Thursday, 23 May 2024

Women’s U20 National Team Set to Compete in 2021 FIVB World Championship

The excitement is building as the Women’s U20 National Team gets ready to represent the United States at the 2021 FIVB Women’s Under-20 World Championship. This highly anticipated tournament will take place from July 9th to July 17th in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Kortrijk, Belgium.

The Journey Begins

The U.S. Women’s U20 Team will kick off their pool play on Friday, facing Russia in Rotterdam at 9:30 a.m. PT. Fans can catch all the action by tuning in to the VolleyballWorld YouTube channel, where the matches will be live-streamed.

A Talented Roster

The team consists of twelve exceptional athletes who have proven themselves on the court. Seven of these players were part of the gold medal-winning 2019 Girls U18 National Team at the FIVB World Championship. Returning from that victorious squad are Setter Kami Miner, Libero Lexi Rodriguez, Outside Hitters Elena Oglivie, Allison Jacobs, Emily Londot, Lindsay Krause, and Middle Blocker Caroline Crawford.

Joining the team are five talented newcomers: Outside Hitters Ally Batenhorst and Jordan Middleton, Setter Averi Carlson, and Middle Blockers Reagan Hope and Gabrielle Essix.

Coaching Staff and Preparations

Guiding the team is Head Coach Dan Fisher from the University of Pittsburgh. Assisting him are Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, the women’s head coach at the University of New Mexico, and Jessica Aschenbrenner, an assistant coach at the University of Denver. Jon Wong, an assistant at Texas Tech, will serve as the statistician.

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The team trained at UNLV from June 28th to July 8th before heading to Europe for the tournament.

The Competition Unfolds

During the first three days of the competition, round-robin pool play will determine the initial standings. The United States’ pool includes Turkey, Russia, and Thailand. The pool winners and runners-up will then proceed to two new pools in Rotterdam, while the remaining eight teams form two pools in Kortrijk.

The matches in the second-round groups will take place from July 13th to July 15th, with the pool standings determining the teams’ path to the semifinals. The grand final is scheduled for July 18th at the Topsportcentrum, alongside the bronze medal match and all other classification matches.

This edition of the U20 World Championship is special as it marks the 21st year of the tournament and the first time it is co-hosted by two countries, the Netherlands and Belgium.


Q: What is the schedule for the U.S. Women’s U20 National Team in the first round of pool play?

A: The team will face Russia on July 9th at 9:30 a.m. PT, Thailand on July 10th at 6:30 a.m. PT, and Turkey on July 11th at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Q: How can I watch the matches?

A: The matches will be live-streamed on the VolleyballWorld YouTube channel.


The Women’s U20 National Team is gearing up for the 2021 FIVB Women’s Under-20 World Championship with a talented roster and experienced coaching staff. Fans can look forward to thrilling matches as the team competes against top nations in Rotterdam and Kortrijk. Stay tuned for more updates and support the team as they showcase their skills on the global stage.

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