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Rough start for U.S. Pan American Cup volleyball team

 

BYU's Roni Jones-Perry recorded 11 points on eight kills, two aces and a block but the U.S. women’s Pan American Cup volleyball training team lost to Canada 25-23, 25-17, 29-27 (plus 25-21 in bonus fourth set) in an exhibition match Friday in Tustin.

Purdue's Danielle Cuttino added 10 points, all on kills, for the Americans, who were scheduled to play another exhibition match against the Canadians on Saturday at Murrieta Mesa High.

Stanford junior Kathryn Plummer also played, recording a kill.

“A rough night for our team,” said Rob Browning, coach for the U.S. Pan American Cup Training Team. “We never established a rhythm against a very good Canada squad. We struggled in serve-receive and serving. We didn’t do a good job of bettering the ball. Those three issues combined make it really difficult to sustain the kind of execution to challenge a team like Canada.”

Nearly every Canadian on the roster has been competing for at least a couple years on its national team and in the pro leagues overseas, along with training for over a month together in 2019.

Eight of the 14 Americans competing are either in college or recently graduated. Some team members are late arrivals for training in Anaheim.

The U.S. out-blocked Canada 11-6, but the passing game was the major difference. Canada held a 12-3 margin in aces and had a 40 positive reception percent to the Americans’ 32 percent.

Canada also converted 47 percent of its attacks into points with a .284 hitting efficiency (54-21-116). Team USA was held to a 38 kill percent and .214 hitting efficiency (39-17-103).

The Pan American Cup will take place July 4-15 in Lima, Peru.

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