Women’s Pan American Cup Schedule Announced

May 26, 2009, 6:08 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 26, 2009) – The Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup schedule has been released and includes several quality matches throughout pool play leading into the classification rounds. The Pan American Cup, a 12-country event played over nine days, is being hosted by USA Volleyball and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission in Miami from June 26 to July 4 at the University of Miami and Florida International University.

Each country will play five pool matches in a round-robin format from June 26 to July June 30, followed by an off-day on July 1. The winner of each pool advances to the semifinals on July 3, while the second- and third-place pool finishers play cross-pool quarterfinal matches on July 2. The championship match is schedule for July 4. All match times and pool schedules will be announced at a later time.

The U.S. Women’s National Team, part of Pool A at University of Miami’s Bank United Center, starts competition on June 26 versus No. 30 Costa Rica. The Americans face No. 48 Guatemala on June 27, followed by a June 28 contest versus No. 26 Mexico. Team USA hosts No. 17 Peru on June 29 before concluding pool play on June 29 versus No. 19 Puerto Rico. The U.S. captured the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and is currently ranked second in the world.

Brazil, the 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist and leader of the FIVB world ranking, headlines Pool B at Florida International (U.S. Century Bank Arena) where it will be part of a round-robin group of No. 13 Dominican Republic, No. 23 Canada, No. 31 Argentina, No. 43 Colombia and No. 53 Trinidad & Tobago. Full schedule for both pools can be found at the end of this release.

Cuba, a 2008 Olympic Games semifinalist and currently ranked third in the world, Venezuela and Uruguay were eligible for the Pan American Cup but elected to withdraw from the event.

Quick capsules on each of the 12 participating teams can be found by clicking here.

Pool matches at each site will be played at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all Eastern Time). The U.S. Women’s National Team will play at 8 p.m. each night during the pool phase.

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.

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 and July 3 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all Eastern Time). The final classification matches on July 4 will be played at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (all Eastern Time).

The Pan American Cup serves as a qualification event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament. The Pan American Cup’s top three teams from NORCECA and the top team from South America earn berths into the World Grand Prix.

USA Volleyball has never hosted the Women’s Pan American Cup in the seven previous years of the event’s history. The 2009 Women’s Pan American Cup is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation.

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 will be 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.

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

Pool A
June 26: Puerto Rico vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 26: Peru vs. Mexico, 5:30 p.m.
June 26: United States vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m.
June 27: Costa Rica vs. Peru, 3 p.m.
June 27: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 27: United States vs. Guatemala, 8 p.m.
June 28: Costa Rica vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 28: Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m.
June 28: United States vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
June 29: Mexico vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 29: Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 29: United States vs. Peru, 8 p.m.
June 30: Guatemala vs. Peru, 3 p.m.
June 30: Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: United States vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.

Pool B
June 26: Colombia vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 p.m.
June 26: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 5:30 p.m.
June 26: Brazil vs. Canada, 8 p.m.
June 27: Argentina vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 p.m.
June 27: Colombia vs. Brazil, 5:30 p.m.
June 27: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.
June 28: Colombia vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
June 28: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 28: Brazil vs. Argentina, 8 p.m.
June 29: Brazil vs. Trinidad & Tobago 3 p.m.
June 29: Argentina vs. Canada, 5:30 p.m.
June 29: Dominican Republic vs. Colombia, 8 p.m.
June 30: Colombia vs. Argentina, 3 p.m.
June 30: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.

July 1: Off Day

Classification Rounds

July 2: #31 Pool A 6th vs. Pool B 6th, 11 a.m. (class 11-12)
July 2: #32 Pool B 4th vs. Pool A 5th, 1 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #33 Pool A 4th vs. Pool B 5th, 3 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #34 Pool B 2nd vs. Pool A 3rd, 5:30 p.m. (quarterfinals)
July 2: #35 Pool A 2nd vs. Pool B 3rd, 8 p.m. (quarterfinals)

July 3: #36 Loser #32 vs. Loser #33, 11 a.m. (class 9-10)
July 3: #37 Winner #32 or #33 vs. Loser #34 or #35, 1 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #38 Winner #32 or #33 vs. Loser #34 or #35, 3 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #39 Pool B Winner vs. Winner #34 or #35, 5:30 p.m. (semifinals)
July 3: #40 Pool A Winner vs. Winner #34 or #35, 8 p.m. (semifinals)

July 4: #41 Loser #37 vs. Loser #38, Noon (class 7-8)
July 4: #42 Winner #37 vs. Winner #38, 2 p.m. (class 5-6)
July 4: #43 Loser #39 vs. Loser #40, 4 p.m. (class 3-4)
July 4: #44 Winner #39 vs. Winner #40, 6 p.m. (Final)