U.S. still unbeaten in Pan Am Cup, MJNT in sweep

Taylor played in all three sets, just 2 kills, in the 3-0 win over Costa Rica. Houston, the other OPP, had three kills

In the U21 men’s match, Matautia had 7 kills in Sets 2 and 3. Worsley set all of Sets 2 and 3, had a team-high 3 blocks. played a little in Set 1 against Barbados.


  1. blunite July 5, 2016 11:54 pm

    Looks like Fisher played everybody. Although the final 4 is still to come Hancock looks like a lock for the National Team as a replacement (serving specialist).

    Nikki has a year to improve her jump serve. Shoji should require his whole team to dabble with the jump and spin serves. Serve improvement should be mandatory for everyone. If Mitchem and Maglio want to be 6 rotation, a wicked serve will improve their chances.

  2. kahuna July 6, 2016 8:53 am

    Nah…..I don’t think its that easy to all of a sudden tell a player to jump serve who never done it before. There is SO MUCH need to go right to make a jump serve effective. The toss….the footwork…..the approach….the elevation of your jump…the power of contact on the ball and the proper placement.

    It is definitely not an easy thing to do(even though good spin servers make it look easy). The is also the risk/reward factor. Some coaches don’t want to give away free points. Jump floats could be just as effective.

  3. kahuna July 6, 2016 8:58 am

    Remember……Amber Kaufman had some kind of crazy number of aces in one match and I don’t think she was a spin/jump server.

  4. Candace July 6, 2016 9:41 am

    Yes, and Karch Kiraly doesn’t have his team do any crazy spin jump serves. They all have control of their float jumps. I read an article recently showing the decrease in service errors when he had the players switch to a jump float. You’ll notice that none of the main members of the US National team use “Nikki Taylor-esque” jump serves during their USA matches.

  5. blunite July 6, 2016 1:29 pm

    Tayler Higgins is the prototype. She is close to 87% on her jump serves. Nikki was never a jump server until last year, when she tried it on a lark. Coaches helped her with the toss and mechanics. Anyone can jump serve, consistency is the issue (as with anything practice makes perfect.)

  6. blunite July 6, 2016 1:33 pm

    Another sweep for USA! (over Argentina) On to the finals!

  7. Cindy Luis July 6, 2016 2:51 pm


    6. yep. new thread up

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