U.S. Women Defeat Puerto Rico at Pan Am Cup

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | July 10, 2019, 11:54 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Women locked in a semifinal berth at the Pan American Cup by defeating Puerto Rico and going 4-0 in pool play
U.S. Women locked in a semifinal berth at the Pan American Cup by defeating Puerto Rico and going 4-0 in pool play

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team had balanced scoring as it defeated Puerto Rico 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19 Wednesday in Chiclayo, Peru, to go 4-0 in Pan American Cup Pool B.

The U.S. advances directly to the semifinals on July 13.

“This was a good test for us,” said Rob Browning, who is serving as head coach for the U.S. at the Pan American Cup. “Puerto Rico came out hot but we maintained our composure and produced a couple of good comebacks both in the first set and the second sets. The third set we simply made too many errors. Puerto Rico is too good of a team to give them a bunch of points. in the fourth set we did not completely resolved that issue, but it was better. When we made them play we were really good for a long time. We made it harder on ourselves than we needed to. But this team is still young in terms of matches played together. We really are getting better and are ready for a couple of good matches coming up in Trujillo.”

Opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Sante Fe, California) provided a match-high 17 points with 13 kills on 34 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Outside hitter Madi Kingdon Rishel (Phoenix, Arizona) pocketed 16 points with 13 kills via 39 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Nebraska) contributed 13 kills on 31 attacks and two blocks for 15 points.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” Rolfzen said. “I think we saw some areas that we may need some improving as well and I think that is a positive heading into the semifinals knowing we can see what we can better at.”

Middles Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota) and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) each totaled seven kills on 12 attacks and a match-high five blocks with one ace for 13 points. Setter Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma) rounded out the scoring with one kill and one block for two points.

Related: Unofficial Stats

Libero Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California) handled 21 receptions with a 57 positive reception percent. She also produced a team-high 20 digs in the victory. Kingdon Rishel also registered a 57 positive reception percent on 30 chances. Rolfzen was credited with 22 receptions and a 64 positive reception percent. Rolfzen and Hancock added nine digs apiece.

Hancock set Team USA to a 40 kill percent and .316 hitting efficiency (54-11-136). The American defense limited Puerto Rico to a 33 kill percent and .120 hitting efficiency (47-30-142).

With the semifinals looming and facing better teams, Rolfzen said it is time for the USA to control areas it can control on its own.

“I think one thing we can control is our serve, and so if we can be able to keep those in even if not a good toss,” Rolfzen said. “Keeping USA speed, controlling what we can control.”

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)

Pool B (in Chiclayo, Peru)
July 6: USA def. Colombia 25-17, 25-18, 25-21
July 7: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-14, 25-15, 25-13
July 8: USA def. Mexico 25-11, 25-18, 25-19
July 10: USA def. Puerto Rico 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19

Playoffs

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.

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