COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team won four consecutive matches to conclude Pool A of the 2008 Pan American Cup with a 4-1 record. However, it finished in a three-way tie for first place with Dominican Republic and Argentina as part of the 12-team Pan American Cup field broken into two equal pools of six teams.
As the means to break ties, point ratio is used to determine pool rankings among tied teams. Although Team USA had a 14-3 set victory total in comparison to Dominican Republic’s 13-5 and Argentina’s 12-4, it was not good enough to win the point ratio. Dominican Republic, despite finishing third among the tied teams in sets won ratio, finished atop the points score ratio with 1.301 (428-329). The U.S. held a 1.287 point ratio (408-317) to finish second ahead of Argentina’s 1.232 ratio (377-306). Essentially, Dominican Republic earned the top spot by a total of four points scored.
As a result, Dominican Republic earned a bye in the quarterfinal round to be held on June 5 at Mexicali. It advances to the semifinals on June 6, and in the process, earns one of the four berths into the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top three NORCECA teams and the top finishing South American Team in the Pan American Cup advance to next year’s FIVB annual event.
Meanwhile, the U.S. will face Puerto Rico, Pool B’s third-place team, on June 5 in a quarterfinal match tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. Pacific Time at Mexicali. Team USA faced Puerto Rico only once last year, a four-set victory at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on July 15. However, the U.S. and Puerto Rico have a history of meeting in the Pan American Cup quarterfinals. In 2006, Puerto Rico won the first two sets of the quarterfinal matchup against the Americans, only to have the U.S. rally for a five-set victory on July 5 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the opposite quarterfinal on June 5, Argentina will face Pool B’s second-place team, Canada. Brazil captured Pool B and also has advanced directly to the Pan American Cup semifinals.
The Pan American Cup championship bracket classification matches will be video streamed on the Internet through Media Sports TV and available to the public for $4.99 per match. For more information on the broadcasts, visit www.mediasports.tv.
The U.S., ranked fourth in the world by FIVB, is using a young roster for this year’s Pan American Cup as most veterans remain in Colorado Springs to train. The Pan American Cup roster is allowing the coaching staff to evaluate Team USA players as possible options for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and future events in the next quadrennial leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The final standings for Pool A are Dominican Republic (4-1, 1.301 point ratio), USA (4-1, 1.287 point ratio), Argentina (4-1, 1.232 point ratio), Mexico (2-3), Costa Rica (1-4) and Trinidad & Tobago (0-5). The final standings for Pool B are Brazil (5-0), Canada (4-1), Puerto Rico (3-2), Peru (2-3), Venezuela (1-4) and Cuba (0-5).
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