BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, Mexico – Creighton All-American Norah Sis had 13 kills and contributed to the final three points of the match as the USA Volleyball Under-21 National Team picked up a 3-1 victory over previously unbeaten Argentina on Thursday night at the Pan American Cup. Scores of the match in favor of the American side were 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 27-25.
The rising sophomore was at her best in the first set, as Sis led all players with seven kills in 12 swings to pace an American offense that hit .382. Sis also added two digs as part of a defensive effort that limited Argentina to .056 hitting.
The second set featured six ties and three lead changes. The Argentinians closed within 22-20 late before the US pulled out the 25-22 victory. Sis had five digs and a kill in six swings during the second frame.
Sis added four kills, an assist and a block in the third game. The US side trailed 3-1 early before a 6-0 run that featured two kills and a block by the Bluejay standout. Argentina trailed 18-12 before closing the set with a 13-4 burst to extend the match. It was the first set loss of the tournament for Team USA.
The United States trailed for much of the fourth frame before a late rally. The Americans fended off set points at 24-23 and 25-24, with Sis hammering home her 13th and final kill of the night to knot the score at 25-all. She then delivered her first ace of the tournament to bring the US to match point, for which she served again as the Americans won the two-hour thriller on a block by Florida’s Breanna Kelly.
Florida’s Merritt Beason led all players with 25 kills for the match, with Sis’ 13 spikes ranking second on the squad. Sis finished with 12 kills, seven digs, one ace, one block and one assist on .333 hitting in 33 swings.
Sis has started all three of Team USA’s matches to date, collecting 24 kills, 18 digs, three blocks and an ace on .322 hitting.
The Pan American Cup is a qualifier for the 2023 FIVB U21 World Championship. Ten teams are competing in three pools to begin the tournament. The United States will share Pool C with Argentina, Canada and Costa Rica. Pool A will include the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico while Pool B holds Mexico, Chile and Honduras.
Sis led Creighton last fall with 3.75 kills per set and her 435 kills were 106 more than any other freshman on a top-25 team. The Papillion, Neb., product was named to four different All-Tournament Teams and brought home MVP honors at the BIG EAST Tournament. The outside hitter was named AVCA Third Team All-American, AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-East Region, BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, picked up six BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades and also landed on the All- BIG EAST Team. She averaged 4.43 kills per set and 3.36 digs per set on .260 hitting in eight contests against top-50 opponents. She was named VolleyballMag.com’s National Freshman of the Year after helping Creighton to a 31-4 overall record and BIG EAST Tournament and regular-season titles.
Tonight’s victory earned Sis and USA Volleyball a bye into the semifinals, which begins on Saturday evening at a time and against an opponent to be determined.