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Jun 28 Team USA Tops Thailand at FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship

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By Bill Kauffman | June 28, 2013, midnight (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2013) - Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas) and Merete Lutz (Houston) combined for 41 points in leading the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team past Thailand 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22 on Friday morning to start the 17-20 classification round-robin of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship being held in Brno, Czech Republic.

The U.S. continues the final classification round on Saturday against Nigeria at 1:30 a.m. PT before concluding the tournament on Sunday versus Puerto Rico shortly after midnight PT.

The opening set produced eight lead changes, the last having the United States coming back from a 23-21 deficit and scoring the final four points to win 25-23. Malloy scored eight points in the first set, including the final two points. The tables turned in the second set as the Americans led 17-14 and Thailand used a 6-0 run to take a 20-17 lead before scoring the final three points to win 25-23. However, the U.S. recovered by jumping to a 5-1 lead in the third set and doubled up the advantage to 14-7 before closing out with a 25-17 victory. Team USA broke a 17-all tie in the fourth set with a 3-0 run to separate from Thailand en route to a 25-22 victory.

“We started a bit sluggish, but got into a better rhythm as the match went on,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. “We ran into a couple of bad passing streaks, but for the most part we got our middle attack running well. We were able to use everyone on the bench, which was good. I hope that we can bring a little more fire for the match against Nigeria tomorrow.”

Malloy turned in 15 kills on 38 attacks, four blocks and two aces for 21 points in leading Team USA. Lutz added 11 kills on 19 swings and a match-high nine blocks for 20 points. Jordan Burgess (Tampa) contributed 12 points with 10 kills on 35 attacks, one block and one ace. Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.) came off the bench to score nine kills on 14 swings and two blocks in the final two sets. Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) pocketed two kills, an ace and a block for four points. Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston) tacked on three kills and a block for four points. Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) charted two blocks and an ace for three points and Canace Finley rounded out the scoring with a kill and block for two points.

Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas) was credited with a team-high 13 digs along with 11 excellent receptions on 13 attempts. Burgess produced 30 excellent receptions on 32 chances.

“I thought our middles were very effective today,” said Burgess, the captain of Team USA. “When we were passing the ball well they were unstoppable. We need to keep our intensity up through all of these matches.”

The U.S. started Burgess and Malloy at outside hitter, Clark-Bibbs and Lutz at middle blocker, Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.) at opposite and Humphreys at setter. Nolan is the designated libero for the tournament. Burrington started the final two sets in place of Clark-Bibbs. Holst subbed into the match in the first set and started in place of Rolfzen in the second set.

Team USA used a stifling block against Thailand with a 21-7 block advantage in the match. The Americans also held a 51-46 edge in kills. Thailand held a slim 48-44 margin in digs, as well as an 8-5 advantage in kills.

Tanaporn Polrueng led Thailand with 17 points, while Kuttika Kaewpin added 16 points.

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: Czech Republic def. Chinese Taipei 25-17, 25-23, 25-22

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: China def. Colombia 25-22, 25-16, 25-17

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: Italy def. Nigeria 25-6, 25-13, 25-7

Round of 16: Eight Finals Round
June 26: China def. Czech Republic 25-22, 25-13, 25-17
June 26: Turkey def. Mexico 25-14, 25-20, 25-23
June 26: Japan def. Peru 25-20, 27-25, 25-19
June 26: Russia def. Egypt 25-14, 26-24, 25-13
June 26: Italy def. Bulgaria 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16
June 26: Serbia def. Chinese Taipei 25-15, 25-18, 25-20
June 26: Brazil def. Algeria 25-10, 25-11, 25-13
June 26: Dominican Republic def. Colombia 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17

Round 8: Quarterfinals
June 28: China vs. Russia
June 28: Japan def. Turkey 25-19, 25-23, 25-21
June 28: Brazil def. Serbia 25-23, 25-20, 26-24
June 28: Dominican Republic vs. Italy

Playoff 9-16
June 28: Czech Republic vs. Egypt
June 28: Peru def. Mexico 25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12
June 28: Chinese Taipei def. Algeria 25-7, 25-10, 25-13
June 28: Bulgaria vs. Colombia

Classification 17-20
June 28: Puerto Rico def. Nigeria 25-21, 25-18, 25-13
June 28: United States def. Thailand 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22
June 29: Puerto Rico vs. Thailand
June 29: United States vs. Nigeria
June 30: United States vs. Puerto Rico
June 30: Thailand vs. Nigeria

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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