US Women Rally Past Brazil for Pan Am Cup Title

By Bill Kauffman | July 20, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 20, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team rallied from two sets down and 9-7 in the fifth set to defeat Brazil 28-30, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-11 on Friday evening in the Pan American Cup gold-medal match in Juarez, Mexico.

Team USA won its first Pan American Cup gold medal since 2003, which was followed in 2004 by the silver. Brazil was going for its fourth Pan Am Cup title, but settled for its third silver medal.

Brazil saved four set points in the opening set and took a 30-28 victory after rallying from an early 8-4 deficit. Brazil used a 12-4 scoring spurt to take an 18-11 lead in the second set and benefited from nine American errors in taking the 25-18 victory. Team USA built an 11-6 lead in the third set and fended off the late Brazil charges to win 25-22. The Americans knotted the match at two sets each by scoring five unanswered points to come back from a 19-18 deficit in the fourth set to win 25-21. Team USA rallied from a 9-7 deficit in the fifth set and scored the final five points to secure the 15-11 victory.

Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), the most valuable player of the tournament, scored a Team USA season-high 35 points with 32 kills, two aces and a block. Richards also pulled in the Best Scorer award with 128 points in seven matches for an 18.29 per match average. Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.) tacked on nine kills and five blocks for 14 points. Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) contributed 10 kills and a block for 11 points. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) came off the bench to notch eight kills, while while Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) charted seven kills and an ace for eight points in a reserve role. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) added three kills and two blocks for five points, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) totaled two kills, one block and one ace for four points. Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) rounded out the scoring with a block.

Glass produced 15 running sets on 140 set attempts as the Americans converted 38.6 percent of its attacks with a .266 hitting efficiency (71-22-184). Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) tallied a team-high six digs. Lichtman charted 11 excellent receptions on 43 attempts, while Richards added nine excellent receptions on 36 attempts and five digs.

Reed Sunahara, the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team at the Pan American Cup, started Richards and Lichtman at outside hitter, Tamas and Gibbemeyer at middle blocker, Metcalf at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth is designated libero for the tournament. Fawcett was a sub in the first two sets before starting the final three sets, while Paolini subbed into the match in the second set and started the final three sets. Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) was a sub in the first two sets, while Keao Burdine (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was a reserve in the fourth set. Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) made an appearance on the service line in the fifth set.

“A victory is always great, and actually this is the first time in 12 years we have a victory against Brazil (to end my season),” Sykora said. “Every four years when I finished my season, I lost against a Brazilian team. This was a very young team, but with great talent and a great future.”

“I feel happy,” Sunahara said. “It is a fun team. They showed it all tournament and never gave up. We lost against Cuba and came back against Dominican Republic two times. They kept playing and kept playing. The ball was moving on our side.”

Brazil out-blocked Team USA 17-11 and managed a 36-17 advantage in digs, but the Americans held a 71-65 margin in kills and took advantage of 25 Brazilian errors. Brazil converted 35.1 percent of its attacks into points with a .227 hitting efficiency (65-23-185). Both teams had four aces in the five-set match.

Brazil had a pair of players reach 20-plus points with Joyce Silva leading the way with 25 points and Priscila Daroit with 23 points. Gabriela Braga Guimaraes chipped in 18 points in the loss.

The U.S. started the first set leading 2-0 with a Tamas kill and Gibbemeyer block. Team USA extended the lead to 4-1 with a Metcalf kill and Glass block. Brazil answered with back-to-back points at 4-3. The Americans pushed their lead to 7-3 with Richards scoring a kill and block after a Brazil error. Brazil chipped away at the lead in closing to 12-11. Brazil knotted the score at 14-all, but Gibbemeyer and Richards scored consecutive kills leading to a 16-14 American lead at the second technical timeout. Brazil came with consecutive points to level the score at 17-all. Richards and Tamas collected kills at 19-17 to prompt a Brazil timeout. Brazil knotted the score at 21-all and went ahead 22-21 on a 3-0 run. After saving a set point, the U.S. took the lead at 25-24 with kills by Richards and Metcalf prompting a Brazil timeout. Brazil saved four set points and took the lead back at 29-28 with a second set point opportunity. Out of the U.S. timeout, Brazil captured the set 30-28. Richards led the Americans with eight points in the first set.

