COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s Pan American Cup Team opened the tournament on Monday with a hard-fought 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 29-27) win over Mexico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The U.S. Women (1-0) will continue the tournament’s preliminary round robin on Tuesday when they will play Puerto Rico (0-1) at 2 p.m. PT. Live streaming is available at https://www.youtube.com/c/ReinasdelCaribe/videos.
The match looked like it would go to a tiebreaker when Mexico held a 21-18 lead in the fourth set. The U.S. tied the score at 21-21 on two Mexico errors and a roll shot from outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry.
A Jones-Perry cross-court kill gave the U.S. the 22-21 lead. But the United States’ next attack went out of bounds and the teams started to trade points. At 27-27, outside hitter Lindsay Stalzer slammed a kill and middle blocker Ali Bastianelli finished with a walk-off ace.
The U.S. Women led in blocks (13-5). Mexico led in kills (48-47) and aces (11-8). The U.S. scored 33 points on Mexico’s errors while committing 29.
“Our team battled hard,” U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “I am very proud. It wasn’t easy, but our side knew how to play as a team. I hope we keep improving in the next games.”
Jones-Perry led all scorers with 27 points on a match-high 21 kills, a match-high four aces and one block. Opposite Danielle Cuttino added 18 points on 14 kills and four blocks.
Stalzer totaled 11 points on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Rachael Kramer scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace. Bastianelli scored five points on four blocks and her match-winning ace.
Setter Taylor Bruns helped her team to a .348 hitting efficiency. Mexico hit .296. Libero Hana Lishman was credited with eight digs and 17 excellent receptions.
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
Noon Cuba v Canada
2 p.m. United States v Puerto Rico
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