United States win sixth Pan Am Cup title
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2018 – Defending
champions United States came back all the way down from a 0-2
deficit to defeat host Dominican Republic 3-2 (24-26, 21-25,
25-21, 25-19, 15-8) in front of a packed house at Ricardo Arias
Pavilion in Santo Domingo on Saturday night.
It is the sixth title for the United States in the history of
the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with the previous titles
attained in 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The winners established a solid defense at the net which allowed
them to score 17 blocks, including seven by Chiaka Ogbogu.
Aiyana Abukusomo-Whitney and Ogbogu blasted 27 and 21 points to
lead the American attack (65-51) while Simone Lee and Haleigh
Washington added 15 and 14 in the triumph.
Brayelin Martínez had 21 points as the best Dominican scorer
followed by Gaila Gonzalez with 16 and Yonkaira Peña with 13.
Lauren Carlini, captain of United States: Once again I am very
proud of my team and how we battled against the home court
advantage. It was not an easy task. We battled point by point
and with the game we improved our passing and got better playing
Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, coach of United States: It took us two
sets to adjust our game. Once we slowed down their two strong
attackers we applied US pressure and finished the job.
I am very proud of successfully defending the crown.