Former Bruin Wiz Bachman Leads USA Volleyball in Upset Win

Aug. 6, 2003

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The USA women's national volleyball training team refused to give up and was rewarded with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over Puerto Rico in Pan American Games pool play at the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park Tuesday afternoon. Former UCLA star Wiz Bachman led Team USA with 19 points on 11 kills.

Team USA trailed in the match, two sets to one, and in the fourth set, 19-13, before storming back to win the crucial match, 24-26, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 16-14.

Middle blocker Wiz Bachman (Lakeville, Minn./UCLA) led the United States with 19 points on 11 kills, a match-high seven blocks and one service ace. Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, Ill.), a two-time All-American in her first two years at Stanford, added 17 points on a team-high 14 kills and three blocks, including the match-winner.

Hebert called a timeout in the fourth set with the United States trailing, 19-13, and the team responded with a 7-1 run to even the set at 20-20.

Puerto Rico came out of the timeout and made a service error and a hitting error to make the score 19-15. Kills by 16-year-old Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.) and Nicole Branagh made the score 19-17 and forced Puerto Rico to call a timeout. Aury Cruz ripped a kill to increase the lead to 20-17 for Puerto Rico before a Jennifer Joines (Milpitas, Calif.) kill and two Puerto Rico hitting errors evened the set at 20-all.

From there Bachman took over, posting two kills and one block as the USA escaped with a 25-23 win and a ton of momentum.

"It was definitely a team effort out there today," said Bachman, the team captain for the United States. "Everyone did a good job, especially the last two sets, working together. We did a good job focusing on our passing and defense, getting the ball to (setter) Lizzy (Fitzgerald), and she did a good job distributing to the hitters. That's all you can ask for?working together as a team in order to get the victory in the end."

Competition in Pool A concludes on Thursday, Aug. 7 as the United States takes on Peru at Noon. (Eastern Time). Peru also needed five sets to upset previously unbeaten Brazil in Tuesday's opening match.

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
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vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE