COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 28, 2010) - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 on Tuesday evening at Londrina, Brazil. The match is part of a 10-day, four friendly exhibition tour of Brazil.
Brazil is currently ranked No. 1 by the FIVB in the world ranking, while the U.S. moved up two spots to No. 2 after claiming the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix last month. During the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, Team USA edged Brazil in a hard-fought five-set match as it went on to win the gold medal without dropping a match.
Team USA's four-match tour of Brazil concludes on Sept. 29 at Londrina with a 7 p.m. match start time. Both teams are using the friendly scrimmages as a chance to evaluate and fine tune their lineups for the upcoming FIVB World Championship, which takes place Oct. 29 to Nov. 14 in Japan.
Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) paced the Americans with nine points in the loss with four kills and match-high five blocks. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added seven points, all on kills. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) were credited with six points apiece. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed four U.S. points in the match. Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.) came off the bench to score two points while Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) tallied one point.
Hodge totaled 13 of the team's 36 digs as the hosts out-dug the Americans 59-36. Stacy Sykora chipped in another 11 digs in the loss.
"Brazil played very well tonight - especially on defense," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "There's no question it's disappointing to lose, but we are learning a lot and gaining valuable experience here. There are very few countries in the world where you can play such a strong team in a large, packed, and extremely loud gymnasium."
For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/38779.
photos Janos Schmidt