U.S. Women Down Cuba, Take Bronze at Pan Am Cup
Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 9, 2011) - Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) scored a match-high 18 points in leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 victory over Cuba Saturday evening in the bronze-medal match of the X Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.
Top-ranked Brazil will face Dominican Republic, which defeated the Americans Friday night in the semifinals, later tonight in the gold-medal match.
In last year’s Pan American Cup semifinal, Dominican Republic defeated the U.S. in four sets as well and went on to win the gold medal. The Americans finished the 2010 Pan American Cup with the bronze medal after sweeping Cuba in the third-place match.
The U.S. reached one of its primary objectives of the tournament – berth into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. 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. used a 3-0 run to break an early 4-all tie in the opening set, but its second 3-0 run of the set after Cuba crawled back to within one led to a 20-16 advantage en route to a 25-21 victory. Team USA rallied from an 8-6 deficit in the second set with a 10-2 scoring run to take a 16-10 advantage, the pressed forward to a 25-16 victory. The Americans, with only six errors through the first two sets, served four aces in the second set alone to create pressure on the Cuba service reception. The U.S. picked up a 4-1 lead in the third set and gained a commanding advantage at 10-4 in pushing through to a 25-13 victory.
"I am pretty glad of Nancy Metcalf's performance," U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "She had some offensive momentums during the match. We have learned valuable lessons in this tournament and our main goal was our qualification to next year’s World Grand Prix."
Earlier in 2011, Cuba defeated Team USA in four sets during the Montreux Volley Masters semifinal round held in June.
Metcalf, who had started just one other match during the Pan American Cup that started July 1, tallied 15 kills on 22 swings, two aces and a block for her 18 points. The American middle blockers combined for 24 points in the victory. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) totaled 11 kills on 14 errorless attacks and two blocks for 13 points, while captain Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) contributed seven kills on 10 attacks and a match-high four blocks for 11 points. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) added nine points all on kills in the victory, while Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) provided five kills, two blocks and an ace for eight points. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with an ace.
Larson totaled a team-high eight digs with 17 of the team’s 43 service receptions without an error, while Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) added five digs. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) provided 13 assists in the victory.
Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) started Tamas and Akinradewo at middle blocker, Hodge and Larson at outside hitter, Metcalf opposite and Alisha Glass at setter. Davis was the libero for the match. Kim Glass was a serving sub in all three sets.
Team USA converted 59.5 percent of its attacks for kills as part of a .481 hitting efficiency. The U.S. limited its errors to eight for the entire match while holding a 47-35 advantage in kills and 9-6 margin in blocks. The Americans totaled four aces in the match to the Cubans’ one, while holding a commanding 22-8 margin in digs. Team USA benefited from 15 Cuba errors in the match. Cuba converted 38.4 percent of its attacks with a .253 hitting efficiency.
Kenia Carcace lead Cuba with 16 points, while no other teammate scored more than seven points in the loss.
In addition to the medal matches, Canada defeated Peru 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 to place seventh in the tournament, while Puerto Rico rallied from two sets down to edge Argentina 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13 for fifth place. In addition to the four teams competing in today’s medal round matches, Puerto Rico and Argentina also qualified for the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.
The U.S. gained a 7-4 lead in the opening set after a Tamas kill, Akinradewo block and Cuba attack error. Team USA stretched the lead to 10-6 with kills from Akinradewo and Metcalf going into a Cuba timeout. Cuba sliced its gap in half with consecutive points at 11-9. Tamas put up a block after a Cuba service error to regain a four-point edge at 13-9. Cuba scored the first two points out of the second technical timeout to move to within 16-14, then closed to 17-16. Metcalf ended a long rally with a block and kill on consecutive plays after a Hodge kill leading to a 20-16 American advantage. Cuba responded by slicing the margin to 21-19 with consecutive points leading to a U.S. timeout. A Metcalf back-row kill and Tamas block extended the American lead to 23-19. Akinradewo ended the set at 25-21 with a kill, her sixth point of the set. Tamas and Metcalf also scored six points each in the opening set as the middle blockers combined for 12 points.
Cuba netted the first two-point cushion of the second set at 5-3. However, Larson tied the set at 5-all with a kill after a Cuba service error. A Cuba ace brought back to a two-point lead at 7-5. Larson slammed a kill and ace after the first technical timeout to tie the set at 8-all, then Hodge fired a cross-court winner for a 9-8 U.S. advantage. Metcalf hammered a kill from the right side then proceeded to serve an ace to extend the American lead to 12-10 at a Cuba timeout. Out of the break, Tamas took an overpass off the serve for a kill and Cuba followed another Metcalf ace to push the lead to 14-10. The U.S. scored a fifth and sixth straight points with a Tamas kill and block yielding a 16-10 advantage at the second technical timeout. Cuba scored the first two points out of the break to narrow the score to 16-12. Hodge hit a kill off the block and Kim Glass served an ace as a serving specialist at 18-12. The U.S. reached an eight-point lead at 21-13 with a Larson block, Akinradewo kill and Cuba error. Metcalf scored a kill and Akinradewo followed with a block on consecutive plays to inch the lead to 23-14. Hodge ended the set with a spike at 25-16. Metcalf ended the set with six points to lead the Americans, while Hodge, Akinradewo and Larson added four points each. The U.S. served four aces in the second set to create pressure on the Cuba service reception.
Metcalf scored three kills around a Tamas block to give the U.S. a quick 4-1 lead in the third set after Cuba served an ace for the first point. Metcalf and Larson downed consecutive kills providing the Americans an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout. Out of the break, Akinradewo and Larson added a third and fourth straight points with kills at 10-4. The U.S. doubled-up Cuba at 14-7 with a Hodge kill. Alisha Glass tapped a kill over after a Cuba service error to increase the American lead to 17-9. Team USA used a 5-0 scoring spurt with kills from Akinradewo, Metcalf and Larson to take a 22-10 lead. Larson gave the U.S. match points with a kill after a Cuba error. The Americans won the set at 25-13 on a service error after Cuba saved two match points. Metcalf tallied six points in the set and the Americans benefited from seven Cuba errors in the period. Larson added four points in the third set.
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
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, 25-13
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 def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-18, 25-16, 14-25, 25-19 (9th place)
Match 37: Argentina def. Peru 25-19, 15-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12 (5-8)
Match 38: Puerto Rico def. Canada 25-19, 25-14, 26-24, 25-16 (5-8)
Match 39: Brazil def. Cuba 25-19, 25-14, 26-28, 25-15
Match 40: Dominican Republic def. USA 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 (Semifinal)
Match 41: Canada def. Peru 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 (7th place)
Match 42: Puerto Rico def. Argentina 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13 (5th place) (5th place)
Match 43: USA def. Cuba 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 (bronze)
Match 44: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. at COBACH (gold)