U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Press Kit
2013 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WOMEN’S U-20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Brno, Czech Republic June 21-30, 2013
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Table of Contents
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Roster
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Photo Roster
Teams By Group
Group Play Schedule
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Preview
U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team in Review
USA Volleyball Fact Sheet
2013 U.S. Womenâ€™s Junior National Volleyball Team No.
Florida State University
University of Colorado
Newport Beach, Calif. Stanford University
Iowa State University
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Arizona State University
Fort Collins, Colo.
University of Oregon
University of Nebraska
University of Oklahoma
Chanell Clark - Bibbs MB
Iowa State University
Head Coach: Rod Wilde (USA Volleyball High Performance) Assistant Coach: Charlene Whitted (USA Volleyball High Performance) Assistant Coach: Blaine Tendler (Piedmont Mizuno Volleyball Club) Team Manager: Denise Corlett Team Physician: Dr. William Feldner Statistician: Nate Ngo
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior Na onal Volleyball TV Roster
#1 Sarah Burrington MB Ruskin, Fla.
# 3 Jordan Burgess OH Tampa, Fla.
#5 Nicole Edelman S Boulder, Colo.
#7 Merete Lutz MB Houston, Texas
#8 Kelsey Humphreys S Newport Beach, Calif.
#9 Andie Malloy OH Allen, Texas
#12 Allison Palmer S Laguna Beach, Calif.
#14 Canace Finley MB Fort Collins, Colo.
#15 Amber Rolfzen OH Papillion, Neb.
#17 Kierra Holst OH Coppell, Texas
#18 Chanell Clark-Bibbs MB Houston, Texas
#19 Catlin Nolan L Southlake, Texas
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2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship
June 21-30, 2013
Brno, Czech Republic
Kajot Arena - Rondo and Mestska Hala Micovch Sportu
Purkynova 1, Purkynova 2, SG Botanicka and TJ Tesla
Teams by Group Pool B
Pool A Cezch Republic
Group Play Schedule Pool A (at Brno, Czech Republic – Kajot Arena)
Pool C (at Brno, Czech Republic - SH Vodova Hall)
June 21: Peru vs. Chinese Taipei, 12:30 p.m.
June 21: Mexico vs. Russia, 12:45 p.m.
June 21: Czech Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 5:30 p.m.
June 21: United States vs. Bulgaria, 5:15 p.m.
June 22: Puerto Rico vs. Peru, 12:30 p.m.
June 22: Bulgaria vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m.
June 22: Dominican Republic vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 22: United States vs. Brazil, 5:15 p.m.
June 23: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m.
June 23: Mexico vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m.
June 23: Peru vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 23: Russia vs. Bulgaria, 5:15 p.m.
June 24: Dominican Republic vs. Chinese Taipei, 12:30 p.m.
June 24: United States vs. Mexico, 12:45 p.m.
June 24: Czech Republic vs. Peru, 5:30 p.m.
June 24: Brazil vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m.
June 25: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 12:30 p.m.
June 25: Bulgaria vs. Brazil, 12:45 p.m.
June 25: Chinese Taipei vs. Czech Republic, 5:30 p.m.
June 25: United States vs. Russia, 5:15 p.m.
Pool B (at Brno, Czech Republic – Kajot Arena)
Pool D (at Brno, Czech Republic – SH Vodova Hall)
June 21: Serbia vs. Colombia, 3 p.m.
June 21: Egypt vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
June 21: Japan vs. Thailand, 8 p.m.
June 21: Turkey vs. Nigeria, 7:30 p.m.
June 22: Colombia vs. Japan, 3 p.m.
June 22: Italy vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 22: China vs. Serbia, 8 p.m.
June 22: Nigeria vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m.
June 23: Japan vs. China, 3 p.m.
June 23: Algeria vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m.
June 23: Thailand vs. Colombia, 8 p.m.
June 23: Egypt vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
June 24: China vs. Thailand, 3 p.m.
June 24: Italy vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.
June 24: Serbia vs. Japan, 8 p.m.
June 24: Turkey vs. Egypt, 7:30 p.m.
June 25: Thailand vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
June 25: Algeria vs. Turkey, 3 p.m.
June 25: Colombia vs. China, 8 p.m.
June 25: Nigeria vs. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Group Play Schedule June 21, 2013: United States vs. Bulgaria @ 5:15 p.m. June 22, 2013: United States vs. Brazil @ 5:15 p.m. June 24, 2013: United States vs. Mexico @ 12:45 p.m. June 25, 2013: United States vs. Russia @ 5:15 p.m.
The 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team celebrates after a win at the 2012 NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship in Managua, Nicaragua.
