U.S. Women Open Pan Am Games with Win

Oct. 15, 2011, 5:32 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

Unofficial DataVolley Statistics * Official Statistics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 15, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team out-blocked Puerto Rico 16-3 as it won its opening match 25-17, 25-18, 25-14 on Saturday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The U.S. Women (1-0) will continue pool play on Sunday against Peru.

The United States took advantage of 23 Puerto Rican errors in the victory while committing only eight. Outside hitter Angie Forsett (Lake Worth, Fla.) led all scorers with 12 points on eight kills and four blocks. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) led all blockers with six and added four attacks for a total of 10 points.

“This is so big,” Forsett said. “We have a lot of young players, so to get this first win under our belts feels good.”

“I think today, our blocking defense worked well for us,” U.S. Head Coach Andy Banachowski said. “But I have been very pleased with the progress of our back line, too.”

Puerto Rico out-hit the U.S. Women 38-35. The United States finished with two aces while Puerto Rico had none. Aurea Cruz led Puerto Rico with 11 points on 11 kills.

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) finished with 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.

“There are more rookies (in this Pan American Games) than in the past,” said Barboza, the U.S. team captain. “We have a good group and a really strong zone. Everything has been great.”

Opposite Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) finished with six points on five attacks and one ace. Middle blocker Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.) totaled six points, including an ace.

Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) finished with five points and was credited with 19 assists.

Libero Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) led both teams in digs with nine and also had 10 excellent receptions. Forsett had nine excellent receptions.

Banachowski started Forsett and Barboza at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Jones at middle blocker, Lichtman at opposite, Lloyd at setter and Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) is the designated setter.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) and Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas) played as substitutes.

The U.S. Women took a 2-0 lead in the first set and led 8-4 at the first technical timeout (TTO). With the U.S. leading 10-6, Puerto Rico scored twice to pull within two. Barboza came back with a kill that sparked a 7-0 run behind the serving of Lloyd, who had an ace in the run. Forsett also scored on two attacks and a block and Gibbemery added a block and kill. Puerto finally ended the run with two straight kills, but never threatened again.

Puerto Rico took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO of the second set but Lloyd came back with two straight kills to pull the U.S. to within two. The U.S. finally tied the score at 13-13. With the score tied 15-15, Gibbemeyer gave the U.S. its first two-point lead with an attack and block. The U.S. scored four more straight points, including a kill and block by Forsett, to lead 21-15 and went on to win the set.

The U.S. Women took a 4-1 lead in the third set and led 8-4 at the first TTO. Lloyd and Forsett scored after the break to put the U.S. ahead 10-4 the team increased its lead to nine at the second TTO at 16-7. Puerto Rico scored on a U.S. serving error before the U.S. Women gained three more straight points on a block from Gibbemeyer followed by two Puerto Rico errors. Leading 19-8, the U.S. took the set easily.

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 def. Puerto Rico, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14
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.