Wednesday, 29 May 2024

WJNT Sweeps Cuba, Advances in U20 World Championship

The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT) achieved a remarkable victory in the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship, sweeping Cuba 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-20) at Hermanos Carreon Stadium in Aguascalientes, Mexico on July 14, 2019. Led by head coach Jerritt Elliot, the team displayed exceptional resilience and teamwork, overcoming a four-point deficit in the second set to secure their win.

In the first set, the U.S. took an early lead and maintained it throughout the match. Although they faced a tough challenge in the second set, the team rallied together to level the score at 21-all and went on to claim victory. The third set concluded with a strong finish, as WJNT closed out the first round of pool play with a 6-2 run.

The U.S. displayed dominance at the net, out-blocking Cuba 13-6. Middles Molly Phillips and Heather Gneiting led the blocking efforts with four blocks each, while Logan Eggleston contributed with three blocks. Kendall Kipp added two blocks to the team’s impressive defensive performance.

Leading the scoring for WJNT, Eggleston showcased her skills with a total of 11 points, including eight kills and significant contributions in blocking. Phillips also made an impact with nine points, consisting of four blocks, four service aces, and a kill. Outside hitters Jenna Wenaas and Skylar Fields each contributed seven and five points, respectively. Kipp and setter Mia Tuaniga added three points apiece.

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With this victory, the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team progresses to the second stage of group play at the World Championship, which is set to begin on July 16. The matchups for this stage will be determined after the conclusion of the first round of pool play.

2019 Women’s Junior National Team Roster

  • Brooke Nuneviller (L, 5-11, 2018, Aspire VBC/Arizona, Oregon, Chandler, Ariz.)
  • Mia Tuaniga (S, 5-9, 2020, Apex1/Southern Cal, Long Beach State, Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Azhani Tealer (OPP, 5-10, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Kentucky, Grand Prairie, Texas)
  • Logan Eggleston (OH, 6-1, 2018, Alliance/Southern, Texas, Brentwood, Tenn.)
  • Jenna Wenaas (OH, 6-1, 2020, TAV/North Texas, Minnesota, Frisco, Texas)
  • Skylar Fields (OPP, 6-2, 2019, Houston Juniors/Lone Star, Texas, Missouri City, Texas)
  • Molly Phillips (M, 6-2, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Texas, Mansfield, Texas)
  • Ella May Powell (S, 6-2, 2018, Ozark Juniors/Delta, Washington, Fayetteville, Ark.)
  • Katie Clark (M, 6-3, 2018, TAV/North Texas, TCU, Arlington, Texas)
  • Anna Dixon (OH, 6-3, 2019, KC Power/Heart of America, Kansas State, Louisburg, Kan.)
  • Kendall Kipp (OPP, 6-6, 2019, Laguna Beach VBC/Southern Cal, Stanford, Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • Heather Gneiting (M, 6-6, 2018, Club V/Intermountain, BYU, Provo, Utah)

Head Coach: Jerritt Elliott (University of Texas)
Assistant Coaches: Paula Weishoff (Concordia Irvine) and Jenny Hazelwood (Infinity Volleyball Club)
Technical Coordinator: Jon Wong (Bradley University)
Head of Delegation: Coley Pawlikowski

FAQs

Q: How did the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team perform in the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship?
A: The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team had an impressive performance in the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship, sweeping Cuba 3-0 and advancing to the second stage of group play.

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Q: Who were the standout players in the match against Cuba?
A: Logan Eggleston led the team in scoring with 11 points, while Molly Phillips showcased her skills with a strong defensive performance, contributing nine points.

Q: What is the next stage for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in the World Championship?
A: The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will progress to the second stage of group play, which will commence on July 16. The matchups for this stage will be determined after the conclusion of the first round of pool play.

Summary

The U.S. Women’s Junior National Team demonstrated exceptional skill and determination in their victory over Cuba in the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. Led by head coach Jerritt Elliot, the team showcased their resilience by overcoming a four-point deficit in the second set to secure a 3-0 sweep. With dominant performances at the net and standout contributions from players like Logan Eggleston and Molly Phillips, the team’s success is a testament to their hard work and teamwork. As they progress to the next stage of the championship, the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team aims to continue their winning streak.