Glass Guides Team USA to Three Victories in FIVB World Grand Prix
Aug. 16, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Nittany Lion women's volleyball player Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) guided the U.S. Women's National Team to three victories in Pool D Play of the 18th FIVB World Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend.
The U.S. women, now 4-2 in the World Grand Prix and in fifth place with 12 points, opened the second weekend of play with a 3-1 (26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15) win against Italy on Friday, Aug 13. Glass tallied one kill while registering 80 running sets as the starting setter.
Team USA moved on to Thailand on Saturday, Aug. 14 and earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) sweep. Glass handled 49 running sets and had three blocks and two kills for five points in the victory.
The U.S. women closed out Pool D play with a 3-1 (21-24, 24-22, 25-12, 25-15) triumph against Puerto Rico on Sunday, Aug. 15. In addition to her 52 running sets, Glass posted one block and one ace.
Next week, the U.S. women travel to Hong Kong for the final preliminary round weekend. The U.S. takes on Germany on Aug. 20, Thailand on Aug. 21 and China on Aug. 22. At the conclusion of next weekend's preliminary round, the top five teams in the overall standings, plus China, advance to the six-team FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round held on Aug. 25-29 at Ningbo, China.
Fans in the U.S. can watch all remaining USA matches on Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com) on a tape delayed same-day coverage.
Glass, as well as Nicole Fawcett and Megan Hodge who are also members of the U.S. Women's National Team, were four-year members of the Penn State women's volleyball team under head coach Russ Rose. Fawcett aided the Nittany Lions in back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2007 and 2008, while Hodge and Glass closed out their Nittany Lion careers guiding PSU to an unprecedented third straight national title in 2009.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for 2010 World Grand Prix
1- Oganna Nnamani (Opp., 6-1 Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., USC)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp., 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp., 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Schedule
Pool B (Gdynia, Poland * Gdynia Competition Hall)
Pool C (Chengdu, China * Sichuan Provincial Sports Bureau)
Pool D (Bangkok, Thailand * Keelawes 2)
Pool E (Macau, China * Forum de Macau)
Pool F (Okayama, Japan * Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Pool G (Hong Kong, China * Hong Kong Coliseum)
Pool H (Taipei, Chinese Taipei * Taiwan University Gym)
Pool I (Tokyo, Japan * Yoyogi National Stadium)
Final Round (Ningbo, China * Ningbo Beilun Gymnasium)