U.S. Women's Junior Team Aiming for 9th at Worlds

July 23, 2009, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2009) – After starting the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship with four straight losses, the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team has started to come together as a squad after notching consecutive victories in second round Pool H matches being played in Tijuana, Mexico.

Team USA, which trained just a week together before heading to Mexico for the World Championship, finished Pool H with a 2-1 record and victories over Poland and Venezuela. By finishing in second place, the U.S. remains in contention to finish the tournament in ninth place despite the slow start.

The Americans will face China on July 24 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time in the first of two 9-12 classification matches. Czech Republic faces Cuba at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on July in the other 9-12 classification match. The two winners will play for ninth place on July 25, while the two losers will battle for 11th place on July 25. China won Pool G, while Czech Republic won Pool H. Cuba finished second in Pool G.

China finished 1-2 and Czech Republic was 0-3 in Pool B to open the World Championship and fall into the 9-16 second round classification bracket. Cuba finished Pool D with a 1-2 record with its only win a four-set victory over the U.S. In the Pool H head-to-head match, Czech Republic defeated the Americans in five sets by using 51 U.S. errors to its advantage.

Through the first two rounds, Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) is Team USA’s leading scorer with 74 points for 14th place overall. She has turned in 50 kills, 22 blocks and two aces in six matches. Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind.) has added 54 points – 44 kills, three blocks, nine aces – to rank 33rd among all players. Amanda Dowdy (Lexington, Texas) follows with 53 points during the tournament with 37 kills, nine blocks and seven aces for 38th place. Olgard fourth in the Best Blocker category with 0.92 blocks per set and 15th in the Best Spiker category with a 39.06 success percentage. Hunt averages 0.38 aces per set to rank 19th in the Best Server category, while ranking ninth in Best Receiver with a 43.84 efficiency percent. Kelsey Black (Amarillo, Texas) has a 41.25 efficency percent in the Best Receiver category.

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

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 - Sara 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 World Championship Classification Places 9-12
July 24: USA versus China, 4 p.m.
July 24: Czech Republic vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
July 25, USA-China loser vs. Czech Republic-Cuba loser, Time TBA (11th Place)
July 25, USA-China winner vs. Czech Republic-Cuba winner, Time TBA (9th Place)

FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship Pool H Schedule/Results (2nd Round)
July 20: Czech Republic def. USA 20-25, 25-16, 25-13, 21-25, 15-10
July 20: Poland def. Venezuela 25-15, 25-20, 25-12
July 21: USA def. Poland 21-25, 25-11, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11
July 21: Czech Republic def. Venezuela 25-18, 25-12, 25-9
July 22: Czech Republic def. Poland 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-12
July 22: USA def. Venezuela 25-12, 25-17, 27-25

Pool H Standings
Czech Republic 3-0
USA 2-1
Poland 1-2
Venezuela 0-3

FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship 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