Glass Named Best Setter at the FIVB World Grand Prix
Aug. 30, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Nittany Lion All-American setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) was named the Best Setter at the 18th FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round held in Ningbo, China Aug. 25-29. The U.S. Women's National Team, ranked fourth in the world by the FIVB, captured the World Grand Prix Title with a 5-0 record in the Final Round. Her teammate, Foluke Akinradewo, was named the MVP and Best Blocker.
Glass, who is in her first season of international volleyball with the U.S. Women's National Team, averaged 13.11 running sets per set to lead all players during the Final Round. She totaled 249 running sets and set Team USA to a .292 hitting efficiency (250-55-668) and 37.4 kill percent in the five Final Round matches.
During the Final Round, the U.S. Women defeated Poland, Italy, Brazil and China before sweeping Japan on Aug. 29 to close out tournament play. The U.S. Women, who have won 11 straight matches have not reached the World Grand Prix podium since a bronze medal finish in 2004.
Team USA is back in action in a four-match exhibition tour of Brazil Sept. 20-30.
Glass, as well as Megan Hodge and Nicole Fawcett who are also a 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.
For more information on the U.S. Women's National Team, please visit www.usav.org. Thank you to USAV Media Relations Manager Bill Kauffman and the FIVB for the above information and photos.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for 2010 World Grand Prix
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round Standings
Final Round (Ningbo, China * Ningbo Beilun Gymnasium)