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Mar 07 Crimes, McGinnis Earn Pan American Cup Honors

June 08, 2008, 4:51 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 8, 2008) – Middle blocker Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.), members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, earned individual honors at the recently completed Pan American Cup held in Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico.

Crimes, playing in her first senior level international event with Team USA, earned the Best Spiker award for the top kill percentage among all tournament participants. According to the official Pan American Cup statistics, she totaled 73 kills on 127 attempts for a 57.48 kill percent. Crimes also placed her name in seventh place for both the Best Blocker (0.72 per set average) and Best Scorer categories.

McGinnis was awarded the tournament’s Best Setter award as she compiled 101 running sets on 596 attempts with just five faults.

Team USA had several other players rank among the top positions of the tournament awards. Tracy Stalls (Denver) finished second to Crimes in the Best Spiker category as she converted on 50.39 percent of her 127 kill attempts. She also concluded the tournament ranked third in blocking with a 0.93 average and 10th overall in scoring.

Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) ended the tournament as the third-rated player in the Best Digger category with 1.73 digs per set despite missing the final match due to illness. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was 15th in Best Scorer, followed by Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) in 22nd place and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) in 49th place.

As a team, the U.S. achieved both its main goals for the tournament using a young roster with limited international playing experience. First, it qualified for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix as one of the top three finishing NORCECA teams in the tournament. Second, the coaching staff was able to evaluate the 12-player roster for possible inclusion on future U.S. National Teams, including the 2008 Olympic Games which Team USA has qualified.

“Our tournament ended on a positive note with a couple of wins and some great team bonding,” said Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), an opposite on the U.S. Women’s National Team. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this experience has been a once in a lifetime and these girls have made everything so much more enjoyable. Hopefully, we can use this tournament as a learning process for the upcoming matches against Brazil this week and other tournaments to come in the future.”

The U.S., ranked fourth in the world by FIVB, hosts top-ranked Brazil three times in Colorado Springs next week as part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball series. Team USA hosts Brazil on June 11 and June 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Sports Center I at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Women and Brazil conclude the three-match series with a June 14 contest at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena at 7 p.m. MSNBC will show the match on a tape-delayed basis on June 29 at noon Eastern Time. For ticket information, click here.

Team USA won six of its eight matches played over the nine-day Pan American Cup. After a disappointing five-set loss to eventual champion Dominican Republic in the opening round of pool play on May 30, the U.S. won its last four pool matches in straight sets over the next four days. However, it ended in a three-way tie for first place in Pool A with Dominican Republic and Argentina. Although the Americans had the best sets won ratio among the trio, the first tiebreaker is points ratio. Dominican Republic, despite finishing third among the tied teams in sets won ratio, finished atop the points 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.

After an off-day on June 4, the U.S. lost its quarterfinal round match against Puerto Rico in four sets dropping the Americans into the consolation bracket. Prior to its own June 6 match with Peru, the U.S. watched Canada lose to Venezuela making the path to 2009 World Grand Prix qualification an easier road. Team USA used the opening by sweeping Peru and allowing just 50 points on defense.

Heading into the fifth-place match against Venezuela on June 8, the U.S. coaching staff needed to juggle its lineup as Sykora was ill and could not compete. Hughes, normally an opposite, stepped into the libero off-colored uniform for the first time in her international career. Barboza, normally an outside hitter, started her second straight match at opposite. After shaky starts to the first two sets, the U.S. won 27-25 and 28-26. Venezuela came back to tie the set and send the match into a deciding fifth set. Unlike the first four sets as it fell behind early, Team USA scored the first three points of the fifth set en route to a 15-7 victory.

Dominican Republic earned the Pan American Cup gold medal with a five-set victory over Brazil in the championship match. Argentina won the bronze medal match over Puerto Rico. Peru defeated Canada in the seventh-place match. Costa Rica finished the tournament ninth with a win over host Mexico. Cuba, ranked third in the world but playing with a youth and junior team at the Pan American Cup, placed 11th with its only victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

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

Classification Rounds at Mexicali, Mexico
6/5: Cuba (6B) def. Trinidad & Tobago (6A), 25-14, 25-12, 25-14 (11th Place)
6/5: Peru (4B) def. Costa Rica (5A), 25-15, 25-19, 25-13 (Classification for 5-10)
6/5: Venezuela (5B) def. Mexico (4A), 25-27, 25, 16, 25-19, 25-19 (Classification for 5-10)
6/5: Argentina (3A) def. Canada (2B), 22-25, 26-24, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13 (Quarterfinals)
6/5: Puerto Rico (3B) def. USA (2A) vs. Puerto Rico (3B), 25-21, 34-32, 14-25, 25-18 (Quarterfinals)

6/6: Venezuela def. Canada, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, 14-25, 15-9 (Classification 5-8)
6/6: USA def. Peru, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 (Classification 5-8)
6/6: Brazil def. Argentina, 25-14, 25-15, 25-23 (Semifinal)
6/6: Costa Rica def. Mexico, 31-29, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23 (Classification for 9-10)
6/6: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17 (Semifinal)

6/7: Peru def. Canada, 26-24, 25-12, 23-25, 18-25, 15-6 (7th Place)
6/7: USA def. Venezuela, 27-25, 28-26, 17-25, 22-25, 15-7 (5th Place)
6/7: Argentina def. Puerto Rico, 26-24, 25-18, 16-25, 25-18 (3rd Place)
6/7: Dominican Republic def. Brazil, 26-24, 30-28, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11 (1st Place)

Pool A at Mexicali, Mexico
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
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

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