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U.S. Women Perfect in Pool Play

By Bill Kauffman | June 14, 2014, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 14, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team dominated Costa Rica 25-13, 25-9, 25-11 on Saturday to close out Pan American Cup Pool B with a perfect 4-0 record at the event being staged in Mexico City and Hidalgo, Mexico.

The U.S. Women, which has now advanced directly to the semifinal round on June 18, 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.

U.S. opposite Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) led all scorers on Saturday with 17 points on a match-high 16 kills on 24 attacks and one block. Middle blocker Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.) added nine points on six kills on seven attacks and three blocks.

Middle blocker Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.), outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and outside hitter Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) each finished with eight points. Dixon had a match-high four blocks, three kills and one ace. Lichtman had seven kills and one ace. Reeves had five kills, two blocks and one ace.

Opposite Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) played as a substitute and scored five points with four kills and one block.

Setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) scored two points on two blocks. She was credited with 23 running sets and no faults on 73 attempts. Libero Natalie Hagglund was credited with 12 digs and three excellent receptions, while Lichtman added six digs.

The U.S. led Costa Rica in kills (41-14), blocks (13-3) and aces (3-1).

The U.S. started Dixon and Ferrari at middle blocker, Lichtman and Reeves at outside hitter, Webster at opposite and Kreklow at setter. Faucette and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) were subs in the last two sets.

Team USA held a narrow 7-5 advantage in the opening set before scoring 15 of the next 18 points for a 22-8 lead and cruising to the 25-13 victory. In the second set, the Americans rolled to a 16-4 advantage by the second technical timeout and wasted little time with a 25-9 victory. The U.S. scored five unanswered points to reach the third set's first technical timeout with an 8-2 advantage and never looked back for a 25-11 victory.

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: Dominican Republic def. Mexico 25-23, 25-20, 25-22
June 14: Cuba def. Trindidad & Tobago 25-17, 25-18, 20-25, 25-10
June 14: Dominican Republic def. Peru 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12
June 14: Mexico def. Canada 27-25, 27-25, 13-25, 14-25, 15-9
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: Colombia def. Costa Rica 25-16, 25-18, 25-16
June 14: Argentina def. Colombia 29-27, 25-17, 25-15
June 14: United States def. Costa Rica 25-13, 25-9, 25-15
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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