Drawing of Lots for FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship

May 18, 2009, 10:40 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 18, 2009) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team has been placed into Pool D as part of the drawing of lots for the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship event set for July 3-12 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S. squad will join Asian winner and two-time FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship winner Japan, NORCECA runner-up Mexico and European champion Belgium as part of Pool D. Pool A comprises host Thailand, Serbia, Egypt and Germany, while reigning-champion China, Turkey, African champions Tunisia and Peru will play in Pool B. Pool C consists of two-time world champions Brazil, Italy, Dominican Republic and Slovakia.

Team USA’s first round schedule starts with Mexico on July 3, followed by Belgium on July 4 and Japan on July 5.

The 19-member U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team has been training since May 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, Calif. After the four-day training period concludes on May 19, the roster will be trimmed to the 12-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team which will represent the United States at the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. The 12-player roster will have a second training period starting June 16 at Chula Vista before departing June 29 for Thailand.

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team qualified for the FIVB World Championship by winning the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship last summer at Puerto Rico. Jim Stone (retired head coach at Ohio State University) returns as the team’s head coach, and he will be assisted by Melissa Wolter (head coach at University of West Florida) and Chuck Erbe (retired head coach at Michigan State).

Following are the results of the drawing of lots:

Pool A: Thailand, Serbia, Egypt, Germany
Pool B: China, Turkey, Tunisia, Peru
Pool C: Brazil, Italy, Dominican Republic, Slovakia
Pool D: Japan, USA, Mexico, Belgium

Match schedule for the preliminaries:

Friday, July 3:
Pool A: Serbia vs. Germany, Egypt vs. Thailand
Pool B: Turkey vs. Tunisia, China vs. Peru
Pool C: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, Slovakia vs. Brazil
Pool D: USA vs. Mexico, Belgium vs. Japan

Saturday, July 4:
Pool A: Germany vs. Thailand, Serbia vs. Egypt
Pool B: Tunisia vs. Peru, Turkey vs. China
Pool C: Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, Italy vs. Slovakia
Pool D: Mexico vs. Japan, USA vs. Belgium

Sunday, July 5:
Pool A: Egypt vs. Germany, Thailand vs. Serbia
Pool B: China vs. Tunisia, Peru vs. Turkey
Pool C: Slovakia vs. Dominican Republic, Brazil vs. Italy
Pool D: Belgium vs. Mexico, Japan vs. USA