USA Women earn Sydney Olympic Berth Saturday

USA Women earn Sydney Olympic Berth Saturday

Post by BFISHI » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00

USA WOMEN NET NIKE AMERICAS' CHALLENGE VOLLEYBALL TITLE;
EARN 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPIC GAMES NORCECA ZONE BERTH

Lakeland, Fla. (January 8, 2000) - The United States Women's Volleyball Team
rallied from an opening game loss to defeat Canada 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-20 and
25-22) here Saturday (January 8) to capture the Nike Americas' Volleyball
Challenge title at The Lakeland Center.

The win also netted the United States a berth in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
for the sixth-straight Olympic Games and eight overall since the introduction
of the sport in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The United States women, who its won fourth-straight Nike Americas' Volleyball
Challenge match, joined the USA men as 2000 Sydney Olympic Games qualifiers
Saturday as their male counterparts captured the men's qualifier in Winnipeg,
Canada earlier in the day by defeating host Canada (3-0 (25-19, 25-20 and
25-13).

Saturday's women's win was the second-straight for the United States over
Canada in the Nike Americas' Volleyball Challenge as the Americans downed the
Canadians 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-14 and 26-24) Friday at The Lakeland Center.

In the deciding fourth game, the United States rallied from a 21-17 deficit to
out-score Canada 8-1 down the stretch.  In a game with 10 ties and six lead
changes, the United States held a 12-8 lead before Canada caught the American
women at 16 and moved to their 21-17 lead.

The first game was tied 10 times with Canada breaking for a 13-13 tie to score
four-straight points enroute to a 25-19 win.  Canada led by seven points twice
at 22-15 and 24-17.  The United States won the next two games by using scoring
spurts.

In the second game, Canada led early, but the United States broke from a 12-12
and used a 6-1 spurt to take charge enroute to a 25-20 win.  After the 12th tie
in the third game, the United States scored five-straight points to take
control in another 25-20 win.

Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-23, 25-17 and 25-15) to earn
third-place in the Nike Americas' Volleyball Challenge that will determine a
NORCECA Zone (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) berth in the
2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Nike Americas' Volleyball Challenge Results

Date    Match   Results/Time (EST)

Wednesday       United States def. Dominican Republic   3-2 (25-20, 23-25,
22-25, 26-24 and 15-11)
January 5       Canada def. Puerto Rico 3-0 (35-33, 25-8 and 25-21)

Thursday        United States def. Puerto Rico  3-0 (25-16, 25-14 and 25-16)
January 6       Canada def. Dominican Republic  3-2 (24-26,25-20, 23-25, 25-19
and 15-12)

Friday  United States def. Canada       3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-14 and 26-24)
January 7       Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico     3-0 (25-13, 25-16 and
25-20)

Saturday        Third-place Match - Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico
3-0 (25-23, 25-17 and 25-15)
January 8       Championship Match - United States def. Canada  3-1 (19-25,
25-20, 25-20 and 25-22)

Tim Simmons, BFishInc