Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Team used a 13-4 block advantage to defeat Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 Saturday evening in a Pool B match during the X Women’s Pan American Cup being held July 1-9 at Juarez, Mexico.
The U.S. improves to 2-0 in the tournament, while Puerto Rico had its record evened at 1-1. Team USA continues Pool B competition on July 3 as it faces Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. followed by Costa Rica on July 4 at 8 p.m. The Americans close out pool play against Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, on July 5 at 8 p.m. All Pool B matches will be played at the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez or UACJ (www.uacj.mx).
The U.S. jumped to a 7-2 lead in the opening set and cruised to the 25-17 victory as it put up seven early blocks. The second set traded the first 18 points before Team USA used a 5-1 scoring run to take a 19-13 advantage and closed out the set 25-17. Like the first two sets, the Americans won the third 25-17 after establishing an 18-11 lead on a 5-1 scoring spurt.
Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) led the Americans with 13 points with eight kills, four blocks and an ace. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) tallied seven kills and an ace for eight points, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) contributed six kills and two blocks for eight points. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) was credited with four kills, two blocks and an ace for seven points. Jen Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) tacked on six kills and a block for seven points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) tallied four blocks and an ace for five points.
"Puerto Rico is a great opponent," said Tamas, who is serving as the U.S. team captain. "We had long rallies, but we fulfilled our game plan and I'm very proud of my team for the victory."
Hodge totaled 16 reception attempts with a 75 positive percent to go with five digs. Larson tallied six digs and 13 reception attempts with a 69 positive percent. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) contributed a team-high 10 digs while Alisha Glass added nine.
Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Tamas and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Larson and Hodge at outside hitter, Fawcett opposite and Alisha Glass at setter. Davis was the libero for the match. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) was a sub in the first set as the only other substitution McCutcheon made in the match.
“I’m happy with my team," McCutcheon said. "It was a real good match and we knew that Puerto Rico was going to battle, but maybe their errors in the service made the difference."
In addition to out-blocking Puerto Rico, the U.S. held a 4-0 advantage in aces. Puerto Rico managed a 36-31 margin in kills, but committed 27 errors in the three sets to the Americans’ 11. While the U.S. converted just 36 percent of its attacks into points, it committed just five hitting errors for a.302 hitting efficiency. Puerto Rico converted 33 percent of its attacks for points, for committed 25 attack errors along the way for a .100 hitting efficiency. Both teams totaled 33 digs on the night.
Sarai Alvarez tallied 10 points to pace Puerto Rico as eight different players scored at least three points.
Earlier today in Pool B, Peru (1-1) topped Trinidad & Tobago (0-2) 25-15, 25-17, 29-27 and Brazil (2-0) swept Costa Rica (0-2) 25-15, 25-12, 25-10. In Pool A, Dominican Republic (2-0) swept Chile (0-2) 25-13, 25-9, 25-20 and Argentina (1-1) edged Canada (1-1) 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24. Host Mexico (1-0) concluded Pool A with a match against Cuba (1-0).
The U.S. gained a 7-2 lead in the opening set with blocks from Akinradewo and Larson, ace from Hodge and three consecutive Puerto Rico errors as part of a 6-0 spurt. Puerto Rico chipped off two points from the deficit after the first technical timeout to close to 8-5. The Americans responded with a 4-1 scoring run with a Larson block and Fawcett kill around two Puerto Rico errors for a 12-6 advantage. A Fawcett block after a Puerto Rico service error extended the American lead to 14-7. Puerto Rico shaved two points off the deficit before the U.S. reached the second technical timeout leading 16-10. Akinradewo and Alisha Glass put up two blocks out of the timeout to increase the U.S. margin to 18-10. Alisha Glass scored a second block to send the score to 20-11. Six different Americans had either two or three points in the opening set and the U.S. took advantage of 10 Puerto Rico errors. The U.S. put up seven blocks in the opening set.
