U.S. Women 3-0 at Pan Am Cup, Defeat Mexico

June 28, 2009, 9:45 p.m. (ET)

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

MIAMI, Fla. (June 28, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, the 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist, notched a 25-19, 25-14, 25-11 victory over Mexico to improve to 3-0 in Pool A of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, returns to action on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET versus Peru (2-1). Team USA is tied with Puerto Rico atop the Pan American Cup Pool A standings.

“Mexico is a good team and played hard tonight,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “They present some challenges for us and made us adjust and we were able to accomplish that.”

Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) scored a match-high 20 points in the three-set victory with 16 kills on 28 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in 11 points with seven kills on 13 swings, three blocks and ace. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Iowa) matched her total of 11 points with 10 kills on 23 attacks and a block.

Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) provided seven kills and team-high 10 excellent receptions. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) added four aces as part of her seven points. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) added three points to go with 16 assists and leading Team USA to a 43.8 kill percent. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) led the defense with 10 digs to go with six excellent service receptions.

“Mexico dug a lot of balls and touched a lot of other balls off the block and made us adjust,” Scott-Arruda said. “It is good to know that we can play in a variety of ways and win.”

McCutcheon started Scott-Arruda and Harmotto at middle blocker, Richards and Larson at outside hitter, Metcalf at opposite and Spicer at setter. Davis served as the libero. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) subbed into the match in all three sets.

Migdalel Ruiz and Martha Revuelta led Mexico with nine points apiece.

Team USA served eight aces to Mexico’s zero and held a 9-4 advantage in blocks. The Americans had 42 kills to the Mexicans’ 20.

In the first set, the U.S. jumped to a 7-2 lead, but Mexico rallied back to close to within one at 9-8. The Americans broke free from a slim 14-13 advantage with a 6-0 run on Spicer’s serve that included an ace. Mexico closed by to within four at 22-18, but consecutive Richards kills gave Team USA set points at 24-18.

Metcalf produced an ace to give the U.S. its third straight point at 10-5 in the second set. Team USA stretched 10 points at 21-11 on six unanswered points as Metcalf provided another two kills in the turn. The U.S. closed out the set with consecutive points on Mexico errors.

Mexico stayed close in the third set at 6-4, but the Americans poured on the pressure with 13 of the next 15 points as Harmotto recorded all four of her aces as part of seven consecutive points at 19-6. The U.S. ended the match with a Metcalf kill at 25-11.

“Right now we are focusing on tomorrow and not looking ahead,” McCutcheon said in reference to his 3-0 record and leading Pool A. “Our opponent tomorrow, Peru, is a good team and presents some good challenges for us.”

Earlier in the day, Costa Rica (1-2) downed Guatemala (0-3) in three sets and Puerto Rico (3-0) swept Peru in a battle of previously undefeated team in Pool A. Dominican Republic pushed its record to 3-0 in Pool B – played at Florida International University – with a convincing sweep of Trinidad & Tobago (0-2), while Brazil (2-0) was pushed to four sets against Argentina. Canada (0-2) was idle in Pool B.

Pan American Cup pool play, scheduled for June 26-30, is a five-day, round robin preliminary to determine classification round matches. The U.S. Women’s National Team, part of Pool A at University of Miami with matches at BankUnited Center, will compete against Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico in pool action. All U.S. pool matches are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

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.

After the preliminary pool round, the Pan American Cup quarterfinal and classification matches are set for July 2, followed by semifinal matches and additional classification matches on July 3. The championship match and final classification round matches are scheduled for July 4. All non-pool matches will be played at University of Miami. Classification round matches will be played on July 2 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all ET). Matches on July 3 and final classification matches on July 4 will be played at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all ET).

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 3-0, Puerto Rico 3-0, Peru 2-1, Costa Rica 1-2, Mexico 0-3, Guatemala 0-3

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 vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 29: #17 Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 29: #19 United States vs. Peru, 8 p.m.
June 30: #21 Guatemala vs. Peru, 3 p.m.
June 30: #22 Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: #24 United States vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.

Pool B
(at Florida International University)

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

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 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 5:30 p.m.
June 29: #20 Argentina vs. Canada, 8 p.m.
June 30: #23 Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: #25 Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.

July 1: Off Day

Classification Rounds
(at University of Miami)
July 2: #26 Pool B 4th vs. Pool A 5th, 1 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #27 Pool A 4th vs. Pool B 5th, 3 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #28 Pool B 2nd vs. Pool A 3rd, 5:30 p.m. (quarterfinals)
July 2: #29 Pool A 2nd vs. Pool B 3rd, 8 p.m. (quarterfinals)
July 3: #30 Loser #26 vs. Loser #27, 11 a.m. (class 9-10)
July 3: #31 Winner #26/#27 vs. Loser #28/#29, 1 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #32 Winner #26/27 vs. Loser #28/#29, 3 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #33 Pool B Winner vs. Winner #28/#29, 5:30 p.m. (semi)
July 3: #34 Pool A Winner vs. Winner #28/#29, 8 p.m. (semi)
July 4: #35 Loser #30 vs. Pool B 6th, 11 a.m. (class 11-12)
July 4: #35 Loser #31 vs. Loser #32, 1 p.m. (class 7-8)
July 4: #36 Winner #31 vs. Winner #32, 3 p.m. (class 5-6)
July 4: #37 Loser #33 vs. Loser #34, 5:30 p.m. (class 3-4)
July 4: #38 Winner #33 vs. Winner #34, 8 p.m. (Final)