U.S. Women Pick Off Panama

By BJ Evans | May 16, 2014, 8:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 16, 2014) – Only libero Kristen Hahn didn’t get to score a point for the U.S. Women’s National Team on Friday as it defeated Panama, 25-16, 25-12, 25-9 at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Third-Round Pool O Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

   Chloe Ferrari attacks against Panama on Friday.

The U.S. Women (2-0) will play their final pool play match against Honduras (0-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. MT and with Friday’s win, the United States is guaranteed to advance Sunday’s final at 3 p.m. MT. The winner of the tournament qualifies for the FIVB World Championship on Sept. 23-Oct. 12 in Italy.

On Friday, all 12 players on the U.S. roster started at least one set and all but Hahn (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) scored at least one point. Hahn led the team with 14 digs and was also credited with seven excellent receptions.

“We will work on the libero free ball tomorrow at practice,” U.S. Head Coach David Hunt joked. “The strength of the group is that they are all talented volleyball players so we can throw in anybody and there is no letdown.”

The U.S. Women led in kills (43-17), blocks (6-2), aces (10-2) and digs (33-12).

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Middle blocker Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.), who was the only players to start all three sets, led all scorers with 12 points on a match-high eight kills, a match-high three aces and one block. Opposite Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) added nine points on seven attacks and two aces.

In the second set, Munoz went on a nine-point serving run that took the U.S. from a 13-10 lead to a 22-10 advantage.

“I was just trying to keep pressure on them and I knew my blockers would do their job,” Munoz said. “As long as I kept the ball in, they were going to make good plays.”

Among other U.S. scorers, outside hitter Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled eight points on seven kills and one ace. Outside hitter Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.) added six points on four kills and two aces and was credited with 11 excellent receptions. Outside hitter Maddie Martin (Tampa, Fla.) scored six points on four attacks, one block and one ace.

Outside hitter Kathleen Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored four points on three attacks and one block. Opposite Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) totaled four points on three attacks and one block.

Middle blocker Kathleen Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) totaled three points on three attacks. Middle blocker Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) added two points on two kills.

Setter Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.) scored four points on two kills and two blocks. She was also credited with 23 running sets. Setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) scored one point with an ace and was credited with 10 running sets. The pair combined to set the U.S. Women to a 61.4 kill percent.

In the first set, the U.S. Women took a 13-4 and increased it to 15-8. Reeves scored on a kill and served for the next four points to put the U.S. ahead 20-8. The score was tied 6-6 in the second set when Panama served the ball out of bounds and Reeves followed with an ace and served for three more points to give the U.S. the 11-6 lead. Munoz’s scoring run later in the set put the U.S. up for good. The U.S. Women led the third set 9-5 when Olgard scored on a kill and Luft served for the next four points to put the U.S. up 14-5.

In addition to the four-team women’s NORCECA World Championship qualification tournament, a similar four-team men’s tournament will be held concurrently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center highlighted by the No. 4 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team. Daily passes for both the men’s and women’s tournaments are $10. Tickets are only available at the door.

All matches will be video streamed live and available on the event landing page by clicking here.

# - Name (POS, HT, COLLEGE/CLUB, HOMETOWN)
1 - Kat Luft (OH, 6-1, Loyola Marymount University, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
2 - Kelly Reeves (OH, 6-0, UCLA, San Diego, Calif.)
3 - Kristen Hahn (L, 5-6, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
4 - Hayley Hodson (OH, 6-4, Tstreet Volleyball Club, Newport Beach, Calif.)
6 - Molly Kreklow (S, 6-0, University of Missouri, Delano, Minn.)
9 - Alexis Olgard (MB, 6-5, University of Southern California, Spokane, Wash.)
12 - Katie Slay (MB, 6-6, Penn State University, Raleigh, N.C.)
13 - Bailey Webster (OPP, 6-3, University of Texas, Baltimore, Md.)
14 - Kylin Munoz (OPP, 6-1, University of Washington, Monroe, Wash.)
15 - Lauren Plum (S, 5-9, University of Oregon, Poway, Calif.)
16 - Chloe Ferrari (MB, 6-1, University of San Diego, Clovis, Calif.)
20 - Maddie Martin (OH, 6-2, Penn State University, Tampa, Fla.)

Head Coach: David Hunt
Assistant Coaches: Nicole Lawler, Lindsey Devine
Technical Coordinator: Jesse Tupac
Team Manager: John Xie
Physiotherapist: Jamie Rodgers

FIVB World Championship NORCECA Women’s Qualification Tournament Schedule (all times MT)
Panama def. Honduras, 25-17, 20-25, 25-13, 25-16
USA def. Guatemala, 25-10, 25-18, 25-11
Guatemala def. Honduras, 25-19, 25-19, 25-27, 25-22
USA def. Panama, 25-16, 25-12, 25-9
May 17: Panama vs. Guatemala, 1 p.m.
May 17: USA vs. Honduras, 3 p.m.
May 18: Pool 3rd Place vs. Pool 4th Place, 1 p.m.
May 18: Pool 1st Place vs. Pool 2nd Place, 3 p.m.

FIVB World Championship NORCECA Men’s Qualification Tournament Schedule (all times MT
Guatemala def. Haiti, 25-17, 25-20, 25-8
USA def Panama 25-16, 25-12, 25-9
May 16: Haiti vs. St. Lucia, 5 p.m.
May 16: USA vs. Guatemala, 7 p.m.
May 17: St. Lucia vs. Guatemala, 5 p.m.
May 17: USA vs. Haiti, 7 p.m.
May 18: Pool 3rd Place vs. Pool 4th Place, 5 p.m.
May 18: Pool 1st Place vs. Pool 2nd Place, 7 p.m.


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