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Team USA Falls to Dominican in Pan Am Title Match

By Bill Kauffman | June 19, 2014, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team had its run of two consecutive Pan American Cup titles stopped Thursday evening after falling to No. 8 Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21 in the gold-medal match in Mexico City.

Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, went 5-1 in the tournament to claim the silver medal. The U.S. was attempting to become the first country to win three consecutive Pan American Cups, which would have been a record four overall titles. The U.S. now has two silver medals to go with five gold medals in the 13-year-history of the Pan American Cup. Puerto Rico defeated Argentina 24-26, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14 in the bronze-medal match.

Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) led the U.S. in scoring with 16 points via 12 kills on 40 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) chipped in 11 points, including four blocks. Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) totaled seven and three blocks for 10 points.

Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) came off the bench to provide nine kills on 21 attacks, while Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) provided eight points. Regan Hood (Dallas) charted four kills, while Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) picked up two kills. Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with one point apiece.

Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) totaled a U.S.-high nine digs and added 12 excellent receptions on 23 errorless chances. Newcombe handled 21 excellent receptions on 37 chances. Kreklow was credited with 19 running sets on 63 set attempts, while Lloyd had 18 running sets on 54 sets.

The U.S. held team advantages in kills (49-48) and aces (2-1), while Dominican Republic managed a slim 12-12 edge in blocks. A key difference in the match was 31 errors by Team USA compared to Dominican Republic’s 20. The U.S. converted 35.3 percent of its attacks into points with a .158 hitting efficiency (49-27-139). Dominican Republic converted 37.5 percent of its attacks into points with a .227 hitting efficiency (48-19-128).

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. Kreklow and Lichtman were subs in the first two sets before starting the last two sets. Faucette was a sub in all four sets.

The U.S. started Newcombe and Hood at outside hitter, Dixon and Jackson at middle blocker, Webster at opposite and Lloyd at setter. Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) was the designated libero. Kreklow and Lichtman were subs in the first two sets before starting the last two sets. Faucette was a sub in all four sets.

The U.S. jumped out to a 5-1 advantage in the opening set, but Dominican moved ahead 6-5 with five straight points. Dominican Republic pulled out to a 16-13 advantage at the second technical timeout, then closed out the set with the final three points at 25-18. Dominican Republic posted six blocks in the set and benefited from eight other USA errors.

Dominican Republic started the second set with a 4-0 advantage. After falling behind 13-8, Team USA scored three straight points to close to 13-11. Dominican Republic answered with consecutive points to regain a four-point cushion at 15-11 and took control for a 25-18 victory.

After the U.S. picked up some early momentum in the third set, Dominican Republic scored three unanswered points to take a 7-6 advantage. Team USA notched five straight points to grab a 16-12 margin at the second technical timeout, then added a sixth unanswered point out of the break for a 17-12 lead. Team USA built its lead to seven points at 20-13 and went on to win 25-17.

Lichtman scored consecutive kills to pull the U.S. within a 6-6 tie early in the fourth set. The U.S. went in front 10-8 on three consecutive Dominican Republic errors. Dominican Republic sliced a four-point deficit to a single point at 14-13 with three straight points and then went in front 16-15 at the second technical timeout on a 6-1 run. Dominican Republic gained a two-point cushion at 18-16 and stretched its margin to four at 21-17. A Webster kill, Kreklow ace and Dixon block narrowed the gap to 22-21, but Dominican Republic scored the final three points for a 25-21 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. 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 def. Costa Rica 25-12, 25-12, 22-25, 25-14 (9th Place)
June 18: Colombia def. Mexico 19-25, 25-19, 18-25, 31-29, 15-11 (7th Place)
June 18: United def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-21, 25-17
June 18: Dominican Republic def. 25-21, 25-18, 26-24 (Semifinal)
June 19: Cuba def. Canada 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 2-16 (5th Place)
June 19: Puerto Rico def. Argentina 24-26, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14 (Bronze)
June 19: United States vs. Dominican Republic (Gold)

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
2014: DOM / USA / PUR

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