U.S. Women Perfect Still, Sweep Puerto Rico

By Bill Kauffman | June 13, 2014, 8:44 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2014) – Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) notched a match-high 17 points in sparking the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 victory over Puerto Rico on Friday afternoon in Pool B of the Pan American Cup being staged in Mexico City and Hidalgo, Mexico.

The U.S., which improved to 3-0 in Pool B, closes out its preliminary round schedule against Costa Rica at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday and are 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.

Webster collected 13 kills and four blocks as part of her 17 points. Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) contributed four kills, four blocks and two aces for 10 points. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) tallied four kills and three blocks for seven points, which Regan Hood (Dallas) matched with six kills and an ace in just two sets.

Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) charted six points with two blocks. Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) pocketed two kills and two aces for four points. Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

Kreklow, with 26 running sets, led the squad to a 44.4 kill percent and .284 hitting efficiency (36-13-81). Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) totaled eight digs and Webster added six. Newcombe handled seven excellent receptions on 11 chances.

Team USA scored double-figure blocks for the third straight match, compiling a 16-5 block advantage over Puerto Rico. The U.S. also held a 36-23 margin in kills and 3-1 edge in aces.

The U.S. started Newcombe and Hood at outside hitter, Dixon and Jackson at middle blocker, Webster at opposite and Kreklow at setter. Hagglund was the designated libero. Lichtman was a sub in the first two sets, then started in place of Hood in the third set. Reeves was a sub in all three sets, while Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.) was a sub in the third set.

“We have accomplished some goals during the tournament and that is because we are playing as a team, supporting each other, the starters and the ones on the bench,” said Lloyd, who is serving as captain of the team at the Pan Am Cup.

Puerto Rico opened the first set with a 7-0 lead, but the U.S. charged back to level the score at 12-all. Team USA took the lead at 15-14 and kept the pressure on to capture a 25-18 win with nine blocks in the set. The U.S. bolted to an 8-2 advantage in the second set and reached the second technical timeout holding a 16-7 lead. Team USA cruised to a 25-13 victory to go up 2-0 and had 14 blocks entering the third set. The U.S. used a 7-1 run to break a 13-all tie in the third set and closed out the match with a 25-17 victory.

Later today Colombia (0-1) and Costa Rica (0-1) meet in B with both seeking their first win in the preliminary round. Argentina (1-1) is idle today in Pool B. Also today, Peru (1-2) defeated Trinidad & Tobago (0-3) 26-24, 25-21, 26-24 in Pool A and Canada (3-0) edged Cuba (1-2) 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 , followed by Mexico hosting Dominican Republic in Pool A action.

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 def. Peru 25-23, 16-25, 28-26, 21-25, 15-11
June 13: Peru def. Trinidad & Tobago 26-24, 25-21, 26-24
June 13: Canada def. Cuba 25-22, 25-23, 25-21
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 def. Puerto Rico 25-18, 25-13, 25-17
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

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