Hancock sets two new records for aces
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 5, 2016 – Micha Hancock
scored a Pan American Cup record 11 aces as United States
cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-18) victory over Costa Rica
to remain undefeated in Pool B of the XV Women’s Pan Am Cup in
Hancock broke the previous record of 9 she shared with
compatriot Nicole Brannagh and with a total of 31 thus far, the
left-hander setter shattered the mark for a single tournament of
28 set last year by Cuban Melissa Vargas.
Hancock was the scoring leader of the match with those 11
points, followed by Kelsie Payne with 9 and Carly Wopat and
Madison Kingdon with 7 each. Costa Rica’s Paola Ramirez finished
with 9 points.
U.S. Coach Daniel Fisher said the match was good as he was able
to use most of his players, tune-up the serves and put some
Megan Courtney, the captain of USA, congratulated the effort
made by Costa Rica and to her teammates for playing up to the
instructions of coach Fisher.
Braulio Godinez, coach of Costa Rica, acknowledged the
difference between the two teams saying they tried to battle and
improved their level in the last two sets with the objective of
narrowing the difference and preparing the players for the
upcoming match against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday.
Costa Rica’s Irene Fonseca showed satisfaction for the
improvement as a team that showed in the last two sets when they
were able to surpass the 15-point mark. She admitted the serves
and blocking of United States proved to be too strong.