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Mar 07 Brazil Comes Back Versus U.S. Women

July 03, 2009, 11:44 p.m. (ET)

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

MIAMI, Fla. (July 3, 2009) – After falling in the first set, Brazil came back to defeat the U.S. 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14 in the semifinals of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held in Miami.

The U.S.-Brazil match was the first since the two team faced each other in the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match with the same result – a four-set Brazil victory. Brazil, the top-ranked team in the FIVB world ranking, will face Dominican Republic in the Pan American Cup final set for 6 p.m. on July 4. Meanwhile, the reigning Olympic silver medalist American team will have a rematch against Puerto Rico for third place at 3:30 p.m.

“Congratulations to Brazil,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “Our team gave good effort, but we just did not have a consistent execution for the whole match. While I am not happy with losing, there are some things that we can take from this match and learn from.”

Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) paced the U.S. with 19 points with 16 kills, two blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added 12 kills on 40 attempts, while Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) produced 10 points via eight kills and two blocks. Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) chalked up eight points, while Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in five points. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was credited with three points, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with a point apiece.

Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) held a team-high 20 digs and 18 excellent receptions on 27 attempts, while Metcalf added six digs. Thompson came off the bench to have a team-high 15 assists.

McCutcheon started Scott-Arruda and Harmotto at middle blocker, Richards and Larson at outside hitter, Metcalf at opposite and Spicer at setter. Thompson started the third and fourth sets after subbing in the first two sets. Barboza started the third set in place of Richards and was a reserve in the other three. Haneef-Park was a reserve in the first set, while Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) was a sub in the fourth set.

Brazil’s Sheilla Castro scored a match-high 21 points with 19 kills, one block and an ace. Welissa de Souza Gonzaga and Fabiana Marcelino Claudino checked in with 13 points, followed by Natalia Zilio Pereira’s 12.

“Both teams played well and there were some good rallies,” Brazil Head Coach J. Roberto Guimaraes said. “In the third and fourth sets in particular, we had good sequences in blocking and serving that was the difference.”

The U.S. fell behind 7-4 in the opening set, but quickly came back to tie the set at 10-all with Richards and Larson each scoring two points in a 6-3 run. Neither team held a two-point lead until 19-17 when Brazil followed a Metcalf kill with an error. Larson and Metcalf extended the lead to three at 21-18 with back-to-back kills. Richards sliced consecutive kills yielding set points at 24-20 and the U.S. ended the stanza with another Richards kill at 25-22.

Brazil jumped to an 8-4 lead in the second set opening technical timeout, then increased the margin to nine points at 20-11 on a 12-7 run. The U.S. put together a rally to close to within one at 22-21 on the strength of a 10-2 spurt. However, Brazil answered with a Fabiana kill and Welissa ace at 24-21 and ended the set at 25-22.

The U.S. continued its late second set momentum to take an early 3-0 lead on three straight Scott-Arruda points – two blocks and a kill. However, that lead evaporated on the next three serves and Brazil continued the momentum into the first technical timeout leading 8-5. The Americans recovered to take a 15-13 advantage with an 8-3 spurt keyed by three Metcalf points after trailing 10-7. Brazil assumed the lead back at 16-15 and seesawed back to the U.S. at 18-17. But the U.S. could only score one more point the rest of the set as Brazil closed on an 8-1 run at 25-19.

The U.S. led 4-3 in the fourth set, but Brazil bounced back to take a 9-5 lead with six of the next seven points. The visitors would rattle off seven unanswered points to take a 16-7 lead at the second technical timeout and did not look back in winning the final set 25-14.

Earlier in the day, Dominican Republic rallied from two sets down to defeat Puerto Rico 34-36, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10 in the other semifinal to advance to the title match. Argentina swept Costa Rica 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 and Peru topped Canada 29-27, 25-13, 16-25, 25-21 in the two matches advancing teams to the fifth-place match on Saturday. Mexico finished ninth in the tournament with an 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory over Trinidad & Tobago.

Pan American Cup pool play was a five-day, round robin preliminary played June 26-30 to determine classification round matches.

A Pan American Cup tournament pass, good for all matches at both venues, is $75 for adults and $60 for children. Tickets for each date of competition at the specific venue (either University of Miami or Florida International University) are $20 for reserved general admission, $12 for adult general admission and $10 for child general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.miamisports.org.

