For the second day in a row, the U.S. Women’s National Team went to five sets on Friday at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. This time, it prevailed, defeating Canada 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 29, 2021) – The United States Women’s National Team played its best volleyball of the NORCECA Continental Championships Sunday, dispatching Costa Rica in three sets (25-11, 25-17, 25-10) during a quarterfinal match in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“We came out strong today,” head coach Joe Trinsey said. “We wanted to play clean and take care of the ball, and we mostly did that.”
USA’s win puts the WNT into the semifinals, where it’ll meet defending champion Dominican Republic Monday, August 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 Pacific. That match will be a rematch of the 2019 finale where the Dominican Republic beat the U.S. in five sets.
Against Costa Rica, the U.S. unofficially saw tournament highs in both points percentage and passing percentage, scoring in 62 percent of opportunities and notching a 71% positive reception mark. The U.S. outperformed Costa Rica in every facet of the game, enjoying a 63-22 advantage in points scored, 7-1 in service aces and 9-3 in blocks.
Opposite Roni Jones-Perry led all players with 14 points: 10 from the attack, three service aces and one block. Eleven Americans scored at least once, and seven added five or more points.
In all, 13 U.S. players took the court after Trinsey sent out a virtually new lineup in the third set. Tiffany Clark served as libero in the third, and every American on the roster has now competed in the tournament.
“The team is looking forward to playing the Dominican Republic,” Trinsey said. Our goal was to get better each day of the tournament, and tomorrow is a chance to show that.”
Every match of the 2021 NORCECA Continental Championships will be streamed live online.
NORCECA Continental Championship Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1 Kara Bajema (OH, 6-3, Lynden, Wash.)
2 Tiffany Clark (L, 5-11, Naperville, Ill.)
3 Madeleine Gates (MB, 6-3, San Diego, Calif.)
4 Cori Crocker (MB, 6-3, Brighton, Mich.)
5 Jenna Gray (S, 6-1, Shawnee, Kan.)
6 Micaya White (OH, 6-1, Frisco, Texas)
7 Ashley Evans (S, 6-1, Liberty Township, Ohio)
9 Rachael Kramer (MB, 6-10, Phoenix, Ariz.)
10 Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind.)
12 Lindsay Stalzer (OH, 6-1, Kewanee, Ill.)
14 Ali Bastianelli (MB, 6-3, Marysville, Mich.)
15 Roni Jones-Perry (OPP, 5-11, West Jordan, Utah)
16 Danielle Cuttino (OPP, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind.)
18 Ali Frantti (OH, 6-3, Spring Grove, Ill.)
Head Coach: Joe Trinsey
Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman
Assistant Coach: Cullen Irons
Physiotherapist: Misao Tanioka
Technical Coordinator: Michael Gee
Team Manager: John Xie
NORCECA Continental Championship Schedule
August 26: vs. Puerto Rico; L, 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9)
August 27: vs. Canada, W, 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8)
August 29: Quarterfinals vs. Costa Rica; W, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-10)
August 30: Semifinals vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. Eastern/6 Pacific
August 31: Medal Matches, TBD