U.S. Women's Junior Team Loses to Turkey

July 19, 2009, 1:09 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 18, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team lost to Turkey 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 on the third and final day of first-round pool play in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship (Under-20) competition in Tijuana, Mexico.

Team USA, now 0-3 in the World Championship event, will compete in the second-round Pool H vying for classification positions 9-16 in Tijuana. Turkey captured Pool D with a perfect 3-0 record. Bulgaria defeated Cuba earlier today to finish second in the pool. The top two teams in each of the four pools advance to the top eight competing in Mexicali, Mexico.

After falling behind 4-1 in the opening set and trailing 12-11, Turkey used a 4-0 spurt with two aces to grab a 15-12 lead en route to winning 25-20 and taking advantage of 10 USA errors. Turkey put together a 6-2 run early in the second set to take a 14-8 lead and held on for a 25-20 victory. Turkey bolted to a 6-2 lead in the third set and tallied an 8-1 spurt to push away toward a 25-16 victory.

“Turkey is a very good and disciplined team and they are going to play in the top-eight round,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Head Coach Paula Weishoff said. “Our team is a work in progress. We have to focus in the next round.”

Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind.) led the U.S. with 11 points, including a match-high five aces to go with six kills. Hayley Spelman (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in nine kills, while Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) charted five kills, two blocks and an ace for eight points. Sara Shaw (Austin, Texas) contributed five points, while Amanda Dowdy (Lexington, Ky.) recorded two kills and two aces for four points. Karissa Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Morgan Broekhuis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a point apiece.

Kendal Bateman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Cook each tallied nine assists in the match. Shaw totaled a team-best 15 excellent receptions on 29 attempts, while Hunt added 12 excellent receptions on 25 attempts.

Turkey held a slim 29-28 advantage in kills, but was aided by a 31 USA errors – 17 alone on service errors – compared to its own 17. Turkey also out-blocked and out-dug the Americans 8-3 and 19-13, respectively. Team USA tallied a slim 8-7 advantage in aces. Turkey held Team USA to a 29.8 kill percent and .160 hitting efficiency. In contrast, Turkey converted on 36.7 percent of its attacks and held a .253 hitting efficiency with only nine attack errors.

"Turkey is a very solid team," said Bateman, the USA captain. "Once we got down in the first set we could not recover. I feel we have more chemistry with every game."

“This is the first step toward the next round,” Turkey Head Coach Mehmet Bedesten said. “Today’s game was good for us. I don’t know what to expect in the top eight round, but we are optimistic about our chances.”

Turkey had five players score at least seven points led by Polen Uslupehlivan’s 10. Gozde Yilmaz added nine points, while Busra Cansu, Nesve Buyakbayram and Ayse Melis Gurkayanak all had seven points.

The U.S. qualified for the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship by winning the 2008 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Mexico.

Shaw and Olgard tallied the first two points of the set to give Team USA a 2-0 lead in the opening set, then pushed the advantage to 4-1 with kills from Shaw and Spelman. Turkey put together three straight points with an ace and two USA errors to tie the set at 4-all, then took its first lead at 6-5. Turkey went into the first technical timeout on two straight points for an 8-6 advantage. Dowdy served an ace after a Hunt kill to tie the set at 9-all, but Turkey answered with two straight points of its own for an 11-9 margin. Hunt served an ace after two Turkish errors leading to a 12-11 lead for the U.S. Turkey responded with four straight points, including two aces, for a 15-12 lead. Turkey scored a point on both sides of the second technical timeout to push the gap to four points at 17-13. Turkey produced a 4-1 spurt to inch the lead up to six points, 22-16. Team USA scored three straight points, including a Hunt ace and kills by Broekhuis and Olgard, to cut the gap in half at 22-19, but the Americans would not get any close with Turkey closing out the set 25-20. Hunt, Shaw, Olgard and Spelman all had three points in the set with six different players scoring for the U.S. Turkey benefited from four aces in the set along with 10 USA errors.

