COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2007)
Team USA will face Dominican Republic for the second time in the tournament in the third place match on June 29 at 4 p.m. CDT. Brazil is the defending tournament champions and will have a rematch with Cuba in the 8 p.m. championship match. Last year Brazil won the championship with a win over Cuba in the finals. However, Cuba defeated Brazil in three sets earlier in pool play this year.
Team USA reached the semifinal round by winning the tournament's Pool A with a 5-0 record, the only country in the 12-team tournament to go undefeated in pool play. The U.S. qualified for the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix in the process, one of the goals for the team at the tournament.
Based on the final standings of the Pan American Cup, the top three teams from NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Federation) and the top team from the CSV (South American Confederation) qualify for the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix. Along with Team USA, Cuba, Brazil and Dominican Republic have earned spots in the 2008 World Grand Prix.
During the semifinal match, the U.S. started captain Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (Honolulu) at setter, Jen Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) and Laura Tomes (Sioux City, Iowa) at middle blocker, Katie Wilkins (Lakeside, Calif.) and Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) at outside hitter, and Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.) at opposite. Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) is Team USA's designated libero for the tournament. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) started the third set after subbing into the match the first two sets. Katie Olsovsky (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) was a reserve in all three sets, while Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) was brought into the match as a sub in set one. Busse paced the offense with 10 points on nine kills and one block. Joines and Barboza had matching five-point nights as Joines earned her total all on kills while Barboza provided an ace with four kills. Tomes picked up four points on three kills and a block in the loss, while Olsovsky charted two points. Hampton, Thompson and Ah Mow-Santos all were credited with one kill each.
"We were under pressure all the time," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Lang Ping said. "They served, blocked and hit well, and we could not do anything."
"They played great is all I have to say, congratulations," Ah Mow-Santos said.
Brazil held a 9-3 block advantage over the U.S., in addition to winning the service ace battle 5-1. The Brazilians committed just seven attack errors on 81 swings.
The U.S. finished fourth at last year's Pan American Cup held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The top four teams at the 2007 Pan American Cup remain the same as last year, as well as the championship contest of Brazil versus Cuba.
Brazil opened the first set with a 5-2 lead, only to see the U.S. battle back to tie the period at 7-all as Tomes earned a kill and block in a 5-2 scoring run. Busse and Wilkins scored back-to-back kills to give Team USA a 9-8 advantage. After trailing 10-9, Brazil erupted on an 11-1 run that included four blocks and an ace to put the score out of reach at 20-11.
Brazil never trailed in the second set as it quickly built a 7-2 lead. The U.S. narrowed the deficit to 11-8 after Busse scored the team's next three points. However, Brazil would not allow Team USA any closer as it closed out the set on a 7-3 run.
Tomes scored a kill followed by a Barboza ace to lift the U.S. into a brief 2-1 advantage in the early stages of the third set. However, Brazil rattled off three straight points for a 4-2 lead. Team USA scored two straight points to tie the set at 4-all. Brazil inched its lead to 9-5 with three consecutive U.S. errors. The victors stretched the advantage to eight points at 15-7 before the U.S. put together a late charge on a 4-0 run to close to within 15-11. Team USA cut the deficit to 16-13, only to see the hopes dashed on a 4-1 run by Brazil to put the score at 20-14. The U.S. failed to score a point off its serve the rest of the match.
Silvana Papini tallied a match-high 14 points with 13 kills on 24 attacks and an ace to pace Brazil. Natalia Pereira added 13 points with 12 kills on 24 attacks and just one hitting error. Camila Monteiro reached 11 points on six kills and five blocks. Maria Silva charted four kills, four blocks and an ace for nine points.
"We played spectacular volleyball and executed all the fundamentals," Brazil Head Coach Luizomar Moura said. "I am very proud of our girls who showed a great heart."
Earlier today, Puerto Rico finished fifth by defeating Argentina 21-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-10, while Peru defeated Costa Rica 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 to finish in seventh place.
Yesterday, Canada handled host Mexico, 25-12, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22 for ninth place. Uruguay topped Trinidad & Tobago, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18 for 11th place in the 12-team tournament.
USA-BRA Short Box
USA (Points-Kills-Blocks-Aces): Marcie Hampton 1-1-0-0; Tracy Stalls (DNP); Laura Tomes 4-3-1-0; Katie Wilkins 2-1-1-0; Jen Joines 5-5-0-0; Cynthia Barboza 5-4-0-1; Robyn Ah Mow-Santos 1-1-0-0; Katie Olsovsky 2-2-0-0; Candace Lee 0-0-0-0; Courtney Thompson 1-1-0-0; Lindsey Hunter 0-0-0-0; Cassie Busse 10-9-1-0. Totals: 31-27-3-1.
