U.S. Blocks Guatemala at Pan Am Cup

June 27, 2009, 9:46 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

MIAMI, Fla. (June 27, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, the 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist, downed Guatemala 25-7, 25-12, 25-7 Saturday evening to improve to 2-0 in the Eighth Women's Pan American Cup being held June 26-July 4 at Miami.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, returns to action on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET versus Mexico (0-2). Team USA is tied with Puerto Rico and Peru atop the Pan American Cup Pool A standings.

“You have to respect the game and all levels,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We look to improve with each game, regardless of the opponent. Guatemala fought hard and played hard, and there is something to that.”

Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Jane Collymore (Seattle, Wash.) led the U.S. attack with nine points apiece. Barboza reached her total with seven kills on 11 attacks and two aces. Collymore tallied five kills, three blocks and an ace.

Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) added six kills and two blocks for eight points, while Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) chalked up seven kills on seven attacks and a block for eight points. Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) provided four kills, two blocks and an ace for seven points. Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) chipped in six points, followed by Nellie Spicer’s (Barrington, Ill.) four. Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) both came off the bench to yield two points. Thompson had eight assists, while Spicer added six. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) had a team-leading four excellent receptions on seven attempts.

“It was fun to play in front of the home fans,” Scott-Arruda said. “It was also fun to watch Guatemala play hard in the match. I give credit to them.”

McCutcheon started Harmotto and Bown at middle blocker, Barboza and Collymore at outside hitter, Haneef-Park at opposite and Spicer at setter. Sykora was the starting libero as McCutcheon utilized the new FIVB libero rule as a different libero can be declared for each match of a tournament.

Blanca E. Recinos Ocana led Guatemala with five points.

Team USA held a 34-16 advantage in kills and used its aggressive serve to gain a 9-1 ace margin. At the net, the U.S. put up 12 blocks and the younger Guatemala team was unable to come away with a block.

Earlier in the day, Peru defeated Costa Rica and Puerto Rico topped Mexico to improve to 2-0. In Pool B action, Argentina (1-1) evened its record with a win over Trinidad & Tobago (0-1), while Dominican Republic (2-0) topped Canada (0-2) to take the lead in the group. Brazil (1-0) was idle in Pool B.

Pan American Cup pool play, scheduled for June 26-30, is a five-day, round robin preliminary to determine classification round matches. The U.S. Women’s National Team, part of Pool A at University of Miami with matches at BankUnited Center, will compete against Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico in pool action. All U.S. pool matches are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

Pool B, played at nearby Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank Arena, includes Argentina, top-ranked Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. The 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal participants of U.S. and Brazil are on opposite sides of the bracket. Colombia was originally part of Pool B, but was unable to attend.

A Pan American Cup tournament pass, good for all matches at both venues, is $75 for adults and $60 for children. Tickets for each date of competition at the specific venue (either University of Miami or Florida International University) are $20 for reserved general admission, $12 for adult general admission and $10 for child general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.miamisports.org.

After the preliminary pool round, the Pan American Cup quarterfinal and classification matches are set for July 2, followed by semifinal matches and additional classification matches on July 3. The championship match and final classification round matches are scheduled for July 4. All non-pool matches will be played at University of Miami. Classification round matches will be played on July 2 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all ET). Matches on July 3 and final classification matches on July 4 will be played at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all ET).

The Women’s Pan American Cup is a qualifying tournament into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and the 2009 Women’s Final Four. The top three NORCECA teams and top team from South America receive berths into next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix. The top two teams from NORCECA, Brazil and the top remaining team from South America qualify for the Final Four to be hosted by Brazil.

Miami will be a busy location for volleyball the last week of June and first week of July. The 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships is being played June 26-July 5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Typically, the tournament attracts 788 teams and approximately 9,500 athletes in addition to parents and relatives. A total of 19 championships are contested in age groups ranging from 12 to 18.

U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster for Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 – Tayyiba Haneef-Park (OH/OPP, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 – Angie Pressey (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla., California)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-6, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 – Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 – Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
10 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
11 – Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
12 – Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
15 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-7, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Aliquippa, Pa., Penn State)
17 – Nellie Spicer (S, 5-9, Barrington, Ill., UCLA)
19 – Jane Collymore (OH, 5-11, Seattle, Wash., Florida)
Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek

Women’s Pan American Cup Schedule (all times Eastern Time)

Pool A
(at University of Miami)

Standings: USA 2-0, Peru 2-0, Puerto Rico 2-0, Mexico 0-2, Guatemala 0-2, Costa Rica 0-2

June 26: #1 Puerto Rico def. Guatemala 25-9, 25-15, 25-18
June 26: #2 Peru def. Mexico 25-13, 25-15, 25-10
June 26: #4 United States def. Costa Rica 25-7, 25-6, 25-16
June 27: #6 Peru def. Costa Rica 25-14, 25-10, 25-11
June 27: #7 Puerto Rico def. Mexico 25-18, 25-15, 15-21
June 27: #9 United States def. Guatemala 25-7, 25-12, 25-7
June 28: #11 Costa Rica vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 28: #12 Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m.
June 28: #14 United States vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
June 29: #16 Mexico vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
June 29: #17 Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 29: #19 United States vs. Peru, 8 p.m.
June 30: #21 Guatemala vs. Peru, 3 p.m.
June 30: #22 Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: #24 United States vs. Puerto Rico, 8 p.m.

Pool B
(at Florida International University)

Standings: Dominican Republic 2-0, Argentina 1-1, Brazil 1-0, Canada 0-2, Trinidad & Tobago 0-1

June 26: #3 Dominican Republic def. Argentina 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25
June 26: #5 Brazil def. Canada 25-11, 25-12, 25-13
June 27: #8 Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-6, 25-15, 25-8
June 27: #10 Dominican Republic def. Canada 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21
June 28: #13 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 28: #15 Brazil vs. Argentina, 8 p.m.
June 29: #18 Brazil vs. Trinidad & Tobago 5:30 p.m.
June 29: #20 Argentina vs. Canada, 8 p.m.
June 30: #23 Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5:30 p.m.
June 30: #25 Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.

July 1: Off Day

Classification Rounds
(at University of Miami)
July 2: #26 Pool B 4th vs. Pool A 5th, 1 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #27 Pool A 4th vs. Pool B 5th, 3 p.m. (class 5-10)
July 2: #28 Pool B 2nd vs. Pool A 3rd, 5:30 p.m. (quarterfinals)
July 2: #29 Pool A 2nd vs. Pool B 3rd, 8 p.m. (quarterfinals)
July 3: #30 Loser #26 vs. Loser #27, 11 a.m. (class 9-10)
July 3: #31 Winner #26/#27 vs. Loser #28/#29, 1 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #32 Winner #26/27 vs. Loser #28/#29, 3 p.m. (class 5-8)
July 3: #33 Pool B Winner vs. Winner #28/#29, 5:30 p.m. (semi)
July 3: #34 Pool A Winner vs. Winner #28/#29, 8 p.m. (semi)
July 4: #35 Loser #30 vs. Pool B 6th, 11 a.m. (class 11-12)
July 4: #35 Loser #31 vs. Loser #32, 1 p.m. (class 7-8)
July 4: #36 Winner #31 vs. Winner #32, 3 p.m. (class 5-6)
July 4: #37 Loser #33 vs. Loser #34, 5:30 p.m. (class 3-4)
July 4: #38 Winner #33 vs. Winner #34, 8 p.m. (Final)