Pressey, Harmotto Earn Individual Final 4 Cup Honors

Sept. 14, 2009, 2:49 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2009) – Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) earned individual honors for the Final Four Intercontinental Cup in which the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team finished with the silver medal on Sunday evening.

Pressey scored a tournament-leading 69 points during the five matches of the Final Four Intercontinental Cup. She tallied 19 points versus Brazil to open the tournament on Sept. 9, followed by an individual-high 23 points versus Peru on Sept. 10. Pressey added an 11-point performance against Dominican Republic on Sept. 11 to conclude the round-robin portion of the tournament, then chipped in 12 points in the victory over Dominican Republic during the semifinals on Sept. 12. She tallied a total of 54 kills, 13 blocks and two aces to account for her 69 points.

Harmotto averaged 0.95 blocks per set while starting all 20 sets and five matches of the tournament. She totaled 19 blocks for the tournament, including eight during the semifinal match victory over Dominican Republic on Sept. 12.

Team USA’s Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) ranked second overall in scoring for the tournament with 64 points (53 kills, 6 blocks, 5 aces). She was fifth in the Best Spiker category with a 33.33 percent spike conversion on 159 attempts. Pressey ranked sixth in Best Spiker with a 32.73 percent conversion rate.

Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) finished the tournament with 2.10 assists per set for second place. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranked ninth in scoring with 48 points (30 kills, 16 blocks, 1 ace) and fifth in Best Blocker with a 0.80 block average. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) ranked fifth in Best Digger with 2.70 digs per set despite not playing in the semifinals and only limited action in the gold-medal match.

Brazil’s Joyce Silva was presented with the Most Valuable Player award after leading her squad to the gold medal with a four-set victory over the U.S. Dominican Republic libero Brenda Castillo took home three plaques Earned Best Libero, Best Receiver and Best Digger.

Brazil pulled in three other individual honors for the tournament. Regiane Bidias was selected as Best Spiker, Adenizia Silva won the Best Server award and Ana Takagi was recognized as the Best Setter.