U.S. Women Topple Peru 3-1

Sept. 10, 2009, 10:22 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team claimed a 25-10, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 victory over host Peru Thursday evening during the second day of the 2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup being staged Sept. 9-13 at Lima, Peru.

Team USA concludes the round robin portion of the tournament on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. local time against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic. Earlier today, Brazil (2-0) swept Dominican Republic (1-1) 25-18, 25-18, 25-18. Based on the round robin results, the fourth day (Sept. 12) pits ranked teams one versus four and two versus three in the semifinal round. The final and fifth day (Sept. 13) of competition includes the gold- and bronze-medal match.

Team USA controlled the entire first set versus Peru as the Americans took a 19-6 lead en route to a 15-point 25-10 victory. Peru responded in the second set with a 7-2 lead at the start, only to have the U.S. bounce back to tie the set at 15-all. However, Peru, scored six of the final eight points to take a 25-20 second set victory. USA bolted to a 5-0 lead in the third set and used an 8-2 run to take a commanding 22-10 advantage as part of a 25-14 victory. USA established an 18-13 lead in the fourth set, but withstood a Peru rally that closed it to within 19-18 before winning the set 25-20.

Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) led the U.S. in scoring with 23 points via 15 kills on 32 attempts and a match-high eight blocks despite her 5-8 height (173 cm). Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) added 13 kills on 25 attacks and two aces as part of a 15-point evening. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) came off the bench as a sub late in the second set and registered nine kills, one block and one ace for 11 points. Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) chipped in seven points, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added six points. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) contributed five points in the victory. Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) added two points and Lindsey Berg (Honolulu, Hawaii) rounded out the scoring with a point.

Pressey tallied a team-leading 12 digs, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) chipped in 11 digs and had a 62 positive percent on 24 service reception attempts.

U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Berg at setter, Metcalf at opposite, Bown and Harmotto at middle blocker and Barboza and Pressey at outside hitter. Davis was the U.S. libero for the match. Fawcett and Spicer started the final two sets after coming in as a sub in the second set. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) was a defensive back-row replacement in all four sets.

Leyla Chihuan paced Peru with 14 points in the loss, while Diana Soto chipped in 12 points.

The U.S. held a 13-4 block advantage over the host Peruvians and converted 43.1 percent of its attack attempts. The American defense limited Peru to a 29.4 attack conversion rate. Both teams tallied four aces in the match. Team USA benefited from 25 Peru errors and held its own miscues to 19. The U.S. edged Peru in the dig category, 38-35.

The U.S. opened the first set with a quick 7-1 advantage as Metcalf scored three kills and Pressey added two blocks. The Americans advanced their lead to 9-2 following a Pressey kill, but Peru notched three straight points to close to 9-5. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading by 10 at 16-6 after six straight points. The U.S. came out of the break with three additional points as part of a 9-0 run to assume a 19-6 lead after a Metcalf kill. After a Peru timeout, Harmotto slammed a kill off the block to give the Americans a 20-6 advantage. Peru won consecutive long rallies to cut the deficit to 12, 22-10. A Metcalf kill and Peru error yielded set points for Team USA at 24-10. Bown ended the set with an overpass kill at 25-10. The U.S. converted 15 of 28 attacks into kills in the opening set with only one error while adding five blocks.

Peru opened the second set with the first three points. The U.S. answered with two straight points – a Peru service error and combined block from Metcalf and Harmotto – to close to 3-2. However, Peru responded with three straight points to take a 6-2 lead forcing McCutcheon to call a timeout. Out of the break, Peru blocked a USA attack for a fourth straight point at 7-2. Team USA inched to within three at 9-6 as Pressey scored two kills and Bown put down a block as part of a 3-1 run. Harmotto followed a Peru error with a kill closing the gap to 10-8. Peru collected back-to-back points to regain a four-point cushion at 12-8. USA cut the deficit to 14-12 with a Peru service error and attack error on consecutive plays. Consecutive error by Peru pulled the Americans to within one at 15-14. Bown scored a kill on a quick set to tie the set at 15-all. Peru scored points on each side of the second technical timeout to take a 17-15 lead, the followed with consecutive aces to push the advantage to 19-15. After being subbed into the set, Fawcett ended the run with a kill and Peru hit wide to close the margin to 19-17. Bown and Fawcett combined for a block closing the deficit down to one at 19-18. Peru responded with a kill and ace to move back in front by three, 21-18. Peru increased its advantage to 23-19 following an overpass kill, then gained set points at 24-19. Peru sided its way to a 25-20 victory in the second set.

USA responded after the second set loss by scoring the first four points of the third set with two kills from Pressey, a kill from Fawcett and block from Barboza leading to a Peru timeout. Out of the break, Pressey put up a block before a block error from USA stopped the run. A second straight USA miscue cut the gap to 5-2. Fawcett followed by a Peru service error with a kill to widen the lead to 7-2 and the U.S. went into the first technical timeout up 8-2 after another Peru error. After leading 9-4, USA scored four of the next five points to take 13-5 advantage. Peru managed to close the gap to 14-8, but USA answered with a Harmotto kill and ace from Barboza to go into the second technical timeout up 16-8. Out of the break, Fawcett added a third straight point with a tip shot over the Peru defense. Fawcett found open court for an ace after a Pressey roll shot kill to double up the advantage at 20-10. Out of a timeout, Team USA took a free ball and Pressey pounded a kill and Bown followed with a block to push the gap to 22-10. Peru scored consecutive points at 23-13 before a Bown slide gave the U.S. set points at 24-13. After Peru saved one set point, Spicer took the second contact to score the winner at 25-14.

Barboza started the fourth set with an ace, but Peru gained a 3-2 lead after a USA overpass led to a Peru kill. Pressey notched a kill and Barboza put up a block to turn the lead back to the U.S. at 4-3. Bown added a third straight point with a kill off the slide at 5-3. Fawcett scored consecutive kills to extend the Americans’ lead to 10-7. Pressey added a third straight point at 11-7 with a block formed with Harmotto. Peru battled back to within one at 11-10. Pressey stopped the run with a kill and two blocks to return USA in front 14-10. Barboza pocketed consecutive kills at 18-13. However, Peru responded with consecutive points of its own to cut the deficit 18-15. Peru kept its rally alive and moved to within 19-18 with three unanswered points. Barboza stopped the run with a kill and Peru hit wide to give the U.S. a 21-18 advantage. Fawcett notched a kill and Pressey followed with a block extending the American advantage to 23-19. Pressey provided USA a kill at 24-20, and Bown and Spicer formed a block to finish the set at 25-20.

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U.S. Women’s National Team Final Roster for 2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
3 - Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California-Berkeley)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
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)
9 - Alexis Crimes (MB, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Long Beach State)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
16 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
17 - Nellie Spicer (S, 5-10, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
19 - Jane Collymore (OH, 6-0, Seattle, Wash., Florida)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), Tom Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator/Team Leader: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)

2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup Schedule

Round Robin Phase
Sept. 9: Brazil def. USA 25-12, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13
Sept. 9: Dominican Republic def. Peru 25-14, 25-22, 25-13
Sept. 10: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-18, 25-18
Sept. 10: USA def. Peru 25-10, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20
Sept. 11: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m.
Sept. 11: Brazil vs. Peru, 7 p.m.

Semifinal Round
Sept. 12: #2 Round Robin vs. #3 Round Robin, 5 p.m.
Sept. 12: #1 Round Robin vs. #4 Round Robin, 7 p.m.

Classification Round
Sept. 13: Semifinal losers, 4 p.m. (Bronze-Medal Match)
Sept. 13: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. (Gold-Medal Match)