Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

New Players Shine as U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Canada in Exhibition Match

The U.S. Women’s National Team started their 2020 Olympic quadrennial with a strong performance, defeating Canada 25-21, 25-22, 27-25, 25-11 in a friendly exhibition match at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Both teams used this match as a final preparation before the upcoming Pan American Cup in Peru.

Positive Signs for Team USA

Head Coach Karch Kiraly expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting the progress made during the six-week training block leading up to the match. Despite some breakdowns in their game due to the pressure of competition, the team showcased positive aspects in every phase of the game. The passers, in particular, showed significant improvement compared to previous weeks.

Standout Performances

American outside hitter Megan Courtney and middle Amber Rolfzen led the team with nine points each. Courtney displayed her skills with eight kills and a block, while Rolfzen contributed seven kills and two aces. Outside hitter Madi Kingdon also made a strong impact, tallying eight kills in the victory.

Impressive Debuts

Several players made their international debuts with the senior national team during this match. Libero Justine Wong-Orantes and outside hitter Michelle Bartsch were among the players who showcased their talents for the first time. This injection of new talent bodes well for the team’s future.

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Looking Ahead: Pan American Cup

Team USA is gearing up for the Pan American Cup, a prestigious tournament featuring teams from the NORCECA and South America confederations. The U.S. has enjoyed success in recent years, winning the event three times in the past five years. The tournament offers valuable international experience to younger players on the roster.

FAQs

Q: What is the Pan American Cup?

The Pan American Cup is an annual tournament that brings together teams from the NORCECA and South America confederations to compete for the title. It provides an opportunity for teams to showcase their talent and gain international experience.

Q: What is the U.S. Women’s National Team’s schedule in the Pan American Cup?

Team USA is part of Group A, and they will face Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Argentina in the preliminary round. The tournament then moves to the quarterfinals, semifinals, and concludes with the medal-round matches and other classification matches.

Conclusion

The U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory over Canada in the exhibition match sets a positive tone for their upcoming participation in the Pan American Cup. With new players making their mark and a solid training block under their belts, Team USA is poised to make a strong impact in the tournament. Follow their journey and learn more about the team on the official Alpinetgheep website.