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Started eight of 14 matches during FIVB World Grand Prix in averaging 2.59 points over 34 total sets played…Converted 49.6 percent of attacks into points during FIVB World Grand Prix with a .374 hitting efficiency…Tallied 13 points versus Brazil on Aug. 4 with 11 kills on 17 attacks…Scored 15 points versus Serbia on Aug. 11, followed by 13 points against Bulgaria with nine kills on 18 errorless attacks and four blocks. 2012 – Started 10 matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix, including the first eight matches, compiling averages of 3.23 points, 1.31 blocks and 1.74 kills per set in helping Team USA win its third straight tournament title…Ranked first in Best Blocker through the preliminary phase, but shared time during the Final Round in a three blocker rotation in the starting lineup. Converted 55.5 percent of attacks in the World Grand Prix with a .482 hitting efficiency, including a 13-point performance with eight blocks against Brazil on June 15…Started all eight matches at the Olympic Games helping the U.S. win the silver… Averaged 1.73 points, 1.23 kills and 0.42 blocks during the Olympics while converting 51.6 percent of attacks with a .387 hitting efficiency…Scored 10 points versus Korea in first-ever Olympic match with a .625 hitting efficiency… Added 10 points versus Turkey on Aug. 5…Concluded 2012 with 21 match starts and 73 sets played en route to averages of 2.48 points, 0.90 blocks and 1.42 kills per set…Converted 52.5 percent of kills in 2012 with a .424 hitting efficiency. 2011 – Played in 11 sets with three match starts at the Montreux Volley Masters…Tallied 12 points versus Germany on June 9, including eight kills and three blocks. Averaged 0.64 blocks as part of 2.09 points per set at Montreux…Played in six sets during Pan American Cup with one match start… Tallied six kills on nine attempts versus Trinidad & Tobago on July 3, in addition to two blocks for eight points…Converted 13 of 21 attacks into kills during Pan American Cup with .524 hitting efficiency…Reserve in 13 of 14 FIVB World Grand Prix matches, being active in just one match – a start against Peru on Aug. 21…Scored 10 kills on 13 errorless attacks versus Peru with an ace for 12 points. 2010 – Averaged 2.61 points per set while starting all five matches of the Montreux Volley Masters in which the U.S. earned the silver medal…Converted 56.3 percent of attacks into kills with a .479 hitting efficiency (40-6-71) for the tournament…Tallied 15 points in the gold-medal match against China, including 13 kills on 21 swings o go with two blocks…Averaged 2.14 points per set at Pan American Cup with one match start and seven sets played…Converted six of seven attacks into kills versus Trinidad & Tobago on June 20. 2009 – Charted a 2.26 scoring average with a .389 hitting efficiency in first international season with the U.S. Women’s National Team, playing in every single tournament with 18

starts and 69 sets played…Tallied match-high 18 points versus Egypt on April 10, producing 16 kills on 25 attempts with just two errors for a 64 percent on kill attempts…Started six of seven matches at the Pan American Cup, producing a 2.29 scoring average over 21 sets…Held a .381 hitting efficiency and 0.67 blocks per set average at the Pan American Cup…Started all three matches of the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G event and contributed 1.11 points per set while converting eight of 16 attacks into kills…Started first two matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix and played in a total of six sets during the opening weekend of the event…Contributed five points with three kills on five attacks and two blocks versus Germany on July 31…Named Best Blocker during Final Four Intercontinental Cup after averaging 0.95 blocks per set as part of a 2.40 scoring average…Converted 54 percent of her attacks into points during Final Four Cup, including a .396 hitting efficiency with two matches against top-ranked Brazil…Provided 16 points in Final Four Cup opener against Brazil in which she tallied 10 kills with a .600 hitting efficiency, five blocks and an ace…Tallied 10 points in a rematch with Brazil in the gold-medal match of the Final Four Cup on Sept. 13…Contributed seven blocks as part of 9-point match against Dominican Republic on Sept. 12 during Final Four Cup semifinals…Tallied 25 points in nine sets played during NORCECA Continental Championship…Scored five kills on six errorless attacks to go with five blocks against Costa Rica on Sept. 24…Recorded six kills on eight attacks with an ace in start versus Mexico on Sept. 22. OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Member of the 2004 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Winnipeg, Canada ... Selected to the 2005 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed in Ankara, Turkey, at the FIVB Under-20 World Championships. PERSONAL: Born Christa Deanne Harmotto on Oct. 12, 1986, in Sewickley, Pa… Parents are Robert and Constance Harmotto… Father played basketball at Juniata College… Has younger brothers Nathan and Nolan … Majored in elementary education at Penn State…Nicknames are Motti and Chri…Hobbies include snowboarding, art and scrapbooking… Favorite musical group is Sugarland…Favorite subject in school is math…Favorite pro sports team is Pittsburgh Steelers…Favorite athlete is Hines Ward of Pittsburgh Steelers…Favorite food is gnocchi’s…Favorite book is “Mind Gym” by Gary Mack with David Casstevens…Fa vorite Courtesy FIVB TV show is Desperate Housewives…Favorite actor is Jack Nicholson… Favorite actress is Sandra Bullock…Favorite place to visit is Hilton Head, S.C.

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medalist at the Pan American Cup, with 10 kills on 14 errorless swings in a June 1 victory…Started two of three sets played versus Brazil on June 13 compiling three kills and an ace…Started two of four sets played at the FIVB World Grand Prix compiling two kills on nine attacks and an ace. 2005 – Participated at the Montreux Volley Masters and FIVB World Grand Prix events.

Kristin Hildebrand

Outside Hitter * 6-1 Orem, Utah College: Stanford Joined Team: September 2005 Last Club: Yesilyurt MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)... USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)… FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2008 – Pan American Cup (Fifth Place)…U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place). 2005 – Montreux Volley Masters (7th Place)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Captain of Pan American Cup team that won gold for second consecutive year…Tallied 50 points in 15 sets played for a 3.33 scoring average…Converted 49.4 percent of attacks into kills during Pan American Cup, including 10-of-16 in title win over Dominican Republic… Started first two matches of USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan, contributing 27 points in eight sets for a 3.38 scoring average…Added a 2.50 dig average in the two wins over Japan…Served as captain for FIVB World Grand Prix team… Started all 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 3.06 points, 2.67 kills, 0.31 blocks and 1.49 digs per set…Led team in scoring in four of 14 World Grand Prix matches, including a 20-point performance in four-set win over Japan on Aug. 17 and 11 matches with at least 10 points…Through the World Grand Prix preliminary round, ranked fourth in Best Spiker and 18th in scoring. 2012 – Averaged 3.57 points and 2.22 digs per set while playing in 23 sets with six match starts during the FIVB World Grand Prix as the U.S. won the gold medal…Tallied 19 points versus Thailand on June 24, while scoring 17 against Cuba on June 30, her birthday…Named most valuable player and Best Scorer of the Pan American Cup after leading the U.S. to the gold medal… Averaged 4.81 points, 4.30 kills, 0.41 blocks and 2.26 digs per set during the Pan American Cup…Converted 48.9 percent of attacks during Pan Am Cup with .312 hitting efficiency…Scored season-high 35 points versus Brazil in Pan Am Cup gold-medal match…Finished Pan Am Cup with 128 points, including four matches with at least 21 points…Concluded the 2012 season with averages of 4.24 points, 3.62 kills, 0.40 blocks, 0.22 aces and 2.24 digs while starting 12 matches. 2011 – Averaged 1.40 points and 2.73 digs per set during Montreux Volley Masters in which she started one match but played in 15 sets in the tournament…Tallied 15 digs versus Cuba on June 11…On 14-player roster for opening weekend of FIVB World Grand Prix, but did not see action. 2010 – Played a total of five sets in two matches of the Montreux Volley Masters event, record a total of four points and four digs. 2009 – Averaged 2.94 points per set while playing in 48 sets during 2009 season…Started six matches and played 20 total sets of the Pan American Cup, averaging 3.30 points and 1.35 digs per set…Converted 40.4 percent of attacks into kills at Pan American Cup… Generated 4.00 points per set coming off the bench in three sets at FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament - NORCECA Pool G…Tallied 11 points with nine kills on 14 attempts in two sets versus Barbados on July 7…Started six of nine matches during the preliminary weekends of the FIVB World Grand Prix and averaged 2.54 points and 1.00 digs per set. 2008 – Contributed 73 points in 26 sets to help the U.S. finish fifth at Pan American Cup and earn 2009 World Grand Prix berth…Averaged 2.81 points, 2.38 kills, 0.31 blocks and 0.77 digs per set at the Pan American Cup…Hit .710 against Argentina, the bronze

OTHER USAV EXPERIENCE: 2003 – Member of USA National A2 program. 2002 – Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2001 – Traveled with U.S. Women’s National Team player and served as a practice player at the Montreux Volley Masters tournament...Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2000 – Captain of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team…Traveled to Switzerland with U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. COLLEGE: Two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American while competing as an outside hitter at Stanford University (2003-2006)... Concluded collegiate career in 2006 ranked among the top 10 in several career categories with the Cardinal. Holds the Stanford record for career digs (1,597) and career dig average (3.44 per set), while ranking third in career attacks (4,350). Ranks fifth with 1,819-career kills and 3.92 kills per set. 2006 - Earned All-American Honorable Mention by Volleyball Magazine and was a Third Team honoree by the AVCA...Named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the fourth-straight season. 2005 - First-Team AVCA All-American and ASICS/Volleyball All-American… Also named First-Team AVCA Pacific Region…Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for a third-straight season. 2004 - Volleyball Magazine All-American… NCAA All-Tournament selection…NCAA Regional All-Tournament choice… Pac-10 First Team selection. 2003 - Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year…AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year…Pac-10 Freshman of the Year…All-Pac-10 selection. PERSONAL: Born Kristin Richards on June 30, 1985…Daughter of Dave and Lori Richards… One sister (Lauren) and two brothers (Andrew and Taylor)…Sister played volleyball at BYU and is now coaching at American University… Both father and mother played volleyball at BYU…Father played on the U.S. National Team from 1978 to 1980...Graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree Copyright USA Volleyball in urban studies...Played volleyball since age eight...Rehabilitated two consecutive knee surgeries in nine months... Hobbies include photography, napping, reading, spending time with friends...Happiest moment in sports was winning the NCAA Division I national championship in 2004...Happiest moment in life was “meeting my niece”... Admires her mother most because “she beat breast cancer”…Favorite athlete is Stacy Sykora... Favorite movie is Love Actually…Favorite Actor is Denzel Washington…Favorite musical type is singer/songwriter...Favorite book is Blue Like Jazz...Favorite musician is Dave Matthews…Favorite food is Mexican... Speaks Russian, Italian and Spanish.

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of the Year award as a senior... Earned all-state honors all four years and was a three-time Northwest League MVP ... Team won state championships in 2006 and 2007 ... Also was a standout in basketball, winning Oregon 2A state player of the year honors twice.

Kim Hill

Outside Hitter * 6-2 Portland, Oregon College: Pepperdine Joined Team: May 2013 Last Club: Pepperdine (College) MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Made senior level international debut at Pan American Cup, playing in four sets as a reserve…Tallied 11 points with a .333 hitting efficiency (8-2-18)…Provided nine points off the bench in sweep of Brazil in Pan Am Cup semifinals…Started one match of USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan and played in all three matches…Averaged 3.33 points, 2.56 kills, 0.56 blocks and 1.33 digs in USA Volleyball Cup with a 44.2 kill percent… Contributed 12 points in three sets off the bench against Japan on July 10, followed by a five-point performance in just one set on July 12…Finished USA Volleyball Cup with 13 points…Started all 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.96 points, 0.37 aces and 1.65 digs per set…Led team in scoring versus Russia (Aug. 2) with 16 points and versus Brazil (Aug. 4) with 15 points… Tallied 18 points in final World Grand Prix match versus Japan while converting 50 percent of attacks into points. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Career - Ranked sixth all-time at Pepperdine with 1,300 kills and is tied for third with 376 blocks ... Averaged 3.12 kills/set, 1.21 digs/ set and 0.90 blocks/set ... Career hitting percentage of .322 ranks sixth ... In 2011, became the program’s second ever AVCA First Team All-American, ninth WCC player of the Year and only (in any sport) Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist ... First and only student-athlete to make the AVCA All-American first team roster in both indoor and sand volleyball during the same season. 2012 - Member of the inaugural AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American class ... Reached the semifinals of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship alongside partner Lilla Frederick. 2011 – Named AVCA All-America First-Team and West Coast Conference Player of the Year. 2010 – Awarded AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-WCC First-Team. 2009 – Selected AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Pacific Region and AllWCC First-Team. 2008 – Named WCC Freshman of the Year. CLUB/PREP CAREER: Played for Nike Northwest Juniors and the team won the Reno Festival in 16s and 17s… Graduated from Portland (Ore.) Christian High School in 2008 ... A four-year letterwinner ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and the nation’s #8 recruit according to prepvolleyball.com ... A two-time Oregon state 2A player of the year ... Won the Gatorade Oregon Player

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PERSONAL: Born Kimberly Hill on Nov. 30, 1989, in Portland, Ore…Parents are Bradd and Terri Hill…Three older sisters Shelby (played basketball at Biola College), Caitlin (who played volleyball at Azusa Pacific) and Kelsey (who plays basketball at Seattle Pacific)…Enjoys shopping and watching television ... Lists her sports hero as Kerri Strugg ... Favorite pro volleyball player is Kerri Walsh ... Favorite pro sports team is the Portland Trailblazers ... Favorite book is Redeeming Love ... Favorite movie is Dreamgirls ... Favorite TV show is Friends ... Favorite musical artist is Beyonce’ ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is speedwalking ... Favorite things about volleyball are “how emotional it is and how close you get to your team.” Copyright USA Volleyball

Jordan Larson-Burbach Outside Hitter * 6-2 Hooper, Nebraska College: Nebraska Joined Team: June 2009 Last Club: Dinamo Kazan

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - USA Volleyball Cup. 2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round...Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix... NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Pan American Cup (Bronze)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Tour of Brazil…FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2004 – NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. (Gold). 2003 – FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Started two of three matches of USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan…Tallied 17 points (2.13 per set) and 26 digs (3.25 per set) in eight sets versus Japan in USA Volleyball Cup. 2012 – Started the first six matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary rounds to help the U.S. qualify for the Final Round and eventually win the title…Averaged 4.00 points, 0.63 blocks, 3.26 kills and 3.00 digs per set in World Grand Prix, including 21 points and 11 digs against Brazil on June 15…Helped U.S. earn silver medal at the Olympic Games by starting seven of eight matches and averaging 3.50 points and 2.42 digs per set…Produced a .302 hitting efficiency with 2.96 kills per set to go with 0.42 blocks per set…Scored 18 points in consecutive victories over Korea (July 28) and Brazil (July 30)…Ranked 16th overall in scoring at the Olympics, along with 10th in Best Spiker…Finished 2012 with averages of 3.80 points, 2.58 digs, 0.47 blocks and 3.20 kills per set while holding a .296 hitting efficiency with 16 matches starts and 55 sets played. 2011 – Averaged 2.15 points per set at the Montreux Volley Masters with just one match start and 20 sets played in…Scored 21 points versus China in the bronze-medal match on June 12, which included 14 kills on 38 swings, five blocks, two aces and 15 digs…Started in seven of eight matches at the Pan American Cup with 23 sets played…Averaged 3.22 points and 1.83 digs per set at Pan American Cup… Totaled 15 points in semifinal match versus Dominican Republic, in addition to 14 kills and 10 digs versus Brazil in pool play…Started 13 of 14 matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix and helping the U.S. win the tournament for the second straight year…Averaged 3.05 points, 1.93 digs, 2.14 kills, 0.48 aces and 0.43 blocks per set…During FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, ranked 11th in Best Scorer, 11th in Best Spiker, third in Best Server, fifth in Best Receiver and 14th in Best Blocker for an all-around performance…Scored 12 points in three-set victory over Brazil in World Grand Prix gold-medal match…Scored 10 or more points in eight World Grand Prix matches while Serving at least four aces in three matches…Averaged 3.71 points, 2.79 kills, 0.36 aces, 0.57 blocks and 1.21 digs per set in helping U.S. win NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship… Finished second in Best Receiver and fifth in both Best Scorer and Best Spiker in NORCECA Championship…Converted 49.4 percent of attacks at NORCECA with .367 hitting efficiency…Tallied 11 kills on 17 attacks with 13 points against Cuba in NORCECA semifinal…Averaged 3.10 points and 1.70 digs per set with 10 of 11 starts in FIVB World Cup leading to the silver medal and 2012 Olympic qualification…Scored 17 points in three-set win over Serbia, in addition to 14 points and nine digs in win over Italy to clinch Olympic berth…Tallied 13 points and 11 digs in win over No. 1 Brazil to start World Cup…Ranked seventh in World Cup Best Receiver with 55.35 efficiency. 2010 – Started all seven matches and 21 of 22 sets at Pan American Cup, helping Team USA to the bronze medal…

Averaged team-leading 3.62 points per set and scored in double-digits in six of the seven matches…Tallied double-double of 14 points and 10 digs versus Costa Rica on June 21…Started all 14 matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix in which the U.S. won the gold medal…Averaged 2.75 points and 2.73 digs per set during the FIVB World Grand Prix, including 10 matches with double-figure scoring… Tallied 17 points versus Italy on Aug. 13 with 11 kills and five blocks…Ranked 18th in scoring during FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with 47 points, while also ranking 11th in Blocking, 16th in Serving and 10th in Digging…Averaged 1.65 points per set on Tour of Brazil, including two match starts…Started all 11 matches and 40 sets of the FIVB World Championship while averaging 3.2 points, 2.48 digs, 2.70 kills and 0.43 blocks per set…Tallied 17 points against both Cuba on Nov. 3 and Japan on Nov. 14…Scored 15 points against Brazil on Nov. 10…Tallied double-doubles (kills and digs) in four matches, including the final three against Brazil, Russia (semifinals) and Japan (bronze-medal match). 2009 – Averaged 2.73 points and 1.06 digs per set in first season with U.S. Women’s National Team, which included 19 match starts and 79 sets played… Started six of seven matches at the Pan American Cup with 21 sets played… Contributed 77 points at the Pan American Cup as part of a 3.67 scoring average with a 3.29 kill average…Added 0.81 digs and 0.29 ace average…Scored in double-figures in five Pan American Cup matches, including individual high 18 points versus Puerto Rico on June 30…Produced hitting efficiency of .688 (12 kills, 1 error, 16 attacks) in first match with the senior national team against Costa Rica on June 26…Started eight of nine matches during the preliminary rounds of the FIVB World Grand Prix, competing Courtesy of FIVB in a total of 35 of 36 sets…Averaged 2.20 points and 0.63 digs per set during World Grand Prix…Reached double-figure scoring in four matches, including 12 points against Dominican Republic on Aug. 7 and Netherlands on Aug. 8…Contributed 10 points in threeset loss to Brazil on Aug. 2…Started five of six matches at NORCECA Continental Championship, compiling 2.70 points and 1.96 digs per set… Tallied 15 points and 12 digs versus Canada on Sept. 25…Contributed 14 points and 14 digs in five-set loss to Cuba on Sept. 23. OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2004 - Led the U.S. Junior National Team to a gold medal at the 2004 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship, earning MVP and Best Receiver Awards. 2003 – Member of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that participated in the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship, earning the tournament’s Top Server honor. PERSONAL: Born Jordan Quinn Larson on Oct. 16, 1986, in Fremont, Neb… Parents are Pat and Kae Clough and Kevin Larson…Married Luke Burbach in May 2009…Majored in communication studies at University of Nebraska… Teammates call her Jor or Govnah.

