Previews & Recaps
The United States won its second straight Pan American Cup title, outdoing the Dominican Republic for the second year in a row, rallying for a five-set win. Canada rounded out the podium, taking bronze with a sweep of Brazil.
Columbia rallied to edge Puerto Rico in five sets for fifth place, despite outside hitter Daly Santana’s 29 point effort. Meanwhile, Cuba’s Ailama Cese’s 31 points guided her team to seventh place at the Pan American Cup.
Argentina edged Mexico in four sets for ninth place at the Pan American Cup, while Trinidad & Tobago rode star player Krystle Esdelle’s tournament high points haul to a sweep of Costa Rica to grab 11th place.
Puerto Rico had a sizable advantage in block and serve in downing Peru as they will meet Colombia for a top five finish.
Aiyana Abukusomo-Whitney’s 20 points spearheaded the American effort as they move on to the semifinals.
The NCAA beach volleyball scene remains in the world spotlight as three collegiate sides have made their way to the World University Beach Championships final eight.
Columbia picked up its second win of the Pan Am Cup, smoking Mexico in a sweep. Meanwhile, Brazil kept its stranglehold atop Group C and punched its ticket to the semis with a five-set win over Argentina.
Cuba carried the momentum from Monday’s five-set win over the United States to a sweep of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Americans bounced back with a sweep of Group B leader Puerto Rico to claim the pool title with 11 points.
Canada claimed its spot in the semifinals with its third straight sweep, handing the Dominican Republic its first loss of the tournament. Meanwhile, Peru claimed its first win of the Pan Am Cup with a sweep of Costa Rica.
After falling behind 2-0, Brazil rallied for a five-set win over Columbia to remain atop Pool C, while Mexico won every statistical category in a sweep of Argentina to wrap up Day 2.
Five setters were the story of the day in Pool B on Monday as both Trinidad & Tobago and the United States rallied to force tiebreak sets, but neither could finish the comeback, falling to Puerto Rico and Cuba respectively.
Canada pummeled Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic moved past Peru in a sweep to set up the Group A championship match between the teams on Wednesday.
Brazil outdid Mexico in every way in a sweep to open Pool C, while Columbia outlasted Argentina in the lone five-set match of Day 1 at the Pan American Cup.
After stumbling in the opening set, the United States recovered to top Trinidad and Tobago in four sets to open Pool B action at the Pan American Cup. In the late game, Puerto Rico made quick work of Cuba in Set 1, before fighting to hold on for the sweep.
Pool A action at the Pan American Cup got under way on Sunday with a pair of sweeps at the hands of Canada and the Dominican Republic.