U.S. Women Dominate Trinidad & Tobago at Pan American Cup

June 03, 2008, 9:28 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 3, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated Trinidad & Tobago 25-11, 25-11, 25-14 Tuesday afternoon during the Pan American Cup’s fifth and final day of pool play at Mexicali, Mexico.

Now, Team USA (4-1) must await the outcome of Dominican Republic versus Mexico and Argentina versus Costa Rica later tonight to determine the winner of Pool A. Both Dominican Republic and Argentina entered today with a 3-1 pool record. Ties will be broken by point ratio. Team USA finished pool play with a 1.287 point ratio, while Dominican Republic currently holds a 1.226 and Argentina a 1.123 ratio. The winner of Pool A and Pool B receive a quarterfinal bye and advance directly to the semifinals held in Mexicali on June 6.

Barring a major breakdown, Brazil will advance to the Pan American Cup semifinals based on winning Pool B. The Brazilians enter their final pool play match with a 3-1 record and one-match advantage over Canada. Brazil, which plays winless Cuba tonight at 8 p.m. Pacific Time, holds a substantial 0.464 points scored ratio lead over the Canadians should the two teams tie for first.

The U.S., ranked fourth in the world by FIVB but using a young roster for the Pan American Cup, jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first set and never looked back in winning 25-11. Team USA used a 7-0 run to break from a 5-4 advantage to win the second set 25-11. After falling behind 4-2 in the third set, the U.S. put together a 13-3 spurt to take command and win 25-14.

The Pan American Cup field of 12 teams is broken into two pools of six teams. Pool play consists of five matches in five days. The winner of each pool advances directly to the semifinal round on June 6. The second- and third-place finishers in each pool will have crossover quarterfinal matches on June 5 to determine semifinal opponents for the pool winners.

The Pan American Cup will yield four berths into the 2009 World Grand Prix. The top three teams from NORCECA and the top South American team will advance to next year’s annual FIVB tournament.

Team USA started captain Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) at setter, Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) at outside hitter, Tracy Stalls (Denver) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) at middle blocker, Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) at opposite and Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) at libero. Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) subbed into the match in the first set and started the second and third in place of Richards.

Barboza collected a match-high 12 points with 10 kills on 14 swings to go with a block and ace. She also handled a team-high 10 reception chances and held a 100 positive percent and 60 excellent receive percent. Klineman and Crimes each pocketed 11 points in the victory. Klineman reached her total with nine kills on 16 attacks with just one error along with two blocks. Crimes, who entered the day leading the Best Spiker category, had eights kills on 12 errorless attacks to go with two blocks and an ace. Stalls added four kills on seven errorless attacks and a match-high three blocks. Hughes contributed three kills and two blocks for five points to go with nine errorless reception attempts and an 89 positive receive percent, while McGinnis rounded out the scoring with a block. Sykora was credited with a 57 excellent reception percent on seven chances.

The U.S. converted 56 percent of its 61 attacks into kills with only six errors as part of a .459 attack efficiency. Team USA out-blocked Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 and both teams served two aces. Trinidad & Tobago converted 40 percent of its attacks into kills, but had 32 attack errors on 57 swings. Team USA had 73 serves in the match to Trinidad & Tobago’s 38.

Rheeza Grant paced Trinidad & Tobago on offense with 10 points, while Nadiege Honore added seven points.

The United States is ranked fourth in the FIVB world ranking. However, Team USA is using a young team at the Pan American Cup to evaluate individuals for potential Olympic roster spots in 2008, as well for future teams in the next quadrennial beyond the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The U.S. bolted to a 7-1 lead in the opening set as Stalls contributed three blocks on a five-point serving run by Crimes that included an ace. After Trinidad & Tobago scored out of the first technical timeout, the U.S. built a 13-3 advantage on five unanswered points that included an ace from Barboza and a kill from Stalls. Team USA reached the second technical timeout lead 16-4 and Trinidad & Tobago mounted a small charge to come back to within 16-6. Crimes tallied two kills around a Hughes putaway to lift the USA in front 20-7. Klineman downed a kill to yield a set point opportunity at 24-10, and Barboza ended the stanza with a kill at 25-11. Stalls recorded five of her seven points of the match in the opening set.

After leading by a 5-4 margin in the early stages of the second set, Team USA rolled off seven consecutive points for a 12-4 lead as Klineman contributed a kill and block in the spurt. The U.S. stretched the advantage to double digits at 15-5 as Klineman formed a block followed by a Crimes kill. Trinidad & Tobago tallied consecutive points at 15-7, but the U.S. counted with kills from Klineman and Crimes as part of a 3-0 run to give the Americans an 18-7 advantage. Trinidad & Tobago put together a 3-0 run of its own at 20-11, but could not score the rest of the set as Barboza recorded two kills and a block in a 5-0 run. Klineman recorded six points in the second set while Barboza added five points.

