U.S. Women Sweep Trinidad and Tobago at Pan Ams
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 3, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 Sunday 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 3-0 in the tournament, while Trinidad & Tobago falls to 0-3. Team USA continues Pool B competition on July 4 versus Costa Rica at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. The Americans close out pool play against Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, on July 5 at 8 p.m. MT. All Pool B matches will be played at the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez or UACJ (www.uacj.mx).
The U.S. scored the first four points of the opening set and cruised to a 25-11 victory as Trinidad & Tobago had 14 errors in the set in addition to three aces by the Americans. Team USA jumped to a 7-0 lead in the second set and cruised to a 25-17 victory with five blocks in the set. Trinidad & Tobago stayed close in the third set, but the Americans managed to keep a safe distance in the 25-18 victory.
With five different starters in the U.S. lineup from the first two matches of the Pan American Cup, the lone returning starter of Jen Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) led the Americans with 10 points versus Trinidad & Tobago. She tallied six kills on nine swings, two blocks and two aces. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) added seven kills on 18 attacks and two aces for nine points, while Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) notched six kills on 13 attacks, two blocks and an ace for nine points. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) charted five kills and a match-high four blocks for nine points.
Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) tallied five kills, while Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) chipped in three aces and a kill for four points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with a block.
Forsett led the Americans in digs with six, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) tallied five digs to go with 21 of the team’s 34 service receptions with a 71 positive percent. As a team, the U.S. turned in a 71 positive service reception percent helping it to a 46 kill percent and .338 hitting efficiency with only eight errors. Trinidad & Tobago converted just 39 percent of its attacks into points with a .130 hitting efficiency.
Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) tallied five kills, while Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) chipped in three aces and a kill for four points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) rounded out the scoring with a block. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Fawcett were used as double-switches in the first two sets.
The U.S. out-blocked Trinidad & Tobago 9-5 and held an 8-1 advantage in aces. The Americans held a slim 30-29 margin in kills, but Trinidad & Tobago committed 28 errors in the match to Team USA’s 11. The U.S. totaled 16 digs in the match to Trinidad & Tobago’s 14.
Channon Thompson led Trinidad & Tobago with 12 points, while Krystle Esdelle and Kelly-Anne Billingy added seven points apiece.
Earlier today in Pool B, Peru (2-1) downed Costa Rica (0-3) 25-19, 25-12, 26-24. Later in the evening Brazil (3-0) blanked Puerto Rico (1-2) 25-21, 25-21, 25-10. In Pool A, Cuba (3-0) handled Chile (0-3) 25-10, 25-10, 25-14 and Dominican Republic (3-0) edged Argentina (2-1) 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 and Canada (1-2) shut out Mexico (1-2) 25-18, 25-15, 25-18.
The U.S. jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening set with a Metcalf kill between three Trinidad & Tobago errors. Trinidad & Tobago scored consecutive points to slice the gap to 5-3, but the Americans scored consecutive points on errors to take an 8-4 lead into the first technical timeout. Tamas added a third straight point out of the break with an ace at 9-4. Spicer served an ace to follow up a kill by Metcalf at 11-5, but Trinidad & Tobago scored back-to-back points at 11-7. The U.S. increased its lead to 13-7 with a Harmotto block after a Forsett kill. Back-to-back Trinidad & Tobago errors pushed the Americans to a 16-9 advantage at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Spicer served an ace and Metcalf hammered a kill for an 18-9 margin. Six consecutive Trinidad & Tobago errors ended the set with a 25-11 American victory. The U.S. served three aces in the set and benefited from 14 Trinidad & Tobago errors.
Spicer opened the second set with an ace to start a 7-0 run that included two kills each from Metcalf and Forsett. Trinidad & Tobago scored four of the five points to cut the deficit to 8-4. Harmotto killed a quick set and Tamas and Metcalf put up a block after a Trinidad & Tobago error to push the lead to 12-4. Trinidad & Tobago scored three unanswered points to cut the gap to 13-8. Tamas ended the spurt with a kill and block followed by a Kim Glass ace to put the Americans in front 16-8 at the second technical timeout. Trinidad & Tobago scored the first two points out of the break to narrow the deficit to 16-10. Metcalf formed a block after a Trinidad & Tobago service error to increase the score to 20-12. The U.S. sided out the rest of the set for a 25-17 victory. Metcalf scored six points in the set, while Tamas added five points. The Americans totaled five blocks in the second set, along with two aces.
The U.S. reached a 4-1 advantage to start the third set with a Tamas block and Kim Glass kill after a Trinidad & Tobago error. Kim Glass served an ace after slamming a kill for a 6-2 lead. The American advantaged reach 8-3 at the first technical timeout as Tamas served an ace after a Trinidad & Tobago error. Trinidad & Tobago scored the first two points out of the break, but Spicer served an ace after a Forsett kill to return to a five-point cushion at 10-5. Trinidad & Tobago kept close to 14-10 before the U.S. went into the second technical timeout up 16-10 on kills from Spicer and Tams. Trinidad & Tobago scored three of the next four points out of the break to close to 17-13. Harmotto put up a block and hammered a kill for the U.S. to regain a 19-13 lead. Leading 20-15, Kim Glass connected for consecutive kills after a Harmotto kill for a 23-15 advantage. After Trinidad & Tobago saved two match points, the U.S. finished the set 25-17 on a Kim Glass kill. Harmotto tallied four points in the third set as the Americans served three aces.
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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 def. Chile 25-10, 25-10, 25-14
July 3: Dominican Republic def. Argentina 25-23, 25-20, 25-19
July 3: Canada def. Mexico 25-18, 25-15, 25-18
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 def. Costa Rica 25-19, 25-12, 26-24
July 3: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-11, 25-17, 25-18
July 3: Brazil def. Puerto Rico 25-21, 25-21, 25-10
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)