U.S. Women Sweep Canada to Open NORCECA

Sept. 13, 2011, 10:47 p.m. (ET)

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

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 Tuesday evening during Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship being held Sept. 12-17 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, concludes its three-team round-robin pool versus Trinidad & Tobago (0-1) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Puerto Rico Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time). Earlier in the tournament Canada defeated Trinidad & Tobago in four sets and finished the pool with a 1-1 record as it has a bye on Wednesday.

Should Team USA finish as either the first or second-best pool winner after Wednesday’s matches, it will advance directly to the semifinal round on Sept. 16. The third-best pool winner will join the second-place pool finishers in the quarterfinals on Sept. 15. The NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship concludes on Sept. 17 with the final classification matches. The event’s gold and silver medalist will earn tickets to the 2011 FIVB World Cup, the first 2012 Olympic Games qualification event, being staged Nov. 4-18 in Japan.

The U.S. broke a 7-7 tie in the opening set with three unanswered points and stretched the lead to 22-14 before holding off Canada 25-19 down the stretch. In the second set, the Americans rebounded from an 8-6 deficit with a 5-0 run and built a seven-point cushion at 21-14. Canada made the set interesting by closing to within three at 21-18 before the U.S. was able to finish the set at 25-19. Canada recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set and took an 8-6 lead into the technical timeout, only to have the Americans cruise to a 19-10 advantage on a 13-2 run. Canada did not go away quietly as it scored eight unanswered points to move to within one at 23-22 before the U.S. could side-out to the 25-23 victory.

“I thought Canada played a good match,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “I thought we were good in a couple phases of the game. Offensively, we could have been cleaner at the net. It was an okay start to the tournament, but we need to be better tomorrow."

The U.S. was led by Destinee Hooker’s (San Antonio, Texas) 18 points on 16 kills via 34 attacks and two blocks. Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) tallied 10 points with seven kills on 25 attacks and three aces, while Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) charted 10 points on six kills via 10 swings, two blocks and two aces. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) collected eight kills and a block for nine points, followed by Foluke Akinradewo’s (Plantation, Fla.) eight points all on kills. Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) rounded out the scoring with an ace.

Berg was credited with 24 assists on 86 attempts as the Americans converted 45 of 112 attacks for a 40.2 percent. Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) contributed a match-high 14 digs, while Hooker added seven digs. Larson charted 18 excellent receptions on 25 attempts, while Tom recorded 11 excellent receptions on 22 attempts.

The U.S. limited Canada to a 29.7 kill percent for the match and held a 35-28 margin in digs.

“I think we can come away from today’s match happy with our serve-receive,” U.S. captain Jennifer Tamas said. “I hope we can improve in all facets of our game as we go along in the tournament.”

“We allowed Canada to come back in all three sets to make the score closer, but a win is a win,” Berg said. “Tomorrow against Trinidad & Tobago will be a different match. It is always harder to set our rhythm against a team that is not as strong, but that will be something we have to work on. Our goal will be to get in-and-out as quickly as possible.”

Canada out-blocked the Americans 11-5 to offset the Team USA 45-33 advantage in kills. The U.S. held a 6-1 margin in aces and committed three fewer errors at 19-16.

McCutcheon started Tom and Larson at outside hitter, Akinradewo and Bown at middle blocker, Hooker at opposite and Berg at setter. Davis was the designated libero for the match.

Sarah Pavan led Canada with 17 points with 15 kills, a block and ace. Marisa Field added eight points in the loss, including a match-high four blocks.

“I thought we played well today,” Canada captain Tammy Mahon said. “I think we fixed some things from yesterday’s performance. USA doesn’t give away too many points, so you have to play well against them.”

“Congratulations to USA – they played really well today,” Canada coach Arnd Ludwig said. “We had a better performance today than yesterday, and I am happy overall with our performance.”

Earlier today, Mexico (1-0) defeated Costa Rica (0-2) 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17 in Pool A and Cuba (1-0) topped Panama (0-2) 25-13, 25-15, 25-7 in Pool C.

