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Jun 09 U.S. Women Going for History at Pan Am Cup

By Bill Kauffman | June 09, 2014, 9:09 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will seek to make history at the 13th Women’s Pan American Cup that will take place June 11-19 in Mexico City and Hidalgo, Mexico.

The U.S. has won the last two Pan American Cup events and is attempting to become the first country to win the tournament three consecutive years. Should the Americans win the event, they will tie Cuba with their fourth overall Pan American Cup title.

For this year’s Pan American Cup, Team USA has selected four outside hitters, three middle blockers, two opposites, two setters and one libero. The outside hitters are Regan Hood (Dallas), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.), Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) and Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.). The middle blockers are Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.), Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.) and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles).

Team USA setters for the Pan American Cup are Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.). The selected opposites are Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) and Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.). The libero is Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.).

Jamie Morrison will serve as the head coach for the team and he will be assisted by Rob Browning and David Hunt. Joe Trinsey will serve as the technical coordinator.

The U.S. has been grouped into Pool B with Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico with matches in Hidalgo. The Americans open the tournament against Colombia on June 11, followed by Argentina on June 12, Puerto Rico on June 13 and Costa Rica on June 14. Team USA has an off-day on June 15 after Brazil opted out of the tournament.

Pool A has Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, host Mexico, Peru and Trinidad & Tobago. The group will play its matches in Mexico City.

The top team each pool advances directly into the semifinals on June 18, while second- and third-place teams meet in crossover quarterfinals on June 17.

The Pan American Cup marks the third tournament for Team USA this year. The U.S. captured the gold medal at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament Pool A held May 15-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Americans finished second at the prestigious Montreux Volley Masters held May 27-June 1 in Montreux, Switzerland.

Team USA’s Pan American Cup roster is a split squad utilizing eight players who have competed in either of the Americans’ first two events this year.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Roster for Pan American Cup
# - Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Sonja Newcombe (OH, 6-1, Lake Arrowhead, Calif., University of Oregon)
2 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
6 – Molly Kreklow (S, 6-0, Delano, Minn., University of Missouri)
7 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
11 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
13 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., University of California-Berkeley)
15 – Bailey Webster (OPP, 6-3, Baltimore, Md., University of Texas)
16 – Chloe Ferrari (MB, 6-1, Clovis, Calif., University of San Diego)
17 – Kelly Reeves (OH, 6-0, San Diego, Calif., UCLA)
18 – Juliann Faucette (OPP, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)
19 – Regan Hood (OH, 6-2, Dallas, Texas, LSU)
21 – Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, Los Angeles, University of Arizona)

Head Coach: Jamie Morrison
Assistant Coaches: Rob Browning, David Hunt
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Physiotherapist: Yoichiro Shimada
Team Manager: John Xie

2014 Pan American Cup Schedule

Pool A at Mexico City, Mexico
June 11: Canada vs. Peru, 1 p.m. PT
June 11: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic, 3 p.m. PT
June 11: Mexico vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. PT
June 12: Dominican Republic vs. Cuba, 1 p.m. PT
June 12: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 p.m. PT
June 12: Mexico vs. Peru, 5 p.m. PT
June 13: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Peru, 1 p.m. PT
June 13: Cuba vs. Canada, 3 p.m. PT
June 13: Mexico vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. PT
June 14: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Cuba, 1 p.m. PT
June 14: Peru vs. Dominican Republic, 3 p.m. PT
June 14: Mexico vs. Canada, 5 p.m. PT
June 15: Dominican Republic vs. Canada, 1 p.m. PT
June 15: Peru vs. Cuba, 3 p.m. PT
June 15: Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 p.m. PT

Pool B at Hidalgo, Mexico
June 11: United States vs. Colombia, 3 p.m. PT
June 11: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico, 5 p.m. PT
June 12: Puerto Rico vs. Costa Rica, 3 p.m. PT
June 12: United States vs. Argentina, 5 p.m. PT
June 13: United States vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m. PT
June 13: Costa Rica vs. Colombia, 5 p.m. PT
June 14: Colombia vs. Argentina, 3 p.m. PT
June 14: United States vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m. PT
June 15: Puerto Rico vs. Colombia, 3 p.m. PT
June 15: Argentina vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m. PT

Playoffs
June 17: 4B vs. 5A, Classification 7-10, 3 .m. PT (at Hidalgo, Mexico)
June 17: 4A vs. 5B, Classification 7-10, 5 p.m. PT (at Hidalgo, Mexico)
June 17: 2A vs. 3B, Quarterfinals, 4 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 17: 2B vs. 3A, Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 18: Match 32 Loser vs. Match 33 Loser, 9th Place Match, 4 p.m. PT (at Hidalgo, Mexico)
June 18: Match 32 Winner vs Match 33 Winner, 7th Place Match, 6 p.m. PT (at Hidalgo, Mexico)
June 18: 1A vs. Quarterfinal Winner Match 34/35, Semifinals, 4 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 18: 1B vs. Quarterfinal Winner Match 34/35, Semifinals, 6 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 19: Match 34 Loser vs. Match 35 Loser, 5th Place Match, 2 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 19: Semifinal Losers, Bronze Medal Match, 4 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)
June 19: Semifinal Winners, Gold Medal Match, 6 p.m. PT (at Mexico City, Mexico)

All-Time results:
Year: Gold / Silver / Bronze
2002: CUB / DOM / CAN
2003: USA / DOM / CUB
2004: CUB / USA / DOM
2005: CUB / DOM / BRA
2006: BRA / CUB / DOM
2007: CUB / BRA / DOM
2008: DOM / BRA / ARG
2009: BRA / DOM / PUR
2010: DOM / PER / USA
2011: BRA / DOM / USA
2012: USA / BRA / CUB
2013: USA / DOM / ARG

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