PRESS RELEASE 01.02.2010

USA's World Grand Prix preparation given rough ride in China

USA finished ninth in last year's FIVB World Grand Prix and will be hoping the preparation in China helps them to improve in 2010

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 1, 2010 Ė USA have started their preparations for the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix with mixed results in China over the weekend.

The world No. 4 side, who are looking to improve on last yearís ninth place finish in the premier annual Volleyball competition for women, started with a 4-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16, 25-6) victory over Hong Kong in a practice match on Saturday, with the two sides deciding to play four sets prior to the match.

USA then moved on to play a practice match against Evergrande Volleyball ahead of their official exhibition match on Tuesday, losing 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24).

Evergrande, who are coached by ex US Olympic coach Lang Ping, came away with key points during the match, winning all three sets by the minimum two points.

USA, led by former Olympic champions menís coach Hugh McCutcheon, will be hoping for a better performance on Tuesday as they look to exact revenge and get their World Grand Prix preparations back on track.

The 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix runs from August 6-29 with the finals taking place in Ningbo, China.

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