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Cassidy Lichtman

Opposite * 6-1 Poway, California College: Stanford Joined Team: January 2011 Last Club: Franches-Montagnes MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Helped the U.S. secure gold for the second consecutive year at the Pan American Cup…Played six sets in Pan Am Cup, including two set starts in win over Brazil in which she had six kills on 10 errorless attacks and an ace for seven points…Played in nine of 13 sets of USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan, starting the first match on July 10…Tallied two kills during the USA Volleyball Cup… Played in 44 sets during FIVB World Grand Prix primarily as serving sub…Tallied six aces in World Grand Prix and 20 total points…Scored eight points in reserve role versus Japan on Sept. 1. 2012 - Started all seven matches of the Pan American Cup at outside hitter, producing 1.36 points and 1.64 digs in helping Team USA to the gold medal… Tallied 13 digs in gold-medal match versus Brazil…Converted seven of nine errorless attacks versus Puerto Rico in Pan Am Cup preliminary round. 2011 – Helped the U.S. to the bronze medal at the Pan American Games as she played in 16 of 17 sets…Averaged 2.50 points and 1.63 digs per set at the Pan American Games…Scored 11 points versus Peru on Oct. 16, in addition to 10 points versus Dominican Republic in the bronze-medal match on Oct. 20.

CLUB/PREP CAREER: Competed for San Diego Volleyball Club…A fouryear letterwinner in volleyball and a three-year letterwinner in softball at Francis Parker School in San Diego, Calif., serving as captain of the volleyball squad as a junior and senior... Named two-time PrepVolleyball All-American…Named San Diego County Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2006-07,..Selected the Francis Parker School Scholar Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year for 2006-07... Chosen the 2006 San Diego County CIF Player of the Year...Three-time Coastal League and two-time San Diego Section Division IV MVP...Named a PrepVolleyball Finalist and National High School Junior of the Year in 2005...Named MVP of the Division IV State Championships in 2004 and 2005 ...Elected to the San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. PERSONAL: Born Cassidy Singer Lichtman on May 25, 1989, in LaJolla, Calif…Parents are Grant and Julie Lichtman…Majored in political science and earned bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in history in 2011…Created her own volleyball clinic series called Play with a Purpose in which all money goes to benefit the Ronald McDonald House...Hobbies include laughing, talking to funny people, learning new things…Favorite foods are berries, sweet potatoes…Favorite Book is the Kite Runner… Favorite music is country and pop…Favorite musical groups are Zac Brown Band and Rascall Flats…Favorite movie is Crash…Favorite actors are Robin Williams and Will Smith…Most admired people are Lisa Sharpley and Foluke Akinradewo because they are “such great athletes, but also just really solid people.”…Happiest moment in life was “being with my teammates at Stanford University.”…An interesting story about myself is “I couldn’t walk for a while when I was younger and the doctors thought I’d never be able to walk again. Basically I’m a medical mystery and nobody could help me so I just decided to walk anyways. Now it just hurts a lot.”

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Selected AVCA First Team All-American and Volleyball Magazine Second-Team All-American...Chosen All-Pac-10 Conference pick ...Led the team with 18 double-doubles on the season, including four triple-doubles, ranking second in the Pac-10...Finished Stanford career with 2,366 assists, ranking eighth all-time in program history...Her 5.17 career assists per set average is 10th overall in school history...Paced the team with 7.92 assists per set, ranked second with 2.83 points per set, third with 2.28 kills per set and fourth with 2.48 digs per set...CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American. 2009 – Selected AVCA All-America First-Team and All-Pac-10…Led team with 22 double-doubles, including 10 triple-doubles on the year... Ranked second on the team with 3.16 kills per set, 2.78 digs per set and 3.55 points per set. 2008 - Earned 2008 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention after transitioning into a new setter role after primarily being a hitter and defensive specialist as a freshman…Appeared in all 118 sets as both a primary setter and a setter/hitter…Paced the Cardinal with 9.39 assists per set and ranked third on the team with 2.36 digs average and 76. 2007 - Appeared in 90 games, playing roles as both a hitter and defensive specialist in her rookie season. OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Helped the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship in Thailand.

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Association national championship … Helped orchestrate three consecutive AAU national championships for Sports Performance from 2006-08, as the club team compiled an 84-0 record since it was assembled when its members were 16 years of age … Named MVP of the tournament during the club’s first title run in 2006…Started playing club volleyball in 2000 with Club Uno.

Kelly Murphy

Opposite * 6-2 Wilmington, Illinois College: Florida Joined Team: May 2013 Last Club: Bayamon Vaqueras MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Played in 11 sets during Pan American Cup helping the U.S. win the event for the second consecutive year…Scored 17 total points in Pan American Cup for a 1.55 average…Tallied 11 points in sweep of Brazil on June 15, including nine kills and two blocks as a reserve with two set starts…Played in nine sets, all as a reserve, in the USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan…Tallied 21 points in two matches of the Cup, including a 12-point performance on July 13 that included 12 kills on 20 attacks with just one set start in a five-set win over Japan…Produced a .529 hitting efficiency during the USA Volleyball Cup on 34 attacks…Started 12 of 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 3.91 points, 3.16 kills, 0.35 aces, 0.40 blocks and 0.93 digs per set…Led team in scoring in six World Grand Prix matches, twice while coming off the bench…Tallied 25 points versus Serbia on Aug. 11 with 22 kills on 35 swings as part of a .600 hitting efficiency…Through the World Grand Prix preliminary round, ranked second in Best Spiker with a 45.00 kill percent and 18th in scoring.

PERSONAL: Born Kelly Murphy on Oct. 20, 1989, in Joliet, Ill.…Parents are Scott and Sandy Murphy with two sisters, Jennifer (1991) and Mary (1997)… Mother played volleyball at Illinois State University…Nickname is Murph… Majoring in elementary education at University of Florida…Hobbies include puppies, movies, baking, music, television shows (The Office, new Girl, Modern Family, The Vampire Diaries)…Favorite foods are chips and salsa, queso and guacamole…Favorite book is the Harry Potter series…Favorite music category is country…Favorite musician is Justin Timberlake…Favorite movie is Remember the Titans…Favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio…Favorite professional team is Chicago Bulls…Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan…Most admired person is boyfriend Christian Taylor, USA triple jumper in track and field, because “I watched him work for four years for his goal of winning a gold medal and saw him overcome so many obstacles and eventually achieve his goal. It is so inspiring to see someone work so hard, sacrifice so much, and dedicate themselves to something and then actually see the results.”…Happiest moment in life is “When I finally made the decision on where I was going to go to college. Getting to tell all my family and friends and being able to look forward to that next step in my life was so exciting.”

OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: 2007 - Led the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship, earning the tournament’s Best Server award. COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Named AVCA All-America First Team and Volleyball Magazine All-American as a senior…Selected as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist…Started every match and set of her career at University of Florida…Finished seventh in school history in sets played (447), eighth in kills (1,306), eighth in assists (2,671), 10th in aces (126) and 10th in points (1,567.5)…Registered 30 career triple-doubles. 2010 – Named AVCA First-Team All-America … Earned SEC Player of the Year … A 2010 First-Team All-SEC selection … Selected CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic AllDistrict selection … Tallied seven triple-doubles on the season, including three that came in three-set matches … Became just the 17th player in school history to record her 1,000th career kill, doing so against Florida State (12/4) … 2009 - Selected 2009 AVCA Second-Team All-American ... All-SEC First Team. 2008 - Named the National Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine … The 2008 All-South Region selection … Tied for the national lead in triple-doubles during the 2008 campaign with six … Broke the school record for triple-doubles just 27 matches into her collegiate career. CLUB/PREP CAREER: Ranked as the nation’s top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com after career at Joliet Catholic Academy … Selected as 2007 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year…Named captain of the 2008 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 … A three-time All-America selection by PrepVolleyball.com (2005-07) and a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine pick (2006-07) … Garnered Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Sun-Times in 2007… Was one of only two players with remaining high school eligibility on the team … Guided Sports Performance to the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships 18 Open national title in 2007 and the 16 Open crown in 2006, collecting MVP honors at both events … Sports Performance claimed the 2008 Junior Volleyball Director’s

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and 1.28 blocks per game…Led Longhorns in hitting percentage (.418) and blocks (130), finished third in kills (301). 2006 – Started at middle blocker in 20 of 31 matches. 2005 – As a freshman, appeared in 28 matches and averaged 3.03 points and 2.43 kills per game while hitting .261 in a split role between outside hitter and opposite.

Lauren Paolini

Middle Blocker * 6-4 Ann Arbor, Mich. College: Texas Joined Team: January 2008 Last Club: Igtisadchi Baku MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th). 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold). 2010 – Tour of Brazil. 2009 – FIVB World Grand Prix (9th). 2008 – Tour of China…Pan American Cup (Fifth Place). INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – PPlayed in six sets during Pan American Cup, highlighted by a 10-point match in a sweep of Brazil on June 15, which included nine kills on 12 attacks and an ace in the semifinal victory…Played in nine sets of the USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan with one match start…Scored team-high 12 points off the bench versus Japan on July 12, which included 10 kills on 19 attacks and two blocks…Added 14 points versus Japan on July 13, including 12 kills on 21 errorless attacks and two blocks…Averaged 3.22 points per set in USA Volleyball Cup…Started four of 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 1.72 points per set with a 46.8 kill percent…Tallied 11 points with 10 kills on 20 attacks versus Japan on Sept. 1…Scored nine kills on 11 attacks as a reserve in five-set win over Bulgaria on Aug. 18. 2012 – Played in 16 sets of the Pan American Cup with two starts… Converted 20 of 40 attacks into kills with a .425 hitting efficiency for the tournament, including a combined 10-of-15 versus Puerto Rico and Cuba without an attack error…Contributed eight points off the bench versus Brazil in the gold-medal match. 2010 – Started the second match of the Tour of Brazil, scoring seven points with three kills, three aces and a block. 2009 – Scored 23 points in a two-match tour of Egypt in April…Scored 15 points (13 kills, 1 ace, 1 block) versus Egypt on April 10…Added eight points (5 kills, 2 aces) in two sets versus Egypt on April 12… Played in two matches and three sets of the Pool I leg of the FIVB World Grand Prix…Provided a kill on her only attack attempt of the World Grand Prix against Russia. 2008 - Scored 11 points during a three-week, eight-match tour of China...Tallied four kills on seven attempts without an error in three sets played at the Pan American Cup.

PERSONAL: Born Lauren Adair Paolini on Aug. 22, 1987, in Tustin, Calif… Parents are Frank and Cathy Paolini with one brother, Andrew (1986)… Nickname is Pao (pronounced pay-o)…Majoring in biology/pre-dental at University of Texas…Hobbies include reading, listening to music, shopping and trying new restaurants…Has spent three years playing beach volleyball…Favorite food is macaroni and cheese…Favorite book is Kite Runner…Enjoys listening to R&B music with favorite musical groups Maroon 5 and Counting Crows…Favorite professional team is Detroit Pistons and favorite athlete is Ben Wallace. Happiest moment in life is every time she is back in Austin, Texas.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America First-Team…Contributed 355.5 points as Texas reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals in her senior season… Credited with set averages of 3.26 points, 2.63 kills, 0.86 blocks, 0.14 aces and 0.53 digs…Compiled a .478 hitting efficiency, which ranked second in the NCAA and set a school single-season mark…Finished career with over 1,000 kills and 400 total blocks. 2007 – Selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Third Team as a junior…Named All-Big 12 First Team…Appeared in all 103 games and 31 matches on the Texas schedule…Averaged 3.65 points, 2.90 kills

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Earlier in 2012, the U.S. captured the FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal for the third consecutive year. Team USA was 14-0 in the 2012 edition, including victories over Olympic Games bound Brazil twice (No. 2 in the world), Italy (No. 4), China (No. 5), Turkey (No. 7), Dominican Republic (No. 8) and Serbia (No. 9). The U.S. ended the 2012 campaign with a 30-2 record following the Olympic Games.

Karch Kiraly

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“I spent much of the last quad focusing on the task at hand, trying to be the best team we could be, especially in London,” Kiraly said. “But as Hugh’s departure drew near, I became thoroughly convinced and excited about carrying this work forward.”

Home: San Clemente, Calif.

Karch Kiraly, a legendary volleyball player in the indoor and beach disciplines who turned to coaching as an assistant for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team that earned the silver medal at the recent 2012 Olympic Games, was named the program’s head coach for the next Olympic Games quadrennial culminating at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, as announced by USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal on Sept. 11, 2012. “I have revered representing the USA and wearing the Red, White and Blue ever since my first experience with the Junior National Team at 16 years old,” Kiraly said. “It is a tremendous honor to be asked to lead such a powerful volleyball program, and I am thrilled to be able to carry forward the effort expended by this hard-working and talented group of athletes – an effort led by my mentor and friend, previous (U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team) Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, and his staff.” “It is hard for me to define how excited I am that Karch has agreed to become our next U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team coach,” Beal said. “I have often heard him compared to Michael Jordan as a dominant performer and personality. It is extremely rare that someone who was so talented and successful on the court can successfully make the transition to that same level in the coaching world. Karch is unique and USA Volleyball is fortunate and lucky to have him to continue the leadership of our National Team program.” Kiraly, 51, joined the coaching staff in 2009 under the direction of McCutcheon, who has assumed the head women’s volleyball coach position at the University of Minnesota. “I could not be happier with USA Volleyball’s decision to select Karch as the head coach of the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team,” McCutcheon said of his successor. “He’s a great man and a wonderful volleyball coach - this is a fantastic hire.” In his first international coaching experience in indoor volleyball, Kiraly helped the program to a 106-39 record over the past Olympic quadrennial. He played a key role in helping the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team capture its second consecutive Olympic Games silver medal at the 2012 London Games. The Americans finished with a 7-1 record with only a loss to Brazil in the title match. “I’m attracted to coach the USA Women’s Team for many reasons: first, we have a group of athletes dedicated to fierce effort, to improvement and to redefining what’s possible on a volleyball court,” Kiraly said. “Another appeal is the daily process of a group of people - athletes and staff - striving to be one team, and to being the best team we can be, with the hope that our best might be THE best. A third draw is the strong trajectory the program is already on, with consistent success and numerous podium finishes the last 5 years.”

