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Team USA Finish Second in Pan American Cup Pool Play, Quarterfinals on June 5

June 04, 2008, 8 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team won four consecutive matches to conclude Pool A of the 2008 Pan American Cup with a 4-1 record. However, it finished in a three-way tie for first place with Dominican Republic and Argentina as part of the 12-team Pan American Cup field broken into two equal pools of six teams.

As the means to break ties, point ratio is used to determine pool rankings among tied teams. Although Team USA had a 14-3 set victory total in comparison to Dominican Republic’s 13-5 and Argentina’s 12-4, it was not good enough to win the point ratio. Dominican Republic, despite finishing third among the tied teams in sets won ratio, finished atop the points score ratio with 1.301 (428-329). The U.S. held a 1.287 point ratio (408-317) to finish second ahead of Argentina’s 1.232 ratio (377-306). Essentially, Dominican Republic earned the top spot by a total of four points scored.

As a result, Dominican Republic earned a bye in the quarterfinal round to be held on June 5 at Mexicali. It advances to the semifinals on June 6, and in the process, earns one of the four berths into the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top three NORCECA teams and the top finishing South American Team in the Pan American Cup advance to next year’s FIVB annual event.

Meanwhile, the U.S. will face Puerto Rico, Pool B’s third-place team, on June 5 in a quarterfinal match tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. Pacific Time at Mexicali. Team USA faced Puerto Rico only once last year, a four-set victory at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on July 15. However, the U.S. and Puerto Rico have a history of meeting in the Pan American Cup quarterfinals. In 2006, Puerto Rico won the first two sets of the quarterfinal matchup against the Americans, only to have the U.S. rally for a five-set victory on July 5 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In the opposite quarterfinal on June 5, Argentina will face Pool B’s second-place team, Canada. Brazil captured Pool B and also has advanced directly to the Pan American Cup semifinals.

The Pan American Cup championship bracket classification matches will be video streamed on the Internet through Media Sports TV and available to the public for fee. For more information on the broadcasts, visit www.mediasports.tv.

The U.S., ranked fourth in the world by FIVB, is using a young roster for this year’s Pan American Cup as most veterans remain in Colorado Springs to train. The Pan American Cup roster is allowing the coaching staff to evaluate Team USA players as possible options for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and future events in the next quadrennial leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The final standings for Pool A are Dominican Republic (4-1, 1.301 point ratio), USA (4-1, 1.287 point ratio), Argentina (4-1, 1.232 point ratio), Mexico (2-3), Costa Rica (1-4) and Trinidad & Tobago (0-5). The final standings for Pool B are Brazil (5-0), Canada (4-1), Puerto Rico (3-2), Peru (2-3), Venezuela (1-4) and Cuba (0-5).

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.

For additional information on the Pan American Cup, visit http://www.norceca.org/2008%20VII%20Pan-American%20Women’s%20Volleyball%20Cup.htm.

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 def. Costa Rica, 25-15, 25-7, 25-15
6/3: Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 25-19, 25-15, 25-7

Pool A Standings
Dominican Republic 4-1 (1.301 point ratio)
USA 4-1 (1.287 point ratio)
Argentina 4-1 (1.232 point ratio)
Mexico 2-3
Costa Rica 1-4
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 def. Venezuela, 25-17, 25-21, 25-12
6/3: Canada def. Peru, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18
6/3: Brazil def. Cuba, 25-20, 25-11, 25-16

Pool B Standings
Brazil 5-0
Canada 4-1
Puerto Rico 3-2
Peru 2-3
Venezuela 1-4
Cuba 0-5

Classification Rounds at Mexicali, Mexico (Times Subject to Change, All Times Listed as Pacific Time)
6/5: Trinidad & Tobago (6A) vs. Cuba (6B), Noon (Classification for 11-12)
6/5: Costa Rica (5A) vs. Peru (4B), 2 p.m. (Classification for 5-10)
6/5: Mexico (4A) vs. Venezuela (5B), 4 p.m. (Classification for 5-10)
6/5: Argentina (3A) vs. Canada (2B), 6 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
6/5: USA (2A) vs. Puerto Rico (3B), 8 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

6/6: 5A/4B Loser vs. 4A/5B Loser, Noon (Classification for 9-10)
6/6: 5A/4B Winner vs. Quarterfinal Loser, 2 p.m. (Classification 5-8)
6/6: 4A/5B Winner vs. Quarterfinal Loser, 4 p.m. (Classification 5-8)
6/6: Semifinals, 6 p.m.
6/6: Semifinals, 8 p.m.

6/7: Match for 7th Place, 2 p.m.
6/7: March for 5th Place, 4 p.m.
6/7: Consolation Final for 3rd Place, 6 p.m.
6/7: Championship Final, 8 p.m.

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