COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2007) - The 2007 FIVB World Women's Junior Volleyball Championships (U-20) held its drawing of lots today during a press conference in the host country of Thailand.
The World Championships will be held July 20-27 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The U.S., which qualified for the event by winning the 2006 NORCECA Continental Women's Volleyball Championship, has been slotted into Pool A with host country Thailand, China, Egypt, Dominican Republic and Germany. China won the Asian championship and Egypt is the two-time African continental champion. Team USA defeated Dominican Republic in five sets during last year's NORCECA championship match. The Mall Ratchasima's MCC Hall, a 4,000-seat facility, will host Pool A matches.
The U.S. opens the World Championship versus Germany, after a first-round match pitting host Thailand against Egypt. The Dominican Republic and China will meet to conclude the opening day of Pool A.
Pool B, held in the 2,500-seat Chalerm Pharakiart Gymnasium, consists of Brazil, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Croatia and Ukraine. Brazil enters the tournament as the defending champion and has won the tournament three consecutive times. Italy swept Croatia in three sets for the European Championship.
In Pool B, Japan is set to open against Ukraine, with Brazil and Croatia to follow. Italy will face Puerto Rico to close out the first day of Pool B.
This will be the third time that Thailand has hosted the FIVB World Women's Junior Championship. The top-flight competition was held in Bangkok in 1995 and Suphan Buri in 2003. Preliminary round play will be held July 20-24.
The semi-finals and championship match is scheduled for July 26 and 27, respectively. Action will get under way at 2 p.m. Bangkok time.
USA Volleyball announced its 12-player roster for the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team after a training block with the 24-player U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team held May 18-20 in Austin, Texas. The dozen players will train in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center approximately July 5-16 in preparation for the World Championships. Prior to leaving for Thailand, the U.S. Women's Junior National Team will train alongside and scrimmage members of the U.S. Women's National Team who will not compete in the Pan American Games held July 14-19 in Brazil.
The 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team roster has six carryovers from the 2006 NORCECA gold-medal winning team. Jennifer Doris (Houston), Whitney Dosty (Tucson, Ariz.), Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach, Calif.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Colleen Ward (Naperville, Ill.) all return for a second consecutive season representing the U.S. Women's Junior National Team.
Along with Banachowski, the team will be coached by assistants Karrie Larsen (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Ted Wade (Austin, Texas). Daryl Tamashiro (Waipahu, Hawai'i) will serve as a training coach when the team prepares in Colorado Springs.
2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, HS Grad Year, Club/School)
Taylor Carico (S, 5-11, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2006, University of Southern California)
Jennifer Doris (MB, 6-5, Houston, Texas, 6-5, Willowbrook)
Whitney Dosty (OH/MB, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz., 2007, University of Arizona)
Ashley Engle (S, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2006, University of Texas)
Zoe Garrett (MB, 6-3, Laguna Beach, Calif., 2007, Mizuno Long Beach)
Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn., 2007, Northern Lights)
Alix Klineman (OH, 6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2007, Mizuno Long Beach)
Cassidy Lichtman (L/OH, 6-1, Poway, Calif., 2007, San Diego VBC)
Tara Mueller (L/OH, 6-0, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2007, Club Red)
Kelly Murphy (S, 6-3, Wilmington, Ill., 2008, Sports Performance)
Kimberlee Roleder (OH, 6-1, Pasadena, Calif., 2007, Point West)
Colleen Ward (OH, 6-2, Naperville, Ill., 2008, Sports Performance)
Head Coach: Andy Banachowski (Culver City, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Karrie Larsen (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Assistant Coach: Ted Wade (Austin, Texas)
Training Coach: Daryl Tamashiro (Waipahu, Hawai'i)