U.S. Women 1 Step Away from Pan Am Gold

By Bill Kauffman | June 18, 2014, 8:28 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is one step away from history at the Women’s Pan American Cup as it topped Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 in the semifinals Wednesday evening in Mexico City, Mexico.

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The U.S., which is attempting to become the first country to win the event three consecutive years, will play the winner of tonight’s second semifinal between Dominican Republic and Argentina. Team USA has been idle since Saturday after winning Pool B with a 4-0 record, which included a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico.

Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) contributed 16 points with 13 kills on 33 attacks and three blocks. Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) contributed eight kills on 12 errorless attacks, three blocks and the team’s only ace for 12 points in the victory. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) pocketed six kills on 11 errorless swings and a team-high five blocks.

Regan Hood (Dallas) collected seven points all on kills, while Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) added five points with three kills and two blocks. Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) chipped in three blocks and two aces for five points. Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill as a reserve.

Lloyd set the U.S. to a 38.8 kill percent with 32 running sets. Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) provided Team USA with 11 digs in the victory, while Newcombe had eight excellent receptions on 14 attempts and seven digs. Hood handled 24 receptions with 16 as excellent.

Team USA out-blocked Puerto Rico 16-3 in the match and held a 40-33 advantage in kills. Puerto Rico edged the U.S. in aces, 2-1. The U.S., which overcame a 7-2 deficit in the third set, limited its errors to 15 in the match.

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

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. Trinidad & 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 def. Canada 25-22, 25-14, 25-22
June 15: Cuba def. Peru 28-26, 27-25, 25-18
June 15: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago 18-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-8

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, 25-11
June 15: Puerto Rico def. Colombia 25-13, 25-22, 31-29
June 15: Argentina def. Costa Rica 25-18, 25-12, 25-17

Playoffs
June 17: Colombia def. Peru 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 (Classification 7-10)
1 June 17: Mexico def. Costa Rica 25-10, 25-22, 25-17 (Classification 7-10)
June 17: Puerto Rico def. Canada 25-17, 25-16, 30-28 (Quarterfinals)
June 17: Argentina def. Cuba 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 (Quarterfinals)
June 18: Peru vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m. (9th Place)
June 18: Colombia vs. Mexico (7th Place)
June 18: United def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 (Semifinal)
June 18: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina (Semifinal)
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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