U.S. Girls Youth National Team Falls to Germany

July 07, 2009, 1:51 a.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6886
E-Mail: maura.gladys@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2009) -The United States Girls’ Youth National Team suffered their fourth consecutive loss, a 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-13) defeat to Germany on July 7 at the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Nakhonratchasima,Thailand.

“We played poorly,” said U.S. Head Coach Jim Stone. “After losing the first set, we fought hard in the second and third sets, but Germany played very well.”

Despite playing without their captain, Anna Hoja, Germany pulled out to an early 8-5 lead. But the U.S. quickly rallied and took a 10-8 lead. They led for most of the first set with Germany hot on their heels, pushing the score to 19-18. The United States had an opportunity to close out the set when it was 24-21, but Germany battled back to tie it at 24-24, and went on to take the set 26-24.
The second set saw Germany take an early lead, but Team USA refused to fold, and tied the score at 17-17. As the set progressed, Team USA committed more and more errors allowing Germany to capitalize and take the set at 25-20. Germany never looked back from there, opening up a 13-2 lead in the third set and closing it out 25-13.

Haley Eckerman (Waterloo, Iowa) and Katherine Bell (Mesquite, Tex.) combined to lead the United States with 11 points each. Eckerman had nine kills and two aces while Bell had six kills and five blocks. Captain Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) contributed five kills and one block for six points. Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) had one kill and three blocks and Erica Denney (Centennial, Colo.) had three kills and one block. Hannah Allison (Siloam Springs, Ark.) finished with one kill and two blocks while Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Tex.) added one kill and one ace and Andrea McHugh had one kill and one block. Libero Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.) finished with four digs and eight receptions.

Leading the way for Germany was Tanja Groaer who had 12 kills and Anika Boin with eight kills and three aces.

Team USA was unable to minimize their errors and finished with 26, almost double that of Germany’s 14. They did out-block their opponents for the fourth straight game however, besting Germany 13-11.

Germany came out of the first round ranked third in Pool A after losses to Serbia and Thailand. They take on Tunisia on July 8.

The U.S. finished the first round of pool play ranked fourth in Pool D after losses to Japan, Belgium, and Mexico. They take on Slovakia on July 8.

To view the Girls' Youth National Team press kit, click here.

2009 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, High School, Grad, Volleyball Club / Region)
1 - Hannah Allison (S, 5-11, Siloam Springs, Ark., Siloam Springs, 2010, Ozark Volleyball Academy / Delta)
2 - Katherine Bell (MB, 6-1, Mesquite, Texas, North Mesquite, 2011, Texas Assault / North Texas)
- Jennifer Bonilla (L, 5-9, Reseda, Calif., Marymount, 2010, Sports Shack / Southern California)
4 - Erica Denney (MB, 6-5, Centennial, Colo., Grandview, 2010, Front Range / Rocky Mountain)
5 - Haley Eckerman (OH, 6-3, Waterloo, Iowa, Waterloo East, 2011, Iowa Elite / Iowa)
6 - Anna Dorn* (MB, 6-4, Munster, Ind., Munster, 2010, Dunes / Hoosier)
8 - Andrea McHugh (OH, 5-10, Yorba Linda, Calif., El Dorado, 2010, Impact VBC / Southern California)
9 - Madelyn Hutson (MB, 6-6, Brentwood, Tenn., Ravenwood, 2011, Impact / Southern)
10 - Katie Messing (OH, 6-4, The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands High School, 2011, Asics Willowbrook / Lone Star Region)
13 - Olivia Okoro (MB, 6-0, Carrollton, Texas, Hebron, 2011, Dallas Skyline Juniors / North Texas)
16 - Carly Thomas (S, 5-11, Swansea, Ill., Althoff Catholic, 2010, Southwest Illinois VBC / Gateway)
18 - Samantha Wopat (OH, 6-1, Goleta, Calif., Dos Pueblos, 2010, Santa Barbara VBC / Southern California)
19 - Carly Wopat (OH, 6-2, Goleta, Calif., Dos Pueblos, 2010, Santa Barbara VBC / Southern California)

NOTE *: Katie Messing has replaced an injured Anna Dorn on the 12-player U.S. Girls' Youth National Team

Head Coach: Jim Stone
Assistant Coach: Melissa Wolter
Assistant Coach: Chuck Erbe
Team Leader/Manager: Heath Hoke
Doctor: Jodi Pelegrin
Team Statistics: Herb "Spike" Summers

Pool G
Germany 1-0
Slovakia 1-0
United Stats 0-1
Tunisia 0-1