Volleyball Standouts Lead USA To World Championships

June 13, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The USA Women's Junior National Volleyball Team qualified for the 2001 Junior World Championships thanks to the efforts of USC's Katie Olsovsky, Toni Anderson and April Ross who led USA to a third place finish at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, May 24-28.

The Junior World Championships will take place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sept. 1-9. The USA will play without Olsovsky, Anderson and Ross who have all chosen not to continue with the team due to the start of the collegiate season.

The Women of Troy open the 2001 season versus UC Irvine and Wisconsin at the Irvine Invitational, Sept. 1-2.

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For Team USA, this was easily their best performance of the tournament and the statistics supported this: Team attack %: .350, Team reception: 2.42, Team ace/error ratio: 7:6. Olsovksy led the team in attack percentage (.444, 8-4-9), while Ross tallied a .357 mark (21-6-42). Anderson posted a team-best four service aces and Ross averaged 2.43 digs per game.

This tournament was the final opportunity for the team to gain a bid to the Women's Junior World Championships, which will take place in the Dominican Republic from September 1-9, 2001.

The USA Women's Junior National Team defeated Mexico 3-1 in their final match, Monday, May 28 to finish 3rd out of six teams at the World Championship Qualifier. Their finish was good enough to capture the 3rd and final bid to the 2001 Junior World Championships. USA outlasted Mexico 25-21, 32-34, 25-23, 25-18.

Team USA pretty much controlled Game one from the outset. Such was also the case for most of Game two until Mexico made a late charge to send the game beyond the typical 25-point final score before ultimately capturing the game 32-34.

Riding the emotional high from Game two, Mexico jumped to leads of 8-1 and 16-9 in Game three before the USA made a late charge of their own to prevail. Mexico was simply out of gas and did not prove much of a threat throughout Game four securing the match for USA.

USA started the match with Anderson at setter, Olsovsky in the middle and Ross on the left side

Full Results:

Thursday, May 24, 2001
USA def. Colombia 3-1 (28-26, 25-23, 25-16)

Friday, May 25, 2001
Argentina def. USA 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19)

Sunday, May 27, 2001
Venezuela def. USA 3-1 (28-26, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20)

Monday, May 28, 2001
USA def. Mexico 3-1 (25-21, 32-34, 25-23, 25-18)

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