U.S. Girls' Youth National Team Closes Out Tournament With Loss

July 12, 2009, 9:36 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 12, 2009)- The United States Girls’ Youth National Team concluded the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Nakhonratchasima Thailand, with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) loss to Dominican Republic, giving it a an overall record of 2-6, and 12th place in the tournament.

“We played very hard, but also played well,” U.S. Head Coach Jim Stone said. “I can’t say that I’m satisfied with my team’s form as we tried hard but still lost in three sets. However, I think my girls got a wonderful experience here. This is the biggest international tournament that my girls have played so far.

The U.S. controlled much of the first set, going up 16-13. Dominican Republic regained their composure, however, and tied it up at 20-20. The set was knotted at 23-23 when Dominican Republic pushed forward for a 25-23 Set One win. Dominican Republic continued their aggressive play in the second set, jumping out to a 15-9 lead and winning the set 25-19. The U.S. made a strong push in the third set, trying to regain lost ground. They took a 16-13 lead, but that was short-lived as the Dominicans rallied to win the set 25-23.

Haley Eckerman (Waterloo, Iowa) led the way with 12 points for the U.S., including nine kills, one block and two aces. U.S. captain Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) followed suit with 11 points, including eight kills, two blocks and one serve. Andrea McHugh (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added seven kills and one block, good for eight points. Katherine Bell (Mesquite, Tex.) contributed three kills and two blocks for five points. Madelyn Hutson (Brentwood, Tenn.) also added five points, including two kills and three blocks. Hannah Allison (Siloam Springs, Ark.) chipped in one kill and one block, and Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) added two kills. Libero Jennifer Bonilla ((Reseda, Calif.) added six digs and five receptions.

Ana Yorkira Binet Stephens and Yennifer Cristina Espinal Ramirez led Dominican Republic with eleven points each.
The U.S. out-blocked the Dominican Republic 10-7, but finished with 25 errors compared to the Dominican Republic’s 20.

"I’m happy that my girls won the tough match against the USA,” Dominican Republic head coach Enrique Larrazaleta said. “This is one of our best performances we have played in the championship. However, I praise the USA that they are also strong.”

The United States kicked off the tournament with a heartbreaking 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 26-24, 15-9) loss to Mexico on July 3 and continued their losing slide, falling to Belgium 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 32-30, 25-19) on July 4 and Japan 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) on July 5. Its 0-3 record landed them in Pool G in the second round, along with Germany, Slovakia and Tunisia. The U.S. fell to Germany 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-13) in their first Pool G match on July 7, but came back to beat Slovakia 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 21-25, 25-16,15-4) on July 8 to pick up their first win. They continued their winning ways against Tunisia, defeating the African champions 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-15) on July 9. Team USA ran into a roadblock in the form of NORCECA rival Mexico in the semifinals on July 10. It had hoped to avenge their loss from earlier in the tournament, however, Mexico overpowered the United States, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21). Their loss to Dominican Republic brings Team USA’s final tournament record to 2-5.

In other tournament play, Brazil  defeated Serbia 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17) to take the gold medal, while Belgium earned the bronze with a 3-2 (20-25, 24-26, 25-19, 28-26, 25-7) Turkey.

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

Final Standings
1. Brazil
2. Serbia
3. Belgium
4. Turkey
5. Japan
6. Peru
7. Thailand
8. Italy
9. Mexico    
10. Germany
11. Dominican Republic
12. United States of America
13. China
14. Slovakia
15. Egypt
16. Tunisia