The U.S., currently ranked No. 1 in the world after over-taking Brazil in November of 2011, finished the 2011 season with a 39-10 record. Among the team’s highlights were picking up the silver medal at the FIVB World Cup, their second consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title, capturing the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship and winning the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup. Team USA knocked off Brazil twice in 2011, along with three wins over World Cup champion Italy and two wins over China (seven wins over 2012 Olympic Games qualified teams). Overall, the U.S. scored an 11-match victory improvement over 2010 and a 21-victory improvement from two years ago. “I think it is an incredible decision by USA Volleyball, it is the best decision they could have made,” said Lindsey Berg, a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball setter. “Having a coach who already knows the core group who will return for the next quad and has the respect from the group and became a big part of our team is a great way to start the quad going for gold in the next Olympics. The experiences that he has gone through, you can’t replace those or ignore every experience in volleyball that he has been involved. To bring that as a coach and be able to relate to players, and know how to communicate these experiences and how to teach them so everyone else will have those experiences is amazing. He is a great technical coach who has been through it all. He is a good game coach and really knows how to talk to us. I think he is going to be so successful and I am so excited for him.” “I am really happy that Karch has accepted the position as I think it is a great decision on a lot of levels,” said Nicole Davis, libero for the past two U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams that won silver in Beijing and London. “Most importantly I think it is great for the continuity of the program on building what has been accomplished over the last four years. Karch was in the gym the past four years learning from a great coach in Hugh (McCutcheon). Karch is a genuinely liked person and he is the type of guy you want to go to battle with. He is already a leader in our gym. I have learned a lot from Karch on the game and how to compete. I think he is a really good fit for the program.” Kiraly has been recognized by many as the greatest volleyball player ever. He is the only volleyball player –male or female – to win Olympic Games gold medals in both the indoor and beach volleyball disciplines. Further, Kiraly is the first volleyball player – and one of only two ever – to win three gold medals in the sport. Accordingly, his coaching foundation is built around many of the mentors he had during his playing days and his recent coaching tenure. “My foundational principles were established decades ago, having had the opportunity to play for and work with many of the best coaches in the history of this sport: the short list includes Rick Olmstead, Al Scates, Doug Beal, Bill Neville, Marv Dunphy and more recently Hugh McCutcheon,” Kiraly said. “I lived my athletic career with these principles as my guide, and continue to adhere to them as a volleyball

Kiraly looks to move the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to an even higher plateau than it already has achieved. “This program has such a history of high performance and accomplished so much, including three Olympic Games silver medals … yet is has never won a Triple Crown Event: a World Championships, a World Cup or an Olympics,” Kiraly said. “At some point, the USA Women will change that, and I yearn to help in that effort.” “I am confident Karch will represent USA Volleyball, USA and our sport in the most positive way possible and help us elevate the sport and the USA Women’s Team to levels we have not seen,” Beal said. “It is pretty hard to follow the success of our past two Olympics, but no one is in a better situation to do so than Karch. I have worked with Karch at many levels, and I am never ceased to be amazed by his abilities, his accomplishments and his drive. Part of my excitement is anticipating what he can do for our USA Women’s Team.”

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American’s jersey and inducted him into the UCLA Hall of Fame. Kiraly led the Bruins to a 124-5 record from 1979-82, including three NCAA titles and a runner-up finish. In 2009, Kiraly was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Hall of Fame.

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Kiraly’s introduction to the sport occurred at the age of six. He earned his A and AA rating on the beach at the age of 15 and his AAA rating at 17. After leading Santa Barbara (Calif.) High School to the Southern California Championship title in 1978, Kiraly participated on the U.S. Junior National Team in 1977, 1978 and 1979 leading into his collegiate career at UCLA. Kiraly now lives in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife, Janna, and sons Kristian and Kory.

teacher and coach. They are: Mastery of Fundamentals, Relentless Preparation, Elevating the Play of Those Around Us, and Ferocious Competition.” “We have had some of the most remarkable coaches in the world leading our two National Teams,” Beal said. “I am confident Karch will continue that tradition, legacy and level of success. His passion for the sport, his work ethic, his leadership and competitiveness is almost unmatchable. What is perhaps his most unique ability is being able to relate to each individual member of the team and transfer his knowledge, insight and his support making each of them better and the team stronger.” As a player, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) named Kiraly as the greatest men’s volleyball player of the sport’s first century, citing his performance and courage in leading the U.S. Men’s Team to an unprecedented string of championships including the famed “Triple Crown of Volleyball” consisting of gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games, the 1985 FIVB World Cup and the 1986 FIVB World Championship. Kiraly also captained the U.S. Men’s Team to their second consecutive gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. The FIVB also named him “Best Player in the World in 1986 and 1988. After his two Olympic Games gold-medal performances, Kiraly went on to play professional volleyball in the Italian League from 1990 to 1992. He won the World Club Championship with his team Il Messaggero in 1991 and was named the most valuable player. His team also won the Italian League championship in the 1990-91 season. After years of dominating the game on the indoor courts, Kiraly returned to the sand and became equally dominant in beach volleyball. He and partner Kent Steffes captured the 1996 Olympic Games gold medal in beach volleyball as the sport made its Olympic debut in Atlanta. Before retiring at the end of 2007, Kiraly had won 148 beach volleyball tournaments (144 domestic, 3 FIVB international events), more than any other player in history. He won at least one tournament in 24 of his 27 seasons of playing beach volleyball, claiming titles with 13 different partners during his four-decade long career. Kiraly was named the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Most Valuable Player six times. Kiraly still maintains influence on the beach and has been instrumental in its further growth across the United States. He has been active in spearheading the development of the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball, which was created in partnership with USA Volleyball for the specific purpose of providing an opportunity for adult players to pursue a crowning achievement on a national stage for beach volleyball. In partnership with the Elevation Group, Kiraly backed the creation of the Wide Open beach tour series, a festival and grassroots-based beach volleyball series that started in 2009. Kiraly was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2001. Domestically, Kiraly has been bestowed many honors for his volleyball skills. The United States Olympic Committee recognized him in 2008 with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) inducted Kiraly into its 2005 Hall of Fame Class. In 1992, UCLA retired the All-

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Karch Kiraly’s Indoor Accomplishments 1988 Olympics (Gold) - Team captain - Team MVP - 137 kills, 16 block stuffs, 15 block assists, 60 percent kill percentage 1987 Pan American Games (Gold) 1986 World Championship (Gold) - All-tournament honors - Named “World’s Best Volleyball Player” by FIVB President Ruben Acosta 1985 World Cup (Gold) - MVP 1985 NORCECA (Gold) 1985 Appointed Team Captain of National Team 1984 Olympics (Gold) - Outside/swing hitter - Passer - Youngest player on team (23) - Played in all games (19), more than any other player - FIVB Sportsmanship Award - Connected on 74 of 158 spike attempts 1983 NORCECA (Gold) 1981 NORCECA (silver) 1979-1982 UCLA Setter/Hitter (6-2) 1982 NCAA Championship (1st) 1981 NCAA Championship (1st) 1980 NCAA Championship (2nd) 1979 NCAA Championship (1st) 124-5 in Matches during 4 years 1977-1979 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team 1979 World University Games - Starting setter 1979 Pacific Rim Tournament (1st) - MVP 1978 Pacific Rim Tournament (1st) 1977 Pacific Rim Tournament 1976-1978 Santa Barbara High School - 1978 State MVP (CIF) - Won 83 straight matches - Undefeated in senior season

Karch Kiraly’s Beach Accomplishments Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games with Kent Steffes U.S. domestic tournaments: 1st (144 times) $3,114,998 FIVB international tournaments: 1st (3 times) $83,750 AVP Best Defensive Player 2002 AVP Best Offensive Player 1990, 1993, 1994 AVP Comeback Player of the Year 1997 AVP Miller Lite Cup Champion 1996 AVP Most Inspirational 1998 AVP Most Valuable Player 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998 AVP Outstanding Achievement 2004 AVP Special Achievement 2002 AVP Sportsman of the Year 1995, 1997, 1998 AVP Team of the Year 2004 (Mike Lambert)

coaching was as the assistant men’s volleyball coach at his alma mater UCLA from 1990 to 1993. “We both got our coaching start many years ago as graduate assistants under legendary coach Al Scates, and it’s where we learned the essential nature of hard work, preparation, teamwork and fierce competition,” Kiraly said. “We plan to push the limits of those values as this program strives to improve.”

Reed Sunahara Assistant Coach (2013-present)

Reed Sunahara has agreed to serve as the assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team during the 2013-2016 Olympic quadrennial, working together with head coach Karch Kiraly. “It’s a great honor to represent USA Volleyball,” Sunahara said. “I’ve coached at every level and various USA teams, but this is an unbelievable opportunity to coach the best athletes at the highest level. I would like to thank Karch and Doug Beal for making this a dream come true. Also, to all the former USA staff members for paving the way…thank you!”

Sunahara and Kiraly know each other from their collegiate playing days at UCLA. The pair won the NCAA national championship in 1982 as Sunahara was a freshman and Kiraly was a senior. Sunahara went on to compete for two additional Bruin NCAA title teams in 1983 and 1984. “I was fortunate to play with Karch and as we went our separate ways, I have admired his accomplishments from afar,” Sunahara said. “To reunite and work side-by-side with him will be amazing! The goal is to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and we will do everything in our power to accomplish that goal.” Sunahara helped Nike/Molten win the Men’s Open title at the 1987 and 1990 USA Volleyball National Championships, as well as competing professionally for Cisneros Isla Verdes in the Canary Islands, Spain, in 1988.

“Reed is all about success and standards - he’s coached successful USA campaigns, and he headed a strong NCAA Division I college program for over a decade,” Kiraly said. “It’s a great benefit to the program that he has joined our staff. The U.S. Women have achieved tremendous success by setting very high standards, and Reed will be invaluable to that process going forward.” Sunahara is not a stranger to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team program or the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. He led the U.S. Women to the 2012 Pan American Cup title last summer with a squad absent of any 2012 Olympians competing against the likes of Brazil and Dominican Republic with largely their Olympic roster. The Pan Am Cup gold medal qualified the Americans into the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix where they will attempt to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive title of the premier annual event for international volleyball. Sunahara gained a familiarity with the FIVB World Grand Prix as he served as the U.S. Women’s team leader during the 2010 World Grand Prix edition. Sunahara also mentored the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team that captured the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship and qualify for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship. Sunahara has also been active working with other national federations and NORCECA. Last year from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, he served as a NORCECA instructor for men’s and women’s national team and youth programs for the Jamaica Volleyball Association. During this time period he served as an assistant coach/ consultant to the Jamaica Women’s National Team as it won the gold medal in the NORCECA First Round Women’s World Championship Qualification Tournament and advance to the second round. Prior to his work with USA Volleyball last summer, Sunahara made a name for himself in the collegiate ranks. He compiled a 289-109 record at the University of Cincinnati from 2000 to 2011, reaching at least 20 wins in 11 of his 12 seasons and eight NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament berths. Sunahara led the Bearcats to three BIG EAST championships and three Conference USA championships. He was selected as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011, along with Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2001 while at Cincinnati. Sunahara served as an assistant coach at Cincinnati from 1997 to 1999. He was the head coach at the University of Toledo in 1995-1996 after holding the assistant coach role at Toledo from 1993-1994. Sunahara’s first venture into

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18-13 overall record and now has a 47-44 record in three seasons with the Lions. LMU advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. “There is no greater honor than to represent your country as a member of a national team in preparation for an Olympic appearance,” said Dr. Bill S. Husak, LMU’s athletic director. “LMU and the women on the volleyball team have benefitted from Tom’s hard work and expertise. His addition to the USA staff is a sign of the great respect he has earned in the volleyball community to teach skills and coach the game at the highest level. We are all proud at LMU that Tom will be coaching the national team.”

Tom Black

Assistant Coach (2013-present)

Tom Black, the current head coach of the Loyola Marymount University women’s volleyball team, has accepted an assistant coach position with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. “The Olympic Games is our sport’s biggest stage, and I am truly honored and humbled to work alongside Karch and his staff throughout this quad,” Black said. “Karch is an iconic figure in our sport, but over the past three years I have had the privilege of getting to know him well while working closely with him as a coach, and there is no better person to lead this program toward the 2016 Games. I am so excited to learn under Karch, as well as provide my best efforts for our program and these wonderful athletes in the USA gym.” Black, who joins Kiraly and assistant coach Reed Sunahara on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team coaching staff, will continue in his head coach role at LMU while serving on the Team USA staff for the first two years of the Olympic quadrennial before taking a sabbatical at LMU for the 2015 season. “Tom is a talented coach who is dedicated to being the best he can be at his craft every day, just as we ask our USA athletes to do,” Kiraly said. “Serving as a consultant coach during the last quad, Tom has already made valuable contributions in the USA gym. I’ve enjoyed getting to know and work alongside him, and this program is blessed to have his service as it aspires to reach heights never attained before.”

“I want to thank LMU, in particular my athletic director Bill Husak and supervisor Dan Smith for allowing me to pursue this opportunity while remaining the head coach for a program and university I have grown to love,” Black said. “I am deeply committed to the success of both endeavors and very grateful for these opportunities.” Including a 115-29 record at NCAA Division II UC San Diego, Black has accumulated a 162-73 record as a head coach in women’s collegiate volleyball. He was named the 2006 AVCA Pacific Region Coach of the Year after leading the Tritons to a 26-3 record. Before arriving at UCSD, Black spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball program at University of Southern California. Prior to his stint with the Trojans, he spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the men’s head coach at Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills, Calif. He also was an assistant in 2003 with the Pierce women’s team. His men’s squads won the 2002 and 2003 California state junior college crowns, finishing 15-3 in 2002 and 17-2 in 2003. On the club circuit, Black served four years as the co-director of the Santa Monica Beach Club team. He was the head coach of SMBC’s boys’ 18s team in 2003, 2004 and 2005 after serving as an assistant in 2002 with the 18s team that won the bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. He also was the head coach of SMBC’s girls’ 17s team in 2005.

Black spent the last three summers as a consultant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as the squad prepared for the 2012 London Games. As the consultant coach, Black primarily assisted in the training sessions at the USA National Teams Center in Anaheim, Calif.

As a player, Black was a four-year varsity letterman for the UCSD men’s volleyball program from 1993-96, setting numerous hitting records and earning All-MPSF honorable mention honors as a senior in 1996. He was Volleyball Magazine’s Small College Player of the Year in 1996, while also earning Small College All-America honors that same year.

Black finished his third season as Loyola Marymount’s head coach in 2012 with an

Black received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCSD in 1996.

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University women’s volleyball program during the fall season. At LMU he assisted in all aspects of the team, particularly in the scouting and statistical aspects of game planning. Among the LMU season highlights from 2012 were achieving the highest program ranking and first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2005.

Joe Trinsey

Technical Coordinator 1st Year

Joe Trinsey was hired as the technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in spring of 2013, but is no stranger working with the team after having served with the program as a volunteer assistant in 2012.

After serving as an assistant coach with the Brandywine Volleyball Club from 2003-08, Trinsey was named head coach of the club in 2009. At the helm for the last three-plus years, he was responsible for helping to plan and execute training sessions for nine teams, ranging in age from U-10 to U-18. Serving as the head coach of the U-15 team in 2009-10, Trinsey saw his squad qualify for the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) in Reno, Nev. The native of Delaware followed with the second of three straight GJNC berths, this time guiding the U-17 team in 2010-11 to the tournament - the first time a team from Delaware had ever qualified for the GJNC at 17s or 18s.

Under that title, Trinsey helped with practice set-up and player tutoring, statistical recording and analysis using DataVolley and other collection and analysis methods, and was responsible for the primary practice scouting and video coordination while working closely with volleyball legend Karch Kiraly.

After a stellar high school career, Trinsey embarked on a four-year collegiate career at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2005. There, Trinsey served an integral role in the Duck volleyball program, including earning AVCA Division III All-American First-Team honors as a senior in 2009.

In his new full-time role, Trinsey is responsible for match video analysis and statistics for the U.S Women’s National Volleyball Team and implementing the data into training session plans and match-time decisions. He also plays a key role in creating technological advances to aid in training, scouting and overall team functionality.

After finishing college, Trinsey focused his energy on his camps and clinics program, in addition to his coaching career. The owner and director of Trinsey Training Camps, Trinsey started a unique once-weekly series of hitting and defensive camps in 2003. The camps have continued to grow over the years, with more than 100 participants currently enrolled in year-round sessions.

In addition to his work with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team last year, Trinsey served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Loyola Marymount

Trinsey graduated from Stevens Institute in 2009 with a degree in applied mathematics.

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was an Approved Clinical Instructor for the athletic training students at Penn State.

Jill Wosmek

Prior to Penn State, Wosmek served as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina-Aiken where she worked with the school’s 13 athletic programs from August 2005 until June 2007. She was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota from 2003 to 2005 with primary athletic training coverage for the women’s rowing both tennis teams. Wosmek started in the athletic training field as an athletic training student while an undergraduate at Minnesota State University, Mankato between August 1999 to May 2003.

Athletic Trainer * Fifth Year Home: Silver Lake, Minn.

Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.) is in her fifth year as the full-time certified athletic trainer for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as part of USA Volleyball’s sports medicine program. She has six years experience in the athletic training field in four collegiate athletic departments. In her four years on the U.S. Women’s National Team staff, the Americans have an 106-39 record, placed on the medal podium in 10 of 12 tournaments and won the Olympic Games silver medal. With USA Volleyball, Wosmek is in charge of evaluating and assessing injuries, design and implementation of treatment and rehabilitation plans, and providing injury prevention methods to the U.S. Women’s National Team players. As a traveling member of the staff, her daily duties include pre-practice treatments, lengthy core and dynamic warm-up with the team, monitor practice, rehabilitation, post-practice treatments, designing and implementing the weight training program and providing recovery treatments. Wosmek worked two academic seasons (August 2007 to May 2009) as the athletic trainer for the Penn State University women’s and men’s volleyball teams. During her time, the Nittany Lion women’s volleyball team won two NCAA Division I titles and the men’s volleyball team won a NCAA National Collegiate Volleyball Championship title. Wosmek also

Wosmek was a three-sport athlete at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School participating in volleyball, basketball and softball. She continued her athletic experience by competing in four sports at the intramural level. Wosmek, a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 2001, completed the NATA Board of Certification in June of 2003. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training, a CAAHEP accredited program, in 2003 with a minor in corporate and community fitness and wellness. Wosmek earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in May of 2005. She successfully defended her master’s thesis Concepts Related to the Protonics Neuromuscular Repositioning System and Supporting Case Reports and had it published. Wosmek was a Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Book Reviewer. She edited approximately 15 chapters for kinesiology books for the company between 2007 and 2008. Wosmek has additional training in advanced manual therapy techniques, orthotic evaluation and design, biomechanical analysis, sport nutrition, sport psychology, and strength and conditioning.

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2012 U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Stats Kills/ Kill Attack Total Attack Aces/ Blocks/ Digs/ Points/ Name Sets Kills Set PCT Errors Attack Eff. Aces Set Blocks Sets Digs Set Points Set Foluke Akinradewo 56 115 2.05 54.8 22 210 .443 10 0.18 49 0.88 32 0.57 174 3.11 Kayla Banwarth 28 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 88 3.14 0 0.00 Cynthia Barboza 12 26 2.17 40.6 12 64 .219 1 0.08 2 0.17 17 1.42 29 2.42 Lindsey Berg 53 10 0.19 32.3 5 31 .161 4 0.08 4 0.08 118 2.23 18 0.34 Heather Bown 22 29 1.32 49.2 7 59 .373 2 0.09 17 0.77 8 0.36 48 2.18 Keao Burdine 6 3 0.50 37.5 2 8 .125 0 0.00 1 0.17 1 0.17 4 0.67 Nicole Davis 81 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 272 3.36 0 0.00 Nicole Fawcett 20 33 1.65 45.2 13 73 .274 1 0.05 4 0.20 17 0.85 38 1.90 Lauren Gibbemeyer 24 48 2.00 46.2 11 104 .356 7 0.29 26 1.08 13 0.54 81 3.38 Alisha Glass 51 9 0.18 32.1 4 28 .179 4 0.08 16 0.31 90 1.76 29 0.57 Tayyiba Haneef-Park 66 63 0.95 42.3 24 149 .262 2 0.03 11 0.17 25 0.38 76 1.15 Christa Harmotto 73 104 1.43 52.5 20 198 .424 11 0.15 66 0.90 35 0.48 181 2.48 Megan Hodge 41 170 4.15 49.0 46 347 .357 6 0.15 19 0.46 94 2.29 195 4.76 Destinee Hooker 59 257 4.36 43.9 55 586 .345 9 0.15 47 0.80 107 1.81 313 5.31 Jordan Larson 55 176 3.20 40.7 48 432 .296 7 0.13 26 0.47 142 2.58 209 3.80 Cassidy Lichtman 28 33 1.18 28.0 19 118 .119 1 0.04 4 0.14 46 1.64 38 1.36 Carli Lloyd 9 3 0.33 42.9 0 7 .429 0 0.00 4 0.44 13 1.44 7 0.78 Nancy Metcalf 50 128 2.56 47.1 25 272 .379 3 0.06 21 0.42 76 1.52 152 3.04 Tamari Miyashiro 73 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 .000 3 0.04 0 0.00 44 0.60 3 0.04 Lauren Paolini 16 20 1.25 50.0 3 40 .425 1 0.06 5 0.31 1 0.06 26 1.63 Kristin Richards 50 181 3.62 46.4 69 390 .287 11 0.22 20 0.40 112 2.24 212 4.24 Danielle Scott-Arruda 34 45 1.32 52.9 12 85 .388 2 0.06 31 0.91 25 0.74 78 2.29 Stacy Sykora 6 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.33 0 0.00 Jennifer Tamas 23 35 1.52 47.3 6 74 .392 2 0.09 18 0.78 16 0.70 55 2.39 Courtney Thompson 55 0 0.00 0.0 0 3 .000 5 0.09 2 0.04 56 1.02 7 0.13 Logan Tom 59 125 2.12 31.6 50 396 .189 18 0.31 26 0.44 151 2.56 169 2.86 TEAM 115 1,608 13.98 43.8 451 3,670 .315 111 0.97 415 3.61 1,617 14.06 2,134 18.56 Opponent 115 1,443 12.55 36.0 722 4,003 .180 109 0.95 211 1.83 1,652 14.37 1,763 15.33 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool B Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic June 8: def. Germany 3-1 June 9: def. Chinese Taipei 3-0 June 10: def. Dominican Republic 3-0 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E Sao Paulo, Brazil June 15: def. Italy 3-0 June 16: def. Germany 3-0 June 17: def. Brazil 3-1 FIVB World Grand Prix Pool J Bangkok, Thailand June 22: def. Serbia 3-0 June 23: def. Argentina 3-0 June 24: def. Thailand 3-0 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Ningo, China June 27: def. Brazil 3-2 June 28: def. Thailand 3-1 June 29: def. Turkey 3-1 June 30: def. Cuba 3-0 July 1: def. China 3-0 Pre-Olympic Challenge Series Los Angeles and Anaheim, Calif. July 14: def. Bulgaria 3-2 July 16: def. Bulgaria 3-1 July 18: def. Bulgaria 3-0 Pan American Cup Cuidad Juarez, Mexico July 12: def. Canada 3-0 July 13: def. Puerto Rico 3-0 July 14: lost to Cuba 1-3 July 15: def. Colombia 3-1 July 16: def. Dominican Republic 3-2 July 19: def. Dominican Republic 3-1 July 20: def. Brazil 3-2 Olympic Games London, England July 28: def. Korea 3-1 July 30: def. Brazil 3-1 Aug. 1: def. China 3-0 Aug. 3: def. Serbia 3-0 Aug. 5: def. Turkey 3-0 Aug. 7: def. Dominican Republic 3-0 (Quarters) Aug. 9: def. Korea 3-0 (Semifinals) Aug. 11: lost to Brazil 1-3 (Gold-Medal Match)

All stats are unofficial team stats provided through DataProject’s DataVolley software DataPoject is Official & Exclusive Provider of Statistical Software Systems of USA Volleyball

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FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Rounds 6/8 Germany W, 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 25-11 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Destinee Hooker - 21 4,990 6/9 Chinese Taipei W, 25-10, 25-22, 25-12 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Destinee Hooker - 13 3,150 6/10 Dominican Republic W, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Destinee Hooker - 18 6,100 6/15 Italy W, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 Sao Paulo, Brazil Destinee Hooker - 16 2,291 6/16 Germany W, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 Sao Paulo, Brazil Destinee Hooker - 15 5,138 6/17 Brazil W, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 Sao Paulo, Brazi Jordan Larson - 21 5,700 6/22 Serbia W, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 Bangkok, Thailand Megan Hodge/Kristin Richards - 15 5,000 6/23 Argentina W, 25-23, 25-17, 25-12 Bangkok, Thailand Megan Hodge - 18 6,000 6/24 Thailand W, 25-16, 25-17, 25-7 Bangkok, Thailand Kristin Richards - 19 6,500 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round Standings: 1. USA (9-0, 27 points), 2. China (8-1, 23), 3. Turkey (7-2, 21), 4. Thailand (7-2, 20), 5. Brazil (8-1, 19), 6. Cuba (6-3, 19), 7. Germany (6-3, 18), 8. Poland (5-4, 16), 9. Japan (4-5, 13), 10. Italy (4-5, 13), 11. Serbia (3-6, 11), 12. Dominican Republic (1-8, 7), 13. Puerto Rico (2-7, 5), 14. Korda (1-8, 4), 15. Argentina (0-9, 0), 16. Chinese Taipei (0-9, 0). FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round 6/27 Brazil W, 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 13-25, 15-13 Ningbo, China Megan Hodge - 20 3,000 6/28 Thailand W, 25-18, 27-25, 18-25, 25-18 Ningbo, China Megan Hodge - 26 2,200 6/29 Turkey W, 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 Ningbo, China Megan Hodge - 27 2,970 6/30 Cuba W, 25-14, 26-24, 25-14 Ningbo, China Megan Hodge/Kristin Richards - 17 2,220 7/1 China W, 26-24, 25-21, 27-25 Ningbo, China Megan Hodge - 16 7,800 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Standings: Gold - USA (5-0, 14 points); Silver - Brazil (4-1, 13 points); Bronze - Turkey (3-2, 9 points); 4th - Thailand (2-3, 5 points); 5th - China (1-4, 4 points); 6th - Cuba (0-5, 0 points) Pre-Olympic Exhibition Series with Bulgaria 7/14 Bulgaria W, 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11 7/16 Bulgaria W, 25-14, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 7/18 Bulgaria W, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19

Anaheim, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif.

Jordan Larson - 26 Destinee Hooker - 21 Logan Tom/Foluke Akinradewo - 13

1,200 2,503 2,558

Women’s Pan American Cup 7/12 Canada W, 25-15, 25-22, 25-15 Juarez, Mexico Lauren Gibbemeyer - 15 400 7/13 Puerto Rico W, 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 Juarez, Mexico Lauren Gibbemeyer - 12 600 7/14 Cuba L, 25-18, 25-23, 23, 18-25, 25-19 Juarez, Mexico Kristin Richards - 21 4,000 7/15 Colombia W, 25-27, 25-21, 25-13, 25-17 Juarez, Mexico Lauren Gibbemeyer - 20 850 7/16 Dominican Republic W, 24-26, 24-26, 25-15, 25-22, 15-12 Juarez, Mexico Nancy Metcalf - 30 2,800 7/19 Dominican Republic W, 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 25-16 Juarez, Mexico Nancy Metcalf - 25 4,500 7/20 Brazil W, 28-30, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-11 Juarez, Mexico Kristin Richards - 36 4,502 Final Women’s Pan American Cup Standings: Gold - USA; Silver - Brazil; Bronze - Cuba; 4th - Dominican Republic; 5th - Argentina; 6th - Puerto Rico; 7th - Peru; 8th - Canada; 9th Costa Rica; 10th - Trinidad & Tobago; 11th - Colombia; 12th - Mexico Olympic Games 7/28 Korea W, 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 London, England Destinee Hooker - 21 14,000 7/30 Brazil W, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 London, England Destinee Hooker - 25 15,000 8/1 China W, 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 London, England Destinee Hooker - 24 14,800 8/3 Serbia W, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 London, England Destinee Hooker - 19 9,000 8/5 Turkey W, 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 London, England Destinee Hooker - 17 12,000 8/7 Dominican Republic W, 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 London, England Destinee Hooker - 18 13,000 8/9 Korea W, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 London, England Destinee Hooker - 24 14,000 8/11 Brazil L, 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 London, England Logan Tom - 15 13,500 Olympic Games Standings: Gold - Brazil; Silver - USA; Bronze - Japan; 4th - Korea; 5th Tie - China, Dominican Republic, Italy, Russia; 9th Tie - Great Britain and Turkey; 11th Tie Algeria and Serbia. * Match leaders are based on DataVolley Statistics and not official P-2 stats.

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7/28 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 20 25 KOR 19 17 25 21 U.S. Women Block Korea in Olympic Opener LONDON (July 28, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team started its 2012 Olympic Games campaign by defeating Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 with a 15-1 block advantage on July 28 at Earls Court in London. The U.S. came back from a 9-8 first set deficit with a 7-0 scoring run to establish a 15-9 advantage and went on to win 25-19 with a 5-1 block margin. Team USA steadily pulled away to a 14-9 lead in the second set and closed out the stanza on a 7-3 run and 25-17 victory. Korea rallied from a 10-6 deficit with an 8-1 scoring run to establish a 14-11 lead and went on to win 25-20 by taking seven of the final 10 points. Team USA pulled away from a slim 15-14 advantage in the fourth set with a 7-1 scoring run to take a 22-15, but needed to hold off Korea down the stretch for a 25-21 victory.

Team USA photo for the 2012 Olympic Games. (FIVB photo)

First-time Olympians Destinee Hooker, Jordan Larsonand Foluke Akinradewo carried much of the offense weight for Team USA in their first Olympic match. Hooker provided a team-high 21 points with 19 kills on 42 attacks and two blocks. Larson chipped in 16 points via 14 kills on 33 attacks, one block and one ace. Akinradewo contributed nine kills on 17 attempts to go with a match-high six blocks for 15 points. Christa Harmotto, another first-time Olympian in her first Olympic Games match, tacked on six kills on eight swings, three blocks and an ace for 10 points. Logan Tom, competing in her fourth Olympic Games, totaled nine points on eight kills and a block. Tayyiba Haneef-Park charted three points including two kills off the bench. Lindsey Berg rounded out the scoring with a kill. Both Haneef-Park and Berg are playing in their third Olympics. “I was definitely nervous,” Larson said of her first Olympic Games contest. “But it was fun to go out there and compete in front of a large crowd was great. Playing at the Qwest Center in Omaha certainly helped. We have been here training all last week and it was good to finally put someone else on the other side of the net to play.”

(Left) Foluke Akinradewo takes a swing against Korea. (Right) Destinee Hooker (19) and Foluke Akinradewo (16) put up a block against Korea as Nicole Davis (6) is ready for a dig attempt. (FIVB photos)

Berg provided 40 running sets on 95 assist attempts in pacing the U.S. offense to a 41.1 kill percent and .312 hitting efficiency (58-14-141). Nicole Davis, back for her second Olympics, tallied 16 digs and 15 excellent receptions on 22 errorless attempts. Larson tallied 21 excellent receptions on 25 attempts and nine digs on the back-row, while Hooker added nine digs. Tom was credited with 20 excellent receptions on 24 errorless attempts to go with eight digs. McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the designated libero for the tournament. Haneef-Park, Courtney Thompson and Tamari Miyashiro were subs in all four sets.

USA fans showed their support. (FIVB photo)

“We have beaten a tough and fast team and I am really happy for that, especially for those players who were celebrating their debut at the Olympics,” said Berg, the U.S. captain. “I think that Jordan (Larson) and Destinee (Hooker) played superbly, but you know, they are so composed when they step out on the court that I even do not realize that this is their first time in the Olympic Games. They just look and appear like real vets. We have a day off to rest and regroup and get ready for the next match.” In addition to hold a commanding 15-1 margin in blocks, the U.S. edged Korea in aces 2-1. Korea was held to a 35.3 kill percent and .186 hitting efficiency as it committed 28 faults on attacks (15 blocks, 13 errors). Korea managed a 61-50 margin in digs and its excellent reception efficiency was slightly higher at 77.4 to 76.7 over the U.S. Korea was paced in scoring by standout Yeon-Koung Kim’s 29 points that included 27 kills on a match-high 63 swings. Song-Yi Han and Youn-Joo Hwang each added 12 points in the loss.

Logan Tom (center facing) is all smiles surrounded by her teammates after defeating Korea in the Olympic opener. (FIVB photo)

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Destinee Hooker hits past the Korea block in her Olympic Games debut match. (FIVB photo)

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7/30 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 22 25 BRA 18 17 25 21 U.S. Women Down Brazil in Key Pool B Match LONDON (July 30, 2012) – In the much anticipated Olympic Games Pool B match, the No. 1 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team defeated No. 2 Brazil 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 on July 30 at Earls Court in London. The U.S., now 2-0 with six points in Pool B, continues Pool B competition on Aug. 1 versus No. 3 China (2-0, 6 points) at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Brazil is now 1-1 with two points. Team USA has now won the last six matches against Brazil, including twice in the recent 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, once in the 2011 FIVB World Cup and in the final of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix. The U.S. rallied from a 10-8 deficit in the first set with a 6-1 scoring to take a 14-11 advantage as the Americans finished off the set 25-18 with five of the final six points. After Brazil held an early 2-1 lead in the second set, Team USA erupted for a 16-7 lead by the second technical timeout and cruised to a 25-17 victory. The Americans produced a .460 hitting efficiency in the second set to the Brazilians’ .243. The U.S. battled back from an 8-3 lead in the third set to take a 16-15 lead, but Brazil scored four of the final five points for a 25-22 victory. Team USA built a 9-5 lead in the fourth set and maintained at least a two-point advantage the rest of the way for a 25-21 victory. Team USA first-time Olympian Destinee Hooker scored a match-high 23 points with 22 kills on 45 swings and a block. Jordan Larson, also a first-time Olympian, contributed 18 points with 16 kills on 36 attacks and two blocks. Four-time Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) charted 12 points, all on kills from 27 attacks with just one error.

Jordan Larson hits off the Brazil block. (FIVB photo)

“There were some ups and downs, but we played really well,” Larson said. “We had a tough start, but we found our rhythm. Brazil is always a battle, but we came strong for the win.” “As a team we played well and improved from the first match,” Tom said. “Brazil is good technically and is fiery, so when they got ahead it was hard to catch up.” Foluke Akinradewo tacked on nine kills on 19 swings, while Christa Harmotto chipped in five points with four kills on attacks and a block. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with three kills on six attacks. Nicole Davis paced the defense with 18 digs and a team-high 23 excellent receptions on 33 attempts. Berg, who had 14 digs, set the offense to a 46.2 kill percent and .350 hitting efficiency (66-16-143). Tom added 18 excellent receptions on 23 attempts and 13 digs, while Larson recorded 12 digs.

