U.S. Girls' Youth National Team Falls to Mexico

July 11, 2009, 8:27 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2009)-The United States Girls’ Youth National Team fell to a familiar foe at the 2009 Girls’ Youth World Championship in Nakhonratchasima, Thailand when it lost to NORCECA rival Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) on July 11.
The U.S. was unable to avenge its five-set loss to Mexico that it suffered in its opening match of the tournament.

"Mexico shows strength and power in the match against us," said U.S. Head Coach Jim Stones. "They fought hard. We already played them twice in the championship and lost both matches. I admit that they are stronger than us."

The United States started out hot, opening up a 7-4 lead. Mexico caught them at 13-13 however, and went ahead 24-18. The U.S. held off several set points before finally succumbing 25-21.

Mexico opened up a similar lead in the second set. The U.S. closed the gap to as close as 22-19, but Mexico shut down any sign of a comeback and took the set 25-19,

Mexico continued its dominance in the third set, going up 7-2 to start. The U.S. battled back, coming within one point of Mexico at 21-20, but Mexico quelled the comeback and took the set 25-21.

Captain Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) led the United States with 16 points, including 10 kills and six blocks. Haley Eckerman (Waterloo, Iowa) followed with 10 points, all of them kills. Katherine Bell (Mesquite, Tex.) added four kills and two blocks for six points, and Hannah Allison (Siloam Springs, Ark.) chipped in one kill and four blocks. Andrea McHugh (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added three kills and two blocks for five points. Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) finished with two points including one kill and one block, and Sam Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) added two kills for two points.

Andrea Rangel was Mexico’s leading scorer with 15 points including 14 kills and one block. Cecilia Rose and Xitlali Herrera followed with 11 points each.

The U.S. continued its blocking streak, out-blocking Mexico 15-11. However, it was unable to score one ace during the whole match, compared to Mexico’s four. Mexico also bested the U.S. in errors, committing 15 compared to Team USA’s 19.

"It was a tough match," said Mexico Head Coach Ricardo de Jesus Nar. "The USA wanted to come back, but my girls played well in foiling their attempts."

In their previous meeting, the teams fought a grueling five-set battle where Mexico outlasted the U.S. and came away with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 15-9) win. Carly Wopat led the U.S. with 16 points while Cecilia Rose led Mexico with 19 points.

Since their July 3 meeting, Team USA went on a three-game slide, losing to Belgium, Japan and Germany. But they recovered quickly, and picked up wins over Slovakia and Tunisia. During that same time, Mexico fell to Belgium and Japan but went on a 3-0 tear, beating Egypt, Dominican Republic, and China.

The U.S., who now has an overall record of 2-5, will take on Dominican Republic on July 12 in a battle to secure 11th place in the tournament.

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