U.S. Women Rally Past Germany at Montreux
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, behind a team-high 27 points from outside hitter Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), rallied from a slow start to top Germany 19-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-22 on June 9 during the second day of the Montreux Volley Masters event behind held at Montreux, Switzerland.
Team USA, now 2-0 in Pool A, concludes pool play on June 11 against Russia at 9 p.m. local time (noon PT) after an idle day. Pool crossover matches take place on June 12, followed by the medal round on June 13.
The U.S. rallied from a 17-11 deficit in the opening set to close to within two at 19-17, but Germany finished strong on a 6-2 run to win 25-19. Team USA overcame deficits of 13-4 and 16-10 in the second set to win a marathon 35-33 as it saved six set points and won on its own fifth opportunity. Hodge scored 13 of her points in the second set. The Americans rattled off eight unanswered points to overcome a 13-12 deficit in the third set en route to winning 25-20. Trailing 19-14 in the fourth set, the U.S. scored eight unanswered points – all coming from Penn State University alums – in rallying for a 25-22 victory.
Hodge scored her 27 points via 24 kills and three blocks. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) added 15 points on 14 kills and an ace. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) chipped in 10 kills and two aces for 12 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) contributed five kills and a team-high four blocks for nine points. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) charted eight kills and a block for nine points. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) came off the bench to score three aces and a block for four points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), who subbed in just the fourth set, provided two key aces and a kill in the fourth set scoring run. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with a block.
Davis had a team-high 19 digs, Nnamani added nine digs. Both USA and Germany had 52 digs apiece.
The U.S. out-blocked Germany 10-6 and held an 8-6 advantage in aces. The Americans totaled 62 kills to the Germans 60. Team USA committed 28 errors to Germany’s 24. The U.S. converted 43 percent of its attacks into kills and produced a .304 hitting efficiency. Meanwhile, Germany converted 40 percent of its attacks into kills and had a .239 hitting efficiency.
Last year, Germany defeated the U.S. twice during the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round.
U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Crimes and Harmotto at middle blocker, Hodge and Barboza at outside hitter, Nnamani at opposite and Spicer at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match. Tamas started the final three sets in place of Crimes, while Thompson subbed into the second set and started the third and fourth in place of Spicer. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) and Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) each subbed into the match in the final three sets. Fawcett was a sub in the fourth set.
Germany’s Margareta Kozuch scored a match-high 28 points with 26 kills and two blocks. Corina Ssuschke was Germany’s only other double-figure scorer with 11 points.
Later today, Netherlands plays China at 9:30 a.m. PT and Russia faces Japan at noon PT.
The 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters, a yearly event held in Montreux, Switzerland, is an eight-team event. For updated tournament host information, visit www.volleymasters.ch/program.php.
Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team competing in Montreux can be found at usavolleyball.org/events/3058, while the press kit is available clicking here .
Following the Montreux Volley Masters, the U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, to compete in the Ninth Pan American Cup slated for June 18-26. In July, the team will have two Red vs. Blue exhibition matches. The first exhibition is scheduled for Irvine Valley College (5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, Calif.) on July 17 at 7 p.m. PT. The second exhibition is scheduled for St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (31641 LaNovia Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) on July 24 at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The U.S. scored the first two points of the opening set against Germany with a kill from Nnamani and block by Harmotto, only to have Germany score the next six points for a 6-2 advantage. Germany stretched its lead to five points at 9-5 with points on each side of the first technical timeout. Team USA cut into the deficit with a Barboza kill and German error at 10-7. Germany moved its lead back to five points at 14-9, then extended it to 17-11 after a U.S. hitting error following the second technical timeout. Harmotto and Nnamani produced kills around a Spicer block to narrow the deficit to three points at 17-14 leading to a Germany timeout. Barboza added a fourth point to the scoring run out of the break to close the set score to 17-15. Germany established a four-point lead at 22-18 after winning consecutive long rallies. Germany reached set point at 24-19 and won proceeded to win the next point on an ace. Nnamani led the U.S. in the first set with seven kills, while Hodge added four kills. Germany, led by Kozuch’s nine points in the first set, benefited from seven U.S. errors in the opener.
