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U.S. Women's Junior Team Sweeps Nigeria

By Bill Kauffman | June 29, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2013) - The U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team used an 11-1 block advantage and 9-0 service ace margin to defeat Nigeria 25-8, 25-12, 25-15 Saturday morning during the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship 17-20 classification round robin in Brno, Czech Republic.

The U.S., 2-0 and the only undefeated team in the 17-20 classification round-robin playoff, concludes the tournament Sunday morning versus NORCECA rival Puerto Rico (1-1). A Team USA victory will give the Americans a final position of No. 17 in the World Championship.

“I was pleased at the level of play that we were able to get from the starters and then the bench players,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. “We showed a better level of intensity and focus. It was good to see some of the backup players come in and do well.”

Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.) led the U.S. with 13 points including seven kills on 10 errorless attacks and a match-high six blocks. Canace Finley (Fort Collins, Colo.) came off the bench to score 10 points with nine kills on 12 attacks and a block. Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) entered the match in the second set and contributed 10 points with seven kills on 11 swings and three aces. Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.) charted eight kills on 13 errorless swings and a block for nine points. Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston) pocketed four kills, two blocks and two aces for eight points. Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas) totaled five kills on seven errorless attacks in just the first set, while Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.) added two aces, one block and one ace for four points coming off the bench. Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tallied two aces and a kill in a reserve role. Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas) was credited with a team-high 12 digs along with 14 excellent receptions on 14 errorless attempts. Edelman attempted 49 set attempts during the match.

“We had the goal of trying to serve tougher and I think we accomplished that,” said Burgess, the U.S. captain. “Our ball control was much better so we were in a better rhythm than in some of our past games.”

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

In addition to its advantages in blocks and aces, the U.S. held a 43-21 margin in kills and limited its errors to 13 on the day.

Nigeria was led by Doosuur Atule’s nine points, while Mercy Promise added six 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 def. Russia 25-21, 25-22, 26-24
June 28: Japan def. Turkey 25-19, 25-23, 25-21
June 28: Brazil def. Serbia 25-23, 25-20, 26-24
June 28: Italy def. Dominican Republic 25-18, 25-20, 25-22

Playoff 9-16
June 28: Czech Republic def. Egypt 25-13, 25-23, 24-26, 19-25, 15-12
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 def. Colombia 7-25, 25-23, 11-25, 27-25, 15-11

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: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 25-22, 25-20, 27-25
June 29: United States def. Nigeria 25-8, 25-12, 25-15
June 30: United States vs. Puerto Rico
June 30: Thailand vs. Nigeria

Semifinals
June 29: China vs. Brazil
June 29: Japan vs. Italy

Classification 5-8
June 29: Russia def. Serbia 19-25, 25-19, 25-18, 29-27
June 29: Turkey def. Dominican Republic 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13

Classification 9-12
June 29: Chinese Taipei def. Czech Republic 25-20, 25-20, 25-21
June 29: Peru vs. Bulgaria

Classification 13-16
June 29: Egypt def. Algeria 25-14, 25-21, 25-17
June 29: Mexico vs. Colombia

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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