possession of the throne in Pan Am Cup
LIMA, Peru, June 16,
2013 – Defending champions United States swept past Dominican
Republic 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 to capture the gold medal of the
Movistar Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Eduardo Dibos
Coliseum of Lima on Sunday night.
It was a powerful
performance by the Americans who relied on their strong serves
and a consistent blocking. The winners held a 13-3 difference in
the blocks and led in attacks 36-28.
Nicole Fawcett was
the leading scorer of USA with 15 points, including 6 blocks and
3 aces. Lauren Gibbemeyer added 11 points, with 3 blocks and
Kristin Hildebrand and Megan Hodge had 9 and 8 respectively.
Dominicans Annerys Vargas, Prisilla Rivera and Yonkaira Peña
each had 8 points in the losing cause.
USA became only the
second country to successfully defend its throne in the history
of the intercontinental event, joining Cuba who won consecutive
titles in 2004 and 2005. The gold medal was their third tying
with Brazil in second place behind Cuba’s four.
The Dominicans had to
settle for their sixth silver medal to go with two gold and
three bronze medals.
USA Captain: “We are so glad because the team played well
united. This championship was very well deserved. Dominican
Republic was a very tough rival and I think that today it was a
very spectacular game”.
Karch Kirally, USA
Coach: “Our American athletes worked very hard in preparation
for this tournament. Their hard work helped them a lot and I am
very happy for them. Everything we do is in preparation for the
long term. My whole staff has been doing a tremendous job”.
Dominican Republic Coach: “It is not that we played bad. They
started playing very well and pressured us from the beginning.
We didn’t know how to get out of some situation, after that we
improved our attitude and played at a good level but not as we
could really do”.