U.S. Women's Junior National Team Downs Canada 3-1

July 24, 2008, 10:07 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 24, 2008) – The 2008 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team handled Canada 25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-21 on the final day of pool play at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship at Saltillo, Mexico.

Team USA concludes Pool A with a 2-1 record and in second place. The Americans will play Friday in the quarterfinal round against the winner of tonight’s last match between Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago. As winners of Pool A and Pool B, Dominican Republic and Cuba have advance directly to the semifinals on July 26, while the second-place teams face the third-place teams in crossover quarterfinals on July 25.

Darcy Dorton (Muncie, Ind.) turned in a match-high 18 points with 16 kills on 35 swings. Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill.) added 12 points in the victory. Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif.) contributed team-highs of three blocks and nine digs as part of an 11-point performance. Hayley Spelman (Las Vegas, Nev.) reached double-figure scoring with all her points coming on 10 kills and 26 attacks. Sha’Dare McNeal (Fallbrook, Calif.) tacked on six points, including two aces and two blocks, in a reserve role. Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) charted four points in two sets, while Cat Highmark (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Anne Luhrsen (Wheaton, Ill.) each provided a point. Highmark added nine assists in the victory, while Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.) recorded 15 excellent service receptions on 24 chances.

Highmark started at setter for Team USA, Dorton and Frederick at outside hitter, Slay and Bartsch at middle blocker and Spelman at opposite. Carpenter is the designated libero for the U.S. during the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. McNeal started the second and third sets in place of Slay, who returned to start the fourth set. Gina Mancuso (Bellevue, Neb.) was a sub in all but the second set. Luhrsen came off the bench in the fourth set.

Team USA held a 38.7 kill percent on 119 swings and held a 46-37 advantage in kills over Canada, which converted just 30.8 percent of its attacks. The U.S. held slim edges of 5-3 in aces and 19-17 in digs, while the Canadians out-blocked the Americans 14-12. Canada also was credited with a 50.6 excellent service reception percentage in comparison to Team USA’s 45.6 percent.

Sofie Schalgintweit and Caroline Jarmoc each totaled 11 points to lead four Canadians in double-figure scoring. Tabitha Love and Celeste Bonter each reach 10 points in the loss.

Canada gained a 13-10 lead in the opening set, but a Bartsch kill and Frederick block tied the set at 13-all. After trailing 18-17 on sideouts, Team USA ran off three unanswered points to assume a 20-18 lead. Frederick and Bartsch hammered kills to lift the U.S. in front 22-19. A Dorton kill gave the Americans four set points at 24-20. After Canada saved two opportunities, Bartsch ended the set with a kill at 25-22.

Canada scored the first two points of the second set, only to have Bartsch, McNeal and Spelman each score two points in a 6-1 run to take a 6-3 lead. McNeal scored back-to-back aces at 12-6. Bartsch connected for a kill and block on consecutive plays to push the Americans in front 16-8 at the second technical timeout. The U.S. lead stretched to 10 points at 19-9 with consecutive kills from Frederick, Dorton and Spelman. After Canada closed to eight at 21-13, McNeal put up a block between kills from Spelman and Highmark for a 24-13 advantage. The U.S. closed the set with a fourth consecutive point at 25-13.

Canada never trailed in the third set as it bolted to a 4-1 lead and inched its gap to five points at 13-8 before the U.S. could score back-to-back points. Canada reached the second technical timeout leading 16-11, but Dorton scored a kill and block as part of a 3-0 run to narrow the deficit to 16-14. Canada answered with a 4-1 run to take a commanding 20-15 lead. After trading points to 22-18, Canada scored the final three points of the set.

Canada erased an 11-10 deficit in the fourth set with five unanswered points to assume a 15-11 lead. However, the U.S. rolled back into the set with four straight points on Canadian errors followed by a Spelman kill at the technical timeout with the Americans leading 16-15. Canada came out of the break with two quick points to regain a 17-16 edge. Luhrsen put up a block between kills from Bartsch and Dorton during a 3-0 run leading to a 20-18 U.S. advantage. Leading 21-20, Slay provided three straight blocks to yield four match points at 24-20. Dorton ended the set at 25-21 with a kill.

