U.S. Women Set Final Roster for Pan Am Cup

June 30, 2011, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

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

U.S. Women's Pan Am Cup Press Kit:
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 30, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) has announced the 12-player roster that will compete at the 2011 X Women’s Pan American Cup held July 1-9 at Juarez, Mexico.

McCutcheon’s squad will include middle blockers Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) and Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), who will also serve as captain. Outside hitters taking part in the Pan American Cup are Angie Forsett (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) and Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.). The opposites are Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa). Setters on the roster are Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), while the libero is Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.).

The Team USA roster for the Pan American Cup has some similarity to the recently completed Montreux Volley Masters, but with some key changes to continue the evaluation process of the athletes during the third year of the Olympic quadrennial. Hodge and Metcalf, who did not travel to Switzerland for the Montreux Volley Masters, are on the Pan American Cup roster. Akinradewo, who traveled to Switzerland but only played during an exhibition match against Switzerland, is one of the three middle blockers on the 12-player Pan American Cup roster and will potentially see more playing time.

The American roster for the 2011 Pan American Cup has four athletes with Olympic Games experience and seven with FIVB World Championship matches. Davis, Tamas and Kim Glass all won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, while Metcalf was a member of the 2004 Olympic Games team. Along with those four athletes, Alisha Glass, Larson, Akinradewo and Hodge all have played at the FIVB World Championships.

The 12-team Pan American Cup serves as a qualifier into the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top four teams from the NORCECA confederation, Brazil and the top South American team other than Brazil based the 2011 Pan American Cup final rankings will advance to the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Brazil, due to its commercial contract, is automatically entitled to participate in the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens Pool B with Peru on July 1 at 4 p.m., followed by Puerto Rico on July 2 at 8 p.m. The Americans will face Trinidad & Tobago on July 3 at 6 p.m. and Costa Rica on July 4 at 8 p.m. The U.S. closes out pool play against Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world, on July 5 at 8 p.m. All Pool B matches will be played at the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez or UACJ (www.uacj.mx).

Pool A consists of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

After a day of rest on July 6, classification matches begin on July 7. Quarterfinal matches will feature pool crossovers of second- and third-place teams, while the pool winners advance directly to the July 8 semifinals. Medal-round and final classification matches take place on the final day of the event on July 9. The majority of the second phase of the tournament will be played at the Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Baja California or COBACH (www.cobachbc.edu.mx).

The Montreux Volley Masters allowed for ample evaluation time for the athletes as eight different players averaged at least two points per set. Kim Glass scored 75 points at the Montreux Volley Masters to tie for the team-high, averaging 3.57 points per set. Fawcett averaged 3.13 points per set as part of a 43.9 kill percent. Tamas converted 54.1 percent of her attacks with a .446 hitting efficiency as part of a 2.14 points scored average. Forsett totaled 36 points in 11 sets to claim averages of 0.82 blocks and 3.27 points per set with a 50.0 kill percent. The setting combination of Spicer and Alisha Glass helped the Americans to a .265 team hitting efficiency, while Davis provided a 4.29 dig average. Larson, who was primarily used as a reserve off the bench at Montreux, still averaged 2.09 points per set with a team-high 21 points versus China in the bronze-medal match.

The U.S. Women’s National Team claimed the bronze medal at last year’s Pan American Cup held in Mexico, which qualified the team into the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix. The Americans won all five of their pool play matches in straight sets with victories over Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico. The U.S. lost to the eventual champions Dominican Republic in four sets during the semifinal round, but bounced back to sweep rival Cuba in the bronze-medal match.

The U.S. typically sends a mix of young and experienced players to the Pan American Cup for evaluation purposes for future events. The Americans’ bronze medal at the 2010 event was their first medal at the Pan American Cup since a silver-medal finish in 2004. Team USA captured the gold medal in the 2003 edition of the Pan American Cup, while also claiming a bronze medal in 2002.

To view the U.S. Women’s National Team Press kit for the Pan American Cup, click here.

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 (at COBACH)
July 1: Cuba vs. Argentina, 3 p.m.
July 1: Dominican Republic vs. Canada, 5 p.m.
July 1: Chile vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 2: Dominican Republic vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 2: Canada vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
July 2: Cuba vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 3: Cuba vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 3: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
July 3: Canada vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 4: Argentina vs. Chile, 4 p.m.
July 4: Cuba vs. Canada, 6 p.m.
July 4: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
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 (at UACJ)
July 1: Puerto Rico vs. Costa Rica, noon
July 1: Brazil vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 2 p.m.
July 1: USA vs. Peru, 4 p.m.
July 2: Peru vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m.
July 2: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m.
July 2: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.
July 3: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 4 p.m.
July 3: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
July 3: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.
July 4: Puerto Rico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m.
July 4: Brazil vs. Peru, 6 p.m.
July 4: USA vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m.
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

July 7
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)

July 8
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)

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)