The Women’s Pan American Cup is a qualifying tournament into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and the 2009 Women’s Final Four. The top three NORCECA teams and top team from South America receive berths into next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix. The top two teams from NORCECA, Brazil and the top remaining team from South America qualify for the Final Four to be hosted by Brazil.

Miami will be a busy location for volleyball the last week of June and first week of July. The 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships is being played June 26-July 5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Typically, the tournament attracts 788 teams and approximately 9,500 athletes in addition to parents and relatives. A total of 19 championships are contested in age groups ranging from 12 to 18.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 – Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OH/OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 – Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-6, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 – Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 – Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
10 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
11 – Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 – Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-7, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
17 – Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
19 – Jane Collymore (OH, 5-11, Seattle, Wash., Florida)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) Assistant Coaches: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.) Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

Women’s Pan American Cup Schedule (all times Eastern Time)

Pool A
(at University of Miami)

Standings: USA 5-0, Puerto Rico 4-1, Peru 3-2, Costa Rica 2-3, Mexico 1-4, Guatemala 0-5

June 26: #1 Puerto Rico def. Guatemala 25-9, 25-15, 25-18
June 26: #2 Peru def. Mexico 25-13, 25-15, 25-10
June 26: #4 United States def. Costa Rica 25-7, 25-6, 25-16
June 27: #6 Peru def. Costa Rica 25-14, 25-10, 25-11
June 27: #7 Puerto Rico def. Mexico 25-18, 25-15, 15-21
June 27: #9 United States def. Guatemala 25-7, 25-12, 25-7
June 28: #11 Costa Rica def. Guatemala 25-16, 25-17, 25-11
June 28: #12 Puerto Rico def. Peru 25-17, 25-19, 25-23
June 28: #14 United States def. Mexico 25-19, 25-14, 25-11
June 29: #16 Mexico def. Guatemala 25-23, 25-12, 25-21
June 29: #17 Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica 25-21, 25-18, 25-11
June 29: #19 United States def. Peru 25-22, 25-21, 26-24
June 30: #21 Peru def. Guatemala 25-9, 25-13, 25-15
June 30: #22 Costa Rica def. Mexico 25-23, 25-22, 25-22
June 30: #24 United States def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23

Pool B
(at Florida International University)

Standings: Dominican Republic 4-0, Brazil 3-1, Argentina 2-2, Canada 1-3, Trinidad & Tobago 0-4

June 26: #3 Dominican Republic def. Argentina 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25
June 26: #5 Brazil def. Canada 25-11, 25-12, 25-13
June 27: #8 Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-6, 25-15, 25-8
June 27: #10 Dominican Republic def. Canada 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21
June 28: #13 Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-6, 25-7, 25-14
June 28: #15 Brazil def. Argentina 26-24, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18
June 29: #18 Brazil def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-11, 25-14, 25-9
June 29: #20 Argentina def. Canada 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17
June 30: #23 Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-21, 25-10, 25-23
June 30: #25 Dominican Republic def. Brazil 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13

July 1: Off Day

Classification Rounds
(at University of Miami)
July 2: #26 Canada (4B) def. Mexico (5A) 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12 (class 5-10)
July 2: #27 Costa Rica (4A) def. Trinidad & Tobago (5B) 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 (class 5-10)
July 2: #28 Brazil (2B) def. Peru (3A) 25-11, 25-19, 25-14 (quarterfinals)
July 2: #29 Puerto Rico (2A) def. Argentina (3B) 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 (quarterfinals)
July 3: #30 Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 (class 9)
July 3: #31 Peru def. Canada 29-27, 25-13, 16-25, 25-21 (class 5-8)
July 3: #32 Argentina def. Costa Rica 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 (class 5-8)
July 3: #33 Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 34-36, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10 (semi)
July 3: #34 Brazil def. USA 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14 (semi)
July 4: #35 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala, 9:30 a.m. (class 10-11)
July 4: #35 Canada vs. Costa Rica, 11:30 a.m. (class 7-8)
July 4: #36 Peru vs. Argentina, 1:30 p.m. (class 5-6)
July 4: #37 USA vs. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m. (class 3-4)
July 4: #38 Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. (Final)

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