COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 29, 2010) - The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team lost to Brazil 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 on Wednesday evening at Londrina, Brazil. The match concluded a 10-day, four friendly exhibition tour of Brazil.
Brazil, which won all four exhibitions on the tour, 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.
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.
Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) led the Americans with 17 points on 13 kills and four blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in seven kills and match-high six blocks for 13 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) contributed seven kills on 14 attacks, three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) tacked on nine kills and a block for 10 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) collected eight points in the loss. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) provided the Americans three points, followed by two points from Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and one point by Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.).
For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/38804.
photos Janos Schmidt