Foluke Akinradewo (16) towers for a block. (FIVB photo)

U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the designated libero for the tournament. Tamari Miyashiro =was a serving sub in all four sets, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park was a sub in all but the second set. Courtney Thompson was a sub in the first and third sets. Brazil held advantages in blocks (7-4) and aces (3-0), but had 12 fewer kills than the Americans (66-54). Further, the Team USA defense held Brazil to a .269 hitting efficiency (54-15-145). The Americans held a 71-55 margin in digs and produced a higher service reception percent (74.6 to 71.6). Brazil’s Sheilla Castro led her team with 15 points, while Thaisa Menezes added 11 points. Both Fabiana Claudino and Paula Pequeno tallied 10 points each.

(L-R) Nicole Davis, Jordan Larson, Logan Tom, Foluke Akinradewo and Destinee Hooker celebrate match point versus Brazil. (FIVB photo)

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Christa Harmotto (13) eyes the block with support from Destinee Hooker (19) at the net and Foluke Akinradewo in the back row. (FIVB photo)

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8/1 1 2 3 4 5 USA 26 25 31 CHN 24 16 29 Team Effort Propels U.S. Women to 3-0, Sweep of No. 3 China LONDON (Aug. 1, 2012) – Destinee Hooker scored 22 points to lead the No. 1 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 victory over No. 3 China on Aug. 1 at Earls court in a battle of unbeaten Olympic Games Pool B squads in London. While Hooker provided a team-high in scoring for the third straight match, the U.S. used two key sparks off the bench coming in the form of its oldest player – five-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) at age 39, and its youngest player – first-time Olympian Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) at age 23. The duo combined for 25 points off the bench.

Foluke Akinradewo hits over the top of the China block. (FIVB photo)

“I am so proud of my team,” said Lindsey Berg, the captain of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team. “It took all 12 of us tonight to beat a very good China team and it will take all 12 of us throughout the tournament.” The U.S., which had its 15-11 lead disappear in the opening set, battled back from a 23-20 deficit to capture the set 26-24. Team USA rallied from an 11-7 deficit using a 12-2 scoring run sparked by Scott-Arruda and Hodge leading to a 25-16 victory. The pair combined for 11 points in the set, mostly in the key scoring run. Similar to the second set, the U.S. allowed a 15-12 advantage in the third set disappear and fell behind 23-21 before rallying for the 31-29 victory with five late kills Hodge. Team USA saved one set point in the third set and finished off the contest on its sixth match point. Hooker collected her 22 points via 17 kills on 40 attacks, three blocks and two aces. Hodge, seeing her first significant action of the Olympics, provided 18 kills on 27 attacks off the bench. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted 10 points with eight kills on 11 errorless attacks and two blocks. Logan Tom added five kills, two blocks and two aces for nine points.

Destinee Hooker (19), Christa Harmotto (13) and Megan Hodge form a triple block against the China attack. (FIVB photo)

Scott-Arruda sparked the Americans in the second set and finished with seven points with five kills on six attacks and two blocks. Jordan Larson and Christa Harmotto rounded out the scoring with two points each. “It was such a blessing to come off the bench and play well,” Scott-Arruda said. “It feels good because my teammates support me, we all train hard together. I just love the composure of our team in difficult situations. We have depth in every position. Everyone played an important part.” Nicole Davis provided 18 digs in the victory and added 10 excellent receptions on 14 attempts. Hodge added 15 excellent receptions on 18 attempts for a wellrounded match. Berg turned in 45 running sets on 91 attempts leading to a 47.1 kill percent and .336 hitting efficiency (56-16-119).

Team USA has a lot to smile about against China. (FIVB photo)

“We’ve been down (in sets) many times this season and for many teams when this happens you start to worry and don’t concentrate, but we just tried and take each moment at a time and stay calm,” Akinradewo said. Team USA started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the designated libero for the tournament. Hodge came into the match late in the first set and started the final two sets in place of Larson. Scott-Arruda came into the match early in the second set for Harmotto and started the third set. Tamari Miyashiro was a serving sub in the first and third sets, while the double-switch of Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park came on in the third set. Team USA held a slim 10-8 margin in blocks and over-powered China in spikes at 56-43. The U.S. limited China to a .224 hitting efficiency (43-17-116) for the match. Both teams served four aces in the match. China’s Chunlei Zeng tallied 10 points in the loss, while Jinling Chu added nine points.

(Left) Destinee Hooker celebrates a point versus China. (Right) Christa Harmotto attacks the China defense. (FIVB photos)

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Lindsey Berg (4) sets five-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda, who sparked Team USA off the bench against China. (FIVB photo)

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8/3 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 SRB 17 20 16 U.S. Women Clinch Olympic Pool B with Win Over Serbia LONDON (Aug. 3, 2012) – Destinee Hooker scored a match-high 19 points in leading the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Serbia on Aug. 3 to clinch the top spot in Pool B of the Olympic Games being held in London. The Americans took advantage of 10 Serbian errors in the opening set to come back from a 6-3 deficit using a 13-3 scoring for a 16-9 lead before settling in on a 25-17 victory. The U.S. came back from an 8-7 deficit to reach a 12-9 advantage on a 5-1 run that propelled the Americans to a 25-20 victory. Team USA rocketed to a 9-1 advantage in the third set and cruised to the 25-16 victory that clinched the Pool B top spot.

Megan Hodge (front left) and Christa Harmotto (back left) block a Serbia attack. (FIVB photo)

“We are very happy with the win as Serbia is a dangerous team,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “From our history with them, we know they are a tough team.” Hooker reached her 19 points with 12 kills on 21 attempts in addition to a matchhigh six blocks and an ace. Logan Tom picked up 12 points with 10 kills on 18 attacks and two blocks. Foluke Akinradewo charted six kills on 14 attacks and five blocks for 11 points. Jordan Larson came off the bench for six points including five kills on 12 attacks and an ace. Christa Harmotto tacked on three kills on six swings and a block for four points. Danielle Scott-Arruda pocketed three kills on four attacks and a block for four points. Lindsey Berg added a kill and ace for two points. Megan Hodge rounded out the scoring with a kill. Berg set the U.S. offense to a 47.1 kill percent and .356 hitting efficiency (41-1087) with 32 running sets on 58 assist attempts. Nicole Davis collected a team-high nine digs and added seven excellent receptions on eight errorless chances. Larson provided 10 excellent receptions on 19 errorless chances.

Foluke Akinradewo attacks off the set from Lindsey Berg. (FIVB photo)

“It’s amazing that we’re through and have won the group but we have another chance on Saturday to get better as a team,” Berg said. “I like the momentum we have going. We will approach our match with Turkey just like any other match, that as a chance to learn and get better.” McCutcheon started Tom and Hodge at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the designated U.S. libero for the Olympic Games. Larson and Scott-Arruda subbed into the second set and started the third set in place of Hodge and Harmotto, respectively. Courtney Thompson and Haneef-Park were subs in the first two sets as part of a double-sub. Tamari Miyashiro was a serving sub in the third set. The U.S. limited Serbia to 39.2 kill percent and .147 hitting efficiency as it committed 25 attack errors (40-25-102). Team USA won the defensive battle as well with a 15-3 block advantage and a 25-22 edge in digs. The U.S. out-served Serbia 3-1 and committed just one service error for the match.

(Left) Destinee Hooker attacks through the Serbia block. (Right) Megan Hodge passess versus Serbia. (FIVB photos)

“We just need to be consistent, make fewer errors and play the USA Volleyball way,” Akinradewo said on the team’s success and moving forward the rest of the tournament. “Team chemistry is important. Regardless of the sport, the team is the most important thing, and this group we have right now is amazing.” Brankica Mihajlovic totaled 13 points to lead Serbia, while Jovana Brakocevic and Milena Rasic added eight points each.

Team USA poses after victory against Serbia. (FIVB photos)

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Hugh McCutcheon pumps his fist in celebration of a point. (FIVB photo)

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8/5 1 2 3 4 5 USA 27 25 25 TUR 25 16 19 U.S. Women Sweep Pool B with Win Over Turkey LONDON (Aug. 5, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team started slow and finished strong to defeat Turkey 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 on Aug. 5 to finish the Olympic Games Pool B undefeated in London. Team USA, which had already sewn up the top seed in the pool regardless of the outcome with Turkey, concludes Pool B with 15 points and a 5-0 record. Turkey, ranked eighth in the world, finished Pool B with a six points and a 2-3 record. Turkey needed to win to assure a spot in the quarterfinals. After Brazil (7 points, 3-2) defeated Serbia (0 points, 0-5) in straight sets to conclude all group play, Turkey was eliminated and the defending Olympic Games champion gained the last spot into the quarterfinals.

(Left) Nicole Davis reacts to a point. (Right) Lindsey Berg sets the United States offense. (FIVB photos)

Team USA dug itself out of a 13-7 deficit in the opening set to Turkey with an 11-3 scoring spurt to take a 17-16 lead, but had to save two set points before winning 27-25. The Americans used six blocks and only two errors to fuel the comeback. The U.S. ran off five straight points to take a commanding 19-12 lead in the second set and finished it 25-16 on four unanswered points. Team USA erupted for an 8-3 lead early in the third set and continued to push hard through the set to finish the match 25-19. “To me one of the important characteristics of a great team is how they perform when there is nothing on the line,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “I thought our team really honored the moment of competition tonight. Like the true Olympians they are, they came and battled tonight. I am really proud of that and happy with the performance. I think we even got a little better tonight in a few areas. That is what we are always trying to do with each match – get better.”

Nicole Davis passes versus Turkey. (FIVB photo)

Destinee Hooker led the U.S. with a match-high 19 points via 17 kills on 38 attacks and two blocks. Foluke Akinradewo chipped in nine kills on 12 attacks, five blocks and an ace for 15 points. Christa Harmotto totaled nine points with six kills on 12 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson pocketed nine points with eight kills and a block. Logan Tom turned in five kills and a block for six points. Lindsey Berg rounded out the scoring with one kill. Berg provided 24 running sets and Courtney Thompson added 11 running sets mainly in the third set replacing Berg. Nicole Davis contributed 11 excellent receptions on 14 attempts to go with five digs. Larson added a team-high 11 digs and 11 excellent receptions on 16 errorless chances. Tom charted a team-high 17 excellent receptions on 26 attempts aside from nine digs. “We played for ourselves,” Berg said in regards to having already qualified as the top seed into the quarterfinals regardless of tonight’s match. “We didn’t want to dilly-dally because there would be no benefit in that. We needed to keep in our rhythm.” McCutcheon started Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Berg at setter and Hooker at opposite. Davis is the designated U.S. libero for the Olympics. Thompson and Tamari Miyashiro were subs in all three sets, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park came off the bench in the first two sets.

Destinee Hooker (left) and Foluke Akinradewo (right). (FIVB photo)

Team USA held an 11-6 margin in blocks and a 46-42 advantage in kills. The Americans limited their errors to nine for the entire match and benefited from 18 Turkey errors. The U.S. converted 43.0 percent of its attacks with a .336 hitting efficiency (46-10-107). Turkey converted just 33.6 percent of its attacks with a .160 hitting efficiency (42-22-125). Turkey managed a 48-40 advantage in digs, but only a 62.7 excellent service reception percent.

Team USA poses after victory against Serbia. (FIVB photos)

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Jordan Larson hits over the Turkish block. (FIVB photo)

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8/7 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 DOM 14 21 22 U.S. Women Blank Dominican Republic to Reach Semifinals LONDON (Aug. 7, 2012) – The top-ranked U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team advanced to the 2012 Olympic Games semifinal round for the fourth straight time with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 victory over NORCECA rival Dominican Republic in the knockout quarterfinal round on Aug. 7 at Earls Court in London. The U.S. Women, which is 6-0 at the 2012 London Games and 29-1 overall this year, will now face Korea on Thursday at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. PT). Team USA bolted an 11-2 lead in the opening set and used seven blocks to win 25-14. The U.S. rattled off a 6-0 run to overcome a 10-8 deficit in the second set and proceeded to a 25-21 victory. The Americans put together an 8-1 spurt in the third set to take a 13-7 advantage and held on for a 25-22 victory after a late Dominican Republic charge.

(Left) Destinee Hooker (19) and Foluke Akinradewo stuff a Dominican Republic attack. (Right) Jordan Larson (10) attacks with Nicole Davis ready for the cover. (FIVB photos)

“I am very happy with the win tonight against the Dominican Republic,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “Dominican Republic is a tough team because they have a lot of athleticism and experience. Now our focus will turn to our next opponent.” Destinee Hooker ignited the U.S. offense with 19 points via 15 kills on 38 attacks and four blocks. Foluke Akinradewo added 10 kills on 13 errorless attacks and a block. Jordan Larson charted nine kills and two blocks for 11 points. Christa Harmotto contributed five kills on 10 swings and two blocks for seven points. Logan Tom tallied four kills and an ace for five points. Courtney Thompson, who received her first Olympic Games start, rounded out the scoring with a block and ace for two points. Nicole Davis recorded 16 excellent receptions on 18 errorless attempts to go with 12 digs. Tom added 14 digs to lead the back-row defense and added 11 excellent receptions. Larson provided 11 digs in the victory. Thompson ran the offense to a 43.0 kill percent and .360 hitting efficiency (43-7-100) with 34 running sets. The U.S. used a starting lineup void of its captain and starting setter in Lindsey Berg, but she and McCutcheon are hoping for a return later in the tournament. However, both expressed confidence in Thompson’s ability to run the offense. “It’s day-to-day,” McCutcheon said on Berg’s status. “I thought Courtney did a great job. I don’t think we missed too many beats tonight.” “I am still optimistic,” McCutcheon said in regards to Lindsey Berg’s return to the lineup as its setter. “I am very happy for Courtney (Thompson) and her play tonight.”

Destinee Hooker muscles down an attack for a point. (FIVB photo)

McCutcheon started Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Hooker at opposite and Thompson at setter. Davis is the U.S. designated libero for the 2012 Olympic Games. Tayyiba Haneef-Park and Tamari Miyashiro were subs in all three sets. Team USA controlled the net with an 11-2 advantage in blocks and held its errors to just nine for the match. Meanwhile, Dominican Republic held slim margins of 44-43 advantage in kills and 50-49 in digs, but committed 19 errors in the match. For the match, Dominican Republic converted 40.0 percent of its attacks into points, but 18 attack errors produced a .236 hitting efficiency. Both teams served two aces. Prisiclla Rivera led the Dominican Republic with 15 points and Bethania de la Cruz totaled 12 points in the loss.

Courtney Thompson (foreground) receives a congratulatory hug from assistant coach Paula Weishoff. (FIVB photos)

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Courtney Thompson (17) got the start in the quarterfinal round leading to a U.S. sweep of Dominican Republic. (FIVB photo)

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8/9 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 25 25 KOR 20 22 22 U.S. Women to Compete for Gold After Semifinal Win over Korea LONDON (Aug. 9, 2012) – Destinee Hooker scored a match-high 24 points to help the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, advance to the Olympic Games gold-medal match for the second straight time with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory over No. 15 Korea on Aug. 9 in the semifinal round at Earls Court in London. The U.S. used a 6-0 run to come back from a 16-15 deficit in the opening set to win 25-20 as the Americans out-blocked the Koreans 6-0. Hooker scored four of her eight points in the second set after the U.S. trailed 20-17 and came back to win 25-22 by scoring eight of the final 10 points. The U.S. held a 13-7 lead in the third set, but Korea came back to tie the set at 18-all to it interesting down the stretch. However, Team USA closed out the set with a 4-1 run and 25-22 victory.

(Left) Lindsey Berg sets versus Korea. (Right) Logan Tom hits pasts the Korea defense. (FIVB photos)

“Korea is a tough team,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We have said this from the beginning press conference. I thought our team battled and needed to battle to win tonight. They create a lot of troubles with good serving, defense and of their offense is tough to stop. They were good at exploiting some of our weaknesses, but luckily we were able to make some adjustments. Our athletes played with a lot of heart, and I am really proud of our team and how they competed.” Hooker tallied her 24 points with 21 kills on 33 attacks and only one error, along with three blocks. After the match she felt an added energy from the crowd as the team came out onto the court. Jordan Larson charted 14 points with 10 kills on 23 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Foluke Akinradewo added 12 points on eight kills via 10 attacks and two aces. Logan Tom provided six kills, a block and an ace for eight points. Christa Harmotto totaled three kills on four attacks and two blocks for five points. Tayyiba Haneef-Park tacked on two kills and Lindsey Berg round out the scoring with an ace. “I think we came out a little bit tight to tell you the truth,” said Logan Tom, a fourtime Olympian. “We made some errors. We weren’t moving very well. We didn’t have our usual rhythm. I think we just picked it up. We needed a little bit of time to get accustomed to it. I think we do a really good job when it comes to that. I get nervous when I don’t have a match like that.”

