COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s U20 Team lost its first match of the FIVB World Championship on Wednesday, falling to Russia 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 28-30, 25-23) in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The U.S. U20 Team (4-1) will play Netherlands (5-0) on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. PT with hopes of making it to the tournament semifinals. The match will be shown on the Volleyball World YouTube Channel.
The top two teams in each of the final two pools will advance.
The U.S. Women beat Russia 3-1 in their first pool play meeting on July 9. Clearly Russia came into Wednesday’s match with something to prove and jumped on the U.S. right away.
Russia dominated the first set, but the U.S. had opportunities in the next three sets. The second set was tied at 20-20. The U.S. pulled out the third set and led the fourth set 21-20.
“We kind of struggled a little bit early on,” opposite Lindsay Krause said. “We tried to fight through it during the game, and we did in the third set. We found our groove and we fought for the rest of the match. We didn’t play our best today and we’ll be back tomorrow.”
Russia led the match in kills (59-51), blocks (15-10) and aces (6-3). The teams were roughly equal in scoring errors; Russia had 24 and the U.S. had 23.
Outside hitter Ally Batenhorst led the U.S. with 15 points on a team-high 12 kills, two blocks and one ace. Opposite Emily Londot scored 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks. Outside hitter Allison Jacobs finished with 11 points on 11 kills.
Middle blocker Caroline Crawford scored eight points on a team-high three blocks and five kills. Krause, who played as a substitute except for starting the third set, scored seven points on six kills and one block. Middle Reagan Hope scored six points on four kills and two blocks.
Starting setter Kami Miner scored four points on three kills and one ace. She and backup setter Averi Carlson combined to set the U.S. to a .319 hitting efficiency. Russia hit .382. Outside hitter Elena Oglivie served up an ace as a substitute.
Libero Lexi Rodriguez was credited with seven digs and six successful receptions.
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 a.: USA v Russia
July 15 at 8:30 a.m.: USA v Netherlands