U.S. Women Block Peru at Pan Am Games

Oct. 16, 2011, 4:26 p.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 16, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team out-blocked Peru 14-2 in posting a 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 victory Sunday afternoon on the second day of Pool B competition in the Pan American Games being held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The U.S. Women improve to 2-0 in pool play and will face host Mexico at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

After a 16-all tie in the opening set, the U.S. Women scored four straight points to take a 20-16 advantage but needed to score the final four points of the set to secure the win at 25-19. The Americans reached a 7-2 lead in the second set with four quick blocks, then finished out the set with a 7-3 spurt for a 25-15 victory. Peru built a 9-5 lead in the third set, only to have the U.S. Women battle back to tie the score at 12-all and eventually go on to the 25-19 victory.

Team USA used a balanced offense as four players reached double-figure scoring. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) led all scorers with 13 points on nine kills on 18 attacks and four blocks. Angie Forsett (Lake Worth, Fla.) charted seven kills on 24 swings, three blocks and the only ace of the match for 11 points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) tallied all 10 of her points on 18 attacks, while Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.) contributed six kills on 15 attacks and four blocks. Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) collected six kills on 28 attacks and a block for seven points, while Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with two kills and two blocks.

“I am happy how we played,” Gibbemeyer said. “We’ve been playing together for a long time and the connection with my teammates has been improving. This is my first USA tournament ever and everyone here has been really nice. I am excited to play in such a prestigious tournament. There are very good teams in this championship. Tomorrow we will face Mexico, and we have to be prepared.”

Lloyd used 23 assists to set the U.S. to a 37.7 kill percent and .283 hitting efficiency (40-10-106). Peru was limited to a 30.8 kill percent and .108 hitting efficiency (37-24-120). Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Lichtman each tallied six digs, while Barboza collected 10 excellent receptions on 14 errorless attempts. Lichtman added seven excellent receptions on 15 attempts.

The U.S. limited their errors to 14 in the match while benefiting from 20 committed by Peru. The Americans tallied a 54.5 excellent serve reception percent, while Peru managed just 51.4 percent. Peru held a slim 24-20 margin in digs.

Andy Banachowski, who is serving as head coach for the U.S. Women at the Pan American Games, started Forsett and Barboza at outside hitter, Jones and Gibbemeyer at middle blocker, Lichtman at opposite and Lloyd at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was a sub in the second and third sets.

“I was very pleased with my team performance today,” Banachowski said. “Our young team is getting better. I think we improved overall today. Peru gave us a very tough match. I am happy how we reacted in pass and attack much better than yesterday.”

Mirtha Uribe led Peru with 11 points, while Yulissa Zamudio tallied eight points.

For more information on the U.S. Women at the Pan American Games, visit the team’s event page at usavolleyball.org/events/8694.

To watch the Pan American Games live on the Internet, click here. ESPN2 will broadcast the U.S. Women's versus Mexico match on Monday during its 8-10 p.m. ET time slot showing the Pan American Games.

Barboza and Gibbemeyer gave the U.S. an early 3-1 lead in the opening set, which was stretched to 8-5 on consecutive kill and block by Jones. The American lead reached four points at 10-6 after a Barboza kill and Peru error. Peru battled back with three unanswered points to close to 12-11, then knotted the score at 14-all. Consecutive kills by Jones and Lichtman put the U.S. in front 16-14 at the second technical timeout, but Peru tallied the first two points out of the break to level the score at 16-all. Blocks by Jones and Gibbemeyer along with a Lichtman kill and Peru error push the U.S. in front 20-16. After Peru closed to 21-19, the Americans scored the final four poits for a 25-19 victory as Forsett served an ace to reach set point along with a Gibbemeyer attack. Gibbemeyer led all Team USA scorers in the opening set with five points, while Jones added four points with two of the squad’s three blocks. The Americans limited their errors to two in the set, while Peru committed seven.

The U.S. scored its first three points of the second set on blocks, two from Lloyd and another from Forsett to take a 3-1 margin. Team USA rolled off four unanswered points to grab a 7-2 advantage as Barboza and Forsett scored kills and Jones capped the run with a block. Peru rallied to within three at 10-7 until Gibbemeyer provided a kill and block on consecutive plays to place the score at 13-8. Back-to-back Barboza kills and a Peru error placed the Americans in front 16-9 at the second technical timeout. Peru narrowed the gap to 17-12, only to have Jones and Lichtman pocket back-to-back kills for a 19-12 advantage. Lichtman scored two kills around a Peru error to lift the Americans into a 22-14 advantage. Banwarth served a winner at 24-15 and Gibbemeyer followed with a block for the 25-15 victory. Lichtman scored five kills in the second set to pace the Americans, who scored a total of six blocks in the set. Jones added four points.

Peru scored three straight points to assume a3-1 lead in the third set, then reached the first technical timeout with an 8-4 advantage. Lichtman and Forsett scored kills followed by a Peru error to close the deficit to 9-8. A Gibbemeyer quick attack and Peru error knotted the set at 12-all. The U.S. Women regained the lead at 16-15 on a Lichtman kill and Peru error. Out of the second technical timeout, Forsett and Jones added blocks for an 18-15 advantage. Forsett strung three points in a row with two blocks and a kill to push the margin to 21-16 and the Americans cruised to the 25-19 victory. Forsett and Gibbemeyer scored five points each in the third set as the Americans recorded five blocks.

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 def. Canada 25-22, 25-16, 25-18
Oct. 15: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20
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: Peru def. Mexico 27-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-19
Oct. 16: USA def. Peru 25-19, 25-15, 25-19
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.