U.S. Women Dominate Costa Rica at Pan Am Cup
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 4, 2011) - After a slow start, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 25-20, 25-10, 25-8 on Monday evening to remain undefeated at the X Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.
The U.S. improves to 4-0 in the tournament, while Costa Rica falls to 0-4. Team USA concludes Pool B competition on July 5 against top-ranked and undefeated Brazil at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. All Pool B matches are being played at the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez or UACJ (www.uacj.mx). The top team in Pool B will advance directly to the semifinals on July 8, while the second and third place teams will compete in the quarterfinal round on July 7. The tournament concludes with the medal and final classification matches on July 9.
The U.S. led 16-12 in the opening set, but needed to score six of the final eight points to gather a 25-20 victory. The Americans opened up an 8-2 lead in the second set and cruised to a 25-10 victory. Team USA’s serve put pressure on Costa Rica in the third set as it opened to a quick 7-2 lead and finished out the match with a 25-8 victory.
"The first set wasn't as smooth as it should have been, but we executed well,” said U.S. captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.).
Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) led the Americans with 14 points on 13 kills via 18 attempts and an ace in just two sets of action. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) added eight kills, three blocks and two aces for 13 points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) charted five kills and three blocks, while Tamas turned in three kills and two aces for five points.
Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) added two kills and two blocks for four points, which Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) matched with three kills and a block. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) tacked on three kills, while Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) each recorded two points.
"It was good that the athletes had to deal with adversities during the first set figuring out how to solve them and catch up with the rhythm of the game.” US. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said.
Hodge held a 79 positive service reception on a team-leading 14 chances, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) produced a 70 positive recepton percent on 10 attempts. Larson, Alisha Glass and Davis all had six digs to lead the team in the category.
McCutcheon started Tamas and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Hodge and Larson at outside hitter, Fawcett opposite and Alisha Glass at setter. Davis was the libero for the match. Harmotto, Metcalf and Kim Glass all came off the bench to start the third set. Forsett and Spicer were subs in the third set.
The U.S., which converted 52 percent of its 81 attack attempts into points with a .407 hitting efficiency, held a dominating 41-15 advantage in kills to offset its own 20 errors. The Americans also held a 10-2 margin in blocks and 7-1 advantage in aces. Costa Rica was limited to .052 hitting efficiency and 21 kill percent. The U.S. held a 74 percent positive service reception for the match. The Americans out-dug Costa Rica 28-20 in the match.
“We must concentrate on the basics because the little things will make a difference," Tamas said in regards to Team USA's final pool match against Brazil.
"Matches with Brazil are always good,” McCutcheon added in regards to the upcoming match with top-ranked Brazil.
Mariela Quesada led Costa Rica with six points, while Karen Cope added five points in the loss.
Earlier today in Pool B, Puerto Rico (2-2) dropped Trinidad & Tobago (0-4) 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 and Brazil (4-0) topped Peru (1-3) 25-11, 25-18, 25-23. In Pool A, Argentina (2-2) stopped Chile (0-4) 25-21, 25-15, 25-15, Cuba (4-0) handled Canada (1-3) 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 and Dominican Republic (4-0) beat host Mexico (1-3) 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
Costa Rica scored the first two points of the opening set, but Fawcett tied up the set with a block at 2-all. Team USA went in front 5-3 with a Fawcett kill and Larson ace around a Costa Rica error. However, Costa Rica scored the next three points to reclaim a 6-5 advantage. Hodge and Larson scored consecutive kills out of the first technical timeout to give the U.S. a 9-8 advantage. The Americans pushed to a 13-10 advantage on an Akinradewo kill and consecutive blocks by Larson. Out of a timeout, Larson added another kill and Costa Rica hit wide to extend the lead to 15-10. Costa Rica stopped the run with back-to-back points for a 15-12 score. Costa Rica cut its deficit to a single point at 17-16 with four of the first five points out of the second technical timeout. The U.S. ended a string of seven side out with a Costa Rica service error followed by a Fawcett kill to provide a three-point cushion at 22-19. Team USA scored the final three points of the set with kills from Larson and Hodge around a Costa Rica attack error for a 25-20 victory. Larson led the U.S. with seven points, while Hodge and Fawcett added five points each. The Americans committed 11 errors in the set.
Larson served an ace between a Hodge kill and two Akinradewo blocks to yield a 4-0 American advantage to start the second set. Out of a Costa Rica timeout, Fawcett put up consecutive blocks to push the U.S. lead to 6-0. Costa Rica cut the lead to 6-2 with back-to-back points. Team USA reached the first technical timeout up 8-2 after consecutive Hodge kills. The Americans stretched the advantage to 12-3 with kills from Hodge and Fawcett followed by consecutive Costa Rica attack errors. Kim Glass scored two kills around a Costa Rica error to send the scoreboard to 16-5 at the second technical timeout. Akinradewo hit a quick after a Costa Rica error to step the score to 18-6. Hodge netted consecutive kills and Tamas put up a block at 22-8. Hodge ended the set at 25-10 with a kill and ace, her ninth point of the set. The U.S. totaled four blocks in the set and served two aces.
The U.S. started the third set leading 3-0 with two Larson kills around a Costa Rica error. Larson then added a kill and block to extend the gap to 5-1. Larson and Harmotto pounded kills to increase the lead to 7-2. Consecutive Costa Rica errors allowed the Americans to go in front 9-3. A Metcalf kill was followed by a Costa Rica error an consecutive aces and another Costa Rica error to put the U.S. in front 16-6 at the second technical timeout. Spicer served an ace around kills from Forsett and Metcalf, while Costa Rica hit long followed by Metcalf and Harmotto blocks to lift the U.S. in front 23-7 as part of a 6-0 run. Metcalf ended the set with a power spike at 25-8. Team USA tallied four aces in the third set as Larson collected five points and Metcalf added four off the bench.
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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 Standings
Dominican Republic 4-0
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 def. Chile 25-21, 25-15, 25-15
July 4: Cuba def. Canada 25-13, 25-18, 25-22
July 4: Dominican Republic def. Mexico 25-20, 25-19, 25-15
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 Standings
Puerto Rico 2-2
Trinidad & Tobago 0-4
Costa Rica 0-4
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 def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-16, 25-20, 25-18
July 4: Brazil def. Peru 25-11, 25-18, 25-23
July 4: USA def. Costa Rica 25-20, 25-10, 25-8
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)