U.S. Women Look for Strong Start in Exhibition vs. Canada tonight

The U.S. Women’s National Team is several days out from the Pan American Cup and weeks away from the FIVB World Grand Prix in July. They’ll kick-start their run with an exhibition match tonight against Canada.

Team USA will host Canada tonight at JSerra Cathlolic High School at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) in San Juan Capistrano, California. The match will be streamed live on the usavolleyball.org home page. Tickets will be provided at the door for about 2,000 spectators.

This will be Team USA’s first international match since winning the bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, it will be an almost completely new cast of characters as only two Olympians from that 2016 team were on the 21-women preliminary roster for the U.S. In fact, both of those will not play in tonight’s match.

Meetings between U.S. and Canada have occurred seven times in the last 10 years. The Americans have won all of those matches, dropping just one of 22 sets.

Recent USA vs. Canada results

  • 1/7/2016 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) – NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament
  • 9/28/2015 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19) – NORCECA Championship
  • 9/20/2013 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-15) – NORCECA Championship semi-finals
  • 7/12/2012 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-15) – Pan American Cup
  • 9/13/2011 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) – NORCECA Championship
  • 9/25/2009 – USA def. Canada 3-1 (17-25, 25-10, 25-23, 25-21) – NORCECA Championship
  • 9/21/2007 – USA def. Canada 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-23) – NORCECA Championship

Yesterday, the United States released their roster for the match, featuring 14 players. Setter Micha Hancock captains Team USA.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for June 13 vs Canada
# – Player (Position, Height, College, Hometown)
1 – Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Penn State, Edmond, Oklahoma)
4 – Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Nebraska, Cypress, California)
7 – Lauren Carlini (S, 6-1, Wisconsin, Aurora, Illinois)
9 – Madi Kingdon (OH, 6-1, Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona)
11 – Annie Drews (OH, 6-3, Purdue, Elkhart, Indiana)
14 – Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (OH, 6-3, Illinois, Maryville, Illinois)
17 – Megan Courtney (OH, 6-1, Penn State, Dayton, Ohio)
18 – Sonja Newcombe (OH, 6-1, Oregon, Lake Arrowhead, California)
19 – Hannah Tapp (M, 6-2, Minnesota, Stewartville, Minnesota)
20 – Amanda Benson (L, 5-7, Oregon, Litchfield Park, Arizona)
21 – Paige Tapp (M, 6-1, Minnesota, Stewartville, Minnesota)
23 – Liz McMahon (OPP, 6-6, Illinois, Liberty Township, Ohio)
26 – Amber Rolfzen (M, 6-3, Nebraska, Papillion, Nebraska)
27 – Rhamat Alhassan (M, 6-4, Florida, Glenarden, Maryland)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Tama Miyashiro, Erin Virtue, Jon Newman-Gonchar
Technical Coordinator: Jeff Liu
Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans

For Canada, the final Pan American Cup roster has not yet been confirmed, but below is a list of potential athletes:

Canada Women’s National Team Roster for June 13 vs U.S.

Listed by number, player, hometown:

2       Danielle Brisebois, OH, Caledon, ON
4       Kyla Richey, OH, Roberts Creek, BC
5       Danielle Smith, S, Kelowna, BC
6       Alissa Coulter, OH, Calgary, AB
7       Brianna Beamish , L, Surrey, BC
8       Alicia Ogoms, MB, Winnipeg, MB
10    Marisa Field, MB, Kelowna, BC
12    Jennifer Cross, MB, Scarborough, ON
13    Lucille Charuk, MB, Vancouver, BC
15    Sarah Chase, OH, Campbell River, BC
16    Shainah Joseph, OPP, Ottawa, ON
17    Kristen Moncks, L, Standard, AB
19    Marie-Alex Bélanger, OPP, Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC
20    Alicia Perrin, MB, Creston, BC
22    Megan Cyr, S, St. Andrews, MB
23    Michaela Reesor, OH, Caledon, ON
24    Leah Shevkenek, S, Calgary, AB

Head Coach:  Marcello Abbondanza (ITA)
Assistant Coach: Vincenzo Mallia
Team Manager: Laurie Eisler
Trainers: Daniele Alpi, Giorgio Caiterzi

In the Pan American Cup, which begins this weekend, Canada will join the Dominican Republic, Peru, Chile, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago in Pool A. The United States is part of Pool B with Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Again, the U.S.-Canada international friendly tonight can be seen here:

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/usa-teams/indoor-volleyball/women

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