U.S. Women after Pan Am Cup win over Colombia.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 8, 2023)The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) victory over Colombia on Tuesday to move to 3-0 without dropping a set in the 2023 Pan American Cup in Ponce, Puerto Rico. 

After a day off on Wednesday, the U.S. Women will play Thursday at 3 p.m. vs. Canada.


Opposite Taylor Mims led all scorers with 16 points on 13 kills, one block, and two aces. Outside hitter Simone Lee shared the match-high with 13 kills.

Two other U.S. players reached double digits with middle blocker Madeleine Gates totaling 11 points (six kills, three blocks, and two aces) and outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parsons finishing with 10 points (six kills, two blocks, two aces).

“Tonight was a good match for the team. We played well against a very tough opponent,” said U.S. Head Coach Brad Rostratter. “There is a lot for us to improve on and work on as the tournament continues, but we will take each day ahead of us as best we can.”

The U.S. finished with significant advantages in kills (45-28) and aces (7-2) with a slight edge in blocks (8-7). The U.S. Women recorded a .304 hitting efficiency for the match, including .382 in a dominant first set in which they used an early 7-1 run to take a 15-6 lead. Lee and Mims each recorded five kills in the opening set.

In addition to leading the effective offense, setter Jenna Gray added four points on two kills, one block, and one ace. Middle blocker Serena Gray finished with six points on five kills and one block.

Colombia jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the second set and still led 13-11 when the U.S. scored four consecutive points to take a two-point lead. The back-and-forth play continued as Colombia regained the lead, 17-16, but the U.S. responded with four consecutive points to take the lead for good. Mims contributed five kills again with Parsons (three kills, two aces) and Gates (two kills, one block, two aces) also scoring five points in the set.

Neither team led by more than two points in the third set until the U.S. scored three points in a row to take a 19-15 lead. Colombia pulled within two points, 20-18, but the U.S. finished on a 5-1 run to close out the match. Mims led both teams in the set with six points on three kills, one block, and two aces.

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
3 p.m. United States v Canada

Friday August 11
11 a.m. Classification 7/10
1 p.m. Classification 7/10
3 p.m. Quarterfinals
5 p.m. Quarterfinals

Saturday August 12
9 a.m. Position 9-10
11 a.m. Classification 5/8
1 p.m. Classification 5/8
3 p.m. Semifinals
5 p.m. Semifinals

Sunday August 13
9 a.m. Position 7-8
11 p.m. Position 5-6
1 p.m. Bronze Medal Match
3 p.m. Gold Medal Match