U.S. Women Announce Pan Am Games Roster

Oct. 10, 2011, 5:18 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 10, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has selected its 12-player roster to compete in the XVI Pan American Games at Guadalajara, Mexico. The competition will take place at the Pan American Volleyball Stadium.

The roster includes middle blockers Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.), outside hitters Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), Keao Burdine (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Angie Forsett (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), setters Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), opposites Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Regan Hood (Carrolton, Texas) and liberos Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa).

“We are all excited to compete in the Pan American Games,” said Andy Banachowski, who will serve as the U.S. head coach for the team at the Pan American Games. “This will be the first major international competition at this level for a number of the players, but we have a sprinkling of seasoned players on the roster to balance the squad.

Barboza and Thompson earned Pan American Games bronze medals at the most recent event held in 2007 at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Lloyd earned the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Year award in 2010. Klineman earned the Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in 2010. Burdine, who was back-to-back NCAA Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2002 and 2003 as University of Southern California won consecutive NCAA titles, has transitioned from playing professional beach volleyball to the indoor court.

Banachowski retired from collegiate coaching following the 2009-2010 academic year after serving 43 years at UCLA. He will be assisted by retired University of Minnesota head women’s volleyball coach Mike Hebert and Penn State University men’s volleyball assistant coach Jay Hosack. Banachowski and Hebert hold a combined 2,058 collegiate coaching victories. Banachowski retired with 1,106 victories and ranks first in all-time victories in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. Hebert concluded his 35 years as a head coach with 952 victories for fourth place all-time in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball.

The Pan American Games women’s volleyball competition will take place Oct. 15-20. The U.S. opens Pool B on Oct. 15 against Puerto Rico at 1 p.m., followed by an Oct. 16 contest versus Peru at 1 p.m. Team USA concludes group play on Oct. 17 versus host Mexico at 7 p.m.

The top team in both Pool A and Pool B receive an automatic berth into the semifinals on Oct. 19, while the second- and third-place teams compete in crossover quarterfinal matches on Oct. 18. The medal round and final classification matches are scheduled for Oct. 20.

“Of course, the championship round is our goal, but we must first gain confidence and success in our preliminary rounds, especially in our opening match against Puerto Rico,” Banachowski said.

The Pan American Games is held every four years in the year preceding the Olympics Games. The event started in 1955 at Mexico City, nine years before the first-ever Olympic Games.

The U.S. Women’s National Team has medaled in 11 of the previous 14 Pan American Games with volleyball competition, including one gold medal (1967), six silver medals (1955, 1959, 1963, 1971, 1983, 1995) and four bronze medals (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007).

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for Pan American Games
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (Libero, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
3 – Keao Burdine (OH, 6-1, Pico Rivera, Calif., Southern California)
4 – Angie Forsett (OH, 5-8, Lake Worth, Fla., California-Berkeley)
6 – Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
10 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)
11 – Regan Hood (OPP, 6-2, Carrollton, Texas, LSU)
12 – Alix Klineman (OH, 6-4, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford)
13 – Cassidy Lichtman (OPP, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
14 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)
15 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
19 – Jessica Jones (MB, Naperville, Ill., Minnesota)
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Assistant Coach: Mike Hebert
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Technical Coordinator: Jenni Hirneisen
Team Leader: Ken Sullivan

Pan American Games
Guadalajara, Mexico

Pool A
Oct. 15: Cuba vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
Oct. 15: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic, 3 p.m.
Oct. 16: Brazil vs. Canada, 8 p.m.
Oct. 17: Dominican Republic vs. Canada, 2 p.m.
Oct. 17: Brazil vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.

Pool B
Oct. 15: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15: Mexico vs. Peru, 6 p.m.
Oct. 16: USA vs. Peru, 1 p.m.
Oct. 16: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 6 p.m.
Oct. 17: Peru vs. Puerto Rico, noon
Oct. 17: USA vs. Mexico, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Times subject to change)
Oct. 18: 2A vs. 3B, 6 p.m. (Match 13)
Oct. 18: 2B vs. 3A, 8 p.m. (Match 14)

Classification 5-8 (Times subject to change)
Oct. 19: 4A vs. Loser Match 13 or Match 14, 1 p.m. (Match 15)
Oct. 19: 4B vs. Loser Match 13 or Match 14, 6 p.m. (Match 17)

Semifinals (Times subject to change)
Oct. 19: 1B vs. Winner Match 13 or Match 14, 3 p.m. (Match 16)
Oct. 19: 1A vs. Winner Match 13 or Match 14, 8 p.m. (Match 18)

Classification 7-8
Oct. 20: Loser Match 15 vs. Loser Match 17, 1 p.m.

Classification 5-6
Oct. 20: Winner Match 15 vs. Winner Match 17, 3 p.m.

Bronze-Medal Match
Oct. 20: Loser Match 16 vs. Loser Match 18, 6 p.m.

Gold-Medal Match
Oct. 20: Winner Match 16 vs. Winner Match 18, 8 p.m.