U.S. Women's Junior Volleyball Team Opens Worlds with Loss

By Bill Kauffman | June 21, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 21, 2013) - The U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team opened the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship with a 25-12, 25-21, 25-17 loss to Bulgaria on Friday in Brno, Czech Republic.

Team USA plays Brazil on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. PT in its second Pool C match. Brazil was idle on Friday during the five-team, round-robin Pool C. After pool play concludes on June 25, the top four teams in each of the four pools advance to the round of 16 playoffs that begin on June 26.

The U.S. fell behind early in the opening set with five errors giving Bulgaria a 16-10 advantage, and could not recover in a 25-12 loss. Bulgaria used a 5-1 block advantage, 4-1 margin in aces and eight U.S. errors to forge to the set win. Team USA used five early blocks in the second set to help it reach a 16-12 advantage, but Bulgaria came back strong by scoring 13 of the final 19 points of the set. Bulgaria opened the third set with an 8-3 advantage and withstood an American rally that cut the deficit to 13-11 en route to a 25-17 victory.

"We knew Bulgaria was a good team and they proved it today," U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. "They put a lot of pressure on us with their serving and we never quite got into a good side-out rhythm. I think for some of the newer players it was a good test of what it takes to play at this level. I expect us to respond and play better tomorrow."

Merete Lutz (Houston) led Team USA with 11 points with eight kills, two blocks and an ace. Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas) charted eight kills and a block for nine points. Captain Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.) collected seven kills and a block for eight points. Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.) added four kills, two blocks and two aces for eight points. Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in two blocks and a kill for three points, while Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Caitlyn Nolan (Southlake, Texas) produced a team-high eight digs, while Malloy added seven. Edelman contributed 36 running sets on 86 total set attempts. Burgess tallied 40 excellent receptions on 51 attempts.

The U.S. started Burgess and Malloy at outside hitter, Burrington and Lutz at middle blocker, Humphreys at opposite and Edelman at setter. Nolan is the designated libero for the tournament. Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.) was a sub in the first two sets, while Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) was a sub in the last two sets.

Bulgaria served tough throughout the match with a 10-3 advantage in aces while benefiting from 17 American errors. Bulgaria held a 9-8 edge in blocks, while producing a 39-29 advantage in kills.

"I know we will play better," Burgess said. "They were a good serving team and our reception was not up to standard for this level of play. We know we can play with these teams now we just have to do it."

Gergana Dimitrova led Bulgaria with 17 points, while Mira Todorova tallied 14 points followed by Simona Dimitrova with 13 points.

Earlier today in Pool C, Russia rallied to defeat Mexico 24-26, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 15-9. In Pool A, Chinese Taipei came back from two sets down to top Peru 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-16. In Pool B, Serbia blanked Colombia 25-16, 25-17, 25-20. In Pool D, Egypt defeated continental rival Algeria 25-21, 25-16, 25-20 to open the tournament. In other matches today, host Czech Republic plays Puerto Rico in Pool A, Turkey faces Nigeria in Pool D and Japan takes on Thailand in Pool B.

Bulgaria opened the match with a 3-0 lead in the first set. Burgess and Malloy followed with kills to whittle the deficit to 3-2. However, Bulgaria rolled three straight points to reach a 6-2 advantage. After Bulgaria picked up a 10-5 lead, the U.S. came back on a 4-1 run with Lutz scoring a kill and ace, Burgess downing a kill and Burrington scoring a block to put the score at 11-9. However, Bulgaria closed out the set on a 14-3 scoring run that included three aces and two blocks.

The U.S. jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second set with a Burrington ace followed by a kill and block by Lutz. Bulgaria responded with a 5-1 run to take the lead at 5-4. Bulgaria reached the first technical timeout leading 8-6 with back-to-back points. The U.S. knotted the score at 8-all with a Burgess kill and Bulgaria error, but the European squad regained a two-point cushion at 11-9. A Burrington kill and Malloy block tied the set and Burrington followed with an ace to push the Americans in front 12-11. Humphreys added to the 5-0 scoring run with consecutive blocks giving the U.S. a 14-11 advantage. Team USA reached the second technical timeout leading 16-12 on a Lutz kill and Bulgaria error. Bulgaria scored the first three points out of the break to close to 16-15, then leveled the score at 17-all. Bulgaria gained the lead at 20-19, then gained a three-point edge at 23-20 on three unanswered points. Bulgaria scored the final two points for a 25-21 victory.

Lutz scored a kill and block to start the third set for the U.S. with a 2-0 lead, but Bulgaria answered with the next two points to tie the score. Bulgaria used a 5-0 scoring run to take an 8-3 advantage at the first technical timeout. Bulgaria stretched the lead to six points at 12-6. Team USA sliced the gap to 13-10 with a Malloy kill, Burgess block and Edelman kill. The Americans continued the run with a Bulgaria error at 13-11. Bulgaria ended the 4-0 American run with three straight points to take a 16-11 advantage at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Lutz hammered a kill and Bulgaria committed an error to reduce the deficit to 16-13. However, Bulgaria responded with consecutive points to regain a five-point margin at 18-13. Bulgaria notched three straight points to reach a 22-15 advantage and went on to win 25-17.

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: Chinese Taipei def. Peru 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-16
June 21: Czech Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. PT)
June 22: Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 12:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. PT)
June 22: Dominican Republic vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. PT)
June 23: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. PT)
June 23: Peru vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. PT)
June 24: Dominican Republic vs. Chinese Taipei, 12:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. PT)
June 24: Czech Republic vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. PT)
June 25: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 12:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. PT)
June 25: Chinese Taipei vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. PT)

Pool B (at Brno, Czech Republic – Kajot Arena)
June 21: Serbia def. Colombia 25-16, 25-17, 25-20
June 21: Japan vs. Thailand, 8 p.m. (11 a.m. PT)
June 22: Colombia vs. Japan, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 22: China vs. Serbia, 8 p.m. (11 a.m. PT)
June 23: Japan vs. China, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 23: Thailand vs. Colombia, 8 p.m. (11 a.m. PT)
June 24: China vs. Thailand, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 24: Serbia vs. Japan, 8 p.m. (11 a.m. PT)
June 25: Thailand vs. Serbia, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 25: Colombia vs. China, 8 p.m. (11 a.m. PT)

Pool C (at Brno, Czech Republic - SH Vodova Hall)<
June 21: Russia def. Mexico 24-26, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 15-9
June 21: Bulgaria def. United States 25-12, 25-21, 25-17
June 22: Bulgaria vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m. (3:45 a.m. PT)
June 22: United States vs. Brazil, 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
June 23: Mexico vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m. (3:45 a.m. PT)
June 23: Russia vs. Bulgaria, 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
June 24: United States vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m. (3:45 a.m. PT)
June 24: Brazil vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
June 25: Bulgaria vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m. (3:45 a.m. PT)
June 25: United States vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)

Pool D (at Brno, Czech Republic – SH Vodova Hall)
June 21: Egypt def. Algeria 25-21, 25-16, 25-20
June 21: Turkey vs. Nigeria, 7:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. PT)
June 22: Italy vs. Turkey, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 22: Nigeria vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. PT)
June 23: Algeria vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 23: Egypt vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. PT)
June 24: Italy vs. Algeria, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 24: Turkey vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. PT)
June 25: Algeria vs. Turkey, 3 p.m. (6 a.m. PT)
June 25: Nigeria vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. PT)

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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