U.S. Women Sweep Puerto Rico at Pan Am

June 19, 2010, 8:22 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team swept Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-17, 25-14 on Saturday afternoon in Tijuana, Mexico, during Pool B competition of the IX Pan American Cup.

Team USA improves to 2-0 during the Pan American Cup Pool B competition. The U.S. continues action on Sunday evening against Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. in Rosarita. The Americans will square up against Costa Rica on June 21 at 6 p.m. in Rosarita before concluding pool play on June 22 against host Mexico at 7 p.m. in Tijuana. The Pan American Cup is a qualifying event into the 2011FIVB World Grand Prix.

The U.S. scored 12 of the final 13 points of the opening set to win 25-13, despite Puerto Rico pulling to within one after trailing 11-6 early. The Americans stretched a 9-8 advantage in the second set to 18-12 via a 9-4 scoring run en route to a 25-17 victory. Team USA used a 9-3 scoring run to pull away from a slim 10-8 advantage in the third set to win 25-14.

“I am happy with today’s performance because it was different than yesterday, when we had a lot of ups and downs,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Today, we kept the consistency during the whole match.”

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) led the U.S. with 13 points as she scored all her points on 20 attacks without any errors for a .650 hitting efficiency. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) added 13 points with 10 kills on 14 errorless attacks as part of a .714 hitting efficiency. She added two blocks and an ace in the match. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) chipped in seven kills on 18 swings, three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) contributed five kills on 11 attacks and three blocks for eight points. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) recorded four kills, a block and an ace for six points in the victory. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) added a match-high four blocks to go with two kills on two swings for six points.

Glass provided the U.S. with 23 running sets on 68 total set attempts, helping the Americans to a 49.4 kill percent and .434 hitting efficiency. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) tallied a match-high eight digs and had six excellent service receptions on 15 attempts. Hodge added four digs and four excellent service receptions.

McCutcheon started Glass at setter, Metcalf at opposite, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, and Larson and Hodge at outside hitter. Sykora was the designated libero for the match. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was a sub in the second set.

Team USA out-blocked Puerto Rico 13-3 for the match and held a 3-1 advantage in aces. The U.S. also had a 41-33 advantage in kills. The Americans had just five hitting errors, while Puerto Rico had 23 hitting errors to go with six service errors for 29 total errors.

“We were dominated at the net and their middle players did a good job complemented by their corners,” Puerto Rico Head Coach Carlos Cardona said.

Tatiana Encarnacion paced Puerto Rico with 13 points, while Sarai Alvarez added 12 points in the loss.

“We started well in each set but then they opened a gap and we couldn’t catch them,” Puerto Rican Captain Vilmarie Mojica said. “We have a lot to improve as a team.”

At last year’s Pan American Cup hosted by USA Volleyball in Miami, the U.S. defeated Puerto Rico on the final day of pool play to advance directly to the semifinals with a 5-0 record. However, Puerto Rico topped Team USA in the bronze medal match after the Americans lost a four-set semifinal to 2009 Pan American Cup champion Brazil. Later in the summer, the U.S. defeated Puerto Rico 3-2 and 3-0 during the FIVB World Grand Prix.

In other Pan American Cup Pool B action on Saturday, Costa Rica plays Trinidad & Tobago at 4 p.m. in Rosarita and host Mexico challenges Peru at 7 p.m. in Tijuana. Pool A matches today include Brazil versus Dominican Republic at 5 p.m. in Tijuana and Cuba versus Canada 6 p.m. in Rosarita.

Glass put up a block between two Puerto Rico errors to give the U.S. an early 4-1 advantage in the opening set. Puerto Rico answered with consecutive points to move to within one at 4-3. Larson tallied a kill and block surrounding kills from Akinradewo and Metcalf as part of a 4-0 American run that yielded a 9-4 advantage. Trailing 11-6, Puerto Rico battled to within one at 11-10. Holding a slim 13-12 advantage, Hodge started a 5-0 scoring run for the U.S. that included two blocks from Glass, a Bown block and a kill from Larson at 18-12. Puerto Rico stopped that run with a point, but would not score another tally the rest of the set as the U.S. scored seven unanswered points that included four Puerto Rico errors, a Bown kill and Larson slamming a kill and blocking an attack. Despite the lopsided victory in the opener, the U.S. converted just 37 percent of its attacks into points. However, it totaled six blocks and had just three errors to Puerto Rico’s 15 errors.

