COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2013) – The 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team (WJNT) finalized its 12-player roster representing the United States at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship being held June 21-30 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic.
The dozen WJNT players include outside hitters Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.), Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) and Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas) and Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.), middle blockers Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.), Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston), Canace Finley (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Merete Lutz (Houston), setters Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.), Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.), and libero Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas).
“We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championships,”U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. “They are very excited about the chance to test themselves against the best in the world. We will continue to develop as a team throughout the tournament. We have just scratched the surface of the potential in this group and as coaches we are excited to see how far they can go in the tournament.”
The U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team spent the last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., making its final two cuts for the WJNT.
Wilde was pleased with the team’s progress while training in Lake Placid and is confident these players will uphold the competitive nature of which U.S. teams are widely known.
“The team worked very hard here during the time we were in Lake Placid,” Wilde said. “We were able to gain some valuable experience working in the new players with the more experienced players. We spent a lot of our time learning about our strengths and weaknesses and will continue to improve on each area. I think that we have a group that will compete and fight hard for each other.”
In addition, Wilde was pleased to see a developing toughness among the team while training and is eager to see the group compete in the Czech Republic.
“We have some players that have been to this type of event before and they have been driving the level of play in the gym,” Wilde said. “When the players are able to hold each other accountable and keep the intensity up it makes for a much stronger unit. This group has already shown some toughness and resolve that you want to see in a team. It will be fun to go into the arena with this group.”
Burgess is serving as the 2013 WJNT captain and she along with Malloy, Palmer and Rolfzen all have 11 international matches playing for Team USA (a CAP), while Edelman has six CAPs and Lutz has five CAPs. Additionally, Burgess, Edelman, Palmer and Rolfzen were all part of the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team that competed in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship.
The WJNT departs directly from Lake Placid to the Czech Republic on Saturday. Upon arrival, the WJNT will train for four days prior to the first day of competition. Group play will be held June 21-25 followed by the playoff rounds beginning on June 26, where the matchups will depend on the results of group play.
The FIVB has expanded the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 Junior World Championship from 16 teams to 20 teams for this edition. Group A consists of Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Peru, Chinese Taipei and Puerto Rico. Group B consists of China, Serbia, Japan, Thailand and Colombia. Group C consists of Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Russia and Bulgaria. Lastly, Group D consists of Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria.
Team USA opens Pool C versus Bulgaria on June 21 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT), followed by Brazil on June 22 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT), Mexico on June 24 at 12:45 p.m. local time (3:45 a.m. PT) and Russia on June 25 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT). All Pool C matches take place in Brno at the SH Vodova Hall.
The fifth-place team in each pool will play for classifications 17-20, while the remaining 16 teams advance to the Eight Finals round to challenge for a spot in the quarterfinals. Losers of the Eight Finals round and all other playoff matches will continue action for lower classification spots.
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Sarah Burrington (MB, 6-5, Ruskin, Fla., Florida State University)
3 - Jordan Burgess (OH, 6-0, Tampa, Fla., Stanford University)
5 - Nicole Edelman (S, 6-0, Boulder, Colo., University of Colorado)
7 - Merete Lutz (MB, 6-8, Houston, Stanford University)
8 - Kelsey Humphreys (S, 6-0, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford University)
9 - Andie Malloy (OH, 6-2, Allen, Texas, Iowa State University)
12 - Allison Palmer (S/DS, 5-9, Laguna Beach, Calif., Arizona State University)
14 - Canace Finley (MB, 6-3, Fort Collins, Colo., University of Oregon)
15 - Amber Rolfzen (OH, 6-3, Papillion, Neb., University of Nebraska)
17 - Kierra Holst (OH, 6-4, Coppell, Texas, University of Oklahoma)
18 - Chanell Clark-Bibbs (MB, 6-1, Houston, Georgia Tech)
19 - Caitlin Nolan (L, 5-8, Southlake, Texas, Iowa State University)
Head Coach: Rod Wilde
Assistant Coaches: Charlene Whitted, Blaine Tendler
Team Manager: Denise Corlett
Team Physician: Dr. William Feldner
Statistician: Nate Ngo
2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship
Pool A (at Brno, Czech Republic – Kajot Arena)
June 21: Peru vs. Chinese Taipei, 12:30 p.m.
June 21: Czech Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 22: Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 12:30 p.m.
June 22: Dominican Republic vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 23: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m.
June 23: Peru vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 24: Dominican Republic vs. Chinese Taipei, 12:30 p.m.
June 24: Czech Republic vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m.
June 25: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 12:30 p.m.
June 25: Chinese Taipei vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m.
Pool B (at Brno, Czech Republic – Kajot Arena)
June 21: Serbia vs. Colombia, 3 p.m.
June 21: Japan vs. Thailand, 8 p.m.
June 22: Colombia vs. Japan, 3 p.m.
June 22: China vs. Serbia, 8 p.m.
June 23: Japan vs. China, 3 p.m.
June 23: Thailand vs. Colombia, 8 p.m.
June 24: China vs. Thailand, 3 p.m.
June 24: Serbia vs. Japan, 8 p.m.
June 25: Thailand vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
June 25: Colombia vs. China, 8 p.m.
Pool C (at Brno, Czech Republic - SH Vodova Hall)
June 21: Mexico vs. Russia, 12:45 p.m.
June 21: United States vs. Bulgaria, 5:15 p.m.
June 22: Bulgaria vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m.
June 22: United States vs. Brazil, 5:15 p.m.
June 23: Mexico vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m.
June 23: Russia vs. Bulgaria, 5:15 p.m.
June 24: United States vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m.
June 24: Brazil vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m.
June 25: Bulgaria vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m.
June 25: United States vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m.
Pool D (at Brno, Czech Republic – SH Vodova Hall)
June 21: Egypt vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
June 21: Turkey vs. Nigeria, 7:30 p.m.
June 22: Italy vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 22: Nigeria vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m.
June 23: Algeria vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m.
June 23: Egypt vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
June 24: Italy vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
June 24: Turkey vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m.
June 25: Algeria vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 25: Nigeria vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
Round of 16: Eight Finals Round
June 26: B1 vs A4 (Match 41)
June 26: C2 vs D3 (Match 42)
June 26: B2 vs A3 (Match 43)
June 26: C1 vs D4 (Match 44)
June 26: D1 vs C4 (Match 45)
June 26: A2 vs B3 (Match 46)
June 26: D2 vs C3 (Match 47)
June 26: A1 vs B4 (Match 48)
Round 8: Quarterfinals
June 28: Match 41 winner vs. Match 42 winner (Match 51)
June 28: Match 43 winner vs. Match 44 winner (Match 52)
June 28: Match 45 winner vs. Match 46 winner (Match 53)
June 28: Match 47 winner vs. Match 48 winner (Match 54)
June 28: Match 41 loser vs. Match 42 loser (Match 55)
June 28: Match 43 loser vs. Match 44 loser (Match 56)
June 28: Match 45 loser vs. Match 46 loser (Match 57)
June 28: Match 47 loser vs. Match 48 loser (Match 58)
June 28-29: Round Robin of 5th place teams from pool play
Semifinals and Playoffs
June 29: The semifinals and playoff rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16
Finals and Playoffs
June 30: The Finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: The winners of the semifinals will play the final for gold and silver. The semifinal losers will player for bronze and fourth place. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for positions 5-6 and the losers will play for positions 7-8. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for positions 9-10 and the losers will play for positions 11-12. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for positions 13-14 and the losers will play for positions 15-16.