Klineman Leads US Junior National Team to Semifinals at FIVB Women's Junior World Championship
July 25, 2007
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand - Stanford freshman Alix Klineman and the US Women's Junior National Team reached the semifinals of the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship by serving China its first loss, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, of the tournament yesterday in the final round of pool play in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Klineman led the US attack from the outside, combining with Kimmee Roleder to account for more than half of the squad's points. Klineman recorded 26 kills on 53 attempts, five blocks and two service aces.
'We owe our win to captain Alexandra Klineman,' said US Head Coach Andy Banachowski. 'She played exceptionally well.'
The win earned the US a spot in the medal round, after finishing pool play with a 4-1 record. After falling 3-1 to Germany on Friday, the Americans swept Egypt, Thailand and the Dominican Republic, before besting China in four games yesterday.
Klineman and the team will now face defending world champion Brazil, the winner of Pool B and the lone undefeated team in the tournament, in the semifinals on Thursday (July 26) at 7 a.m. EDT.