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U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Blocks Mexico

July 25, 2008, 9:58 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 25, 2008) – The 2008 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team defeated Mexico 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 using a 17-2 block advantage during the quarterfinal round at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship at Saltillo, Mexico.

Team USA will face Cuba in the semifinal round on July 26. Cuba won Pool B with an undefeated record, while the U.S. finished second to Dominican Republic in Pool A. Dominican Republic will challenge Puerto Rico, which defeated Canada 25-22, 25-19, 25-7 in the earlier quarterfinal today, in the other semifinal. Both Cuba and Dominican Republic earned quarterfinal byes for winning their respective pools.

Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill.) scored a team-high 12 points, include a match-high three aces. Darcy Dorton (Muncie, Ind.) added 11 points with eight kills and three blocks. Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif.) chipped in eight points with six kills and two blocks. Sha’Dare McNeal turned in four kills and three aces for seven points. Hayley Spelman (Las Vegas, Nev.) contributed six points, while Cat Highmark added three blocks and two kills for five points. Gina Mancuso (Bellevue, Neb.) tacked on three points.

Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.) led the U.S. back row with a team-high six digs to go with eight excellent service receptions on 12 attempts. Frederick added six digs in the victory, while Dorton racked up 11 excellent service receptions on 17 attempts.

Team USA started Highmark at setter, Dorton and Frederick at outside hitter, Bartsch and McNeal at middle blocker and Spelman at opposite. Carpenter is the designated libero for the tournament. Mancuso entered as a sub in all three sets.

The U.S. converted 33.7 percent of its attack attempts into kills while limited Mexico to a 24.5 conversion rate. Along with a 17-2 dig advantage, Team USA held slim margins in aces (3-1) and digs (25-22). Mexico produced more excellent service receptions (32-29), but converted at a much lower percent (63.0 to 47.8).

Mexico’s Cecilia Rios paced the home country with 13 points, all on kills. Andrea Rangel and Carolina Carranza each added six points in the loss.

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 1-2
Trinidad & Tobago 0-3

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 def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13

July 25: Puerto Rico (2B) def. Canada (3A), 25-22, 25-19, 25-7
July 25: USA (2A) def. Mexico (3B), 25-18, 25-17, 25-21

Classification 5-8 (times not confirmed)
July 26: Canada (3A) vs. Trinidad & Tobago (4B), TBA
July 26: Mexico (3B) vs. Costa Rica (4A), TBA

Semifinals (times not confirmed)
July 26: Cuba (1B) vs. USA (2A), 5 p.m.
July 26: Dominican Republic (1A) vs. Puerto Rico (2B), 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.