Brazilian second team defeat USA
women in Lang Ping’s first match as coach
USA, June 4, 2005 - Brazil spoiled the debut of “Jenny”
Lang Ping as head coach of the USA women’s national
Volleyball team as they posted a 3-1 victory in the
second match of the “Front Range Tour” in Colorado on
Thaisa Menezes scored a team-high 21 points and Adenizia
Silva added 14 points in the 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23
victory as Brazil rebounded from a 3-0 loss in the
opener on Thursday in Denver.
Brazil faced a different American team on Thursday. That
team, which was led by Olympians Danielle Scott, Tayyiba
Haneef and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and coached by Paula
Weishoff, departed on Saturday for the Montreux Volley
Masters tournament in Switzerland .
Lang Ping, hired by USA Volleyball on Feb. 7 of this
year, will be taking the young team that played on
Saturday to the Dominican Republic to compete in the Pan
American Cup beginning June 10.
“The only person who was able to put the ball away
tonight consistently was Nancy (Metcalf), but she is our
most experienced player,” said Lang Ping. “Most of the
players on this team are young. I want to see how they
can perform at a higher level. We have been training
very hard. But our young players don't have enough ball
control and game experience yet.
“You can see it; it’s pretty obvious compared to
Brazil,” she added. “And Brazil is a very young team
too. That’s our situation. We have to be patient and we
have to deal with it. We just have train and play and
train and play until they get better.”
Menezes had 15 kills and a match-high six blocks while
Silva had 10 kills, three blocks and one service ace.
Regiane Bidias chipped in with 13 points.
Metcalf, a 2004 Olympian, led all scorers with 25 points
on 22 kills and three blocks for Team USA .
“I think the girls fought hard,” said Metcalf of her
team mates. “We played as hard as we could and we gave
it effort. But we needed to have some more ball control
tonight and cut back on our own errors. You could tell
Brazil has been practicing together and playing for a
long time; they looked very, very fluid as a team.
“That’s something we want to improve,” she added. “But
with experience I think things will get better. I know
this team has a lot of potential and we’re going to keep
working to reach as much as we can.”
Elisha Thomas scored 11 points on six kills, four blocks
and one ace for the United States. Cynthia Barboza added
nine points on nine kills while Jennifer Joines
registered eight points on seven kills and one block.
The “Front Range Tour” concludes on Monday in Colorado