COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2022) – The U.S. Women’s Team competing at the Pan American Cup got off to a good start with a 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17) win over Peru on Sunday in Hermosillo, Mexico.
The U.S. Women (1-0) will continue pool play on Monday against Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. PT.
The U.S. Women led in kills (54-46), blocks (13-4) and aces (4-2). Each team finished with 25 scoring errors.
“We’re learning to play together,” U.S. Head Coach Brad Rostratter said. “as much as we wanted to be perfect as coaches it’s not always going to be. Peru created some good service pressure and offensively they had some really good swings.”
Outside hitter Dani Drews led all scorers with 19 points on 15 kills, two blocks and two aces.
“It was a very exciting first game for this group,” Drews said. “There was a little of those first-game jitters, which caused us to grind into some ups and downs; but we were able to stay strong as a team and to stay together to end up with the win.”
Outside hitter Avery Skinner added 17 points on 16 kills and one block.
Middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan totaled 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks.
Middle blocker Brionne Butler had a match-high six blocks to go with three kills. Opposite Nia Reed scored nine points on eight kills and one block.
Setter Tori Dilfer scored five points on two kills, one block and two aces. She combined with backup Ashley Evans to set the U.S. to a .310 hitting efficiency.
Libero and Team Captain Kendall White was credited with 33 digs and five excellent receptions. Skinner led in excellent receptions with 13.
U.S. Roster for the 2022 Pan American Cup
No. Name (Position, Ht., Hometown, College, Region)
10 Brionne Butler (MB, 6-4, Kendleton, Texas, Univ. of Texas, Lone Star)
14 Mac May (OH, 6-3, Dubuque, Iowa, UCLA, Iowa)
17 Dani Drews (OH, 6-0, Sandy, Utah, Univ. of Utah, Intermountain)
21 Roni Jones-Perry (OH, 6-0, West Jordan, Utah, BYU, Intermountain)
22 Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind., Penn State, Hoosier)
26 Rhamat Alhassan (MB, 6-4, Glenarden, Md., Florida, Chesapeake)
27 Avery Skinner (OH, 6-1, Katy, Texas, Baylor, Lone Star)
28 Ashley Evans (S, 6-1, Liberty Township, Ohio, Purdue, Ohio Valley)
32 Hana Lishman (L, 5-8, Kailua, Hawaii, Pepperdine, Aloha)
33 Nia Reed (OPP, 6-1, Fort Lee, N.J., Penn State, Garden Empire)
34 Stephanie Samedy (OPP, 6-2, Clermont, Fla., Minnesota, Florida)
35 Tori Dilfer (S, 5-11, Los Gatos, Calif., Louisville, Northern California)
36 Madeleine Gates (MB, 6-3, San Diego, Calif., Stanford, Southern California)
37 Ali Bastianelli (MB, 6-3, Marysville, Mich., Illinois, Lakeshore)
Head Coach: Brad Rostratter
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Chatman and Jonathan Charette
Team Manger: John Xie
Athletic Trainer: Madison Schultze
Performance Analyst: Thomas Read
(All times PDT)
Sunday August 21
Dominican Republic def Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-9)
Cuba def Canada, 3-0 (25-16, 28-26, 25-23)
United States def Peru, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17)
20:00 Mexico v Nicaragua
Monday August 22
14:00 Dominican Republic v Peru
16:00 Colombia v Canada
18:00 United States v Puerto Rico
20:00 Mexico v Cuba
Tuesday August 23
14:00 Peru v Costa Rica
16:00 Cuba v Nicaragua
18:00 Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico
20:00 Mexico v Colombia
Wednesday August 24
14:00 United States v Costa Rica
16:00 Canada v Nicaragua
18:00 Puerto Rico v Peru
20:00 Cuba v Colombia
Thursday August 25
14:00 Puerto Rico v Costa Rica
16:00 Colombia v Nicaragua
18:00 Dominican Republic v United States
20:00 Mexico v Canada
Friday August 26
14:00 Classification 7/10
16:00 Classification 7/10
Saturday August 27
14:00 Position 9-10
16:00 Position 7-8
Sunday August 28
14:00 Position 5-6
16:00 Bronze Medal Match
18:00 Gold Medal Match