Hunt started the second set with an ace followed by a Shaw kill to give the U.S. an early 2-0 lead. However, Turkey gathered four quick points to assume a 4-2 lead of its own. Turkey went into the first technical timeout with two straight points for an 8-5 lead and extended the advantage to 10-6 as part of a 4-1 run. Turkey kept the pressure on the U.S. by extending the gap to six points with another 4-1 run at 14-8. Dowdy and Spelman put together consecutive kills to slice into the lead at 14-10. Spelman slammed a kill and Olgard followed with a block to close the USA to within three at 15-12. Turkey regained its five-point cushion at 18-13 with two straight points. Hunt scored a kill and went to the back row and served an ace to cut the gap to three at 20-17, but Turkey scored three straight points to take a six-point margin at 23-17. A Dowdy kill and Turkish error put the U.S. to within four at 23-19 but could not come closer at Turkey won 25-20. Hunt led the U.S. with six points in the set and Turkey took advantage of 11 additional American errors in the stanza.

Turkey gained an early 6-2 lead in the third set with an ace and four USA errors. Olgard put up a block after a Turkish error to cut the deficit in half at 7-5, but Turkey scored a point on both sides of the first technical timeout to increase the cushion back to four points at 9-5. Turkey pushed the gap to five points at 12-7 after consecutive points. A Hunt kill and Cook block cut the deficit back to three points at 12-9. Back-to-back Turkish errors aided the U.S. to close to within two at 14-12, only to score three of its own points to go ahead 17-12. Turkey extended the margin to nine points with five unanswered points at 22-13. Turkey went on to win 25-16.

U.S. Women’s Junior National Team
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, Region, Club or College, High School Grad Year)
1 - Kendall Bateman (S, 5-11, Manhattan Beach, Calif., SCVA, University of Southern California, 2008)
2 - Kelsey Black (OH/L, 6-0, Amarillo, Texas, Sun Country, Texas A&M, 2008)
3 - Morgan Broekhuis (OPP/S, 6-6, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rocky Mountain, Colorado Juniors, 2010)
4 - Karissa Cook (S, 6-0, Santa Cruz, Calif., Northern Cal, Main Beach, 2009)
5 - Amanda Dowdy (MB, 6-3, Lexington, Texas, Lone Star, Texas Tech, 2008)
6 - Lilla Frederick (OH/L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., SCVA, Pepperdine, 2008)
7 - Alex Hunt (OH, 6-0, Granger, Ind., Hoosier, Michigan, 2008)
8 - Ashleigh McCord (OH, 6-1, Wylie, Texas, North Texas Region, Rice, 2008)
9 - Sarah Shaw (OH, 6-2, Austin, Texas, Lone Star, Austin Juniors, 2010)
10 – Alexis Olgard (MB, 6-6, Spokane, Wash., Evergreen, Spokane Splash, 2010)
11 - Hayley Spelman (OPP, 6-6, Las Vegas, Nev., SCVA, TCA, 2009)
12 - Mallory Woolridge (MB, 6-3, Henrico, Va., Old Dominion Region, USPAV, 2010)
Head Coach: Paula Weishoff (UC Irvine head coach)
Assistant Coach: John Corbelli (Texas A&M associate head coach)
Assistant Coach: Jim Stone (U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team head coach)
Team Leader: Denise Corlett (Stanford associate head coach)

FIVB Women’s Junior National Pool D Schedule/Results
July 16: Turkey def. Bulgaria 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 25-10
July 16: Cuba def. USA 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-11
July 17: Bulgaria def. USA 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17
July 17: Turkey def. Cuba 25-16, 25-15, 25-22
July 18: Bulgaria def. Cuba 25-23, 25-22, 29-27, 25-23
July 18: Turkey def. USA 25-20, 25-20, 25-16

Pool D Standings
Turkey 3-0
Bulgaria 2-1
Cuba 1-2
USA 0-3