USA qualifies to semifinals with unbeaten 5-0 mark
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 6, 2016 – United States
earned a semifinal berth at the XV Women’s Volleyball Pan
American Cup by dominating the Pool B with an undefeated 5-0
win-loss record following a straight-set 3-0 (25-14, 25-13,
25-23) victory over Argentina on Wednesday night.
Argentina finished with a 3-2 record good for third place in the
pool and a spot in the quarterfinals.
Madison Kingdon and Rhamai Alhassan were the offensive leaders
for the American side with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Micha
Hancock, Megan Courtney and Alexandra Holston contributed 9
points each in the victory. Yael Castiglione and Tanya Acosta
finished with 5 points apiece as the top scorers for the
United States outscored Argentina 11-5 in blocks and 9-2 in aces
with Hancock adding 6 more aces to her Pan American Cup record
now at 37.
“The key for us was the reception as we were able to set up our
fast game,” said Daniel Fisher, coach of USA. “When we can play
fast it is difficult to defend against us. I think (Madison)
Kindon played her best game of the tournament so far.”
“Argentina is not playing well and our level of concentration is
low at this moment,” said Guillermo Orduna. “We are going
through a lot of ups and downs and playing erratic volleyball.”