United States join the semifinals
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 11, 2018 – United States
joined the semifinals of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup
playing text- book game against Colombia in their quarterfinals
match on Wednesday.
The Americans only needed 1 hour and 9 minutes to dispatch
Colombia 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-17) with four players scoring in
double digits led by Aiyana Abukusomo-Whitey with 20 points. The
victory earned USA a ticket to the Pan Am Games next year.
Chiaka Ogbogu and Haley Washington each contributed 11 points in
the victory while Adora Anae added 10 points. Dayana Segovia was
the best Colombian with 6 points.
The United States outscored Colombia in attacks 39-21, blocks
14-6 and aces 8-1.
Lauren Carlini, captain of United States: We played real well.
It is winning time. We are in the medal round after playing
Maria Marin, captain of Colombia: We couldn’t control their
serves and they played almost perfect. Tomorrow is another day
and there is still hope to qualify to the Pan Am Games here.
Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, coach of United States: We put a lot of
pressure with our serves. We knew that we were going to have our
hands full against Colombia and their good setter.
Antonio Rizola, coach of Colombia: They played almost without
errors and with a good blocking structure.
Their serves had a good quality.