Ogonna Nnamani Leads U.S. To Three-Set Win Over Japan

June 8, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. – Former Stanford Cardinal standout Ogonna Nnamani scored a match-high 18 points to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Japan, today, to open the 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters Tournament held in Montreux, Switzerland.

Team USA, grouped in Pool A, continues preliminary round action tomorrow, June 9, against Germany at 4:30 p.m. local time and concludes pool play on June 11 versus Russia at 9 p.m. Pool crossover matches take place on June 12, followed by the medal round on June 13.

Nnamani tallied 15 kills and three blocks to lead the way for the United States. Fellow Cardinal alum Cynthia Barboza added nine kills in the win. The U.S. out-blocked Japan 12-6 for the match and held a 44-38 advantage in kills. Japan won the service game with five aces and held the U.S. without a service winner. Japan had 19 errors during the match, one more than the American’s 18.

The 26th Annual Montreux Volley Masters, a yearly event held in Montreux, Switzerland, is an eight-team event.

Tournament Schedule
June 8
Cuba def. Netherlands 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23
USA def. Japan 25-23, 25-23, 25-21
China vs. Poland, 9 p.m. (Noon PT)

June 9
USA vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. PT)
Netherlands vs. China, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
Russia vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (Noon PT)

June 11
Germany vs. Japan, 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. PT)
Cuba vs. Poland, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
USA vs. Russia, 9 p.m. (Noon PT)

June 12
Pool Crossover
3A vs. 4B, 2 p.m. (5 a.m. PT)
3B vs. 4A, 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)
1A vs. 2B, 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PT)
1B vs. 2A, 9 p.m. (noon PT)

June 13
Medal Round Matches
Match for 5th Place 11 a.m. (2 a.m. PT)
Bronze Medal Match, 1:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. PT)
Gold Medal Match, 4 p.m. (7 a.m. PT)

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