Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Alpinetgheep Presents USAV Women’s Pan Am Cup Roster

The excitement is building as the U.S. Women’s National Team announces its roster for the upcoming 2016 Pan American Cup. This prestigious event is scheduled to take place from July 2nd to July 10th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team, consisting of 12 talented athletes, is a mix of college players and those who have recently completed their college eligibility.

A Strong Lineup

The roster includes standout setters Lauren Carlini from the University of Wisconsin and Micha Hancock from Penn State. Leading the way as outside hitters are team captain Megan Courtney from Penn State, Brittany Howard from Stanford University, Madi Kingdon from the University of Arizona, and Taylor Simpson from the University of Colorado.

The Pan Am Cup also features formidable opposites Alex Holston from the University of Florida and Nikki Taylor from the University of Hawaii. Rhamat Alhassan from the University of Florida, Kelsie Payne from the University of Kansas, and Carly Wopat from Stanford University complete the team as skilled middles. Justine Wong-Orantes from the University of Nebraska will serve as the libero.

Expert Coaching Staff

To guide the team to success, USA Volleyball has appointed University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dan Fisher as the Pan American Cup squad’s leader. He previously led the U.S. team to a gold medal victory against Brazil at the 2015 Pan American Games. Assisting Coach Fisher is BYU Women’s Head Coach Heather Olmstead, University of Arkansas Associate Head Coach Jon Newman-Gonchar, and Arkansas State University Assistant Head Coach Tristan Johnson.

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Training and Strengths

The team has undergone rigorous training in preparation for the competition. Coach Fisher states, “Training has been going great. We have a lot of players who are new to the USA system, and so there has been a fast learning curve.” The team’s strengths lie in their setting and ball control, and they will continue to train intensively to establish their go-to hitter out of system.

A Challenging Pool

The U.S. squad finds itself in Pool B, competing against Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru, and Trinidad & Tobago. Their pool play begins on July 2nd against Peru, followed by matches against Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Argentina. The team will face tough competition and must bring their A-game to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.


Q: How many times has the U.S. won the Pan American Cup?
A: The U.S. has won the Pan American Cup four times since its inception in 2002.

Q: Who are the coaches guiding the team?
A: The coaching staff includes Dan Fisher as the Head Coach, Heather Olmstead as an Assistant Coach, Jon Newman-Gonchar as the Assistant Coach/Team Leader, and Tristan Johnson as the Scout.

Q: When do the quarterfinals, semifinals, and medal rounds take place?
A: The quarterfinals are scheduled for July 8th, followed by the semifinals on July 9th. The medal rounds will be held on July 10th.


The U.S. Women’s National Team is ready to make their mark at the 2016 Pan American Cup. With a talented roster and expert coaching staff, they have the tools to succeed. Follow their journey as they take on some of the best teams in the tournament. For more information on the team and updates on their progress, visit Alpinetgheep.

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