Stanford sophomore Jordan Burgess and incoming freshmen Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz were among the 12 players selected to the U.S. Women's Junior National Team (WJNT). The squad will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship being held June 21-30 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic.
Burgess, who was an All-Pac-12 Conference and All-Freshman selection in 2012, will serve as the team captain. Stanford associate head coach Denise Corlett also will be making the trip as the team manager.
"We have a solid group of players that worked hard for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Championships," U.S. head coach Rod Wilde said. "They are very excited about the chance to test themselves against the best in the world. We will continue to develop as a team throughout the tournament. We have just scratched the surface of the potential in this group and as coaches we are excited to see how far they can go in the tournament."
The U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team spent the past week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., making its final two cuts for the WJNT.
Burgess, Andie Malloy (Iowa State), Allison Palmer (Arizona State) and Amber Rolfzen (Nebraska) all have 11 international matches playing for Team USA (a CAP), while Nicole Edelman (Colorado) has six CAPs and Lutz has five CAPs. Additionally, Burgess, Edelman, Palmer and Rolfzen were all part of the 2011 U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team that competed in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship.
The WJNT departs directly from Lake Placid to the Czech Republic on Saturday. Upon arrival, the WJNT will train for four days prior to the first day of competition. Group play will be held June 21-25 followed by the playoff rounds beginning on June 26, where the matchups will depend on the results of group play.
The FIVB has expanded the FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 Junior World Championship from 16 teams to 20 teams for this edition. Group A consists of Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Peru, Chinese Taipei and Puerto Rico. Group B consists of China, Serbia, Japan, Thailand and Colombia. Group C consists of Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Russia and Bulgaria. Lastly, Group D consists of Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria.
Team USA opens Pool C versus Bulgaria on June 21 followed by Brazil on June 22), Mexico on June 24 and Russia on June 25.
The Stanford women's volleyball team, meanwhile, released its 2013 schedule on Monday.
The Cardinal, the returning conference champion, has 17 matches slated for coverage on the Pac-12 Networks, including its home opener against the University of Pacific on Sept. 4.
In total, the Pac-12 Networks will be televising 90 Pac-12 women's volleyball matches in 2013. Year two of Pac-12 Networks will feature eight more regular-season matches than last season's 82-game schedule and opens with the 2012 NCAA runner-up Oregon Ducks on Sept. 3.
Stanford opens the season at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, August 30. After playing its home opener against Pacific on Sept. 4, the Cardinal will travel to Austin, Texas for the fourth annual Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic, Sept. 7-8, pitting Stanford against Florida and defending NCAA Champion Texas. Stanford remains on the road to face Air Force, Army and Yale, Sept. 12-13, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The Cardinal wraps up its nonconference slate at home against Cal Poly and Saint Mary's on Sept. 18 and 20, respectively.
Stanford once again opens its Pac-12 Conference season against Bay Area rival California. The Cardinal and Golden Bears will square off in Berkeley on Sept. 25 on the Pac-12 Networks.