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U.S. Women's Junior National Team FIVB World Championship Preview

June 20, 2013, 5:39 p.m. (ET)

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U.S. Women’s Junior National Team World Championship Preview

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2013) – The 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team (WJNT) is slated to compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U-20 Junior World Championship that kicks off tomorrow and continues through June 30 in the cities of Brno, Czech Republic.

The WJNT departed directly from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., to the Czech Republic last Saturday where the team completed a week-long training period prior to traveling. Upon arrival in the Czech Republic, the WJNT continued training to prepare for the first day of the FIVB World Championship 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. 

Three of the 2013 WJNT players are returners from 2012 that earned the bronze medal at the 2012 NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship in Managua, Nicaragua. The United States was one of three countries to qualify at that event for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Women’s U-20 Championship. Setter Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitters Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.) and Merete Lutz (Houston) were part of the squad last summer. 

While nine players were not part of the 2012 WJNT program, many have been part of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline for several seasons and a number of them gained valuable experience when they competed at the FIVB Volleyball Youth World Championships in 2011, said Rod Wilde, who serving his second year serving as the WJNT head coach.

“With the addition of these players we should be a deeper and more experienced team as we go into this year's championship,” Wilde said.

The nine incoming players include outside hitters Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.), Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas), and Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas), middle blockers Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.), Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston), Canace Finley (Fort Collins, Colo.), setters Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.), setter/defensive specialist Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and libero Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas). 

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.

Along with setting the 2012 WJNT to bronze at the 2012 NORCECA event, Humphreys led Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to seven top-three national qualifier finishes throughout her four years with the club and will begin her college career at Stanford University this fall. 

Edelman has one year of college experience under her belt at the University of Colorado where she served as a team captain, was selected to the All-Pac-12 Freshman honorable mention and named the team’s most valuable player. 

Palmer is yet another talented setter who was selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and broke Arizona State University’s single-season assists and freshman season assists records in 2012. In addition to setting, Palmer is also a defensive gem that adds depth and flexibility to the WJNT. 

As a three-time member of a USAV High Performance team, Burrington brings a wealth of pipeline experience to the roster. She earned four consecutive top-11 finishes in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships Open Division and plans to redshirt this fall at Florida State University. 

Clark-Bibbs and Finley bring a year of collegiate experience to the team from Georgia Tech and the University of Oregon, respectively. Clark-Bibb was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Finley started 28 of 35 matches for Oregon, which reached the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship title match. 

Lutz offers international experience as she helped the 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team to the NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship bronze medal and she will begin her collegiate career at Stanford University in August. 

Rolfzen is returning from the 2012 WJNT squad with notable international and domestic highlights. In addition to her USAV pipeline experience, she was selected for eight All-American honors and is a three-time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year selection. She enrolled into University of Nebraska this winter as a freshman and participated in the spring season. 

Burgess racked up 15 different Player of the Year selections in her prep years and also has four years of USA Volleyball pipeline experience competing internationally. Last season as a freshman at Stanford she was an All-Pac-12 Conference Team selection. 

Holst and Malloy also made marks during their freshman college seasons where they were both named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team at the University of Oklahoma and Iowa State University, respectively. 

Wilde is serving his second year as the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team head coach and is looking forward to developing the team as they compete in the Czech Republic. 

“We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championship,” 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 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. 

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) 

Playoff 9-16
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) 

Classification 17-20
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.

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