U.S. Women Gain NORCECA Gold

Sept. 21, 2013, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 21, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held off the hard-hitting Dominican Republic, 25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19 to win the NORCECA Continental Championship on Saturday at Ralston Arena.

Kayla Banwarth (12) leads a team celebration
  Kayla Banwarth (12) leads the U.S. Women in celebration

The U.S. Women finish the tournament at 4-0 in matches and 12-1 in sets. Opposite Kelly Murphy was named most valuable player and the tournament’s Best Spiker. Outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach delighted the Nebraska crowd by being named Best Server and Alisha Glass was named Best Setter.

The victory qualifies the U.S. Women for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan. They will compete against the winners of the other four zonal championships.

After losing the third set on Saturday, the U.S. Women used a 12-1 scoring run to overcome a 14-11 deficit in the fourth set. Murphy served for four straight points and Team Captain Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) served for another six.

“We knew this was going to be our toughest match, so we just kept saying, ‘stay patient. Just play USA Volleyball,’” Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) said. “I think sometimes we let that get away from us a little bit. But we’re always good about getting it back to center.”

The Dominican Republic led the U.S. in successful attacks (60-51). The United States led in blocks (12-7) and in aces (5-2). They also took advantage of 29 Dominican team errors while committing only 18.

“I’m proud of this group,” U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “Every one of these athletes made a meaningful, significant and critical contribution this week.”

Murphy led the U.S. in scoring with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace. Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) added 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces. Middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) totaled 12 points on eight attacks and four blocks.

Hildebrand at outside hitter added 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) totaled five points on four kills and one block. Glass finished with five points on one kills, two blocks and two aces. Middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.), who entered the match as a substitute in the fourth set, scored two points on a key kill and block.

Glass was credited with 52 running sets. Libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), another Cornhusker, was credited with 12 digs and 28 excellent receptions. Larson-Burbach led the team in digs with 13.

Kiraly started Larson-Burbach and Hildebrand at outside hitter, Paolini and Gibbemeyer at middle blocker, Murphy at opposite, Glass at setter and Banwart at libero. Harmotto, opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) all played as subsitutes.

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
Doctor: Dr, Andrew Gregory

2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship Schedule
(all times Central)

Sept. 16
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)

Sept. 17
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)

Sept. 18
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)

Sept. 19
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

Sept. 20
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

Sept. 21
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
2013: USA-DOM-PUR


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