USA win Pool A with comeback victory
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 16, 2012 – USA came back from two
sets down to defeat Dominican Republic 3-2 (24-26, 24-26, 25-15,
25-22, 15-12) and clinch a berth in the semifinals of the XI
Women’s Pan American Cup as winners of Pool A.
USA and Cuba finished tied with 18 points and 4-1 win-loss
record but USA team had a better points-ratio (1.227 to 1.119).
Dominican Republic took third place with a 3-2 mark.
Nancy Metcalf and Kristin Richards led USA with 28 and 21 points
respectively while Lauren Gibbemeyer added 15, including five
Bethania De la Cruz and Gina Mambru had 22 and 21 for Dominican
Republic and Prisilla Rivera added 16. Lisvel Eve and Annerys
Vargas finished with 13 and 11.
It was the second consecutive five-set loss for Dominican
Republic after leading 2-0 as they were edged by Cuba the night
“Dominican Republic is one of the strongest teams in the world
and we are happy to get the victory,” USA’s captain Stacy Sykora
said. “But we had to put this one in the past because the
tournament is still going and we need to see the future.”
“It was a very intense match and once again we lost the
concentration after the second set”, Dominican Republic’s Rivera
commented. “USA players kept their heads cold and we didn’t.”
“The result could have gone either way,” USA’s coach Reed
Sunahara stated. “It was a very intense match and I am proud of
my team for not giving up and coming back from 0-2.”
“I think the fans enjoyed the match,” Dominican Republic’s coach
Marcos Kwiek said. “We won the first two sets but both were
26-24. It was the first game for Bethania and the tournament is
still open. Our priority is to qualify to the Grand Prix and
prepare the team for London.”