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Oct 05 Women's U23 Cruises Past Kenya at Worlds

By Darci Miller | Oct. 05, 2013, 8:42 p.m. (ET)

MEXICALI, Mexico (Oct. 5, 2013) – The U.S. Women's National U23 Volleyball Team opened the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Under-23 World Championship strong by defeating Kenya 25-11, 25-11, 25-6 on Saturday afternoon in Mexicali, Mexico.

The United States (1-0) will next play Cuba on Oct. 6 (Sunday) at 5 p.m. PT. Live streaming can be found here.

Monique Mead (5) attacks against Kenya.

The U.S. converted 66.7 percent of its attacks for points with a .596 hitting efficiency (38-4-57) while limiting Kenya to a 19.4 percent kill percent. The U.S. also led in blocks (7-0) and aces (11-2), as well as had fewer errors (14-19).

“Our goal is to get better every day,” U.S. Women's Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “In this match serving was important, and we worked well with that, but matches get tougher every day.”

Monique Mead (Newnan, Ga.) led all players in scoring with 12 points on nine kills via 14 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Team captain Gina Mancuso (Omaha, Neb.) scored 11 points with 10 kills on 15 attacks and one ace, in addition to a team-high four digs. Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) added seven points on two kills and a match-high five aces. Ariel Turner (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scored five kills on six attacks. Erica Wilson (Oceanside, Calif.) contributed five points on three kills and two aces. Sandra Adeleye (Katy, Texas) chipped in five points on three kills and two blocks.

Sha’Dare McNeal (San Diego, Calif.) and Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) each scored four points on three kills and one block as reserves. Lexi Sun (Solana Beach, Calif.) chipped in one point on a block, and Lauren Cook (Lincoln, Neb.) and Jordyn Poulter (Auroroa, Colo.) added an ace each. Cook was credited with eight running sets, while Poulter added seven. Bojana Todorovic (Irvine, Calif.) led the team with six excellent receptions.

“It’s good to open with a victory, but we have to go one step at a time at this championship,” Mancuso said.

Kiraly started Cook at setter, Adeleye and Wilson at middle blocker, Mancuso and Turner at outside hitter, and Mead at opposite with Todorovic as the libero. Cook, Mead, Mancuso and Wilson started all three sets, while Adeleye and Turner started the first two. Hodson and McNeal started the third, with Hodson subbing in the first and McNeal subbing in the second. Poulter subbed in all three sets, and Sun subbed in the first and third.

For more information about the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship, click here.

U.S. Women's U23 National Volleyball Team Roster
# - Name (Position, Hometown, Club)
1 – Sandra Adeleye (MB, Katy, Texas, Clemson University)
2 – Lauren Cook (S, Lincoln, Neb., Vaqueras de Bayamon)
4 – Hayley Hodson (OH, Newport Beach, Calif., T Street Volleyball Club)
5 – Monique Mead (Opp., Newnan, Ga., Telekom Baku)
6 – Jordyn Poulter (S, Aurora, Colo., Front Range Volleyball Club)
7 – Gina Mancuso (OH, Omaha, Neb., Leonas de Ponce)
8 – Ariel Turner (OH, Highlands Ranch, Colo., USGE Nantes)
9 – Bojana Todorovic (L, Irvine, Calif., UCLA)
10 – Erica Wilson (MB, Oceanside, Calif., Arizona State University)
11 – Lexi Sun (OH, Solana Beach, Calif., Coast Volleyball Club)
12 – Tiata Scambray (OH, Monarch Beach, Calif., T Street Volleyball Club)
14 – Sha’Dare McNeal (Opp., San Diego, Calif., Neruda Volksbank Bolzano)

2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship

Pool A (at Tijuana, Mexico – High Performance Center Gymnasium)
Oct. 5: Italy vs. Turkey, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 5: Dominican Republic vs. Argentina, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 5: Mexico vs. Japan, 8 p.m. PT
Oct. 6: Japan vs. Italy, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 6: Turkey vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. PT
Oct.6 : Mexico vs. Argentina, 7 p.m. PT
Oct 7: Argentina vs. Turkey, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 7: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 7: Mexico vs. Italy, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: Argentina vs. Japan, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: Dominican Republic vs. Italy, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: Mexico vs. Turkey, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: Italy vs. Argentina, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: Turkey vs. Japan, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: Mexico vs. Dominican Republic, 7 p.m. PT

Pool B (at Mexicali, Mexico – State Auditorium)
Oct. 5: United States def. Kenya 25-11, 25-11, 25-6
Oct. 5: China vs. Germany, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 5: Brazil vs. Cuba, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 6: Kenya vs. Germany, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 6: United States vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 6: Brazil vs. China, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 7: Kenya vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 7: United States vs. Germany, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 7: Cuba vs. China, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: Cuba vs. Kenya, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: United States vs. China, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 8: Germany vs. Brazil, 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: China vs. Kenya, 3 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: Germany vs. Cuba, 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 9: United States vs. Brazil, 7 p.m. PT

Semifinals
In the gold-medal bracket (Classification 1-4), first-place teams in the two pools will play the second-place teams in the opposite pool. In the 5-8 classification, third-place pool teams will play the fourth-place pool team from the opposite pool.

Finals
Semifinal winners of Classification 1-4 will play for the gold medal, while the losers will play for the bronze medal. Semifinal winners in the Classification 5-8 bracket will play for fifth place, while the losers will play for seventh place.

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