Team USA built a 6-2 lead in the second set as Metcalf started a string of four unanswered points that included kills from Bown and Hodge. Puerto Rico battled back to within one at 8-7. Akinradewo and Hodge slammed consecutive kills to give the U.S. breathing room at 12-9. Hodge and Glass added to the lead with back-to-back kills at 15-11. Bown gave the U.S. a 16-12 lead with a kill at the second technical timeout and the Americans extended their margin to six points at 18-12 with consecutive Larson kills. After Puerto closed to within four at 19-15, Akinradewo scored a kill and block on consecutive plays to yield a 21-15 lead. Akinradewo blistered a quick attack for a point and Metcalf followed with a block pushing the gap to seven points at 23-16. Hodge finished the set with consecutive kills at 25-17. Akindradewo finished with six points during the second set as the U.S. converted 63 percent of its attacks into kills to go with three blocks.

Akinradewo gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the third set with a kill and ace. The teams traded points and the U.S. reached the first technical timeout leading 8-6. Hodge slammed a kill off the Puerto Rican block out of the timeout to stretch the USA cushion to 9-6. A Hodge kill and Puerto Rico error increased the American advantage to 12-8. Larson and Metcalf slammed consecutive kills to extend Team USA’s lead to 14-9. The U.S. went into the second technical timeout leading 16-10 following back-to-back kills from Akinradewo and Metcalf. The Americans picked up an Akinradewo quick attack for a kill followed by a Puerto Rican attack wide of the antenna and Larson ace to give the U.S. a 19-11 advantage. Bown put up consecutive blocks and Metcalf followed with an ace to stretch to lead to 23-13. Glass gave the U.S. match point opportunities with a block at 24-13. Bown ended the set with a kill off the slide at 25-14. Team USA converted 67 percent of its 21 errorless attacks into points during the second set and added three aces and four blocks.

U.S. Women's National Team Press Kit for Pan American Cup

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

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for 2010 Pan American Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OH, 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

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

Pool A
June 18: Argentina def. Canada 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 (at Rosarita)
June 18: Cuba def. Brazil 27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21 (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 def. Peru 27-25, 25-22, 25-17 (at Tijuana)
June 18: Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 (at Rosarito)
June 18: Trinidad & Tobago def. Mexico 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 (at Tijuana)
June 19: USA def. Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-17, 25-14 (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)

Classification Matches

June 24: 2B vs. 3A, 5 p.m., at Tijuana (Match 28)
June 24: 2A vs. 3B, 7 p.m., at Tijuana (Match 29)

Classification 5-10
June 24: 4A vs. 5B, 4 p.m. at Rosarita (Match 26)
June 24: 4B vs. 5A, 6 p.m. at Rosarita (Match 27)

Classification 5-8
June 25: Winner Match 26 or 27 vs. Loser Match 28 or 29, 3 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 32)
June 25: Winner Match 26 or 27 vs. Loser Match 28 or 29, 6 p.m. at ROsarita (Match 31)

June 25: 1B vs. Winner Match 28 or 29, 5 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 33)
June 25: 1A vs. Winner Match 28 or 29, 7 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 34)

Classification 9-10
June 25: Loser Match 26 vs. Loser Match 27, 4 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 30)

Classification 7-8
June 26: Loser Match 31 vs. Loser Match 32, 1 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 35)

Classification 5-6
June 26: Winner Match 31 vs. Winner Match 32, 3 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 36)

June 26: Loser Match 33 vs. Loser Match 34, 5 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 37-Bronze)
June 26: Winner Match 33 vs. Winner Match 34, 7 p.m. at Tijuana (Match 38-Gold)