The USA women completed play in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup Series winning all three matches against Japan. The final match went a full five sets in front of a standing room only crowd of over 2,000 in San Juan Capistrano. Crowds were large at all three matches with 3,500 attending in both San Diego and Long Beach.
Tickets sold out about an hour before the start of the third and final match and the engaged crowd provided great energy for what turned out to be the closest match of the series. USA won the previous two matches 3-1.
Fans were treated to some new faces for the U.S. women including Cassidy Lichtman (Stanford,) Lauren Gibbemeyer (Minnesota,) Lauren Paolini (Texas,) and Kelly Murphy (Florida,) and Rachael Adams (Texas.) All in all, this new incarnation of the women's team showed some great fire power and put on a blocking clinic against the Japanese as they controlled each of the matches.
The series went so well that USAV is now planning one for the men. The U.S. men will face Japan in three matches in as yet undetermined locations in Southern California on August 16th, 17th and 18th.
The women's team is now preparing for a bigger test, as they head to Brazil for the start of Grand Prix where they will face Russia, Poland and Brazil in week one. Grand Prix competition begins on August 2nd.