Richards notched an ace and back-row kill followed by a Tamas kill to yield a 3-0 U.S. lead. Brazil responded with back-to-back points to close to 3-2. Brazil tied the set at 5-all following a U.S. attack error and went into the first technical timeout leading 8-7 on consecutive points. Out of the break, Brazil jumped its lead to 9-7 with an American attack error. Brazil extended its lead to 11-8 with back-to-back points, then upped the advantage to 16-11 at the second technical timeout on a 3-0 scoring run. Out of the break, Brazil scored a fourth and fifth straight points to gain an 18-1l margin at a USA timeout. Paolini and Fawcett connected for consecutive kills at 19-14, only to have Brazil reach a seven-point at 22-15. Team USA knocked two points off the deficit with a Richards kill and Lichtman block at 22-17, but Brazil answered with two straight points to reach set points at 24-17. Brazil capped the set at 25-18. Richards led the Americans with eight points in the second set, but the U.S. committed nine errors in the frame to the Brazilians’ one.

The U.S. grabbed an 8-4 lead in the third set with a Richards kill and ace around three Brazil errors as part of a 5-0 run. Brazil came out of the break with two points to cut the gap to 8-6. Tamas, Richards and Lichtman scored consecutive kills to prompt Brazil to call timeout down 11-6. Brazil answered with two kills and two aces to trim the deficit to 11-10. Lichtman served an ace after a Paolini kill to extend the American lead to 14-11. Team USA scored a third straight point on a Brazil error at 15-11. Brazil put up a block to close the gap to 16-14 with two straight out of the second technical timeout. Tamas put up a block following a Richards kill to return the U.S. lead to 18-14 at a Brazil timeout. Out of the break Brazil scored consecutive points to narrow the gap to 18-16. Richards knocked down a kill, Tamas put up a block and Brazil hit wide to extend the Team USA lead to 21-16. Brazil moved to within three at 22-19 with back-to-back points. Brazil saved two set points leading to a USA timeout at 24-22. Richards notched the final point with a kill at 25-22, her seventh point of the set. Brazil committed seven errors in the set.

The U.S. earned a two-point cushion at 4-2 with a Richards kill and Tamas block. Tamas scored a kill and block on consecutive plays to yield a 6-3 American margin. Brazil answered with a 3-0 run to tie the score at 7-all. Team USA answered with a Paolini kill and Brazil error to push to 9-7. Brazil leveled the score at 11-all with a kill off the block. Brazil grained the lead at 15-14 with a block and extended the gap to 17-15 with another block out of the second technical timeout. Team USA answered with kills by Paolini and Fawcett to knot the score at 17-all. Team USA reversed the lead at 21-19 with a Richards kill and consecutive Brazil attack errors. A Brazil yellow card and Tamas block upped the American lead to 23-19 as part of a 5-0 run. Team USA ended the set at 25-21 on a Brazil service error. Richards and Tamas tallied five points each in fourth set to offset five Brazil blocks.

Fawcett and Richards hammered kills to open the fifth set with a 2-0 American lead, but three U.S. errors allowed Brazil to take a 3-2 lead. Lichtman hit off the Brazil block after a service error to give the Americans a 5-4 lead. A Brazil block shifted the lead to its side at 6-5. Brazil served an ace to gain a two-point cushion 8-6 at the side switch. Team USA evened the score at 9-all with kills from Metcalf and Richards. The Americans went in front 12-11 on a Tamas block after a Richards kill. Out of a Brazil timeout, Metcalf put up a second consecutive block for a 13-11 advantage going into a second Brazil timeout. Richards gave the Americans set and match point at 14-11. A Brazil error was ended the set 15-11 on a 5-0 USA run. Richards scored seven points in the fifth set.

