Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 5, 2011) - In a battle of the world’s top two ranked volleyball teams, the U.S. Women’s National Team lost to top-ranked Brazil 28-30, 25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11 in a marathon battle on Tuesday evening on the final day of Pool B at the X Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.
Both teams entered the match with 4-0 records through the first four days of round-robin pool play. As the winner of Pool B, Brazil advances directly the semifinal round that takes place on July 8, as will Pool A winner Dominican Republic. After an off-day on Wednesday, the Americans will have a quarterfinal match on Thursday against Argentina, which finished third in Pool A. The tournament concludes on July 9 with the medal rounds and final classification matches.
The U.S. battled back from an early 6-2 lead in the opening set, taking its first lead at 24-23. After saving a set point at 26-25, the Americans finished the set on its fifth opportunity at 30-28. After five lead changes and seven ties in the second set, Brazil broke a 14-all tie with an 11-4 run to end the set with a 25-18 victory. Despite four lead changes and 11 ties in the third set, Brazil’s 8-1 run after trailing 15-14 defined its 25-19 victory. Team USA used a 7-1 scoring run in the fourth set to take a 10-6 advantage and controlled the rest of the period for a 25-17 victory. In the tiebreaking set, Brazil jumped to a 5-1 lead and pushed to a 12-7 advantage only needing to score the final three points to hold a 15-11 victory.
"I know that both teams will learn from today’s match," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "We had a great effort. USA is improving and there´s still much ahead in the tournament."
All five U.S. starting hitters scored at least 11 points in the match, led by Megan Hodge’s (Durham, N.C.) 18 points all on kills. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) chipped in 11 kills, a team-high five blocks and an ace for 17 points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) contributed 10 kills and five blocks for 15 points, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) charted 12 kills and a block for 13 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) recorded nine kills and two blocks for 11 points. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) added three kills, while Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) was credited with a block and ace for two points.
Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) picked up 11 digs in the match and provided a 74 percent positive service reception on 19 attempts. Larson added 10 digs and 51 of the team’s 98 service receptions as part of a 78 positive service reception.
"Another tough match against Brazil, my congratulations to them," said Tamas, the U.S. captain. "We did well today and I´m proud of my team."
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.
Brazil converted 40 percent of its attacks into points as part of a .219 hitting efficiency. The U.S. converted 36 percent of its attacks for a .206 hitting efficiency. The Americans passed at a 76 positive percent on 98 service attempts, while Brazil managed a 69 positive percent on 90 serve receive chances.
Brazil held a 17-14 advantage in blocks and 48-44 margin in digs as both teams served two aces. The Americans committed 29 errors in the match to the Brazilians 24. The U.S. led in kills 63-62.
Sheila Castro sparked Brazil with a match-high 31 points with 29 kills and two blocks. Thaisa Menezes added 16 points, including five blocks. Fabiana Claudino recorded nine kills and four blocks for 13 points.
Earlier today in Pool B, Puerto Rico (3-2) topped Peru (2-3) 25-15, 25-21, 31-33, 25-13 and Trinidad & Tobago (1-4) defeated Costa Rica (0-5) 25-21, 25-15, 25-22. In Pool A, Dominican Republic (5-0) secured the group’s top seed and spot into the semifinals with by handling Cuba (4-1) 18-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-21 in a battle of tournament unbeaten teams. Canada (2-3) blanked Chile (0-5) 25-19, 25-12, 25-10, while Argentina (3-2) defeated host Mexico (1-4) 25-18, 25-23, 25-14.
Brazil opened the first set with the first two points and stretched its advantage to 6-2 on consecutive American attack errors. Brazil increased its lead to 9-4 out of the first technical timeout, but the U.S. answered with a Larson kill and Brazil error at 9-6. Larson slammed two kills and Fawcett scored a block to close the gap to 10-9. Brazil responded with two quick points to take a 12-9 advantage. Hodge and Fawcett collected back-to-back kills to whittle the gap to 12-11, then Akinradewo tied the set at 12-all with an overpass kill. Brazil answered with two unanswered points to gain a 14-12 lead, then pushed the gap to 17-14 with points on each side of the second technical timeout. The U.S. closed the deficit to 18-17 with a Tamas kill and Brazil error. However, Brazil answered with back-to-back points to cause McCutcheon to call timeout with the U.S. trailing 20-17. Hodge blasted a kill and Fawcett followed with a block to narrow the deficit to 21-20. Brazil claimed the next two points for a 23-20 advantage. Fawcett and Hodge pocketed consecutive kills to pull to within one at 23-22 leading to a Brazil timeout. Out of the break, Spicer served an ace to knot the score at 23-all, then Brazil hit long to yield a set point opportunity for the U.S. at 24-23. Brazil saved two set points and gained its first set point at 26-25. An Alisha Glass block and Tamas kill reversed the lead back to the U.S. at 27-26. Fawcett downed a kill and Hodge ended the set with a kill at 30-28. Hodge led the U.S. in the first set with seven points, while Fawcett added six points and Larson five. Brazil’s Sheila totaled 11 of her team’s 28 points in the set.
