U.S. Women Blank Argentina in Pan Am Cup

July 07, 2011, 11:48 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 7, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Argentina 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 with a 12-3 block advantage Thursday evening during the quarterfinal round of the X Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.

The Americans, which finished second in Pool B with a 4-1 record, will meet with Pool A winner Dominican Republic in the second semifinal on Friday at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. Last year the U.S. and Dominican Republic met each in the Pan American Cup semifinals as well with the Dominican Republic winning in four sets. Team USA went on to win the bronze medal at the 2010 Pan American Cup.

Pool B winner Brazil will face Cuba, which topped Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-19, 25-14 earlier Thursday in the other quarterfinal match, in the first semifinal contest at 6 p.m. MT on Friday. The tournament concludes on Saturday with the medal rounds and final classification matches.

By reaching the semifinals, the U.S. assured itself of qualification into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top four NORCECA teams, Brazil and the top South American team other than Brazil in the final Pan American Cup standings earn berths into next year’s World Grand Prix.

The U.S. raced out to a 10-2 lead in the opening set and allowed Argentina to score on its serve just twice for a 25-13 victory as the Americans put up seven blocks. After falling behind 7-4 in the second set, Team USA put together a 12-1 scoring run to take a 16-8 advantage en route to a 25-14 victory. The U.S. used an 8-2 scoring run in the third set to overcome an early 4-0 deficit in finishing off the match with a 25-19 victory.

"I am very happy with the qualification to the Grand Prix because that was our main goal," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "We made some changes after the match against Brazil and things were better for us. I agree with our captain that blocking and defense were the keys for us tonight."

Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) tallied nine kills on 11 errorless attacks and a match-high six blocks to lead the Americans with 15 points despite playing just the first two sets. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) charted 10 points with nine kills on 20 swings and a block. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) totaled five kills and two blocks for seven points, while captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) charted four kills, an ace and a block for six points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) scored all six of her points on kills in just the first two sets, while Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) added five points with four kills and a block. Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) contributed three kills and Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) served two aces with an ace for three points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

“It was a nice match,” Tamas said. “Argentina has great servers and it made hard for us to receive. Fortunately our block and defense were there and that was the difference.”

Hodge accepted 19 of the team’s 37 serve receive chances with a 58 positive percent. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) held a 100 positive percent on serve receive while add a team-high 11 digs according to unofficial team DataVolley stats. Team USA held a 36-25 margin in digs and limited Argentina to a 25 kill percent and .058 hitting efficiency.

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 started the third set in place of Akinradewo, while Kim Glass started the third set for Larson. Metcalf and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) subbed into the match in all three sets. Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.) was a sub in the third set.

Team USA converted 48 percent of its attacks into points with a .361 hitting efficiency. The Americans held a 41-25 kill advantage and a slim 3-2 margin in aces to go along its blocking difference. The U.S. benefited from 19 Argentina errors while committing just 16 of its own.

Lucia Fresco led Argentina with 10 kills, while Georgina Pinedo added six points in the loss.

Earlier today, Costa Rica defeated Chile 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 in the 11th-place match to conclude the tournament for both teams. Canada topped Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 and Peru downed Mexico 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 in the 7-10 classification matches.

The U.S. used a 6-0 scoring run to reach the opening set’s first technical timeout leading 8-2 after two kills from Larson, an Alisha Glass block, a kill from Akinradewo and an ace by Tamas. After the break, Akinradewo put up consecutive blocks for a seventh and eighth consecutive point at 10-2. Argentina stopped the run with consecutive points at 10-4, only to have Akinradewo connect for consecutive kills to send Argentina into a timeout down 12-4. The U.S. reached the second technical timeout leading 16-7 after a Hodge kill followed an Argentina service error. Team USA extended its advantage to 20-10 with a Larson kill and Argentina attack error. Out of timeout, Akinradewo added a block to push the score to 21-10. Two Fawcett blocks around a Hodge kill pushed the margin to 24-11. Argentina saved two set points before serving into the net at 25-13. Akinradewo totaled six points with three blocks in the opening set, while the Americans put up seven total blocks in the set.

Argentina scored three unanswered points to take an early 7-4 in the second set. Akinradewo scored two kills around a Larson spike to knot the score at 7-all, then Akinradewo pounded an overpass for a kill to yield an 8-7 American lead at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Argentina hit long, Akinradewo put up consecutive blocks and Argentina hit two errors to extend the American scoring run to eight points at 12-7. Akinradewo scored a kill and block on consecutive plays, Argentina followed with an attack error and Hodge put the U.S. up 16-8 with a kill at the second technical timeout on a 4-0 scoring run. Akinradewo and Hodge scored back-to-back kills to increase the lead to nine points at 18-9, but Argentina scored an ace to slice the gap back to 18-11. Fawcett and Larson downed consecutive kills to push the margin to 20-11. A Larson kill and Argentina error gave the U.S. set points at 24-14, then Akinradewo took a quick pass for a kill at 25-14. Akinradewo finished the set with nine points with three kills.

Argentina jumped to a 3-0 lead to start the third set prompting a quick American timeout, then added to the lead at 4-0 out of the break. Consecutive Argentina errors cut the gap to 4-2. Kim Glass served an ace around kills from Tamas and Hodge to tie the set at 5-all. Kim Glass then added a second ace in the 4-0 run to give the U.S. a 6-5 advantage. Tamas hit a slide for a kill and Argentina followed with an attack into the net yielding an 8-6 U.S. lead at the first technical timeout. Harmotto hammered a kill and Hodge put up a block to stretch the lead to 10-7. However, Argentina sliced the deficit to 10-9 with an ace. Harmotto and Fawcett scored consecutive kills to regain a 12-9 lead. Kim Glass and Hodge downed back-to-back kills and Metcalf tapped a soft attack for a block extending the American advantage to 16-11 at the second technical timeout. The U.S. increased to 20-14 with a Harmotto kill and Argentina error. Argentina narrowed the gap back to four points at 20-16. Metcalf tallied the final two kills of the match in a 25-19 third set victory. Metcalf ended the set with five points to pace the Americans.

Live video streams for the quarterfinal, semifinal and final classification matches can be viewed by clicking here.

For a full recap of the Pan American Cup, usavolleyball.org/events/7758.

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
Cuba 4-1
Argentina 3-2
Canada 2-3
Mexico 1-4
Chile 0-5

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
Brazil 5-0
USA 4-1
Puerto Rico 3-2
Peru 2-3
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

July 7 (Times subject to change)
Match 31: Costa Rica (6B) def. Chile (6A) 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 (Final Classification 11-12)
Match 32: Peru (4B) def. Mexico (5A) 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 (Classification 7-10)
Match 33: Canada (4A) def. Trinidad & Tobago (5B) 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 (Classification 7-10)
Match 34: Cuba (2A) def. Puerto Rico (3B) 26-24, 25-19, 25-14 (Quarterfinals)
Match 35: USA (2B) def. Argentina (3A) 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 (Quarterfinals)

July 8 (Times subject to change)
Match 36: Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. at UACJ (9th place)
Match 37: Peru vs. Argentina, 6 p.m. at UACJ (5-8)
Match 38: Canada vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m. at UACJ (5-8)
Match 39: Brazil (1B) vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. at COBACH (Semifinal)
Match 40: USA vs. Dominican Republic (1A), 8 p.m. at COBACH (Semifinal)

July 9
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)