The U.S. took an early 5-3 lead in the opening set with a Hooker block and kill around a Canadian error after trailing 3-2. After Canada came back to tie the set at 7-all, Akinradewo started a 3-0 run with a kill followed by a Berg ace and Hooker kill to send the score to 10-7. Tom and Larson notched consecutive kills to reach the second technical timeout leading 16-12. After a Canada error, Hooker put up a block and Larson followed with consecutive kills to push the score to 22-14. Canada rallied to 23-19 with a 5-1 scoring spurt before Bown tallied consecutive blocks to end the set at 25-19.

Tom scored an ace between kills from Hooker and Larson to yield a 3-1 American lead in the second set. Canada scored three straight points to nab a 5-4 advantage and reached the first technical timeout leading 8-6 with three consecutive points. Out of the break, the Americans scored five unanswered points with two kills from Akinradewo, a kill by Tom and ace by Bown after a Canada error for an 11-8 margin. After Canada closed the gap to 11-10, Tom, Hooker and Akinradewo pocketed kills followed by a Canada error to extend the American lead to 15-10. Team USA’s advantage reached seven points at 21-14. Canada produced four unanswered points to move to within 21-18 before the U.S. could close out the set 25-19.

Hooker scored the first three points of the third set, only to have Canada shift into the lead at 7-5 with a 7-2 run. After trailing 8-6 at the first technical timeout, Bown and Tom turned in kills around two Canadian errors for an 11-8 advantage. The U.S. widened the gap to 14-9 with kills from Hooker and Akinradewo around another Canada error. Tom highlighted a 5-0 surge with an ace bringing the American lead to 19-10. After trading points until 23-14, Canada stormed back to within one at 23-22 with eight straight points put could not knot the score. Hooker ended the set at 25-23 with a kill.

For additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2011 NORCECA Continental Championship, visit usavolleyball.org/events/8347.

All matches during the 2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship will have Live Stats that can be accessed through the NORCECA event page by clicking here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Kim Glass (OH, 6-2, Lancaster, Pa., Arizona)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)

2011 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Schedule
Caguas, Puerto Rico * Sept. 12-17
Times Listed as Puerto Rico Time and Subject to Change

Pool A
Sept. 12: Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 (Match 3)
Sept. 13: Mexico def. Costa Rica 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17 (Match 4)
Sept. 14: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, 8:10 p.m. (Match 9)

Pool B
Sept. 12: Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 28-30, 25-22, 25-11 (Match 2)
Sept. 13: USA def. Canada 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 (Match 6)
Sept. 14: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (Match 7)

Pool C
Sept. 12: Dominican Republic def. Panama 25-12, 25-10, 25-15 (Match 1)
Sept. 13: Panama vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. (Match 5)
Sept. 14: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (Match 8)

Classification 7-9
Sept. 15: 3rd HR2 vs. 3rd HR3, 4 p.m. (Match 10)

Sept. 15: 2nd HR1 vs. 2nd HR2 (or 2nd HR3), 6 p.m. (Match 11)
Sept. 15: 1st HR3 vs. 2nd HR3 (or 2nd HR2), 8:10 p.m. (Match 12)

Final Classification 7-8
Sept. 16: 3rd HR1 vs. Winner of Match 10, 4 p.m. (Match 13)

Sept. 16: 1st HR2 vs. Winner Match 11/12, 6 p.m. (Match 14)
Sept. 16: 1st HR1 vs. Winner Match 12/11, 8:10 p.m. (Match 15)

Final Classification 5-6
Sept. 17: Loser Match 11 vs. Loser Match 12, 4 p.m. (Match 16)

Medal Matches
Sept. 17: Loser Match 14 vs. Loser Match 15, 6 p.m. (Bronze)
Sept. 17: Winner Match 14 vs. Match 15, 8:10 p.m. (Gold)