U.S. Women Swept by Dominican Republic

Sept. 11, 2009, 8:01 p.m. (ET)

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

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 Friday evening during the third day of the 2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup being staged Sept. 9-13 at Lima, Peru.

Team USA finishes the round-robin pool play with a 1-2 record, while Dominican Republic holds a 2-1 record. Later tonight, Brazil (2-0) faces host Peru (0-2). Unless Peru upsets Brazil tonight, USA will finish third in pool play and will meet Dominican Republic again on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. Peru Time. If Peru wins, USA could finish fourth based on the tiebreaker of points scored ratio.

Based on the round robin results, Saturday’s semifinal match-ups are the pool winner versus the fourth-place finisher at 7 p.m. Peru Time, while the second- and third-place finishers meet at 5 p.m. Peru Time. The championship match will be played Sunday at 6 p.m. Peru Time after the bronze-medal match.

Dominican Republic gained an 8-2 lead in the opening set with a 6-0 run, then stretched its advantage to 16-7 at the second technical timeout en route to a 25-20 victory. Leading 16-15, Dominican Republic cashed in 7-2 spurt in the second set to win 25-19. Dominican Republic built a 16-9 lead at the second technical timeout of the third set on a 6-1 scoring, but needed to regroup for a 25-23 after USA closed to one at 16-15.

Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) led the USA in scoring with 15 points, all on kills from 35 attacks. Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) chipped in 11 points on 10 kills and a block. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) contributed five kills and an ace for six points, while Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) each totaled five points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with two points.

Dominican Republic’s Bethania De La Cruz led her squad with 17 points coming off 15 kills and two blocks. Milagros Cabral added 11 points in the victory, followed by Prisilla Rivera’s nine points.

Dominican Republic won all three team scoring categories as it held a 42-38 advantage in kills, 5-1 margin in aces and 9-5 spread in blocks. Dominican Republic converted on 35.9 percent of its attack attempts while limiting the Americans to a 34.5 percent. Dominican Republic also committed one fewer miscues than the U.S. at 19-18.

Dominican Republic used a 6-0 run to take an 8-2 lead into the first technical timeout of the opening set. After a Fawcett kill out of the break, Dominican Republic stretched its lead to 10 points at 14-4 with a 6-1 scoring spurt. USA scored consecutive points with a Dominican Republic service error and Barboza kill at 15-7. Dominican Republic answered with points on each side of the second technical timeout for a 17-7 lead. USA responded with three straight points with kills from Barboza and Pressey and a combined block from Pressey and Crimes at 17-10. Harmotto took a quick set for a kill and USA cut the deficit to 19-13 with a Dominican Republic error. The Americans moved to within four at 20-16 after a Pressey kill and two Harmotto blocks. Dominican Republic increased its lead back to five at 23-17 with consecutive points. Fawcett and Barboza answered with consecutive kills closing the gap to 23-19. Dominican Republic sided out to the 25-20 victory.

Dominican Republic earned the first two points of the second set. USA came back to tie the set at 3-all on a Fawcett ace after a Dominican Republic error. The U.S. went ahead 5-4 on back-to-back Dominican Republic errors. Barboza added to the lead at 6-4 with a kill. Dominican Republic came back to take the lead at 8-7 with three unanswered points, then extended the advantage to 10-8 with an ace. Another Dominican Republic ace signaled McCutcheon to a timeout with the USA down 13-10. Barboza scored consecutive kills to narrow the deficit to 15-14. Dominican Republic went up by four at 19-15 following consecutive blocks. The USA deficit increased to 21-16 after an error and Dominican Republic went on to win 25-19.

Dominican Republic ran off four unanswered points to take a 7-4 advantage in the third set. Dominican Republic extended its lead to 13-8 after an ace as part of three unanswered points. After a Metcalf kill, Dominican Republic reached the second technical timeout leading 16-9 with another 3-0 run. USA came out of the break with a Pressey kill, combined block from Bown and Fawcett, a Dominican Republic error and Barboza kill to close the gap to 16-13. After a Dominican Republic timeout, the USA scored a fifth and sixth straight point on a Dominican Republic error and Fawcett kill at 16-15. Dominican Republic resumed a four-point cushion at 21-17 after a USA service error and attack error and a kill of its own. Team USA cut the gap in half with a Metcalf kill and Dominican Republic error at 22-20. The Americans moved to within one at 23-22 with another sequence of a Metcalf kill and Dominican Republic error. However, Dominican Republic traded points the rest of the way for a 25-23 victory.

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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: Dominican Republic def. USA 25-20, 25-19, 25-23
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)