Stanford's Carly Wopat, Corlett are headed to Peru


Stanford sophomore Carly Wopat and Cardinal associate head coach Denise Corlett join the rest of the U.S. Women's Junior National volleyball team that will compete at the FIVB Junior World Championships, which begin Friday in Peru.

Wopat, in her second year on the junior national team, was an All-Pac-10 freshmen team pick last fall. Her international experience includes helping the Americans win the 2009 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship and the 2008 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship.

Corlett will serve as the team leader for the world's second-ranked junior team, behind Brazil.

"Our criteria are simple: we want to get the absolute best players possible so that we can win the World Championship," U.S. coach Rob Browning said. "Being the best means more than just having the physical and skill components. It means being the type of person who can contribute to a strong team culture and is capable of helping the team achieve beyond the sum of its parts."

The Americans completed a 10-day training session at St. Mary's College, where Browning coaches, on Tuesday.

"We are still trying to determine exactly what our strengths are," Browning said. "We certainly have a lot of talent on this team. We want to combine that with a singular desire to do everything we can to perform our very best when our best is needed. I think we will accomplish this by making sure we are a cohesive unit and mentally tough enough to overcome whatever obstacles lie in our path."

The Americans open against Belgium, and will also play Poland and Korea during preliminary pool play. The top two teams in each group advance to second round of championship pool play. The semifinal and championship rounds are scheduled for July 30-31.

The junior national team was originally announced in May.

Meanwhile, the U.S. senior national team has scheduled a pair of exhibition matches for July 23 and 30 at Irving Valley College in preparation for its title defense at the FIVB Grand Prix, which begins Aug. 5 in China with a match against Serbia.

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo, Kristin Richards and Logan Tom are all on the 20-player preliminary roster and will participate in both exhibition matches.

Akinradewo, last year's Grand Prix MVP, hit .509 and averaged a team-high 0.72 blocks per set as the Americans finished third in the recently concluded Pan American Cup.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Lisa Hergenrader
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

Good luck Carly and Denise! Safe travels, as well!

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