Simone Lee celebrates
Simone Lee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 10, 2023)The U.S. Women’s National Team finished pool play undefeated on Thursday with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) win over Canada at the 2023 Pan Am Cup in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Women (4-0) advance straight to Saturday’s semifinals. They will face the winner of one of two quarterfinal matches, which are scheduled for Friday night.


Outside hitter Simone Lee led the U.S. attack with 16 points on 12 kills, one block and three aces. The U.S. led Canada in kills (40-37), blocks (1-0) and aces (8-5). They scored 26 points off of Canada errors, while only giving up 13 to Canada.

“It was good,” U.S. head coach Brad Rostratter said. “We knew we had the pool locked up, which was great because it allowed us to find a rhythm, and then also continue developing everyone we have and getting lots of work and managing our loads throughout the tournament. Phase two starts now and it’s recover, train and work on some things tomorrow and we’ll figure out who we got in the semifinal.”

After cruising through the first set, the U.S. fought off a renewed attack by Canada in the second. Canada led 9-5 and 12-8 before the U.S. pulled even at 12. The teams traded points to 15 all, but four straight U.S. points gave them the edge they needed.

Canada pulled close to the U.S. in the third set at 18-16, but the U.S. won three straight to put the match out of reach.

Outside hitter Logan Eggleston also finished in double figures, with 10 points on 10 kills. Stephanie Samedy had six kills and an ace, and Sarah Wilhite Parsons had six kills. Serena Gray had two kills, Danielle Hart collected two kills and an ace, and Kayla Haneline also had two kills. Jenna Gray and Madeleine Gates (2) had the rest of the U.S. aces.

Zoe Fleck and Kendall White shared the libero duties, with Fleck collecting eight digs while White came off the bench for three digs in the third set.

In serve reception, Lee and Wilhite Parsons led the way with nine and eight successful receptions, successfully. Jenna Gray and Sydney Hilley set the team to a .400 percentage.

“This is like a new group of girls that we’re playing with right now,” Lee said. “And I think we’ve just worked so hard to play together as a team. To beat Canada 3-0 is always really nice, and to secure our spot in the semifinals on this awesome tournament it’s even better.”

U.S. Women’s Roster for the 2023 Pan American Cup

No. Name (Pos., Ht., Hometown, College, USAV Region)
Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind., Penn State, Hoosier)
13C Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
19 Jenna Gray (S, 6-1, Shawnee, Kan., Stanford Univ., Heart of America)
21 Simone Lee (OH, 6-1, Menomonee Falls, Wis., Penn State, Badger)
25 Brooke Nuneviller (OH, 5-11, Chandler, Ariz., Univ. of Oregon, Arizona)
30 Danielle Hart (MB, 6-4, Virginia Beach, Va., Univ. of Wisconsin, Old Dominion)
34 Stephanie Samedy (Opp, 6-2, Clermont, Fla., Univ. of Minnesota, Florida)
36 Madeleine Gates (MB, 6-3, San Diego, Calif., Stanford, Southern California)
37 Kayla Haneline (MB, 6-2, Plattsmouth, Neb., Northern Iowa, Great Plains)
38 Zoe Fleck (L, 5-6, Grenada Hills, Calif., Univ. of Texas, Southern California)
39 Taylor Mims (Opp, 6-3, Billings, Mont., Washington State, Evergreen)
41 Logan Eggleston (OH, 6-2, Brentwood, Tenn., Univ. of Texas, Southern)
43 Serena Gray (MB, 6-3, Temple City, Calif., Pitt, Southern California)
44 Sydney Hilley (S, 6-0, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Univ. of Wisconsin, North Country)

Head Coach: Brad Rostratter
Assistant Coach: Jonathan Charette
Assistant Coach: Cursty Jackson
Team Manager: John Xie
Performance Analyst: AJ Ruttenberg
Athletic Trainer: Mandolyn Peterson

U.S. Schedule for the 2023 Pan American Cup
(All times PDT)

Sunday, August 6
United States def Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-17)

Monday, August 7
United States def Peru, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-12)

Tuesday, August 8
United States def Colombia, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19)

Thursday August 10
United States def. Canada, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18)

Saturday August 12
3 p.m. Semifinals

Sunday August 13
1 p.m. Bronze Medal Match
3 p.m. Gold Medal Match