China Defeats U.S. Women's Junior Team at Worlds

July 24, 2009, 9:52 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS  , Colo. (July 24, 2009) - China defeated the U.S. Women's Junior National Team 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-18) on Friday at the FIVB World Championships in Tijuana, Mexico.

The loss means the U.S. Women's Junior Team (2-5) will play Czech Republic for 11th place at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind.) paced Team USA with 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks. Alexis Olgard (Spokane, Wash.) added 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Amanda Dowdy (Lexington, Texas) scored seven points on five kills and two aces.

Weiwei Li led China with 14 points on eight kills, five blocks and one ace.

"Game one was very good for us and we played point by point with them," U.S. Head Coach Paula Weishoff said. "Then they started to play a very fast game and we allowed them to get into their rhythm. Once this happened the game was over. They took the game to a different level and we couldn't stay with them. It was good match for China."

China out-blocked the U.S. 9-4 and had eight aces while Team USA had three. The United States converted 34 percent of its attack attempts while China converted 40 percent.

Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored four points on four kills. Morgan Broekhuis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added three points on two kills and one ace. Sara Shaw (Austin, Texas) had one point on one kill while Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) scored one point on one block.

U.S. libero Kelsey Black (Amarillo, Texas) was credited with nine digs on 25 attempts while Frederick totaled 10 excellent receptions on 20 attempts. Bateman was credited with 21 running sets on 76 attempts.

Weishoff started Hunt and Shaw at outside hitter, Dowdy and Olgard at middle blocker, Broekhuis at opposite, Bateman at setter and Black at libero. Frederick started the third set for Shaw and Karissa Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.) also played as a substitute.

Team USA led 8-5 at the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set, scoring on three kills from Olgard, two kills by Hunt and a kill and ace by Broekhuis. But China put together clusters of points and tied the score at 10-10 before leading 16-13 at the second TTO. Trailing 16-20, Team USA went on a 6-1 rally, including three kills from Olgard and one from Hunt, to take a 22-21 lead. But China put out the fire with a kill, followed by two straight aces to reach set point at 24-22. The United States battle back to tie the score at 24-24 on a Hunt kill and China error; but a China kill and U.S. error ended the set with the U.S. down 24-26.

The U.S. Women took a 2-0 lead in the second set, but it would be the last one they had as China scored the next 11 straight points despite Weishoff substituting Frederick for Shaw at outside hitter and Cook for Bateman at setter. A kill by Olgard finally got the U.S. scoring again. Team USA managed to cut the lead to 7-14, but China followed with a 5-0 run that ended any hopes of a U.S. comeback.

China took an 8-4 lead in the third set. However the U.S. stayed within reach. Trailing 11-13, Team USA rallied on kills by Hunt and Dowdy to tie the score at 13-13. With the scored tied 14-14, China scored three straight points on a kill and two U.S. errors. A Hunt kill brought the U.S. back to within two at 15-17, but three straight kills and an ace put China up 21-15 and Team USA could not respond.

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: China def. USA, 26-24, 25-11, 25-18
July 24: Cuba def. Czech Republic, 26-24, 25-16, 14-25, 25-19
July 25: USA vs. Czech Republic, 1 p.m. (11th Place)
July 25: China vs. Cuba, 3 p.m. (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