Women's U20 Team in Huddle

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s U20 National Team defeated the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-18) in Kortrjik, Belgium, Saturday to move into the fifth-place match at the FIVB U20 World Championship.

The U20 Team (5-2) will play at 8:30 a.m. PT Sunday against the winner of Poland (4-3).

After a disappointing five-set loss to the Netherlands on Thursday, the U20 Team rebounded with a solid victory against the Dominican Republic.


“I think we did a really good job of [staying] focused through the bad plays and the bad times, and just focusing on what we could do to make it better,” opposite Emily Londot said. “I feel like we played with a lot of teamwork. We brought each other up and just tried to focus and pull through.”

The U.S. led the Dominican Republic in kills (44-26), blocks (9-4) and aces (7-3). Dominican Republic had 22 errors to the U.S.’s 15.

Londot led all scorers with 18 points on 16 kills and two blocks. Middle blocker Caroline Crawford had 10 points on six kills, two blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Ally Batenhorst scored eight points on six kills and two aces.

On her birthday, middle blocker Reagan Hope collected seven points on five kills, one block and an ace. Outside hitters Allison Jacobs and Jordan Middleton each scored four points; Jacobs with three kills and a block, and Middletown with four kills. Lindsay Krause scored four on a three kills and one block. Setter Kami Miner scored a point with a block, while middle blocker Gabrielle Essix and setter Averi Carlson each scored once.

Whether the team wins or loses on Sunday, it will be the best finish by a U.S. U20 women’s team at Worlds since the 2011 team finished fourth.

U.S. Women’s U20 National Team
Player (Position, Height, HS Grad Year, Hometown, Club, Region, College)

1 Lexi Rodriguez (L, 5-7, 2021, Sterling, Ill., Club Fusion VBC, Great Lakes, Nebraska)
3 Elena Oglivie (OH, 5-9, 2020, Kapolei, Hawaii, Kuikahi VBC, Aloha, Stanford)
5 Allison Jacobs (OH, 5-11, 2020, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., Legacy VBC, Southern Cal, UCLA)
6C Kami Miner (S, 6-0, 2021, Redondo Beach, Calif., Mizuno Long Beach VBC, Southern Cal, Stanford)
7 Averi Carlson (S, 6-0, 2022, Lucas, Texas, Skyline Juniors Dallas, North Texas Region, Baylor)
10 Reagan Hope (MB, 6-2, 2021, Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona Storm Elite, Arizona Region, Oregon)
11 Jordan Middleton (OH, 6-2, 2022, Gilbert, Ariz., Arizona Storm Elite, Arizona, Southern California)
12 Caroline Crawford (MB, 6-2, 2020, Lansing, Kan., MAVS KC, Heart of America, Kansas)
14 Emily Londot (OH, 6-2, 2020, Utica, Ohio, Mintonette Sports, Ohio Valley, Ohio State)
16 Gabbi Essix (MB, 6-4, 2021, Hoover, Ala., Southern Performance, Southern, Florida)
17 Lindsay Krause (OH, 6-4, 2021, Papillion, Neb., Premier Nebraska, Great Plains, Nebraska)
19 Ally Batenhorst (OH, 6-4, 2021, Katy, Texas, Houston Juniors, Lone Star, Nebraska)

Head Coach: Dan Fisher (Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh)
Assistant Coach: Jon Newman-Gonchar (Head Coach, University of New Mexico)
Assistant Coach: Jessica Aschenbrenner (Assistant Coach, University of Denver)
Technical Coordinator: Jon Wong (Assistant Coach, Texas Tech)
Doctor: David Dyck Jr.
Team Lead: Nicole Segura (Athlete Development Lead, NTDP)

U.S. First-Round Pool-Play Schedule (all times PT)
Matches will be live streamed on the Volleyball World YouTube channel

July 9: USA def Russia, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17)
July 10: USA def Thailand, 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-13)
July 11: USA def Turkey, 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-22)

July 13: USA def Brazil, 3-1 (25-22, 27-29, 25-20, 25-14)
July 14: Russia def USA, 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 28-30, 25-23)
July 15: Netherlands def USA, 3-2 (25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 21-25, 15-10)

July 17: USA def. Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25–22, 25-15, 25-18)
July 18: Fifth-place final Time TBA