Gibbemeyer and Santana Close out Pan Am Cup with Wins

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 Former University of Minnesota volleyball player Lauren Gibbemeyer and current Golden Gopher Daly Santana each closed out the 2013 Pan American Cup this past weekend in Peru. Gibbemeyer played with the United States that won the gold medal, while Santana played with Puerto Rico and helped qualify for the World Grand Prix.

Gibbemeyer was a part of the United States team that went on to defend its title when it won gold on June 16. Gibbemeyer and Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-12, 25-20, 25-18) for Team USA's second-straight Pan Am Cup gold medal. Individually, Gibbemeyer had 11 points when she had eight kills on 16 attempts, and added three blocks. The United States reached the title match after it swept Brazil (25-11, 25-20, 25-22) on Saturday.

Santana and Puerto Rico earned a 3-1 win (27-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19) over Canada on Saturday. With the win, Puerto Rico solidified the final spot available for the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix. Prior to its win over Canada, Santana and her team defeated Costa Rica, 25-5, 25-14, 25-12. The 25-5 first set win against Costa Rica marked one of the most lopsided sets in the history of the Women's Pan American Cup. The record belongs to the U.S., in a 25-2 win (2010), also against Costa Rica.

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