Earlier today, Dominican Republic defeated Costa Rica 25-9, 25-20, 25-14 to capture first place in Pool A and advance to the semifinals on July 26. Cuba rallied to Puerto Rico 23-25, 27-29, 25-14, 25-16, 15-10 to win Pool B and advance directly to the semifinals. Later today, Mexico hosts Trinidad & Tobago and the winner will advance to the quarterfinals to face the U.S. on July 25.

The NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship concludes on July 27 with the final classification matches to determine the medal stand and consolation spots. According to the NORCECA regulations, the top three finishers in the eight-team tournament advance to the 2009 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.

For more information on the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship, click here. For the NORCECA event site, click here.

2008 U.S. Women's Junior National Team
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Grad Year, Hometown, Club, Region)
2 - Michelle Bartsch (MB/OPP, 6-4, 2008, Maryville, Ill., Southwest Illinois VB, Gateway)
5 - ShaDare McNeal (MB, 6-0, 2009, Fallbrook, Calif., Epic, Southern Cal)
6 - Kristin Carpenter (L, 5-7, 2009, Mechanicsville, Va., Richmond Volleyball Club, Old Dominion)
7 - Darcy Dorton (OH, 6-2, 2009, Muncie, Ind., Asics Munciana, Hoosier)
11 - Hayley Spelman (OPP, 6-6, 2009, Las Vegas, Nev., Nevada Juniors, Southern Cal)
12 - Lilla Frederick (OH, 5-10, 2008, Huntington Beach, Calif., TCA, Southern Cal)
13 - Cat Highmark (S, 5-10, 2008, Huntington Beach, Calif., Cal Juniors, Southern Cal)
14 - Annie Luhrsen (S, 6-0, 2008, Wheaton, Ill., SPVB, Great Lakes)
16 - Gina Mancuso (OH, 6-1, 2009, Bellevue, Neb., Nebraska Volleyball Academy, Great Plains)
17 - Hannah Werth (OH/OPP, 6-0, 2009, Springfield, Ill., Illini Elite, Great Lakes)
18 - Katie Slay (MB, 6-6, 2010, Raleigh, N.C., Triangle Volleyball Club, Carolina)
19 - Bailey Webster (OPP, 6-3, 2009, Baltimore, Md., TCA-Baltimore, Chesapeake)

Head Coach: Paula Weishoff-Hanold
Assistant Coach: Kim Jagd
Assistant Coach: John Corbelli

2008 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship

Pool A: Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, USA
Pool B: Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago

Pool A
Dominican Republic 3-0
USA 2-1
Canada 1-2
Costa Rica 0-3

Pool B
Cuba 3-0
Puerto Rico 2-1
Mexico 0-2
Trinidad & Tobago 0-2

Pool Play Matches
July 22: Canada vs. Costa Rica, 25-15, 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-10
July 22: Cuba def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-11, 25-12, 25-7
July 22: Dominican Republic def. USA, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20, 25-17
July 22: Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21
July 23: USA def. Costa Rica, 25-12, 25-14, 25-11
July 23: Puerto Rico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-11, 25-13, 25-15
July 23: Dominican Republic def. Canada, 27-29, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17
July 23: Cuba def. Mexico, 15-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-15
July 24: Dominican Republic def. Costa Rica, 25-9, 25-20, 25-14
July 24: Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 23-25, 27-29, 25-14, 25-16, 15-10
July 24: USA def. Canada, 25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-21
July 24: Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8 p.m.

July 25: 2B vs. 3A, 3 p.m.
July 25: 2A vs. 3B, 5 p.m.

Classification 5-8
July 26: 3A/2B Loser vs. 4B or 4A, 1 p.m.
July 26: 3B/2A Loser vs. 4B or 4A, 1 p.m.

July 26: 1B vs. 2B/3A or 2A/3B winner, 5 p.m.
July 26: 1A vs. 2B/3A or 2A/3B winner, 7 p.m.

Final Classification Round
July 27: 7th-place match, 1 p.m.
July 27: 5th-place match, 3 p.m.
July 27: Bronze Medal Match, 5 p.m.
July 27: Gold Medal Match, 7 p.m.