U.S. Women Sweep Argentina, Advance to Pan Am Cup Semis

By Bill Kauffman | June 12, 2013, 10:48 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 12, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team swept Argentina 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 in a battle of previously undefeated teams on the final day of Pool A competition at the Pan American Cup on Wednesday in Callao, Peru.

The U.S., the defending Pan American Cup champions, finished Pool A in first place with a 3-0 record with 13 points. By virtue of winning Pool A and ranking as the second-best pool winner, Team USA advances directly to the Pan American Cup semifinals on Saturday. The three second-place teams plus Pool B winner Cuba will compete in the quarterfinal round on Friday. All 12 teams in the tournament are idle on Thursday.

In addition, Team USA has earned a spot in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix by reaching the Pan American Cup semifinals. The top four NORCECA finishing teams in the tournament gain a spot in the prestigious annual event.

Team USA used a 9-2 scoring run to end the opening set and take a 25-17 victory. The U.S. broke a 9-all tie in the second set and climbed to a 25-19 victory to go up 2-0. The Americans overcame a 20-17 deficit in the third set by scoring seven of the next eight points en route to winning 25-22.

“Our players responded well and I would like to improve our serves, and continue to work on our fast offense,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) said.

Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) paced the United States with a match-high 15 points that included 12 kills on 28 attacks, two aces and a block. Kristin Richards Hildebrand (Orem,Utah) secured 13 points via 11 kills on 20 swings, one ace and one block. Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) chipped in 10 kills on 17 attacks and a block for 11 points. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed 10 points with six kills on eight errorless attacks, three blocks and an ace. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) collected eight points on seven kills via 15 attacks and a block. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with two kills on five swings as a reserve in all three sets.

Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) set the U.S. to a 51.6 kill percent and .398 hitting efficiency (48-11-93) with 28 running sets, while Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) added three running sets in a reserve role. Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) tallied a team-high 12 digs. Hodge charted 10 excellent receptions on 30 attempts to go with six digs.

The U.S. started Hodge and Richards Hildebrand at outside hitter, Gibbemeyer and Adams at middle blocker, Fawcett at opposite and Glass at setter. Banwarth is the designated Team USA libero for the tournament. Hagglund and Murphy were part of a double-switch in all three sets, while Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) was a sub in all three sets.

Team USA’s attack netted a 48-35 margin in kills. The Americans held the advantage in blocks (7-4) and aces (4-2) during the match. Further, the Americans produced a 31-26 edge in digs. The U.S. held Argentina to a 35.0 kill percent and .230 hitting efficiency (35-12-100).

“I think USA did a good job tonight with some good contributions from the players off the bench,” said Richards Hildebrand, the U.S. captain. “Our setter did an excellent job to help the balanced offense.”

Lucia Fresco led Argentina with 14 points, while Emilce Sosa added 11 points in the loss.

In the first Pool A match of the day at Callao, Puerto Rico (1-2) swept Trinidad & Tobago 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 to finish in third place in the group. In Pool B at Iquitos, Peru, Cuba (3-0) topped host Peru (1-2) 19-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 to win Pool B, while Canada (1-1) challenges Costa Rica (0-2) later tonight. In Pool C at Huacho, Dominican Republic (3-0) blanked Mexico (1-2) 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 to win the group, while Brazil (1-1) takes on Colombia (0-2).

The Pan American Cup, now in its 12th year, consists of 12 teams from NORCECA (North American, Central America and Caribbean Confederation) and CSV (South America Federation). The tournament serves as a qualification tournament into the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top four teams from NORCECA and the top placing team from CSV other than Brazil will earn tickets to next year’s World Grand Prix.

The U.S. reeled off three straight points with two Adams kills around a Fawcett attack to put the Americans in front 7-6 in the opening set. Richards Hildebrand down two kills around an Adams ace to extend the Team USA lead to 10-7. Richards Hildebrand tallied a kill and ace on back-to-back plays to increase the American lead to 13-9. Argentina cut the gap in half with a kill and ace at 14-12, then moved to within one at 16-15 with back-to-back points out of the second technical timeout. The Americans responded with kills from Adams and Richards Hildebrand, an Argentina error and Richards Hildebrand block to push the gap to five at 20-15. Fawcett knocked down consecutive kills after a Gibbemeyer kill to increase the margin to 23-16. Gibbemeyer followed with a block to reach set points at 24-16. Gibbemeyer finished the set with a kill at 25-17. Richards Hildebrand had a team-high six points in the set, while Fawcett added five points.

