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Gibbemeyer Named Best Blocker at Pan Am Games

Oct. 21, 2011, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 21, 2011) – Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) was selected as the Women’s Pan American Games Best Blocker on the final day of the women’s indoor volleyball competition that took place Oct. 15-20 at Guadalajara, Mexico.

Gibbemeyer, playing in her first senior-level international volleyball tournament for the U.S. Women’s National Team, averaged 1.29 blocks per set in helping the Americans earn the bronze medal. She was credited with 22 blocks in 17 sets. Teammate Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.) finished third in the category with 1.12 blocks per set. Angie Forsett (Lake Worth, Fla.) ranked seventh in Best Blocker with 0.65 blocks per set.

Overall, Gibbemeyer tallied 56 points (34 kills, 22 blocks, 0 aces) to rank 15th among all players in the tournament.

Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) was the U.S. Women’s National Team’s leading scorer with 65 points (60 kills, 5 blocks, 0 aces) for eighth in Best Scorer. She also ranked sixth in Best Spiker with a 36.4 kill percent (60-165).

Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) ranked second in Best Libero and Best Receiver. She averaged 6.41 excellent receptions and digs per set during the tournament with a 65.4 serve-receive efficiency percent with 69 excellent receptions on 104 attempts.

Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) ranked eighth in Best Server with a 0.18 ace average and ninth in Best Digger with 1.53 digs per set. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) ranked fourth in Best Setter with 3.47 assists per set despite having just one start in five Pan American Games matches. Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) added 3.29 assists per set for fifth in the category as the two setters shared the role.

As a team, the U.S. finished third in Best Spiker with a combined 37.4 kill percent and was the best blocking team in the tournament with an average of 4.47 blocks per set – 0.68 blocks per set more than second-best Brazil, which captured the tournament’s gold medal with a thrilling five-set victory over Cuba. The Americans’ only loss in the tournament was to Cuba.

Further, the setting combination of Thompson and Lloyd allowed the U.S. to ranked as the top setting team in the tournament with 6.88 running sets average.

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

Head Coach: Andy Banachowski
Assistant Coach: Mike Hebert
Assistant Coach: Jay Hosack
Technical Coordinator: Jenni Hirneisen
Team Leader: Ken Sullivan

2011 Pan American Games
Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct. 15-20, 2011

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 def. Dominican Republic 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16
Oct. 16: Brazil def. Canada 25-19, 25-12, 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

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 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

Quarterfinals
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 

Classification 5-8
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

Semifinals
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

Classification 7-8
Oct. 20: Canada def. Mexico 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15

Classification 5-6
Oct. 20: Puerto Rico def. Peru 25-23, 25-20, 25-19

Bronze-Medal Match
Oct. 20: USA def. Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19

Gold-Medal Match
Oct. 20: Brazil def. Cuba 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10

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