Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 20, 2011) - Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) scored 23 points and the U.S. Women’s National Team used 22 blocks to rally past Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19 in the Pan American Games bronze-medal match Thursday evening in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The U.S. Women, with seven players making their international senior-level debut, ended the tournament in third place after starting the tournament 3-0 in pool play. The Americans lost their semifinal match on Oct. 19 to defending Pan American Games champion Cuba in four sets. Cuba will face Brazil in the gold-medal match at 6 p.m. PT.
The U.S. overcame an 8-2 deficit in the opening set by using a 7-0 run to take a 20-18 advantage, but Dominican Republic answered late with a 25-23 victory. Team USA used seven blocks in the second set to build a 21-10 advantage and en route to a 25-16 victory. The U.S. overcame an 8-5 deficit in the third set by using a 10-1 scoring run to take a 15-9 advantage and held on for a 25-20 victory. Team USA broke free from a 15-14 advantage in the fourth set with a 5-0 scoring run and closed the match with a 25-19 victory as Barboza scored nine of her points in the set.
“I think we did a really great job and learned our lessons from last night,” Barboza said. “We fought hard and executed. When we got off the bus today, it was all about beating the Dominican Republic.”
Barboza, the U.S. captain, scored her 23 points on 22 kills via 52 attacks and a block. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) added 16 points with 11 kills and five blocks. Angie Forsett (Lake Worth, Fla.) came off the bench to notch 11 kills and four blocks as part of a 15-point performance. Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.) charted five kills and seven blocks for 12 points. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) contributed five kills and four blocks for nine points. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) rounded out the scoring with a kill, block and ace for three points.
Barboza has now won the bronze medal in three consecutive Pan American Games, while Thompson has earned her second bronze medal. Barboza and Thompson are two of the five players with senior-level international playing experience with the U.S. along with Forsett, Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
“I love this game and I love this team,” Thompson said. “It is easy to get fired up for something like this. We really wanted a medal. You can watch film and hear about it, but until you are in the arena, you don’t know.”
The U.S., behind 41 assists by Thompson, converted 35.5 percent of its attacks with a .252 hitting efficiency (55-16-155). Meanwhile, Dominican Republic converted 31.6 percent of its attacks as part of a .137 hitting efficiency (53-30-168).
Lichtman recorded a team-high 11 digs, while Forsett contributed nine digs in the victory. Barboza, Thompson and Miyashiro all posted seven digs for Team USA. Miyashiro totaled 24 excellent receptions on 30 attempts, while Lichtman added 16 excellent receptions on 25 attempts.
The U.S. held a 22-8 margin in blocks and a slim 55-53 edge in kills. The Americans held their errors to 17 in the match, while Dominican Republic committed 20 errors. Team USA also produced a 46-43 margin in digs. As a team, the U.S. tallied 57 excellent receptions on 76 attempts for a 72.4 percent. Dominican Republic held a 66.3 excellent reception percent on 92 attempts.
“We didn’t change much,” Forsett said. “Last night we didn’t play USA volleyball. Tonight we finished. It’s redemption knowing you can do it. We never had a doubt.”
Andy Banachowski, who is serving as head coach for the U.S. Women at the Pan American Games, started Klineman and Barboza at outside hitter, Jones and Gibbemeyer at middle blocker, Lichtman at opposite and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) at setter. Miyashiro was the libero for the match. Forsett replaced Klineman in the first set and remained on the court the rest of the match. Thompson subbed into the match in the first set for Lloyd and started the remaining three sets, although Lloyd returned briefly in the third set. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was a sub in all four sets.
Bethania De La Cruz scored a match-high 26 points to lead Dominican Republic, while Prisilla Rivera added 15 points in the loss.
Earlier today, Puerto Rico defeated Peru 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 to finish in fifth place, while Canada rallied to defeat Mexico 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 for seventh place.
For more information on the U.S. Women at the Pan American Games, visit the team’s event page at usavolleyball.org/events/8694.
Dominican Republic scored the first five points of the opening set, then went into the first technical timeout leading 8-2. Barboza picked up a block and kill out of the break to narrow the deficit to 8-4. Dominican Republic increased its lead back to six points with an ace at 11-6. Team USA closed to 12-8 with a Lichtman kill and Gibbemeyer block. The U.S. moved to within three at 16-13 following a Jones block and Dominican Republic attack error. Dominican Republic answered with consecutive points to regain a four-point edge at 18-14. However, Barboza collected a kill before kills from Forsett and Jones to close the gap to 18-16. Forsett scored consecutive kills to knot the score at 18-all, leading to a Dominican Republic timeout after yielding five straight American points. Forsett added another point out of the timeout with a block and Dominican Republic hit long for a 20-18 U.S. lead. However, Dominican Republic scored four unanswered points to regain a 22-20 advantage. Team USA knotted the score at 22-all with a Lichtman kill and Gibbemeyer block, only to have Dominican Republic score back-to-back points to reach set points at 24-22. After Forsett saved one set point with a kill, Dominican Republic ended the set at 25-23. Gibbemeyer, Barboza and Forsett all scored five points for the U.S. in the opening set. The Americans held a 7-2 block margin.