The U.S. took its first lead of the second set at 7-6 with back-to-back kills from Adams and Richards Hildebrand. Adams and Gibbemeyer posted consecutive kills to stretch the lead to 9-7. However, Argentina answered with consecutive points to level the set at 9-all. Fawcett landed an ace after an Argentina error to put the U.S. up 11-9. Team USA controlled the rest of the set for a 25-19 victory. Fawcett scored six points in the set to lead the Americans.

In the third set, Argentina rolled off three straight points to grab a 9-5 advantage. Fawcett hammered back-to-back kills to cut the gap in half a 9-7, but Argentina answered with its own consecutive points to regain a four-point cushion at 11-7. Team USA moved to within one at 12-11 with a Richards Hildebrand kill and two Argentina errors. The U.S. tied the set at 14-all with two Murphy kills. Argentina broke a 16-all tie with a 4-1 scoring run to establish a 20-17 advantage. Fawcett followed an Argentina error with a kill to narrow the U.S. gap to 20-19. Hodge picked up two kills after an Argentina error to push the Americans in front 22-21, then Adams put up a block to gain a two-point cushion at 23-21. An Argentina error gave the U.S. match points at 24-21. Hodge finished the set with a kill at 25-22.

2013 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)
7 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
8 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)
11 – Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
12 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine)
17 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, Washington)
22 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, Texas)
24 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
25 – Kelly Murphy (Opp, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., Florida)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Physiotherapist: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: Rob Browning

2013 Pan American Cup Schedule

Pool Play (Times Listed as Pacific Time)
June 10: Argentina def. Puerto Rico 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 10: United States def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-13, 25-12, 25-13 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 10: Peru def. Costa Rica 25-19, 25-18, 25-16(at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 10: Cuba vs. Canada 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-13 (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 10: Mexico def. Colombia 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 10: Dominican Republic def. Brazil 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 35-33 (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 11: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-23, 25-18, 25-11 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 11: United States def. Puerto Rico 28-30, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-13 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 11: Canada def. Peru 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11 (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 11: Cuba def. Costa Rica 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 11: Dominican Republic def. Colombia 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 (at Huacho –Pool C)
June 11: Brazil def. Mexico 23-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 12: Puerto Rico def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 12: United States def. Argentina 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 (at Callao – Pool A)
June 12: Cuba def. Peru 19-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 12: Canada vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. (at Iquitos – Pool B)
June 12: Dominican Republic def. Mexico 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 (at Huacho – Pool C)
June 12: Brazil vs. Colombia, 6 p.m. (at Huacho – Pool C)

Classification Rounds
June 14: 3rd A/B/C (1) vs. 4th A/B/C (1 or 3), 4 p.m. (at Callao – 7-10 Classification, Match 19)
June 14: 3rd A/B/C (2) vs. 3rd A/B/C (3 or 4), 4 p.m. (at Lima – 7-10 Classification, Match 20)
June 14: 2nd A/B/C (1) vs. 3rd A/B/C (2 or 3), 6 p.m. (at Callao – Quarterfinals, Match 21)
June 14: 1st A/B/C (3) vs. 2nd A/B/C (2 or 3), 6 p.m. (at Lima – Quarterfinals, Match 22)
June 15: 4th A/B/C (3) vs. Loser Match 19 or 20, 2 p.m. (at Callao – 9-12 Classification, Match 23)
June 15: 4th A/B/C (2) vs. Loser Match 19 or 20, 2 p.m. (at Lima – 9-12 Classification, Match 24)
June 15: Winner Match 19 vs. Loser Match 21 or 22, 4 p.m. (at Callao – 5-8 Classification, Match 25)
June 15: Winner Match 20 vs. Loser Match 21 or 22, 6 p.m. (at Callao – 5-8 Classification, Match 26)
June 15: 1st A/B/C (2) vs. Winner Match 21 or 22, 4 p.m. (at Lima – Semifinals, Match 27)
June 15: 1st A/B/C (1) vs. Winner Match 21 or 22, 6 p.m. (at Lima – Semifinals, Match 28)
June 16: Loser Match 23 vs. Loser Match 24, 10 a.m. (at Callao – 11th/12th Place, Match 29)
June 16: Winner Match 23 vs. Winner Match 24, noon (at Callao – 9th/10th Place, Match 30)
June 16: Loser Match 25 vs. Loser Match 26, 2 p.m. (at Callao – 7th/8th Place, Match 31)
June 16: Winner Match 25 vs. Winner Match 26, 2 p.m. (at Lima, 5th/6th Place, Match 32)
June 16: Loser Match 27 vs. Loser Match 28, 4 p.m. (at Lima, 3rd/4th Place, Match 33)
June 16: Winner Match 27 vs. Winner Match 28, 6 p.m. (at Lima, 1st/2nd Place, Match 34)