Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 8, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s National Team lost to Dominican Republic 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 in the semifinal round of the X Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.
The U.S. will face Cuba in the bronze-medal match on Saturday at 6 p.m. Mountain Time. Cuba lost to Brazil 25-19, 25-14, 26-28, 25-15 in Friday’s other semifinal match. Team USA has already met Cuba once in 2011, a four-set loss in the Montreux Volley Masters semifinal round held in June.
Despite the loss, the U.S. has already 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.
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. grabbed an early 5-1 advantage in the opening set and never allowed Dominican Republic closer than two points in closing to a25-21 victory. The Americans held a 4-0 block advantage in the opening set to offset their seven errors. However, the U.S. was unable to control the late stages of the final three sets as the victors created lengthy scoring runs in the end. Dominican Republic broke an 18-all tie in the second set by scoring seven of the final eight points for a 25-19 victory. The U.S. rallied from a 10-5 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 10-all, then came back from a 17-14 deficit to knot the score at 17-all. However, Dominican Republic notched the final four points of the set for a 25-21 victory. After trailing 16-15 in the fourth set, Dominican Republic used an 8-1 run en route to a 25-21 victory.
Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) led the U.S. with 19 points with 17 kills and two blocks. Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) charted 13 kills, a block and an ace for 15 points. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) totaled nine kills, two blocks and two aces for 13 points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) managed eight kills, two blocks and an ace for 11 points. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) recorded six kills and three blocks for nine points. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a point each.
The U.S. received serve at a 76 positive percent, including a 79 positive percent from Hodge on a team-high 34 chances. Nicole Davis added 28 service receptions with a 71 positive percent to go with nine digs. Alisha Glass added a team-high 10 digs in the match.
Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) 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. Metcalf and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.) started the third set, but were replaced by the match starters Fawcett and Alisha Glass later in the set. Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) was a sub in the last three sets.
The U.S., which converted 40 percent of its attacks as part of a .240 hitting efficiency, held a 12-4 margin in blocks and both teams recorded four aces. Dominican Republic, with a 47 kill percent and .315 hitting efficiency, built a 60-53 advantage in kills and benefited from 22 American errors to its own 17. Dominican Republic also held a 42-36 advantage in digs.
Prisilla Rivera led Dominican Republic with 25 points via 22 kills, two blocks and an ace, while Bethania De La Cruz chipped in 17 points.
In addition to the semifinal matches, Argentina defeated Peru 25-19, 15-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12 and Puerto Rico topped Canada 25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 25-16 in classification 5-8 matches. With the victories, Puerto Rico and Argentina have qualified for the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Host Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 25-18, 25-16, 14-25, 25-19 for ninth place.
The U.S. used five unanswered points with two kills from Hodge, an Akinradewo kill, Larson ace and Dominican Republic error to forge a 5-1 advantage early in the opening set. Out of a Dominican Republic timeout, Fawcett put up a block to stretch the lead to 6-1. Dominican Republic answered with two quick points to close to 6-3. Hodge and Larson slammed consecutive kills to push the lead to 10-5, only to have Dominican Republic answer with a kill and ace to close to 10-7. Fawcett slammed a cross-court winner and Akinradewo put up a block to take a 15-11 American advantage. Out of the second technical timeout, Dominican Republic scored two cut points to shave the deficit to 16-14. Team USA increased it margin to four at 20-16 with a Larson block after a Dominican Republic service error. The U.S. sided out to a 25-20 victory with the final point coming on a Tamas kill. Akinradewo scored six points in the set, while Larson and Hodge each picked up five points. The Americans held a 4-0 advantage in blocks in the set.
The Americans picked up a 3-1 lead in the second set with kills from Larson and Hodge following a Fawcett block. Dominican Republic battled back to tie the set at 5-all and went into the first technical timeout leading 8-7. Dominican Republic increased its lead to 11-8 with a 3-0 run. Dominican Republic added to the lead at 13-9. Tamas slammed a kill and Metcalf put up a block to close the gap to 14-12. Larson served an ace after a Dominican Republic error to narrow the deficit to one at 17-16. Out of a Dominican Republic timeout, Hodge put up a block to tie the set at 17-all. After an 18-all tie, Dominican Republic scored seven of the final eight points of the set for a 25-19 victory. Hodge scored five points to lead the U.S. in the second set.
Dominican Republic scored four straight points to assume a 4-1 advantage in the third set, then extended the lead to 7-2 with three straight points. Akinradewo and Hodge downed back-to-back kills to slice the lead to 7-4. Dominican Republic scored points on each side of the first technical timeout to push the lead to 9-4. Megan Hodge scored consecutive kills and Dominican Republic hit long to cut the margin to 10-8. Out of a Dominican Republic timeout, Tamas put up a block and Hodge slammed a kill off the block to knot the score at 10-all. Dominican Republic scored three straight points to break a 13-all tie and go into the second technical timeout up 16-13. The U.S. closed to 17-16 with a Fawcett kill and Tamas block, then tied the score at 17-all. Dominican Republic gained a two-point cushion at 20-18 leading to a Team USA timeout. Larson and Fawcett tallied consecutive kills to knot the score at 21-all. However, consecutive hitting errors by the U.S. put Dominican Republic in front 23-21, then reach set points with an ace at 24-21. An American attack error gave the Dominican Republic a 25-21 victory. Hodge scored seven points to pace the U.S. in the third set.
Dominican Republic notched the first two-point cushion of the fourth set at 6-4, then went into the first technical timeout leading 8-5. Out of the break, Fawcett and Larson downed kills to close to 8-7. Dominican Republic responded with two quick points to return to a three-point cushion at 10-7. An Akinradewo kill and Dominican Republic error narrowed the deficit to 10-9. Dominican Republic extended its lead back to 13-10 with consecutive points going into an American timeout. A Fawcett ace after a Dominican Republic error sliced the gap to 13-12. Hodge and Larson connected for back-to-back kills to tie the score at 14-all, then Larson put up a block to reverse the lead to the USA at 15-14. Dominican Republic scored the first two points out of the second technical timeout to regain a 17-16 lead and built its advantage to 20-17. Dominican Republic extended its lead to 23-18 with three consecutive kills. Tamas slammed an overpass and Akinradewo served an ace to follow a Dominican Republic service error cutting the deficit to 23-21. Dominican Republic answered with the final two points of the match for a 25-21 victory. Akinradewo and Larson totaled five points for the Americans in the fourth set.
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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: Peru vs. Canada, 2 p.m. at COBACH (7th place)
Match 42: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m. at COBACH (5th place)
Match 43: USA vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. at COBACH (bronze)
Match 44: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. at COBACH (gold)