U.S. Women's National Team competing at Pan Am Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s Pan American Cup Team had a different lineup but the same result on Tuesday as it defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-17) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Women (2-0) will continue round-robin preliminary play on Wednesday when they will play Canada (2-0)  at 2 p.m. PT. Live stream is available at https://www.youtube.com/c/ReinasdelCaribe/videos.

U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly adjusted the team lineup from Monday when the U.S. beat Mexico, 3-1. Symone Williams-Abbott started for the first time at outside hitter, Alex Holston started at opposite and Shelly Stafford made her debut at middle blocker.


Williams-Abbott made her mark, leading all scorer with 18 points on a match-high 14 kills and a match-high four blocks.

Outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry, making her second straight start, finished with 16 points on 12 kills, three aces and one block. Holston added 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace.

Stafford and middle Rachael Kramer, who made her second start, each finished with six points. Each player had five kills while Stafford added a block and Kramer had an ace.

Setter Taylor Bruns made her second start and helped the team to a .320 hitting efficiency. Libero Hana Lishman was credited with six digs and three excellent receptions.

“My team did a good job,” Kiraly said in a NORCECA press release. “Even though we didn’t have much time to train, just a few days, I think we will be improving day after day.”

Overall, the U.S. Women led Puerto Rico in kills (47-19) and aces (9-3). Puerto Rico led in blocks (6-3). The U.S. committed 22 scoring errors as compared with 16 for Puerto Rico.

U.S. Women’s Pan American Cup Roster

No. Name (Pos., Height, Hometown, College)

2 Taylor Bruns (S, 5-11, Normal, Ill., Univ. of South Carolina)
3 Alex Holston (OH, 6-2, Olney, Md., Univ. of Florida)
5 Hana Lishman (L, 5-8, Kailua, Hawaii, Pepperdine Univ.)
6 Shelly Stafford (MB, 6-2, Cypress, Texas, Baylor Univ.)
7 Symone Williams-Abbott (OH, 6-1, Northville, Mich., Northwestern Univ.)
8 Elle Glock (S, 6-1, Wahoo, Neb., Univ. of Southern California)
9 Rachael Kramer (MB, 6-10, Phoenix, Ariz., Florida)
12 Lindsay Stalzer  (OH, 6-1, Kewanee, Ill., Bradley Univ.)
14 Ali Bastianelli (MB, 6-3, Marysville, Mich., Univ. of Illinois)
15 Roni Jones-Perry  (OPP, 5-11, West Jordan, Utah, BYU)
16C Danielle Cuttino (OPP, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue Univ.)

Head Coach Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coach Erin Virtue
Assistant Coach Tama Miyashiro
Team Manager John Xie
Athletic Trainer Misao Tanioka
Statistician Peter Wong

Pan American Cup Schedule
(All times PT)
Live stream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ZS0TLfErMqfPsBr65bldQ 

Monday September 13
Canada def Puerto Rico, 3-0 ( 25-17, 25-16, 25-18)
United States def Mexico, 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 29-27)
Dominican Republic def Cuba, 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-20)

Tuesday September 14
Canada def Cuba 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10)
United States def Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-17)
4 p.m. Dominican Republic v Mexico

Wednesday September 15
Noon Cuba v Mexico
2 p.m. United States v Canada
4 p.m. Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico

Thursday September 16
Noon Mexico v Puerto Rico
2 p.m. United States v Cuba
4 p.m. Dominican Republic v Canada

Friday September 17
Noon Puerto Rico v Cuba
2 p.m. Canada v Mexico
4 p.m. Dominican Republic v United States

Saturday September 18
Noon Positions 5-6
2 p.m. 2nd vs 3rd
4 p.m. 1st v 4th

Sunday September 19
2 p.m. Bronze Medal Game
4 p.m. Gold Medal Game