Jones scored a kill and two straight blocks to give the Americans a 3-1 advantage in the second set. Gibbemeyer and Forsett knocked down consecutive kills and Thompson followed with a block to increase the U.S. lead to 7-3. Gibbemeyer secured a block after the first technical timeout to increase the margin to 9-4. Barboza and Jones downed back-to-back kills, then Lichtman put up a block to extend the American advantage to 13-6. Dominican Republic inched to within five at 14-9. Team USA went on a 3-0 run with kills from Gibbemeyer and Barboza around a Forsett block to force Dominican Republic into a timeout down 18-10. Out of the break, Forsett scored her fourth block and Barboza hit a back-row kill to double-up the score at 20-10. Team USA scored a sixth straight point at 21-10 on a Dominican Republic error. Dominican Republic scored back-to-back points to knock the deficit to 21-12, then closed to 23-15 with consecutive points. The U.S. ended the set at 25-16 with a Lichtman kill. Forsett, Gibbemeyer and Jones all scored five points in the second set as the Americans produced seven blocks as a team.
The third set opened with the teams trading points until Dominican Republic scored three consecutive points to reach the first technical timeout leading 8-5. Gibbemeyer, Lichtman and Barboza scored consecutive kills out of the break to knot the score at 8-all. Team USA grabbed the lead at 9-8 with a fourth straight point following a Dominican Republic attack error. Thompson scored an ace after a Forsett kill to increase the American lead to 11-9. Out of a Dominican Republic timeout, Lichtman notced back-to-back blocks and Dominican Republic committed an error to raise the American advantage to 14-9. Following Dominican Republic’s second timeout, Forsett hit a back-row kill to cap a 6-0 run for the Americans with a 15-9 lead. Dominican Republic clawed back to within two at 16-14 with four straight points out of the second technical timeout. Dominican Republic kept the pressure up by closing to one point at 18-17. Gibbemeyer pocketed consecutive blocks to place the American advantage back at three points, 20-17. Team USA ended the set with a Forsett kill at 25-20, capping a 3-0 scoring run. Barboza notched six points in the set as the Americans scored five blocks.
Barboza scored back-to-back kills to put the U.S. in front 2-1 in the fourth set. Barboza and Gibbemeyer produced consecutive kills after a Dominican Republic error to push the American advantage to 5-2. Dominican Republic reduced the deficit to 6-5 on back-to-back points, then tied the set at 8-all with an ace. Team USA scored consecutive points on Dominican Republic errors to gain a two-point separation at 12-10. Jones lifted the U.S. in front 19-14 with a kill and three blocks on consecutive plays. Team USA scored a fifth straight point on a Dominican Republic error at 20-14. Dominican Republic sliced three points off the deficit at 20-17. Team USA regained a five-point cushion at 23-18 on back-to-back Dominican Republic errors. Forsett provided the Americans set and match points at 24-19, then Barboza ended it quickly with a saved ball that fell on the other side of the net for a 25-19 victory. Barboza scored nine points in the fourth set.
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
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 def. Dominican Republic 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16
Oct. 16: Brazil def. Canada 25-19, 25-21, 25-10
Oct. 17: Dominican Republic def. Canada 27-29, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12
Oct. 17: Brazil def. Cuba 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18
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 def. Mexico 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-13
Oct. 17: Puerto Rico def. Peru 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-11
Oct. 17: USA def. Mexico 25-14, 25-16, 31-29
Oct. 18: Cuba (2A) def. Peru (3B) 25-18, 25-19, 26-24
Oct. 18: Dominican Republic (3A) def. Puerto Rico (2B) 25-21, 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 15-8
Oct. 19: Peru def. Canada (4A) 26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19
Oct. 19: Puerto Rico def. Mexico (4B) 20-25, 25-14, 9-25, 25-10, 15-9
Oct. 19: Cuba def. USA (1B) 25-17, 25-16, 25-27, 25-21
Oct. 19: Brazil (1A) def. Dominican Republic 25-19, 25-18, 25-23
Oct. 20: Canada def. Mexico 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15
Oct. 20: Puerto Rico def. Peru 25-23, 25-20, 25-19
Oct. 20: USA def. Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19
Oct. 20: Cuba vs. Brazil, 8 p.m.