Round of 16 (June 26) B1 vs A4 (Match 41) C2 vs D3 (Match 42) B2 vs A3 (Match 43) C1 vs D4 (Match 44) D1 vs C4 (Match 45) A2 vs B3 (Match 46) D2 vs C3 (Match 47) A1 vs B4 (Match 48)
Round 8: Quarterfinals (June 28)
Playoff 9-16 (June 28)
Match 41 winner vs. Match 42 winner (Match 51)
Match 41 loser vs. Match 42 loser (Match 55)
Match 43 winner vs. Match 44 winner (Match 52)
Match 43 loser vs. Match 44 loser (Match 56)
Match 45 winner vs. Match 46 winner (Match 53)
Match 45 loser vs. Match 46 loser (Match 57)
Match 47 winner vs. Match 48 winner (Match 54)
Match 47 loser vs. Match 48 loser (Match 58)
Classifica on 17‐20 June 28‐29: Round Robin of 5th place teams from pool play Semifinals and Playoﬀs June 29: The semifinals and playoﬀ rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1‐4, two matches for the classifica on 5‐8, two matches for the classifica on 9‐12 and two matches for the classifica on 13‐16 Finals and Playoﬀs June 30: The Finals and playoﬀs consist of a total of eight matches: The winners of the semifinals will play the final for gold and silver. The semifinal losers will player for bronze and fourth place. The winners of the playoﬀ 5‐8 will play for posi ons 5‐6 and the losers will play for posi ons 7‐8. The winners of the playoﬀ 9‐12 will play for posi ons 9‐10 and the losers will play for posi ons 11‐12. The winners of the playoﬀ 13‐16 will play for posi ons 13‐14 and the losers will play for posi ons 15‐16.
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team
more experience competing at the international level, but he remains optimistic and has expectations to competing for a medal at the World Championship.
he 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team is slated to compete at the 2013 Women’s U-20 Junior World Championship being held June 21-30, 2013 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic.
“Because of the player development system in this country, we are often competing against teams that have much more experience,” he said. “Many of the international teams train together on a full-time basis. They are also able to compete against the highest level of competition by including their athletes in their professional leagues where they play with and compete against Olympic-level athletes. Obviously, this opportunity to train and compete at a high level gives the other international programs a distinct advantage. Even so, our teams have been able to hold their own and still be in the hunt for medals. We hope to be able to bring the USA a medal in this year's championship.”
Three of the 2013 WJNT players competed on the 2012 WJNT that earned the bronze medal at the 2012 NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship in Managua, Nicaragua. The United States was one of three countries to qualify at that event for the 2013 FIVB World Women’s U-20 Championship. Setter Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.) and Merete Lutz (Houston) were part of the squad last summer. While nine players were not part of the 2012 WJNT program, many have been part of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline for several seasons and a number of them gained valuable experience when they competed at the Youth World Championships in 2011, said Rod Wilde, who serving his second year serving as the WJNT head coach.
Wilde is grateful to have a number of players who have competed internationally and expects them to be the core of this year’s team. “I think two of our strengths will be at the outside hitting and setting positions.” Wilde said, “We have the most international experience among the athletes at these positions.”
The nine incoming players include outside hitters Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.), Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas), and Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas), middle blockers Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.), Chanell Clark-Bibbs (Houston), Canace Finley (Fort Collins, Colo.), setters Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.), setter/defensive specialist Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and libero Caitlin Nolan (Southlake, Texas).
Prior to the Junior World Championship, Wilde’s goal was to develop a team culture and build a group confidence level that would set them on the right path to take home a medal at the World Championship. “Every team develops at its own pace,” Wilde said. “Our hope is to accelerate this process and in the time we have. We need to build on our strengths and try to minimize our weaknesses before going into the tournament.”
“With the addition of these players we should be a deeper and more experienced team as we go into this year's championship,” Wilde said. Wilde noted that other countries may have 10
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team In addition to Wilde, the coaching staff includes assistants Charlene Whitted (USA Volleyball High Performance and USA Volleyball Olympian) and Blaine Tendler (director of Piedmont Mizuno Volleyball Club).
are known internationally for their ability to fight and be tough competitors. We want to continue this tradition and develop these qualities in this group of athletes.” Twenty teams are slated to compete at the FIVB Women’s U-20 Junior Championship. 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.
The team, made up of players born in 1994 or 1995, was selected through USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts held across the country. Twenty-four players were initially selected as prospects for the team before the roster was trimmed to the final 12 after a week-long training period in Lake Placid, N.Y. “We want to develop a toughness and confidence that will help us fight through the tough situations that we are sure to come up against during the tournament,” Wilde said. “USA teams
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
Position: Middle Blocker Ht: 6 6--4 Wt: 185 Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla. Club: Tampa Bay Juniors College: Florida State University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. 2011/10 – Selected to the USAV High Performance A2 Red Team. 2009 – Selected to the USAV High Performance A3 Team.
PERSONAL Born: Sarah Jane Burrington (1994) in Brandon, Fla. Family: Parents are Jack and Sandy Burrington… has a brother Jim (1989) Hobbies/Interests: playing the guitar College Major: Exercise Science FAVORITES Foods: Thanksgiving dinner Book: Proverbs from The Bible Movie: 50 First Dates Music/Musician: Mumford&Sons/Jack Johnson
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 - Named an Under Armor All-American. 2011-2008 - Earned four consecutive top-11 finishes, including one first place, at USAV Girl’s Junior National Championships (Open Division) with Tampa Bay Juniors… Named to the Girls’ Junior National Championships AllTournament Team… Started playing club in 2008 for Tampa Bay Juniors. COLLEGE: Redshirted her freshman year (fall 2012) at Florida State University.
