Madison Lilley set the U.S. to a 63 attack percent in a three-set win over Trinidad & Tobago
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 7, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team improved to 2-0 in the Pan American Cup Pool B after the Americans swept Trinidad & Tobago 25-14, 25-15, 25-13 on Sunday in Chiclayo, Peru.
Outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry (West Jordan, Utah) led Team USA with 14 points via 12 kills on 19 errorless attacks, one block and one ace. Opposite Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Indiana) chipped in 12 kills on 20 attacks and a block for 13 points.
“Tonight’s match was fun,” Jones-Perry said. “It was good to be on the court wearing the USA jersey and playing next to the girls on the team.”
Jones, along with Team USA's six other starters, were competing in their first international tournament match. She said the energy on the court was positive.
“I think that the energy was good,” Jones Perry said. “We didn’t get too high, but we definitely maintained good energy throughout. We trusted each other and we communicated well.”
“Tonight we started an entirely new lineup from Saturday’s match versus Colombia," added Rob Browning, who is serving as the U.S. head coach at the Pan Am Cup. "All seven of our starters tonight made their international debut with the senior national team, and they did not disappoint in any way. This entire team has been working hard in preparation for this event, and we were all excited to watch these young athletes take the floor and represent USA so well. We will all remember this match for its historical significance as these amazing athletes go on to represent USA in what we hope is a long and successful career for all of them.”
Outside hitter Kathryn Plummer (Aliso Viejo, California) tallied 10 kills on 15 attacks and a block for 11 points. Middle Brionne Butler (Kendleton, Texas) contributed 11 points with seven kills on 10 attacks, a match-high three blocks and an ace for 11 points. Middle Jenna Rosenthal (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) pocketed four kills on six attacks, one block and one ace for six points. Setter Madison Lilley (Overland Park, Kansas) rounded out the scoring with two blocks.
Related: Unofficial Stats
Libero Gabby Curry (Buford, Georgia) handled a team-high 13 receptions with a 46 positive reception percent. Both Plummer and Jones-Perry were 50 percent positive on reception. Plummer had a team-high eight digs, while Curry added four digs.
Lilley set Team USA to a 63 kill percent and .507 hitting efficiency (45-9-71). The American defense held Trinidad & Tobago to a 27 kill percent and .036 hitting efficiency (15-13-56).
The U.S. started seven players making their international tournament debuts, and the result was a sweep of Trinidad &...Posted by USA Volleyball on Sunday, July 7, 2019
The Americans held a 9-3 advantage in blocks and a commanding 45-15 margin in kills. Both teams had three aces.
“I think our blocking, our defense overall, but mostly our blocking was really good,” Jones Perry said. “We did a good job at spreading our offense and attacking space. One thing we can do better is serving.”
Team USA opened the first set with an 8-3 lead and controlled the entire set to a 25-14 victory as the Trinidad & Tobago was able to score on its own serve just twice. In the second set the Americans charged out to a 6-1 advantage and led by as many as 12 at 22-10 before settling into a 25-15 victory. After the U.S. bolted a 9-2 lead in the third set, Trinidad & Tobago closed to four at 9-5. Team USA used an 8-0 run to push its advantage to 19-7 and finished the set at 25-13.
"Even given our youth and inexperience, our team tonight was more experienced than Trinidad & Tobago’s team and we overpowered and outplayed them from the first whistle.," Browning said. "It was a good opportunity for us to push ourselves in some areas where we feel we need improvement.”
The U.S. faces Mexico on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Team USA concludes pool play on July 10 against Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. ET. The matches are scheduled to air on flovolleyball.tv.
U.S. Pan American Cup Women’s Volleyball Team Roster
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Oklahoma, Penn State University)
2 - Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, California, Stanford University)
4 - Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, California, University of Nebraska)
5 - Rachael Adams (M, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
9 - Madi Kingdon Rishel (OH, 6-1, Phoenix, Arizona, University of Arizona)
10 - Gabby Curry (L, 5-8, Buford, Georgia, University of Kentucky)
11 - Madison Lilley (S, 5-11, Overland Park, Kansas, University of Kentucky)
15 - Roni Jones-Perry (OH, 6-0, West Jordan, Utah, BYU)
16 - Danielle Cuttino (OPP, 6-4, Indianapolis, Indiana, Purdue University)
19 - Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Stewartville, Minnesota, University of Minnesota)
20 - Brionne Butler (M, 6-4, Kendleton, Texas, University of Texas)
22 - Kadie Rolfzen (OH, 6-3, Papillion, Nebraska, University of Nebraska)
24 - Jenna Rosenthal (M, 6-6, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Marquette University)
25 - Karsta Lowe (OPP, 6-4, Rancho Santa Fe, California, UCLA)
Head Coach: Rob Browning
Assistant Coaches: Laurie Corbelli, Tayyiba Haneef-Park
Technical Coordinator: Justin Chang
Team Manager: John Xie
Pan American Cup Pools
Pool A: Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru
Pool B: Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, United States
Pan American Cup Schedule (Match Times Listed as Eastern Time)
Classification 7-10 (in Chiclayo, Peru)
July 12: 4B vs. 5A, 6 p.m.
July 12: 2B vs. 3A, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals (in Trujillo, Peru)
July 12: 2B vs. 3A, 6 p.m.
July 12: 2A vs. 3B, 8 p.m.
Classification 9-10 (in Chiclayo, Peru)
July 13: Losers of Classification 7-10, 6 p.m.
Classification 7-8 (in Chiclayo, Peru)
July 13: Winners of Classification 7-10, 8 p.m.
Classification 5-6 (in Trujillo, Peru)
July 13: Losers of Quarterfinals, 4 p.m.
Semifinals (in Trujillo, Peru)
July 13: 1B vs. Quarterfinal Winner TBA, 6 p.m.
July 13: 1A vs. Quarterfinal Winner TBA, 8 p.m.
Bronze-Medal Match (in Trujillo, Peru)
July 14: Semifinal Losers, 2 p.m.
Gold-Medal Match (in Trujillo, Peru)
July 14: Semifinal Winners, 4 p.m.