U.S. Women's Junior Team Loses to Russia to End World Pool Play

By Bill Kauffman | June 25, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 25, 2013) - The U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team lost to Russia 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 on Tuesday on the final day of Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship being held in Brno, Czech Republic.

With the loss, the U.S. finishes Pool C with a 1-3 record and 3 points as did Mexico. Based on tiebreakers, the U.S. finishes fifth in the five-team pool and will now compete in the 17-20 classification bracket composed of the four fifth-place teams. Team USA will face Thailand (Pool B) on June 28, followed by Pool D’s fifth-place finisher on June 29 and Puerto Rico (Pool A) on June 30.

Russia built a 12-5 advantage in the opening set and used four aces to capture the first set 25-18. Russia started the second set with a 4-0 lead, but used a 7-0 run late to establish a 22-12 advantage en route to a 25-14 victory. The U.S. battled back from a 10-6 deficit in the third set to tie the score at 12-all, but Russia broke a 15-all tie with 5-0 run in closing the match with a 25-20 victory.

Merete Lutz (Houston, Texas) came off the bench to lead the U.S. in scoring with 13 points via seven kills and a match-high six blocks. Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.) added 10 kills and an ace for 11 points, while Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas) chipped in 10 kills. Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston, Texas) collected three kills and four blocks for seven points. Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Humphreys was credited with 19 running sets and a team-high six digs. Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas) added six digs and 25 excellent receptions on 27 attempts.

"We are extremely disappointed in our play today," said Burgess, the U.S. captain. "We felt very well prepared for the match, but could not get into a good rhythm with our offense because of some poor passing. We really wanted to make it into the medal rounds, but missed out today."

"I echo Jordan's sentiments on the feeling of disappointment over falling short of our goal of making into the medal round," U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. "It was a very tough pool, but we felt we would step up to the challenge and find a way to make it out. We still have three more opportunities to put on the USA jersey and we will do it with respect and honor as we have chance to represent our country."

The U.S. started Burgess and Malloy at outside hitter, Clark-Bibbs and Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.) at middle blocker, Rolfzen at opposite and Humphreys at setter. Nolan is the designated libero for the tournament. Lutz subbed into the match in the opening set for Burrington and started the final two sets. Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.) was a sub in the first and third sets, while Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) was a sub in the third set.

Russia’s served kept the American offense off-balance with a 9-1 ace advantage to offset the U.S. 10-5 margin in blocks. The Russians also held a 45-31 edge in kills thanks to a 33-23 dig edge and took advantage of 16 American errors while holding their own miscues to 10. Russia converted 48.9 percent of its attacks for points and limited the U.S. to a 34.8 kill percent.

Irina Voronkova led Russia with a match-high 21 points with 15 kills, three aces and three blocks. Kseniia Ilchenko and Ekaterina Makarchuk each tallied 11 points in the victory.

In other matches today, Dominican Republic (4-0, 10 points) won Pool A with a 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20 victory over Puerto Rico (0-4, 0 points), while Chinese Taipei (2-1, 6 points) plays host Czech Republic (1-2, 3 points) later today. Serbia (3-1, 8 points) swept Thailand (0-4, 0 points) 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 in Pool B, which concludes with China (3-0, 9 points) versus Colombia (1-2, 3 points). Turkey (4-0, 11 points) defeated Algeria (1-3, 2 points) 25-18, 25-14, 25-15 in Pool D while Italy (2-1, 7 points) plays Nigeria (0-3, 1 point) to conclude pool play later today.

Russia scored three straight points to take a 4-2 advantage in the opening set, but Malloy followed a Russia service error with a kill to tie the set at 4-all. Russia answered with four straight points to establish an 8-4 advantage at the first technical timeout. Russia served consecutive aces to force the USA to call timeout at 11-5, then increased the gap to seven points on a fourth straight point at 12-5. Burgess collected consecutive kills to narrow the gap to 12-7. Team USA chipped away with a Burgess kill and Lutz block at 14-10. Russia increased its margin to seven at 19-12 on consecutive aces, then forged to a 21-13 advantage after a U.S. attack error. Trailing 23-15, Lutz gave the Americans a kill and block leading to a Russia timeout with its lead reduced to 23-17. Russia closed out the set at 25-18. Malloy and Burgess led the Americans with five kills each in the opening set.

Russia scored the first four points of second set, three on USA errors that led to an American timeout trailing 4-0. The U.S. cut three points off the deficit at 5-4 with a Malloy kill, Russia error and Burgess kill. Team USA knotted the score at 6-all on a Clark-Bibbs block and Russia attack error. Russia went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead and increased its lead to 12-7. A Clark-Bibbs block and Malloy kill cut the gap to 14-11. Russia extended its margin to 10 points at 22-12 with seven straight points. Russia ended the set at 25-14 with consecutive points.

Russia gained the first two-point separation of the third set at 4-2. Team USA leveled the score at 4-all with a Lutz kill and Clark-Bibbs block. Russia returned to a two-point edge at 7-5 and pushed to a 10-6 lead on back-to-back American errors. The U.S. cut the deficit in half with a Burgess kill and Lutz block at 10-8. Team USA closed to one point at 11-10 with consecutive Russia errors. Lutz knotted the score with a kill and block at 12-all, then she added another block to give the Americans a 13-12 advantage. Russia returned to the lead at 15-14, then gained a five-point separation at 20-15 on a 5-0 run. Team USA closed to 20-17 with consecutive Russia errors. However, Russia answered with two straight points for a 22-17 lead. Malloy and Burgess pocketed consecutive kills to cut the deficit to 22-19 at a Russia timeout. Lutz added a block out of the break to close to 22-20. However, Russia stopped the run with a kill and reached match points with an ace at 24-20, then promptly ended the set with a winner at 25-20.

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 def. Chinese Taipei 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 15-8
June 24: Peru def. Czech Republic 25-19, 25-18, 25-15
June 25: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20
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 def. Thailand 25-15, 25-10, 25-16
June 24: Serbia def. Japan 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10
June 25: Serbia def. Thailand 25-18, 25-15, 25-21
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 def. Russia 25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19
June 25: Brazil def. Bulgaria 25-11, 25-11, 26-24
June 25: Russia def. United States 25-18, 25-14, 25-20

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 def. Algeria 25-12, 25-9, 25-9
June 24: Turkey def. Egypt 25-12, 25-12, 25-13
June 25: Turkey def. Algeria 25-18, 25-14, 25-15
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 28-30: 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.