The many faces of joy as the U.S. wins its semifinal match. (FIVB photo)

Berg, who missed the quarterfinal round victory over Dominican Republic due to injury, set the Team USA offense to a 52.6 kill percent and .400 hitting efficiency in her return to the starting lineup. “I thought (Lindsey) did a great job tonight,” McCutcheon said. “We were very happy with her performance. Of course there were doubts (on whether she would play). She was hurt. We will evaluate tonight and see how she looks and maybe even see how she is tomorrow. She ran around a little last night and it looked promising.” “I feel amazing,” Berg said after the match. “My team helped me out a lot and I didn’t have to run around. I feel way better than I expected. I am just going to give it my all. If I can’t walk after Saturday’s match, I don’t care.” Nicole Davis tallied a team-high 10 digs and added 11 excellent receptions. Larson picked up a team-high 17 excellent receptions to go with five digs.

The U.S. breaks the huddle after advancing to the title match with a straight set win over Korea. (FIVB photo)

McCutcheon started Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the U.S. designated libero for the Olympics. Tamari Miyashiro was a sub in all three sets, while Haneef-Park and Courtney Thompson were subs in the last two sets as part of a double-switch. Team USA held an 11-5 margin in blocks over Korea, along with a 5-3 edge in aces. The American defense limited Korea to a .270 hitting efficiency. (Left) The U.S. coaching staff celebrates the win as the team celebrates on the court. (Right) Megan Hodge embraces Logan Tom. (FIVB photos)

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Christa Harmotto (front) and Tayyiba Haneef-Park (back) form a blocking wall against Korea. (FIVB photo) 87

8/11 1 2 3 4 5 USA 25 17 20 17 BRA 11 25 25 25 U.S. Women Finish Olympics with Silver Medal LONDON (Aug. 11, 2012) – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team fell one victory shy of winning its first-ever Olympic Games gold-medal for the second quadrennial in a row in an 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 loss to No. 2 Brazil on Aust. 11 in the title match at Earls Court in London. The U.S. Women finished the Olympics with a 7-1 record and 30-2 record in 2012. Brazil, which was on the verge of not qualifying for the quarterfinals heading into the final pool day, finished with a 6-2 record in defending its 2008 Olympic Games title in a gold-medal rematch with the U.S. The U.S. bolted to an early 7-2 lead in the opening set and never let up in a 25-11 victory. U.S. captain Lindsey Berg, who has announced her intentions to retire after the Olympics, had service runs of 6-0 and 5-0 in the set.Team USA came back from an 11-6 deficit in the second set to tie the score at 12-all, but Brazil responded with a 6-0 run en route to a 25-17 victory and controlled the rest of the match. Brazil reached a 14-9 lead in the third set and never allowed the U.S. closer than two points the rest of the way for a 25-20 victory.

Logan Tom finds the hole in the Brazil block. (FIVB photo)

“I think they made less errors,” four-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom said. “Their serving picked up. We couldn’t really run a sideout as well as we usually can, just passing. We just had a little bit of trouble in that area so they just got a string of points. It’s always hard to come back in volleyball, especially against a good team when they get ahead of you.” “I’m very proud of this team,” U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted. It’s the way it goes. That’s life. Kudos to Brazil, but I’m still proud of my team. You can’t always get the gold, but you have to look at what you do to try and achieve it an we tried our best.” Tom scored 11 kills and three blocks for 14 points. Destinee Hooker collected 13 kills and an ace for 14 points. Foluke Akinradewo chipped in eight kills and three blocks for 11 points. Megan Hodge tallied six points on four kills, one block and one ace. Christa Harmotto charted three kills and a block for four points. Jordan Larson added four kills while Berg totaled two points. Danielle Scott-Arruda and Tayyiba Haneef-Park rounded out the scoring with a point each. Nicole Davis, Tom and Hooker all recorded nine digs. Berg handled 35 running sets in the loss. “I’m happy with it,” Tom said of winning the silver medal. “It’s not too shabby. When you play for your country, it’s not for money or fame, it’s for your family, your pride, your country. You don’t do it to receive stuff.” Team USA held a 9-7 block advantage and a .281 to .257 hitting efficiency, but Brazil held a sizeable 63-37 advantage in digs to keep plays alive.

Lindsey Berg (right) blocks a Brazil attack with Foluke Akinradewo (16) at her side. (FIVB photo)

“I think in sets two and three we kind of got away from each other and got on our own little islands instead of regrouping and playing as a team,” Hooker said. “They were serving hard and tough and really deep. I think our team wasn’t ready for that. We adjusted the way we could. We made a few changes and tried to step it up a notch but it just wasn’t enough. At the end of the day, it could have been worse. We could have not been on the podium at all. So I’m thankful for this honor.” McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis is the U.S. designated libero for the Olympic Games. Hodge started the fourth set after subbing in the second and third sets. Scott-Arruda started the fourth set after subbing in the third set. Tamari Miyashiro was a sub in the third set. Brazil’s Jaqueline Carvalho led all scorers with 18 points, while Sheilla Castro added 15 points.

Hugh McCutcheon (left) and Lindsey Berg (right) at the post-match press conference. (FIVB photo)

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Logan Tom (15) blocks a Brazil attack with Foluke Akinradewo (16) providing assistance. (FIVB photo)

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just 0.01 behind tournament-leader Fabiana Claudino of Brazil. Hooker ranked fourth in Best Blocker with 0.78 per set.

U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medalists Best Spiker: Destinee Hooker LONDON (Aug. 11, 2012) – U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team opposite hitter Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was selected as the Best Spiker of the 2012 Olympic Games women’s volleyball competition that concluded Saturday at Earls Court in London.

U.S. libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) held a 74.3 excellent reception percent for fifth in Best Receiver and averaged 3.59 digs per set for sixth in Best Digger. Overall, she was second in Best Libero with an 8.30 average per set. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), despite missing the quarterfinal match, ranked fourth overall in Best Setter with 9.74 running sets average.

The U.S. ended the 2012 Olympic Games with its second consecutive silver medal having suffered four-set losses to Brazil in both 2008 and 2012.

The U.S. Women finished the tournament with a 7-1 record and 30-2 record in 2012. Brazil, which was on the verge of not qualifying for the quarterfinals heading into the final pool day, finished with a 6-2 record in defending its 2008 Olympic Games title in a gold-medal rematch with the Americans. In the process, Brazil snapped a six-match losing streak to the United States dating back to 2011.

Hooker converted 136 of 290 attacks into points for a .379 hitting efficiency to top the Best Spiker Category. Further, she ranked second among all players in scoring with 161 total points (136 kills, 21 blocks, 4 aces). Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung was the tournament’s leading scorer with 207 points en route to being named most valuable player.

The U.S. was playing in its third Olympic Games title match, only to have golden dreams dashed for silver in losses to Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Games and to China at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Team USA now has four overall Olympic women’s volleyball medals that include a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

U.S. middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) ranked in a tie for 10th place in scoring with 95 points (67 kills, 25 blocks, 3 aces). Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) finished with 80 points (68 kills, 9 blocks, 3 aces) for 16th place in scoring. Hooker, Akinradewo and Larson were all first-time Olympians. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah), a four-time Olympian, ranked 20th in scoring with 75 points.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Brazil won its first-ever women’s volleyball gold-medal over the Americans as the top seed and favorite to win, while the U.S. entered the Olympics as a dark horse to win a medal. In 2012, Team USA was the favorite to win its first-ever gold.

Larson ranked 10th in Best Spiker with a .291 hitting efficiency (68-1790). Akinradewo ranked second in Best Blocker with 0.93 blocks per set,

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team maintained the top spot in the FIVB World Ranking despite finishing second to Brazil at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team members receiving their silver medals. (FIVB photo) 91

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Danielle Scott Arruda MB * 6-2 * Baton Rouge, La.

Jordan Larson OH * 6-2 * Hooper, Neb.

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Logan Tom OH * 6-1 * Salt Lake City, Utah

Foluke Akinradewo MB * 6-3 * Plantation, Fla.

Courtney Thompson S * 5-8 * Kent, Wash.

Destinee Hooker OPP * 6-4 * San Antonio, Texas

Hugh McCutcheon Head Coach

Karch Kiraly Assistant Coach

Paula Weishoff Assistant Coach

Jamie Morrison Assistant Coach/Tech. Coord.

Giuseppe Vinci Technical Coordinator

Kenny Sullivan Team Manager

Marv Dunphy Consultant Coach

Jill Wosmek Physiotherapist

Dr. William Stetson Team Doctor

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2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team Stats Compiled with Unofficial DataVolley Statistics

Kills/ Kill Attack Total Attack Aces/ Blocks/ Digs/ Assists/ Points/ Name Sets Kills Set PCT Errors Attack Eff. Aces Set Blocks Sets Digs Set Assists Set Points Set

Akinradewo 27 63 2.33 61.2 12 Berg 24 5 0.21 38.5 1 Davis 27 0 0.00 0.0 0 Haneef-Park 19 4 0.21 25.0 5 Harmotto 26 32 1.23 51.6 8 Hodge 8 24 3.00 48.0 9 Hooker 27 137 5.07 47.1 25 Larson 24 71 2.96 39.7 17 Miyashiro 21 0 0.00 0.0 0 Scott-Arruda 6 10 1.67 71.4 1 Thompson 17 0 0.00 0.0 0 Tom 27 62 2.30 35.6 17 TEAM 27 408 15.11 45.2 95 Opponent 27 383 14.19 39.0 157

103 .495 3 0.11 24 13 .308 2 0.08 1 0 .000 0 0.00 0 16 -.063 0 0.00 2 62 .387 2 0.08 11 50 .300 1 0.13 2 291 .385 4 0.15 21 179 .302 3 0.13 10 0 .000 0 0.00 0 14 .643 0 0.00 3 0 .000 1 0.06 1 174 .259 4 0.15 13 902 .347 20 0.74 88 981 .230 19 0.70 38

Olympic Games Pool B July 28: USA def. Korea 29-15, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 July 30: USA def. Brazil 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 Aug. 1: USA def. China 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 Aug. 3: USA def. Serbia 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 Aug. 5: USA def. Turkey 27-25, 25-16, 25-19

Olympic Games Quarterfinal Aug. 7: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-14, 25-21, 25-22

Olympic Games Semifinal Aug. 9: USA def. Korea 25-20, 25-22, 25-22

Olympic Games Gold-Medal Match Aug. 11: Brazil def. USA 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17

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2012 U.S. Women's National Team Player of the Year Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for 2012, while Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) has been selected as USA Volleyball’s Most Improved Player in the indoor female athlete category. Hooker concluded the 2012 season with a 5.31 scoring average per set that included 4.36 kills per set on a .345 hitting efficiency. She added averages of 0.80 blocks and 1.81 digs per set. “It’s difficult to single out one person’s contribution on a team that had so many great players,” said Hugh McCutcheon, who served as the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team head coach this past Olympic quadrennial. “However, we felt that Destinee’s play in 2012 was worthy of this recognition. She consistently carried a significant offensive load for our team and she worked hard in other areas of her game to become a complete player. She is one of the best attackers in the world of women’s volleyball, and when you combine that with her ability to compete, she can absolutely dominate an opponent.”

Destinee Hooker 2012 USA Volleyball Indoor Female Hooker helped the U.S. secure its second consecutive Olympic Games silver medal Athlete of the Year at the 2012 London Games. The U.S. finished the Olympic Games with a 7-1 record, losing only to Brazil in the gold-medal match. Hooker earned the Olympic Games Best Spiker award with a .379 hitting efficiency (.385 unofficial DataVolley hitting efficiency). Hooker also ranked second in Best Scorer at the Olympics with 161 points, averaging 5.96 points per set in starting all 27 sets. She added 0.78 blocks per set at the Olympics to finish fourth in Best Blocker. Hooker scored 21 or more points in four of the eight Olympic Games matches, including 25 points in a four-set victory over Brazil in the preliminary round on July 30. She added 24 points in a three-set win over China on Aug. 1. During the semifinal match versus Korea on Aug. 9, Hooker contributed 24 points in a three-set match in which she converted 21 of 33 attacks for points with just one error to go with three blocks. Hooker started the first six matches of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round in which the U.S. went on to win the gold medal for the third time in as many years. She averaged 5.15 points, 1.65 digs and 0.85 blocks per set in the World Grand Prix, but did not travel to the third weekend phase or the Final Round.

Richards Hildebrand, an alternate on both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams, started 12 matches and played in 50 sets during the 2012 season, compiling averages of 4.24 points, 3.62 kills, 0.40 blocks, 0.22 aces and 2.24 digs per set. During the FIVB World Grand Prix, she started four of the five Final Round matches in addition to two of the three matches in the third preliminary round weekend. Richards Hildebrand averaged 3.57 points per set during the World Grand Prix, which included a 19-point effort in a three-set win over Thailand in the final preliminary round match and 17 points versus Cuba on June 30 in the second-tolast Final Round match. “What a humbling surprise and honor,” Richards Hildebrand said. “Receiving this award would mean a lot in any circumstance, but being honored with it this year, which has been the most challenging of my life, it means even more. I lost my mom this past February to an inspiring battle with breast cancer, and Kristin Richards Hildebrand afterwards I struggled with whether or 2012 USA Volleyball Indoor Female not I was even going to return to the USA program, or volleyball at all. I decided to Most Improved Player for a few reasons but among them was because my USA teammates had become and are my family, and the opportunity to compete alongside them at the highest level in the world is one I could not pass up. They, along with our coaching staff, supported me in an unbelievably special way through this summer, helping me get through all the hard moments which allowed me to play freely and improve at the game I’m passionate about. I couldn’t be more grateful for them, or our entire USA Volleyball family.” Richards Hildebrand was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Pan American Cup after helping the U.S. claim the gold medal for the first time since 2003. She averaged 4.81 points, 4.30 kills, 0.41 blocks and 2.26 digs per set during the tournament. Richards Hildebrand added a .312 hitting efficiency that included a 48.9 kill percent. In the goldmedal match against Brazil’s Olympic-laden team, Richards Hildebrand scored a seasonhigh 35 points with 32 kills, two aces and a block to finish the tournament as the Best Scorer with 128 points. She turned in four matches with at least 21 points, in addition to three double-doubles with kills and digs.

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Volleyball Glossary Ace - a served ball that directly results in a point.

Pancake - a one-handed floor defensive technique where the hand is extended and slid along the floor, palm down, and the ball rebounds off the back of the hand, rather than the floor.

Bagel - winning a game 25-0. Block - an attempt by a player or players to interrupt the ball before, as or just after it crosses the net.

Pass - the first of three contacts on the offensive side - overhead or forearm.

Bump (Pass) - technique of playing the ball using forearms, hands together, to direct the ball.

Perimeter Defense - backrow defenders work in the area a meter in from the backline and sidelines up to the three-meter line.

Bump (Set) - a forearm pass used as a set.

Pipe - a ball set in the middle of the court, on the three-meter line, for a backrow player to hit.

Carry - a fault called if the ball comes to rest in the course of contact by one player.

Quick - the first of the three attack options. The attacker contacts the ball immediately after it is released from the setter’s hands.

Chickenwing - a last-ditch way to dig a ball using your elbow and a bent arm.

Red card - a severe sanction given by the up-referee.

Court - the playing surface divided into two equal areas by a net. In its official form, volleyball is played on a rectangular court 18 meters (59 feet 0.75 inches) long and 9 meters (29 feet 6.475 inches) wide; the women’s net placed at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.125 inches) high and the men’s net at 2.44 meters (8 feet) high.

Roof - to block a spike, usually straight down and for a point.

Coverage - most often, refers to backing up a teammate’s hit when the block is up and the ball comes back.

Seams - the space between the blockers and between back-court defenders.

Cross Court/Cut Shot - an offensive hit when a player, instead of hitting with power, slices the ball just over and nearly parallel to the net. Dig Lips - defending more than once and successfully an opponent’s hard spike as if the attacker was saying beforehand where the hit was going and you read their lips. Dig - to pass a very hard hit spike; a ball brought up (saved) with any part of the body, particularly from a spike attempt. Dink - a very softly-hit spike; ball played just over the net or the blockers hands. Down-Referee - secondary referee. He/she stands on the floor at the opposite end of the net as the up-referee. Also known as the second official. Dump - when the setter, instead of setting the hitters, attacks the ball over the net. Facial Disgracial - a spike that hits the opposing blocker or floor defender in the face. Foot fault - stepping on the court or out of bounds before serving the ball. Free Ball - a ball the opponent cannot attack and must yield by passing over the net. Husband and Wife - when a serve drops untouched between two receivers who fail to move. Joust - when two players on opposing sides attempt to block the ball by vying to push it onto each other’s side of the net. Kill - an attack that results in an immediate point. Paint Brush - a wipe off shot by the spiker (painter) on a blocker.

Screening - an attempt by a player to conceal the start of a teammate’s serve by obstructing an opponent’s line of sight. Screening is illegal.

Set – the act of getting the ball into the position for the hitters to attack the ball. Usually done overhead with two hands. Setter – the team quarterback. Attempts to “set” every second contact for his/ her hitters to attack. Serve - the act of putting the ball into play. Shank - to pass the ball badly. Six Pack - another term for getting a spiked ball in the face on defense. A “Twelve Pack” actually knocks down the defender. In the past the defender was then obligated to buy the spiker a six pack of his/her desired beverage (roots are found in doubles sand play). Sizzle the Pits - a spike that goes under, and past, the armpits of a big block. Slide - a movement from an attacker’s serve receive position past another into a third; usually the ball is hit while “sliding out” towards the sideline. Spiked Ball - a ball hit forcibly from a height not less than the top of the net. Also known as a bury, crush, hammer, kill, put-away or slam. Stuff - a block in which the ball goes straight down to the floor with no hope of being picked up by an opposing player. Tool - when a ball is intentionally spiked off a blocker’s hands to make it go out of bounds. Touch - when the ball lands out of bounds, but not before contacting one of the players. Up-referee - the main referee. He/she stands upon a special chair. Also known as the first referee. Yellow card - a first sanction given by the up-referee, cost the sanctioned team a point.

