Team USA Roster for Pan Am Cup Set

By Bill Kauffman | June 10, 2015, 9:48 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has announced its roster which will compete in the XIV Women’s Pan American Cup June 13-21 in Lima, Peru.

The Pan American Cup is a 12-team tournament with squads competing for spots into the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix. Team USA, winners of two of the last three editions of the intercontinental tournament, will play in Pool A that includes Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico at Miguel Grau Coliseum. Pool B has defending champions Dominican Republic facing Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Peru and Uruguay at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum.

The roster includes five outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, one opposite and one libero. The 12-player squad includes outside hitter Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), who was part of Team USA’s FIVB World Championship gold-medal team in 2014.

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Hildebrand will be joined by fellow outside hitters Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill.), Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) and Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.). The squad will have middle blockers Inky Ajanaku (Tulsa, Okla.), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) have been selected as setters for Team USA. Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) will be the opposite and libero, respectively.

“The blend of experience and youth on this strong Pan Am Cup squad augurs well for the program,” said Karch Kiraly, head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team program. “We’ve got a number of veterans from our championship campaign of 2013, who already know what it takes to compete at a high level internationally. And we have a number of young guns with a bright future … I can’t wait to see how this team battles.”

David Hunt will serve as head coach for the team at the Pan American Cup. Nicole Lawlor and Jonathan Newman-Gonchar will be assistant coaches on the staff, while Carol Hamilton will take the role of technical coordinator. Other team staff include Marci Sanders as team manager and Jamie Rodgers as athletic trainer.

Team USA opens the Pan American Cup on June 13 against Puerto Rico at 7 p.m., followed by Colombia on June 14 at 3 p.m. The Americans challenge Costa Rica on June 15 at 3 p.m., followed by Mexico on June 16 at 5 p.m. The U.S. concludes pool play on June 17 versus Argentina at 7 p.m.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster – Pan American Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 – Inky Ajanaku (MB, 6-2, Tulsa, Okla., Stanford University)
4 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
7 – Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
9 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
13 – Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, Los Angeles, University of Arizona)
16 – Michelle Bartsch (OH, 6-3, Maryville, Ill., University of Illinois)
17 – Alix Klineman (OPP, 6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
19 – Hayley Hodson (OH, 6-2, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
23 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., University of California-Berkeley)
24 – Krista Vansant (OH, 6-2, Redlands, Calif., University of Washington)

Head Coach: David Hunt
Assistant Coaches: Nicole Lawlor, Jonathan Newman-Gonchar
Technical Coordinator: Carol Hamilton
Athletic Trainer: Jamie Rodgers
Team Manager: Marci Sanders

Year by Year 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