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Position: Outside Hitter Ht: 6 6--0 Wt: 160 Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Club: Tampa Bay Juniors College: Stanford University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2011 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (9th at FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship). 2010 – Girls’ Youth National Team (gold at NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship)… MVP of USAV High Performance Championships. 2009 – Attended U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Camp. 2008 – U.S. Girls’ Select A1 Red Team (silver medal in the International Youth Division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships)…Named Best Server the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
PERSONAL Born Jordan Joann Burgess (1994) in Fort Myers, Florida Family: Parents are David and Deanna Burgess… Has a twin brother, Nicholas (1994) Hobbies/Interests: volleyball, baking and reading and working out College Major: Human Biology Admires: Her twin brother, Nick Burgess, the most because “he’s an amazing leader and is the most caring, charismatic, and giving person I know. He strives to be the best he can be in all parts of life.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 - Named Player of the Year by eight different organizations… Finished 5th at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships with Tampa Bay Juniors and selected to the All-Tournament Team . 2010 - Named Player of the Year by six different organizations...Led the Tampa Juniors to two top-11 finishes...Class 3A State Champion... MaxPreps and ESPN RISE All-American. 2009 First team all-state… First Team High School AllAmerican… Class 3A Player of the Year… PrepVolleyball’s “Top 25 Sophomores” selection. 2008 - Florida State High School Championship silver medalist…First Team All-Florida selection… Started plying club in 2007 for USA South.
FAVORITES Foods: smoothies Book: Hunger Games Movie: Pride and Prejudice Music/Musician: R&B/ Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake Professional Team: Miami Heat Athlete: Logan Tom Moment in Life: “Making the 2011 U.S. Girls’
COLLEGE: All-Pac-12 Conference team selection… All-Pac12 Freshman Team selection at Stanford University (fall 2012).
Position: Setter Ht: 6 6--0 Wt: 150 Hometown: Boulder, Colo. Club: Front Range VBC College: University of Colorado USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS:
man Memorial All-Tournament Team selec-
2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team. 2011 – FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship. 2010 – Selected to the A2 Youth Red Team…U.S. Girl’s Youth National Volleyball Training Team… attended the USA Volleyball High Performance Holiday Camp. 2009 – Named to the Select A1 Team. 2008 – Named to the Select A2 Team.
PERSONAL Born: Nicole Elizabeth Edelman (1994) in Atlanta, Ga. Family: Parents are Nestor and Julie Edelman. Nestor played professional volleyball in Argentina, Spain, and Italy in the 1970’s. Hobbies/Interests: traveling, being with friends and family, going to the beach College Major/Grad Year: Business/2016 Admires: Her parents because “they push me to be the best person and athlete I can be.” FAVORITES Foods: everything Book: Life of Pi Movie: Bridesmaids Music/Musician: rap and electronic/Rihanna Athlete: Stacy Sykora Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio Moment in Life: “Playing my first collegiate match and making the Junior National Team.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named a USA Volleyball Junior National Championship All-American with Front Range Volleyball Club and helped her team earn third place… 2012 ESPN Top 25 Prep Player. 2011/10/09 – Fairview High School MVP. 2010 – Named an AAU All-American… Placed first at the HP Championships… Colorado 5A Honorable Mention… Started playing club in 2005 for Juggernaut.
tion...Named 2012 Team MVP at the University of Colorado (fall 2012).
COLLEGE: Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention...Sam Houston State and Maddie Binga-
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Position: Middle Blocker Ht: 6 6--8 Wt: 180 Hometown: Houston, Texas Club: Southwest Juniors College: Stanford University USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship during the summer. 2012 – Member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that won the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and placed third at the NORCECA Continental Championship to qualify for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Junior World Championships.
PERSONAL Born: Merete Lutz (1994) in Dallas, Texas Family: Parents are Michael Lutz (1962) and Lisa Gertsch (1962)…Brother, Karsten (1993), rows crew for Stanford University. Hobbies/Interests: reading, skiing, traveling and art history College Major: Undeclared Admires: Stephen Colbert because, “He is very intelligent and skillfully uses sarcasm and irony to humorously make his point.”
FAVORITES Foods: Tex-Mex Book: Harry Potter Movie: Ocean’s Eleven Music/Musician: Alternative/Vampire Weekend Professional Team: Chicago Bears Athlete: John Isner Moment in Life: “Realizing in the eighth grade that the height of the volleyball net was not going to get any higher. I was new and assumed that they raised the net as you got older!”
Qualified for Junior Nationals in 2011 and 2013 with Southwest Juniors…Started playing club in 2007 for Southwest Juniors. COLLEGE: Lutz plans to begin her college career in August 2013 at Stanford University.
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Position: Setter Ht: 6 6--0 Wt: 140 Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif. Club: Laguna Beach VBC College: Stanford University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team to compete at the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. 2012 – Named to U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that placed first at the High Performance Championships and won bronze at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship… Named to the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships all-tournament team.
