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US Women Fall to Cuba at Pan Am Cup

By Bill Kauffman | July 14, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team fell to Cuba 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19 on Saturday evening during the Women’s Pan American Cup at Juarez, Mexico.

Team USA, now 2-1 in the tournament and in second place in Pool A, continues Pan American Cup play on Sunday against Colombia at 4 p.m. MT before concluding Pool A with Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. MT. To view video live stream, visit www.norceca.net.

Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah) led the team with 20 points off of a match-high 18 kills and two blocks. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) followed suit posting 15 points off of 13 kills and two blocks. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) charted six points with a team-high 23 excellent receptions on 39 chances. Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added five points, while Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), Nancy Metcalf and Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) tallied four points each. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with three points.

Team USA converted 45.9 percent of its attacks with a .294 hitting efficiency (50-18-109). Cuba converted 52.3 percent of its attacks with a .371 hitting efficiency (55-16-105). Both teams put up 11 blocks, but Cuba's 4-0 ace advantage kept the Americans off from the first touch.

Reed Sunahara, the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team head coach for the Pan American Cup, started Gibbemeyer and Tamas at middle blocker, Lichtman and Richards at outside hitter, Metcalf at opposite and Glass at setter. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) is the designated libero for the tournament. Paolini started the last three sets after subbing in the first set. Fawcett started the final two sets after coming off the bench in the first two sets.

The Pan American Cup serves as a qualification tournament into the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, which the U.S. has won each of the past three years. The top four teams from NORCECA, plus the top team from South America other than Brazil, will qualify for the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.

Women's Pan American Cup Year-by-Year
Year: Gold – Silver – Bronze
2002: Cuba – Dominican Republic – USA
2003: USA – Dominican Republic – Cuba
2004: Cuba – USA – Dominican Republic
2005: Cuba – Dominican Republic – Brazil
2006: Brazil – Cuba – Dominican Republic
2007: Cuba – Brazil – Dominican Republic
2008: Dominican Republic – Brazil – Argentina
2009: Brazil – Dominican Republic – Puerto Rico
2010: Dominican Republic – Peru – USA
2011: Brazil – Dominican Republic - USA

2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Roster for Pan American Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
17 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)
19 – Keao Burdine (OH, 6-1, Pico Rivera, Calif., Southern California)
24 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
25 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)

Head Coach: Reed Sunahara (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Tom Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Dan Fisher (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Team Manager: Mike Hebert (San Diego, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo (Lincoln, Neb.)
Medical Support: Maria “Larnie” Boquiren (Culver City, Calif.)

2012 Women's Pan American Cup Schedule

Pool A: Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, United States
Pool B: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago

Pool A
July 12: Dominican Republic def. Colombia 25-13, 25-18, 25-11
July 12: United States def. Canada 25-15, 25-22, 25-15
July 12: Cuba def. Puerto Rico 16-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19
July 13: Cuba def. Colombia 25-19, 25-21, 25-15
July 13: Dominican Republic def. Canada 25-17, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21
July 13: United States def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-12, 25-14
July 14: Canada def Colombia 25-12, 25-19, 25-13
July 14: Dominican Republic def Puerto Rico 25-22, 25-19, 25-22
July 14: Cuba def United States 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19
July 15: United States vs. Colombia, 4 p.m. MT
July 15: Puerto Rico vs. Canada, 4 p.m. MT
July 15: Dominican Republic vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. MT
July 16: Cuba vs. Canada, 4 p.m. MT
July 16: Puerto Rico vs. Colombia, 4 p.m. MT
July 16: United States vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. MT

Pool B
July 12: Brazil def. Costa Rica 25-9, 25-15, 25-11
July 12: Peru def. Argentina 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23
July 12: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago 27-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19
July 13: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago 26-24, 25-14, 25-13
July 13: Brazil def. Peru 25-11, 25-19, 25-16
July 13: Costa Rica def Mexico 25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23
July 14: Brazil def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-16, 25-16, 25-20
July 14: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m. MT
July 14: Mexico vs. Argentina, 8 p.m. MT
July 15: Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m.
July 15: Brazil vs. Argentina, 6 p.m. MT
July 15: Mexico vs. Peru, 8 p.m. MT
July 16: Peru vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. MT
July 16: Argentina vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m. MT
July 16: Mexico vs. Brazil, 8 p.m. MT

July 18: Match 31 - 4B vs. 5A, 4 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 7-10
July 18: Match 32 - 4A vs. 5B, 6 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 7-10
July 18: Match 33 - 6A vs. 6B, 8 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 11-12
July 18: Match 34 - 2A vs. 3B, 6 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Quarterfinal
July 18: Match 35 - 2B vs. 3A, 8 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Quarterfinal

July 19: Match 36 – M31 winner vs. M34 loser, 4 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 5-8
July 19: Match 37 – M32 winner vs. M35 loser, 6 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 5-8
July 19: Match 38 – M31 loser vs. M32 loser, 8 p.m. MT (at UACJ) – Classification 9-10
July 19: Match 39 – Pool B Winner vs. M34 winner, 6 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Semifinal
July 19: Match 40 – Pool A Winner vs. M35 winner, 8 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Semifinal

July 20: Match 41 – M36 loser vs. M37 loser, 2 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Classification 7-8
July 20: Match 42 – M36 winner vs. M37 winner, 4 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Classification 5-6
July 20: Match 43 – M39 loser vs. M40 loser, 6 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Bronze-Medal Match
July 20: Match 44 – M39 winner vs. M40 winner, 8 p.m. MT (at COBACH) – Gold-Medal Match

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