The teams traded 15 consecutive points until Akinradewo and Fawcett collected consecutive kills to take a 9-8 lead. Team USA increased the lead to 14-11 with Fawcett block around two Puerto Rico errors. The Americans stretched the advantage to 17-12 with two blocks and a Puerto Rico service error. Hodge and Larson hammered consecutive kills to widen the margin to 19-13. Team USA picked up consecutive points on Puerto Rico errors at 21-14. Back-to-back errors by Puerto Rico gave the Americans set point at 24-17. Tamas ended the set with a block at 25-17. Fawcett scored six points in the second set.
Team USA bolted to a 4-1 lead in the third set with two Alisha Glass blocks, Fawcett ace and a Hodge kill. Puerto Rico closed to 6-5 on consecutive points. Fawcett and Larson ended consecutive lengthy rallies with kills to push the lead to 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Fawcett spiked a kill of the block and Puerto Rico followed with an error sending the score to 11-7. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-10 with an Akinradewo ace and Larson kill after gaining side out on a Puerto Rico service error, its fourth such mistake on serve of the set. Alisha Glass served an ace after a Tamas kill to force Puerto Rico to call timeout down 18-11. Puerto Rico won consecutive long rallies to close to 19-14, but the Americans answered with a Tamas kill and Puerto Rico error at 2-14. The Americans advanced the lead to 23-15 with a Hodge kill and Puerto Rico error. The U.S. closed out the set with a 25-17 victory with a Larson kill.
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U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for Pan American Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
4 - Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 - Mary ‘Nellie’ Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Caoch: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Manager: John Cook (Lincoln, Neb.)
X Women’s Pan American Cup Schedule
July 1-9 at Juarez, Mexico
Pool A (at COBACH)
July 1: Cuba def. Argentina 27-29, 25-19, 25-13, 25-20
July 1: Dominican Republic def. Canada 25-23, 25-15, 25-13
July 1: Mexico def. Chile 25-22, 25-19, 25-15
July 2: Dominican Republic def. Chile 25-13, 25-9, 25-20
July 2: Argentina def. Canada 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24
July 2: Cuba def. Mexico 25-20, 25-15, 25-19
July 3: Cuba vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 3: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
July 3: Canada vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 4: Argentina vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 4: Cuba vs. Canada, 6 p.m.
July 4: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 5: Canada vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 5: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m.
July 5: Mexico vs. Argentina, 8 p.m.
Pool B (at UACJ)
July 1: Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica 25-10, 25-13, 25-21
July 1: Brazil def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-12, 25-18
July 1: USA def. Peru 25-20, 25-14, 25-14
July 2: Peru def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-17, 29-27
July 2: Brazil def. Costa Rica 25-15, 25-12, 25-10
July 2: USA def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17
July 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 4 p.m.
July 3: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
July 3: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.
July 4: Puerto Rico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m.
July 4: Brazil vs. Peru, 6 p.m.
July 4: USA vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m.
July 5: Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m.
July 5: Peru vs. Puerto Rico, 6 p.m.
July 5: USA vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.
July 6 - Off Day
Match 31: 6A vs. 6B, 4 p.m. at UACJ (Final Classification 11-12)
Match 32: 4B vs. 5A, 6 p.m. at UACJ (Classification 7-10)
Match 33: July 7: 4A vs. 5B, 8 p.m. at UACJ (Classification 7-10)
Match 34: July 7: 2A vs. 3B, 6 p.m. at COBACH (Quarterfinals)
Match 35: July 7: 2B vs. 3A, 8 p.m. at COBACH (Quarterfinals)
Match 36: Loser M32 vs. Loser M33, 4 p.m. at UACJ (9th place)
Match 37: Winner M32 vs. Loser M34 or M35, 6 p.m. at UACJ (5-8)
Match 38: Winner M33 vs. Loser M34 or M35, 8 p.m. at UACJ (5-8)
Match 39: 1B vs. Winner M34 or M35, 6 p.m. at COBACH (Semifinal)
Match 40: 1A vs. Winner M34 or M35, 8 p.m. at COBACH (Semifinal)
Match 41: Loser M37 vs. Loser M38, 2 p.m. at COBACH (7th place)
Match 42: Winner M37 vs. Winner M38, 4 p.m. at COBACH (5th place)
Match 43: Loser M39 vs. Loser M40, 6 p.m. at COBACH (bronze)
Match 44: Winner M39 vs. Winner M40, 8 p.m. at COBACH (gold)