Brazil scored three unanswered points to take an early 5-3 advantage in the third set. Akinradewo put up a block and Fawcett followed with an ace to tie the set at 5-all. Brazil answered with two straight points for a 7-5 advantage. After a Brazil attack error, Akinradewo served an ace and Fawcett slammed a kill to put the U.S. back in front 8-7 at the first technical timeout. Akinradewo and Hodge collected back-to-back kills to yield a 14-12 advantage, only to have Brazil score consecutive points. Brazil went into the second technical timeout leading 16-15 following an American miscommunication. Out of the timeout, Brazil scored three of the first four points to grab a 19-16 edge leading to an American timeout. Brazil added the run with three U.S. attack errors at 22-16. The Americans sliced two points off the deficit with consecutive Brazil errors at 22-18. Brazil closed out the set with a 25-19 victory. The U.S. had nine errors in the third set as its miscues reached 22 through the first three sets.
Brazil gained the first two-point cushion of the fourth set at 5-3, only to have the U.S. tie the score at 5-all with a Hodge kill and Brazilian error. The U.S. went in front 7-5 with an Akinradewo block and Brazil attack error. Out of the first technical timeout, Brazil hit into the net and Hodge put up a block to stretch the U.S. lead to 10-6. Brazil knocked two points off its deficit at 11-9. The U.S. regained its four-point edge at 14-10 with a Hodge kill and Brazil error. The Americans reached the second technical timeout leading 16-11 after kills by Tamas and Metcalf. The U.S. advanced to an 18-12 advantage after a bench penalty and attack error by Brazil. The U.S. called timeout leading 20-16 after consecutive Brazil points. Tamas slammed an overpass for a kill after a Brazil service error to extend the Team USA lead to 22-16. Out of a Brazil timeout, the U.S. tacked on another Brazil error and Tamas block for a 24-16 lead. Larson ended the set with a block at 25-17. Team USA scored six blocks in the fourth set as Akinradewo picked up three of them as part of a five-point set.
Brazil opened the fifth set with a 5-1 advantage. A Metcalf kill and Tamas block narrowed the U.S. deficit 6-4. Brazil inched its lead to 10-6 with a U.S. attack error leading to the Americans’ second timeout of the fifth set. Brazil extended its lead to 12-7 with back-to-back points. Akinradewo and Larson picked up consecutive kills to close the gap to 12-9 leading to a Brazil timeout. Out of the break, Brazil hit wide and Fawcett put up a block to slice the margin to 12-11 going into a second Brazil timeout on Akinradewo’s serve. Paula served an ace to give Brazil match points at 14-11 and Brazil promptly put up a block for a 15-11 victory.
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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 5-0
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 def. Chile 25-19, 25-12, 25-10.
July 5: Dominican Republic def. Cuba 18-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-21
July 5: Argentina def. Mexico 25-18, 25-23, 25-14
Pool B Standings
Puerto Rico 3-2
Trinidad & Tobago 1-4
Costa Rica 0-5
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: Trinidad & Tobago def. Costa Rica 25-21, 25-15, 25-22
July 5: Puerto Rico def. Peru 25-15, 25-21, 31-33, 25-138:02 PM 7/5/2011
July 5: Brazil def. USA 28-30, 25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11
July 6 - Off Day
Match 31: Chile (6A) vs. Costa Rica (6B), 4 p.m. at UACJ (Final Classification 11-12)
Match 32: Peru (4B) vs. Mexico (5A), 6 p.m. at UACJ (Classification 7-10)
Match 33: Canada (4A) vs. Trinidad & Tobago (5B), 8 p.m. at UACJ (Classification 7-10)
Match 34: Cuba (2A) vs. Puerto Rico (3B), 6 p.m. at COBACH (Quarterfinals)
Match 35: USA (2B) vs. Argentina (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)