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All-Time U.S. Women's Indoor Volleyball Olympians 1964 (Tokyo) 5th Place Patti Bright Jean Gaertner Lou Galloway Barbara Harwerth Linda Murphy Gail O’Rourke Nancy Owen Mary Jo Peppler Mary Perry Sharon Peterson Verneda Thomas Jane Ward Head Coach: Dr. W.P. Burroughs Manager: Ida Litschauer 1968 (Mexico City) 8th Place Patti Bright Kathryn Heck Fanny Hopeau Ninja Jorgensen Laurie Lewis Miki McFadden Marilyn McCreavy Nancy Owen Barbara Perry Mary Perry Sharon Peterson Jane Ward Head Coach: Harlan Cohen 1980 (Moscow) Did Not Compete (USA Boycott) Janet Baier Carolyn Becker Rita Crockett Patty Dowdell Laurie Flachmeier Debbie Green Flo Hyman Laurel Brassey Debbie Landreth Diane McCormick Terry Place Sue Woodstra Head Coach: Arie Selinger Assistant Coach: Toshi Yoshida Manager: Ruth Becker 1984 (Los Angeles) Silver Medal Jeanne Beauprey Carolyn Becker Linda Chisholm Rita Crockett Laurie Flachmeier Debbie Green Flo Hyman Rose Magers Kim Ruddins Julie Vollertsen Paula Weishoff Sue Woodstra Head Coach: Arie Selinger Assistant Coach: John Corbelli Assistant Coach: Marlon Sano

1988 (Seoul) 7th Place Deitre Collins Caren Kemner Laurel Kessel Tammy Liley Liz Masakayan Jayne McHugh Melissa McLinden Kim Oden Keba Phipps Kim Ruddins Angela Rock Liane Sato Head Coach: Terry Liskevych Assisant Coach: Debbie Landreth Brown Assistant Coach: Kent Miller 1992 (Barcelona) Bronze Medal Janet Cobbs Tara Cross-Battle Lori Endicott Caren Kemner Ruth Lawanson Tammy Liley Elaina Oden Kim Oden Liane Sato Paula Weishoff Teee Williams Yoko Zetterlund Head Coach: Terry Liskevych Assistant Coach: Greg Giovanazzi Assistant Coach: Kent Miller Technical Coordinator: David Sims Medical Consultant: Dan McDonough 1996 (Atlanta) 7th Place Tara Cross-Battle Lori Endicott Caren Kemner Kristin Klein Tammy Liley Bev Oden Elaina Oden Danielle Scott Paula Weishoff Teee Williams Elaine Youngs Yoko Zetterlund Head Coach: Terry Liskevych Assistant Coach: Aldis Berzins Assistant Coach: Jeanne Beauprey Reeves Technical Assistant: Dave Fleming

2000 (Sydney) 4th Place Robyn Ah Mow Heather Bown Tara Cross-Battle Mickisha Hurley Sarah Noriega Demetria Sance Danielle Scott Stacy Sykora Charlene Tagaloa Logan Tom Kerri Walsh Allison Weston Head Coach: Mick Haley Assistant Coach: Toshi Yoshida Assistant Coach: Jeri Estes Technical Coordinator: Monica Paul Trainer: Emery Hill, Jr. Team Doctor: Dr. David Weinstein Team Manager: Bob Gambardella

2008 (Beijing) Silver Medal Robyn Ah Mow-Santos Lindsey Berg Heather Bown Nicole Davis Kim Glass Tayyiba Haneef-Park Jennifer Joines Ogonna Nnamani Danielle Scott-Arruda Stacy Sykora Logan Tom Kim Willoughby Head Coach: “Jenny” Lang Ping Assistant Coach: Sue Woodstra Assistant Coach: Li Yong Assistant Coach: Tom Hogan Technical Coordinator: Diane French Trainer: Emery Hill, Jr. Team Leader: Joan Powell

2004 (Athens) 5th Place Robyn Ah Mow-Santos Elisabeth Bachman Lindsey Berg Heather Bown Tara Cross-Battle Tayyiba Haneef Nancy Metcalf Ogonna Nnamani Keba Phipps Danielle Scott Stacy Sykora Logan Tom Head Coach: Toshi Yoshida Assistant Coach: Kevin Hambly Assistant Coach: Tara Cross-Battle Technical Coordinator: Robyn Romansky Trainer: Emery Hill, Jr. Team Leader: Tom Pingel

2012 (London) Silver Foluke Akinradewo Lindsey Berg Nicole Davis Tayyiba Haneef-Park Christa Harmotto Megan Hodge Destinee Hooker Jordan Larson Tamari Miyashiro Danielle Scott-Arruda Courtney Thompson Logan Tom Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison Technical Coordinator: Giuseppe Vinci Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek Doctor: Dr. Willliam Stetson Team Manager: Ken Sullivan

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All-Time U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Results 1964 Olympics - Tokyo, Japan Finish: 5th

1988 Olympics - Seoul, South Korea Finish: 7th Place

Match Results Oct. 11: lost to Japan 15-1, 15-5, 15-2 Oct. 12: lost to Poland 15-3, 15-4, 15-10 Oct. 13: lost to Romania 15-9, 15-1, 15-2 Oct. 17: lost to Soviet Union 15-1, 15-8, 15-7 Oct. 21: def. South Korea 15-7, 15-13, 15-13 Final Record: 1-5 (3-12)

Match Results Sept. 20: lost to China 0-3 (9-15, 5-15, 7-15) Sept. 23: def. Brazil 14-16, 15-5, 15-13, 12-15, 15-7 Sept. 25: lost to Peru 15-12, 15-9, 4-15, 5-15, 15-9 Sept. 27: lost to East Germany 15-13, 15-11, 10-15, 15-8 Sept. 29: def. South Korea 15-4, 12-15, 13-15, 15-9, 15-8 Final Record: 2-3 (9-13)

Final Standings Gold: Japan (5-0) Silver: Soviet Union (4-1) Bronze: Poland (3-2) 4. Romania (2-3) 5. USA (1-4) 6. South Korea (0-5)

Final Standings Gold: Soviet Union Silver: Peru Bronze: China 4. Japan 5. East Germany 6. Brazil 7. USA 8. South Korea

1968 Olympics - Mexico City, Mexico Finish: 8th Match Results Oct. 13: lost to Japan 15-6, 15-2, 15-2 Oct. 14: lost to Czechoslovakia 15-7, 11-15, 15-9, 15-11 Oct. 16: lost to Poland 15-3, 15-1, 16-14 Oct. 17: lost to South Korea 15-9, 15-13, 13-15, 15-5 Oct. 21: lost to Soviet Union 15-1, 6-15, 15-4, 15-6 Oct. 23: lost to Peru 15-11, 15-0, 14-16, 15-12 Oct. 26: lost to Mexico 15-8, 15-7, 15-4 Final Record: 0-7 (4-21) Final Standings Gold: Soviet Union (7-0) Silver: Japan (6-1) Bronze: Poland (5-2) 4. Peru (3-4) 5. South Korea (3-4) 6. Czechoslovakia (3-4) 7. Mexico (1-6) 8. USA (0-7)

1984 Olympics - Los Angeles, California Finish: Silver Medal Match Results July 30: def. West Germany 17-15, 15-8, 15-10 Aug. 1: def. Brazil 12-15, 10-15, 15-5, 15-5, 15-12 Aug. 3: def. China 15-13, 7-15, 16-14, 15-12 Aug. 5: def. Peru 16-14, 15-9, 15-10 Aug. 7: lost to China 16-14, 15-3, 15-9 Final Record: 4-1 (12-6) Final Standings Gold: China Silver: USA Bronze: Japan 4. Peru 5. South Korea 6. West Germany 7. Brazil 8. Canada Pool A Standings USA (3-0) China (2-1) West Germany (1-2) Brazil (0-3)

1996 Olympics - Atlanta, Georgia Finish: 7th Place Match Results July 20: def. Ukraine 15-8, 15-5, 15-11 July 22: def. Netherlands 12-15, 15-10, 17-15, 15-7 July 24: lost to China 15-8, 15-2, 12-15, 15-12 July 26: def. Japan 15-11, 15-7, 15-12 July 28: def. Korea 10-15, 15-13, 15-9, 15-3 July 30: lost to Cuba 15-1, 15-10, 15-12 July 31: lost to Korea 15-12, 15-5, 15-11 Aug. 1: def. Germany 17-15, 15-6, 5-15, 15-6 Final Record: 5-3 (16-12) Final Standings Gold: Cuba Silver: China Bronze: Brazil 4. Russia 5. Netherlands 6. Korea 7. USA 8. Germany 9. Canada 9. Japan 11. Ukraine 11. Peru

Pool A Standings Soviet Union (2-1) Japan (2-1) South Korea (1-2) East Germany (1-2) Pool B Standings Peru (3-0) China (2-1) USA (1-2) Brazil (0-3)

1992 Olympics - Barcelona, Spain Finish: Bronze Medal Match Results July 29: lost to Japan 15-13, 11-15, 12-15, 15-8, 15-13 July 31: def. CIS 9-15, 17-15, 15-12, 4-15, 15-11 Aug. 2: def. Spain 15-4, 15-5, 15-10 Aug. 4: def. Netherlands 15-11, 11-15, 15-8, 15-7 Aug. 6: lost to Cuba 8-15, 9-15, 15-6, 15-5, 15-11 Aug. 7: def. Brazil 15-8, 15-6, 15-13 Final Record: 4-2 (16-9) Final Standings Gold: Cuba Silver: Commonwealth of Independent States - former Soviet Union Bronze: USA 4. Brazil 5. Japan 6. Netherlands 7. China 8. Spain Pool A Standings Commonwealth of Independent States - former Soviet Union (2-1) USA (2-1) Japan (2-1) Span (0-3) Pool B Standings Cuba (3-0) Brazil (2-1) Netherlands (1-2) China (0-3)

Pool B Standings Japan (3-0) Peru (2-1) South Korea (1-2) Canada (0-3)

Pool A Standings China (5-0) USA (4-1) Netherlands (3-2) Korea (2-3) Japan (1-4) Ukraine (0-5) Pool B Standings Brazil (5-0) Russia (4-1) Cuba (3-2) Germany (2-3) Canada (1-4) Peru (0-5)

2000 Olympics - Sydney, Australia Finish: 4th Place Match Results Sept. 16: def. China 19-25, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24 Sept. 18: def. Kenya 25-16, 25-6, 25-16 Sept. 20: def. Croatia 25-19, 25-18, 25-16 Sept. 22: def. Australia 25-11, 25-17, 25-10 Sept. 24: lost to Brazil 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-15 Sept. 26: def. Korea 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 25-27, 16-14 Sept. 28: lost to Russia 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 26-28, 15-8 Sept. 30: lost to Brazil 25-18, 25-22, 25-21 Final Record: 5-3 (18-12) Final Standings Gold: Cuba Silver: Russia Bronze: Brazil 4. USA 5. China 6. Germany 7. Croatia 8. Korea 9. Australia 9. Italy 11. Peru 11. Kenya Pool A Standings Brazil (5-0) USA (4-1) Croatia (3-2) China (2-3) Australia (1-4) Kenya (0-5)

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Pool B Standings Russia (5-0) Cuba (4-1) Korea (3-2) Germany (2-3) Italy (1-4) Peru (0-5)

All-Time U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Results 2004 Olympics - Athens, Greece Finish: 5th Place

2008 Olympics - Beijing, China Finish: Silver Medal

2012 Olympics - London, England Finish: Silver Medal

Match Results Aug. 14: lost to China 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18 Aug. 16: def. Germany 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 27-25 Aug. 18: lost to Dominican Republic 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-17 Aug. 20: lost to Russia 20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 15-11 Aug. 22: def. Cuba 25-22, 25-12, 25-19 Aug. 24: lost to Brazil 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 15-6 Final Record: 2-4 (13-13)

Match Results Aug. 9: def. Japan 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21 Aug. 11: lost to Cuba 25-15, 26-24, 25-17 Aug. 13: def. Venezuela 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18 Aug. 15: def. China 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11 Aug. 17: def. Poland 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13 Aug. 19: def. Italy 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6 Aug. 21: def. Cuba 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 Aug. 23: lost to Brazil 25-15, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21 Final Record: 6-2 (19-14)

Match Results July 28: def. Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 July 30: def. Brazil 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 Aug. 1: def. China 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 Aug. 3: def. Serbia 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 Aug. 5: def. Turkey 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 Aug. 7: def. Dominican Republic 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 Aug. 9: def. Korea 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 Aug. 9: lost to Brazil 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 Final Record: 7-1 (19-5)

Final Standings Gold: China Silver: Russia Bronze: Cuba 4. Brazil 5. Japan 5. Korea 5. Italy 5. USA 9. Germany 9. Greece 11. Dominican Republic 11. Kenya

Final Standings Gold: Brazil Silver: USA Bronze: China 4. Cuba 5. Italy 5. Japan 5. Russia 5. Serbia 9. Kazakhstan 9. Poland 11. Algeria 11. Venezuela

Final Standings Gold: Brazil Silver: USA Bronze: Japan 4. Korea 5T. China 5T. Russia 5T. Dominican Republic 5T. Italy 9T. Great Britain 9T. Turkey 11T. Algeria 11T. Serbia

Pool A Standings Brazil (5-0) Italy (4-1) Korea (3-2) Japan (2-3) Greece (1-4) Kenya (0-5)

Pool A Standings Cuba (5-0) USA (4-1) China (3-2) Japan (2-3) Poland (1-4) Venezuela (0-5)

Pool A Standings Rusia (14 points, 5-0) Italy (13 points, 4-1) Japan (9 points, 3-2) Dominican Republic (6 points, 2-3) Great Britain (2 points, 1-4) Algeria (1 point, 0-5)

Pool B Standings China (5-0) Russia (3-2) Cuba (3-2) USA (2-3) Germany (2-3) Dominican Republic (1-4)

Pool B Standings Brazil (5-0) Italy (4-1) Russia (3-2) Serbia (2-3) Kazakhstan (1-4) Algeria (0-5)

Pool B Standings USA (15 points, 5-0) China (9 points, 3-2) Korea (8 points, 2-3) Brazil (7 points, 3-2) Turkey (6 points, 2-3) Serbia (0 points, 0-5)

2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team with silver medals.

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U.S. Women's Volleyball Record vs. Opponents (1983-present)   Country

Overall                          Rec ‘83* ‘84 ‘85 ‘86 ‘87 ‘88 ‘89 ‘90 ‘91 ‘92 ‘93 ‘94 ‘95 ‘96 ‘97 ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13

Algeria

2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0

Argentina

15-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 1-0 1-0

Australia

10-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-0 5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Azerbaijan 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Bahamas Barbados Brazil

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 6-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 40-61 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 2-1 5-1 0-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 3-2 0-1 4-6 1-2 0-0 0-1 3-3 1-6 1-1 1-2 1-5 0-2 2-3 0-3 1-2 1-4 0-4 1-5 2-2 4-1 1-2

Brazil JNT

2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Bulgaria

11-1 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 1-0

Cameroon

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Canada

71-10 1-0 1-1 2-0 6-0 3-0 1-0 7-3 5-2 2-0 0-0 1-0 6-1 15-0 1-0 2-0 5-2 1-1 2-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 1-0 3-0  0-0  1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0

China

36-86 6-1 3-11 0-0 0-1 1-6 0-2 1-1 0-7 3-6 2-6 0-5 0-6 4-0 2-5 0-1 0-4 0-2 2-3 1-2 0-3 0-4 2-2 1-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 0-0 3-0 2-2 2-0 0-1

Chinese Taipei 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 Croatia

3-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Costa Rica 13-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0  0-0  2-0 1-0 3-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Colombia Cuba Cuba ‘B’

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 55-93 8-2 4-1 0-1 0-11 0-12 2-2 2-2 8-3 2-3 2-4 0-5 1-1 2-6 2-5 0-3 0-5 0-5 0-3 3-2 3-2 5-0 2-4 1-2 0-1 3-2 1-2 0-2 3-0 2-2 1-1 0-0 5-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Czech Rep. 5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 Domin. Rep. 42-11 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 7-0 5-1 1-0 0-0 1-0 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 4-1 4-0 1-0 Egypt

4-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

El Salvador 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 France

11-0 6-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Germany

61-15 12-0 5-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 8-3 0-0 1-1 1-0 0-0 1-0 4-2 2-0 3-0 4-1 3-1 0-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 3-1 2-1 2-0 0-0

Greece

1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Guatemala

3-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Haiti

2-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Hungary Italy Jamaica Japan

4-2 3-0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 32-25 1-0 0-0 9-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 5-0 0-0 0-1 1-3 0-1 0-0 1-1 3-4 2-1 1-3 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-3 0-0 2-1 3-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 103-113 8-6 1-14 4-10 8-11 9-4 12-3 1-9 8-6 4-6 1-9 1-8 5-2 5-2 3-1 0-1 1-6 3-3 4-5 0-2 0-1 3-0 1-0 1-2  0-0  1-0 3-0 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 5-0

Kazakhstan 5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Kenya

7-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0

Korea

10-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 0-0

Maritius

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Mexico

24-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-0  0-0  2-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 0-0

Netherlands 27-11 2-0 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 5-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-0 3-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 Neth. Antilles 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Nicaragua 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 No. Korea

12-1 11-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Peru

28-5 0-0 3-0 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 6-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 4-0 0-0 0-0

Poland

13-4 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-2 1-0 2-0 3-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-0

Puerto Rico 30-2 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 4-0 2-0 1-0 0-1 3-1 2-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 Romania

6-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

#Russia

32-68 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-3 0-7 0-0 0-5 1-9 3-4 4-1 2-2 1-2 2-0 5-4 0-3 0-6 0-1 0-5 5-0 2-6 0-3 1-1 0-0 0-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-0

#Russia ‘B’ 1-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Serbia So. Korea Spain

6-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 23-24 1-0 1-3 0-4 4-1 2-0 4-2 0-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-1 3-1 2-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Switzerland 5-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Thailand

15-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 3-0 0-0 2-0 0-0

Tunisia

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Trinidad

7-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 1-0

Turkey

8-2 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0

Ukraine

3-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-2 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Venezuela

3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Virgin Is.

