COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2012) – The 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 25-10, 25-10, 25-8 in its first match of pool play Tuesday at the NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship being held in Managua, Nicaragua.
Team USA plays Cuba on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT to conclude Pool C. The NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship is a qualification tournament into the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship as the top three teams advance.
The U.S. got off to as quick start, taking early leads in all three sets. Strong serving and solid offense propelled Team USA to a decisive 25-10 victory in set one. The second set featured more of the same as the U.S. again tallied a 25-10 decision. Teams USA showed no sign of letting up in set three and held Trinidad & Tobago to single digits to claim the victory at 25-8.
Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.) led Team USA with 15 points via 11 kills on 16 attempts, three aces and one block. Her twin sister, Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.), tallied nine points on five aces, three kills and one block. She also had three excellent receptions on three chances. McKenzie Willey (Highland, Utah) chalked up six points on four kills and two aces while Merete Lutz (Houston, Texas) added four points on two kills, one block and one ace. Haleigh Washington (Idaho Springs, Colo.) also scored four points on four kills. Kayla Morin (Portage, Mich.) tallied four points on three blocks and one kill. Haley Fauntleroy (Winnetka, Ill.) chalked up two service aces and one kill to add three points and Azariah Stahl (Elkhart, Ind.) scored twice on a kill and an ace. Kelly Hunter (Papillion, Neb.) added one kill.
Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied nine running sets on 30 attempts. Maya McClendon (Louisville, Ken.) tallied three digs on three attempts. Amanda Benson (Litchfield, Ariz.) led the team with three excellent receptions on seven attempts
The U.S. out-spiked Trinidad & Tobago 28-6 and out-blocked its opponent 6-1. The Americans tallied 14 unanswered aces. The U.S. scored 28 points on Trinidad & Tobago errors while limiting its own miscues to 21. Only three players scored for Trinidad & Tobago.
All 12 players saw the court in the opening match. In the first set, U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Head Coach Rod Wilde started Humphries at setter, Lutz and Washington at middle blocker, the Rolfzen sisters and McKenzie on the outside and Benson at libero. Hunter and Stahl subbed into the set.
In the second set, Wilde started Humphreys started at setter, Lutz and Washington at middle blocker, the Rolfzen sisters and McKenzie on the outside and Benson at libero. Hunter, McClendon and Fauntleroy subbed into the set.
In the final set, Wilde started Humphreys at setter, Fauntleroy and Washington at middle blocker, the Rolfzen sisters and Morin on the outside and Benson at libero. Hunter and Stahl subbed into the set.
2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster
# - Name (Position, Hometown, Grad Year, Club, Region)
2 - McKenzie Willey (OH, Highland, Utah, 2013, Club Utah, Intermountain)
3 - Kelly Hunter (S, Papillion, Neb., 2013, Nebraska Juniors, Great Plains)
7 - Merete Lutz (MB, Houston, Texas, 2013, Southwest Juniors, Lone Star)
8 - Kelsey Humphreys (S, Newport Beach, Calif., 2013, Laguna Beach, Southern California)10 - Amanda Benson (L, Litchfield, Ariz., 2013, Club Red, Arizona)
11 - Haleigh Washington (MB, Idaho Springs, Colo., 2014, Colorado Juniors, Rocky Mountain)
12 - Kayla Morin (OH, Portage, Mich., 2014, Dead Frog, Lakeshore)
13 - Maya McClendon (OH, Louisville, Ky., 2013, KIVA, Pioneer)14 - Haley Fauntleroy (MB, Winnetka, Ill., 2014, Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes
15 - Amber Rolfzen (OH, Papillion, Neb., 2013, Nebraska Juniors, Great Plains)
16- Kadie Rolfzen (OH, Papillion, Neb., 2013, Nebraska Juniors, Great Plains)
19 - Azariah Stahl (OH, Elkhart, Ind., 2014, Circle City, Hoosier)
2012 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship
Aug. 21: Costa Rica def. Antigua & Barbuda 25-9, 25-9, 25-7
Aug. 22: Nicaragua vs. Antigua & Barbuda, 7 p.m.
Aug. 23: Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m.
Aug. 21: Mexico vs. Guatemala, 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: Dominican Republic vs. Guatemala, 3 p.m.
Aug. 23: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico, 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: United States def. Trinidad & Tobago 25-10, 25-10, 25-8
Aug. 22: Cuba vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 p.m.
Aug. 23: United States vs. Cuba, 5 p.m.
Aug. 24: 3rd HR2 vs. 3rd HR3, 3 p.m. (Match 10)
Aug. 24: 2nd HR1 vs. 2nd HR2/HR3, 5 p.m. (Match 11)
Aug. 24: 1st HR3 vs. 2nd HR3/HR2, 7 p.m. (Match 12)
Aug. 25: 3rd HR1 vs. Winner Match 10 (Match 13)
Aug. 25: 1st HR2 vs. Winner Match 11/12, 5 p.m. (Match 14)
Aug. 25: 1st HR1 vs. Winner Match 11/12, 7 p.m. (Match 15)
Aug. 26: Loser Match 11 vs. Loser Match 12, 3 p.m. (5th Place)
Aug. 26: Loser Match 14 vs. Loser Match 15, 5 p.m. (bronze)
Aug. 26: Winner Match 14 vs. Winner Match 15, 7 p.m. (gold)