June 14, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Jordan Burgess and incoming freshmen Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz were among the 12 players selected to the U.S. Women's Junior National Team (WJNT). The squad will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship being held June 21-30 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic.
Burgess, who was an All-Pac-12 Conference and All-Freshman selection in 2012, will serve as the team captain. Stanford associate head coach Denise Corlett will also be making the trip as the Team Manager.
"We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championships,"U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team Head Coach Rod Wilde said. "They are very excited about the chance to test themselves against the best in the world. We will continue to develop as a team throughout the tournament. We have just scratched the surface of the potential in this group and as coaches we are excited to see how far they can go in the tournament."
The U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team spent the last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., making its final two cuts for the WJNT.
Burgess, Andie Malloy (Iowa State), Allison Palmer (Arizona State) and Amber Rolfzen (Nebraska) all have 11 international matches playing for Team USA (a CAP), while Nicole Edelman (Colorado) has six CAPs and Lutz has five CAPs. Additionally, Burgess, Edelman, Palmer and Rolfzen were all part of the 2011 U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team that competed in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship.
The WJNT departs directly from Lake Placid to the Czech Republic on Saturday. Upon arrival, the WJNT will train for four days prior to the first day of competition. Group play will be held June 21-25 followed by the playoff rounds beginning on June 26, where the matchups will depend on the results of group play.
The FIVB has expanded the FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 Junior World Championship from 16 teams to 20 teams for this edition. Group A consists of Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Peru, Chinese Taipei and Puerto Rico. Group B consists of China, Serbia, Japan, Thailand and Colombia. Group C consists of Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Russia and Bulgaria. Lastly, Group D consists of Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria.
Team USA opens Pool C versus Bulgaria on June 21 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT), followed by Brazil on June 22 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT), Mexico on June 24 at 12:45 p.m. local time (3:45 a.m. PT) and Russia on June 25 at 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. PT). All Pool C matches take place in Brno at the SH Vodova Hall.
The fifth-place team in each pool will play for classifications 17-20, while the remaining 16 teams advance to the Eight Finals round to challenge for a spot in the quarterfinals. Losers of the Eight Finals round and all other playoff matches will continue action for lower classification spots.
2013 U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team Roster
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
Courtesy of Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball