U.S. finishes fourth at FIVB junior World Championships


Stanford sophomore Carly Wopat and her U.S. women's junior national squad teammates finished fourth at the FIVB Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru, losing to China, 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 in the bronze medal game.

American Natalie Hagglund was named the tournament's best libero as the U.S. (4-4) matched its best finish, also placing fourth in 2007.

Haley Eckerman led the United States, which entered the tournament ranked second in the world, with 18 points, while Kelly Reeves added 15 points and Haleigh Hampton 13 points. China held a 15-5 advantage in blocks and an 8-6 edge in service aces. Wopat recorded three points.

Italy won their first-ever gold medal in the tournament with a 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-22 victory over world number one Brazil.

"I am extremely proud of our team," U.S. coach Rob Browning said. "They have represented USA and USA Volleyball as well as anyone could. In the end, Italy, Brazil and China were too much for us, but we proved that this team is one of the best in the world."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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