Women's Pan American Cup Year-by-Year
Year: Gold – Silver – Bronze
2002: Cuba – Dominican Republic – USA
2003: USA – Dominican Republic – Cuba
2004: Cuba – USA – Dominican Republic
2005: Cuba – Dominican Republic – Brazil
2006: Brazil – Cuba – Dominican Republic
2007: Cuba – Brazil – Dominican Republic
2008: Dominican Republic – Brazil – Argentina
2009: Brazil – Dominican Republic – Puerto Rico
2010: Dominican Republic – Peru – USA
2011: Brazil – Dominican Republic – USA
2012: USA – Brazil - Cuba

2012 U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Roster for Pan American Cup # - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
5 – Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
6 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
12 - Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
17 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)
19 – Keao Burdine (OH, 6-1, Pico Rivera, Calif., Southern California)
24 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
25 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)

Head Coach: Reed Sunahara (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Tom Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Dan Fisher (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Team Manager: Mike Hebert (San Diego, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo (Lincoln, Neb.)
Medical Support: Maria “Larnie” Boquiren (Culver City, Calif.)

2012 Women's Pan American Cup Schedule

Pool A: Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, United States
Pool B: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago

Pool A
July 12: Dominican Republic def. Colombia 25-13, 25-18, 25-11
July 12: United States def. Canada 25-15, 25-22, 25-15
July 12: Cuba def. Puerto Rico 16-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19
July 13: Cuba def. Colombia 25-19, 25-21, 25-15
July 13: Dominican Republic def. Canada 25-17, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21
July 13: United States def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-12, 25-14
July 14: Canada def Colombia 25-12, 25-19, 25-13
July 14: Dominican Republic def Puerto Rico 25-22, 25-19, 25-22
July 14: Cuba def United States 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19
July 15: United States def. Colombia 25-27, 25-21, 25-13, 25-17
July 15: Puerto Rico def. Canada 25-20, 25-18, 25-18
July 15: Cuba def. Dominican Republic 17-25, 18-25, 25-8, 25-21, 15-13
July 16: Canada def. Cuba 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 15-7
July 16: Puerto Rico def. Colombia 25-22, 25-15, 25-20
July 16: United States def. Dominican Republic 24-26, 24-26, 25-15, 25-22, 15-12

Pool B
July 12: Brazil def. Costa Rica 25-9, 25-15, 25-11
July 12: Peru def. Argentina 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23
July 12: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago 27-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19
July 13: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago 26-24, 25-14, 25-13
July 13: Brazil def. Peru 25-11, 25-19, 25-16
July 13: Costa Rica def Mexico 25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23
July 14: Brazil def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-16, 25-16, 25-20
July 14: Peru def. Costa Rica 25-11, 25-11, 25-15
July 14: Argentina def. Mexico 25-15, 25-19, 25-21
July 15: Costa Rica def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-22, 24-26, 19-25, 26-24, 15-2
July 15: Brazil def. Argentina 25-20, 25-17, 27-25
July 15: Peru def. Mexico 25-18, 25-19, 25-14
July 16: Peru def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-20, 25-12
July 16: Argentina def. Costa Rica 25-14, 25-22, 25-8
July 16: Brazil def. Mexico 25-14, 25-9, 25-21

July 18: Canada def. Costa Rica 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-13 (Classification 7-10)
July 18: Puerto Rico def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-27, 25-11, 25-19, 25-17 (Classification 7-10)
July 18: Colombia def. Mexico 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13 (Classification 11-12)
July 18: Cuba def. Argentina 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 (Quarterfinal)
July 18: Dominican Republic def. Peru 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 (Quarterfinal)

July 19: Argentina def. Canada 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-14 (Classification 5-8)
July 19: Puerto Rico def. Peru 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 (Classification 5-8)
July 19: Costa Rica def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-19, 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-6 (Classification 9-10)
July 19: Brazil def. Cuba 27-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18 (semifinal)
July 19: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 25-16 (semifinal)

July 20: Peru def. Canada 25-19, 30-28, 25-21 (Classification 7-8)
July 20: Argentina def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 (Classification 5-6)
July 20: Cuba def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 18-25, 15-12 (Bronze-Medal Match)
July 20: USA def. Brazil 28-30, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11 (Gold-Medal Match)