Former University of Florida volleyball standout Jane Collymore (Seattle) scored a team-high-tying nine points to help the United States improve to 2-0 at the Eighth Women's Pan Am Cup after downing Guatemala, 3- 0 (25-7, 25-12, 25-7) on Saturday evening at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center.
Nine different players scored for the U.S. Cynthia Barboza and Collymore each provided nine points in the victory, while Angie Pressey came off the bench to added eight points. Christa Harmotto charted eight points in the victory, followed by seven from Tayyiba Haneef-Park.
Guatemala (0-2) was led by Blanca E. Recinos Ocana tallied a team-high five points, all on kills. Aneliesse Bermester C. and Susana Alvarado Gomez each scored three points in the loss.
Team USA out-blocked Guatemala 12-0 and used a 9-1 service ace advantage to keep Guatemala out of system for much of the match.
"You have to respect the game and all levels," U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "We look to improve with each game, regardless of the opponent. Guatemala fought hard and played hard."
"We have a really young team, and I am proud of how they competed against a team like the USA," Guatemala Head Coach Julio Dominguez said. "This match will help the team for future matches in this tournament."
United States plays Mexico (0-2) at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, the third of five consecutive pool play matches before the classification round. Guatemala returns to the court at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday vs. Costa Rica