Friday, 28 June 2013

W. Volleyball. Black, U.S. Women Win Pan Am Cup

June 17, 2013

LMU volleyball head coach Tom Black, serving as an assistant for the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team, helped guide his squad to the 2013 Pan American Cup gold medal for the second consecutive year. Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) scored 15 points in sparking the U.S. Women's National Team to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 victory over the Dominican Republic Sunday evening in Lima, Peru, to capture the title.

Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, finished the tournament with a 5-0 record in its season-opening event under new head coach Karch Kiraly. The Americans have now won the Pan American Cup three times, including 2003 and 2012. Seven U.S. players competed in both the 2012 and 2013 gold-medal campaigns. Team USA is only the second country to successfully defend its title in the history of the intercontinental event, joining Cuba who won consecutive titles in 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, Dominican Republic failed in its attempt to win its third tournament title and finished with its sixth silver medal.

After Dominican Republic opened the first set with a 4-2 lead, it was all U.S. in the frame as the Americans went on a 9-1 scoring run and later used a 6-0 run en route to a 25-12 victory. The Americans produced a 6-1 advantage in blocks the opening set. The second set was tight until the last six points with 11 lead changes. However, the U.S. changed leads for the final time after trailing 20-19 and scored the final six points for a 25-20 victory with Fawcett serving out the set with consecutive aces. Team USA charged out to a 7-2 lead in the third set, only to have Dominican Republic climb back to within one at 12-11. However, the U.S. regrouped to string together a 9-3 scoring run to take a commanding 21-14 advantage in closing the set at 25-18.

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2013 U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Roster for Pan American Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College

1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
7 - Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., Stanford)
8 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., Minnesota)
11 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
12 - Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
16 - Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine)
17 - Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., Texas)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, Washington)
22 - Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, Texas)
24 - Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)
25 - Kelly Murphy (Opp, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., Florida)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Reed Sunahara, Tom Black
Technical Coordinator: Joe Trinsey
Physiotherapist: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: Rob Browning

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