The FIVB has established the pools for the 2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championships (U-18) to be held July 31-Aug. 11 in Mexico's Baja California region.
USA Grouped with China, Tunisia and Turkey in FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championships
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2007) – The FIVB has established the pools for the 2007 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championships (U-18) to be held July 31-Aug. 11 in Mexico’s Baja California region.
The U.S. is grouped into Pool D with China, Tunisia and Turkey. The four teams will play a round robin format in Mexicali. Other groups include Mexico, Serbia, Korea and Belgium in Pool A located in Tijuana. Brazil, Japan, Puerto Rico and Germany fall into Mexicali’s Pool B, while Italy, Russia, Dominican Republic and Peru are in Pool C located in Tijuana.
The FIVB World Championship first round will consist of four pools of four teams playing a round robin system to determine the pool ranking. The top two teams from each first-round pool will move to Pools E and F, while the bottom two teams in each pool move to Pools G and H.
All four second round pools (E, F, G, H) will be composed of four teams which will play a round robin format. The top two teams in Pools E and F will advance to the semifinals, while the third and fourth place teams in Pools E and F will play for fifth through eighth place. The top two teams from Pools G and H qualify for the 9-12 playoff, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for spots 13-16. Each team will be guaranteed eight matches in the tournament, which will feature a total of 64 matches.
“In the format for this world championships, the top two from each pool advance to the medal rounds, so obviously, our number-one goal is to accomplish this task first, then, see how far we can go,” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Coach Shelton Collier said. “China is always one of the best teams in the world, so they will certainly be a major challenge. Turkey played well in the European Championships and Tunisia won their zone, so they will be challenging opponents as well.”
Collier also added that Team USA has typically improved significantly as the World Championships progress due to the short training period the group has together before the event.
“In my experience with coaching these USA teams, we always make more progress than any other team from the beginning of the tournament until the end, because the other teams have been together so much longer,” Collier said. “I hope this summer we can stay in the tournament long enough to reach our potential. To me, this means we must beat Tunisia and Turkey and take our best shot at China.”
The first round will be played July 31 to Aug. 2, while the second round is set for Aug. 5-7. The classification bracket will be played Aug. 10-11. The Mexicali facility will be the 5,000-seat Auditorio del Estado, while the Gimansio de Usos Multiples hosts the Tijuana matches.
The 2007 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team will train July 16-29 at Chula Vista, Calif., before cutting its roster size from 18 to 12 players prior to the World Championships.
Collier, head coach of the Wingate University women’s volleyball program, will be assisted by Anne Kordes (Saint Louis University) and Frank Lavrisha (Regis University, Colo.). Collier and Lavrisha served in the same roles last year as the team qualified for the FIVB World Championship by winning the 2006 NORCECA Continental Girls’ Youth Championship held in Gainesville, Fla.
The 2007 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team roster has seven carryovers from the 2006 NORCECA gold-medal winning team. Rachael Adams (Cincinnati), Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill.), Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn.), Kanani Herring (Ewa Beach, Hawai’i), Tarah Murry (El Cerrito, Calif.) and Sydney Yogi (Honolulu) all represented Team USA on last year’s U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team and are vying for a spot on this year’s squad.
The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team finished in fourth place in 2005 at Macau, equaling its highest finish of 2003 in the Under 18 FIVB World Championships. Brazil won the 2005 championship with a three-set victory over Russia.
In addition to the U.S., NORCECA will also be represented by Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico (host) at the 2007 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championships. Dominican Republic finished second at the 2006 NORCECA Championships, while Puerto Rico finished third. Germany, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, Russia and Turkey represent the European Confederation (CEV). The Asian Confederation (AVC) sends Japan, Korea and China to this year’s World Championship. Brazil and Peru represent the South American Confederation (CSV). Tunisia is the African Confederation’s (CAVB) lone country to participate in the World Championships.
To be eligible for participation in the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championships, all players must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, and must have the nationality of the country they represent on their passport or other document. Naturalized players must have been residents of their new country for at least two years. Teams can utilize only one naturalized player with previous playing experience with another country’s national team of the same category.
The latest information on the FIVB Girls' Youth World Championships can be found on the FIVB web site.
2007 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, HS Grad Year, Club/School, Region)
Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008, Team Z, Ohio Valley)
Michelle Bartsch (OPP, 6-4, Maryville, Ill., 2008, Southwest Illinois VB, Gateway)
Kendall Bateman (S, 6-0, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 2008, TCA, Southern California)
Alex Blatt (S, 5-11, Orland Park, Ill., 2008, 1st Alliance of Chicago VBC, Great Lakes)
Kelsey Brandl (MB, 6-4, Lakeville, Minn., 2008, M1, North Country)
Kristin Carpenter (L, 5-7, Mechanicsville, Va., 2009, Richmond VBC Juniors, Old Dominion)
Darcy Dorton (OH, 6-2, Muncie, Ind., 2009, Munciana, Hoosier)
Kathleen Gates (S, 5-9, Wilmington, N.C., 2008, Piedmont Triad Volleyball Club, Carolina)
Amanda Gil (MB, 6-6, Campbell, Calif., 2008, Vision Volleyball Club, Northern California)
Kanani Herring (OH, 5-10, Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, 2008, Imi Ike Volleyball Club, Aloha)
Jessica Jendryk (MB, 6-1, Wheaton, Ill., 2009, 1st Alliance of Chicago VBC, Great Lakes)
Kaleinani Kabalis (OH, 5-8, Hilo, Hawai’i, 2008, HI Intensity Volleyball Club, Aloha)
Kathryn Kabbes (OH, 6-5, Cary, N.C., 2008, Triangle VBC, Carolina)
Allison McNeal (MB, 6-3, Schulenburg, Texas, 2008, Texstar, Lone Star)
Tarah Murrey (OH, 6-3, El Cerrito, Calif., 2008, Golden Bear Volleyball, Northern California)
Sara Sage (OH, 6-3, Huron, Ohio, 2008, Toledo Volleyball Club, Ohio Valley)
Hannah Werth (OH, 6-0, Springfield, Ill., 2009, Illini Elite, Great Lakes)
Sydney Yogi (L, 5-3, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2008, Asics Rainbows, Aloha)
Head Coach: Shelton Collier (Wingate University)
Assistant Coach: Anne Kordes (Saint Louis University)
Assistant Coach: Frank Lavrisha (Regis University, (Colo.))
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