PERSONAL Born: Kelsey Humphreys (1995) in Newport Beach, Calif. Family: Parents are Bradley and Wendy Humphreys. Brothers are Ben (1996) and John (2001). Sister is Ashley (1999). Father played football for Stanford University (1984-87). Mom played volleyball at Stanford University (198487) and for the USA National Team (1989-90). Hobbies/Interests: going to the beach, hanging out with friends and playing volleyball College Major: Undeclared Admires: John Wooden because “his life was a true example of what he taught and believed in.” FAVORITES Foods: In-n-Out Burger, mangoes, and frozen yogurt Book: To Kill a Mockingbird Movie: Remember the Titans and Despicable Me Music/Musician: Country/Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan Athlete: Foluke Akinradewo
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Helped Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to three top-five National Qualifier tournament finishes. 2011 – Led Corona del Mar High School to a Pacific Coast League Champion title...Helped LBVBC to a firstplace finish at the Fiesta Classic Volleyball Tournament…Selected to the Torrey Pines All-Tournament Team…Named First-Team All-League and All-CIF. 2010 – Named Honorable Mention All-League in the Pacific Coast League…Led LBVBC to a first-place finish at the Northern Lights Junior National Qualifier. 2009 – Finished first at two national qualifiers… Started playing club in 2005 for Orange County Volleyball Club.
COLLEGE: Humphreys plans to begin her college career in August 2013 at Stanford University. Copyrighted by USA Volleyball 16
Position: Outside Hitter Ht: 6 6--2 Wt: 170 Hometown: Allen, Texas Club: Skyline Juniors College: Iowa State University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team. 2011 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (9th at FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship). 2010 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (gold at NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship) 2009 – Attended U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Camp… Named to the U.S. Girls’ Select A1 Roster. 2008 – U.S. Girls’ Select A1 Team… Attended USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ Select Holiday Camp.
PERSONAL Born: Born Alexandria Lindsay Malloy (1994) in Dallas, Texas Family: Parents are Robert and Jennifer Malloy…Father Robert played professional baseball with the Texas Rangers (1987-89) and Montreal Expos (1989-91)…Sister is Tayler (1989) Hobbies/Interests: hanging out with friends, movies, art/drawing, music, reading, computers and of course, volleyball College Major: Graphic Design Admires: Her sister, Tayler because “I really look up to her. She has taught me so much and I can tell her any and everything. She is a best friend.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Qualified for USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships (Open) with Skyline Juniors. ..Ranked 35th by PrepVolleyball.com and an ESPN top 25 volleyball player… Under Armour First Team All-American... led Lovejoy to its fourth-straight state title...named the state all-tournament MVP… 2010 – USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships silver medalists (Open Division) and named to the all-tournament team...Lonestar Volleyball Player of the Year...Texas Sports Writers Association 3A Co-Player of the Year. 2009 – MVP of the Class 3A Texas State Championship.
FAVORITES Foods: mashed potatoes Book: A Walk to Remember Music/Musician: Family Force 5 Professional Team: Dallas Mavericks Athlete: Dirk Nowitzki Moment: “Winning back-to-back state championships and being named most valuable player.”
COLLEGE: All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2012)...Big 12 Rookie of the Week (twice, 2012) at Iowa State (fall 2012).
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Position: Setter Ht: 6 6--3 Wt: 165 Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif. Club: Laguna Beach VBC College: Arizona State University USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team. 2011 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (ninth at 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship). 2010 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (gold at NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship and at Women’s International Division of the USAV High Performance Championships)...USA Volleyball Holiday Camp. 2009 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Camp… Girls’ Select A1 White Team. 2008 – U.S. Girls’ Select Red Team… USA Volleyball Holiday Camp. 2007 – SCVA Select Team.
PERSONAL Born: Allison Palmer (1994) in Mission Viejo, Calif. Family: Parents are Dr. Sylvain and Rosemary Palmer…Brother is Andrew (1992) and Sister is Alexandra (1991) Hobbies/Interests: Beach volleyball, spending time with family and friends College Major/Grad Year: Business and Finance/Accounting Admires: Her father, Sylvain Palmer, because “he has dedicated his career/life to helping take care of people.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Laguna Beach High School All-Sports MVP. 2011 – All-County Team… First team AllCIF… Orange Coast League MVP… Led Laguna Beach High School to the Orange Coast League title. 2010 – Helped Laguna Beach High School to Orange Coast League championship and was named All-Orange Coast League First-Team… Selected All-CIF Southern Section Division IA. 2009 – Led Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to two top-three finishes at National Qualifiers…Led Laguna Beach High School to the Orange Coast League title while being named first-team allOrange Coast League… Started playing club in 2004 at Laguna Beach Volleyball Club.
FAVORITES Foods: Bananas Music/Musican: Classic rock Professional Team: Los Angeles Lakers Athlete: Karch Kiraly
COLLEGE: Selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team… broke ASU’s single-season assists and freshman season assists record with 1,482 at Arizona State University (fall 2012).
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Position: Middle Blocker Ht: 6 6--3 Wt: 170 Hometown: Ft. Collins, Colo. Club: NORCO VBC College: University of Oregon
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.
PERSONAL Born: Canace Finley (1994) in Oxford, Ohio Family: Parents are Jim Finley and Sara Rathburn… brother is Sawyer (1996) Hobbies/Interests: hiking, skiing and running College Major: Anthropology Admires: Her grandmother, Katie Rathburn, because “she is the strongest and kindest person I know.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named a USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships All-American and helped NORCO VBC to a third –place finish… All-Conference Rocky Mountain Region… 2012 ESPN Top 25 Prep Player. 2011 - Colorado State Player of the Year candidate and first team all-conference pick. 2011/10/09 – Fairview High School MVP. 2010 – Named an AAU All-American…Placed first at the HP Championships… Colorado 5A Honorable Mention… Started playing club in 2007 at NORCO Volleyball Club.
