Spicer Starts All Seven Matches at Women's Pan American Cup
July 6, 2009
MIAMI - Former UCLA three-time All-American setter Nellie Spicer started all seven matches for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team during the Women's Pan American Cup (June 26-July 4), finishing fifth among all setters in the tournament with 72 assists.
Spicer was one of two setters on the U.S. squad and started 19 (played in 20) of Team USA's 24 sets during the tournament. Along with her 72 assists, she added four kills, five aces, nine digs and one block.
Spicer started the first two sets during each of the first two days of pool play against Costa Rica (June 26) and Guatemala (June 27). Against Costa Rica, she had one kill and five assists, adding two kills, two aces and six assists the next day versus Guatemala.
Over the next three matches of pool play, Spicer started all of the United States' 10 sets. Against Mexico (June 28), she had 16 assists, one kill, two aces and two digs. After posting 16 more assists against Peru on June 29, Spicer had 17 assists and a service ace in Team USA's four-set victory over Puerto Rico (June 30) to help the U.S. finish pool play at 5-0.
After two days off from game action, the United States faced Brazil in the semifinals on July 3, but lost in four sets. Spicer started the first two sets, also playing in the fourth, and had five assists. In the bronze-medal match against Puerto Rico on July 4, Team USA fell in four. Spicer posted seven assists, seven digs and one block, starting the first three sets.
Spicer and Team USA stay in Florida and move on to their second summer tournament, the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G qualification tournament in Orlando. A berth to the 2010 FIVB World Championship is at stake for the winner of the four-team, round-robin tournament. The United States will face Netherlands Antilles on July 6, Barbados on July 7 and Costa Rica on July 8.