Tamas Leads Team USA To Second-Consecutive World Grand Prix Title

Team USA at the 2011 World Grand Prix - Photo Courtesy of USA Volleyball

Colorado Springs, Colo. - For the second consecutive year former Tiger great Jennifer (Joines) Tamas lead Team USA to the World Grand Prix gold medal, repeating as the tournament champion in 2011.  The Americans have won the tournament four times with each of their four victories coming on the soils of China.

The captain of Team USA, Tamas guided the Americans through pool play with an 8-1 record to earn the No. 2 spot in the final knockout rounds.  The Americans' lone loss the pool play came to world No. 1 Brazil at the end of pool play with the Brazilians taking a four-set decision to remain undefeated.  Despite the earlier loss to the top ranked Brazilians, Team USA was able to avenge their lone defeat in the gold medal game where the No. 2 ranked Americans knocked off Team Brazil in three sets.  Prior to beating Brazil, the Americans defeated Serbia in three sets in semifinal action to earn a spot in the championship match.

"Congratulations to both teams, it was a very competitive match," siad Tamas. "The goal we had in this entire tournament was to get better as a team and I think we did. We are very fortunate and very excited to be here. We are just extremely happy for the progress we made."