USA wins third crown in four years



LIMA, Peru, June 21, 2015 - United States captured their third title in the last four years at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with a clear victory in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-15) over the Dominican Republic at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Sunday night.


The triumph enabled USA to tie with Cuba at the top of all-time list in gold medals with 4 at the annual intercontinental event. Dominican Republic and Brazil, the only other countries with titles in the history of the competition, both have won three times.


The new champions dominated their opponents in attacks (43-27), blocks (11-5) and serving aces (4-2).


Lauren Paolini, Krista Vansant and Cursty Jackson were the best scorers for USA with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Alexandra Klineman and Kristin Hildebrand chipped in with 8 and 7 points. Brayelin Martinez was the only Dominican player with double digits in the score charts with 12 points.


Kristin Hildebrand, captain of United States: “We are very happy with this victory so important for our country. I feel very proud with the results of our work.”


David Hunt, coach of United States: “We knew that if we could put our plan in practice the victory was possible. I didn’t expect to do it in three sets since the Dominican Republic is such good team but I was confident about the ability of my team, especially with the reception, a key against their strong services.”


Prisilla Rivera, captain of Dominican Republic: “We are satisfied with being in the finals and qualifying to the Grand Prix. Even though this is not the A team of United States they are a great team, tall and organized. It is not by fluke they are the top in the world. In the third set we had many difficulties but I am glad because our team battled until the end despite having players who are not at 100 percent physically.”


Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “It was a good final for us with many injured players. We are happy and satisfied with the silver medal since we didn’t expect to reach the final.”