USA makes debut with cruising victory
CALLAO, Peru, June 10, 2013 – Defending champions United States
breezed past Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) in the
second match of Pool A of the Movistar Women’s Pan American Cup
at Coliseo Miguel Grau on Monday.
The Americans established a fast tempo and balanced attack while
dominating in blockings (13-4) and service aces (9-0).
Lauren Gibbenmeyer led USA with 11 points, including three
blocks, while Kristin Hildebrand added 10. Nicole Fawcett had 6
aces among her nine points and Rachel Adams had 8 points with
“I am very proud of the new players on the team and the way
they performed in their first international competition,” said
USA Captain Kristin Hildenbrand. “We passed and served very
“We were a little nervous playing against a team like USA and
the fast rhythm established by USA was new for us,” Trinidad &
Tobago Krystle Esdelle said.
“I liked the way the Trinidadians enjoyed the match,” USA Coach
Karch Kiraly said. “We have many new players because after the
Olympics some players needed to rest and other players have to
“It was not surprising for us given the quality of USA as major
powerhouse,” Trinidad & Tobago Coach Francisco Cruz stated.
“Overall I am satisfied with the performance and we gave playing
opportunity to some young players.”