Stanford's Wopat helps U.S. Jr. volleyball team win


Stanford sophomore Carly Wopat and the U.S. Women's Junior National Team defeated the Dominican Republic, 25-11, 25-15, 25-23, on Tuesday evening in its first match of the second round of pool play in the FIVB Women's Junior World Championships Peru 2011 held in Lima at the Eduardo Dibos Gymnasium.

Team USA handily won the first two sets, but had to come from behind to win the third set. At a 22-18 score in the Dominican's favor, a power outage occurred in the gym. After 56 minutes, the lights turned on and the U.S. team's play turned up. The Americans won the next seven out of eight points to take a 25-23 three-set match victory.

The U.S. team, now playing in Pool E, won its first round of pool play in Pool C and remains undefeated after its victory against the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Team USA next will face Italy on Wednesday.

Wopat, a middle blocker, tallied 10 points for the U.S. with six kills, three aces and a block. U.S. captain Kelly Reeves led the team with 14 points on 13 kills and an ace.

Team USA carried a 12-2 block margin against Dominican and accumulated a 6-1 ace advantage. The U.S. team racked up 38 kills on 110 attacks for 34.5 kill percent, while its opponent scored 2 kills on 129 attempts.

U.S. head coach Rob Browning was excited for his team victory.

"We are really excited about this victory," Browning said. "We are aware that in this pool, every team is competitive and we need to always be prepared."

— Stanford Sports Information/USA Volleyball

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