3-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Yugoslavia Total  

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0  0-0  0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 670-502 70-9 22-30 25-20 24-33 22-31 32-15 16-20 40-32 38-22 15-22 15-27 25-20 57-16 23-19 10-12 27-30 24-19 24-26 21-10 17-18 29-15 20-16 26-15 16-12 26-11 22-11 18-14 28-13 39-10 30-2 17-5   ‘83* ‘84 ‘85 ‘86 ‘87 ‘88 ‘89 ‘90 ‘91 ‘92 ‘93 ‘94 ‘95 ‘96 ‘97 ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13

Results Not Counted: 1983 - Pan American Games; 1994 - Tour Of Asia & Goodwill Games; 2006 - Poland or Azteca Cup Results w/training team and junior members competing # Includes Matches Played Vs. USSR, CIS and Russia.

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International Volleyball Fact Sheet Introduction: Volleyball has major international competitions every year and, at its highest level, is a physically demanding sport played by some of the world’s most elite athletes. Of course, volleyball is also a popular recreational activity enjoyed by more than 38 million persons in the United States (more than any team sport but basketball) and more than 800 million persons globally, making it the world’s most popular participant sport. This fact sheet is designed to provide more understanding about international volleyball and its major competitions, including the Olympic Games.

World Rankings: Following the decision of the FIVB Board of Administration, a new system of point attribution based on a new scale has been implemented for the FIVB World Ranking of Volleyball National Teams. The following competitions are now included:

International Governing Body: The international governing body for volleyball is the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The FIVB is the world’s largest sports federation, with more than 200 member nations. Under the direction of its president, Dr. Ruben Acosta of Mexico, the FIVB oversees the administration of volleyball throughout the world and is responsible for producing several major events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World League and World Grand Prix.

• Olympic Games included for four years - 25 percent reduction each year. Points are also granted for the qualification matches, to the best nonqualified teams.

National Governing Body: The national governing body (NGB) for volleyball in the United States is USA Volleyball, formerly known as the United States Volleyball Association. Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is responsible for the administration of all forms of volleyball in the United States, including producing the annual USA Open Volleyball Championships, Junior Olympic Championships and the USA Outdoor National Championships. As mandated by the 1978 Amateur Sports Act, USA Volleyball is responsible to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the FIVB for training and nominating the teams which represent the United States in the Olympic Games and other important volleyball competitions worldwide. Major Competitions: The four major events on the international volleyball calendar are the Olympic Games (men and women, indoor and beach), World Championships (men and women, indoor and beach), World Cup (men and women, indoor), World League (men, indoor) and World Grand Prix (women, indoor). All events are conducted quadrennially, with the exceptions of the annual World League/Grand Prix and the biennial Beach World Championships.

• Senior World Championships included for four years - 25 percent reduction each year. Points are also granted for the qualification matches, to the best non-qualified teams.

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World Cup included for two years - 50 percent reduction the second

• Senior Continental Championships included for two years - 50 percent reduction the second year; points are also granted for the qualification matches to the best non-qualified teams. • year.

Men’s World League / Women’s World Grand Prix included for one

Women (Points) - as of 9/2/2013 1. Brazil (320) 2. United States (305) 3. Japan (291) 4. Italy (260) 5. China (241) 6. Russia (175) 7. Serbia (165) 8. Dominican Republic (130) 9. Germany (126) 10. Republic of Korea (122) 11. Turkey (120) 12. Algeria (72) 13. Poland (61) 14. Kenya (58) 15. Cuba (56) 16. Thailand (52) 17. Peru (50) 18. Netherlands (45) 19. Argentina (43) 20. Puerto Rico (42) 21. Great Britain (37) 22. Czech Republic (35) 23T. Egypt (32) 23T. Canada (32) 25. Mexico (29) 26T. Colombia (26) 26T. Costa Rica (26) 28T. Senegal (25) 28T. Kazakhstan (25) 30. Chinese Taipei (24) 31T. Croatia (22) 31T. Bulgaria (22) 33T. Uruguay (20) 33T. Camerron (20) 33T. Trinidad & Tobago (18) 36T. Tunisia (19) 36T. Romania (19) 36T. Azerbaijan (19) 39T. Chile (16) 39T. Belarus (16) 39T. Belgium (16)

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Men (Points) as of 7/22/2013 1. Brazil (345) 2. Russia (330) 3. Italy (286) 4. Poland (195) 5T. United States (179) 5T. Cuba (179) 7. Serbia (177) 8. Argentina (171) 9. Bulgaria (165) 10. Germany (112) 11. Canada (75) 12T. Australia (68) 12T. Iran (68) 14. Egypt (63) 15. Tunisia (62) 16T. China (53) 16T. Cameroon (53) 18. France (50) 19. Japan (47) 20T. Venezuela (45) 20T. Puerto Rico (45) 22. Czech Republic (41) 23T. Mexico (40) 23T. Republic of Korea (40) 25. Spain (32) 26T. Algeria (30) 26T. Slovakia (30) 28. Colombia (29) 29. Great Britain (26) 30. India (25) 31. Finland (24) 32. Chile (22) 33. Netherlands (21) 34T. Morocco (19) 34T. Trinidad & Tobago (19) 34T. Paraguay (19) 37T. Portugual (17) 37T. Slovenia (17) 39T. Estonia (16) 39T. Romania (16)

Olympic Games: Volleyball made its debut in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Twelve teams in both the men’s and women’s draw earn the right to compete:

Past World Champions (Women) 1952: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1956: Soviet Union (USA, ninth) 1960: Soviet Union (USA, sixth) 1962: Japan (USA, DNP) 1966: Japan (USA, second) 1970: Soviet Union (USA, 11th) 1974: Japan (USA, 12th) 1978: Cuba (USA, fifth) 1982: China (USA, third) 1986: China (USA, 10th) 1990: Soviet Union (USA, third) 1994: Cuba (USA, sixth) 1998: Cuba (USA, 13th) 2002: Italy (USA, second) 2006: Russia (USA, ninth) 2010: Russia (USA, fourth)

Past Olympic Champions (Men) 1964: Soviet Union (USA, ninth) 1968: Soviet Union (USA, seventh) 1972: Japan, (USA, DNQ) 1976: Poland (USA, DNQ) 1980: Soviet Union (USA, DNQ) 1984: USA 1988: USA 1992: Brazil (USA, bronze) 1996: Netherlands (USA, ninth) 2000: Yugoslavia (USA, 11th) 2004: Brazil (USA, fourth) 2008: USA 2012: Russia (USA, fifth) Past Olympic Champions (Women) 1964: Japan (USA, fifth) 1968: Soviet Union (USA, eighth) 1972: Soviet Union (USA, DNQ) 1976: Japan (USA, DNQ) 1980: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1984: China (USA, silver) 1988: Soviet Union (USA, seventh) 1992: Cuba (USA, bronze) 1996: Cuba (USA, seventh) 2000: Cuba (USA, fourth) 2004: China (USA, fifth) 2008: Brazil (USA, silver) 2012: Brazil (USA, silver)

World Cup: The World Cup is held every four years, in the year prior to the Olympic Games. Though originally held at various sites, it has been hosted by Japan since 1977. Prior to 1991, the World Cup took place in the year immediately following the Olympics. The 12 berths in the World Cup for men and women are gained in the following manner: • Host country (Japan- Men and Women) • Defending World Cup champion • Winners of the five zone championships • The highest-placed team (of each zone) not qualified for the Olympic Games in accordance with the ranking of the zone championships.

World Championships: The World Championships are held every four years in the second year after the Olympics. The site, usually separate for the men’s and women’s competitions, is determined by the FIVB based on bids received from interested cities. The 24 berths for the men and women are gained in the following manner (2006 information is provided in parenthesis where available): • Host country • Defending World Champions • FIVB determined the appropriate number of qualification spots for each continent/zone based on performance at the 2002 World Championships and the number of teams registered for the 2006 World Championships. Each continent/zone played a World Championships Qualification Tournament in early 2002. Past World Champions (Men) 1949: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1952: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1956: Czechoslovakia (USA, sixth) 1960: Soviet Union (USA, seventh) 1962: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1966: Czechoslovakia (USA, 11th) 1970: East Germany (USA, 18th) 1974: Not held 1978: Soviet Union (USA, 19th) 1982: Soviet Union (USA, 13th) 1986: USA 1990: Italy (USA, 13th) 1994: Italy (USA, third) 1998: Italy (USA, ninth) 2002: Brazil (USA, ninth) 2006: Brazil (USA, 10th) 2010: Brazil (USA, sixth)

Past World Cup Champions (Men) 1965: Soviet Union (USA, DNP) 1969: East Germany (USA, DNP) 1973: Soviet Union (USA, seventh) 1977: Soviet Union (USA, 10th) 1981: Soviet Union (USA, DNQ) 1985: USA 1989: Cuba (USA, fourth) 1991: Soviet Union (USA, third) 1995: Italy (USA, fourth) 1999: Russia (USA, fourth) 2003: Brazil (USA, fourth) 2007: Brazil (USA, fourth) 2011: Russia (USA, sixth) Past World Cup Champions (Women) 1973: Soviet Union (USA, sixth) 1977: Japan (USA, seventh) 1981: China (USA, fourth) 1985: China (USA, DNQ) 1989: Cuba (USA, DNQ) 1991: Cuba (USA, fourth) 1995: Cuba (USA, seventh) 1999: Cuba (USA, ninth) 2003: China (USA, third) 2007: Italy (USA, third) 2011: Italy (USA, second)

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Zone Championships: The volleyball world is divided into five international zones.The United States is in the NORCECA (North America Central America Caribbean) Zone, with championships held every other year at various sites. The other zones are Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The frequency of zone championships competition varies in each of the five sections. Any nation in a particular zone may participate in its zone championships whenever such a competition is conducted.

World League and World Grand Prix: The World League features the top 16 men’s volleyball teams in the world in competition for a total purse that has grown to $5.6 million since the inaugural season in 1990. Teams are divided into three, four-team pools and each country playing the other teams in their pool four times (twice at home, twice on the road). The winner and runner-up in each pool advance to a seeded playoff round. The regular season is usually played in May and June with playoffs in early July.

Past NORCECA Champions (Men) 1969: Cuba (USA, third) 1971: Cuba (USA, second) 1973: USA 1975: Cuba (USA, third) 1977: Cuba (USA, fifth) 1979: Cuba (USA, fifth) 1981: Cuba (USA, second) 1983: USA 1985: USA 1987: Cuba (USA, second) 1989: Cuba (USA, third) 1991: Cuba (USA, second) 1993: Cuba (USA, second) 1995: Cuba (USA, second) 1997: Cuba (USA, second) 1999: USA 2001: Cuba (USA, second) 2003: USA 2005: USA 2007: USA 2009: Cuba (USA, second) 2011: Cuba (USA, second)

The World Grand Prix is the women’s counterpart to the World League, and offers a total purse of $1.69 million to its 16-team field. Teams play in different four-team pools each weekend, at round-robin tournaments hosted by cities throughout Asia. The three teams with the best records join the host country for the Grand Prix Finals. The regular season is played in August and early-September with playoffs in midSeptember.

Past NORCECA Champions (Women) 1969: Mexico (USA, bronze) 1971: Mexico (USA, DNP) 1973: Cuba (USA, third) 1975: Cuba (USA, second) 1977: Cuba (USA, third) 1979: Cuba (USA, second) 1981: USA 1983: USA 1985: Cuba (USA, second) 1987: Cuba (USA, second) 1989: Cuba (USA, third) 1991: Cuba (USA, second) 1993: Cuba (USA, second) 1995: Cuba (USA, second) 1997: Cuba (USA, second) 1999: Cuba (USA, second) 2001: USA 2003: USA 2005: USA 2007: Cuba (USA, second) 2009: Dominican Republic (USA, fourth) 2011: USA

World League Champions 1990: Italy (USA, fourth in pool) 1991: Italy (USA, third in pool) 1992: Italy (USA, first in pool, third overall) 1993: Brazil (USA, fifth in pool) 1994: Italy (USA, fourth in pool) 1995: Italy (USA, fourth in pool) 1996: Netherlands (USA, DNP) 1997: Italy (USA, DNP) 1998: Cuba (USA, DNP) 1999: Italy (USA, DNP) 2000: Italy (USA, first in pool, sixth overall) 2001: Brazil (USA, third in pool, tied-ninth overall) 2002: Russia (USA, DNP) 2003: Brazil (USA, DNP) 2004: Brazil (USA, DNP) 2005: Brazil (USA, DNP) 2006: Brazil (USA, third in pool) 2007: Brazil (USA, third in finals) 2008: USA 2009: Brazil (USA, sixth) 2010: Brazil (USA, eighth) 2011: Russia (USA, seventh) 2012: Poland (USA, silver) 2013: Russia (USA, 12th) World Grand Prix Champions 1993: Cuba (USA, seventh regular season) 1994: Brazil (USA, fifth regular season) 1995: USA 1996: Brazil (USA, fifth) 1997: Russia (USA, eighth) 1998: Brazil (USA, eighth) 1999: Russia (USA, DNP) 2000: Cuba (USA, sixth) 2001: USA 2002: Russia (USA, sixth) 2003: China (USA, third) 2004: Brazil (USA, third) 2005: Brazil (USA, eighth) 2006: Brazil (USA, seventh) 2007: Netherlands (USA, eighth final, seventh preliminary) 2008: Brazil (USA, fourth) 2009: Brazil (USA, ninth) 2010: USA 2011: USA 2012: USA 2013: Brazil (USA, sixth)

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USA Volleyball – 2013 Fact Sheet Name: USA Volleyball Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Founded: 1928 Membership: Approximately 300,000 Mission: USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for all disciplines of volleyball in the United States and is officially recognized by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As mandated by the Amateur Sports Act, USA Volleyball is responsible for the growth of the sport in America at the grassroots and most elite levels. USA Volleyball is the parent organization of the USA National Teams. Chief Executive Officer: Doug Beal Head Coach USA Women: Karch Kiraly (First Year) Head Coach USA Men: John Speraw (First Year) Major 2013 National Team Events: Senior Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup (June 10-16, Lima Peru) USA Volleyball Cup (July 10 at San Diego, July 12 at LBSU, July 13 at JSerra HS) FIVB World Grand Prix (Aug. 2-Sept. 1, Various Countries) NORCECA Continental Championship (Sept. 16-21, Omaha, Neb.) FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Nov. 12-17, Japan)

Senior Men’s Volleyball FIVB World League (June 7-July 21, various cities around the world) NORCECA Continental Championship (Sept. 21-29, Canada) FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Nov. 19-24, Japan)

Indoor High Performance and USAV Juniors (Youth and Junior) Indoor High Performance and USAV Juniors (Youth and Junior) FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship (June 21-30, Czech Republic) USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships (June 28-July 5, Dallas) FIVB Volleyball Boys U19 World Championship (June 27-July 7, Mexico) USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships (June 27-July 4, Reno, Nev.) USAV High Performance Championships (July 23-27, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) FIVB Volleyball Girls U18 World Championship (July 26-Aug. 4, Thailand) FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship (Aug. 22-Sept. 1, Turkey)

Beach FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour (various countries) NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour (various countries) FIVB Beach Volleyball Youth World Championships (July 11-14, Portugal) FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championsihps (June 19-23, Croatia) FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship (July 1-7, Poland)

Other Events NCVF Collegiate Club Championships (April 4-6, Dallas) USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge (March 15-16, Chula Vista, Calif.) USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge (April 20-21, Hermosa Beach, Calif.) USA Volleyball Open National Championships (May 24-29, Louisville,Ky.) USA Beach Junior Tour (various locations) About USA Volleyball: Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 300,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information please visit www.usavolleyball.org. Other: USA Volleyball consists of 40 regional volleyball associations which manage grassroots playing opportunities for the USA Volleyball membership and is affiliated with 36 member organizations (i.e. NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, YMCA) that provide playing opportunities at a variety of levels.

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