ORLANDO, Fla. - The U.S. Women's National Team earned a spot into next year's FIVB World Championship after topping Costa Rica 25-15, 25-9, 25-15 on Wednesday evening in Orlando to finish the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament - NORCECA Pool G with an undefeated 3-0 record.
As the second-place team, Costa Rica remains alive in the qualification process and will compete next month in the four-team NORCECA Playoff Round in Tijuana, Mexico. The Playoff Round will fill NORCECA's final two World Championship vacancies.
"I honestly think Costa Rica is a good team and better than when we last played them at the Pan American Cup," U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "At the same time, I think we are a better team. We went into tonight's match with a plan and executed it. We are happy that we have qualified for the World Championships next year."
The U.S. was led by tournament most valuable player and Best Spiker Cynthia Barboza and Jane Collymore, who had matching 18 points in the match. Barboza tallied 16 kills as part of her totals, while Collymore chipped in 15 kills. Danielle Scott-Arruda contributed eight points, while Tayyiba Haneef-Park put down six points. Courtney Thompson and Christa Harmotto rounded out the scoring with four points.
Most Valuable Player: Cynthia Barboza (USA)
Best Scorer: Christine Anthony (Netherlands Antilles)
Best Spiker: Cynthia Barboza (USA)
Best Setter: Courtney Thompson (USA)
Best Server: Courtney Thompson (USA)
Best Blocker: Thonya Joseph (Barbados)
Best Digger: Stacy Sykora (USA)
Best Receiver: Stacy Sykora (USA)
Best Libero: Stacy Sykora (USA)
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photos Janos Schmidt