The USA women’s U20 volleyball team featuring a trio of Huskers went 3-0 in pool play at the FIVB U20 World Championship over the weekend.
Ally Batenhorst was Team USA’s go-to pin-hitter all weekend, Lexi Rodriguez served as the libero in all three matches and Lindsay Krause provided a spark off the bench to help the Americans move on to the next stage of pool play with an unblemished record.
Team USA opened the tournament with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17 win over Russia on Friday. Batenhorst led the Americans with 16 kills on .351 hitting while Krause chipped in two kills on eight error-less swings and two blocks.
USA didn’t drop another set. The Americans swept Thailand 25-15, 25-8, 25-13 on Saturday. Team USA dominated in kills (45 to 18), aces (11 to 1) and blocks (eight to one). Batenhorst tied for the team lead with nine kills, hitting .471 and serving an ace. Krause added three kills on five swings and once again didn’t commit an error.
Team USA closed out pool play with a 25-18, 27-24, 25-22 sweep over Turkey on Sunday. For the third straight match, Batenhorst led the Americans in kills with 11 while hitting .308. Krause added three kills and no errors on seven swings, and one of those kills came on match point. She also recorded a block late in set three.
Batenhorst averaged 3.6 kills per set on .363 hitting. She’s currently tied for fifth in total kills in the tournament. Krause has yet to commit an attack error and is hitting .400 overall with eight kills on 20 attempts. Defensive play is judged differently internationally, but Rodriguez was credited with 17 successful receptions and three digs in the three matches.
Team USA will move on to the next stage as pool winners and runner-ups advance for a new round of pool play. USA and Russia (2-1) will be in Pool E along with Brazil (3-0) and Netherlands (2-1).
Pool play will start again on Tuesday, continuing on Wednesday and Thursday. The semifinals will be on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. All the matches will be live streamed on the Volleyball World YouTube channel.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.