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U.S. Women Stop Trinidad & Tobago to Open Pan Am Cup

By Bill Kauffman | June 10, 2013, 10:47 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a stifling block and service game to blank Trinidad & Tobago 25-13, 25-12, 25-13 Monday evening to open its title defense of the Pan American Cup in Callao, Peru.

Team USA challenges Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. PT on the second day of Pool A competition. Earlier today Puerto Rico lost to Argentina 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 to open the tournament.

The Americans controlled both the net and service line during the match with a 13-4 block advantage and 9-0 margin in aces. Team USA benefited from 21 Trinidad & Tobago errors, while limiting its own errors to 11 for the match. As a team, the U.S. converted 54.2 percent of its offensive swings with a .424 hitting efficiency (32-7-59). The Americans limited Trinidad & Tobago to a 31.5 kill percent for the match and .137 hitting efficiency (23-13-73).

Team USA had 10 of its 12 players score at least one point in the match. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) led the United States in scoring with 11 points via seven kills on 12 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Captain Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) was credited with eight kills on 13 attacks and two blocks for 10 points, while Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) notched six aces and three kills for nine points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), playing in her first match with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, recorded four kills on six errorless attacks and four blocks for eight points.

Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) chipped in six kills on 12 swings in the victory, while Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) came in off the bench to score four points with three kills on four errorless attacks and a block in her first international match at the senior level. Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) each pocketed two points in reserve roles in the third set. Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), starting in her first international senior-level match, and Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block each from the setter position.

Hagglund set the U.S. with 10 running sets on 31 total set attempts without a fault, while Glass totaled nine running sets off the bench on 16 attempts. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded a team-high 10 digs and six excellent receptions off 10 errorless chances, while Gibbemeyer notched six digs from her middle blocker position.

The U.S. started Hodge and Richards Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Hagglund at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Murphy subbed into the match in the second set and started in place of Fawcett in the third set. Glass started the third set in place of Hagglund at setter, while Hill and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) came off the bench in the third set.

“I am very proud of the new players on the team and the way they performed in their first international competition,” Richards Hildebrand said. “We passed and served very well.”

“I liked the way the Trinidadians enjoyed the match,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said. “We have many new players because after the Olympics, some players needed to rest and other players have to step in.”

While both Hagglund and Adams were starting in their first-ever international match with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, Hill also contributed off the bench in her first appearance with the team. Gibbemeyer and Banwarth were also playing in just their 13th match with the team.

Darlene Ramdin paced Trinidad & Tobago with 10 points, while no other player scored more than five points.

In Pool B at Iquitos, Peru, host Peru challenged Costa Rica and Canada played Cuba tonight. In Pool C at Huacho, Mexico stopped Colombia 25-18, 25-23, 25-16, while Brazil faced off with Dominican Republic in an early marquee match.

The Pan American Cup, now in its 12th year, consists of 12 teams from NORCECA (North American, Central America and Caribbean Confederation) and CSV (South America Federation). The tournament serves as a qualification tournament into the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top four teams from NORCECA and the top placing team from CSV other than Brazil will earn tickets to next year’s World Grand Prix.

2013 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)
7 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
8 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)
11 – Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
12 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine)
17 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, Washington)
22 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, Texas)
24 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
25 – Kelly Murphy (Opp, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., Florida)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Physiotherapist: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: Rob Browning

2013 Pan American Cup Schedule

Pool Play (Times Listed as Pacific Time)
June 10: Argentina def. Puerto Rico 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 10: United States def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-13, 25-12, 25-13 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 10: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 10: Cuba vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 10: Mexico def. Colombia 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 10: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 11: Argentina vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (at Callao – Pool A)
June 11: United States vs. Puerto Rico, 6 p.m. (at Callao – Pool A)
June 11: Peru vs. Canada, 5 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 11: Cuba vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 11: Dominican Republic vs. Colombia, 4 p.m. (at Huacho –Pool C)
June 11: Brazil vs. Mexico, 6 p.m. (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 12: Puerto Rico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m. (at Callao – Pool A)
June 12: United States vs. Argentina, 6 p.m. (at Callao – Pool A)
June 12: Peru vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 12: Canada vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 12: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico, 4 p.m. (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 12: Brazil vs. Colombia, 6 p.m. (at Huacho – Pool C)

Classification Rounds
June 14: 3rd A/B/C (1) vs. 4th A/B/C (1 or 3), 4 p.m. (at Callao – 7-10 Classification, Match 19)
June 14: 3rd A/B/C (2) vs. 3rd A/B/C (3 or 4), 4 p.m. (at Lima – 7-10 Classification, Match 20)
June 14: 2nd A/B/C (1) vs. 3rd A/B/C (2 or 3), 6 p.m. (at Callao – Quarterfinals, Match 21)
June 14: 1st A/B/C (3) vs. 2nd A/B/C (2 or 3), 6 p.m. (at Lima – Quarterfinals, Match 22)
June 15: 4th A/B/C (3) vs. Loser Match 19 or 20, 2 p.m. (at Callao – 9-12 Classification, Match 23)
June 15: 4th A/B/C (2) vs. Loser Match 19 or 20, 2 p.m. (at Lima – 9-12 Classification, Match 24)
June 15: Winner Match 19 vs. Loser Match 21 or 22, 4 p.m. (at Callao – 5-8 Classification, Match 25)
June 15: Winner Match 20 vs. Loser Match 21 or 22, 6 p.m. (at Callao – 5-8 Classification, Match 26)
June 15: 1st A/B/C (2) vs. Winner Match 21 or 22, 4 p.m. (at Lima – Semifinals, Match 27)
June 15: 1st A/B/C (1) vs. Winner Match 21 or 22, 6 p.m. (at Lima – Semifinals, Match 28)
June 16: Loser Match 23 vs. Loser Match 24, 10 a.m. (at Callao – 11th/12th Place, Match 29)
June 16: Winner Match 23 vs. Winner Match 24, noon (at Callao – 9th/10th Place, Match 30)
June 16: Loser Match 25 vs. Loser Match 26, 2 p.m. (at Callao – 7th/8th Place, Match 31)
June 16: Winner Match 25 vs. Winner Match 26, 2 p.m. (at Lima, 5th/6th Place, Match 32)
June 16: Loser Match 27 vs. Loser Match 28, 4 p.m. (at Lima, 3rd/4th Place, Match 33)
June 16: Winner Match 27 vs. Winner Match 28, 6 p.m. (at Lima, 1st/2nd Place, Match 34)

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