U.S. Women's Junior Team Prepares for World's Second Round

July 19, 2009, 5:52 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 19, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will compete in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship second round Pool H against Czech Republic, Poland and Venezuela next week in Tijuana, Mexico.

Team USA opens Pool H against Czech Republic on July 20 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, followed by Poland on July 21 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and Venezuela on July 22 at 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

The U.S. finished the World Championship first-round Pool D with a 0-3 record, dropping it into the classification rounds for 9-16 positions. The Americans opened the tournament with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-11 loss to NORCECA rival on July 16. Team USA won the opening set against Bulgaria on July 17, but dropped the contest 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17. The U.S. were swept by Pool D winner Turkey 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 to conclude the first round on July 18.

Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind.) and Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) were the leading scorers for the U.S. during the first round as both contributed 28 points. Olgard ranks eighth overall in blocking with 0.73 blocks per set, while Hunt’s 0.55 aces per set ranks 11th in the tournament. Hunt is also 11th in Best Receiver with a 43.02 efficiency. Kelsey Black (Amarillo, Texas) ranks 17th in Best Receiver with a 33.78 efficiency.

Venezuela finished third in Pool A, while Poland ranked third in Pool C. Czech Republic ended up fourth in Pool B. Pool G, the other second round group for the 9-16 classification positions, includes China, Cuba, Kenya and Thailand.

Eight teams still have a chance to win the 2009 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship with their second-round pool play taking place in nearby Mexicali, Mexico. Pool E includes Brazil, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei and Netherlands. Pool F consists of Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico and Turkey.

After the three-day second-round robin, the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship concludes on July 24 and July 25 with final classifications.

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

FIVB Women’s Junior National Pool H Schedule/Results (2nd Round)
July 20: USA vs. Czech Republic, 4 p.m.
July 20: Venezuela vs. Poland, 8 p.m.
July 21: Poland vs. USA, 2 p.m.
July 21: Venezuela vs. Czech Republic, 8 p.m.
July 22: Czech Republic vs. Poland, 4 p.m.
July 22: USA vs. Venezuela, 8 p.m.

Pool H Standings
Czech Republic 0-0
Poland 0-0
USA 0-0
Venezuela 0-0

FIVB Women’s Junior National Pool D Schedule/Results (1st Round)
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

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)