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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2007) –
Team USA (4-0), ranked seventh in the latest FIVB world ranking, concludes Pool A action on June 25 against host Mexico at 8 p.m. CDT. A U.S. victory over the Mexicans would assure the Americans the top spot in Pool A, meaning a direct advancement into the Pan American Cup semifinal round on June 28 and off days on June 26 and 27. Should the U.S. lose to Mexico, it could still secure the top spot in a couple ways: both Dominican Republic and Argentina lose at least one match today or tomorrow, or Team USA holds a better point quotient over any teams tied with it at the conclusion of pool play.
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.
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 Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) at outside hitter, and Katie Olsovsky (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) at opposite. Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) is Team USA’s designated libero for the tournament. Lindsey Hunter (Papillion, Neb.) started the second and third sets at setter.
Wilkins charted a team-high 10 points with nine kills on 14 swings and an ace. Hampton contributed six kills on eight attacks with three aces for nine points. Olsovsky recorded seven kills on eight errorless attacks to go with a block for eight points. Tomes, making her first international start, was credited with seven points via four kills on five swings, two blocks and an ace. Joines wrapped up the scoring effort with three points on two kills and an ace.
“Even though the match gave us somewhat of a break, we were still prepared for a game,” Wilkins said.
“After playing five sets yesterday, today was a good time to use my second team and continue to practice on some skills like serving and passing,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping said. “It gave us an opportunity for some of our other players.”
Lang Ping also confirmed the loss of middle blocker Tracy Stalls for the rest of the competition with a knee injury.
“The MRI showed that the injury is not very bad, but she will be out for the rest of the tournament,” she said. “That’s the reason I used the other middle, Laura Tomes, who had not played much during the tournament.”
The U.S. converted 70 percent of its attacks into kills with a .600 attack percentage and four
hitting errors. Team USA hit .800 (8-0-10) in the second set, then punched down a .632 hitting percentage (14-2-19) in the final set.
Trinidad & Tobago scored the first two points of the opening set, but would never see the lead again throughout the match as Team USA went on an 11-1 run. During the spurt, Hampton and Olsovsky took charge with three points apiece. Wilkins increased the U.S. advantage to 16-5 with a kill and ace. Leading 21-8, Team USA closed out the set with four consecutive points earned via Trinidad & Tobago errors.
With the score tied 1-all in the second set, the U.S. rattled off 10 unanswered points on Tomes’ serve to assume an 11-1 lead. Joines increased the margin to 16-4 with an ace to follow-up a Hampton kill. Wilkins closed out the set with consecutive kills at 25-9.
The third set provided a little early controversy. The U.S. opened with a 6-1 lead as Tomes won three points on two kills and a block. The lead was pushed to 11-4 with kills from Wilkins, Olsovsky and Hampton. However, the referees noticed Trinidad & Tobago started a player who was not in the lineup at that point, resulting in Trinidad & Tobago forfeiting the four points earned in the set to that point and setting the score at 11-0. Down the stretch, Hampton scored three of her six kills to put the U.S. in front 17-3. Tomes started a 5-0 run to close out the match with a kill.
Darlene Ramdin led Trinidad & Tobago with nine points, while no other player earned more than two points in the match. The U.S. held Trinidad & Tobago to 16 kills and forced the opponents into 22 attack errors on 57 swings.
Later today in Pool A play, Argentina faces Costa Rica at 4 p.m. CDT, followed by host Mexico against Dominican Republic at 8 p.m. CDT.
In Pool B, Puerto Rico defeated Uruguay, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 earlier today. Other Pool B matches include Canada versus Brazil at 2 p.m. CDT and Cuba against Peru at 6 p.m. CDT.
USA-TT Short Box
USA (Points-Kills-Blocks-Aces): Marcie Hampton 9-6-0-3; Tracy Stalls (DNP); Laura Tomes 7-4-2-1; Katie Wilkins 10-9-0-1;Jennifer Joines 3-2-0-1; Cynthia Barboza (DNP); Robyn Ah Mow-Santos 0-0-0-0; Katie Olsovsky 8-7-1-0; Candace Lee 0-0-0-0; Courtney Thompson (DNP); Lindsey Hunter 0-0-0-0; Cassie Busse (DNP). Totals: 37-28-3-6.
TT: Cassia Ferreira (DNP); Karen Moses 1-1-0-0; Sinead Jack (DNP); Darlene Ramdin 9-8-0-1; Reeza Gramt 0-0-0-0; Malika Charles 2-2-0-0; Renele Ford 1-1-0-0; Carleen Williams 1-1-0-0; Nikita Abbot (DNP); Taila De Souza 0-0-0-0; Kristle Esdelle 2-2-0-0; Shula Halmiton 1-1-0-0.Totals: 17-16-0-1.
For Team USA’s press kit for the Pan American Cup, go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/07PanAmCupPressKit.pdf.
For additional information on the tournament, go to http://www.norceca.org/2007%20VI%20Pan-American%20Women’s%20Volleyball% 20Cup.htm.
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
Pool A Standings
Dominican Republic 2-1
Costa Rica 1-2
Trinidad & Tobago 0-4
Pool A Matches (Times CDT)
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: Costa Rica vs. Argentina, 4 p.m.
June 24: Mexico vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m.
June 25: Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica, noon
June 25: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 4 p.m.
June 25: Mexico vs. USA, 8 p.m.
Pool B Standings
Puerto Rico 3-1
Pool B Matches (Times CDT)
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: Canada vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
June 24: Cuba vs. Peru, 6 p.m.
June 25: Peru vs. Uruguay, 10 a.m.
June 25: Puerto Rico vs. Canada, 2 p.m.
June 25: Brazil vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
June 27: 6A vs. 6B, 2 p.m. (11th Place Match)
June 27: 5A vs. 5B, 4 p.m. (9th Place Match)
June 27: 2A vs. 3B, 6 p.m. (Quarterfinal)
June 27: 2B vs. 3A, 8 p.m. (Quarterfinal)
June 28: 4A vs. 4B, 2 p.m. (7th Place Match)
June 28: Quarterfinal Losers, 4 p.m. (5th Place Match)
June 28: 1A vs. Quarterfinal Winner (TBA), 6 p.m. (Semifinal)
June 28: 1B vs. Quarterfinal Winner (TBA), 8 p.m. (Semifinal)
June 29: Semifinal Losers, 4 p.m. (3rd Place)
June 29: Semifinal Winners, 8 p.m. (Championship)