U.S. Women's Junior National Team Tops Mexico

By Bill Kauffman | June 24, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2013) - The U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team defeated Mexico 29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 on Monday to win its first match during Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Team USA (1-2, 3 points) closes out Pool C on Tuesday versus Russia at 8:15 a.m. PT and controls own destiny in reaching the round of 16 with a win. Russia (2-0) meets Brazil (3-0) later today. Mexico (1-3, 3 points) concluded the five-team, round-robin Pool C. The top four teams in each of the four pools advance to the round of 16 playoffs that begin June 26. Both Team USA and Mexico have three points and one victory, but Mexico leads in both set and point ratios. Bulgaria, which is idle today, is 1-2 with three points before its match with Brazil on Tuesday.

The U.S. won the opening set 29-27 after 20 ties and seven lead changes. Mexico used a 4-0 run in the second set to take a 16-11 advantage and went on to win 25-19. The Americans overcame a 17-14 deficit in the third set and reach set points at 24-22, but needed to win the final three points to win 27-25 after Mexico went up 25-24. Team USA overcame a 17-15 deficit in the fourth set to take a 20-18 advantage, but need three straight Mexico error to break a 21-all tie en route to a 25-22 victory.

“It was a great team effort and win,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. “We made some good adjustments during the match that helped us win some of the big points at the end of the close sets. We stayed aggressive and got some significant play from the bench. We have the opportunity to place ourselves in a good position if we can win tomorrow against Russia. It is good to have control over our own destiny.”

Andie Malloy led the United States with 17 points via 15 kills on 47 attacks and two aces. Merete Lutz chipped in 13 points with eight kills on 17 swingsand team-high five blocks. Chanell Clark-Bibbs added nine kills on 19 attacks and four blocks for 13 points. Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.) collected 12 kills on 44 attacks in the victory.

Kelsey Humphreys, who started at opposite before transitioning to setter in the third set, totaled six kills on 17 attacks and an ace for the U.S. Amber Rolfzen, who came off the bench in the middle of the third set to play opposite, charted three kills on eight attacks, one block and one ace for five points. Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Caitlin Nolan provided the Americans with 22 digs and 23 excellent receptions on 24 attempts. Burgess added 12 digs and 33 excellent receptions on 34 attempts. Edelman tallied 16 running sets on 88 sets, while Humphreys added six running sets on 47 attempts.

“I think we fought harder and played together better today,” Burgess said. “It was fun to play in a close match and win”

The U.S. started Burgess and Malloy at outside hitter, Clark-Bibbs 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 serving sub in all four sets.

Team USA held slim advantages in kills (54-50) and aces (4-3), while Mexico netted a 15-10 margin in blocks. Both teams committed a high number of errors with 32 by Mexico and 31 by the U.S. The Americans produced 66 digs to Mexico 55.

Mexico was led by Samantha Bricio’s 23 points, while Alejandra Isiordia added 19 points.

In other matches today, Dominican Republic (2-0) challenges Chinese Taipei (2-0) and Czech Republic (1-1) hosts Peru (1-2) in Pool A. In Pool B action, China faces Thailand and Serbia meets Japan. In Pool D, Italy (1-1) takes on Algeria (1-1) and Turkey (2-0) challenges Egypt (2-1).

After three early lead changes in the first set, Edelman and Lutz scored back-to-back kills to give the U.S. the first two-point cushion at 6-4. However, Mexico came back to level the score at 6-all. Team USA went into the first technical timeout leading 8-6 on Mexico fourth and five errors of the set. Out of the break Mexico committed its third straight error to yield a 9-6 American lead. Mexico scored three unanswered points to tie the set at 11-all. Humphreys and Burgess answered with kills to regain a two-point edge at 13-11, but Mexico answered by tying the score at 14-all. Mexico took the lead back at 19-18. Team USA moved back into the lead at 21-20 as Malloy served an ace after a Clark-Bibbs kill. Mexico reached set point at 24-23 in the sixth lead change of the set. The U.S. regained the lead at 26-25 on a Malloy kill and Mexico error. Clark-Bibbs hit a line shot and Malloy followed with a kill to win the set at 29-27. Malloy ended the set with seven points to help the U.S. overcome 12 errors.

Mexico scored three straight points to take an early 6-3 lead in the second set. The U.S. closed to 11-10 with a Clark-Bibbs kill and Mexico error, but Mexico moved back in front 14-11 leading to an American timeout. Mexico came out of the break with an ace and kill as part of a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 16-11 at the second technical timeout. The U.S. trimmed the deficit to 17-14 with consecutive Mexico errors, only to have Mexico rebuild its five-point advantage at 20-15 causing the Americans to call their second timeout. Malloy scored a kill out of the break and Clark-Bibbs followed with a block at 20-17. Mexico reached set points at 24-19 on a block, then won 25-19 on its second straight block.

The U.S. grabbed an early 3-1 lead in the third set with a Humphreys kill and Mexico error. Clark-Bibbs downed a kill and Burgess slammed consecutive kills to extend the American advantage to 7-3. Mexico answered with an ace after a kill to narrow the gap to 7-5. Mexico came out of the first technical timeout with the four unanswered points to take the lead back at 9-8. The Americans regained the lead at 10-9 with consecutive Mexico errors. Mexico answered with three straight points to stake itself to a 12-10 advantage, then increased the gap to 14-11. Team USA answered with a Malloy kill and Mexico error, followed by a Humphreys ace to knot the score at 14-all. However, Mexico scored consecutive points going into the second technical timeout leading 16-14. Mexico scored out of the break on a block to push the margin to 17-14. Team USA answered with kills by Clark-Bibbs, Rolfzen and Burgess to tie the score at 17-all, then Mexico committed an error to give the Americans an 18-17 lead on a 4-0 run. After its timeout, Mexico scored two quick points to regain the lead at 19-18. The U.S. responded with a Rolfzen kill and Mexico error to move into the lead at 20-19. Team USA pushed to a two-point margin with a Lutz block after a Mexico service error. Mexico saved two set point opportunities to knot the score at 24-all, then scored its third straight point to grab its own set point at 25-24. Team USA answered with kills by Clark-Bibbs and Malloy to regain a 26-25 lead and Rolfzen followed with a set-ending block at 27-25.

Mexico reached a 5-3 lead in the fourth set on an ace. Burgess answered with consecutive kills to level the score at 5-all. Mexico scored three straight points to build a 10-7 margin. Lutz and Malloy hammered back-to-back kills to close the gap to 10-9. Team USA tied the score at 11-11 with kills by Humphreys and Malloy. Mexico went into the second technical timeout leading 16-14 on back-to-back points. Lutz scored a block and Malloy followed with a kill to knot the score at 17-all. Rolfzen and Humphreys tallied back-to-back kills to lift the U.S. in front 19-18 ending into a Mexico timeout. Out of the break, Rolfzen served an ace to push the Americans to a 20-18 advantage. Mexico tied the set at 21-all with a block. However, the U.S. moved to a three-point cushion at 24-21 on three straight Mexico errors. After Mexico saved one match point, Lutz finished the match with a kill at 25-22.

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 def. Puerto Rico 25-23, 22-25, 25-214, 25-17
June 22: Peru def. Puerto Rico 24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20
June 22: Dominican Republic def. Czech Republic 25-13, 25-22, 25-20
June 23: Chinese Taipei def. Puerto Rico 25-23, 25-16, 27-29, 25-19
June 23: Dominican Republic def. Peru 18-25, 30-28, 22-25, 25-14, 15-8
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 def. Thailand 18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21
June 22: Japan def. Colombia 25-18, 25-16, 25-17
June 22: China def. Serbia 25-20, 25-20, 25-16
June 23: China def. Japan 25-20, 25-18, 25-22
June 23: Colombia def. Thailand 25-14, 25-17, 25-21
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: Mexico def. Bulgaria 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-20, 15-11
June 22: Brazil def. United States 25-17, 25-18, 25-22
June 23: Brazil def. Mexico 25-23, 25-16, 25-15
June 23: Russia def. Bulgaria 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23
June 24: United States def. Mexico 29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22
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 def. Nigeria 25-15, 25-15, 25-8
June 22: Turkey def. Italy 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 24-26, 15-9
June 22: Egypt def. Nigeria 25-9, 25-18, 25-11
June 23: Algeria def. Nigeria 24-26, 19-25, 25-16, 25-18, 15-7
June 23: Italy def. Egypt 25-17, 25-23, 25-16
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.