FAVORITES Foods: pasta Book: A Clockwork Orange Movie: Silver Linings Playbook Music/Musician: Frank Ocean Athlete: Usain Bolt Actress: Jennifer Lawrence Moment in life: “The day my younger brother was born.”
COLLEGE: Finley started her college career in the fall of 2012 at the University of Oregon where she started 28 matches and was the team block leader…Helped Ducks reach NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship title match.
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Position: Outside Hitter Ht: 6 6--3 Wt: 160 Hometown: Papillion, Neb. Club: Nebraska Juniors College: University of Nebraska
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team. 2012 – U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (gold at the USA Volleyball HP Championships and bronze at the NORCECA Championship). 2011 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (ninth at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship)...Led USA Girls’ Youth to USAV HP Championship title. 2010 – U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team...Helped USA Girls’ Youth to USAV HP Championships title. CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year… PrepVolleyball.com High School National Champions… MaxPreps Co-National Player of the Year…Volleyball Magazine Mizuno AllAmerican…Under Armour All-American 1st Team… Under Armour All-American Tournament Most Undeniable Player… NSAA Academic AllState. 2013/12/11 – Named to the Omaha AllMetro Team… Selected as the Omaha All-Metro Team Captain… Named to the Nebraska AllState First Team-Class A… Nebraska AllTournament Team-Class A and All-Class… Nebraska Super State Team… Nebraska Super State Team Captain…PrepVolleyball High School All-American… Nebraska Class A State Champions… MaxPreps National Champions… ESPN RISE National Champions. Started playing club in 2005 at La Vista Boom! 2009-10—Named 16 Open all-tournament t USAV Girls’ Junior Nation
PERSONAL Born: Amber Nicole Rolfzen (1994) in Papillion, Neb Family: Parents are Mark and Teresa al Rolfzen…Brother is Ryan (1991)… Has a twin sister, Kadie (1994), who played on the 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball and shopping Admires: Her parents because “they always encourage us to do our best and follow our dreams no matter how big or small those dreams are.” FAVORITES Foods: Chicken tenders and turkey and gravy Book: Harry Potter Series Music/Musician: Jason Aldean and Rodney Atkins Athlete: Jordan Larson Moment in Life: “Winning the 2010 16 Open Division at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships with Nebraska Juniors 16s.” Championships after leading Nebraska Juniors to 16 Open title.
COLLEGE: Rolfzen plans to start her college career in August 2013 at the University of Nebraska. Copyrighted by USA Volleyball 20
Position: Outside Hitter Ht: 6 6--4 Wt: 174 Hometown: Coppell, Texas Club: Instinct Volleyball Club College: University of Oklahoma USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship. 2011 - Selected to the U.S. Girl’s Youth National Volleyball Team (ninth at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship).
PERSONAL Born: Kierra Landon Holst in Waukegan, Ill. Family: Parents are Brett Holst and Tammy Boock-Holst...Father, Brett, played football at Air Force (1982) and Valparaiso (1983-84)...Has three siblings - Karsen Elisabeth, Saige and Seth College Major/Grad Year: Chemistry and secondary education
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 - Helped Instinct Volleyball Club to USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships gold medal in American Division and named to the event’s all-tournament team...Prep Volleyball Senior Ace...Texas 5A state champion and named State Tournament MVP… First team all-district and the district’s Blocker of the Year… 2010 - AllTexas Team special recognition… 2010/2009 - Academic all-district honors.
COLLEGE: Named to the 2012 All-Big 12 Freshman Team… Selected to the 2012 Nike Invitational and Northern Colorado Classic AllTournament Teams at the University of Oklahoma (fall 2012). Copyrighted by USA Volleyball 21
Position: Middle Blocker Ht: 6 6--1 Wt: 185 Hometown: Houston, Texas Club: Houston Juniors College: Georgia Tech USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship.
PERSONAL Born: Chanell Clark-Bibbs (1994) in Houston, Texas Family: Parents are Harry Bibbs and Kathy Clark…Has an older brother, Jamel Dargin (1988), and two older sisters, Maria (1970) and Monica (1977) Hobbies/Interests Swimming, reading and hanging out with her friends and family College Major/Grad Year: Computer Science Admires: Her mother, Kathy, because “she is always inspiring and is always in my corner when no one else will be.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 — Prep Volleyball’s No. 25 ranked recruit in the country… Named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 recruit list… One of ESPN's high school volleyball Top-100 senior aces... Named a Texas All-State selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Committee. 2010 - Cy Fair ISD Academic All-District in her junior season. 2009 - A Houston area all-district first team selection… Started playing club in 2003 at Yours Club Unlimited.
FAVORITES Foods: Mandarin oranges Book: 50 Shades of Grey Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemount High Music/Musician: R&B, Rap, Rock/Miguel Professional Team: Miami Heat Athlete: Alicia Glass Actress: Tyrese Gibson Moment in Life: When her niece was born.
COLLEGE: Selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team at Georgia Tech (fall 2012).