Trinidad & Tobago held its only leads of the match at 3-2 and 4-3 of the third set. The U.S. quickly returned to the lead with five unanswered points starting with a Barboza kill and ending with a Hughes block around three Trinidad errors. Trinidad & Tobago closed the gap to one at 7-6 on consecutive points, only to have Team USA rattle off four straight pints with two Barboza kills providing an 11-6 lead. The U.S. increased its advantage to eight points at 15-7 as Barboza started a 4-0 run, thanks to three Trinidad & Tobago errors. After Trinidad scored consecutive points for the final time of the night at 15-9, the U.S. scored five of the next six points highlighted by two kills from Klineman and a block by McGinnis to extend the lead to 20-10. Crimes capped a 3-0 run with a block at 23-12 and the U.S. traded points the rest of the set en route to a 25-14 victory.

For the U.S. Women’s National Team Press Kit for the 2008 Pan American Cup, visit http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/08PanAmCupPressKit.pdf.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for Pan American Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
3 – Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
4 – Alix Klineman (OH, 6-4, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M University)
7 – Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., University of Nebraska)
9 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
10 – Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State University)
12 – Heather Hughes (OPP, 6-2, Fallbrook, Calif., Loyola Marymount University)
13 – Katie Olsovsky (OPP, 6-3, Hermosa Beach, Calif., University of Southern California)
16 – Lindsey Hunter (S, 5-10, Papillion, Neb., University of Missouri)
17 – Angie McGinnis (S, 5-11, Fraser, Mich., University of Florida)
18 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
19 – Juliann Faucette (OH, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)

Head Coach: “Jenny” Lang Ping (not traveling)
Pan American Cup Head Coach: Tom Hogan
Pan American Cup Assistant Coaches: Gen Kawakita, Denise Corlett

Pan American Cup Schedule at Tijuana Mexicali, Mexico

Pool A at Mexicali, Mexico (all times listed as Pacific Time)
5/30: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16
5/30: Dominican Republic def. USA, 20-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-23, 15-8
5/30: Mexico def. Costa Rica, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10
5/31: USA def. Costa Rica, 25-20, 25-10, 27-25
5/31: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17
5/31: Argentina def. Mexico, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16
6/1: Dominican Republic def. Costa Rica, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19
6/1: United States def. Argentina, 25-16, 25-18, 30-28
6/1: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-23, 25-14, 20-25, 25-14
6/2: Costa Rica def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21
6/2: Argentina def. Dominican Republic, 15-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22
6/2: USA def. Mexico, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14
6/3: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-11, 25-11, 25-14
6/3: Argentina vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m.
6/3: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.

Pool A Standings
USA 4-1 (1.287 point ratio)
Dominican Republic 3-1 (1.226 point ratio, plays Mexico tonight)
Argentina 3-1 (1.123 point ratio, plays Costa Rica tonight)
Mexico 2-2
Costa Rica 1-3
Trinidad & Tobago 0-5

Pool B at Tijuana, Mexico (all times listed as Pacific Time)
5/30: Brazil def. Venezuela, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19
5/30: Puerto Rico def. Peru, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21
5/30: Canada def. Cuba, 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12, 17-15
5/31: Peru def. Venezuela, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11
5/31: Puerto Rico def. Cuba, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-16
5/31: Brazil def. Canada, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13, 25-13
6/1: Canada def. Venezuela, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22
6/1: Brazil def. Puerto Rico, 25-20, 25-14, 25-14
6/1: Peru def. Cuba, 26-24, 25-14, 25-16
6/2: Venezuela def. Cuba, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23
6/2: Canada def. Puerto Rico, 25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20
6/2: Brazil def. Peru, 25-11, 25-20, 25-22
6/3: Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela, 4 p.m.
6/3: Peru vs. Canada, 6 p.m.
6/3: Cuba vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.

Pool B Standings
Brazil 4-0
Canada 3-1
Puerto Rico 2-2
Peru 2-2
Venezuela 1-3
Cuba 0-4

Classification Rounds at Mexicali, Mexico
6/5: Quarterfinals or Classification 5-8 Mexicali, Mexico
6/6: Semifinals or Classification 5-8 Mexicali, Mexico
6/7: Championship or Classification 3-4, 7-8 or 5-6 Mexicali, Mexico