August 5, 2023.- The United States rebounded from a first-set loss to defeat Poland on Saturday 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15) at the FIVB Girls U19 World Championship in Osijek, Croatia.
U.S. players fired up after losing the first set and they returned to the court at the top of their game, winning the last three sets and guaranteeing to move into the elimination round.
Opposite Abigail Mullen led all scorers with 18 points on 11 kills, one ace and six blocks. Outside hitter Teraya Sigler scored 16 points on 16 kills and middle blocker Ayden Ames had 12 points on 11 kills and an ace.
In Pool D, Mexico fell 0-3 (14-25, 11-25, 13-25) to Japan who booked their ticket to the elimination round.
Mexico had outside hitter Isabella Ocampo, with seven points, as their most efficient offensive player. Japan dominated every skill, kills (48-20), blocks (6-2) and aces (11-1).
Dominican Republic fell to host Croatia 1-3 (21-25, 15-25, 25-17, 19-25) and is guaranteed a forfeit win to Nigeria on Sunday , to end the preliminary round 3-3.
Dominicans led 42-40 in attacks, while Croatia led 12-8 in blocks and 10-8 in points from serves. The leading scorers for Dominican Republic were outside hitter Katielle Alonzo and Ariana Rodríguez with 17 and 16 points respectively.
Canada in Szeged, Hungary suffered a tough five-set loss 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-12) to Peru in Pool C.
Canada and Peru both scored 62 attacking points. Canada led 10-3 in blocks and 9-7 in aces.
Canadian opposite Abagayle Guezen led all scorers with 27 points on 21 kills, three blocks and three aces. Middle blocker Veronica Dickson and outside hitter Megan Hawkins added 14 points each.
Puerto Rico and Nigeria, ended with a forfeit win by the Caribbeans (1-3).
The first phase of the event ends on Sunday with Mexico (0-4) against Korea (1-3), USA (4-0) first place in Pool D plays Serbia (1-3), Puerto Rico (1-3) plays Germany (2-2) and Canada (0-4) against Thailand (1-3).