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Position: Libero Ht: 5 5--8 Wt: 175 Hometown: Magnolia, Texas Club: Texas Advantage Volleyball College: Iowa State University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team that will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship in June 2013.
PERSONAL Born: Caitlin Elizabeth Nolan (1994) in Mayfield Heights, Ohio Family: Parents are James and Katherine Nolan…Has an older brother, Clayton (1990) Hobbies/Interests: Boating, working out and hanging out with friends College Major/Grad Year: Civil Engineering Admires: Princess Diana because “she was a humanitarian and philanthropist.”
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Ranked 40th by Prepvolleyball.com… Two-time Libero of the Year at Southlake Carroll... All-Texas team honors as a senior… Led the Lady Dragons to three-consecutive alldistrict championships… Finished second at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior National Championship in the 17s division with Texas Advantage club team… Earned All-American honors… 2011 – Named the district’s top defensive player...PrepVolleyball.com First Team Defensive Dandy... Best defensive player or MVP of six separate Texas state tournaments in the last two seasons… Started playing club in 2006 at Southlake Volleyball Association.
FAVORITES Foods: Steak Book: The Great Gatsby Movie: Bridesmaids Music/Musican: Jimmy Buffett
COLLEGE: Led Iowa State University in digs her freshman year in the fall of 2012.
2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team HEAD COACH ABOUT WILDE: Rodney Wilde enjoyed a long and successful career as both a player and a coach. He was inducted to the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 1986, Wilde led the Waves to a 22-7 record and became the first rookie coach to earn a men’s NCAA National Championship title.
Wilde played at Pepperdine University from 1976-79 and helped the team win their first ever NCAA Championship Title in 1978. He earned First Team All-American honors three times during his career with the Waves and was one of the top setters in volleyball at the time.
Wilde took a head coaching position at UC San Diego with the men’s team and held the position from 19911993 before serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team from 1993-2000.
Wilde went on to play professionally, competing with the Tuscon Sky. His team won the Championship in 1979 and Wilde earned Rookie of the Year honors. After his debut with the Tuscon Sky, he played with the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team from 1982-84. Wilde was set to participate in the 1984 Olympic Games, but a broken leg kept him from participating. He played with the team again from 1989-91. Wilde kicked off his coaching career on the men’s side, serving as head coach of the University of Arizona club program. He led the team to two Regional Championships in 1980 and 1981. He took over the women’s volleyball program at Drake University in 1984, and remained there for a year before taking a head coaching opportunity at his alma matter.
During his tenure with the National Team, Wilde coached at two Olympic Games (1996 and 2000). After serving as head coach during the 1999 Pan Am Games, Wilde transitioned over to the women’s side, and served as an assistant coach with the Wisconsin Badgers women’s volleyball team from 2001-2007. The team advanced to the NCAA tournament during all seven seasons that Wilde coached in Wisconsin, In 2008, Wilde returned once again to his alma matter and helped out with the Waves during the final month of their season where they made it to the NCAA National Championship finals. Currently, Wilde is in his second year of coaching the Women’s Junior National Training Team. In 2012, the team captured the bronze medal at the NORCECA Championship to qualify for the 2013 FIVB Junior World Championship.
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2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team ASSISTANT COACH ABOUT WHITTED: Charlene Whitted played collegiately at Brigham Young University from 1991-1994 and graduated with a degree in therapeutic recreation in 1999. She was a two-time AVCA All-American and helped the Cougars to their firstever NCAA semifinal appearance in 1994. Whitted was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1994, capping a collegiate career in which she was named WAC Freshman of the Year in 1991. Whitted ended her career with a school-record 5,321 assists. A member of the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2001, Whitted was the starting setter for the squad from January 1999 to August 2000. In her first season directing the U.S. National Team’s offense, Whitted earned the best setter award at the 1999 NORCECA Continental Championship after leading her team to a second-place finish. She also guided the squad to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games. In 2000, Whitted helped Team USA qualify for the Sydney Olympics as the starting setter at the NIKE Americas Volleyball Challenge. She also earned the best setter award at the four-team event. Whitted played professionally overseas, competing in Italy for Barrese Volley Napoli and in Switzerland for Adliswil. She also competed professionally in Salt Lake City in the National Volleyball Association (1994-95) and the Professional Volleyball League (1995-96).
Whitted spent four seasons (2003-2006) as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska working with the Huskers’ setters when Nebraska captured the 2006 NCAA National Volleyball Championship. Whitted has spent a total of six years working with the High Performance Select Program as either an assistant or head coach. She served as an assistant coach on the 2002 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, which earned a silver medal at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. In 2010, Whited was an assistant coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that captured gold at the 2010 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Guatemala. She later served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Youth Olympic Team that earned the silver medal in the inaugural event held in August of 2010 in Singapore. In 2012, she served as an assistant on the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that earned the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship and also was the assistant coach for the 2012 WJNT that earned bronze at the medal at the NORCECA Championship. She has spent the past six years as the director of volleyball for American College Connection, along with six years as an instructor in the Whitted Volleyball Camps.
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2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team ASSISTANT COACH ABOUT TENDLER: Blaine Tendler started playing volleyball in 1980 in Saskatchewan, Canada. He played for both club and high school teams before going on to play in college at the University of Regina. In 1985, Tendler competed on the Canada Games Championship Team.
