OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 20, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team got through a tight first set to defeat Canada 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 and advance to the final of the Visit Omaha NORCECA Continental Championship on Friday at Ralston Arena.
The U.S. Women (3-0) will play the Dominican Republic (3-0) in Saturday’s gold medal match, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CT. All NORCECA matches can also be watched live online at usavolleyball.org. The winner of the NORCECA Championship qualifies for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan.
| Kristin Hildebrand receives the Molten as
Jordan Larson-Burbach watches
Canada held a 13-11 lead in the first set and kept the set close until the score was tied 21-21. U.S. setter Alisha Glass scored with a kill and middle blocker Lauren Paolini added an ace to put the U.S. ahead 23-21. Canada came back with a block. But Canada’s serving error followed by a block from middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) gave the U.S. the victory. The U.S. did not struggle in the next two sets.
“They came out serving tough and passing well,” U.S. Team Captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) said. “They were defending a lot of balls. I think we were surprised at how well they were defending our offense.”
The U.S. Women led in kills (36-24) and aces (7-4). They also took advantage of 26 Canada team errors while committing only 19. Canada led in blocks (8-6).
“(In the first set) I feel like we were waiting for them to make some errors and they didn’t,” U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “They played some nice clean volleyball. At some point, we had to make a decision to try to be proactive and not just wait; but start forcing them into some less-comfortable situations.”
Hildebrand said she was looking forward to an exciting gold medal match before an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday against Dominican Republic.
“The Dominican Republic is a great team,” Hildebrand said. “Every single time we play them it’s a battle. I’m really excited to play them and I’m really excited to play for this crowd too. This week has been great.”
Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led all scorers with 12 points on a match-high 11 kills and one block. Outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) added 10 points on five kills, two blocks and a match-high three aces. Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) totaled nine points on seven attacks and two blocks.
Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added eight points on seven attacks and one ace. Hildebrand finished with seven points on six kills and one block. Glass (Leland, Mich.) finished with two points on a kill and an ace. Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), who played as a serving substitute, came through with an ace.
Glass was credited with 22 running sets. U.S. libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was credited with seven digs and 14 excellent receptions. Larson-Burbach led the team in digs with 11.
Kiraly started Larson-Burbach and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Paolini at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite, Glass at setter and Banwarth at libero. Lichtman, Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) all played as substitutes.
U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Roster for NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship
# - Name (Position, Height, Spike Touch, Block Touch, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, 10-0, 9-10, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
7 - Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-2, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
8 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, 10-1, 9-7, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
9 - Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-4, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, 9-11, 9-8, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
12 - Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, 9-8, 9-3, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, 10-7, 9-10, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, 10-2, 9-7, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State University)
15 - Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, 10-4, 10-1, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
17 - Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, 10-5, 9-10, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, 9-7, 9-6, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
24 - Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, 10-6, 10-2, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Mike Hebert
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Leader: Kenneth Sullivan
2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Schedule
(all times Central)
Dominican Republic def. Costa Rica 25-13, 25-6, 25-20 (Pool A)
Puerto Rico def. St. Lucia 25-9, 25-15, 25-12 (Pool C)
United States def. Mexico 25-9, 25-12, 25-11 (Pool B)
Trinidad & Tobago def. Costa Rica 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13 (Pool A)
Canada def. St. Lucia 25-14, 25-9, 25-14 (Pool C)
Mexico def. Cuba 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 18-16 (Pool B)
Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-13, 25-20, 25-13 (Pool A)
Puerto Rico def. Canada 19-25, 28-26, 25-23, 13-25, 15-8 (Pool C)
United States def. Cuba 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 (Pool B)
Cuba def. St. Lucia 25-16, 25-15, 25-6 (St. Lucia 9th)
Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago 27-25, 25-11, 25-22 (Quarters)
Puerto Rico def. Mexico 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 (Quarters)
Cuba def. Costa Rica 26-24, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22 (7th Place)
Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-18, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21 (Semifinals)
United States def. Canada 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 Semifinals
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico (Fifth Place), 4 p.m.
Canada vs. Puerto Rico (Bronze Medal), 6 p.m.
United States vs. Dominican Republic (Championship), 8 p.m.
Year by Year Podiums
Year: Gold – Silver – Bronze
1969: MEX - CUB – USA
1971: MEX - CUB – AHO
1973: CUB - CAN – USA
1975: CUB - USA – MEX
1977: CUB - USA – CAN
1979: CUB - USA – MEX
1981: USA - CUB – MEX
1983: USA - CUB – CAN
1985: CUB - USA – CAN
1987: CUB - USA – CAN
1989: CUB - CAN – USA
1991: CUB - USA – CAN
1993: CUB - USA – CAN
1995: CUB - USA – CAN
1997: CUB - USA – DOM
1999: CUB - USA – CAN
2001: USA - CUB – DOM
2003: USA - CUB – DOM
2005: USA - CUB – DOM
2007: CUB - USA – DOM
2009: DOM - PUR – CUB
2011: USA – DOM - CUB