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ORLANDO, Fla. (July 7, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team handled visiting Barbados 25-6, 25-11, 25-12 on Tuesday evening to improve to 2-0 in the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G being held at UCF Arena in Orlando.
The U.S. meets Costa Rica on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the final match of the third-round qualification event. The winner will receive direct entry into the FIVB World Championship being played in November 2010 in Japan. The second-place team will compete in the four-team NORCECA Playoff Round that will fill NORCECA’s final two World Championship vacancies.
“I thought our team improved on a few phases of the game tonight,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We are excited to get back out on the court for tomorrow’s match with Costa Rica.”
Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) came off the U.S. bench in the second set and scored a match-high 11 points filling in for an injured Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), who scored 10 points before leaving the match. Orlando-area product Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) added 11 additional points, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) chipped in seen points. Heather Bown, Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Jane Collymore (Seattle, Wash.) all racked up five points.
Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) added two points and 18 assists, while Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) added one point. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) led the defense with 19 digs.
Shari Matthews led Barbados with five points in the loss,while Julia Lewis and Thonya Joseph each tacked on three points.
Team USA grabbed an 8-2 lead at the first technical timeout of the opening set and extended the gap to 10-2 with two points out of the break. The U.S. held a 13-point advantage, 16-3, at the second technical timeout and cruised to the 25-6 set victory.
Barbados scored the first two points of the second set, only to have USA answer with four unanswered points for a 4-2 lead. Barbados came back to retake a 6-5 lead and relinquished it to the U.S. at 8-7. The Americans gained breathing room as part of a 5-0 spurt at 11-7. Leading 15-10, the U.S. finished strong on a 10-1 run for a 25-11 victory.
Barbados came back from an 8-5 deficit in the third set to move within one at 10-9, but Richards sided out with a kill and started a 3-0 run to rebuild a four-point cushion at 13-9. Collymore sliced in three consecutive aces and served Team USA to the final nine straight points to push the American advantage to 25-12.
Team USA held a sizeable 43-12 kill advantage while adding a 10-0 margin in aces. The U.S. also out-blocked Barbados 4-2. The U.S. had a hitting efficiency of 63.24 percent for the match.
“I am happy with the win,” Scott-Arruda, the USA captain, said. “We were able to play a lot of people and they played well.”
“I enjoyed the competition tonight with the USA team,” Barbados Head Coach Andrew Brathwaite said. “We were able to stay with them for a little while, but we need to stay focused for a longer period. Tonight we were beaten by a great USA team. I am happy with the fight spirit displayed by our team.”
“Regardless of the score, we were able to stay together as a team tonight against a good team,” Barbados captain Janelle Chase-Mayers said.
Schedule and Results
Costa Rica def. Barbados 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
United States def. Netherlands Antilles 25-10, 25-9, 25-5
Costa Rica def. Netherlands Antilles 25-16, 25-9, 25-23
United States def. Barbados 25-16, 25-11, 25-12
Barbados vs. Netherlands Antilles, 17:00
United States vs. Costa Rica, 19:30
U.S. Women's Roster
# - 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)
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)
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.), Troy Tanner
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Leader: Jason Watson