France. He spent the next decade (1993-2003) coaching for men’s and women’s collegiate programs, leading his teams to West German Championship while coaching Schwerte Volleyball Club in Germany. He also led his teams to a number of East Coast Championships.
After graduation in 1991, Tendler went on to play professionally in Europe. He played in Germany from 1991-92 and France from 1992-93. Two of the clubs Tendler played with were inducted into his hometown’s Sports Hall of Fame. Tendler was inducted into the Hall of Fame as well in 2001.
Tendler currently runs his own volleyball club, Piedmont Volleyball Club, in North Carolina.
Tendler won several provincial and national championships during his professional career. Tendler coached in Canada from 1982-1991 for various high school and club programs. From 19911993, he coached professionally in Germany and
Tendler has been actively involved with the High Performance Pipeline since 2005, coaching with 26 different USA Volleyball teams. He is also involved with the Carolina Region High Performance Program. In 2012, he served as an assistant coach for the 2012 WJNT that earned bronze at the medal at the NORCECA Championship.
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U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in Review formance team, Burrington brings a wealth of pipeline experience to the roster. She earned four consecutive top-11 finishes in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Nationals Championships Open Division and plans to redshirt this fall at Florida State University.
2013 FIVB WOMEN’S JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW The 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, which will compete at the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior (U-20) World Championship in Brnos, Czech Repubilc, is comprised of an experiencerich roster in both the USAV pipeline and international play. The setters for the 12-player roster are Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo.) and Kelsey Humphreys (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Clark-Bibbs and Finley bring a year of collegiate experience to the team from Georgia Tech and the University of Oregon, respectively. ClarkBibb was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Finley started 28 of 35 matches for Oregon, which reached the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship title match.
Along with setting the 2012 WJNT to bronze at the 2012 NORCECA event, Humphreys led her Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to seven topthree national qualifier finishes throughout her four years with the club and will begin her college career at Stanford University this fall.
Lutz offers international experience as she helped the 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team to the NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championship bronze medal and she will begin her collegiate career at Stanford University in August.
Edelman has one year of college experience under her belt at the University of Colorado where she served as a team captain, was selected to the All-Pac-12 Freshman honorable mention and named the team’s MVP.
Outside hitter, Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb.), is returning from the 2012 WJNT squad with notable international and domestic highlights. In addition to her USAV pipeline experience, she was selected for eight All-American honors and a three-time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year selection. She enrolled into the University of Nebraska this winter as a freshman and participated in the spring season.
Palmer is yet another talented setter who was selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and broke Arizona State University’s single-season assists and freshman season assists records during her first college season. In addition to setting, Palmer is also a defensive gem that adds depth and flexibility to the WJNT.
Another outside hitter standout is Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla.), who racked up fifteen different Player of the Year selections in her prep years and also has four years of USA Volleyball pipeline experience competing internationally. Last season as a freshman at Stanford University she was an All-Pac-12 Conference Team and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team selection.
Sarah Burrington (Ruskin, Fla.), Chanell ClarkBibbs (Houston), Canace Finley (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Merete Lutz (Houston), are serving as the team’s middle blockers. As a three-time member of a USAV High Per-
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and fight hard for each other.” Additionally, Wilde was thrilled to see a toughness emerge through the team while training and is eager to see the group compete in the Czech Republic. “We have some players that have been to this type of event before and they have been driving the level of play in the gym,” Wilde said. “When the players are able to hold each other accountable and keep the intensity up it makes for a much stronger unit. This group has already shown some toughness and resolve that you want to see in a team. It will be fun to go into the arena with this group.”
Rod Wilde is serving his second year as the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team head coach and is looking forward to developing the team as they compete in the Czech Republic. “We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championship,” 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.”
U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Wins Bronze at 2012 NORCECA Continental Championship The 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team members Merete Lutz, Kelsey Humphreys, and Amber Rolfzen competed with the 2012 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that won bronze at the last meeting of the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Managua, Nicaragua.
One week prior to departing for the Czech Republic, the WJNT underwent a week-long training period in Lake Placid, N.Y. to pull together full force in hopes of bringing home a medal from the FIVB Junior World Championship. Wilde was pleased with the team’s progress there and is confident these players will uphold the competitive nature of which U.S. teams are widely known.
The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team defeated Costa Rica 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 in the bronze-medal match. According to the NORCECA Championship regulations, the top three teams that placed in the NORCECA event earned spots into the 2013 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. The top three teams were the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the U.S.
“The team worked very hard here during the time we were in Lake Placid,” Wilde said. “We were able to gain some valuable experience working in the new players with the more experienced players. We spent a lot of our time learning about our strengths and weaknesses and will continue to improve on each area. I think that we have a group that will compete
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for the tournament.
Five members of this year’s U.S. Women’s Junior National Team - Jordan Burgess, Nicole Edelman, Andie Malloy, Allison Palmer and Amber Rolfzen – competed with the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (GYNT) that finished ninth after downing Slovakia 25-21, 2516, 25-14 at FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship Ankara, Turkey.
The win marked the second time the U.S. downed Slovakia in the tournament with a previous three-set win in second-round pool play defeating Slovakia in three, 27-25, 25-20, 2519.