Germany dominated the early going of the second set, taking an 8-3 lead into the first technical timeout. The Germans extended their lead to 13-4 out of the break with a 5-1 scoring run. The U.S. stopped the run with two unanswered points at 13-6. Team USA continued to climb back into the match after Barboza served an ace at 14-9. Harmotto pocketed a kill and Thompson added a block to move the U.S. to within four at 16-12. Hodge slammed a back row kill, Tamas followed with a block and Nnamani added a kill off the block to close the gap to 18-16. Hodge tallied back-to-back kills to get Team USA to within one at 20-19. However, Germany scored the next two points to regain a three-point cushion at 22-19. Nnamani slammed a kill and Hodge followed with a block to return the U.S. to within one at 22-21. Hodge connected for consecutive kills to tie the set at 23-all forcing Germany to call timeout. Germany gained the first set point at 24-23 on a U.S. service error. Hodge put up a block at 24-all as Germany tried to win the set. After saving four set points, the U.S. earned its first set point opportunity at 28-27 on a Germany attack error. Germany saved two set points and returned to the lead at 30-29 with an overpass kill. The U.S. saved two additional set points as Harmotto slammed a slide for a kill and a Germany attack went long to give the Americans a 32-31 advantage. The U.S. prevailed after a Germany service error and Thompson ace at 35-33. Hodge scored 13 points in the second set, while Barboza added five.
The Americans scored the first two points of the third set with a Nnamani kill and Thompson ace. The U.S. stretched its lead to 4-1 with German service and attack errors. Harmotto and Hodge connected for back-to-back kills to lift the U.S. in front 7-3 and went into the technical timeout up 8-3 following a Nnamani kill. Germany scored six of the next seven points to tie the score 9-all. Germany took its first lead of the third set at 11-10. Team USA regained the lead at 12-11 after a Tamas block. Germany went back into the lead at 13-12 after a long rally victory and a point in which the U.S. attacked slipped on the wet floor. Nnamani downed two kills around a Hodge attack winner to give the U.S. a 15-13 advantage. Team USA went into the second technical timeout leading 16-13 after Germany was called for a back-row attack. Out of the break, Germany hit long three times and Hodge slammed a kill off the block for the Americans’ eighth straight point at 20-13. Germany broke the scoring run with consecutive points at 20-15. Hodge and Harmotto answered with back-to-back kills to push the American advantage to 22-15. Germany responded with three consecutive points to climb to within four at 22-18. The U.S. won the set 25-20 after a Germany attack went long. Nnamani scored five points in the third set to lead the American attack.
Thompson followed a Tamas kill with an ace to start the fourth set with a 2-0 lead, but Germany answered with three straight points to take a 3-2 advantage. Barboza and Hodge pounded kills, a German attack went long and Tamas put up a block to return the U.S. in front 6-3 on a 4-0 scoring run. Germany used a 5-0 run to take a 9-7 advantage forcing a USA timeout. Germany extended its lead to five points at 14-9 with four unanswered points. Germany stretched the lead to six points at 17-11 with points on each side of the second technical timeout. Barboza hammered a kill and Tamas put up a block to slice the deficit to 17-13. Hodge provided a kill and followed up by a Fawcett ace and Harmotto overpass kill at 19-17 as three different Penn State alums scored three straight points. After a German timeout, Hodge pounded an out-of-system kill and Harmotto put up a block to tie the set at 19-all. Hodge continued the scoring run with a kill, followed by a second and third Fawcett ace to yield a 22-19 lead for Team USA on a 8-0 scoring run. The Americans traded points until Barboza put away the match winner at 25-22.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
3 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
4 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Jill Collymore (OPP/OH, 5-10, Seattle, Wash., Washington)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
13 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
17 - Mary (Nellie) Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Technical Coordinator: Jennifer Hirneisen
Team Leader: Jim McLaughlin
Team Doctor: Dr. William Stetson
Cuba def. Netherlands 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23
USA def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 25-21
China def. Poland 25-17, 25-23, 25-17
USA def. Germany 19-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-22
Netherlands vs. China, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
Russia vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (noon PT)
Germany vs. Japan, 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. PT)
Cuba vs. Poland, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
USA vs. Russia, 9 p.m. (noon PT)
June 12: Pool Crossover
3A vs. 4B, 2 p.m. (5 a.m. PT)
3B vs. 4A, 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)
1A vs. 2B, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
1B vs. 2A, 9 p.m. (noon PT)
June 13: Medal Round Matches
Match for 5th Place, 11 a.m. (2 a.m. PT)
Bronze Medal Match, 1:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. PT)
Gold Medal Match, 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)