Aug. 8, 1997
U.S. Volleyball Takes Silver Medal at 1997 Canada Cup
WINNIPEG, Canada - The U.S. World University Games (WUG) team claimed the silver medal at the 1997 Canada Cup after a 3-1 victory over the Canadian national team Thursday night.
Notre Dame senior hitter Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) and UCLA sophomore middle Lis Bachman were named to the six-player all-Canada Cup team, with Lee earning designation as the tournament's top passer while Bachman was dubbed the top blocker among the four-team tournament field. Lee shared for the U.S.-lead during the tournament in kills (27), digs (20) and aces (3) while adding 10 blocks and a .236 tournament hitting percentage. She was named MVP of the opening match against Hungary.
The U.S. took game one in the Canada match (15-8) and the hosts evened the match by winning game two (15-7) before the U.S. closed things out in four games (scores from game three and four were not available).
The runner-up finish is a significant step for the U.S. WUG team, which in effect serves as the U.S. "B" team behind the national team. The other three teams in the Canada Cup were upper-level national teams, with the United States win over Germany on the second day serving as the turning point for the U.S. during the three-day Canada Cup. Germany was two points from victory in that match, 13-2 in game four, before the U.S. bench players led a 13-point rally that forced a fifth game (15-13). The U.S. went on to win the match, 16-14 in the fifth.
The World University Games will be held Aug. 19-31 in Sicily, Italy. The U.S. took Friday off and is scheduled to participate in some informal scrimmaging with Hungary and Canada on Saturday. The team then will take part in an additional exhibition outside of Winnipeg on Sunday before flying to Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The U.S. contingent is scheduled to practice in Chicago on Aug. 13 before departing for Sicily later that evening. The World University Games will be held in Sicily's primary towns of Messina, Catania and Palermo.
Hungary, which opened the Canada Cup with a 3-0 win over the U.S., claimed the gold medal after handing Germany another 16-14, fifth-game loss in Thursday's final- day action.
Opposite Kim Keys, a '97 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, led the U.S. versus Canada with 10 kills and three errors on 21 attempts (.333). Keys had a hand in four of the team's 20 blocks. Lee was one of three players to add nine kills, doing so with three errors on 27 swings (.222) to go along with four digs and a team-high seven blocks. University of Texas' junior hitter Demetria Sance totaled nine kills and two errors on 15 attempts (.466), plus a team-high eight digs, one ace and one block. The 6-4 Bachman had nine kills and three errors on 19 swings (.315), with six digs, one ace and two blocks.
The U.S. served just two aces, versus eight service errors, while allowing Canada five aces. The U.S. enjoyed its best hitting of the tournament against Canada (.273).
The U.S. received minor offensive contributions from UCLA senior hitter Kara Milling (3-1-10/.200, 6 digs), '97 Stanford graduate and middle blocker Eileen Murfee (6-1-12/.416, 7 digs, 5 blocks) and Loyola Marymount senior opposite Sarah Noriega (2-3-10/-.010, 2 blocks). Long Beach State middle Benishe Dillard, UOP junior hitter Elsa Steggemann and hitter Jennifer Webb (a '97 Iowa graduate) did not factor into the U.S. offense during the Canada match (Dillard had two blocks while Webb recorded a dig).
The U.S. suffered a major blow in the win over Canada, as setter and team captain Laura Davis aggravated a foot injury midway through the match. Davis, a '96 Ohio State graduate and the team's oldest player, has returned to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to be evaluated prior to the team's departure for Sicily. Davis had 21 assists and seven digs against Canada while backup setter Kara Galler (Northern Iowa '97), who is nursing a knee problem of her own, came on to record 25 assists and seven digs.
Lee's value to the U.S. team includes the ability to serve as an emergency setter. The 5-11 Lee filled just such a role for Notre Dame during the first 14 matches of the 1996 season, when her classmate and starting setter Carey May was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
The individual hitting performances during the Canada Cup break down as follows: Lee (27K/.236), Miling (27K/.328), Murfee (24K/.556), Sance (21K/.319), Bachman (20K/.250), Noriega (17K/.085), Keys (14K/.345) Steggemann (11K/.350), Dillard (8K/.174) and Webb (5K/.154).
1997 U.S. WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER/CANADA CUP STATS
# Name Pos Ht. Yr. Hometown (School)/Canada Cup stats
1 Demetria Sance OH 6-0 Jr. San Antonio, TX (University of Texas)/21K-6E-47A (.319), 1 SA, 1 RE, 15 D, 5 B, 3 BE
2 Laura Davis S 5-8 '96 grad. Wheaton, IL (Ohio State)/140 AST, 3K-1E-4A, 1 SA/6 SE, 20 D, 2 B
5 Jaimie Lee OH 5-11 Sr. Spokane, WA (Notre Dame)/27 K-10E-72A (.236), 3 SA/3 SE, 7 RE, 20 D, 10 B
6 Eileen Murfee MB 6-2 '97 grad. Tampa, FL (Stanford)/24 K-4E-36A (.556), 2 SA/4 SE, 2 RE, 19 D, 14 B, 3 BE
7 Kara Galer S 5-9 '97 grad. Iowa City, IA (Northern Iowa)/25 AST, 1 SE, 7 D, 1 B
8 Kara Milling OH 6-0 Sr. Poway, CA (UCLA)/27 K-8E-58A (.328), 3 SA/2 SE, 6 RE, 12 D, 5 B, 1 BE
9 Jennifer Webb OH 5-11 '97 grad. Highland, CA (Iowa)/5K-3E-13A (.154), 1 SA/1 SE, 2 RE, 10 D, 2 B
11 Benishe Dillard MB 6-2 Jr. Kent, WA (Long Beach State)/8K-4E-23A (.174), 1 SA/3 SE, 2 RE, 4 D, 8 B, 1 BE
13 Elisabeth Bachman MB 6-4 So. Lakeville, MN (UCLA)/20K-9E-44A (.250), 2 SA/6 SE, 15 D, 12 B
15 Elsa Steggemann OH 5-9 Jr. Santa Cruz, CA (Univ. of the Pacific)/11K-4E-20 A (.350), 1 SA/1 SE, 6 D
16 Sarah Noriega OPP 6-2 Sr. Ulysses, KS (Loyola Marymount)/17K-13E-47A (.085), 1 SA/2 SE, 2 RE, 1 D, 6 B
17 Kimberly Keys OPP/OH 6-0 '97 grad. Whittier, CA (UC Santa Barbara)/14K-4E-29A (.345), 2 SE, 1 RE, 3 D, 4 B