Former Florida volleyball All-American Jane Collymore (Seattle) scored eight points to help the United States open the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-5) victory against Netherlands Antilles on Monday at the UCF Arena in Orlando.
Tayyiba Haneef-Park and Cynthia Barboza led the United States in scoring with 11 points apiece. Collymore added eight points, while Danielle Scott-Arruda chipped in seven points.
Christine Anthony provided Netherlands Antilles with a team-high four points, while Sonela Philips contributed three points.
Team USA held a 7-2 block advantage during the match, while adding a 9-0 margin in aces. Setter Courtney Thompson scored four of her five points with aces. The Americans also held their miscues to 12 and gained 28 points directly off Netherlands Antilles errors.
“I was happy that our team could implement some changes from the Pan Am Cup,” U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said.
“USA is a great team,” Netherlands Antilles Head Coach Patricio Bridgewater said. “I have a young team and in a rebuilding process. I think the players had a little bit of nerves knowing they were playing one of the top teams in the world. I did not expect to win today – but maybe 10 years from now that is the hope. Overall, it was a great honor to be here tonight playing the United States. We played with a lot of heart and fight against one of the top teams in the world.”
The U.S. hosts Barbados on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the second day of competition, while Netherlands Antilles faces Costa Rica at 5 p.m. ET.
NORCECA Pool G, a four-team round-robin event played over three days, is a third-round qualification tournament into the 2010 FIVB World Championship to be played in November next year in Japan. The Pool G winner advances directly to the FIVB World Championship, while the second-place finisher advances to the NORCECA Playoff round that will fill two additional World Championship vacancies.