McCutcheon Names 12-Player Pan Am Cup Roster

June 17, 2010, 7:19 p.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has named the 12-player roster that will compete at the IX Women’s Pan American Cup set for June 18-26 in Tijuana, Mexico, and nearby Rosarita.

The 11-team event, down one team after Venezuela opted out earlier this week, is a qualifier into the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top three teams from NORCECA and the top South American team earn spots.

The outside/opposite hitters on the U.S. roster include Olympians Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Ogonna Nnamani (Bloomington, Ill.), as well as Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.). Setters on the Pan American Cup roster are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Middle blockers on the Pan American Cup roster are three-time Olympian Heather Bown, Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.). The two liberos on the roster are three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii).

Barboza, Harmotto, Hodge, Miyashiro, Nnamani and Thompson also competed at the Montreux Volley Masters that finished on June 13. The U.S. swept potential Pan American Cup opponent Cuba in the Montreux semifinals on June 12 to reach the gold-medal match against China. The six players who will be pulling double duty from Montreux to the Pan American Cup scored 263 of the Team USA’s 336 points (kills, blocks aces) based on unofficial DataVolley statistics at the Montreux Volley Masters.

Team USA opens Pan American Cup Pool B on June 18 against Peru at 3 p.m. PT, followed by Puerto Rico on June 19 at 3 p.m. The Americans continue pool play against Trinidad & Tobago on June 20 at 6 p.m. PT and Costa Rica on June 21 at 6 p.m. PT. The U.S. concludes pool play against tournament host Mexico on June 22 at 7 p.m. PT. The June 20 and June 21 matches will be played in the second venue located in nearby Rosarita, while the others will be played in Tijuana.

In the opposite group, Pool A consists of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba and Dominican Republic. Venezuela was originally in Pool A, but opted out of the tournament.

After a day of rest on June 23, classification matches begin on June 24. Quarterfinal matches will feature pool crossovers of second- and third-place teams, while the pool winners advance directly to the June 25 semifinals. Medal round matches take place on the final day of the event on June 26.

Additional information on the event can be found on the USA Volleyball Pan American Cup event page at usavolleyball.org/events/3057.

Last year the U.S. placed fourth at the 2009 Pan American Cup hosted by USA Volleyball in Miami. Team USA, using a youthful roster in the first major competition after its silver-medal performance at the 2008 Olympic Games, won its pool with an undefeated record before falling to defending Olympic Games champion Brazil in four sets in the semifinals. The Americans dropped a four-set match to Puerto Rico in the bronze-medal match. By being the third-highest finishing NORCECA team, the U.S. qualified for the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. Brazil defeated Dominican Republic in the gold-medal match.

The U.S. medaled in the first three Women’s Pan American Cups, starting with a bronze in the inaugural event in 2002, the gold in 2003 and the silver in 2004. Since then, Team USA has not reached the podium in the five most recent events. Cuba has won the event four times, while the defending champion Brazil has captured the gold medal twice. Dominican Republic won the event in 2008.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for 2010 Pan American Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
3 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Team Leader: Mary Wise
International Referee: Julie Voeck

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Team Leader: Mary Wise
International Referee: Julie Voeck

IX Women’s Pan American Cup
June 18-26, 2010 * Tijuana and Rosarita, Mexico
(All Times Listed as Pacific Time)

Pool A
June 18: Canada vs. Argentina, 4 p.m. (at Rosarita)
June 18: Cuba vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 19: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 19: Cuba vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (at Rosarita)
June 20: Brazil vs. Argentina, 4 p.m. (at Rosarita)
June 20: Dominican Republic vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 21: Canada vs. Brazil, 4 p.m. (at Rosarita)
June 21: Argentina vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 22: Dominican Republic vs. Canada, 4 p.m. (at Rosarita)
June 22: Cuba vs. Argentina, 5 p.m. (at Tijuana)

Pool B
June 18: USA vs. Peru, 3 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 18: Puerto Rico vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m. (at Rosarito)
June 18: Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 7 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 19: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 19: Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (at Rosarito)
June 19: Peru vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 20: Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 3 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 20: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. (at Rosarito)
June 20: Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 21: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Peru, 1 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 21: USA vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m. (at Rosarito)
June 21: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, 7 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 22: Costa Rica vs. Peru, 1 p.m. (at Tijuana)
June 22: Puerto Rico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. (at Rosarito)
June 22: USA vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. (at Tijuana)

All Classification Matches at Tijuana

Quarterfinals
June 24: 2B vs. 3A, 5 p.m.
June 24: 2A vs. 3B, 7 p.m.

Semifinals
June 25: 1B vs. Winner Match 34 or 35, 5 p.m.
June 25: 1A vs. Winner Match 34 or 35, 7 p.m.

Medal Matches
June 26: Bronze-Medal Match (Semifinal Losers), 5 p.m.
June 26: Gold-Medal Match (Semifinal Winners), 7 p.m.

Full classification match schedule, including places 5-11, to be available shortly

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