BRA: Erica Adachi (DNP); Camila Brait 0-0-0-0; Camila Monteiro 11-6-5-0; Betina Schimitid 1-1-0-0; Silvana Papini 14-13-0-1; Priscila Daroit (DNP); Natalia Pereira 13-12-0-1; Amanda Francisco 0-0-0-0; Renata Maggioni (DNP); Maria Silva 9-4-4-1; Tandara Caixeta (DNP); Ingrid Felix 5-3-0-2. Totals: 54-40-9-5.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for VI Pan American Cup
Name - Pos, Ht, Hometown, College
3 - Marcie Hampton (OH, 6-1, Gainesville, Fla., Florida)
6 - Tracy Stalls (MB, 6-4, Denver, Colo., Nebraska)
7 - Laura Tomes (MB, 6-2, Sioux City, Iowa, Oklahoma)
8 - Katie Wilkins (OH, 6-4, Lakeside, Calif., Pepperdine)
9 - Jennifer Joines (MB, 6-3, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
10 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
11 - Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (S, 5-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
13 - Katie Olsovsky (OPP, 6-3, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Southern California)
14 - Candace Lee (L, 5-7, Eugene, Ore., Washington)
15 - Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
16 - Lindsey Hunter (S, 5-10, Papillion, Neb., Missouri)
18 - Cassie Busse (OPP, 6-1, Prior Lake, Minn., Minnesota)
Head Coach: "Jenny" Lang Ping
Assistant Coaches: Sue Woodstra, Gen Kawakita
Technical Coordinator: Diane French
Team Manager: Joan Powell
Medical Support: Emery Hill, Jr.
Sixth Annual Pan American Cup * June 21-29 * Colima, Mexico
Final Pool A Standings
Dominican Republic 4-1
Costa Rica 2-3
Trinidad & Tobago 0-5
Pool A Matches
June 21: Dominican Republic def. Costa Rica, 25-21, 25-22, 25-10
June 21: USA def. Argentina, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16
June 21: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-10, 25-19, 25-8
June 22: USA def. Costa Rica, 25-14, 25-15, 25-13
June 22: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-7, 25-9, 25-10
June 22: Argentina def. Mexico, 25-20, 25-22, 25-14
June 23: Argentina def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-10, 25-11, 25-12
June 23: USA def. Dominican Republic, 25-20, 18-25, 26-24, 18-25, 15-13
June 23: Costa Rica def. Mexico, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 26-24, 16-14
June 24: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-8, 25-9, 25-5
June 24: Argentina def. Costa Rica, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15
June 24: Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 25-10, 25-16, 25-13
June 25: Costa Rica def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-10, 26-24, 25-18
June 25: Dominican Republic def. Argentina, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20
June 25: USA def. Mexico 25-18, 25-12, 25-11
Final Pool B Standings
Cuba 4-1 (1.317 point quotient)
Brazil 4-1 (1.159)
Puerto Rico 4-1 (1.154)
Pool B Matches
June 21: Cuba def. Uruguay, 25-13, 25-11, 25-14
June 21: Peru def. Canada 25-21, 21-25, 31-29, 16-25, 16-14
June 21: Brazil def. Puerto Rico, 35-33, 25-23, 25-19
June 22: Canada def. Uruguay, 25-16, 25-17, 25-13
June 22: Brazil def. Peru, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16
June 22: Puerto Rico def. Cuba, 20-25, 25-15, 17-25, 25-20, 15-13
June 23: Brazil def. Uruguay, 25-13, 25-16, 25-14
June 23: Cuba def. Canada, 25-14, 25-16, 25-18
June 23: Puerto Rico def. Peru 25-20, 25-16, 25-21
June 24: Puerto Rico def. Uruguay, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16
June 24: Brazil def. Canada, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19
June 24: Cuba def. Peru, 25-23, 25-12, 25-20
June 25: Peru def. Uruguay, 25-14, 25-18, 25-13
June 25: Puerto Rico def. Canada, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18
June 25: Cuba def. Brazil 25-22, 25-19, 25-18
June 27: Uruguay def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18 (11th Place)
June 27: Canada def. Mexico, 25-12, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22 (9th Place Match)
June 27: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 25-17, 22-25, 25-27, 25-17, 15-7 (Quarterfinal)
June 27: Brazil def. Argentina, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19 (Quarterfinal)
June 28: Peru def. Costa Rica, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 (7th Place Match)
June 28: Puerto Rico def. Argentina, 21-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-10 (5th Place Match)
June 28: Brazil def. USA, 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 (Semifinal)
June 28: Cuba def. Dominican Republic, 28-26, 25-22, 25-18 (Semifinal)
June 29: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 4 p.m. (3rd Place)
June 29: Brazil vs. Cuba, 8 p.m. (Championship)