U.S. Women Sweep Argentina at Pan Am

By Bill Kauffman | June 12, 2014, 8:41 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 12, 2014) – Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas) scored a match-high 17 points to spark the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 victory over Argentina Thursday evening in the Pan American Cup being held in Mexico City and Hidalgo, Mexico.

The U.S., which improved to 2-0 in Pool B, continues Pool B action on Friday against Puerto Rico (1-1) at 3 p.m. PT before closing out the preliminary round on Saturday against Costa Rica at 5 p.m. PT. The Americans will be idle on the final day of pool play on Sunday. Team USA is seeking to become the first country to win the Women’s Pan American Cup three consecutive years.

Hood scored her 17 points with 11 kills on 21 attacks, three aces and three blocks. Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) chipped 10 points with nine kills and an ace as the two outside hitters combined for 27 points. Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) contributed nine points with eight kills and a block, while Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) charted eight points with five kills on seven errorless swings, two blocks and one ace. Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) pocketed five kills and two blocks for seven points. Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) added two blocks and a kill for three points.

Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) set Team USA to a 46.4 kill percent and .345 hitting efficiency (39-10-84) as she was credited with 18 running sets. Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) totaled a team-high eight digs, while Hood notched five excellent receptions on 29 of the team’s 47 service receptions.

Team USA out-blocked Argentina 11-9 and used a 4-1 service ace advantage to keep the South Americans off-balance. The U.S. limited its errors to 10 in the match and took advantage of 20 by Argentina. The Americans held the Argentineans to a .129 hitting efficiency (34-21-101) and 33.7 kill percent.

The U.S. started Newcombe and Hood at outside hitter, Dixon and Jackson at middle blocker, Faucette at opposite and Lloyd at setter. Hagglund was the designated libero. Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Webster were subs in all three sets.

The U.S. overcame a 17-15 deficit in the opening set with seven unanswered points to grab a 22-17 advantage and went on to win 25-20. Hood notched six points to pace the Americans, while Newcombe added five points. After Argentina led 3-2 in the second set, Team USA scored 16 of the next 20 points for an 18-6 advantage and cruised to a 25-14 victory as Hood added another six points. The U.S. controlled the third set to finish the match with a 25-20 victory.

Earlier today Puerto Rico (1-1) dealt Costa Rica (0-1) a 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 loss in the other Pool B match. In Pool A, Dominican Republic rallied to defeat Cuba 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19, while Canada tripped up Trinidad & Tobago 25-23, 25-14, 26-24. Host Mexico faces Peru later tonight.

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: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-12, 25-11, 25-16
June 11: Cuba def. Mexico 25-19, 25-17, 25-21
June 12: Dominican Republic def. Cuba 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19
June 12: Canada def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-23, 25-14, 26-24
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 def. Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-22, 28-26
June 12: Puerto Rico def. Costa Rica 25-15, 25-11, 25-19
June 12: United States def. Argentina 25-20, 25-14, 25-20
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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