U.S. Women Block Colombia in Pan Am Opener

By Bill Kauffman | June 11, 2014, 7:56 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team used a commanding block to defeat Colombia 25-19, 25-19, 30-28 Wednesday on the opening day of the Women’s Pan American Cup being staged in Mexico City, Mexico.

The U.S. continues Pool B action on Thursday against Argentina at 5 p.m. PT, followed by a June 13 match against Puerto Rico at 3 p.m. PT. Team USA closes out its pool schedule on June 14 against Costa Rica at 5 p.m. PT.

Team USA’s middle blockers accounted for 23 points in the match. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) totaled 12 points with nine kills and three blocks, while Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.) tallied 10 kills and one block for 11 points. Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) tacked on eight points. Regan Hood (Dallas) notched seven points, including three blocks, in just the first two sets.

Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) contributed six points in starting the third set. Setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) had five points each with Lloyd contributing three blocks and Kreklow two aces. Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) provided five points in two sets and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) tacked on three points.

Team USA converted 48.9 percent of its attacks as Kreklow totaled 19 running sets and Lloyd added 15. Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) contributed a team-high six digs to go with 10 excellent receptions on 18 errorless chances. The U.S. out-blocked Colombia 16-4 en route to victory. The Americans committed 23 errors in the match to help Colombia stay close. Both teams served three aces.

The U.S. started Newcombe and Hood at outside hitter, Dixon and Ferrari at middle blocker, Faucette at opposite and Lloyd at setter. Hagglund was the designated libero. Kreklow and Lichtman were subs in the first two sets before starting the third set. Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) was a sub in the third set.

Team USA overcame a 5-1 deficit in the opening set with a dominating 6-1 block advantage to win 25-19. The U.S., with a slim 21-19 lead in the second set, scored four straight points to end the set 25-19. The Americans picked up seven blocks in the set.

The third set was a pendulum of score reversals that had six set points for Colombia and three for the Americans. The U.S. started the third set with a 4-0 advantage, but Colombia charged back to tie the score at 7-all. Team USA answered with five consecutive points to surge to a 12-7 advantage, only to have Colombia take the lead at 14-13. The Americans used a 3-0 run to regain the lead at 20-18, but Colombia replied with its own 5-0 run to swing the lead to its favor at 23-20. The U.S. saved three set points to level the score at 24-all and took a 26-25 advantage after saving a fourth set point for Colombia. Colombia gained its fifth set point chance at 27-26 as the lead reversed again. Team USA earned its third set point at 29-28 and went on the close the set at 30-28.

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 def. Peru 25-18, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20
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 def. Colombia 25-19, 25-19, 30-28
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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