The U.S., ranked second in the FIVB world rankings, captured its fifth-straight win to conclude a valiant showing at the FIVB World Championships regardless of its difficult first pool match-ups. The GYNT only recorded two losses on the tournament, both in the first round Pool C, to Serbia who captured the bronze and China who will fight for the gold Sunday night. The Americans also did not drop a set after leaving first-round pool play going 19-6 in sets
The 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team members Jordan Burgess, Andie Malloy and Allison Palmer competed on the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that defeated No. 1 seed Mexico 25-19, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17 during the gold-medal match of the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship Guatemala City, Guatemala.
U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at 2010 FIVB Girls’ Youth Continental Championship
The U.S., ranked second in the girls’ youth age division of NORCECA, won its fifth consecutive
Volleyball Glossary ond official.
Ace - a served ball that directly results in a point.
Dump - when the setter, instead of setting the hitters, attacks the ball over the net.
Block - an attempt by a player or players to interrupt the ball before, as or just after it crosses the net.
Foot fault - stepping on the court or out of bounds before serving the ball.
Bump (Pass) - technique of playing the ball using forearms, hands together, to direct the ball.
Free Ball - a ball the opponent cannot attack and must yield by passing over the net.
Bump (Set) - a forearm pass used as a set. Joust - when two players on opposing sides attempt to block the ball by vying to push it onto each other’s side of the net.
Carry - a fault called if the ball comes to rest in the course of contact by one player.
Kill - an attack that results in an immediate point.
Court - the playing surface divided into two equal areas by a net. In its official form, volleyball is played on a rectangular court 18 meters (59 feet 0.75 inches) long and 9 meters (29 feet 6.475 inches) wide; the women’s net placed at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.125 inches) high and the men’s net at 2.44 meters (8 feet) high.
Paint Brush - a wipe off shot by the hitter (painter) on a blocker. Pancake - a one-handed floor defensive technique where the hand is extended and slid along the floor, palm down, and the ball rebounds off the back of the hand, rather than the floor.
Coverage - most often, refers to backing up a teammate’s hit when the block is up and the ball comes back. Cross Court/Cut Shot - an offensive hit when a player, instead of hitting with power, slices the ball just over and nearly parallel to the net.
Pass - the first of three contacts on the offensive side - overhead or forearm. Perimeter Defense - backrow defenders work in the area a meter in from the backline and sidelines up to the three-meter line.
Dig Lips - defending more than once and successfully an opponent’s hard spike as if the attacker was saying beforehand where the hit was going and you read their lips.
Pipe - a ball set in the middle of the court, on the three-meter line, for a backrow player to hit.
Dig - to pass a very hard hit spike; a ball brought up (saved) with any part of the body, particularly from a spike attempt.
Quick - the first of the three attack options. The attacker contacts the ball immediately after it is released from the setter’s hands.
Dink - a very softly-hit spike; ball played just over the net or the blockers hands.
Red card - a severe sanction given by the upreferee.
Down-Referee - secondary referee. He/she stands on the floor at the opposite end of the net as the up-referee. Also known as the sec-
Roof - to block a spike, usually straight down and for a point. 30
Volleyball Glossary Screening - an attempt by a player to conceal the start of a teammate’s serve by obstructing an opponent’s line of sight. Screening is illegal.
Slide - a movement from an attacker’s serve receive position past another onto a third; usually the ball is hit while “sliding out” towards the sideline.
Seams - the space between the blockers that the defense must fill to avoid giving hitters an easy shot. Set – the act of getting the ball into the position for the hitters to attack the ball. Usually done overhead with two hands.
Spiked Ball - a ball hit forcibly from a height not less than the top of the net. Also known as a bury, crush, hammer, kill, put-away or slam. Stuff - a block in which the ball goes straight down to the floor and the defenders have no chance to get a hand under it before it does.
Setter – the team quarterback. Attempts to “set” every second contact for his/her hitters to attack. Serve - the act of putting the ball into play.
Tool - when a ball is intentionally spiked off a blocker’s hands to make it go out of bounds before another defender can make a play on it.
Shank - to pass the so poorly that a teammate cannot make a second contact on the ball.
Touch - when the ball lands out of bounds, but not before contacting one of the players.
Six Pack - another term for getting a ball in the face on while playing defense. A “Twelve Pack” actually knocks down the defender. In the past the defender was then obligated to buy the hitter a six pack of his/her desired beverage (roots are found in doubles sand play).
Up-referee - the main referee. He/she stands upon a special chair. Also known as the first referee. Yellow card - a first sanction given by the upreferee, cost the sanctioned team a point.
USA Volleyball Fact Sheet Name: USA Volleyball Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Founded: 1928 Membership: Approximately 300,000 Mission: USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for all disciplines of volleyball in the United States and is officially recognized by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As mandated by the Amateur Sports Act, USA Volleyball is responsible for the growth of the sport in America at the grassroots and most elite levels. USA Volleyball is the parent organization of the USA National Teams. Chief Executive Officer: Doug Beal About USA Volleyball: Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 300,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching educa on and certificate on programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information please visit www.usavolleyball.org. Other: USA Volleyball consists of 40 regional volleyball associations which manage grassroots playing opportunities for the USA Volleyball membership and is affiliated with 36 member organizations (i.e. NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, YMCA) that provide playing opportunities at a variety of levels.