For Thursday, November 10, 2011
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2011
Germany handed the U.S. women's national volleyball team its first loss in the FIVB World Cup on Wednesday at Toyama, Japan. The Americans lost their final second-round match, 32-30, 25-19, 26-24.
Team USA, with Hawaii players Lindsey Berg (Punahou), Heather Bown (University of Hawaii) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kalani), is 4-1 with 12 points. It is second behind Italy (5-0, 14 points). The top three teams at the end of the 15-day tournament qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Germany trailed 9-4 in the first set and fought off seven set points. It trailed 22-18 in the third before rallying.
Bown scored seven points, with five kills and two blocks, in two sets. Berg set the team to a .384 hitting percentage, while Germany hit .410. Miyashiro was used as a back-row sub.
The U.S. plays Argentina on Friday in the first match of the third round.
Despite winning three matches last week, Brigham Young-Hawaii dropped one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 in the NCAA Division II West Region women's volleyball rankings.
The Seasiders also swept Chaminade on Wednesday night, 25-12, 25-8, 25-13.
BYUH (17-3, 14-1) already locked up the Pacific West Conference title and the automatic bid into the NCAA D-II tourney.
Hawaii-Hilo is No. 6 in the West Region.